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Showing posts from April, 2014

Colors of Love: Musical Theatre Spring Cabaret

On April 26th, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. the San Francisco Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Musical Theatre Department presented Colors of Love at the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre. The whole show was written and directed by the Musical Theatre Department students themselves. Members of the band playing for the show included Eli Recht-Appel on guitar, Simon Clinton on drums, Alex Farrell on bass, and Erika Weil on piano. Technical support was done by Wil Gil, Glenn Quilici, Sam Travers, Ian Scheiman, Gabe Pothier, Iain Langlands, Carlos Sandoval, and Mohamed Benkhelouf. Cora Nelson was the costume director, and assistant costumers were Josie Clark-Steinmetz and Savannah Occhiogrosso. Jessica Makhlin was the student music director and Charles Platt was the dance captain. Mackenzie Rohan, Ella Francis, Briea Lemay-Eder, Molly Robins, Ben Stacy, Ryan Doyle, Isidora Kecman, and Anisa Henry were assistant directors and choreographers.

In my opinion, the plot was unsteady and not clear…

Chronicles of an Insider: Once Upon A Diva

The Labeque Sisters at the Symphony

On Monday, April 7th, 2014, the Labeque Sisters Katia and Marielle performed pieces composed by George Gershwin, Philipe Glass, and Leonard Bernstein. Compositions performed included Gershwin's Preludes for Two Pianos: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso, Andante con moto e poco rubato, and agitato; Glass's Four Movements for Two Pianos; and Bernstein's Music from "West Side Story" for two pianos and percussion: Prologue, Jet Song, Something's Coming, Rock Blues, Mambo, Cha Cha, Maria, America, I Feel Pretty, One Hand One Heart, Tonight, Somewhere, Cool, A Boy Like That, I Have a Love, The Rumble, and Finale. George Gershwin (1898-1937) composed piano miniatures he called "novelettes". In January 1925, Gershwin started a new notebook "Preludes", the beginning of twenty-four short piano pieces to be titled The Melting Pot. During the same year, contralto Marguerite d'Alvarez requested Gershwin to play the accompaniment in her New York recital.…

Luca Pisaroni In Concert

On Tuesday, April 1 (no, it wasn't a prank), at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, I had the honor to attend a recital given by Luca Pisaroni, accompanied by Wolfram Rieger. I always find it tiring going through all of the pieces on the program and saying awkwardly philosophical things about every single piece. Instead, I am going to write about the aftershock, if one might permit me calling it so.

I heard Mr. Pisaroni as Figaro in the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and had remembered him quite well from that. Tuesday night's recital brought up a feeling of fascination and exultation. Most of the pieces on the program were about unreturned love, but the debonair energy spewing out during the performance left the listener yearning for more. At least half of that wave of energy and musical emotion was coming from Wolfram Rieger's abilities to express emotion not only through the music but also through body movements. I found it extremely enticing and captivating t…