The July 26, 2011 Steely Dan concert at Tanglewood attracted close to a capacity crowd that seemed to enjoy the rare opportunity to witness live renditions of all-time favorites such as Aja, Bodisatva, Dirty Work, My Old School, Show Biz Kids, and Reelin’ in the Years. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, calling themselves “jazz-rock ambassadors… read more
Archives for July 2011
July 16, 2011 performance reviewed by Frances Benn Hall. Sitting in audience of the Fitzpatrick stage at the Berkshire Theatre Festival for the opening of A. R. Gurney’s Sylvia, I found myself remembering an evening many years ago when Gurney a yet untried playwright came to see what our little play-reading group would do in… read more
Review of July 2011 concerts by James Taylor, and guests Amy Grant and Vince Gill at Tanglewood.
July 10, 2011 performance reviewed by Frances Benn Hall. The glorious thing about As You Like It that is now playing at Shakespeare and Company’s Founders Theatre is that it will be with us in repertory through September 4th. Meanwhile, ten days after its opening, rave reviews and word of mouth have made it the… read more
The Boston Symphony’s summer residency at Tanglewood in the Berkshires got underway July 8th with a all-Italian program under the direction of guest conductor Charles Dutoit. Here is a video clip from the opening night performance, showing Angela Meade singing an excerpt from Bellini’s opera Norma.
2 world premieres at Barrington Stage Co. The Best of Enemies – Durham, North Carolina, 1971. C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, is pitted against African-American Civil Rights worker Ann Atwater in a fight over desegregation in the schools. By Mark St. Germain; Inspired by The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray… read more
James Taylor with the Boston Pops and John Williams at Tanglewood July 1, 2011 concert reviewed by Dave Read. The Boston Pops tuned up for their annual 4th of July concert for hundreds of thousands on the Esplanade in Boston by sharing the bill at Tanglewood on July 1 with James Taylor for a relatively… read more
July 2, 2011 performance reviewed by Frances Benn Hall. WTF artistic director Jenny Gersten’s bold decision to substitute Jon Robin Baitz Three Hotels for the previously scheduled and well-known comedy You Can’t Take it With You may have come as a surprise to a few season ticket holders, but for most, once they adjust to… read more
James Taylor and friends at Tanglewood Ozawa Hall June 30, 2011 performance; by Dave Read James Taylor and Friends was the billing for the first of the four James Taylor concerts at Tanglewood during the 2011 season. It attracted a capacity crowd to Seiji Ozawa Hall, where the audience spilled over the rise leaving some… read more