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MUSIC: Bring on the Sunrise

MUSIC: Bring on the Sunrise

By Tom Robotham If you listen to NPR, you’re familiar with BJ Leiderman’s work. For nearly 40 years, his theme music has introduced the public-radio network’s signature program, Morning Edition. Subsequently, the longtime Virginia Beach resident—who now lives in Asheville, NC—composed the musical intros to several other popular NPR shows, including Car Talk, Marketplace and

Todd Rundgren: The Studio Wizard Returns with White Knight

By Jeff Maisey Todd Rundgren continues to push the envelope with a sense of experimentation on his new album titled “White Knight,” featuring something unique for this wizard of the recording studio – collaborations. Rundgren (performing Tuesday, May 16 at Sandler Center) has had an interesting career as both recording artist and record producer/engineer. After

Lincoln Center Orchestra Puts Jazz in Virginia Arts Festival

By Jerome Langston It’s been just a few hours since severe weather brought a tornado or two to southeastern Virginia, when I finally catch up with the acclaimed trombonist, Vincent Gardner, who grew up in a noted musical family in Hampton, and is now teaching at Northwestern University in Chicago where he was born. He’s

Top Spring Jazz Performances

Compiled by Staff   Cecile McLorin Salvant Presented by Virginia Arts Festival April 9 Robin Hixon Theater Classically trained, this award-winning jazz vocalist has seized the imagination of the audience with her “resoundingly eloquent” voice — “whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision…jazz-informed artistry of

Top Spring Classical Music Performances

Compiled by Staff   tenThing Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 23 Attucks Theatre Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has won rave reviews in recital and headlining orchestra concerts from the BBC Proms to Carnegie Hall. She also leads a unique all-female, ten-member ensemble of brass players in transcriptions of the classics that reveal new

Britain’s Vinny Peculiar to Play Colley Cantina This Saturday

By Jeff Maisey Britain’s Vinny Peculiar will perform an intimate gig Saturday, March 18 at Colley Cantina. He’ll be joined by a backing group of Norfolk musicians tasked with learning a variety of his works, including tracks from his critically acclaimed concept album, “Silver Meadows (Fables from the Institution).” In 2014, Uncut Magazine called Peculiar

Dreamy New Album from Michael Marquart’s A Bad Think

By Jeff Maisey “The Tragic End of a Dreamer,” the 14-song sixth album from A Bad Think, is a sonic sensation taking the listener on a journey through aural landscapes past and present. A Bad Think is the studio project of Virginia Beach producer/engineer/ musician Michael Marquart. Marquart is know both for his Windmark recording

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

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