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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

Veer Music Awards Results

By Jeff Maisey Indie-pop group Feral Conservatives took home three trophies in Veer Magazine’s annual Music Awards program held at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk. The band’s “Here’s to Almost” was named Album of the Year, while their hooky, melodic “Last Light” earned “Song of the Year” honors. They were also top choice in

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

SYMPHONY: The Russians Are Coming? The Russians Are Here!

By Montague Gammon III A familiar but exotic sounding piece of “stunning” Russian choral and orchestral music, compounded by the composer-chemist Alexander Borodin, kicks off Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s first Classics Series concert of the 2016-2017 Season. Music Director and conductor JoAnn Falletta calls the “Russian Fireworks” triplet of Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Igor Stravinsky’s

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