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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

Songs of Past and Present: A Portsmouth landmark of Jewish history brings new life to old spaces

By Elizabeth Blachman This past September, I attended High Holy Day services for the last time at the last Jewish synagogue in Portsmouth. Rabbi David Goldstein presided over Yom Kippur services, and then Gomley Chesed Synagogue closed its doors, ending more than a hundred years of Jewish congregations in Portsmouth. With the merging of Portsmouth’s

Killer Fun Anglo-American Duo

By Montague Gammon III The greatest English writer’s bloody tragedy of ancient Scottish royalty, in company with the greatest American humorist’s fanciful tale of an ancient English court, comes to Christopher Newport’s Ferguson Center a few days after the Ides of April in new productions by The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater.

Cash Country

By Jim Morrison   The birth of Rosanne Cash’s Grammy-winning album began with an invitation to explore her family’s roots, and, of course, a death. This is country music, after all, real country music. Cash’s journey commenced when she accepted an invitation to travel to Dyess, Arkansas, to work with Arkansas State University on a

La Traviata: Beautiful, Young, Sexy and Dying

By Montague Gammon III What can you say about a beautiful young courtesan who dies? Well, oodles of folks have been saying – and singing and even dancing – quite a lot of things about one such star-crossed lass, variously named Marie/Marguerite/Camille/Violetta, since 1848. That’s when French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas turned out what

Fleming & Kern: World Class Recital

By Montague Gammon III Pianist Olga Kern loves to share what she loves, and what she loves is music.   The sheer unbridled joy she takes in making music and sharing it with her “friends and her fans,” comes through in the champagne-worthy effervescence with which she talks about playing the piano.   This Van