Category: Music Scene

  • The Chocolate Factory

    The Chocolate Factory

    There has always been a misconception that fairy tales were written for children. As this musical production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory proves, that is not the case. As with the famous 19th century tales written by the Brothers Grimm, this tale takes a dark turn. When one considers that Chocolate Factory’s creator, […]

  • Austin Symphony: Ukrainian Lament

    Austin Symphony: Ukrainian Lament

    The latest Austin Symphony Orchestra concert began very differently, with introductory remarks by both its CEO, David Pratt, and its conductor Peter Bay. Pratt dedicated the concert to the brave people of Ukraine, and this was followed by remarks from Bay: “It seems quite ironic that two of the works being performed tonight relate to […]

  • Midori and Sibelius

    Midori and Sibelius

    One of the world’s foremost violinists, Midori, graced the stage at the Long Center for her third appearance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Concert goers with a long memory will recall her previous performances here 10 and 20 years ago. Conductor Peter Bayle told the audience he was not going to wait another decade to […]

  • Steve Jobs: The Opera

    Steve Jobs: The Opera

    Steve Jobs was a cultural icon while still alive, and now he has been translated to the rarified realm of opera. He would probably wince and recoil from this portrayal of him as an intensely flawed human who just happened to transform the world with the iPhone. To make my engagement with Apple clear, I […]

  • Pride Chorus Houston: A Stellar Christmas Concert

    Pride Chorus Houston: A Stellar Christmas Concert

    An inspired choice of rarely-heard musical numbers made the holiday outing of Houston’s gay and lesbian chorus a delight. It was held at historic Lambert Hall, built in 1927. In an interview for OutSmart magazine, Artistic Director Matthew Jones explained the guiding principles of this performance. “What I had in mind when I was putting […]

  • A Gay Austin Christmas

    A Gay Austin Christmas

    Don we now our gay apparel. Well, there were a few guys at the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas concert who were wearing gay apparel, but most looked like they just left the bar. Just because the Lutheran Church where the concert was held makes you wear masks guys, doesn’t mean fashion has gone out […]

  • OPERA RETURNS TO AUSTIN

    OPERA RETURNS TO AUSTIN

    Austin Opera is back! After a long Covid-related holiday, the chance to experience grand opera is once again available to sophisticated Austinites. Currently playing at the Long Center is The Marriage of Figaro, the most famous comedic opera in the canon. And it was composed by the greatest of all: Mozart. With a winning combination […]

  • Music and The Planets

    Music and The Planets

    When Gustav Holst composed The Planets in 1916, the Great War was raging, which surely induced him to open his symphonic suite with Mars, The Bringer of War. The Red planet had long been associated with the god of War, so this was no surprise. The real surprise is that Holst was not particularly interested […]

  • Texas Tenors

    Texas Tenors

    The Texas Tenors have been entertaining audiences for 10 years, and did so again at the Tucson Music Hall in a concert largely devoted to Christmas music. A better choice would have been a concert entirely devoted to it, as its title was Deep in the Heart of Christmas. For example there was a stirring […]

  • CATS

    CATS

    The allure of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ s Cats is elusive. Like a Civil War, it tends to divide families. I talked with one middle-age couple at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, where Cats premiered on May 7. The wife said she was bored, but the husband liked it. “I’m not always into lyrics,” he […]