Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mar. 19 Met (Live): Lucia di Lammermoor

The Met’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ a vocal, though not dramatic, triumph

Mary Zimmerman’s still-fresh production is made fresher still by Shagimuratova’s glimmering voice, but the acting disappoints

By David Abrams

There’s lots of life left in Mary Zimmerman’s handsomely staged and remarkably fresh Metropolitan Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor, which debuted in 2007 with Natalie Dessay in the title role and has been reprised here several times since.

There’s lots of life, too, in the voice of Albina Shagimuratova — the title character in the company’s 2015 reprisal that opened March 16…

Mar. 28 SU Drama: Measure for Measure

By any yardstick, SU Drama’s ‘Measure for Measure’ stacks up well

Director Celia Madeoy takes the Bard’s 400-year-old play out of a purely academic context and makes it relevant

By Malkiel Choseed

It is almost considered a right of passage for drama students to stage a Shakespearian play. That they have chosen this particular play, Measure for Measure, to test and sharpen their skills brings about a whole other level of difficulty. The students and staff of SU Drama, however, have risen the to the challenge admirably, creating a visually stunning, fast paced and well-acted production…

Mar. 21 The New York Woodwind Quintet

The New York Woodwind Quintet shines in eclectic program of wind chamber music

Pavel Haas’s neglected ‘Quintet’ tops this handsome program spanning five centuries

By Natalie Piontek
Goldring Arts Journalism program, Syracuse University

The New York Woodwind Quintet, the long-standing and respected chamber ensemble revered for its homogenous sound, lived up to its reputation at Saturday’s Syracuse Friends of Chamber music concert…

Mar. 18 Broadway: On the Town

‘On the Town’ is off the charts

Dance is king in Broadway’s hottest show — but the staging, costumes and action will knock you off your feet as well

By David Abrams

The current Broadway revival of On the Town, now playing at the Lyric Theater on 42nd Street, will give you a taste of the Big Apple that will likely linger on your palette for some time to come. This two and one-half hour production is sheer joy from start to finish — with sparkling sets and costumes, spunky dance numbers and a clearly inspired 28-piece orchestra (the largest on Broadway, I am told)…

Mar. 13 CNY Playhouse: God’s Favorite

CNY Playhouse’s ‘God’s Favorite’ a divine comedy

Like the hero in the biblical tale, the company’s well-crafted reworking of the ‘Book of Job’ passes every test

By David Abrams

With friends like Joe Benjamin’s God, who needs enemies? That’s the question Neil Simon appears to raise in his quick-witted comedy God’s Favorite, a modern day setting of the Book of Job that opened on Broadway in 1974…

Mar. 7 NY Philharmonic: New Music from Nordic Countries

Program of ‘New Music from Nordic Countries’ hits the right notes, yet misses the mark

The NY Phil’s challenging program, part of the orchestra’s innovative ‘CONTACT!’ series, appeared to favor technique over expression

By Natalie Piontek
Goldring Arts Journalism program, Syracuse University

“This is not always the easiest music,” warned New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert prior to Saturday’s CONTACT! concert of contemporary Nordic music held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…