Category: Music Performance

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen, March 29, 2012 In the introduction to his song Jack of All Trades last Thursday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Bruce Springsteen noted -- as he had on previous nights -- that the song was penned before the explosion of the current debate about the 99% versus the 1%. "I wrote this when there was … Continue reading Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

This past week an old friend of mine posted to her Facebook page a fond remembrance of her first Bruce Springsteen concert on December 9, 1980. My first Springsteen show was a bit earlier--in July, 1975, at Kutztown State College--but I was also at the show at the Philadelphia Spectrum on December 9, 1980. My friend's reminiscence reminded me that a decade earlier I had posted my own recollection of that show that in response to a post on rec.music.artists.springsteen (for those of you old enough to remember Usenet newsgroups). Here is what I wrote ten years ago about that night two decades earlier.

Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art

Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art

Melissa Dunphy's Gonzales Cantata, a choral work based on the Senate Judiciary testimony of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, was recently given a new production at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY. The program also included Jeff Myers' one-act opera The Hunger Art. The event marked the debut of … Continue reading Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art

Watching the Gonzales Cantata

Watching the Gonzales Cantata

This past Sunday the Philadelphia Fringe Festival featured the final of three performances of the Gonzales Cantata, a choral rendition of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. (For pictures of the final performance see my earlier post.) Once you get beyond the bizarre concept (an operatic work with a libretto … Continue reading Watching the Gonzales Cantata

Photos from the Gonzales Cantata

Photos from the Gonzales Cantata

Photos from yesterday's performance of the Gonzales Cantata at the University of Pennsylvania's Rotunda are in my Flickr photostream. For my review, see: "Watching the Gonzales Cantata." Composed and conducted by Melissa Dunphy, the piece is a musical rendition of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. By turns both satirically funny … Continue reading Photos from the Gonzales Cantata

Kat Parsons: Building a Musical Career by Connecting with People

Kat Parsons: Building a Musical Career by Connecting with People

When Variety columnist and blogger Scott Kirsner published his book, "Fans, Friends, and Followers," he sent a request to other writers to document additional tales of how creative artists are using innovative methods to develop a fan base and establish a sustainable career. When I received Kirsner's request, the first person who came to mind … Continue reading Kat Parsons: Building a Musical Career by Connecting with People