There’s Still Magic in Magic in the Moonlight in Woody Allen’s New Film

Regardless of the director’s somewhat compromised personal life, I still try to separate what I know about the artist from his work. I perform this feat with the same dexterity I apply to my love of Wagner’s music although to be sure Wagner is dead and cannot reap the benefits of that appreciation. (Source: thinkclassical.blogspot.com)…

Ravel, Weill and Gershwin Bring a New Audience to the Philharmonic

We were surprised and delighted to see a full house at Avery Fisher last night that included a healthy mix of ages; I can only assume this is because of the program which was guaranteed to appeal to all.  After its recent renovation, the hall looks beautiful and sounds somewhat better, although it will never…

Three Penny Opera at the Atlantic Theater

Two solid hours of music sung by excellent singer-actors and a terrific seven-piece band playing the original Kurt Weill score and orchestration with book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. What could be better? Remember “Mack the Knife,” “Pirate Jenny” and, of course, the “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”?–they’re all there. F. Murray Abraham heads the singing…