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His music remains timeless, his style endures, but 2018 marks the Leonard Bernstein Centennial—and musical attention must be paid. At once icon and iconoclast, the American composer, conductor and educator was a symbol of the American century and of America itself.
For more than 40 years, Barry Louis Polisar has entertained youngsters by singing and playing his guitar. Still, the Montgomery County native emphatically considers himself a storyteller rather than a musician, citing as proof the 16 albums of songs and 18 books he has penned. The winner of five Parents’ Choice Awards and two Grammy Awards, who has View more
For Rachel Carlson, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. “I started Six Degree Singers in 2009 because I needed to conduct a choir to get into grad school,” said the conductor, soprano soloist, chamber ensemble singer and voice teacher.
As a college undergraduate, Cassie Meador once questioned her plans for a future in dance, but a chance encounter with staff from Takoma Park’s Dance Exchange opened her eyes to new possibilities. “The core mission behind Dance Exchange—exploring who gets to dance, where dance happens and what dance is about—clearly articulated my belief that art c View more
Ronn McFarlane wants to bring back the good old days. The Maryland native, a GRAMMY-nominated lute player, or lutenist, and composer is referring to the Renaissance era--circa 1300 to 1700--when the lute was the Western world’s most popular instrument.
It’s hard to get a handle on playwright Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information.” Staged by socially-minded ensemble troupe Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, the play is a collection of moments that mimic modern communication, served up with a soupçon of actor-improvised characterizations and directed by Forum’s Artistic Director Michael Dove. View more
Ludwig von Beethoven is probably the most famous figure in musical history to have lost his hearing. Betty Hauck’s story, though less dramatic and less known, is poignant as well. Until six years ago when her debilitating hearing loss derailed her career, Hauck was a successful professional musician on both violin and viola for 50 years. The good n View more
Although the Gandhi Memorial Center, on Western Avenue, Bethesda, just over the D.C. line, has been around since 1976, it appears that many Montgomery County residents—even including many of Indian descent—are unfamiliar with its history, purpose and offerings.
With Halloween looming and the associated paraphernalia already on display in stores as well as some homes, Montgomery Playhouse (MP) is staging a ghost story. “The Canterville Ghost,” Marisha Chamberlain’s 2004 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 novella about an eccentric family that moves into an old mansion with a resident ghost, runs Sept. 15 to View more
Luck has been the ever-present bass note of Stephen Wade’s career as a musician, storyteller and historian of American grassroots music. From his early exposure to roots music in his native Chicago to a three-week engagement that stretched to a decade-long gig at Arena Stage, Wade knows he has led a charmed life.
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