We’re now midway through the second week of Spoleto, and except for a few stragglers here and there, the majority of offerings have already appeared.
Not that there won’t be quite a few premieres over the course of the next few days. Nope. Some three dozen shows will debut over the next week-plus. To learn more about the upcoming premieres get your bad self back to the main Spoleto page and scroll down. Plenty of Previews there for ya.
But back to the latest batch of reviews.
First up, the concert and choral offerings. As expected, nothing here really disappointed — well, except for that crap from that Wadsworth guy. What a hack. (Just joking. Doc W is the bomb, and we’re all going to miss him. Class act all the way. Unlike say, a certain City Paper editor who just want shut up and get to the review round up.)
Robert Bondurant was absolutely blown away by Yuriy Bekker and Andrew Armstrong performances during A World of Jewish Culture.
As for our classical music critic, Lindsay Koob, he was all kinds of impressed by Michael Harrison’s escapeds into “Just intonation.”
Mr. Koob wasn’t nearly as impressed with offerings by the normally superb Westminster Choir, giving them a B.
Over on the Jazz/Blues/Roots front, City Paper music editor — and rock ‘n’ roll historian — T. Ballard Lesemann was so impressed with pianist Ramberto Ciammarughi that he said that sometimes it sounded as if Ciammarughi (pictured) was not just one man banging away on the keys, but three — “two classical pianists” and one “jazz cat.” Meow.
The latest Opera/Musical Theatre offering, the punk-rock opera Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century didn’t fare as well, earning a B- from an extremely disappointed Jon Santiago.
The Last Five Years, a musical about the beginning and the ending of a relationship that’s told both backward and forward, with gal starting the show during the romances last days while the guy begins at, well, the beginning, also got thumbs up from the reviewer, musical aficianado Greg Hambrick, earning an A-. Mr. Hambrick also caught Dog Sees God, a foul-mouthed tribute to the Peanuts gang and deemed the production B-worthy.
In other Theatre reviews news, Mr. Bondurant gave the one one-woman show A Feather on the Breath of God a B, while Elizabeth Pandolfi says that this year’s CofC student production Under the Lights was a very very good B+.
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