Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ranks as America’s most famous opera. Its
arias and ensembles are firmly ensconced in the American Popular Songbook: “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My
Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy.” “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” No other opera
comes close except Carmen, and that’s French.
The Rake’s Progress promises to be
the first of what CCM staff hope will be regular interactive
performances. Visual media is here to stay, says College-Conservatory of
Music director Robin Guarino, and a
tech-savvy public expects it in their theater experiences.
Composer Philip Glass turned 75 on Jan.
31. The party continues this weekend in Cincinnati, starting with the
wildly innovative, Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird’s
appearance at MusicNOW on Thursday. Glass himself will join 8bb during
the first half of the performance.
This weekend, Zappa’s music gets the help
of musicians who are very much on to the molecules. Leave it to the
innovative ensemble concert:nova to present Shut Up and Play the Zappa! featuring
chamber pieces by Zappa and his musical mentors, as well as covers of
his Rock music, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.