Tony Kadleck Big Band at Birdland Score 96%

Tony Kadleck Big Band at Birdland

Swinging big band music was hot in Manhattan this week! From the moment the Tony Kadleck Big Band began their set at the Birdland Jazz Club, we tapped our toes and jumped to a tasteful, tight, polished sound, solid rhythm section, cats burnin’ solos, and sophisticated superb arrangements by trumpeter and band leader Kadleck.

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Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour) Score 90%

Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour)

In this solo concert, Nathalie Lermitte personifies Edith Piaf without doing an impression or imitation.  Rather, Lermotte has internalized the spirit of Piaf’s specialty, the chanson réaliste – music rooted in simple, real human emotion (which, of course, is never actually simple), and made it her own. Sensitive piano and the woody sound of xylophone locate us in the smoky cabarets, but it is the accordion, alternately wistful and boisterous, that whisks us off to Mont Martre and la vie Bohème. 

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Organ and Orchestra by the American Symphony Orchestra Score 96%

Organ and Orchestra by the American Symphony Orchestra

The program opened with Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C minor “Organ” (1886). When the organ spoke at the first poco adagio along with lush strings and harmonies, the amalgam of sound was exquisitely sublime, inspiring reverence and spirituality from Saint-Saëns’ melodic prose.

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American Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church Score 97%

American Symphony Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church

The American Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by the powerful sound of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ, the voices of Anya Matanovic, Eve Gigliotti, Joshua Blue and Adam Lau, with the Bard Festival Chorale, brought the music of Camille Saint-Saens and Dame Ethel Smyth down from heaven to mortals from all over the world who entered through the famous Stanford White Portal for an evening not soon forgotten.

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