Archive for the Music Category
American Folk/ Country/ Western, Music, PLUGS with tags ACLU, Guitar Bar Jr, Hoboken, Songs of Liberty and Justice on February 19, 2017 by travsd
Classical, Indie Theatre, LEGIT, EXPERIMENTAL & MUSICAL THEATRE, Music, PLUGS with tags Dixon Place, Hannah Arendt, Karen Siegel, Martin Heidegger, opera, The Hat, Zsuzsana Ardo on February 3, 2017 by travsd
A couple of years ago we waxed enthusiastic about the samples we heard of The Hat, an opera-in-progress by Karen Siegel and Zsuzsanna Ardo at Opera on Tap’s New Brew series (same folks presenting our opera section tonight). Now Siegel and Ardo’s show is more topical than ever. It’s about the affair between a young Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. It’s been both heartening and dismaying to know that sales of Ardent’s books have gone up the past few weeks (she’s the person who coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the rise of the Nazis). And Heidegger of course, though one of the most brilliant existentialist philosophers of the 20th century, actually became a Nazi apologist! The romance sounded do distant and faraway the last time I heard it. Now it’s hitting terrifyingly close to home.
They’re presenting the whole thing tomorrow night at Dixon Place in the Lounge — admission is free. An edifying way and place in which to spend a winter evening.
Classical, ME, Music, My Shows, PLUGS with tags 15 Day Hangover, Barbes, Curse of the Rat King, David Mallamud, New Brew, Opera on Tap on February 1, 2017 by travsd
This Friday, February 3 at 8pm, at Barbes in Park Slope, Opera on Tap will be showcasing a small section of Curse of the Rat-King, the opera-in-progress I’m developing with David Mallamud (with direction by Beth Greenberg). It’s part of their New Brew Series, 15-Day Hangover Edition. Also on the bill, world premieres by Daniel Felsenfeld and James Barry/Tim Braun. This program will include special guests Jenny Lee Mitchell and Maria Dessena.
Featuring Opera on Tap company members: Anne Hiatt, David Gordon, Kamala Sankaram, Sara Noble, Cameron Russell, Krista Wozniak, Seth Gilman & Christopher Berg.
$10 suggested donation. Barbes is at 376 Ninth Street, Brooklyn. See you there, I hope!
BROOKLYN, Contemporary Variety, Music, PLUGS with tags Barbes, Charming Disaster, Curtis Eller on January 19, 2017 by travsd
Jazz (miscellaneous), Music, PLUGS with tags Berlin, Brian Newman, jazz, trumpet on January 16, 2017 by travsd
Music, Tin Pan Alley, Vaudeville etc. with tags Charles Robert Henshaw, Uke Henshaw, ukulele, vaudeville on January 13, 2017 by travsd
Today is the birthday of Charles Robert “Uke” Henshaw (1896-1969).
Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, where his family had lived for many generations, Henshaw also spent some of his childhood in Columbus and St. Louis. By his early twenties he had already established himself on the vaudeville circuits as one of the top ukulele performers and his likeness was already being printed on sheet music. By 1920 he was already playing Paris — international stardom was to follow. For a time, his first wife Vera Van Atta was partner in his act. Most descriptions of his playing mention his uncanny ability to make his uke mimic other musical instruments. When vaudeville passed from the scene, he continued to play on radio, toured with the USO, and appeared in films and on television. His name was also used to market a brand of ukuleles. Much more detail about the performer can be found here, including appearances he made in films as an extra which aren’t mentioned on IMDB.
Henshaw was the second cousin of the famous singer Annette Hanshaw and Frank Hanshaw, a successful show biz agent. Uke’s third wife was the popular singer and actress Deane Janis.
For more on vaudeville history, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold
Ballroom/ Big Band/ Swing, Movies, Movies (Contemporary), Music, PLUGS with tags Cinema Village, documentary, movie, There's a Future in the Past, Vince Giordano on January 13, 2017 by travsd