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Camelot’s Classic Crooners Spotlight: Yes There really WAS Good Pop Music Before Rock And Roll – by Lee Greene

In the lobby of the Camelot Theatre at the Monday evening, August 17 performance of Spotlight on Perry, Jerry & Dean: Classic Crooners, a couple of adults were trying to explain to the adolescent children they had brought to the show just who Perry Como, Jerry Vale and Dean Martin were. “They were BIG in […]

By | August 19th, 2015|Performing Arts|1 Comment

The Spirit of Leonard Bernstein Arouses The Britt Pavilion on Britt Classical Festival’s Fifth Night – by Lee Greene

On Sunday evening, August 9, the Britt Festivals presented the fifth concert of the 2015 Classical Season and for the third time this weekend, the program departed from the traditional menu of past seasons of mainly standard 18th and 19th century European works from the establishment classical repertoire. The August 9 concert was billed as […]

By | August 14th, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on The Spirit of Leonard Bernstein Arouses The Britt Pavilion on Britt Classical Festival’s Fifth Night – by Lee Greene

2015 Britt Classical Festival’s Fourth Night: A Concert To Write Home About – by Lee Greene

The Britt Festivals presented the fourth concert of the 2015 Classical Season on Saturday evening, August 8, and it continued the pattern set the previous night. The program diverged from the staid classical programming of past Britt Classical seasons. Instead the program introduced new music, fresh collaborations with talented young artists, and revitalized takes on […]

By | August 13th, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on 2015 Britt Classical Festival’s Fourth Night: A Concert To Write Home About – by Lee Greene

Maestro Abrams Brings Fresh Energy and New Music to Britt Classical Festival – by Lee Greene

The Britt Festivals presented the third concert of the 2015 Classical Season on Friday evening, August 7, and it was the first of three weekend concerts that diverged from the typical classical season fare of previous seasons. Music Director Teddy Abrams, in his sophomore season, had already begun to make his mark, and shape a […]

By | August 11th, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Maestro Abrams Brings Fresh Energy and New Music to Britt Classical Festival – by Lee Greene

Camelot Conservatory’s Aida Showcases Live Theater’s Promising Next Generation – by Lee Greene

Every summer, Camelot Theatre’s Conservatory offers a six week program for aspiring young talents, providing morning instruction in acting, voice and dance, taught by professional artists, with afternoons dedicated to rehearsals and performances of a Summer Production. The program culminates in 6 performances by the Conservatory graduates of the Summer Production on the Camelot Theatre […]

By | August 7th, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Camelot Conservatory’s Aida Showcases Live Theater’s Promising Next Generation – by Lee Greene

Britt Orchestra Follows Epic Opening Night With Glorious, Historic Second Night Concert – by Lee Greene

As I described elsewhere (http://jacksonvillereview.com/britt-orchestra-delivers-an-epic-start-to-maestro-abrams-sophomore-season/), the 2015 Britt Festivals Classical Season began with an epic start on Opening Night. That was followed on Saturday, August 1 with the Second Night concert. Much was dialed down the second night: the temperature was only in the 90’s instead of 107, the forest-fire generated smoke wasn’t pea […]

By | August 4th, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Britt Orchestra Follows Epic Opening Night With Glorious, Historic Second Night Concert – by Lee Greene

Britt Orchestra Delivers An EPIC Start to Maestro Abrams Sophomore Season – by Lee Greene

Epic: – of unusually great size or extent; – spectacular; very impressive; awesome [Dictionary.com, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epic]

The Britt Orchestra opened the 2015 Classical Season Friday evening, July 31, delivering a concert that was epic in all the senses of the word listed above: The performing ensemble on stage was the largest ever to perform at the […]

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OSF’s Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land: A Creative & Entertaining Allegory on Separation and Loss – by Lee Greene

Most seasons, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) presents at least one play imported from another culture and adapted so it works for a contemporary American audience (e.g. The White Snake 2012, Throne of Blood 2010). This season, OSF gives its audience Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land by bilingual U.S. born Taiwanese playwright, Stan Lai. […]

By | July 31st, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on OSF’s Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land: A Creative & Entertaining Allegory on Separation and Loss – by Lee Greene

Camelot’s Jesus Christ Superstar: Glorious Musical Performances Amidst Devastation – by Lee Greene

On Saturday, July 18, I attended a very curious production of the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, at Talent’s Camelot Theatre. The piece tells the story of the last seven days of the life of the Biblical Jesus of Nazareth. The music, drawn from the 1970 Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, […]

By | July 22nd, 2015|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Camelot’s Jesus Christ Superstar: Glorious Musical Performances Amidst Devastation – by Lee Greene

OSF’S Pericles – Theater At Its VERY BEST! – by Lee Greene

When I saw Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s (OSF) production of Pericles in the Thomas Theatre for the first time, everything about it was SO outstanding: the profound story, performances so good by ALL the actors, theater technical arts so perfect, music that so effectively heightened the emotional impact of the piece, that it defied my expectations […]

By | July 22nd, 2015|Featured Stories, Performing Arts|Comments Off on OSF’S Pericles – Theater At Its VERY BEST! – by Lee Greene