Serge Diaghilev is the most influential 20th century cultural figure whose name you may not know. You do, however, know his work. Diaghilev ran Ballets Russes, the famed troupe that scandalized and thrilled Europe with ballets like The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, and Sheherazade. But while ballet was Diaghilev’s business, his legacy also looms large in art and [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Bobby McFerrin’
Music festivals tend to be backloaded, primarily to keep people coming back for more, but as a nice side effect it keeps the most happening stuff fresh for critics who do post-festival wrap-ups. Thus this writer is basking in the afterglow of last night's smash "A Night in Treme"—maybe the first time an event at [...]
Bobby McFerrin's appearance with Afro Blue last night at the Warner Theatre was the finest concert in the history of the D.C. Jazz Festival.
For disclosure's sake, I am not qualified to make that statement. I haven't been to every concert in the history of the festival (nobody has), and I even missed one recent festival [...]
Feel-Good Hit of the Fall: David Malitz is already taking a stab at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup. Foo Fighters: too famous? TV on the Radio: What does that gap in their touring schedule mean, man?
Much More Than "Don't Worry, Be Happy": Also at WaPo, Chris Richards asks whether it's time to get reacquainted [...]
Ahh, it comes 'round again—the big event, the area's jazz gig of the year: The D.C. Jazz Festival, scheduled this year for June 1-13. The lineup was announced today.
Some good news: The festival's signature event, Jazz on the National Mall, returns after last year's absence, with a new sponsor (Bing). The free daylong concert this [...]
It says something that in 2003, Regina Carter became the first jazz musician ever allowed to play "Il Cannone," the zealously guarded violin owned by the legendary Niccolò Paganini. Namely, it says that the MacArthur Genius Grant winner stands toe to toe with any of the great classical violinists in terms of accomplishment. But [...]