The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”

The June 10th opening night of this perennial favorite fully lived up to the high standards we have come to expect from the Princeton...

Transcendent pianism from Kirill Gerstein at the McCarter Theatre

Kirill Gerstein bathed his Princeton audience in splendor on February 27, when the pianist presented a recital featuring Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt at the...

New from Lady Gaga and RuPaul All Stars

ALASKA THUNDERFUCK Not only did Alaska Thunderfuck just snatch the crown on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2,” but she has released one of the...

Eddie Martinez – Superstar DJ has a new album

DJ Eddie Martinez shirtOpenDJ Eddie Martinez may have started his DJ career in New York City, but he is poised for worldwide success very soon. Whether you've seen him in New York or in Asbury Park's Sand Blast, you know that there is nothing quite like a dance floor with superstar Eddie behind the decks.

The Marriage of “Figaro” at Opera Philadelphia is a world class...

Opera Philadelphia's production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro is at the Academy of Music and runs through May 7. The story takes place on...

“Peter Grimes” at The Princeton Festival

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, has been a highly successful opera since it opened in London in 1945. It has been presented in famous performances at...

“Fidelio,” by Ludwig van Beethoven at the Princeton Festival

Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera, has had intense political connotations since its first performance in 1805. In order to discuss this work and appreciate a production...

Summer releases to lighten your mood

From the first strains of the lead single (and album title) Ariana Grande is here to prove to both her fans and the music world that she is now, a “Dangerous Woman.” While some still see this former Disney star as a child star, on this album, Ms. Grande is all grown up. The 80’s style strains of “Dangerous Woman” stakes her claim for potential future pop queen, while the remainder of the album follows along the same theme; Ms. Grande has certainly grown up. Like Britney and Christina before her, Grande has chosen tracks (and album artwork) that demonstrate her journey into adulthood.

Tracks like the reggae styled “Side To Side” and “Let Me Love You” feature R&B artists Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne respectively, giving Grande a sense of street cred. “Bad Decisions” is the kind of party pop track her fans have come to love from her, while tracks like “I Don’t Care” and “Sometimes” give a sultry air to Grande’s already proven vocal abilities. One of the standouts on the album is “Leave Me Lonely”, including 50’s style track, with heavy piano and guest vocals from Macy Gray, who adds a touch of old school vocals to any track she guests on. “Dangerous Woman” is a natural progression for an artist that shows with this package that she has much more yet to come. 

 

The Academy of Music in Philadelphia is intimate and grand

Scene from "Cold Mountain"Maybe you've read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Perhaps you've seen the movie. But seeing this tale of life and love during the Civil War put to music composed by Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, puts it in a whole new perspective! Especially when you have the privilege of seeing it performed by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, a theatre that was fully operational years before the Civil War even started!

Voices of Light – The passion of Joan of Arc

Voices of Light, an oratorio performed by the Princeton Festival Chorus and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, accompanying a showing of Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 silent...