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Woods Takes Helm Of Bel Canto Singers

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lebanon — Jane Woods, former choral director for Hanover High School and Richmond Middle School, is returning as music director of the Bel Canto Chamber Singers, the group announced recently. Woods, who previously led the ensemble from 1991 to 1997, succeeds Hal Sheeler, who had directed and often performed with Bel Canto since 2007. “I am delighted for this opportunity … to continue being part of the rich choral life in the Upper Valley,” Woods said in a statement released by Bel Canto. “Bel Canto is a wonderful group of accomplished and dedicated singers with an impressive musical history. I look forward to making music …

Clapton Says Thank You to JJ Cale

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn’t know Clapton at the time. “I went …

Opera North’s ‘Street Scene’ Is Magnificent

Thursday, August 14, 2014

After hearing Kurt Weill’s epic Street Scene , which is being given a remarkable production by Opera North at the Lebanon Opera House, I’m staggered that it hasn’t been revived on Broadway since it opened in 1946, and that it isn’t as well known by the general public as it should be. Any music lover should hear this magnificent, endlessly inventive score, for …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same …

‘Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominees

Friday, July 11, 2014

Los Angeles — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other …

An Appreciation: Bobby Womack, Soul Legend and Guitarist

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The connections are endlessly surprising, those that Bobby Womack forged during a 60-year career that transcended genre, border and race. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and longtime Los Angeles resident, who died June 27 at age 70, was the …

Vinyl Is Big, and One Firm Is All Over It

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White’s album Lazaretto sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles. Jack …

Why Gordon Lightfoot Changed Lyric to His Signature Song

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot exercised some lyrical license when he wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Canadian balladeer paid painstaking attention to the facts when he wrote the line that would haunt him for decades. New evidence, …

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Don’t Get Credit for Being Great at One Thing’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Los Angeles — In the course of one recent week, Jennifer Lopez was honored with a Billboard Icon Award, her single First Love became the most-added song on pop radio, she played to a sold-out crowd in Anaheim, …

Lucinda Williams to Balance Old Favorites and New Songs

Thursday, June 19, 2014

For the Lebanon Opera House stop on her tour next week, Lucinda Williams promises to season the set list with songs that won her Grammys and a huge audience in the 1990s. “How much you play of your …

Amazon Prime Adds Music Streaming

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Seattle — Amazon.com is adding a streaming music service to its Amazon Prime membership benefits. The service, called Prime Music, allows Prime members in the U.S. to stream songs, ad-free, and download them for offline listening as long …

Mushroom Magic: Corinth Man Hones His Skills as Hunter of the Elusive Morel

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Corinth — Mushroom hunter Brad Wheeler spent a recent Thursday evening tromping around Orange County in search of an elusive, highly prized fungus. The first two stops left him empty handed, but then, in an old apple orchard, …

Led Zeppelin Remasters Masterpieces

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s first song outline much of what followed: A mean series of Jimmy Page riffs introduces Good Times, Bad Times, from its self-titled 1969 debut, followed by a typically wild John Bonham drum-bang, …