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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 …

Dartmouth Jazz Guitarist Releases Album

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ever since Michael Blum began devoting his time to the electric guitar as a Dartmouth freshman several years ago, he’s experienced it as a solitary pursuit. While playing in the school’s practice rooms, his only audience is himself. …

Rock Hall Welcomes KISS, Nirvana and More

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its “Who’d have thought?” surrealistic moments. Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance …

Kiss to Rock Hall: Kiss Off

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, …

Classics Join Recording Register

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Los Angeles — Linda Ronstadt’s commercial breakthrough album, Heart Like a Wheel, the Everly Brothers’ career-rejuvenating 1960 hit Cathy’s Clown and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 social protest song Fortunate Son are among 25 new entries in the Library …

Reflecting on Kurt Cobain 20 Years After Suicide

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kurt Cobain changed Win Butler’s world. Billie Joe Armstrong thought the Nirvana frontman was his generation’s John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And Beck thinks he owes a debt of gratitude to the singer-guitarist for opening the world’s ears to a thriving, but little-heard underground scene. It’s been two …

Master Maestro Inspires All Ages: Upper Valley Musicians Playfully Celebrate Bach’s Birthday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hanover — Aristotle Williamson waited for the waves of veteran organist Peter Beardsley’s rendition of the Prelude and Fugue in B minor to recede from the soaring ceiling in the sanctuary of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Then the …

Emmylou Harris Looks Back At Release of ‘Wrecking Ball

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Emmylou Harris never fit any mold. From the beginning of her recording career in country music four decades ago up until today, the singer and songwriter has chosen songs without regard to boundaries or convention. That same open-minded, artistic drive is at work as she talks about the …

Stars to Join ‘Superstar’

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It sounds a bit like an announcement that should’ve been made on April Fools’ Day, but evidently it’s no joke. A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will tour the United States and Canada this summer with a truly odd cast of mixed-and-matched pop stars, including Michelle Williams …

Claremont Hip-Hop Artists Stress the Positive

Thursday, April 3, 2014

J eremy Herrell, Robert Chivers and Arundell Robinson are the men behind the Claremont hip-hop trio Team Dilligaf, which has been shaking up the local music scene on Saturday nights at Club 188 in Tupelo Music Hall in …

Artists Finish Incomplete Dylan Songs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his Basement Tapes period are being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James for release as an album and …