Critic’s Pick: Free Concert With Youth Orchestra La And L.a. Phil

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ sets sail, in concert Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY 10:37 a.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Pop star introduces songs from a musical – his first – in intimate performance. Sting performs ‘The Last Ship’ to benefit The Public Theater on Sept. 25 in New York City. (Photo: Kevin Mazur, WireImage) Singer/songwriter was joined by a small gathering of musicians in a 260-seat venue Writing for other characters’ voices “freed me up” to craft new songs, Sting says New tunes showcase folk textures and propel story informed by Sting’s youth SHARE 8040 CONNECT 54 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE NEW YORK Who will play Sting on Broadway next year? That was the burning question posed sort of Wednesday night at the Public Theater, as the pop veteran launched a 10-night run of benefit concerts introducing songs “inspired by” his first musical, The Last Ship, due to arrive on the Main Stem in fall 2014. Billed as “An Evening With Sting: The Last Ship,” the show placed the international star in the Public’s 260-seat Anspacher Theater, where he explained to an audience including fan-club members and lottery winners how he conceived his virgin project as a musical-theater composer/lyricist. Set in Northeast England, where he grew up, it features as its hero a man who is, like Sting, the son of a shipyard worker, who leaves his small community and remains “very ambivalent about where he comes from.” His name is Gideon not a far cry, Sting wryly noted, from his own given name, Gordon (Sumner). “There’s some autobiography there,” he said. But not too much. Sting’s newly released album, also titled The Last Ship and featuring songs from the upcoming musical, is his first collection of new tunes in a decade. It came to fruition, he told the crowd, only after he was freed from writer’s block by the concept of crafting songs to be delivered by other people, representing different perspectives. He likened the consequent outpouring of music to “projectile vomiting.” His set list at the Public where he was joined by 14 other musicians and vocalists, a number of them also natives of Northern England featured at least one song that hadn’t made the cut for the stage project (but is on the album): Practical Arrangement, a bittersweet duet written for Meg, the feisty single mom who is Gideon’s love interest, and a rival for her affections.

Community Board rejects Marty Markowitz’s plan to convert old Childs Restaurant into Coney Island Concert Hall

Phil Comments 0 Gustavo Dudamel rehearsing members of YOLA for their Hollywood Bowl debut in 2009. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) By Mark Swed Los Angeles Times Music Critic September 26, 2013, 5:16 p.m. Gustavo Dudamel will do it again. He will begin his fifth season as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director like he did his first — offeringa free concertwith the Youth Orchestra LA, which he founded with the L.A. Phil, before going on to lead a very tony gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big occasion for this year will be a celebration of Disneys 10th anniversary. What will be different, though, is that the free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday will, this time, be at Disney Hall, not the Hollywood Bowl. Since the tickets have already been distributed, the program will also be shown on a free live simulcast in Grand Park. What will also be different — besides the fact the YOLA players are considerably more advanced and worldly than they were five years ago (some even accompanied the L.A. Phil to London earlier this year) — is that for the first time the young musicians will sit side by side with the L.A.

Naples Concert Band building eight-show series

will generate jobs, economic development and joy for Coney Island and all of Brooklyn for generations to come. In April, Markowitz unveiled the sweeping proposal as one of the major capstones of his legacy in the borough. Community Board 13 rejected Marty Markowitz’s plan to convert the former Childs Restaurant site in Coney into a new amphitheater. Under a complicated agreement, the city plans to purchase the building by the boardwalk, along with an adjoining lot between W. 21st and 22nd St., from Star Financial, a real estate investment company. Howard Weiss, the lawyer for star Financial, defended the plan. Any concerns about noise and traffic have been fully addressed, Weiss said Wednesday. Weiss pointed out that a special tent covering the concert area would help reduce the noise of the summertime shows. The boardas decision is merely an advisory ruling and the project is expected to be ultimately approved. The City Planning Commission will likely approve it during a vote next month before the proposal gets sent to the City Council for final approval. The amphitheater will seat 5,000 people with room for another 2,000 on the lawn behind it, according to the plans. The performance space would play host to as many as 40 concerts between May and October. The historic restaurant has been closed since 1947.

Flute Cocktail, the flute ensemble, performs Harold Arlens Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and singer Tony Pulera stars in A Salute to Old Blue Eyes, arranged by John Moss. Also on the program: Rossinis William Tell Overture, selections from the Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked and more. Feb. 9: Naples pianist John Davis, music director for Mayflower Congregations United Church of Christ, will be soloist for Ernest Golds Theme from Exodus, and David Andrews Concerto Fantastico. Among its other works will be Viva La Horn, by Malinda Zenor, featuring the concert bands French horn section; highlights from the musical Fiddler on the Roof, with Craig Greusel and Jenny Bintliff, vocalists. at full size March 2: Variety. Paul Votapek, Naples Philharmonic principal clarinet, and the bands clarinet section will be featured on Malinda Zenors Ragtime for Clarinets. Votapek also stars in a Concertino for Clarinet and Band by Frank Bencrisutto. A Prokofievs March and von Suppes Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna also are on the program, among other works. March 23: Classics of all kinds. Lori Beshears and music director Harris Lanzel will star in a trumpet duet, Two of a Kind, by Malinda Zenor. Among other works will be highlights from the Lerner-Lowe musical, My Fair Lady and Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Opera, a Kurt Weill tribute and a Johann Strass Sr. New Year favorite, The Radetzky March. April 11: Concert will be at 7 p.m. Andante and Rondo, Op.

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