Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 3:34 pm
For this sixth volume of their complete Shostakovich symphony cycle, conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a task and a half at hand: transforming two works – among Shostakovich's weakest conceptually and architecturally – into forceful, persuasive and galvanizing performances.
<strong>Where everybody lives to love:</strong> In Act 2 of <em>Follies, </em>what's been a relatively dark story explodes into a riot of color in what's known as the Loveland sequence — an homage to the spectacular Broadway follies staged between the World Wars.
Credit Joan Marcus
Ron Raines (Benjamin Stone) and Company perform in the recent production of Stephen Sondheim's <em>Follies</em>.
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<strong>Now and then:</strong> Ron Raines and Bernadette Peters sing passionately of a less cynical time, while their younger selves (Lora Lee Gayer and Nick Verina) hover in the half-light.
When Grammy-winning classical violinist Hilary Hahn plays in front of an audience, you can expect classics from Beethoven and Bach, performed with a flair and energy that's uniquely her own. Now, Hillary Hahn has a new project in the works: She wants to bring back the encore.