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All things Sinatra. That’s the core idea now at  Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, with its holiday musical, “Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash.” Nice thing about the theater, it’s small enough to eavesdrop on audience members during intermission and when leaving the theater to get some idea of what they, the audience […]

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The Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, is launching another new series – Blues @ the Civic – to go along with its jazz and other musical events. In cooperation with the Northeast Ohio Blues Association, the series will kick off when the association will host Colin John and The Juke Hounds (as the opening […]

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It just doesn’t feel like Christmastime without choral music. But as luck has it, here in the Twin Cities we’re awash in renowned choruses, and it looks like they’re all putting on a holiday concert in the next two weeks. You can hear holiday music in medieval harmonies or Latin jazz, or partake of the […]

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Buika goes silent for a moment

Published on December 9, 2013 by in Miami, Music, Poetry

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Concha Buika

When it comes to Buika in concert, I just let go and try not to understand every word. Even though my Spanish isn’t so great, her voice is the closest thing to a universal language that I’ve encountered. Her vocalizations embody the excruciating pain, suffering, loss and longing

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When Steve Moretti and Matt Catingub announced Macon Pops in September, Catingub said that the combination of a pops orchestra with food, drink and dance would make every concert an event. If the success of the second installment in Macon Pops’ first season is any indication, he was underestimating the possiblities. Saturday’s concert featured holiday […]

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Despite persistent rumors of an 11th-hour benefactor that might save the day, St. Paul’s storied jazz venue, The Artists’ Quarter, still looks set to close at the end of December. Jazz writer Pamela Espeland, in particular, has been doing some excellent wide-angle coverage of the story on her Bebopified blog: she offers a succinct overview […]

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Musicians, mark your calendars: There’s an event this week at McNally Smith College of Music you should know about, “Moan & Groan: A Critical Conversation of Today’s Music Industry.” In conjunction with the college’s annual Speakeasy conversation, Minnesota Music Mafia and McNally Smith are co-presenting a free, public panel discussion on the practical realities (and […]

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I steer clear of big-box retailers and malls the weekend after Thanksgiving. I’ve nothing against a little post-holiday commerce, but the onslaught of elbow-to-elbow Black Friday bargain-hunting sets my teeth on edge. If you’re also looking to avoid the worst of the madding crowd this week, particularly if you have family to entertain or small […]

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Buika. Photo by Javi Rojo.

Spanish songstress and poet Buika returns to the Arsht Center, as part of its 2012 – 2013 Live at Knight Series, for one night only on Sunday,

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The “indie classical” crowd doesn’t do things the same way as their predecessors did, when a career in this art form was defined by an elite management agency and carefully chosen appearances in major venues. While that world certainly hasn’t disappeared, today’s younger classical players are just as happy to bring their art to the […]

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