You-review-it Monday

May 16, 2011
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For me, the weekend was spent in Washington, D.C. and included the Pultizer-Prize-winning "Ruined" at the Arena Stage (in its brand-spanking-new theater), and the Kennedy Center's production of Sondheim's "Follies" featuring Bernadette Peters and a stunning cast.

I also put on my walking shoes and headed to the Hirshhorn and the National Gallery of Art. I'll write more about the trip when I recovered for 12 hours in the car.

In the meantime, tell me what I missed in Indy.

Your thoughts?

  • Two excellent performances
    This weekend the Indianapolis Performing Arts scene proved that they could provide world class performances with the ISO's "Four Seasons" led by Zach DePue on Friday night and IO's production of "La Traviata" (also with ISO in the pit) on Sunday Afternoon. How thrilling it was to attend both these performances in the same weekend! Bravo, bravissimo!
  • The SING!
    You missed The Central Indiana Youth Barbershop Chorus. They held their 2nd annual performance, along with Capital City Chorus, Harmony Magic Chorus and Circle City Sound Chorus. It was awesome to see all the youth on stage.
  • Feinstein and PBS
    Michael Feinstein was backed up by a 32-piece orchestra at the Palladium Wednesday for a concert and again Thursday for the taping of a PBS special about Frank Sinatra and his influences. I heard the Thursday event and it was terrific music and interesting to watch how it was put together. Feinstein was wonderfully engaging and at ease with the audience, treating the evening like a concert. He is a terrific interpreter of American songs, so this was just the kind of event in which he excelled. The orchestra, made up almost exclusively of Indianapolis freelance professionals, was outstanding - it was really a big band with a string section and a couple of horns added. As you would expect, there were some stops for lighting and a couple of the pieces were played again at the end. The producer and stage manager were quite good, serving as straight men to Michael's entertaining exchanges. It was fun to be in the audience as we were asked to simulate different moods, from pensive to wildly cheering to laughing. A full house for both nights and the Palladium is a great venue for this kind of concert.

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