You-review-it Monday

September 19, 2011
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Did you make it to the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the start of a new symphonic era in Indy? Soak up a gorgeous day at the Indy Jazz Fets main event? Catch up on "Dracula" at the IRT? Or take advantage of one of the region's many festivals?  

Now that the season is rolling, what A&E did you get to this weekend? (For my thoughts on last week's Indianapolis City Ballet benefits and Civic's "The Drowsy Chaperone," click here

Your thoughts? 

Oh, and don't forget to click here if you are interested in scoring passes to a Wednesday screening of "Dolphin Tale"
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  • Irish Fest
    Really enjoyed Irish Fest Fri night. Free entry can't be beat. Celtic Spring is amazing.
  • tour de coops
    absolutely great event. a really good family opportunity. wonderful hens, gardens, back yards.
  • JazzFest -- SUPER
    JazzFest (not a client) caught the big weather break this year and they deserve it! Saturday at Optipark and the Arts Center was perfect. A great collection of local, up and coming artists and the Main Stage was phenomenal. Rufus Reid on upright bass playing with Indianapolis' own Steve Allee was mesmerizing, George Benson proved he's still got it with engaging vocals and rockin' guitar that at times combined BBKing with Wes Montgomery. For those who left before Trombone Shorty -- wow -- did you miss it. The kid (I'm showing my age) under 30, attacked the stage with his trombone AND trumpet. His N'Orleans band with a solid baritone sax as an anchor kept things moving at light speed. He calmed things down with a moving tribute to "My hero, Louis Armstrong."
    Great show and I'm waiting for next year all ready. Thanks to JazzFest and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation for a great weekend!
  • Drowsey Chaperone
    I caught this musical at Civic Saturday night and was extrememly impressed. Lou was right that the girl playing Janet is no Sutton Foster, but in general, she was wonderful. I was lucky enough to see it in NY with the original cast and had a great time. Almost five years later I had an equally good time Saturday night. My one criticsm was that at times the sound of the the excellent pit band overwhelmed the singers and/or dialogue. They really needed to turn down the band's feed a little bit. Only one weekend left and well worth a trip to Carmel!
  • Jazz Fest
    Thanks to Lou & IBJ I attended Jazz Fest for the first time in years. The weather was beautiful and the location at Optipark at the Art Center was fantastic. We spent a big portion of the day there listing to a nice variety of music on the three stages. I highly recommend it for next year.
  • Dracula
    My husband enjoyed the IRT performance of Dracula. The acting was superb and the ending as exciting as the book!!
  • Irish Fest
    We attended the Irish Fest Saturday night & especially enjoyed listening to one of our favorite groups....Hogeye Navvy! However, the food was way over-priced!
  • Urbanski and Emerson Quartet
    I took in two really fine concerts this weekend. The ISO performance of the Shostakovich Symphony #5 was electrifying and I was tremendously impressed with Maestro Urbanski's communication with the ensemble. I can't remember seeing such concentration and excitement on the faces of the orchestra members in a long time. I loved watching the first stand string basses and the piccolo - I felt the energy that their body language and expression radiated. Garrick Olson gave a powerful presentation of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, and his encore of the Rachmaninov C# minor Prelude was masterful. The opening overture was the familiar Russlan and Ludmilla - it may have been just a touch on the fast side, but it certainly had energy. Urbanski's conducting is interesting to watch - he uses his left hand in as wide a variety of gestures as I have ever seen. Another thing that stood out was the incredible dynamic range, especially with the string section. The only disappointment was that there were so many empty seats, even though there were tickets available at little or no cost. This concert should have sold out weeks in advance - it was significant for the new Music Director, a wonderful piano soloist and beloved repertoire.

    Saturday night at the Palladium was a terrific performance by the Emerson Quartet, again with a much smaller than expected audience. The concert consisted of three string quartets in the key of F and from the classical period. Sound somewhat stiff and boring? Not in the hands of this masterful quartet. The interpretations of Haydn and Mozart were clear and distinct, and the slow movement of the late Beethoven work was just spellbinding. The small crowd was worrisome when coupled with the audience at the ISO on Friday. Let's hope for bigger audiences at both the Circle and the Palladium at the terrific concerts both have scheduled this weekend.

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