You-review-it Monday

October 19, 2008
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Truly moved by anything at the Heartland Film Festival? Catch Dance Kaleidoscope's season opener? Visit a haunted house or, like me, were you part of the jury at the trial at the Benjamin Harrison Home?

So what did you get to this weekend?
  • I saw DK's Musica Latina on Thursday, and I loved it. I've seen most of their shows during the past two years, and this was one of my favorites. Loved the music, the costumes, the culture - and especially George's Mexican cowboy boots dance. Woohoo!
  • Roger Schmelzer CD Release

    Beth and I were delighted by this self-produced event (Saturday, Oct. 18)--a refreshing change from the big orgs and presenters. Roger Schmelzer is well known as a singing actor in the Indy area, and he's come up with a most enjoyable CD called About Now. (

    Here's a charming, talented guy who reveres the Great American Songbook and the cabaret tradition, treasuring the story within each song. The concert, backed by a skilled trio and guest composer/keyboardist David Lips, mixed standards such as Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered with original works by Lips and music coordinator/pianist Mark Timko. Roger has a way of getting behind each song and offering it with authenticity and flair. The trio (Timko, drummer Tom DiMartino and his son James DiMartino on bass) clicked as well live as they had on the CD.

    Great music, great eats, and a crowd that savored the music and the moment--what's not to love? This event was held at the Hedback Theatre (18th & Alabama), where I first saw Roger perform years ago in The Goodbye Girl. He's only gotten better, and even the gems from 1938 (You're and Education) glitter in his hands.
  • Dance Kaleidoscope's Musica Latina was incredible. Uplifting and energetic with unbelieveable aerial work especially. The company just keeps getting better and better - athletically and artistically. I can't wait for their 1/8 - 11 reprise of their fantastic Beatles concert!

    DK more than made up for the $124 I handed the out of town Broadway Across America conglomerate for 2, 2nd terrace seats Tues. night to Avenue Q, one of the most shallow, moronic shows I've ever sat through. Couple that w/ terrible sound and not enough lobby bars in Clowes Hall and it made for a mediocre and expensive evening.
  • I headed out of town Saturday to hear the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra play Mahler Symphony no. 2. I have to go elsewhere to hear my beloved Mahler, since the ISO for a second season in a row hasn't programmed any of his magnificent works. However, it's aways fun to hear other orchestras, so I would still take a trip to another city to hear Mahler, even if the ISO did play his works more often.

    The conductor for the CSO concert was Gilbert Kaplan, a man who was once a magazine editor/publisher who went to hear a Mahler concert and he said his life was literally changed. He sold his business and learned how to conduct Mahler 2 and understand what all those little black notes mean, and now that's all he does: conduct Mahler 2. Pretty interesting, if you ask me.

    Sunday I was in town though to hear American Pianist Association Fellow Elizabeth Joy Roe, who was simply spectacular. All in all, a very musical weekend!

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