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Symphonic theatre almost works

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:25
Dig deep beneath classical music's smoothly polished veneer and chances are you'll find gritty stories about its real-life, flesh and blood composers who created its towering masterworks. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra brought Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67, colloquially known as...
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Blues musical takes a while to find groove

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:14
As is often the case in these concert-theatre hybrids, finding the right measure of music and story is harder than it sounds. Raoul Bhaneja's stage creation Life, Death and the Blues, which opened at Prairie Theatre Exchange Thursday night, is another uneasy duet between brilliant musicianship...
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Pub night masterpieces

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:31
It's Wednesday night at a popular watering hole near Polo Park. While the Toronto Maple Leafs battle the Washington Capitals on a bank of big-screen TVs above their heads, 36 individuals in matching green smocks are preparing to recite the Paint Nite oath, as dictated by Manda Brownrigg, their
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Finding the balance between music and script

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 17:10
As is often the case in these concert-theatre hybrids, finding the right measure of music and story is harder than it sounds. Raoul Bhaneja’s stage creation Life, Death and the Blues, which opened at Prairie Theatre Exchange Thursday night, is another uneasy duet between brilliant
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Q&A: Motley Crue's Sixx on being 'kicked out of Canada,' when 'rock stars ruled'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:22
TORONTO - Before Motley Crue's depraved decadence became the subject of glam-metal lore, the band got a huge publicity boost from an unlikely source: Canada. On the band's "Cruesing Through Canada" tour in 1982, the unruly Los Angeles quartet received much boys-behaving-badly cred after several
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Auction on for pianos, art, furniture from Colorado's storied Caribou Ranch recording studio

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:57
DENVER - The auctioneer says it's hard to quantify nostalgia, so she's not predicting how much will be raised in a sale of everything from pianos to Western-themed decor from a recording studio that put the Rocky Mountains on the rock 'n' roll stage. More than 400 lots are part of Saturday's
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Never fear: Coward fare is frothy theatrical fun

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:34
While much of the stage drama served at the Master Playwright Festival since 2000 has gone done like a stiff belt of the hard stuff, CowardFest 2015 has only champagne cocktails of comedy on its menu. At the launch of the Noël Coward celebration Thursday at the Gas Station Theatre,
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WSO program tells the story behind Beethoven's most famous symphony

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:00
Da-da-da-DUM. With just three short Gs and a long E-flat, Beethoven composed the dramatic four-note motif that would serve as the basis for his Symphony No. 5 in C Minor -- the so-called Fifth Symphony -- one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written. Despite landing with a thud when it
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Go 'round once more with Mastodon and Clutch

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:03
April 17 will bring a metal invasion to the Burton Cummings Theatre when Mastodon, Clutch and Big Business bring the Missing Link Tour to Winnipeg. Mastodon, the headliner for the Winnipeg show, picked up its third Grammy nomination thanks to its 2014 album Once More 'Round the Sun. Clutch's
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Playwright's personal story isn't black or white... it's blues

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:31
Blues musicians, these days, come in all colours and nationalities. They are black and white, East Indian and Japanese. But while the musical genre has embraced a rainbow of performers, purists cling to the belief that white blues performers lack a necessary condition for authentic expression of
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Appellate court expresses skepticism about need for new trial in Jackson suit against promoter

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:20
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother argued Thursday for a new trial in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, but faced a skeptical panel of appellate justices who focused on the superstar's relationship with the doctor convicted of killing him. Attorneys for
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Jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea to make 1st duo piano concert tour since 1978

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:03
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jazz greats Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock share much in common, but the last time they toured together was 37 years ago when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Sony had just introduced the Walkman. The performers announced a world tour of duo piano concerts on Thursday. It
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Ariana Grande to headline NBA All-Star halftime show Feb. 15 in New York City

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:52
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ariana Grande will headline the NBA All-Star halftime show next month. The NBA announced Thursday that the pop singer will perform at the Feb. 15 event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big-voiced singer had a breakthrough last year with her sophomore album, "My
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Bob Dylan tells AARP magazine: 'If I had to do it all over again, I'd be a schoolteacher'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:51
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Bob Dylan says if he weren't a musician, he would be a teacher. The 73-year-old is on the cover of AARP magazine's February/March issue. He says in an interview that "if I had to do it all over again, I'd be a schoolteacher." He adds that he "probably" would have taught Roman
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New music

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:11
Pop The High Dials In the A.M. Wilds (Fontana North) IN its earliest incarnation, Montreal's the High Dials' sound was characterized by a thematic tussle between co-leaders Rishi Dhir and Trevor Anderson. Dhir drifted more towards a lysergically enhanced psychedelic vibration, while Anderson
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Beaver fever

Arts news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:42
It seems only fitting that the beaver, our famously industrious national emblem, would make a few appearances in Commerce, Prudence, Industry, local painter Evin Collis's caustic send-up of Manitoba history and mythology at the Maison des Artistes. Beavers transformed the North American
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'In the Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith tops HMV Canada CD sales chart

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:05
The following is HMV Canada's top 10 CDs based on national sales for the week ending Jan. 24. CDs 1 In the Lonely Hour _ Sam Smith 2 Title _ Meghan Trainor 3 American Beauty/American Psycho _ Fall Out Boy 4 B4.DA.$$ _ Joey Bada$$ 5 The Pale Emperor _ Marilyn Manson 6 1989 _ Taylor
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Wiseman's wisdom

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:18
"You have to be willing to be uncomfortable to see results." That well-worn motivational fitness adage usually refers to building muscle but, for Manitoba singer-songwriter Jess Reimer, the sentiment readily applies to making music. For her latest album, The Nightjar and the Garden, Reimer
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New Kids on the Block say newer boy bands can learn from them, announce tour with TLC, Nelly

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:28
NEW YORK, N.Y. - New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school. The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts. "As far as boy
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Pharrell, Sam Smith to sing at Grammys; John Legend, Common to perform song from 'Selma'

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:27
NEW YORK, N.Y. - One sings about being "Happy," the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. Common and John
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