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Choral music lovers gather for ‘Community Sing’

September 25, 2020

Of all the performing arts disciplines that have been most severely hard hit by the pandemic, it has been singing. Whether it be opera, musical theatre, cabaret or other genres, theatre, music halls and other venues have fallen silent. Another art form that depends on... read more

Ann Hampton Callaway Readies For Bergman Tribute

August 28, 2020

It has been my great pleasure to have had an acquaintance for some time with the Callaway sisters, Liz and Ann, both familair faces to Indy audiences.  I first met Ann when she appeared with the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, of which I was a member,... read more

Fonseca Theatre Company offers reprise of pertinent drama

August 22, 2020

The omnipresent mask-wearing and social-distancing ritual, which is very much a part of contemporary life during these perilous times, was in force, but all in all, the setting, ambiance and the play itself made for a memorable evening of live entertainment on Friday at Fonseca... read more

Angela Brown Believes ‘This Too Shall Pass’

August 17, 2020

The last time I saw internationally acclaimed opera star Angela Brown was when she performed her signature show “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View” (which I wrote about here) at George S. Buck School back in November. The Indianapolis native’s engaging interactive show was made... read more

Liam Bonner Stitches A New Garment In The Age of Coronavirus

August 8, 2020

Do you find it interesting when you encounter professional acquaintances out of context, in ways you have never pictured them? An example for me, and in this case, a happy surprise, was witnessing Indianapolis Symphonic Choir executive director Liam Bonner performing at the organization’s Feb.... read more

Liz Callaway Prepares For Her Livestream Concert Debut

August 4, 2020

In early May, I did a phone interview with actor-singer-recording artist Liz Callaway and at the time, like most of us, she was hunkered down in her home because of the coronavirus with her husband Dan. Their son, Nicholas, who had just finished his first year... read more

Devan Mathias Finds Joy Amid Darkness

July 23, 2020

Of the many misfortunes suffered by performing arts organizations during the pandemic, the cancellation of shows was one of the most devastating. I speak from personal experience. As managing director of Magic Thread Cabaret, my producing partner and artistic director, Dustin Klein, and I had... read more