October has seen the completion of my manuscript for a new collection of short stories entitled, CAROUSEL and Other Stories, due to be released by Weiala Press in February 2016. The manuscript is heading to the printers this November. (Read more here). I also am continuing to work on my Jonas Kaufmann critical history, now writing about the year 2013 – so we are slowly approaching the present day, and I am very excited to see where this goes! On the Maine scene, I covered the exciting exhibition at Bowdoin Museum called Night Vision and the world premiere of Rob Urbinati’s play, Mama’s Boy. You can read these pieces by clicking on their respective links.
September was devoted to closing out the summer theatre projects and moving ahead with personal writing for Weiala Press. In addition to my regular Fanfare contributions, I covered the wonderful opening at the Good Theater of No Biz Like Show Biz, and profiled the summer exhibition at the Bowdoin Museum, Night Vision. I also did a fascinating feature on the Maine State Ballet.
Perhaps most exciting, however, is that composer Daniel Steven Crafts has completed the score for our opera (I wrote libretto) about John Keats, Adonais, and together we are pursuing possibilities for performance of what we believe to be a very special piece! READ MORE.
June begins the summer season here in Brunswick, Maine, after a long, hard winter. at last, this coastal college town is alive with a host of cultural offerings, prominent among them Maine State Music Theatre, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Bowdoin Museum, which usually mounts a major exhibit each year. I have been involved with all these organizations, covering their wonderful offerings, and in the case of MSMT, hosting their talkback series, A Peek Behind the Curtain, as well as this year working on a special film/interview project with their interns – all of which has given me inspiration and enjoyment! I have finished a first draft of my next collection of short stories, but will delay until the fall for editing and publication process, and I am about halfway through the Jonas Kaufmann book. I continue, too, to do the usual complement of theatre reviews and profiles, as well as writing classical music pieces for Fanfare and other arts features for Scene 4. This past month I profiled the lovely little museum in Ogunquit, the charming arts colony nestled on Maine’s southern shore.
Among my last month’s published features are a story about Maine State Music Theatre’s casting puzzle (from Broadway World) (click here), coverage of Bowdoin College’s exhibit Letters and Shadows: African-American Art and Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance from Scene 4 Magazine (click here) and interview s with soprano Maria Knapik (click here) and the trio of Carole Fitzpatrick, Robert Barefield and Russell Ryan (click here) in Fanfare, as well as the usual coverage of the Maine theatre and music scenes. Enjoy!
Despite the blizzards here in Maine, theatre-going and classical music events continue to provide a solace in winter. This month you can find online profile in Fanfare of pianist Julian Gargiulo, soprano Ida Faella, hornist Steven Gross, jazz pianist Tobin Mueller, and mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus, as well as my critic’s choices for 2014, which included the Met’s new Parsifal DVD and Sony’s Winterreise, both starring Jonas Kaufmann (and both of which went on to win numerous international prizes.) Last month’s Scene 4 carries my coverage of artist Edwin Austin Abbey‘s Shakespeare paintings and February’s issue will feature a retrospective on the unforgettable French actor Gérard Philipe. Broadway World features a number of reviews and a new interview with Maine State Music Theatre’s indefatigable artistic team, Curt Dale Clark and Stephanie Dupal. I also am happy to report I have begun two new independent writing projects, another collection of short stories and a critic’s diary about tenor Jonas Kaufmann, both of which which eventually be published by Weiala Press.
The year wound down with the publication of a piece on the Berger Collection of British art in Scene 4 Magazine, as well as several reviews of holiday productions in the Portland area. January will see an article on artist Edwin Austin Abbey in Scene 4 Magazine and several new interviews in Fanfare. The busy theatre season resumes at the end of the month. Looking forward to it! READ MORE.