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Vol. LXIV, No. 22
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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(Photo by T. Charles Erickson)
THREE PLAYS IN ONE: United by the common thread of the history of the early days of aviation, the stories of the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart are presented as a musical in three separate acts. Shown above is Amelia Earhart (Jenn Collella) in the act that describes Earhart’s role.

Taking Flight With Lindbergh, Earhart, and the Wright Brothers, McCarter Presents U.S. Premiere of Inventive Aviation Musical

Donald Gilpin

Experienced any horror stories at Newark Airport lately? Still able to conjure up any of those romanticized anticipations that accompanied airline trips in years gone by, before the terrorism alerts, the endless security lines, the disappearance of all amenities, and the pervasive worries about environmental consequences? The glamour of air travel in the past century has vanished, but Take Flight, an American premiere musical currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, recreates on stage much of the excitement of the early days of flight, and many of the tribulations too.

Westminster Community Orchestra’s Audience Goes on Musical Journey Through the Movies

Nancy Plum

Music from film and television is often dismissed as trivial or fluff, when in fact notable composers in the early 20th century considered writing film scores a very viable way of making a living. Such composers as Aaron Copland and Sergei Prokofiev wrote for film, and many other major works of music by significant composers have been used in movie soundtracks. The Westminster Community Orchestra brought a bit of fun trivia and a great deal of this film music to the stage on Saturday night. Conductor Ruth Ochs took the audience at Richardson Auditorium on a trip through the unusual and little explored world of music from the movies, as concertgoers learned a new thing or two about pieces they thought they had known for years.

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