Review: For Armory Recitals, a Modest but Memorable Return

The previous few weeks have introduced heartening indicators that classical music is coming again to New York after the devastating pandemic closures of the previous 12 months and a half. The Metropolitan Opera reopened the doorways for an inspiring efficiency of Verdi’s Requiem on Sept. 11. The New York Philharmonic…

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon

Subscribe to Popcast!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher Kacey Musgraves’s new album, “Star-Crossed,” paperwork the collapse of the wedding she celebrated on her final album, the Grammy-winning “Golden Hour.” It’s an LP that calls again to her earliest, extra modest-scaled work — the embodiment of post-exuberance. Throughout her profession, Musgraves…

At 75, the Ojai Music Festival Stays Focused on the Future

OJAI, Calif. — Returning is a course of. Rarely is it linear. The Ojai Music Festival, as an example, returned, Sept. 16-19, to have fun its 75th 12 months after a protracted pandemic absence. But there have been setbacks amongst the comebacks. Compromises had been made to accommodate its transfer…

The 18-Year Wait for New Wrens Music Is Over. Sort Of.

How are you aware it’s time to tug the plug on the band you began as a youngster? Is it whenever you get married and have youngsters and purchase a home within the deep New Jersey ’burbs? Or when you’ve a job so severe, they transfer you to Singapore for…

Ron Miles Headlines the Village Vanguard, at Last, as the Club Reopens

Ron Miles has a dusty and unvarnished sound on cornet that hints at his Rocky Mountain roots, and in contrast to your typical high-brass improviser, he hardly resorts to flash or large pronouncements. Onstage he’s unhurried, low-key and enjoying for the viewers, sure, however not on to it. All of…

Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Holds at No. 1 for a Second Week

In its second week out, Drake’s hit new album, “Certified Lover Boy,” misplaced 61 p.c of its gross sales, however it nonetheless holds at No. 1 on Billboard’s chart, whereas the newest LP from the Grammy-winning nation star Kacey Musgraves opens at No. three. “Certified Lover Boy” had the equal…

The New York Philharmonic Returns, in the Midst of Transitions

The New York Philharmonic’s live performance on Friday was not only a heartening return to Lincoln Center for America’s oldest orchestra, 556 days after its final efficiency there. The occasion additionally revealed an establishment in the midst of momentous transitions, together with the surprising announcement on Wednesday that Jaap van…

A Cabaret Star and an Opera Star Walk Onto a Stage …

“This show has been 10 years in the making,” the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stated just lately. He was speaking about “Only an Octave Apart,” an undefinable occasion — A staged live performance? A revue, possibly? — which he has created with Justin Vivian Bond and which runs at St.…

Adalberto Álvarez, Latin Dance Music Maestro, Is Dead at 72

Adalberto Álvarez, one in all Cuba’s most celebrated musicians, who as a bandleader helped revive and refashion Cuban son, a fusion of European and African kinds and devices that was important to Latin dance music, died on Sept. 1 in a hospital in Havana. He was 72. The trigger was…