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COMING SOON, I PROMISE

7/28/14

There’s a long, long boring story about why the Bridges of Madison County vocal selections haven’t come out yet, but this photo documents what we all hope are the final stages of preparation: the last round of proofs! Hang in there, folks! And buy your tickets for August 4 at SubCulture right here! We’re almost sold out! J.

VIDEO: JRB & STEPHANIE BLOCK AT THE VULTURE FESTIVAL

7/15/14

Jesse Green invited me to do a live interview with him at this year’s Inaugural Vulture Festival sponsored by New York Magazine. He also asked if I would bring along an additional singer, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know Stephanie J. Block, who I’ve seen do such amazing work for many years although we’ve never gotten to work together. Thankfully, Stephanie was not only available, but she agreed to learn five songs she’d never sung before, and to learn them in the space of less than a week! This video comprises most of the conversationRead More »

CLOSING A CIRCLE

6/25/14

  There are several stories in this picture, beyond the obvious one of a piano-playing songwriter standing onstage at Radio City Music Hall with one of his greatest inspirations. But this is the story that is most important to me: Carol Klein grew up in the late forties and early fifties in a brick, two-family house in Sheepshead Bay. Her upstairs neighbors were the Browns, Irving and Chickie, who had three kids, Michael, Terri and Stuart. Carol was a year older than Stuart, but he always remembered her and her little brother, Richard, who had been born deaf and severelyRead More »

SET LIST: LANCASTER, PA 6/22/14

6/23/14

Back in March, I ended up with a nasty respiratory infection that laid me out for two weeks, and one of the consequences was that I had to cancel my concert and masterclass with PRiMA Theatre at the last minute.  Fortunately for all, the gang in Lancaster was able to reschedule, and so I took a train up to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country to make some music at the Trust Performing Arts Center. First I worked with six fantastic performers on their material; you can read about that here in an article from Lancaster Online. The concert wasRead More »

IT’S JUST “A.”

5/9/14

Wonderful news just announced: Parade will return to New York City for the first time since 1999, in a concert version with full orchestra and 200-voice choir at Avery Fisher Hall, on February 16, 2015. (And I’ll be conducting!) Once the news came out this morning, my Facebook exploded with reminiscences of the original production and tour, and I was reminded of the following story, which is an illustration of the dangers of hiring one of your best friends to go on tour with you. Parade went on a brief but wonderful national tour in 2000.  I conducted and IRead More »