Loosely based on the late singer Dave Van Ronk, “Davis” focuses on the plight of a struggling singer to prove his gift to an often hard and unforgiving world. Isaac’s portrayal succeeds because he’s such a talented musician. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The night’s narrative was driven by something more elusive than plot, though, and the wonder was divided equally between the songs themselves and the many thrilling interpretations. I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a room with so many humans with perfect pitch. Notes soared with pure vocal and instrumental virtuosity as young voices embodied ancient emotions. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings channeled the Carter Family for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a deathly ode to eternal bliss featuring dueling guitar and mandolin solos. Actor/singer Stark Sands , who plays an earnest Southern singer in the film, offered the sweet folk-pop song “Last Thing on My Mind.” Lake Street Dive highlighted magnetic vocalist Rachael Price, drawing fromfolk and jazz for “Go Down Smooth.” Over and over, the boldfaced names proved their status. Jack White delivered a typically raw and honest version of “My Mama’s Baby Child,” a song over the years interpreted by artists including Bukka White and Lightnin’ Hopkins. He also offered one of the evening’s sweetest moments, in his song with the White Stripes , “We’re Going to Be Friends.” Marcus Mumford’s rendition of “I Was Young When I Left Home” was utterly heartbreaking: honest, real and without pretense. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview Joan Baez, who has graced this stage on any number of occasions, was greeted with a hero’s welcome by audience and musicians, and her performance of “Joe Hill”with Colin Meloy and Gillian Welchbrought theold daysinto the present. Her version of “House of the Rising Sun” also was haunting. Patti Smith honored Baez, and the pair teamed for a rendition of Smith’s “People Have the Power.” Amid a night of so many peaks, though, one raucous moment stood out: Elvis Costello, who wasserving as Justin Timberlake ‘s understudy, did a rendition of one of the highlights of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Called “Please Mr. Kennedy,” the song is performed in the movie by Timberlake, Isaac and actor Adam Driver, and is a quick-tempoed time capsule to 1962 that features lines about rocket ships.
Sing to Live Community Chorus to present Reflections concert
Photograph by: Jimmy Jeong , Edmonton Journal REVIEW Album: A Concert for New York Artist: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Angela Cheng, Denise Djokic, Juliette Kang, and Jens Lindemann (ESO Live) Four stars (out of five) —– EDMONTON – The highlight of 2012 for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra a and perhaps the highlight of their history to date a was their visit to Carnegie Hall, under their conductor William Eddins. That visit has been happily commemorated in the release of a two-CD set, A Concert for New York, available at ESO concerts and by mail order at edmontonsymphony.com . It isnat, though, a recording of the actual Carnegie Hall concert itself, but live recordings (and good ones, too, by ex-CBC producer Jochen Eggert, and engineer Ron Yachimec) from the pair of concerts on May 4 and 5, 2012, when the orchestra presented the same music in the Winspear. The first CD is devoted to three Canadian composers who have worked with the ESO, starting with a charming little Lullaby, its rhythms inspired by the rocking of a cradle, by the ESOas current composer-in-residence, Robert Rival. Itas good, too, to have a recording of John Estacioas Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano. Originally commissioned for the opening of the Winspear, it was revised for this performance. The work is restless, with some highly atmospheric passages, and not particularly easy to grasp on one hearing. But it does grow in stature on repeated listening a exactly what a recording is for. The three soloists a the excellent Angela Cheng, Juliette Kang and Denise Djokic a act very much as a chamber trio, with the occasional solo. The orchestra is essentially a backdrop, rather than in any concerto opposition, until late in the piece when they effectively assume the role of the fourth protagonist. Alan Gillilandas Dreaming of the Master III is a wonderfully zany and extensive big-band jazz piece for trumpet and orchestra, with a mesmerizing soloist in Jens Lindemann. Hugely entertaining. The second CD includes Bernsteinas Mambo from West Side Story, exactly the kind of piece where Eddins is at his best.
In any event, it comes down to him stating his opinion and me stating mine.a That country singers are warring over the state of the music is, for some of us, a refreshing change from the closed ranks, donat-say-anything-if-you-canat-say-anything-nice attitude that usually binds them into fellowship. Discussion, even if itas heated, is always good. But Aldean doesnat buy into that perspective. aI know there are people who donat like what I do, and thatas fine. There are people out there doing stuff I donat necessarily like. If we all did the same thing, then it would be boring. Doesnat mean you have to rip people apart, though.a So is there room to question the state of the genre as Brown and a few others are trying to do? Maybe look at how things have changed since Jimmy Rodgers and Hank Williams, up through Merle and George? aI love Merle and George,a says Aldean. aIs it like Merle and George now? No, itas not. What you have to keep in mind is that the time has changed between the guys who were writing songs back in the day and the ones who are around now.
Concert preview: Jason Aldean has no appetite for music debate
Director Dr. Wilbert O. Watkins earned his Ph.D. in Music from Florida State University, where he served as the graduate teaching and conducting assistant to Dr. Andre J. Thomas. Dr. Watkins has been the Music Director at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park since 2002. He also conducts the Lutheran Choir of Chicago. The Sing to Live Community Chorus has a special place in Dr. Watkins’ heart as his twin sister is a breast cancer survivor. General admission is $20; Students & Seniors, $15.