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Celebrating 2013 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Nothing is better than ringing in the new year with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Michael Krajewski led the ASO with some popular pops tunes. To kick off this New Year’s Eve production he brought to the forefront the ultimate New Year’s Eve tune, Fanfare for a New Year.

One of the things I love about Krajewski is his humor, not that he is a standup comedian but the ultimate sly straight man, he pokes fun of himself and the masters that he plays.

In the Dance of the Hours from La Giocondra, a tune that has come to live from the Disney version of Fantasia and the 60s parady of Hello Mother, Hello Father lines, the orchestra created a tune that floated across the audience.

A fateful audience volunteer, Phillip was brought on stage to play a rather large instrument but Krjewski skillfully guided him to play the right notes. The best part of the night was when the Galop from William Tell Overture was played, the maestro allowed the audience to shout out “High Oh Silver and Away”.

The second half brought the crooner sounds of Tony DeSare, who brought the house to a intimate club feel.  I envisioned that all I needed was a nice whiskey with a lovely bird in the next table over making goo-goo eyes.

That night it was a sure treat to be given a glass of champagne as I excited the show that New Year’s Eve night with fabulous tunes by the ASO.

January brings a whole array of shows, next up is January 10-12 Michael Gandolfi: Concerto for Clarinet and Strings world premiere, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5, and Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade with Conductor Robert Spano.

This year has a long list of stars from February 9 Wynton Marsalis, March 2 Steve Martin, and May 24-25 Michael Feinstein to name only a few.

For tickets and show times visit: www.ASO.org or call 404.733.5000, they have something for every type of taste, so get your culture on and support our local Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

 

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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