Arts & Entertainment

Superb young piano trio perform at Ben’s

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Colin Kaye
It’s rare to see such an enthusiastic audience at a chamber concert but the Bangkok Tour de Trio received something of an ovation after their recent concert at Ben’s Theatre…

Intimate Hotel hosts tenor-baritone opera recital

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8
The Intimate hotel, just off Pattaya 2nd Road, was the venue for another D & M Music Studio sponsored opera recital on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tenor singer Surapong Wattananontachai was…

South African bookshop a treasure trove of eclectic history

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Lynsey Chutel
Johannesburg (AP) - The only clue to a literary treasure trove tucked away in downtown Johannesburg is a fading sign, but behind this door is a fantastic maze containing an…

Northern Ireland’s ‘Game of Thrones’ road painted by mistake

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8
Armoy, Northern Ireland (AP) - “Game of Thrones” fans, don’t fret: Cleaners are coming. Tourists who flock to Northern Ireland to visit the settings for the hit HBO fantasy series…

Life at 33 1/3: Neil Young and the dawn of Reagan

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Carl Meyer
Various Artists: ‘Where The Buffalo Roam’ (Soundtrack) (Backstreet/MCA) Oh what a movie!  Bill Murray doesn’t just act his part, he becomes Hunter S. Thompson, the hilarious inventor and guru of…

Taylor Swift wins top Grammy Award, Kendrick Lamar wins 5

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Mesfin Fekadu
Los Angeles (AP) - Taylor Swift’s official switch from country to pop with her multi-hit, best-selling “1989” album brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the…

Classical Connections: You play the what?

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Colin Kaye
A recent concert given by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra included an unusual work for alpenhorn – an unwieldy thing about eight feet long that has the unusual distinction of being…

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc a tribute to his music

Friday, 19 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 8 By Sandy Cohen
Park City, Utah (AP) - As a young artist, Michael Jackson knew he wanted to be legendary. “I will be magic,” he wrote as a teenager, outlining his plans for…

Life at 33 1/3: Birth of the ’Greatest Hits’ album

Friday, 12 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 7 By Carl Meyer
The ’Greatest Hits’-album wasn’t necessarily a bad deal back in the 60’s and the early 70’s as they would collect a bunch of popular songs not found on the artist’s…

Classical Connections: Into Finn air

Friday, 12 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 7 By Colin Kaye
In must have been a good many years ago, but my one-and-only journey to Finland was to a music conference in Helsinki.  I can’t recall much about the conference but…
New York (AP) - Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like “September,” ‘’Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,”…

Life at 33 1/3: The Holton/Steel-experiment

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Carl Meyer
Gary Holton And Casino Steel, Gary Holton & Casino Steel (Polydor) Casino Steel left Trondheim (in Norway) for London in the early 70’s, and formed glampunk legends Hollywood Brats with…

NYC jury hears details of modern masters forgery scandal

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Tom Hays
New York (AP) - In the latest chapter of a scandal that’s jolted New York’s art world, a federal jury is hearing about a Chinese immigrant who forged fakes of…

Classical Connections: Mixed doubles

Friday, 05 February 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 6 By Colin Kaye
Go to almost any orchestral concert and you’ll find that there’s probably a concerto for something-or-other on the programme.  Why are concertos so popular?  Perhaps it’s because by their nature,…

Life at 33 1/3: King Midas in Reverse

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Carl Meyer
The Hollies entered the summer of love firing on all cylinders, and then Graham Nash picked the wrong single, and it all came crashing down. (Highest position on the New…

Classical Connections: Squeeze me

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Colin Kaye
What’s the difference between a macaw and an accordion?  The answer is that one is loud, obnoxious and noisy; the other is a bird.  The instrument has been the butt…

Virtuosic piano recital at the Intimate Hotel

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Colin Kaye
A small but enthusiastic audience recently welcomed the acclaimed Israeli pianist Boaz Sharon at a concert at the Intimate Hotel, located close to The Avenue Shopping Centre on Second Road.…

A humming chorus at Ben’s

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Colin Kaye
For a moment, I thought it was my imagination, but it wasn’t.  During Franz Lehar’s song Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiß several members of the audience, especially those of…

Life at 33 1/3: The Hollies part 2: The Titans arrive

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Carl Meyer
The Hollies entered the Premier League in May 1965.  By December 1966 they were of Champions League-quality.  Here’s how it happened: (Highest position on the New Musical Express’ TOP 30…

Classical Connections: Catch a what?

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Colin Kaye
Many years ago, when I got a position playing cello in our district orchestra I found myself sitting next to another boy of about my age who was clearly from…
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