Let’s get hind-sighty! This week’s Wave has all sorts of remembering. There are A&Eeres remembering A&E, there is a theater reviewer remembering theater and a music reviewer remembering music.
The mayor’s favorite A&E moment from 2013 was actually a series of moments. Mayor Don Ness picked a 10-day stretch of outdoor concerts at Bayfront Festival Park as the best thing to happen all year. See what other A&Eers have to say.
Theater reviewer Lawrance Bernabo broke down the best-of-the-best theater from the past year. “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “Jekyll and Kyde: The Musical,” “The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” and “Almost, Maine” get high marks. See the full list here.
Locally, music reviewer Tony Bennett likes Duck Duck Punch, Southwire, Retribution Gospel Choir and more. See what else he likes and loathes here. Bennett also considered the Christmas music of Bad Religion.
And because the A&E must go on, here are this week’s Best Bets.
Just for fun: Here are some adds to the A&Eers talking about great A&E:
“Opening night of the DSSO season this fall. Bernstein CandideOverture, Grieg Piano Concerto, and the Mahler 1. Everything about that night was electric. A new chapter was beginning, and there was a sort of buzz of hope and expectation. It all started with the fastest tempo I’ve ever heard for the CandideOverture. I realized I was holding my breath for at least half of it! Exhilarating fun, is what that was. Then onto the Grieg. It was so beautifully and so elegantly told that it was possible for me to retrace it in my memory for weeks. Also, it made me want to practice the piano. It was that good. The concert ended with the Mahler One — something that hadn’t been done in Duluth for a long time. The knowledge of its long absence made it feel extra special, and then. . well, it was special. So many colors, so much character, and a brass fanfare to leave us all cheering. Yes, I had tears in my eyes many times throughout the evening. Because holy cow, we have a professional orchestra who can do THAT and when THAT is happening, it feels like everything is possible.”
SARAH LAWRENCE of Lyric Opera of the North was one of three performers to play the lead in the company’s production of “La Traviata” in June. Dirk Meyer took over as the DSSO’s music director in 2013.
“I’m a huge fan of Low Forms. In all forms, full blast and semi-acoustic.And I love Red Mountain. Their new record is beautiful.”
JERREE SMALL of Southwire landed on all sorts of year-ender best-of-best lists with the band’s self-titled album.