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Music for a Sunday Afternoon

I live quite a distance from FGCU, so when the opportunity arose to hear two of the Bower School of Music’s ensembles in Cape Coral, I was in. The Jazz Ensemble led by Brandon Robertson and the Symphonic Band led by Troy Jones presented a concert at Ida Baker High School to a disappointingly small […]

Bion Cantorum Not Afraid to Take a Risk

Roy Engler set quite an ambitious program for his 16 voice chorus, Bion Cantorum, yesterday afternoon. In Soundscape Kaleidoscope, they sang in six languages and traversed almost as many centuries. The singers began with several sacred or semi-sacred works such as the popular and oft-performed “Sure on This Shining Night.”  Then came what Engler wryly […]

Come to the Cabaret

It all started with Goodbye to Berlin, a novel by Christopher Isherwood. Isherwood published his semi-autobiographical novel of his pre-Nazi experience in 1939. John Van Druten adapted it into a play in 1951 titled I Am A Camera. A less successful film by that name followed in 1955. The musical version, Cabaret, emerged in 1966 […]