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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 17, 1995
Andre Previn, "Honey and Rue," Samuel Barber, "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," and George Gershwin, "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Summertime," performed by Kathleen Battle and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Previn conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 437 787-2)The major interest here is Previn's "Honey and Rue," a song cycle specifically written for Battle and on which the composer collaborated with the poet and novelist Toni Morrison.This is a wonderful cycle with a splendid text. Morrison's poems have an aura made up equally of earthiness and ethereal beauty.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2010
The history of a people, with all the grief, faith and determination that entails, can be heard in the simple strains of spirituals, one of the most enduring and endearing genres of American music. This week, stellar soprano Kathleen Battle will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State University Choir in the premiere of a spiritual-filled program she developed celebrating the Underground Railroad. No voice in recent times is more associated with this music than Battle's.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 14, 2000
Over the years, Cyrus Chestnut has accompanied two of the most singular women of song: The late jazz singer Betty Carter, with whom he first made his name, and the great classical soprano Kathleen Battle, with whom he appears tomorrow at the Meyerhoff. Naturally, playing behind such legendary singers has taught the Baltimore-born pianist many things, including diplomacy. Asked how he would compare the two singers, he gracefully dodges the question. "Betty Carter is Betty Carter, Kathleen Battle is Kathleen Battle," he says.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 14, 2000
Over the years, Cyrus Chestnut has accompanied two of the most singular women of song: The late jazz singer Betty Carter, with whom he first made his name, and the great classical soprano Kathleen Battle, with whom he appears tomorrow at the Meyerhoff. Naturally, playing behind such legendary singers has taught the Baltimore-born pianist many things, including diplomacy. Asked how he would compare the two singers, he gracefully dodges the question. "Betty Carter is Betty Carter, Kathleen Battle is Kathleen Battle," he says.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1993
WASHINGTON -- "We're so happy to be here," Little Feat front man Craig Fuller told the crowd crammed into Reunion Hall yesterday afternoon. "Ain't it great to have a president who likes rock 'n' roll?"He got no argument from the crowd. From a musical standpoint, this first part of the Clinton inaugural celebration was a stunning success, from the exuberant tent shows that made up America's Reunion on the Mall to the star-studded An American Reunion extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial.At times, it seemed more like a pop festival than a political event.
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By Stephen Wigler | January 16, 1994
Kathleen Battle gives recital to benefit Morgan State at the 0) Meyerhoff WednesdayKathleen Battle is the first light soprano in many years to achieve superstar status. There are many reasons for this: refined and varied phrasing coupled to wonderful vocal control and flowing delivery in such a way as to make her a near-ideal interpeter of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti; a musical temperament that can make sparks fly; and, not least, her spectacular good looks. The great soprano will give a recital with pianist Margo Garrett Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets for the concert, a benefit for Morgan State University, are $25 to $75. Call the Meyerhoff box office, (410)
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By Larry Harris and Larry Harris,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1996
"Angels' Glory"; Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening; Sony ClassicalWhen Christopher Parkening and soprano Kathleen Battle recorded a disc several years ago, it was hugely successful, and fTC follow-up was inevitable. This collection of Christmas songs, with a strong infusion of American spirituals, is a logical second offering and has much to recommend it. Throughout, Parkening provides a relaxed, laid-back accompaniment to the tempestuous Battle and indeed only takes one lengthy solo during the entire course of the disc.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2010
The history of a people, with all the grief, faith and determination that entails, can be heard in the simple strains of spirituals, one of the most enduring and endearing genres of American music. This week, stellar soprano Kathleen Battle will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State University Choir in the premiere of a spiritual-filled program she developed celebrating the Underground Railroad. No voice in recent times is more associated with this music than Battle's.
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By DAN BERGER | February 10, 1994
The Met sacked Kathleen Battle. For being a prima donna.The shelling of the Sarajevo market told you nothing about Bosnian genocide you didn't already know.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 2003
It is fitting that as Leslie B. Dunner's tenure at the helm of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra winds down, soprano Kishna Davis is coming to town for one more concert under the maestro's baton. ASO aficionados will recall that it was Davis who appeared as an 11th-hour replacement soloist at Dunner's ASO debut in February 1998. She brought last-minute repertoire with her as well. But if the conductor or the soprano, a Howard County native, felt undue pressure at having been brought together so late in the game for Dunner's audition concert, neither betrayed it in performance.
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By Larry Harris and Larry Harris,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1996
"Angels' Glory"; Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening; Sony ClassicalWhen Christopher Parkening and soprano Kathleen Battle recorded a disc several years ago, it was hugely successful, and fTC follow-up was inevitable. This collection of Christmas songs, with a strong infusion of American spirituals, is a logical second offering and has much to recommend it. Throughout, Parkening provides a relaxed, laid-back accompaniment to the tempestuous Battle and indeed only takes one lengthy solo during the entire course of the disc.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 17, 1995
Andre Previn, "Honey and Rue," Samuel Barber, "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," and George Gershwin, "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Summertime," performed by Kathleen Battle and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Previn conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 437 787-2)The major interest here is Previn's "Honey and Rue," a song cycle specifically written for Battle and on which the composer collaborated with the poet and novelist Toni Morrison.This is a wonderful cycle with a splendid text. Morrison's poems have an aura made up equally of earthiness and ethereal beauty.
FEATURES
By Stephen Wigler | January 16, 1994
Kathleen Battle gives recital to benefit Morgan State at the 0) Meyerhoff WednesdayKathleen Battle is the first light soprano in many years to achieve superstar status. There are many reasons for this: refined and varied phrasing coupled to wonderful vocal control and flowing delivery in such a way as to make her a near-ideal interpeter of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti; a musical temperament that can make sparks fly; and, not least, her spectacular good looks. The great soprano will give a recital with pianist Margo Garrett Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets for the concert, a benefit for Morgan State University, are $25 to $75. Call the Meyerhoff box office, (410)
NEWS
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1993
WASHINGTON -- "We're so happy to be here," Little Feat front man Craig Fuller told the crowd crammed into Reunion Hall yesterday afternoon. "Ain't it great to have a president who likes rock 'n' roll?"He got no argument from the crowd. From a musical standpoint, this first part of the Clinton inaugural celebration was a stunning success, from the exuberant tent shows that made up America's Reunion on the Mall to the star-studded An American Reunion extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial.At times, it seemed more like a pop festival than a political event.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,New York Bureau | January 26, 1993
NEW YORK -- More than 1,000 mourners crowded into a Harlem church yesterday to pay homage to Reginald F. Lewis, the Baltimore native who became one of the nation's most successful black entrepreneurs.The three-hour memorial to Mr. Lewis, who died last week of brain cancer at age 50, included prominent national figures such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, New York Mayor David Dinkins and opera star Kathleen Battle. In addition, national and international business figures, as well as family members, spoke about Mr. Lewis' influence on their lives.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | January 3, 2002
Just announced The Whispers and Will Downing will perform Feb. 14 at Constitution Hall in Washington. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Call 410-481-SEAT. The "DC Songwriters Showcase," featuring Joanne Juskus, Brad Allen, Cletus Kennelly, Lea, Richard Dahl and Audrey Mackay, will take place Jan. 12 at the Bottom Floor, St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton. Call 410-730-2421. Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Feb. 24. Call 410-268-4545. Ticket watch Tickets are still available for: Luther Vandross at the Lyric Opera House Jan 12. Call 410-481-SEAT.
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