Concert review: Pet Shop Boys rock NYC’s Beacon Theatre, show dance music at its smartest
Sydney Opera House’s 40th birthday will be celebrated with a concert next month packed with stars including South Pacific star Teddy Tahu Rhodes, John Butler, Megan Washington, Baz Luhrmann and Sarah Blasko. Actor Deborah Mailman will be master of ceremonies at the twilight concert, to be held on Sunday, October 27, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the closing number, featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Opera Australia soloists. We will honour the past and also look forward. Beethoven’s Ninth was also played when Queen Elizabeth II declared the Opera House open on October 20, 1973 – thus the concert celebration comes 40 years and one week after the official opening. Deborah Mailman The actual birthday will be celebrated a week earlier – on Sunday, October 20 – with “cake and song and open door”, in which the public will be able to walk through the Opera House, Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre between 9am and 1pm. Singer John Butler has called the Opera House the “Uluru of music venues”. Butler will play his 10-minute piece Ocean. Baz Luhrmann An “innovative” welcome to country will open the concert. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s David Page is also composing a new song, partly in indigenous language, to be sung by Casey Donovan. Megan Washington and Paul Grabowsky will perform a number that was a hit in 1973, while Sarah Blasko will perform her song Here. Teddy Tahu Rhodes will lend his big baritone voice to an appropriate closing number. Says the concert’s artistic director, Dennis Watkins: “We will honour the past and also look forward.” The Opera House’s first public performance was Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace in the Opera Theatre, directed by US director Sam Wanamaker, which opened on September 28, 1973. John Weiley’s “long-lost” 1968 film about the birth of Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s Opera House design, The Dream of Perfection, never before seen in this country, will have its first screening in the Concert Hall on Octrober 17, followed by an ABC TV telecast on October 20. Opera House sponsor Samsung and director Baz Luhrmann, meanwhile, have joined forces to create The Shoot, a national competition offering young Australians the chance to create a short film to be shown at the Opera House on October 24 as part of the celebrations. Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Browse stage
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16, 2013 3:33 PM PDT Loading… Youtube You have not seen pure joy until you’ve seen Chase Easterwood’s reaction after learning that she is en route to see Taylor Swift in concert. “We hadn’t told my daughter that we purchased Taylor Swift tickets,” her mother, Carly, explains in the video’s description. “She thought we were just going to dinner…when we were actually on the way to the concert.” Carly turns bright red, then gets teary-eyed and finally lets out one last “Yeeeeaahh!” for good measure. The whole time, she’s adorable and, as many have noted, so polite. NEWS: Taylor Swift talks acting: “Always in the back of my mind!” Carly’s uncle posted the video on Reddit , where it quickly gained traction, with one user exclaiming, “Oh man, this makes me so happy. Even I’m hyped for the concert!” (Us too! We hope T.Swift sang “Love Story” and “22” and wore something sparkly! And that Chase loved every second of it, though we have a feeling all of the aforementioned happened. And if Chase’s screams on the way to the concert are any indication, both of her parents may be deaf now.) Others have started planning the next steps in Chase’s viral fame: Getting her video to Ellen DeGeneres , who never passes up an opportunity to introduce viral stars to their icons. Even Taylor Swift haters hopped aboard the love train: “If Taylor Swift is capable of bringing that kind of joy to a kid,” one Reddit user posted. “Then she’s alright in my book.”
Even so, the set list included just four songs from that disc. It boasted many lesser known tracks from their thirty year catalogue, though it did make room, in its hour-and-40 minute expanse, for just enough of their greatest hits, from Domino Dancing to Always On My Mind. The Pet Shop Boys live presentation has always required a major dressing up. They need the studio the capture the richness and depth of their arrangements, as well as to soften Tennants live nasality. More, the guys dont move comfortably around a stage. RELATED: REVIEW: JAY Z, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE MAKE SMOOTH PAIR That, as much as anything, explains the theatricality of their presentations. Electric hardly rates as their most elaborate production, though it did make clever use of huge back projections, two versatile dancers, plus enough lights and lasers to warrant especially strong warnings at the entrance about the risk to epileptics. To suit the show, the guys commissioned as stiff and off-putting costume designs as they possibly could. Spikes, dunce caps and coiled shoulder pads gave them a Germanic harshness. That dovetailed nicely with their more self-conscious flourishes. The music had a balancing fleshiness. Theres a lushness to their sound, as well as a greater variety than many give them credit for. Over the course of the show, their songs alluded to Brit-pop (I Wouldnt Normally Do This Kind of Thing), industrial music (I Get Excited), show tunes (Somewhere), classical music (The Rites of Spring) and EDM (Fluorescent).
Put that damn camera down!” Later that same month, a Beyonce fan freaked out during “Irreplaceable” when he was touched by the singer. The YouTube video of that incident is simply titled “Beyonce Fan Catches The Holy Ghost.” Watch Beyonce’s latest fan encounter above. [via E! ] Loading Slideshow Beyonce, honorary chairwoman, arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture. May 6, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY NEW YORK, NY – MAY 06: Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Gala for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images) Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beyonce is wearing a coat and boots by Pucci. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images) Beyonce performs with guitarist Bibi McGill, left, on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013”, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.