Concerts

Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash

by Seth Rogovoy This article was originally published in Hadassah Magazine in the April/May 2015 issue. Subsequently, I was awarded a 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for excellence in arts and criticism for this piece.   ARTIST OF THE YEAR, songwriter of the year, and “fan choice” of the year. Katy Perry?…

(Concert Review) New Works by John Zorn, Miller Theatre, NYC, 10.20.16

Composer Portraits: John Zorn Miller Theatre at Columbia University October 20, 2016 by Seth Rogovoy (NEW YORK, N.Y.) – In the program notes for the powerful and stunning concert of new works, including five world premieres, presented at the Miller Theatre on Thursday night, composer John Zorn writes of a few of them: “These pieces…

(Concert Review) Benjamin Clementine, MASS MoCA, 10.15.16

Benjamin Clementine Hunter Center MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. October 15, 2016 by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – About once every few years, if I’m lucky, I see a performer for the first time who leaves me breathless and reminds me why I got into this business in the first place. Over the years,…

(Concert Review) Boston Pops Orchestra with the B-52s, Tanglewood, 9.2.16

Boston Pops Orchestra with Special Guest the B-52s Tanglewood Lenox, Mass. Saturday, September 2, 2016   Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass.) – In one of the odder and perhaps less successful pairings in a series of such performances, new-wave rock avatars the B-52s joined the Boston Pops Orchestra as “special guests” in…

(Concert Review) Behind Every Beautiful Thing There’s Some Kind of Pain: Bob Dylan, Tanglewood, 7.2.16

Bob Dylan Tanglewood Stockbridge, Mass. July 2, 2016 Review by Seth Rogovoy Photography by Lee Everett / finelinelenox.com   (STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – While it undoubtedly mystified many who had come to hear the legendary Bob Dylan sing his greatest hits – not a necessarily unfair, if uninformed, expectation – Dylan’s concert at Tanglewood on Saturday night…

(Concert Review) Brian Wilson, Tanglewood, 6.19.16

Brian Wilson Tanglewood Sunday, June 19, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 19, 2016) – Brian Wilson didn’t make it easy for himself when he set out on a tour whose primary purpose was to play the entire paradigm-shifting “Pet Sounds” album on its 50th anniversary this year. Among the albums…

(Concert Review) Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tanglewood, 6.18.16

Earth, Wind & Fire Tanglewood June 18, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 18, 2016) – Earth, Wind & Fire displayed why they are one of the most beloved and enduring pop-R&B bands in the world at Tanglewood on Saturday night, with its contagious rhythmic pulse, hook-laden melodies, horn-fueled, jazzy arrangements,…

(Concert Review) Dolly Parton, Tanglewood, 6.17.16

Dolly Parton Tanglewood Lenox, Mass. June 17, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (LENOX, Mass., June 18, 2016) – Dolly Parton called her concert at Tanglewood on Friday night “Pure and Simple,” but of course it was anything but. Sure, it was a stripped-down affair instrumentally, with only three musicians accompanying her onstage. But…

(Concert Review) The National, MASS MoCA, 6.11.16

The National MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. June 11, 2016 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – If there’s one criticism often lodged at indie-rock avatars The National, it’s that, at least on record, their music tends to be homogenous – moody, dark, soundalike mid-tempo rockers, claustrophobic to the point of depressive.…