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A wide-ranging musical homage to Mark Rothko’s paintings

The performing arts have not yet finished with Mark Rothko. In recent years, Arena Stage and other theaters across the country have staged productions of “Red,” John Logan’s popular play about the abstract expressionist. Now a Latvian jazz group is paying musical homage to the artist. On April 29 at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Maris Briezkalns Quintet will debut “Rothko in Jazz,” a multimedia concert that incorporates music by 10 Latvian composers. The music responds to 10 paintings by Rothko (1903-1970), who was born in a town that is now part of Latvia. (It was part of Russia when he was born.) Quintet leader and drummer Maris Briezkalns came up with the idea for the art-the

Golden State Pops Orchestra presents Superhero Soundtracks

Some of the best composers in the world like Hans Zimmer, John Williams and James Horner have crafted musical masterpieces for many of the superhero movies we enjoy today. On Saturday April 18th, I was fortunate enough to witness/listen to a phenomenal musical event that involved some of those pieces. The Golden State Pops Orchestra put on a spectacle called Superhero Soundtracks; it’s exactly what you think it is, and it was amazing! The set list alone is something to salivate over (in the order they were performed): Superman March main theme – John Williams Heroes, Heroines and Music Meisters Justice League main theme, Mystery of the Batwoman main title, Batman: The Brave and the Bold “May

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