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June 13, 2012

Midweek Madness: The glittering Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth's delectable concert here in Baltimore over the weekend still has me in an upbeat mood (well, as upbeat as I ever get these days), so I figured another dose of her charm would be worth seeking and sharing with my peeps.

In keeping with the spirit of Midweek Madness, I decided that the ideal Chenoweth dosage would have to be the ...

insanely brilliant aria from Bernstein's "Candide" -- "Glitter and Be Gay" (or Gay-Friendly). And, yes, that's Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop leading the New York Phil in this high-voltage clip.:



Posted by Tim Smith at 6:47 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Clef Notes, Drama Queens, Midweek Madness


So brilliant! That woman has talent oozing out of every pore. The combination of perfect comedic timing and that amazing voice - just brilliant (I know I'm repeating myself).

Couldn't agree more. TIM

Great except from a brilliant performance fortunately on DVD. Would love to see Maestra Alsop do a repeat with the BSO!

I'll second that. TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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