‘sound Of Music’ Soars On Compass Rose’s Intimate Stage
Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Sound Of Music’ gets studio album release on Dec. 3
In South Africa, the indigenous Mbatanga music helped bring about the end of apartheid and it spread a message of peace and reconciliation in that nation. In Chile, Victor Jara wrote songs about his country’s struggles, sparking the Nueva Cancion (New Songs) movement that caused South Americans to rise up against their military dictatorships and replace them with democracies. In Brazil, the Tropicalia movement was created by songwriters like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Rita Lee as a form of protest against the Brazilian military junta, which eventually fell from its own corruption and incompetence. In Australia and New Zealand, popular songs written by indigenous and non-ingenious songwriters sparked an indigenous land reclamation movement that is still active today. The reason this works is because music gets people thinking, talking, and doing. I cite all these examples because, frankly, I am very worried about the condition of the United States, and a political system that is rife with corruption, political incompetence, and a rising tide of public apathy. The worst kind of men have slithered into the the ranks of the House and Senate, and other places of government that we cannot see, or are not allowed to see. We have an education system that is failing miserably, a profit-before-health medical system that is making people sicker and bankrupt, and a minimum-wage economy that has had its wealth siphoned off by a predatory financial apparatus. The arts are suffering terribly because of this financial collapse, and it has made the traditional spear points of social awareness as dull as the mindless fodder on pop radio. Probably, we need a people’s revolution to change things for the better. Probably, Thomas Jefferson would be screaming for it, were he alive today.
Rethink Music Announces Guest Speakers For Berlin Venture Day And Finalists In Search For The Next Generation Music Business Entrepreneur
The album can be pre-ordered on Amazon . As all music and film fans know, the popular film and stage musical is based on the story of a young nun who falls in love with a cold captain and his seven talented children. Set against the backdrop of World War II in Austria, they family must flee for their lives. “The Sound Of Music” features some of the greatest songs ever written, including “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” “My entire fall has basically been all about ‘The Sound of Music.’ That’s a wonderful project that I’ve been asked to be a part of,” Underwood shares in Women’s Health ‘s November issue. “It’s a live musical on TV so there’s been a lot of prep work.” She continues, “I’ve been in New York quite a bit doing run-through’s and working on a kind of music that’s not exactly the kind of music that I’m use to singing. So it’s been a lot of work and it’s been really challenging. But I think in the end it’s really going to be very rewarding. It’s going to be exciting to actually do a musical live on TV.” On performing the iconic role of Maria, she reveals, “The live thing? It’s gutsy. It’s ambitious. Music is where I live. But doing other things broadens me and my experiences and what I can do.
All the young cast members are excellent, each distinctly individual and disarming, from young Gretl, adorably played by Sophia Nasreen Riazi-Sekowski to the eldest, Liesl, beautifully played by Broadneck High School senior Mariel White. White is already a veteran of Talent Machine and Children’s Theatre of Annapolis productions. Completing the stage family of von Trapp children are Daniel Starnes as Friedrich, Mallory Holson as Louisa, Annabelle Cotton as Kurt, Madelyn Schloss as Brigitta and Sarah Grace Clifton as Marta. A. J. Whittenberger impresses as Rolf Gruber, especially when he joins White in “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” both are charming in song and dance. Adding humor and sophistication are characters Elsa Schraeder, played by Jamie Odgen, who has graced Toby’s Dinner Theatre productions; and opportunistic concert entrepreneur Max Detweiler, played by Equity actor Daniel Seifring, a reliable Compass Rose favorite. Seifring has provided a memorable Louie in the Compass Rose production of “Lost in Yonkers,” and defined the role of Fagin in “Oliver.” As Captain von Trapp’s fiancee, Baroness Elsa Schraeder is a successful career woman with a survivor’s instincts, and is well played by Odgen, who proves a talented musical performer. Together, Ogden and Seifring deliver a sardonic “How Can Love Survive?” humorously expressing their worldly views. Equity actor Katie Keyser creates an inspired Maria who relates beautifully with the von Trapp children and the Nonnberg sisters, and summons credible emotion from initial confusion to gentle understanding and awakening love. From her opening “The Sound of Music” solo to an engaging “Do-Re-Mi” with the children to her radiant “My Favorite Things,” Keyser’s singing brightens the entire show. Proving Keyser’s worthy partner is Andre Softeland as Captain von Trapp, who convincingly transitions from rigid, militaristic widower to caring father and inspired lover interest all based upon Maria’s influence. Softeland’s singing is inspired, his warm, resonant voice a perfect match for Keyser.
Markets close in 2 hrs 21 mins Rethink Music Announces Guest Speakers For Berlin Venture Day And Finalists In Search For The Next Generation Music Business Entrepreneur – Search for the “next generation music business entrepreneur” narrows with short-list of 12 for Berlin final on October 24 – German, French, Swedish and US entrepreneurs in running to win “business start-up” package worth over $10,000 – Guest Speakers include: Thorsten Schliesche, Napster Europe (keynote interview); SoundCloud; Crown Talent; Creandum; Epidemic Sound; Ampya; and UrTurn Press Release: Reed MIDEM 2 hours 27 minutes ago Print BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Rethink Music today announces program details and the finalists in its search for the next music business entrepreneur for its first-ever Rethink Music Venture Day to take place in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Keynote interviewee Thorsten Schliesche, Napster’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Europe, and guest speakers from other leading music businesses: Soundcloud , Crown Talent ; Creandum ; Epidemic Sound ; Ampya ; and UrTurn ; amongst others, will join delegates for this one-day networking event designed to help entrepreneurs launch their own business in the music world of today. “We are excited to welcome start-ups and guests from leading international companies in the music and creative world who are investing time to share their knowledge to assist attending music entrepreneurs in launching their music business start-ups,” explained Allen Bargfrede, executive director of Rethink Music for Berklee College of Music. “We are expecting over 250 delegates to our first ever Rethink Music Venture Day which will provide a global networking forum for entrepreneurs, brands and investors.” The Berlin Venture Day will also provide the stage for the final of Rethink Music’s search for the “next music business entrepreneur.” Selected from over 50 entries from 17 different countries, a total of 12 investor-ready start-up projects from France, Germany, Sweden and the US, have been short-listed to pitch their venture to a panel of judges comprising experienced music executives and investors. Presenting projects include: frictionless licensing, software for music therapy, digital distribution models, and time and geo-tagging for music, among others. The winner will be awarded the prize of $10,000 in legal services through an in-kind donation from Duane Morris, LLP, enrollment in an online certificate program from Berkleeonline.com ; complimentary registration for Midem 2014 ; as well as access to investors and capital to launch their new music start-up. “Entrepreneurship and business incubation have a positive impact on the music ecosystem. Actually, entrepreneurs in any industry need to be inventive and imaginative, but particularly in today’s evolving music industry,” said Bruno Crolot, Director of Midem. “We applaud all the entries we received for our global wide competition for their creativity and imagination, combined with their innovation and technology to deliver new original services to further the music industry. Selecting the winner will undoubtedly be a serious challenge.” “Every start-up in our short-list of finalists has a tested business model and has demonstrated innovation, team-work, growth potential and scalability, making them viable ventures and – combined with the creative and inventive entrepreneurial spirit of their ideas – potential successful music businesses of tomorrow,” commented Paris de L’etraz, Director Venture Lab, IE Business School. “The pitch process at our Venture Day promises to be hugely competitive and will be the deciding factor as to who will win the backing to launch their company.” Designed to provide the forum – and the tools – to assist music business entrepreneurs, the Rethink Music Venture Day program includes workshops and lectures on topics ranging from; raising money for your start-ups; building a marketing campaign in a fractured landscape; entrepreneurship; growing and scaling your business; and navigating digital licensing. The event will take place at the nhow Music and Lifestyle Hotel in Berlin. Admission is free with registration . For further information, please contact: Rethink Music