As Mountain Stage looks back on relatives who've appeared over the last 26 years, the Guthrie family comes to mind. In February 2007, Arlo Guthrie brought the Guthrie Family Legacy tour to Mountain Stage, featuring son Abe, daughter Sarah Lee and son-in-law Johnny Irion. Hear the first family of American folk music perform some of patriarch Woody Guthrie's well-known songs, as well as some music of their own.
Gluck's operatic reforms emphasized simpler, more straightforward musical forms which served to heighten the drama, especially in 'Iphigenia in Aulis.' It's the classic story of a young woman whose father summons her for a wedding, but instead offers her up as a human sacrifice.
Thorn writes about his southern upbringing on his autobiographical ninth album, Pimps and Preachers. He sings about lessons learned from his mentors, including his Pentecostal minister father and his uncle, who pursued more licentious means of employment.
We say "Hello Summer!" with the JC Organ Trio from Newport. Carter is big and tall, a saxophone master with a smile. Always sharp and with chapeau, he brings a cache of saxes of all sizes to the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Is Don Giovanni the greatest opera of them all, as some have suggested? That's hard to say, but Mozart's brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and realistic comedy features music of limitless genius, and a drama that lives up to the score.
ALO got its start as a nine-piece, brass-fueled Santa Barbara jam band. These days, ALO's four members record for Jack Johnson's Brushfire label and mix jam-rock, jazz, folk and pop. Hear the group perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
Late in his career, Giuseppe Verdi hit a dry patch until friends suggested he try transforming Shakespeare's Othello into an opera. The result, Otello, turned out to be one of the best operas ever written.
King Wilkie began as a bluegrass band, but has a reputation for defying tradition and expectations. After several transformations in style and personnel, the group has steered its sound into a surprisingly Beatles-esque pop realm.