Nathaniel Stampley, will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates) by Mark KennedyAP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Instead, he kept dying. Stampley was an understudy for Norm Lewis in the title role and bided his time by playing the small role of Robbins in the revamped version of the Gershwin classic. Robbins is killed with a cotton hook in a fight after a dice game on page 15 of the script.
Leontyne Price (Jack Mitchell Photo) by LZ Granderson (CNN) — In the third act of the opera “Aida,” there is an aria, “O Patria Mia,” that begins, “Oh, my country, I shall never see you again.” On January 3, 1985, after Leontyne Price sang those words, the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House stopped her with a four-minute ovation. Price first performed at the Met 24 years earlier, and this night, this performance would be her last on an opera stage.
CARLOS SANTANA by Brett ZongkerFor New Pittsburgh CourierWASHINGTON (AP)—For Carlos Santana, music has always been a calling. He idolized his mariachi musician father as a boy in their remote hometown in Mexico and later grew up with the Woodstock generation after immigrating to San Francisco. Now the music legend will join the luminaries receiving this year’s highest national honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Santana is among five who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Roger Humphries and RH Factor (Photo by Frank Greenlee) In an effort to provide people of different backgrounds and economic levels to enjoy the arts, Citiparks is offering its three popular summer concert series–”Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,” “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch” and Reservoir of Jazz,” again this year. Each series is sure to whet the appetite of all music lovers in the Pittsburgh area. “These concerts are a great way to provide no-cost access to the arts for families in the City, increase utilization in our parks, and to enhance the quality of life for our residents. We know that everyone cannot afford to go to places like the Opera or the Symphony, so our concerts allow people of all backgrounds and abilities access to the arts,” said Tim Ishman, assistant director Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation.