Borts Minorts And Tet Offensive Find The Theater In The Music

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 13, 2017 7:40 am | Comments (1)

Towards the end of his set, Borts Minorts took a moment between songs to tell the audience something: “It’s good to have something you love that makes your life happy. This is it, guys!”

Minorts was one of two acts to bring their passion to the stage of Lyric Hall Theater on a bitter cold Friday night. This bill, which included the return of New Haven’s Tet Offensive to Lyric Hall for the first time in six months, more than delivered on the promise written on the show flyer to “entertain the crap out of you.”

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Virtuoso Lands At Lyric Hall

by Joe Markley | Mar 8, 2017 1:06 pm

Vyacheslav Gryasnov — who is performing a solo recital at Lyric Hall this Saturday, fresh off a concert at Carnegie Hall — makes me ask just how near to heaven New Haven is.

Not two weeks ago I heard the Yale Philharmonia in an ideal program: Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 in F major and Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin providing balanced indulgences, with an unfamiliar (to me) Shostakovich — his Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor — for piquancy. On an outstanding evening the Shostakovich stood out, thanks to a commanding performance by Gryasnov, a young pianist from Sakhalin Island, the remotest reach of Russia.

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Butterflies Of Love Land At Lyric Hall

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 6, 2017 8:46 am | Comments (1)

About halfway through the Butterflies of Love’s set at Lyric Hall on Saturday, singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Greene asked the audience, “How many people out there really hate the Butterflies of Love?” All he received back was laughter.

“I was looking for a more negative response,” he replied, then launched into a story about the old days of the band that referenced a negative response they had once received.

“I only operate when I have something to work against,” he stated at the end of the story. That still didn’t deter the wall-to-wall crowd at Lyric Hall from giving the love back, again and again, to this perennially popular local band who made a long-awaited appearance in New Haven. A band that enjoyed local and international success in the 1990s, Butterflies of Love headlined Saturday night, along with Bill Beckett and Procedure Club, for one of only three performances — the second in Asbury Park, N.J., and the third in London, England.

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