Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from the week that was

Friends and I saw "Noah" on IMAX in Savoy. I like Russell Crowe, who plays Noah, but consider the CGI-heavy movie overwrought and a bit bloated. But kinda fun. The only humorous sparks come from Anthony Hopkins as Noah's reclusive, shamanistic grandfather, Methuselah. This is not an Ebertfest movie!

When the siren blows the first Tuesday of the month, that means the Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays 5 to 7 p.m. at The Iron Post, Urbana. I seldom miss these accomplished musicians led by trombonist-funny man Morgan Powell. I love Dan Anderson's tuba and bass. This is buoyant music that always elevates my mood.

Who says audiences for classical music are shrinking? Almost all of the 2,066 seats in Krannert Center's Great Hall are occupied at the Marquee classical concerts I've attended this year, including violinist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Yefim Bronfman's smooth concert on Thursday evening of Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart.

Topics (2):Film, Music


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