Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm
Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.
Storyman appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Before changing its name to Storyman, the Irish duo released three albums under the moniker Guggenheim Grotto. Its electronic-infused folk music blends programmed beats and acoustic instruments with evocative vocals and honest, observational lyrics.
British jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong built his reputation as a session pianist, supporting stars like B.B. King. His EP release Delovely reached No. 1 on the U.K. jazz charts, and he's continued his rise with his last album of classic jazz songs and originals, Stepping Out.