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A cappella champs vocaldente to leave no stone unturned at CityStage

February 18, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

When it comes to documenting a century of fabulous music from every period of musical history to every last style, vocaldente (that is correct, they do not capitalize their name) leaves no stone unturned.

Performing at CityStage on Feb. 27 and 28, vocaldente, hailing from Germany, call their music "a cappella art," taking audiences on a journey from the Roaring Twenties to the latest contemporary pop hits.

International a cappella champions in Asia, Europe and the United States, the five-member group really takes their "unplugged" sound seriously. Unlike other a cappella groups, vocaldente don't rely on technical enhancements like amplifiers and special effects. Instead, they perform a cappella without microphones, with just the power of their voices, artfully shaping tunes and harmonies in a more traditional manner.

By winning first prize at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2008 in San Francisco, vocaldente earned the rights to call themselves the National Champions of the world's biggest a cappella competition, becoming the first foreign speaking, and only the second ever non-American winner. And, they have also tasted victory at the most renowned European competition of its kind, the Tampereen Sävel in Finland.

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Bill Blagg brings his magic to CityStage

February 9, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

Magician Bill Blagg won't be making any airplanes or cars disappear onstage on Feb. 20 when he brings his magic to City Stage for two performances.

There isn't enough room. But, he will be making things disappear.

When Blagg was five years old, he received his first beginner's magic kit, setting the stage for what would become a lifelong love for magic and a desire to become one of magic's biggest stars.

With the tricks in his new magic set perfected, Blagg's father took him to a professional magic shop in Chicago called Magic, Inc. for his 8th birthday. With a bag full of new tricks to master, he was bitten by the magic bug. Every year he would visit the shop on his birthday with his dad to learn about the latest and greatest magic tricks. Those tricks eventually formed the foundation for his first performances in front of classmates and teachers at his elementary school in Zion, Illinois.

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Outlook 2015: CityStage and Symphony Hall look to MGM Springfield for clout

February 5, 2015
(As originally seen in The Republican's Outlook 2015 by Tina D'Agostino)

Since 1998, Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. has been presenting live theatre and entertainment at CityStage and Symphony Hall. During this time, it has contributed to the economic development of downtown Springfield while adding to the cultural fabric of the city and all of Western Massachusetts.

Today, there are many projects and new developments happening in downtown Springfield, and management and board of directors at Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. are optimistic that a combination of economic recovery, confidence in public safety, creation and promotion of a cultural district and the addition of new dining options will get people more excited about all that Springfield has to offer. Springfield's arts and entertainment scene is poised for serious growth in the next few years.

The one question I am most often asked is how MGM Springfield will affect CityStage and Symphony Hall. Obviously, having the world's largest entertainment company in Springfield will bring great shows, popular artists and create a new standard for entertainment in Springfield.

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5 faces of 'The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?'

February 3, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

It's a question men have been asking themselves since time eternal.

"What do women want?"

That is exactly what writer, actor and stand-up comic Robert Dubac has attempted to answer with his 90-minute, one-man show, "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" which opens at CityStage in Springfield on Feb. 12 for three days.

"When doing stand-up comedy, there was a lot of material about men and women. I was more interested in the types of guys that women seem to fall for and who are completely bad choices for them. I started wondering what the attraction was about them," said Dubac.

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