Virginia Opera is doing something a little different to open their 2018-19 season. They are presenting Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene,” hailed by critics as the “first truly American opera.” The score features a combination of jazz, Broadway and operatic tunes. It won the very first Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1947.
I love word play. The little twists and turns you can do with a phrase or the fun of homophone when it’s released out upon the world. I’m reminded of this for this week’s World Music Show (10/13) because of the phrase Playing for Change.
What was your first thought when you read that? Was it of a street musician showcasing their talents with a box of hat out asking for change? Or was it a call to action you see from many musicians? How about if the phrase can mean both at the same time? That’s kind of the gist of this week’s show.