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Southington Observer Features

Symphony goes for baroque

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Hartford Symphony Orchestra sounds off the first note at its performances from Jan. 18 to 20, it will be doing something unique for a major symphony. The Connecticut ensemble will be playing music…

Skater is living the Disney dream

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Disney on Ice skater Kyle Shropshire is living his Disney dream. As “Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment” makes its way across the country, the Algonquin, Ill. resident gets to play his favorite Disney…

Kesha back to having fun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On her latest album “Rainbow,” pop singer Kesha sings “Don’t let (them) get you down” (slightly paraphrased for a family newspaper). And the New Year’s Eve performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena proved hands down…

‘Hamilton:’ Is it worth the hype?

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is no doubt that “Hamilton” has become a pop culture brand name. The stage musical is a phenomenon— the stage show equivalent of Beatlemania or Taylor Swift-Mania. “Hamilton” generates a buzz far beyond the…

Dave Matthews Band shines on stage

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the world of popular music, there are often artists who are better off taking residence in a recording studio. There are also artists who do okay in the recording studio, but really shine on…