Perry Tannenbaum

Perry Tannenbaum

Perry Tannenbaum has been covering the performing arts scene in Charlotte, NC, for Creative Loafing since its inaugural issue in 1987. He also contributes regularly to American Record Guide, Dance International, JazzTimes, and TheaterMania. Beyond Charlotte, he also regularly reviews Spoleto Festival USA and the New York City scene – Broadway, off-Broadway, the Met, classical concert venues, and jazz clubs. A devout believer in the busman's holiday, Tannenbaum has also published review roundups from the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Spoleto Italy, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, Stratford Festival of Canada, Shaw Festival, and most recently, the 9th Annual Jazz Cruise. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America.

Born in New York, where he completed his undergraduate work at Queens College of CUNY, Perry holds an MA in English from Western Washington University. He has been a Southerner since 1972 when he came to teach at the University of South Carolina and study writing under the guidance of poet James Dickey. He traces his love of music to his parents, who met at the Met in the early 40s and are proudly loyal – and opinionated – subscribers to this day. His love of music has withstood successive frustrating attempts to master piano, clarinet, and guitar.

Articles by Perry Tannenbaum:

CPCC's Comedy of Tenors Has Plenty of Doors and Plenty of Farce

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 30, 2017

Indecision Is an Honorable Way of Life in Will Eno's Middletown

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 22, 2017

Vivacity and Oncoming Death Commingle Touchingly in Op Carolina's Traviata

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 22, 2017

Charlotte Ballet's New $1 Million Nut: Everything It Was Cracked Up to Be

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 3, 2016

New Guests and Fortified Calouche & Co. Troupe: Roguish Rouge Revue Keeps Freshness

Cabaret, Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 13, 2016

Opera Carolina Welcomes Aleko to America in Fine Professional Style

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 10, 2016

Opera Carolina's Roméo et Juliette Conquers Adversity and Inhibition

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 28, 2016

"Schumanniana" Presents Vivid Echoes of Bipolarity and Romanticism

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 5, 2016

Jamie Laval Injects Wassail, Bagpipes, Poetry, and Highland Dancing into His Scottish Christmas

Folk Music, Holiday Concert Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 28, 2015

Charlotte Symphony's Take on Mahler Tips Towards Joy

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 6, 2015

BachFest Freshens Its Mix and Ensemble in a Lively Music @ St. Alban's Concert

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 13, 2015

NC Baroque Shines in "Sun King" Concert

Chamber Orchestra Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 2, 2015

"Soloists of Tomorrow" Improves on an Established Brevard Tradition

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 26, 2015

Charlotte Symphony Ends Season With Thrilling Benchmark Program

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 8, 2015

New Carmina Burana Takes Flight on the Wings of Silks, Netting, and Chains

Dance, Performance Art Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 18, 2015

Lewek and Borichevsky Excel in Opera Carolina's Lucia

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 11, 2015

Shakespeare Carolina Takes Imaginations to Agincourt in a Bellicose Henry V

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 2, 2015

Innovative Works Features One Polished Diamond and Three Rough Cuts

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 30, 2015

Gerard and Julian Schwarz Bring Old Warhorses to Charlotte

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 16, 2015

PLEXUS|dance Slices and Dices Four Premieres in Sophisticated Animal

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 4, 2014

Charlotte's Jewel Gleams Again in Brahms' German Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 14, 2014

Opera Carolina's New Nabucco Is Stirring, Static, and Provocative

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 18, 2014

Calouche's Reshuffled Rouge Delights Her Company's Fans

Cabaret, Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony's Asian Invasion Proves to Be Benign and Rewarding

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 10, 2014

Charlotte Ballet Opens New Season in Devastating Style

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 9, 2014

An Artist's Demons Rage Again in Rewarding Red at the Warehouse

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 14, 2014

The Little Mermaid Jr. Sports Primetime Talent and Artistry

Children's Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 3, 2014

Anatoly Larkin and the Freya Quartet Shine for CNMF at St. Peter's

Contemporary Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 19, 2014

Charlotte New Music Festival Opens With a Laptop Orchestra at a Pirate Bar

Contemporary Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 14, 2014

Newborn Plexus | dance Proves Precocious With "Poise"

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 8, 2014

Subpar Soloists Don't Wreck Verdi's Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 2, 2014

UNC Charlotte's Faculty & Friends Play Two of Bach's Brandenburgs With Fervid Verve

Chamber Orchestra, Early Music, Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 9, 2014

NCDT's Cinderella May Just Be More Amazing Than Ever

Dance-Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 6, 2014

 NC Dance Theatre's Innovative Works Ventures Boldly, Beautifully, and Powerfully

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 23, 2014

New Faces Keep NCDT's Nutcracker Fun for Young and Old

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 13, 2013

Thistledown Tinkers' "Celtic Christmas" Picks on Beethoven and Bach

Holiday Concert, Traditional Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 8, 2013

CPCC's Golden Anniversary Les Misérables Is a Solid 18-Carat Effort

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 15, 2013

In the Verdi Bicentennial Year, Power Couple Drives Opera Carolina's Heavenly Aïda

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 19, 2013

Gomyo and Warren-Green Draw Ovations in Crowd-Pleasing CSO Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 11, 2013

Warren-Green Triumphantly Revisits The Planets in Charlotte Symphony's Season Opener

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 27, 2013

The Light Is Right in CPCC's Wait Until Dark

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 6, 2013

Straining for Spectacle, Opera Carolina's Pearl Fishers Is Still a Gem

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 13, 2013

Fresh Ink Concert Delivers Dramatic Fluting and Benign Christian Percussion

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 17, 2013

Charlotte Symphony Upstages a Weak Substitute

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 15, 2013

Tiempo Libre Sets Off a Dance Party With Charlotte Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 22, 2013

New Sonic Cocoon Completes LolliPops Relocation

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 12, 2013

Wonderettes' Winter Encore at Actor's Theatre Isn't So Marvelous

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 19, 2012

Sizzling Principals Ignite Opera Carolina's Tosca

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 13, 2012

Nakamatsu Finesses Rameau and Schumann

Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 8, 2012

Howell and Ziad Quartet Turn Up the Jazz at the Bechtler

Jazz Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 6, 2012

CAST Takes Us to The Edge of Our Bodies

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 24, 2012

Violins of Hope Commemorates the Six Million in a Yom HaShoah Concert

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 19, 2012

Opera Carolina's Eugene Onegin Helps Ulysses Festival to Take Wing*

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 17, 2012

CPCC Theatre Resurrects Original Version of Cabaret

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 19, 2012

Yunah Lee Scorches Madama Butterfly in a Dazzling Opera Carolina Production

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 21, 2012

Charlotte Symphony's Tardy Liszt Celebration Has Spirit and Charm

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 13, 2012

Pro Musica's Christmas at St. Mary's Is Simply a Rusticated Joy

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 17, 2011

CPCC Dance Celebrates 50th Anniversary of a Weidman Evergreen

Choral Music, Dance-Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 10, 2011

Bechtler Ensemble Keeps It Modern with Diamond, Copland, and Barber

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 20, 2011

Forbidden Fox Wedding Highlights NCDT's Innovative Works

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 3, 2011

Opera Carolina Opens Season with a Fervid Il Trovatore

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 15, 2011

High-Flying Caroline Calouche & Company Launches New Studio Space

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 1, 2011

Mix-and-Match Organ Concerto Highlights BachFest VI

Early Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 25, 2011

Dichter Shines at EMF Chamber Concert

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 18, 2011

Threepenny Opera Brings New Excitement to Brevard

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 16, 2011

Opera Carolina Delivers the Comedy of H.M.S. Pinafore

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 12, 2011

Charlotte Symphony Season Finale Has a Royal Glow

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 6, 2011

Assads Boast Range and Talent

Jazz, Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 15, 2011

Oratorio Singers Offer Balm and Consolation

Choral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 25, 2011

Charlotte Symphony Woos Valentine's Weekend Audience

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 11, 2011

Charlotte Symphony Delivers an Evening-Long Rhapsody of Gershwin

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 22, 2011

Charlotte Symphony Accents Youth in All-Scottish Program

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 14, 2011

Charlotte Symphony Rejoices Greatly at Knight Theater

Choral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 16, 2010

A Bright, Brassy Magnificat at Myers Park Baptist

Choral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 6, 2010

Scrooge! Triumphs at ImaginOn

Children's Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 4, 2010

NC Dance Theatre Shoots for the Green with Innovative Works

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 11, 2010

E-flat Major Trumpet Talent in a Strapless Red Gown

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 5, 2010

Holst Gets a Planetarium at New KnightSounds Series

Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 22, 2010

Opera Carolina's Cosí fan tutte Goes Through the Motions

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 16, 2010

Chamber Music at St. Peter's Revives with a Sparkling Benefit

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 28, 2010

Virtuoso Flutist and Fruity Harpsichord Blend Beautifully at BachFest V

Early Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 19, 2010

Montford's Troilus and Cressida Is Easier to Enjoy Than to Categorize

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 1, 2010

Brevard Sinfonia Triumphs Over Insect Kibbitzing in Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  July 31, 2010

Stand-Up Comedy Mixes With Artistry and Authentic Living in MANish Boy

Comedy Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 22, 2010

A Godly Apollo and Some Dionysian Godden and Rhoden

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 13, 2010

Conflicts Aren't Black-and-White in Opera Carolina's Otello

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 6, 2010

Central Piedmont Community College Opera Orchestra Rises Up for Elijah

Choral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  May 2, 2010

Empire Brass Feels the Love and Gives It Back

Brass Ensemble Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 16, 2010

Russian Romp Launches Perick's Penultimate Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 26, 2010

After Five Years, Ethos Materializes out of the Ether

Chamber Orchestra Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 16, 2010

North Carolina Dance Theatre Takes Cinderella's Apotheosis to New Heights

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 4, 2010

Spring Awakening Brings a Punk Attitude to a Fin-de-Siècle Classic

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 2, 2010

Opera Carolina's La Bohème: Small Hands and Smiling Beatitude

Opera Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 23, 2010

North Carolina Dance Theatre Reprises Its Sweet-Toothed Nutcracker

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 11, 2009

16-Year-Old Premieres Flute Concerto by Mozart Contemporary Josef Myslivecek

Chamber Music Preview by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 1, 2009

Stravinsky Dumped for Vivaldi at Distinguished Prof's Inaugural Recital

Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 6, 2009