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:

Mostly Merry, JazzArts' Holiday Edition Spans Two Continents and Two Holidays

Jazz Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 18, 2020

Robin Bullock Brings His Folk and Baroque Stylings Back to Music @ St. Alban's

Folk Music, World Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  November 22, 2020

Charlotte Symphony Returns, Stoutly Refusing to Furnish Escape

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 23, 2020

Company SBB Takes to ZOOM and the Outdoors for New Virtual Duke Performances

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 10, 2020

Dynamic Mallarmé Duo Traverses a Wide Spectrum of Beethoven

Chamber Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 12, 2020

Hope in the Time of COVID Sees Sleeping Beauty Reawakening in December

Performance Art Feature by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 8, 2020

Virtual Joedance Film Festival Showcases Three Days of Regional Cinema Talent

Film Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 6, 2020

Charlotte Symphony's Missa Solemnis Thrills with Power and Sublimity

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 6, 2020

It's Hard to Shout "Humbug!" at Theatre Charlotte's Latest Christmas Carol

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 7, 2019

Bach Akademie Charlotte's Teeming "German Requiem" Offers Heavenly Music at St. Alban's

Choral Music, Early Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 20, 2019

Children's Theatre of Charlotte's Peter Pan Is a Freshly Joyous Confection with a Cherry on Top

Children's Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 5, 2019

Charlotte Bach Festival Kicks Off Year Two in Astonishing Style

Choral Music, Early Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 8, 2019

Pete the Cat Embraces Pethood in a Zany, Rockin' Children's Theatre Musical

Children's Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  April 13, 2019

Warren-Green Expands Charlotte Symphony's "Titan" Concert to Rousing Effect

Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 15, 2019

Hook, Tink, and the Croc All Chomp Scenery in Bonnefoux's Merry Peter Pan

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 8, 2019

Bach Akademie Charlotte's Epiphany Concert Includes Schütz & Amon Appetizers in Cantata Feast

Chamber Music, Early Music, Vocal Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  February 2, 2019

Enormously Powerful Mother Jones in Heaven Could Use More Breathing Space

Folk Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 10, 2019

Weather Slashes Attendance, but Seasonal Cheer Prevails at Belmont Abbey's Holiday Concert

Choral Music, Holiday Concert Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 8, 2018

Thomas Pandolfi Recital Ranges from Chopin to Gershwin with Sprinklings of Broadway

Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 15, 2018

Lizzie Whacks the Bordens in a Creepy, Hard-Rock Musical

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  August 1, 2018

The Queen City Has a Regal New Bach Festival to Call Its Own

Chamber Orchestra, Choral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 9, 2018

Mississippi Murder Trial Still Sizzles at Theatre Charlotte

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  March 23, 2018

The Other Shue Drops at Theatre Charlotte with The Nerd

Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  January 26, 2018

Christopher Warren-Green Conducts a Dramatic, Joyful Messiah at Knight Theater

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 15, 2017

UNC Charlotte Presents a Transcendent New Perspective on Verdi's Requiem

Chamber Music, Choral Music, Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  December 3, 2017

Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet's New AD, Makes Some Noise in Debut

Dance Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  October 19, 2017

Actor's Theatre Makes American Idiot an Immersive Face-Melting Experience

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 27, 2017

Bach and O'Carolan Mesh in a Genial Robin Bullock Recital

Recital Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  September 24, 2017

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

Musical Theatre Review by Perry Tannenbaum,  June 30, 2017