Daniel Stepner of Aston Magna

Interview with Kevin T McEneaney KM: How did your organization arrive at the name Aston Magna, Great Astonishment? DS: The name derives from an estate in Great Barrington. Aston Magna…

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Going for Baroque with Aston Magna

Daniel Stepner, Michael Sponseller, Laura Jeppesen, Catherine Liddell. Photo by Leila Hawken by Kevin T McEneaney Aston Magna opened with J.S. Bach at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Sunday…

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Blue Notes

  by Kevin T McEneaney   What is love in high C in the morning when dew nestles on waving leaf and blade while burning sun has burnt all clouds…

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Impish Ghost of Mozart Visits The Stissing Center

From left: Stephanie Zyzak, Sophia Zhou, Yasmina Spiegelberg by Kevin T McEneaney Sunday’s concert at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains focused on the theme of dance. Pianist Sophia Zhou…

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Leonard Slatkin Stomps at Bard Sosnoff

Conductor Leonard Slatkin. Photo courtesy of Bard College. by Kevin T McEneaney One of the exciting features of Bard College’s The Orchestra Now program consists of guest conductors. Leonard Slatkin,…

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Dawn Pearls

by Kevin T McEneaney   After hard rain, silence shudders awesome. Even regular morning birds don’t sing. One imagines that such silence echoes like a boulder rolling down a mountain.…

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Plastics Everywhere

Plastic waste mountain by Bill Schlesinger With increasing frequency, we hear of the accumulation of plastic waste and its persistence in the global environment. This is not a newly emerging…

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Shostakovich & Dawson at Bard Sosnoff

Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now by Kevin T McEneaney This past weekend Bard College’s Sosnoff Theater resounded with The Orchestra Now in a distinctively American/Russian program. Despite being a…

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At Stissing Center The Lucky Five Become Six

by Kevin T McEneaney If you spent Friday evening at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains, then you must have felt lucky because the performance of The Lucky 5 was…

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