Sherman Chamber Ensemble: Women of Genius

From left: Susan Rotholz, Doori Na, Susan Perry, Eliot Bailen, Richard Wolfe by Kevin T McEneaney In Kent on Friday night, August 12, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church the Sherman…

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Rachmaninoff and the Traditionalists at Bard

Danny Driver by Kevin T McEneaney Program three, Pianist-Composer, compared Rachmaninoff’s piano compositions to Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Ferruccio Busoni with Dr. Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. The…

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Rachmaninoff Fireworks at Bard SummerScape Festival

Artem Yasynskyy at concert conclusion by Kevin T McEneaney The opening concert at Sosnoff Theater began with Dr. Leon Botstein speaking of Rachmaninoff’s personality and his struggles: how he was…

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Penderecki Quartet Riddles at Music Mountain

From left: Jerzy Kaplanek, Jeremy Bell, Katie Schlaikjer, Victoria Schwartzman, Christine Vlajk by Kevin T McEneaney Last Sunday was the inauguration of Music Mountain’s signature summer series: Joseph Haydn’s Sun…

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Aston Magna: J. S. Bach Does Puzzles at Hudson Hall

From left: Laura Jeppesen, Peter Sykes, Andrea Leblanc, Daniel Stepner by Kevin T McEneaney While, during his lifetime, J. S. Bach was not as famous as Vivaldi, Lully, or Handel,…

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Arianna String Quartet Soars at Music Mountain

From left: John McGrosso, Julia Sakharova, Ruth Gordon, Kurt Baldwin, Joanna Mendoza by Kevin T McEneaney Arianna String Quartet brought a smoothly textured program of intense energy to Gordon Hall…

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BACHFEST at Vassar College!

by Kevin T McEneaney After a two-year pandemic suspension of Vassar College’s BACHFEST, its Artistic Music Director, Christine Howlett, raised her baton to conduct the Vassar Chorus & Orchestra presented…

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Crescendo with Brazilian Nuance

The assembly As a contemporary Presbyterian, I find the Roman Catholic service to be so laden with mythological dogma that has it has no relevance to the present. In the…

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Aston Magna: Scarlatti & Stravinsky at Hudson Hall

From left: Daniel Stepner, tenor Frank Kelley, soprano Kristen Watson by Kevin T McEneaney This unusual Aston Magna concert featured a double bill: Naples-born Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Humanity and Lucifer” (1704)…

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