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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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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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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Cassatt Quartet at Music Mountain

by Kevin T McEneaney Misty weather from Ireland’s Wicklow Hills magically drifted over Falls Village, CT, last Sunday supplying atmospherics complimentary to Amy Marcy Cheney Beach’s romantic inclination. As prelude,…

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The Sherman Ensemble in Full Swing

Susan Rotholz, Eliot Bailen, Paul Woodiel by Kevin T McEneaney The Sherman Ensemble at St. Andrews Church in Kent opened Friday evening with Franz Joseph Haydn’s Divertissement No. 2, Op.…

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Crescendo in Open Air

Christine Gevert with Crescendo members by Kevin T McEneaney On the afternoon of September 3 at Lion’s Pavilion, Veterans Field, Sharon, CT, with mild, nearly autumnal, sunshine, Director Christine Gevert’s…

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