J.S. Bach & Climate: What’s Going on at The Stissing Center?

J.S. Bach & Climate: What’s Going on at The Stissing Center?

Sophia Zhou with J Henry Fair by Kevin T McEneaney Last Sunday in The Stissing Center concert hall with its wonderful acoustics (Pine Plains), Sophia Zhou was at the keyboard playing the complete cycle of Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach ...
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The Harlem Quartet: Eclectic & Beyond at Hudson Hall!

The Harlem Quartet: Eclectic & Beyond at Hudson Hall!

From left: Ilmar Gavilán, Melissa White, Paul Laraia, Felix Umansky Sometimes concerts are impressive and superlative when musical wit explodes; Saturday night’s concert at Hudson Hall displayed superior musicianship accompanied by warmth and wit. When that contagious warmth is present, ...
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Gustav Mahler & Joan Tower at Bard Sosnoff Theater

Gustav Mahler & Joan Tower at Bard Sosnoff Theater

Leon Botstein conducting The Orchestra Now by Kevin T McEneaney Last weekend there were two performances of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony; this master of narrative symphony, inspired by Dante’s Alighieri’s epic masterpiece, occupied the second part of the program at ...
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Sweet Meg Vocals at The Stissing Center

Sweet Meg Vocals at The Stissing Center

Meg Hutchinson by Kevin T McEneaney Meg Hutchinson is New York City raised (lived in Boston for some time) with significant education in Paris; she can sing in French with good accent; she does a mélange of folk styles, blues, ...
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Sherman Chamber Ensemble: Women of Genius

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 Chamber ensemble devoted their concert to the work of women ...
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Rachmaninoff and the Traditionalists at Bard

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 Prelude to Act 3 from Paderewski’s opera Manru, Op. 20 ...
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Rachmaninoff Fireworks at Bard SummerScape Festival

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 a musician in search of beauty, devoid of philosophical or ...
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Penderecki Quartet Riddles at Music Mountain

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 Quartets under beaming blues skies. I found the program to ...
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Aston Magna: J. S. Bach Does Puzzles at Hudson Hall

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, one may argue convincingly that Bach remains today the more ...
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Arianna String Quartet Soars at Music Mountain

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 last Sunday on a day bathed in mild sunshine. To ...
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