Sherman Ensemble in Virtual Baroque

Sherman Ensemble in Virtual Baroque

Eliot Bailen by Kevin T. McEneaney The Virtual World is now the place to be. Recording technology, both video and audio, has been a fallback for musicians who continue to be active during the current pandemic. The Sherman Ensemble premiered ...
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Where is the Messiah this year?

Where is the Messiah this year?

Cast Handel’s glorious oratorio, Messiah, with the New York Oratorio Society under the baton of Kent Tritle will not be performed as usual this year at Carnegie Hall, yet they have recorded a fifty-minute streaming version from Stone Ridge, N.Y., ...
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Bard, China Now & the Many Faces of Beethoven

Bard, China Now & the Many Faces of Beethoven

by Kevin T. McEneaney This is the 250th year since the birth of Beethoven (1770-1827). Bard College celebrates that milestone with its link to China. China Now is a breathtaking review of the legendary master’s work as Beethoven’s reputation soars ...
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The Orchestra Now Concludes with a Bang of Sweetness

The Orchestra Now Concludes with a Bang of Sweetness

Leon Botstein by Kevin T. McEneaney At Bard College’s Fisher Center for Performing Arts, The Orchestra Now performed its last concert of the academic year under the baton of Leon Botstein. The program consisted of rarely performed works. Edgar Varèse ...
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Mind & Heart: The Orchestra Now at Bard

Mind & Heart: The Orchestra Now at Bard

The Orchestra Now by Kevin T. McEneaney On Sunday afternoon at Bard College The Orchestra Now under the baton of Leon Botstein played an interesting live-stream program of music mostly not often played. They opened with a sure favorite, George ...
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Larking with Bach and Bluegrass

Larking with Bach and Bluegrass

Photo by Lauren Desburg by Kevin T. McEneaney Clarion Concerts (sometimes called the Leaf Peeper series) presented From Bach to Bluegrass and Beyond with Tessa Lark on violin and Michael Thurber on bass. Lark is an accomplished orchestral violinist who ...
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Neave Trio: From Harmony to Dissonance

Neave Trio: From Harmony to Dissonance

by Kevin T. McEneaney The decade old Neave Trio, musicians in residence at Bard College Longy School on October 10, offered a marvelous live-stream concert through evenbright.com from Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, Boston. The trio (with five albums to ...
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Virtuous Violin at Stissing Center

Virtuous Violin at Stissing Center

Miranda Cuckson by Kevin T. McEneaney Miranda Cuckson, one of this country’s first-ranking violinists, performed Sonata No. 5 for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 -1931).  Ysaÿe is considered the world’s first modern violinist with tremendous vibrato and rubato; the ...
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Sophia Zhou, Pianist: Interview

Sophia Zhou, Pianist: Interview

Sophia Zhou As piano soloist in Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sophia Zhou recorded and premiered contemporary pieces by composers such as Andrew Norman, Benjamin Broening, and Thomas Ades. She is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist in the metropolitan New York ...
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Chain of Breakthrough Music at Bard

Chain of Breakthrough Music at Bard

The current second season concert by The Orchestra Now at Bard occurred by virtual live stream from a large tent. This thought-provoking concert concluded with an old-chestnut, Antonín Dvořák’s 1875 Serenade for Strings, written shortly after his second marriage. Like ...
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