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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Late Ravel and Debussy at Stissing Center

Late Ravel and Debussy at Stissing Center

by Kevin T. McEneaney Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and the Basque Frenchman Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) were great life-long competitors who respected each other, yet Debussy died younger from cancer, having composed only three of his planned six sonatas. Any concert that ...
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Delightful Music in Kent

Delightful Music in Kent

Susan Rotholz by Kevin T. McEneaney While there are no classical music live concerts in our area, The Sherman Ensemble gave a live-audience concert in Kent at Kent Barns near the traffic light last Friday at 5:30 pm. They played ...
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Benjamin Hochman’s Lyric Touch at Stissing Center

Benjamin Hochman’s Lyric Touch at Stissing Center

Photo by Jennifer Taylor by Kevin T. McEneaney On Saturday afternoon at the new Stissing Center in Pine Plains on live-stream broadcast pianist Benjamin Hochman performed Klavierstück, Op. 119 by Johannes Brahms. This late piano work presents a meditation on ...
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