Crescendo: Motets in Exultation!

Crescendo: Motets in Exultation!

Christine Gevert on organ and and Christa Patton on Schawm with choir by Kevin T McEneaney Breaking out from pandemic silence, Crescendo, directed by choir wizard Christine Gevert appeared with a mostly Easter theme material as symbolic of the return ...
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Spirited Quartet Salonnières at Millbrook’s Music Barn

Spirited Quartet Salonnières at Millbrook’s Music Barn

Quartet Salonnières by Antonia Shoumatoff This performance at the Music Barn on Deep Hollow Road in Millbrook, owned by Stephen and Belinda Kaye, featured the charming Quartet Salonnières, a group of recent Julliard graduates. Their repertoire ranged from Beethoven and ...
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Bella Hristova at The Stissing Center: Waves of Sound

Bella Hristova at The Stissing Center: Waves of Sound

Bella Hristova by Kevin T McEneaney After being closed for sixteen months due to the recent pandemic, Stissing Center in Pine Plains has resumed live in-person concerts. They opened this past Sunday at 4 pm with a solo violin performance ...
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Aston Magna: Duo Musical Journey to the Heights

Aston Magna: Duo Musical Journey to the Heights

by Kevin T McEneaney Concerts by Aston Magna provide an informative and lively musical journey. Here with Sylvia Berry on piano and Daniel Stepner, one of my favorite violinists, they played with modern instrument copies: Berry had a 1995 copy ...
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Rebirth of Live Music in Dutchess County

Rebirth of Live Music in Dutchess County

L to R: Judith Muir, Norman Baker, Michelle Demko, Matt Finley, Jean Vilkelis (partially hidden), Rob Murphy, Piotr Kargul, and Lou Pappas. by Kevin T McEneaney Last Saturday I attended a live music concert for the first time in well ...
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Brahms at Bard: The Ultimate Romantic

Brahms at Bard: The Ultimate Romantic

Raman Ramakrishnan by Kevin T McEneaney In this era of pandemic when young lovers face unscalable obstacles that leave them huddled on over a computer on Zoom or speaking by telephone, Romantic music appears to speak with more authority. On ...
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Celebrating Beethoven at Bard

Celebrating Beethoven at Bard

Ludwig Von Beethoven by Kevin T McEneaney This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Beethoven. Many orchestras around the world have been performing Beethoven concerts. Bard College is something of a late comer to this ...
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Bard TŌN: Stravinsky, Mendelssohn & More

Bard TŌN: Stravinsky, Mendelssohn & More

Zongheng Zhang by Kevin T. McEneaney On April 10 under Leon Botstein’s baton, The Orchestra Now opened with Ácana by Tania León, a rather prolific Cuban composer (b. 1943). The title refers to a tree wood found in the Caribbean, ...
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Waving new batons at Bard

Waving new batons at Bard

From left: Shutong Li, Micah Gleason, David Mascari Spring: time for daffodils to wave in wind willy-nilly. Time for the New! At Bard College’s Fisher Center, it was time for young conductors to flex their new skills at air sculpting ...
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The Past as Pastiche

The Past as Pastiche

Conductor Zachary Shwartzman by Kevin T. McEneaney At Bard College The Orchestra Now performs in its sixth season. Young Conductor Zachary Shwartzman’s baton pursued eclectic samplings wherein the past haunted the present. Antonio Vivaldi, who is thought to have written ...
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