Shostakovich & Dawson at Bard Sosnoff

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 major orchestral work, William L. Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony (1934, ...
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At Stissing Center The Lucky Five Become Six

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 hot, even intoxicating, as they blended, sang, and melded their ...
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Cassatt Quartet at Music Mountain

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, pianist Ursula Oppens played two excerpts from Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s ...
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The Sherman Ensemble in Full Swing

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. 100 for Flute, Violin and Cello (composed in the summer ...
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Crescendo in Open Air

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 choral group Crescendo offered “How Lovely are the Messengers: From ...
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American String Quartet Brings Magic to Music Mountain

American String Quartet Brings Magic to Music Mountain

Daniel Avshalomov, Wolfram Koessel, Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Oskar Espina-Ruiz Peter Winograd’s violin delivered authoritative gravity with a touch of severity in the first movement Allegretto of Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, no. 5, which, ...
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Bard SummerScape: Nadia Boulanger and her World

Bard SummerScape: Nadia Boulanger and her World

Nadia Boulanger conducting by Kevin T McEneaney Nadia Boulanger was the most influential music teacher of the twentieth century. Some of her pupils: Igor Stravinsky, Virgil Thompson, Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, Walter Poston, Igor Markevitch, Dinu Lipatti, Graźyna Bacewicz, Astor ...
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Benjamin Hochman Captivates at The Stissing Center

Benjamin Hochman Captivates at The Stissing Center

Photo by The Stissing Center by Tonia Shoumatoff Benjamin Hochman, piano virtuoso extraordinaire, played to a packed house of over 135 masked and vaccinated listeners at The Stissing Center in Pine Plains on August 13, 2021. Having only performed in ...
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Maximum Symphonic Effect: Tesla Quartet & Misha Dichter at Music Mountain

Maximum Symphonic Effect: Tesla Quartet & Misha Dichter at Music Mountain

Tesla Quartet with Misha Dichter in rehearsal by Kevin T McEneaney Atop Music Mountain in Gordon Hall by Falls Village, CT, on Sunday, the Tesla Quartet provided an electric performance of the last quartet, String Quartet in G major, Op ...
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Bard’s King Arthur: A Rare Diamond

Bard’s King Arthur: A Rare Diamond

From left: Sasha Cooke, Norman Garrett, Mathew White by Kevin T McEneaney Bard’s Summerscape 2021 includes a forgotten masterpiece: Ernest Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus (1903), based upon the greatest of all medieval authors, Chrétien de Troyes, that master of deep ...
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