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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Dutchess College Music Event

Dutchess College Music Event

by Kevin T. McEneaney Preview On Saturday, February 20, Dutchess Community College will offer an evening of entertainment that will feature musical performances from current scholarship students, a silent auction, and balloon pop raffle. The Dutchess Community College Music Program ...
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Bard College & Chinese New Year

Bard College & Chinese New Year

by Kevin T. McEneaney Bard College celebrated Chinese New Year with a concert titled Sound of Spring on February 13. Hosted by conductor Jindong Cai and world-renowned string pipa player Wu Man, the concert was like a pinata with candy ...
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Bard: The Orchestra Now & Reversal

Bard: The Orchestra Now & Reversal

by Kevin T. McEneaney Under the baton of Leon Botstein, The Orchestra Now performed superbly an unusual program of music, offering an intellectual dialectic on the history of classical music which opened with Witold Lutoslawski’s twelve tone Musique funèbre (1958) ...
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