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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Saxophone on the Run: Interview with Christopher Brellochs

Saxophone on the Run: Interview with Christopher Brellochs

Photo by Evangeline Gala (www.evangelinegala.com) KM: When did you show an interest in playing an instrument? CB: In 5th grade my mother told me I had to pick an instrument to study and that it could be anything except the ...
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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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