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 ...
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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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Magic Emanating from Stissing Center

Magic Emanating from Stissing Center

By Kevin T. McEneaney The Stissing Center—like many other music and theatre venues—has opened its doors via the Internet. The Saturday evening concert at 4:30 pm featured soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon with pianist Ryan MacEnvoy McCoullogh in a program of ...
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Da Capo: On the Edge of What’s New

Da Capo: On the Edge of What’s New

Da Capo Chamber players last Tuesday night, March 10, at the Lászlo Z. Bitó Conservatory Building, provided a program titled CELEBRATE BARD! All the works performed were by Bard Faculty or graduates. They opened with Foreshadowed Flashback (2017) by pianist ...
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Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang

It’s rare that these two superstars play on succeeding weeks in the same city, but the fates gave us a treat. Yuja played to a packed house Friday, February 28 at Carnegie Hall and Daniil Tifonov played to a full ...
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