Arianna String Quartet Soars at Music Mountain

From left: John McGrosso, Julia Sakharova, Ruth Gordon, Kurt Baldwin, Joanna Mendoza by Kevin T McEneaney Arianna String Quartet brought a smoothly textured program of intense energy to Gordon Hall…

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BACHFEST at Vassar College!

by Kevin T McEneaney After a two-year pandemic suspension of Vassar College’s BACHFEST, its Artistic Music Director, Christine Howlett, raised her baton to conduct the Vassar Chorus & Orchestra presented…

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Crescendo with Brazilian Nuance

The assembly As a contemporary Presbyterian, I find the Roman Catholic service to be so laden with mythological dogma that has it has no relevance to the present. In the…

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Aston Magna: Scarlatti & Stravinsky at Hudson Hall

From left: Daniel Stepner, tenor Frank Kelley, soprano Kristen Watson by Kevin T McEneaney This unusual Aston Magna concert featured a double bill: Naples-born Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Humanity and Lucifer” (1704)…

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Aston Magna Forte Baroque Concerts

Daniel Stepner Preview by Kevin T McEneaney I spoke to virtuoso violinist Daniel Stepner, Artistic Director of Aston Magna for the past thirty years, about his upcoming series of concerts:…

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There are no perfect Fathers

by Jim Flaherty There are no perfect Fathers. Okay, okay, I apologize.  That broad generalization is a personal reflection. And this essay is focused on earthbound 20th century fathers, not Heavenly…

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