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Pepe Romero, above, is the senior member of the Romero Guitar Quartet which will be playing with the Munich Symphony Orchestra at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center tonight, Nov. 5.  Contributed photo

The sound of many strings

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. -Andres Segovia A flock of guitars descends upon the UMass Fine Arts Center With all the incredible music on offer in the next fortnight — it seems best to taker a wider sweep of the concert scene. After coming away enchanted from … 0

Resurrected music of an unsung master

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. G.I. Gurdjieff Pianist Elan Sicroff has given a good chunk of his life to serving as interpreter for the music co-crafted by self-styled mystic, G.I.Gurdjieff and his student/acolyte, composer … 0

Seize the music while ye may!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. —George Eliot If the poignance of fall has one message for us, it is of the transience — the here-today-gone-tomorowness — of life. Just have a look: previously … 0

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

“We take for granted electricity, water, even concerts. Count your blessings.” — Damian Marley The fall university arts calendars are bursting with intriguing musical fruits — each very different and special in its focus, each presented by seasoned, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: four earthly voices from heaven

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.” — Charles Darwin A rare and intriguing musical experience is in store for all those … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Raptures of a summer afternoon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs And as silently steal away. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Day Is Done” There’s something about … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music for the silver screen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all composition teachers.” — Ralph Vaughan Willams, English composer While a lion’s share of the summer’s musical and theatrical crops have been harvested, there … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: When less is more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What, you may wonder, is the most challenging kind of music both for composers to create and listeners to follow? Vast works for symphony orchestra or full chorus? — or a grand blending of both, like Handel’s “Messiah” … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Musical dramatization of Babar story comes to MTC Sunday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A welcome treat awaits the young and the young of heart at the Mohawk Trail Concerts Series in Charlemont on Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m., thanks to a visit by no less than Babar, that most gentlemanly … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Summer music festivals

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Editor’s note: Encores & Curtain Calls now runs every other week. “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James With such a plethora of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Alice B. Fogel sets a body of music to poetry

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

“Where does it come from — the material of the Beautiful? ... forever to be content, a soul at home, with a life like art ...” — Alice B. Fogel The word “structure” derives from the Latin “struere” … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brahms’ masterpiece — a requiem for living

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

In recent times, it seems earth has experienced more than its fair share of disasters and catastrophes, from the earthquakes of Nepal to the floods of Texas, and we feel that the quota of human suffering and death … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Lean, green comic fables

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” — Peter Ustinov, actor Ever wonder just where the strange beast called “theater” came from? Why on earth would otherwise sensible human beings be willing to unabashedly throw themselves … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: A poet’s glimpse of paradise

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” — Emily Dickinson The Da Camera Singers “Women’s Voices Through the Ages” will feature … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Film documents musical genius Justin Kauflin and his mentor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble ... I shall seize Fate by the throat, it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.” — Ludwig van Beethoven While none of my … 0