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Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” will be presented in a semi-staged version on Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., under the baton of Pioneer Valley Symphony music director Paul Phillips at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.” — Robert Benchley Talk about love triangles. Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” may qualify as a love quadrangle depending upon how one views the glorious mayhem of opera. A semi-staged version of this classic is going down Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. under the baton of Pioneer Valley Symphony music director Paul Phillips at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. The production is staged by Dan Rogers and features the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, It will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Soloists include Patrice Tiedemann, soprano, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls : Muhamed Shams, a young master from an ancient world

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.” — Pablo Casals Long gone are the days of “east is east and west is west.” Through the increasing infusion of the western classical musical tradition into the artistic landscape of traditional cultures, the twain have not only met, but cross-pollinated and … 1

Encores & Curtain Calls: Holophonor — six young jazzlings find their groove

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public want — you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing, even if it does take them 15, 20 years. — Thelonius Monk I have focused on the art of jazz pianist Miro Sprague on several … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls -- Stravinsky: liar? thief?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

“I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve and I serve it in … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Listening for spring

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” — Doug Larson Hard though it may be to believe, it is spring, illusions of still falling snow to the contrary. It’s spring not … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The multi-layered conjurings of Miwa Matreyek

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bread & Puppet comes to Brattleboro, Vt., Turners Falls

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

While there’s much intriguing music and theater afoot in the days ahead, perhaps what promises to be the most socially urgent of these is a revival, by Bread and Puppet Theater, of its 1966 production “Fire.” While the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Singing on the soft side of the street

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” — Louis Armstrong If you like loose, laid-back jazz with a light touch, look no further than the, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, Vt., this coming Saturday, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bach turns 330. Rejoice!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” — Johann Sebastian Bach Turning 330 is nothing to be sneezed at, especially when you’re … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Stranger than science fiction

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare Hold on to your hats. This one’s going to be a doozy ... The University of Cambridge Institute of … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Of blackbirds, wanderers and musical liaisons

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. — Wallace Stevens Forty-five years ago, in 1969, pianist Estela Olevsky mounted the stage of Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts for her … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Music and the mystery of history

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“A Fiddler on the Roof ... Sounds crazy, no? ... And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word — Tradition! Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Yusef Lateef

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

One day, we’re gonna leave, One day, we’re gonna leave here (Ha yai ...) And when we go, Don’t go, don’t go with sorrow, (Ha yai ...) One day, one night, one afternoon, One time, maybe today, maybe … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Songs of beauty, heartache, love

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one. — Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To Jane: The Keen Stars were Twinkling” While scheduled a bit … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: "Roman Holiday," a sweet and tender tale

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Princess Ann (upon awakening in Joe Bradley’s garret room after an inadvertent overdose of sleep medication): Have I been here all night, alone? Joe Bradley: If you don’t count me, yes. Princess Ann: So I’ve spent the night … 0