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The Friends of Music at Guilford’s 50th Labor Day Weekend Festival takes place Sept. 5 and 6 at the Organ Barn off Packer Corners Road in Guilford, Vt., which is perhaps 20 minutes from Greenfield and just 15 from Brattleboro, Vt., and Bernardston. Pictured, a Karen Becker watercolor painted from behind the orchestra at a Labor Day Weekend concert by the Festival Orchestra at the Organ Barn in 2004.

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 music outdoors that intoxicates the spirit. Music alone is entrancing, as is Nature. Put the two together and the alchemy they create … 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 are still some luscious fruits left on the vine. Perhaps most unique and interesting is … 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” or Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony? Nay, say I. If not these, then, perhaps large, lush … 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