Encores and Curtain Calls
photo courtesy of Music in Deerfield
Miro String Quarter will play in Sage Hall at Smith College Feb. 7.

Encores and Curtain Calls: French horn will take center stage in Feb. 13 Pioneer Valley Symphony concert

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra. — Robert Schumann Never underestimate the feistiness factor of a French horn player. For feistiness — right along with artistry — are, in equal measure, what it takes to master this most daunting of instruments. Just listen to the testimony of one dual-instrumentalist: “As a person who plays both … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: A new African spin on classic ballet

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I had seen the ballet of ‘Swan Lake’ as a child but it was as an adult, when I saw a production featuring Erik Bruhn, that I first noticed how significant a part the ever-present threat of violence played. This juxtaposition of great beauty and grace with a backdrop of pure evil stayed … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Partying with Bach at the new year

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

If Bach is not in Heaven.....I am not going! —William F. Buckley Among the region’s most scintillating seasonal rituals is the yearly convocation of the Baroque Berkshire Bach Society. The shindig, entitled “Virtuosi Concerti for the New Year,” will take place at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: New classical guitar series begins

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.” — Andres Segovia There is no end to the myriad faces of the guitar — … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Mandolins assemble!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Symmetry is only a property of dead things. Did you ever see a tree or a mountain that was symmetrical? It’s fine for buildings, but if you ever see a symmetrical human face, you will have the impression … 0

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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 … 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 … 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. — … 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