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Encores and Curtain Calls

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 chamber works for 8, 10 or 12 … 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 of mythical pachyderms, in Francis Poulenc’s musical dramatization of Jean de Brunhof’s French children’s book … 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 summer musical performances, it’s good to have the big picture before focusing in on your … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Rich and soulful

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

“When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.” — Joshua Bell “And a little child shall lead them” remarked Isaiah, with his usual prescience, a Bible ago, perhaps divining that, on … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: the sound of the human heart

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

“The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it’s cheerful and melancholy at the same time and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings.” — Rita Dove, U.S. poet laureate There’s … 0