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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: 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: It's all in the ear of the beholder

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi A curious query and take your time, please, this may be a trick question): How wide and how high is your visual field — 10 … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Berkshire Bach brings a new edge to baroque

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

“I was cut off from the world. There was no one to confuse or torment me and I was forced to become original.” — Joseph Haydn Kenneth Cooper is nothing if not passionate about his music. I recall, … 0

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home! — … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: musical stocking stuffers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One nutcracker dancin’ Just ahead loom the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s six performances — two per day — of a traditional Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 12, 13, and 14 at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘For Cynthia’ honors a slain Ashfield journalist

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” — Henry Luce I have just listened to Tony Jillson’s recent CD, “For Cynthia.” It is a set of eight instrumental works … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Light in the heart of darkness

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Again I say, for art’s sake, think north at least as often as south, as both Brattleboro, Vt., and Keene, N.H., venues are virtually half the time and trouble as Amherst and Northampton ones and the quality of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Looking at the ‘crazy redhead’ with new eyes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” — Vincent van Gogh The re-creation of history by dramatists in pursuit of a deeper glimpse into its larger-than-life protagonists often turns out more to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: A life worth singing

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We are all swimming slowly toward the man with Mozart flowing from his hands. I want nothing but to put my fingers inside his mouth, let that prayer hum through my veins. I want to crawl into the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Organist Rhonda Sider Edgington

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.” — Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright It seems that the house organ for the First Church of Deerfield … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: ‘Phantom’ lovers unite!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Can you even bear to look, or dare to think of me?... This lonesome gargoyle who burns in hell but secretly yearns for heaven ... but Christine ... fear can turn to love you’ll learn to see to … 0