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Both Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will celebrate the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with free performances this month.

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 Johann Sebastian Bach. The event has no doubt inspired thousands of celebrations worldwide, including two in our area this month, one by … 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 Astronomy informs us “ ... there are something like 300 billion stars in the Milky … 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 first solo debut concert. She had been contracted shortly before to take over the students … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The Song of Earth

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Let us imagine, just for a moment, that, like Superman, we also possess interstellar hearing. Returning to earth from heroic adventures in the deepest recesses of the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brick Church Music series returns

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The cello is a hero because of its register — its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Glory in song

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” — Psalm 69:30 Upon every one of Bach’s immortal manuscripts, even the most seemingly secular, lies the penned inscription: “To the Glory … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Hooker-Dunham cooks up an eclectic brew

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The multifaceted UMass

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” — Martin Luther While fall is not legally here until the 21st, the dazzling fall arts offerings throughout the region … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Sunderland professor, his wife, to perform with Paul Winters at UMass

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“I’ve been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years and the possibilities are astounding. It’s up to you, the only limit is the imagination.” — Steve Lacy Proteus was the god of the ever-changing, mutable sea; one … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The Little Theater that Could

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” — Niels Bohr The Actors Theatre Playhouse is fast becoming “The Little Theater That Could.” Housed in … 0