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Encores and Curtain Calls
The Annunciation to the Shepherds; Master of the Houghton Miniatures, Flemish, active about 1476 - 1480; Ghent (probably), Belgium, Europe; late 1470s - about 1480; Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment; Leaf [cutting]: 12.5 x 9 cm (4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.); 95.ML.53.recto

Encores & Curtain Calls

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! — Charles Dickens Cablevision has nothing on the Pioneer Valley arts scene, which offers a kaleidoscopic plethora of holiday spectacles and specialties for every imaginable taste. Indeed, one would think we lived in the midst of a musical and theatrical mecca of sorts, which we do! For musical purists who not only want the deathless Messiah experience but who also want it authentic and hard-core, here is a … 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. Several professional dancers will be aided by 200 student and community dancers “ranging in age … 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 featuring Daniel Plane on cello, Kelly Halloran and Joe Jewett on violins and Jillson himself … 0

Encores: The gorgeous mayhem of Puccini

Thursday, May 15, 2014

“No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” — W.H. Auden When I was still an under-graduate at Queens College, my girlfriend Amy was horrified to learn that, as intimate … 0

Encores: A mass for Mother Earth

Thursday, May 8, 2014

“Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.” — Barbara Grizutti Harrison, American writer While, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Behold, the Sea!'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch — we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy There’s nothing like … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Spring sweetens the deal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

... in just spring, when the world is mud-luscious ... and puddle wonderful ...”— ee cummings As they say, “Getting there is half the fun.”In New York City, concert-going involves enduring the often-less-than-refreshing, not infrequently stressful transit to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Howard Brofsky tribute concert April 19

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit expresses through them all. — Corinthians 12:14 In the end, it really doesn’t seem to matter very much at all whether one’s instrument in life is a … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: We all rise, we all fall

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice” — Ayn Rand A trio of beguilingly crafted puppets, choreographed to an archive of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bringing the light to our children

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race. Memory.” — Jedediah Leland, remembering Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane” My thesis, friends, is this: that … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Goodbye to an old friend

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull Even though it seems as if Old Man … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: All Souls musical haven

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” — Billy Joel “I had recently moved to Greenfield, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'If it sounds good, it is good'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” — Harry Emerson Phosdick As the more perceptive and discerning of my readers have by now perhaps discovered, I am not particularly chauvinistic about … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: One thing is certain about the multifaceted David Fersh: when he performs, you’re sure to get more than you bargained for

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“All the world’s a stage ... And one man in his time plays many parts.” — Shakespeare, “As You Like” It,” Several years ago, a previously unknown entity by the name of David Fersh appeared on my radar … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music, stories, fellowship

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” — John Lennon There’s a lot to be said for the way music made its way through the world before its professional handlers got a … 0