Encores and Curtain Calls
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The Friends of Music at Guilford’s 50th Labor Day Weekend Festival takes place Sept. 5 and 6 at the Organ Barn off Packer Corners Road in Guilford, Vt., which is perhaps 20 minutes from Greenfield and just 15 from Brattleboro, Vt., and Bernardston. Pictured, a Karen Becker watercolor painted from behind the orchestra at a Labor Day Weekend concert by the Festival Orchestra at the Organ Barn in 2004.

Encores & Curtain Calls: Raptures of a summer afternoon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs And as silently steal away. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Day Is Done” There’s something about music outdoors that intoxicates the spirit. Music alone is entrancing, as is Nature. Put the two together and the alchemy they create … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music for the silver screen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all composition teachers.” — Ralph Vaughan Willams, English composer While a lion’s share of the summer’s musical and theatrical crops have been harvested, there are still some luscious fruits left on the vine. Perhaps most unique and interesting is … 0

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 … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Opportunities worthy of grasping

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My life flows on in endless song; Above earth’s lamentation I hear the sweet though far off hymn That hails a new creation: Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. — Plato The Aug. 17 Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert brings the return of sopranos Lisa Woods (mezzo) … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Actors Theater Playouse opens musical review Thursday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other.” — Rob Sheffield There’s a reason the gods invented music and that is, very simply, because words weren’t up to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Pioneer Valley Symphony, the little orchestra that could!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“I’m not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.” — Leonard Bernstein The Pioneer Valley Symphony, which is soon to turn a venerable 76, has released its 2014-2015 season … 0