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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 & Curtain Calls: ‘The Black Man in Song’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“When I studied in conservatories as a young man, I absorbed the traditions of music. Then, when I became a pupil of Edgar Varese, my horizons broadened and I wrote in a very dissonant style. Then I began … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Sweet-cream sound

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“Listen — the horn!” — Ralph Vaughan Williams (to students, on hearing a Beethoven symphony) If one instrument were to be named the pivot-point, the arbitrator of the entire orchestra and its sound, the French horn, which is … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: the 'Barefoot Contessa' of the keyboard

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“I wander silently and am somewhat unhappy, And my sighs always ask “Where?” In a ghostly breath it calls back to me, “There, where you are not, there is your happiness.” — “Der Wanderer” (“The Wanderer”), Georg Philipp … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: PVS’ ‘Exploration’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

“I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.” — Bela Bartok Paul Phillips and the Pioneer Valley Symphony continue their expanding trajectory through the music of recent as well as past centuries with “Exploration,” a concert featuring … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Hamelin — ‘I try to discover the piece along with them’

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“Genuine creation, a seal (proof) of the spirit, reveals itself only when the artist is heedless of creating, when he is intent upon serving. The great masters of the past served, and therefore their compositions have earned the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Vienna in Vermont

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me, I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.” — Ezra Lazarus … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Pain & passion

Thursday, January 2, 2014

“There are two ways to live your life One is as if nothing is a miracle The other is as if everything is a miracle” — Albert Einstein One of the wonderful privileges of writing a column such … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Joseph braves a snowstorm for a fantastic performance

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” — Pablo Picasso The New Year is nigh upon us. So, let us lift our cups to artists — those seemingly crazed, courageous souls … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Come one, come all, sing ye noel

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up — they have no holidays.” — Henny Youngman (standup comic/violinist) It’s not our fault, it’s Mama Nature’s; she’s the one who keeps immersing the planet in her … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Radiance and glory

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” — Albert Einstein Perhaps it’s the perennial softening power of Christmas, perhaps purely wishful thinking or, just possibly, … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Double anniversary in Deerfield

Thursday, December 5, 2013

“I, too, played the organ frequently in my youth, but my nerves could not stand the power of this gigantic instrument. I should place an organist who is master of his instrument at the very head of all … 0