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Encores and Curtain Calls

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 chamber works for 8, 10 or 12 … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Musical dramatization of Babar story comes to MTC Sunday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A welcome treat awaits the young and the young of heart at the Mohawk Trail Concerts Series in Charlemont on Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m., thanks to a visit by no less than Babar, that most gentlemanly of mythical pachyderms, in Francis Poulenc’s musical dramatization of Jean de Brunhof’s French children’s book … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Summer music festivals

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Editor’s note: Encores & Curtain Calls now runs every other week. “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James With such a plethora of summer musical performances, it’s good to have the big picture before focusing in on your … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Theater, music and laughter

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Never mind June, the July summer arts scene is bustin’ out all over and it seems only fair to at least touch upon some of the less-known possibilities lest they go unnoticed in the sheer abundance of riches. … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Three tales of summer

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One of the most poignant moments of the Superman saga occurs in “Superman Returns,” when we see our solitary protagonist descending toward earth from the darkness of insterstellar space, hearing, as he does so, to a desperate, densely … 0