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James Kauflin, shown at right, and his mentor, the late jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, shown at left, is the subject of a documentary being screened by Amherst Cinema, Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m.

Encores & Curtain Calls: Film documents musical genius Justin Kauflin and his mentor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble ... I shall seize Fate by the throat, it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.” — Ludwig van Beethoven While none of my efforts to contact the subject of this week’s feature has borne fruit, I vow that one day I shall make good on … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: New classical guitar series begins

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.” — Andres Segovia There is no end to the myriad faces of the guitar — or, for that matter, to the industry and initiative of guitarist Michael Nix; the peripatetic … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Mandolins assemble!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Symmetry is only a property of dead things. Did you ever see a tree or a mountain that was symmetrical? It’s fine for buildings, but if you ever see a symmetrical human face, you will have the impression that you ought to think it beautiful, but that in fact you find it cold. … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Mohawk Trail Concerts opens new season

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” — Reba McEntire The rich harvest of early summer is … 0

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill oneself.” — Albert Camus Suicide is a dangerous word (from the Latin suicidium, sui + caedere, “to kill oneself”). The mere idea of suicide sets … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Time for the BIG screen

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

“I love to go to a regular movie theater, especially when the movie is a big crowd pleaser. It’s much better watching a movie with 500 people making noise than with just a dozen.” — Steven Spielberg Now … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Tony Bennett

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” — Stephen Sondheim Once upon a time there was a fatherless young boy who came of age during the era of the Great Depression; his mother — as he put it … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: To trust is devine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” — Desmond Tutu If there’s any true hope for planet earth to move beyond the tribal chauvinism and the divisionalism that have, for millennia, … 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