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Encores and Curtain Calls
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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: '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

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