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Encores and Curtain Calls
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The opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season will be at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The season theme is “All the World’s a Stage” and the concert includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “The Sleeping Beauty,” Henri Tomasi’s Trombone Concerto, with Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone, and the Symphony No. 4 in E Minor Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms.

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 comes to the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The season theme … 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 galaxy, we begin to spy the glistening lights of earth from afar and to hear … 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 like a great orator. — Mstislav Rostropovich Fear not! With the cessation of the Old … 0

A brilliant, soulful, volatile spirit

Thursday, September 26, 2013

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” — Ludwig van Beethoven The fall arts scene in Brattleboro, Vt., is kicking in big time with a Sunday, Sept. 29, performance by cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist … 0

We can’t do without a tragedy

Thursday, September 19, 2013

“I am ashamed of the (audience) before me ... Are there men to whom, the death of their fellow beings is a spectacle of pleasure, an object of curiosity? ... But you, especially, O women! What has induced you to come to this place?  Is it to wipe … 0

One man, many songs

Thursday, September 12, 2013

“There are only two kinds of music; music that sounds good and whatever you want to call that other stuff.” — Duke Ellington Jerry Noble leads a flock of parallel musical lives, among them, piano accompanist for the soloists and choruses of the Smith College music department, where … 0

‘Healing the Earth’

Thursday, September 5, 2013

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” — Dalai Lama The fall artistic aquifers of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are brimful and primed to erupt, and in some intriguing directions. A strange … 0

Isn’t it time you visited Redfern?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

All right, it’s time to grab those invitingly empty fall calendars and to start circling some of the most inviting offerings that will soon come cascading through the Pioneer Valley. This week, we’ll provide an overview of two powerful forthcoming presentations at the far-too-long marginalized Redfern Arts Center … 0

Encores: An uncommon glory

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. — George Washington Carver Last fall, in the role of a composer in pursuit of a handful of ideal singers and instrumentalists for an April concert featuring music … 0

Encores: Violin, piano & a pair of masterworks

Thursday, August 15, 2013

“The hearer who abandons himself ... to its beneficent influence will recover from the superficial agitation at the center of the soul, and ... will return to the attraction of the supremely desirable, which is at the same time, the supremely intelligible. Without ceasing to be human he … 0

Flute: a uniquely poignant voice

Thursday, August 8, 2013

“When Krishna plays the flute the whole world is filled with love. Rivers stop, stones are illumined, lotus flowers tremble; gazelles, cows, and birds are entranced; demons and ascetics enchanted.” — The Bhagavata-Purana Aside from the historical venue of its Memorial Museum music room, set amidst garden-like outdoor … 0

Joseph may have been a tad hasty

Thursday, August 1, 2013

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” — Kent Nerburn All right — so, just maybe, I was in danger of slightly exaggerating the … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘Duck Soup’

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ambassador Trentino: I am willing to do anything to prevent this war. Rufus T. Firefly: It’s too late. I’ve already paid a month’s rent on the battlefield. Alright, listen up: in an effort to foil a plan by the neighboring Sylvania to take over her own Freedonia, the … 0

Summer is almost over, honest

Thursday, July 18, 2013

We’re at that mysterious Maginot line just now where the summer is well under way, and yet we feel there’s still plenty of summer left us. The rains have come (and come, and come and come) and gone; July 4th’s festivities and fireworks have fizzled and are behind … 0

Glorious madness at The Met

Thursday, July 11, 2013

“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” — Giacomo Puccini The final of Giacomo Puccini’s incomparably beautiful creations, “Turandot,” displays this abidingly intimate, exquisitely delicate composer at his most unrestrained and resplendent. It’s a fabulous — … 0