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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: 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

Encores & Curtain Calls:

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

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