Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Symphony Hall, Boston
November 11, 2016
After the stunning concert with Simon Rattle leading the Berliner Philharmoniker at Boston’s Symphony Hall—Pierre Boulez’s scint[...]
Peter and the Starcatcher at Hubbard Hall
Written by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by David Snider
Peter – Christiana Roewer
Molly Aster – Kyra Fitzgerald
Black Stache – Erin Ouelle[...]
Oldcastle Theatre Company's The Consul, the Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, a world premiere by John Morogiello
Yet another success for this Company. There was vivid acting. Elizabeth Aspenlieder, a[...]
Boston Musica Viva
Tsai Performance Center, Boston University
September 24, 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra
September 29, 2016
One hoped and expected there would be performances of Pierre Boulez pieces[...]
The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Théodore Baudouin d'Aubigny and Louis-Charles Caigniez.
Conductor, Joseph Colaneri
Director, Peter Kazaras
Choreographer, Meg Gillentine
Sets and Costumes, [...]
Steven Kruger is a former classical concert agent. For a number of years he supervised the roster of conductors at Shaw Concerts in New York City, representing such artists as Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, David Atherton, Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Jose Serebrier and Robert Shaw.
Born in New York City in 1947 to a German immigrant father and an American mother, Kruger is a descendant of Bach biographer Phillip Spitta. He was educated at Phillips Exeter and Princeton, and received his degree in Philosophy, but turned to music administration after a brief career as a military officer and as a stockbroker.
Early in his exposure to music, Kruger developed a special fondness for the British Symphonists, and as a concert agent was able to play a part in the revival of such composers as Elgar, Bax, Walton and Vaughan Williams during the late 1970s.
He continues today as an advocate for these and other great 19th and 20th century symphonic composers, such as D'Indy, Magnard, Schmidt and Tubin, who were at one time eclipsed by the mid-century fashion for academic music.
Now retired and living in California, Steven Kruger regularly
attends The San Francisco Symphony and reports upon those and other Davies Hall symphonic events. Since 2011, he has written program notes on a continuing basis for the Oregon Symphony, including their recent CD, "Music for a Time of War," and has become a regular reviewer for Fanfare. (Email this author)