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A Singer's Notes 140: The Last Wife, by Kate Hennig; directed by Kelly Galvin - WAM Theatre at Shakespeare & Co.'s Bernstein Theater

November 8th, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  The Last Wife, by Kate Hennig; directed by Kelly Galvin - WAM Theatre I have been a fan of Kelly Galvin ever since her wonderful performance as [...]

Glimmerglass 2017: Opera in Angustiis: Commentaries for our Troubled Times in Stunning Glimmerglass Season Siege of Calais

November 3rd, 2017

by: Seth Lachterman

Glimmerglass 2017: Opera in Angustiis: Commentaries for our Troubled Times in Stunning Glimmerglass Season Siege of Calais Music Gaetano Donizetti Libretto Salvatore Cammarano Conductor Joseph Colaneri Director Francesca Zambello Sets James Noone Costumes Jessica Jahn Lighting Mark McCullough Projected Text[...]

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October 16th, 2017

by: The Editor

  Wordpress themes are rather like cars. They begin to look old, then parts nobody but the admin sees start to fail. One can refurbish them[...]

The Sixth Concert Series at Camphill Ghent is about to begin with a Recital by Pianist Gilbert Kalish

October 12th, 2017

by: The Editor

The Sixth Concert Series at Camphill Ghent, Gili Melamed-Lev, Director In my preview of last year's concert series, I believe I may have used some culinary[...]

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Looking Up

October 12th, 2017

by: Charles Warren

  Writing here recently about last season at the Boston Symphony, I had recourse more than once to the phrase “just notes going by” in response to [...]

Three Summer Operas: Bellini's Il Pirata at Caramoor, Dvořák's Dimitrij at Bard, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at The Berkshire Opera Festival

October 10th, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  Three Summer Operas: Bellini's Il Pirata at Caramoor, Dvořák's Dimitrij at Bard, and Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at The Berkshire Opera Festival After only one season, i[...]

Verlaine and Ten Composers: Exquisite Poetry, Exquisite Singing, Exquisite Playing

October 6th, 2017

by: Ralph P. Locke

    A Verlaine Songbook: Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Joseph Middleton, piano Songs by Charles Bordes, Chausson, Debussy, Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Séverac, Joseph Szulc, and Régine Wie[...]

A Singer's Notes 139: Neil Simon's Broadway Bound at the Oldcastle

October 6th, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  Another excellent evening in the Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington. A uniformly fine and balanced cast riveted my attention in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. The cast[...]

Aston Magna is Back! Bach Father & Son, & Their Peers: J.S. & C.P.E Bach, Handel, Buxtehude

October 3rd, 2017

by: The Editor

  Bach Father & Son, & Their Peers: J.S. & C.P.E Bach, Handel, Buxtehude Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 @ 7 p.m. Saint James Place 352 Main Street, Great Barrington Pre-concert talk[...]

Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, May 03, 2017 - September 03, 2017

September 22nd, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, May 03, 2017 - September 03, 2017 Joachim Homann, Curator Catalogue of[...]

A Singer's Notes 138: A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle — More on Gore's Prospero

September 20th, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle Peter Langstaff gave us a demonstration of fine and subtle acting, playing two roles, each with its own accent, in[...]

Ups and Downs of the Boston Music Season, mostly Boston Symphony with Andris Nelsons, 2016-2017

September 15th, 2017

by: Charles Warren

  The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Tanglewood Music Festival, very successful by many reports, has just concluded, with the new season in Boston to begin very s[...]

Festival of Contemporary Music, August 10-14, 2017

September 11th, 2017

by: Larry Wallach

    Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall Kate Soper, soprano (Lewis) TMC Fellows Phyllis Chen - Chimers György Kurtág - Selected songs Nathan Davis - The Sand Reckoner (world premiere) Anthony C[...]

A Singer's Notes 137: The Tempest, at Shakespeare and Company

August 22nd, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  On Wednesday evening, Nigel Gore's Prospero gave me The Tempest I have been waiting for. First, and not least, his performance was consistent. I have[...]

Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman, Founding Directors of the Berkshire Opera Festival Talk with Michael Miller about the Centerpiece of their Second Season: Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos

August 22nd, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  Two expert and experienced, highly intelligent and sensitive opera-makers, Jonathon Loy, a stage director, and Brian Garman, a conductor, joined forces last year to create[...]

Garrick Ohlsson’s Two Hands: Where the Poles of Romanticism Meet...Schubert and Scriabin at Tanglewood

August 14th, 2017

by: Larry Wallach

  Garrick Ohlsson’s Two Hands: Where the Poles of Romanticism Meet Schubert’s Summer Journey, concert 4 (August 8, 2017 in Ozawa Hall) Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D. [...]

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Programs Birds, Ideas, and Modernist Brilliance

August 8th, 2017

by: Larry Wallach

  Pierre-Laurent Aimard Programs Birds, Ideas, and Modernist Brilliance Thursday July 27: solo piano recital including works by Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Anderson, Bartok, and Messiaen Saturday July 29:[...]

Sounding the Mysteries: Nature, Music, and the Human Soul

August 5th, 2017

by: Larry Wallach

  Sounding the Mysteries: Nature, Music, and the Human Soul The TMC Orchestra plays music of Britten, Adès, and Sibelius Ozawa Hall, Monday July 24 at 8 pm Britten [...]

The Bard Music Festival 2017: Chopin and His World—a Preview

August 5th, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  The Bard Music Festival 2017: Chopin and his World Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson: Fisher Performing Arts Center and Olin Hall Weekend I: August 11–13: Chopin, the Piano, and Musical Cu[...]

Mauritius, by Theresa Rebeck at the Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington. Closes August 6.

August 5th, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington Closes August 6 Cast: Richard Howe as Phillip Peter Langstaff as Sterling Gabriel Vaughan as Dennis Meredith Meurs as Jackie Doria Bramante as Mary Directed by Eric[...]

Dvořák's Rare Grand Opera, Dimitrij, Coming Up at Bard Summerscape, beginning July 28 [REVISED]

July 30th, 2017

by: Michael Miller

  Dimitrij - Clay Hilley, tenor Marina - Melissa Citro, soprano Xenie - Olga Tolkmit, soprano Marfa - Nora Sourouzian, mezzo-soprano Jove - Peixin Chen, bass Shuisky - Levi Hernandez, baritone Basmanov[...]

A Singer's Notes 136: Cymbeline at Shakespeare and Company; Elgar at Tanglewood

July 27th, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  Cymbeline at Shakespeare and Company For me Cymbeline is all about the new Blackfriars Theater, an enclosed space, a place to speak quietly, a place lit by candles, a[...]

Youthful Mozart, (Over-)Ripe Mahler from Andris Nelsons and the BSO, Daniel Lozakovich, Violin

July 20th, 2017

by: Larry Wallach

  Youthful Mozart, (Over-)Ripe Mahler Tanglewood Music Shed: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor Mozart, Violin Concerto no. 3 in G major K. 216 Daniel Lozakovich, violin soloist Mahler, Symphony[...]

A Singer's Notes 135: Moonlight and Magnolias at Oldcastle Theatre and the Chiara String Quartet at Mohawk Trail Concerts

July 20th, 2017

by: Keith Kibler

  Moonlight and Magnolias at Oldcastle Theatre In a play that basically pursues one action only, that of completing a script for the film of Gone With[...]

A Crop of Recordings XVI: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius and the First and Second Symphonies played by the Berliner Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim

July 18th, 2017

by: Steven Kruger

  ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius ●  Daniel Barenboim, conductor; Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Angel); Andrew Staples (Gerontius); Thomas Hampson (Priest/Angel of the Agony); Staatskapelle Berlin; Staatsopernchor; RIAS Ka[...]


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