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Two young soloists will be featured at Bard’s American Symphony Orchestra concert this Friday and Saturday evening, both 2014 Bard Concerto Competition winners. Sophomore Gabriel Baeza will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s noted Violin Concerto in...

It is not every day that one gets to attend the premiere of a requiem.  It is not usual for a requiem to be written by a composer who has not reached his thirtieth birthday.  Yet the subject is universal:  the old have no lock on...

by Stephen Kaye

Gidon Kremer, one of the old hands of the violin and Daniil Trifonov, a 24 year old Russian  already recognized as a prodigious pianist, teamed up Friday, January 23 offering a Carnegie Hall audience a singular program of new and old.  The...

January 22, 2015 

Suburbs were once thought (in 1903) the plan for the future, the ideal American community, each household with a bit of lawn the family could call their own, a mini-...

January 22, 2015 

Has anyone other than Stephen Sondheim written a musical about a painting? Sunday in the Park with George dramatizes a single satiric painting of Georges-Pierre Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande...

January 22, 2015 


On January 10 the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, conducted by Christine Howlett of Vassar College, presented a program called Light, Life, and...

On Saturday, December 13, Speak Easy, a book about conversation, was launched at Merritt Bookstore. Written by Mathew Calkins, the new Rector of Grace Church, with Mary Lou Walker, the book offers practical advice on conversational...

Posted: 12/18/2015 

Every age has its own language; every artist seeks her own voice.   On Thursday, December 11,  Yuja Wang, a 27 year old Chinese pianist chose not to relive early 19th century Vienna when artists wrote and sang about modest maidens and rippling water....

Posted: 12/18/2015

On Sunday afternoon, December 14, the Bard College Conservatory gave its last concert of the season. Paul Hindemith’s 1944 Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber brought harmony and orchestration to Weber’s work, sometimes in an unexpectedly comic...

Posted: 12/18/ 2014

Jolliness is not a bad idea, no, not at all.  And there’s lots to be jolly about.  Our communities are safe and in a celebratory mood, our climate, though warming, is seasonally cold and our land is, as we write this, covered with a blanket of snow.  We...