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Music review
by Stephen Kaye in Arts & Music
Fri Feb 10th, 2017

Feb 8 - Yuja Wang joined violinist Leonidas Kavakos for a sold-out concert at the David Geffen Hall Wednesday where we heard a yin-and-yang dualism that was fully intentional.  While...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sun Feb 5th, 2017

Federico Cortese unobtrusively ascended the conductor’s podium at Bard’s Sosnoff Theater. A short commentary essay on Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings (1936), delivered with good diction and humor by Holly...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sun Jan 29th, 2017

As part of Vassar’s Modfest Festival, Thomas Sauer performed a solo piano concert at Skinner Hall Sunday afternoon. Sauer began with Joseph Haydn’s “Sonata in C major” from 1789, a...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sat Jan 28th, 2017

Composer and teacher Richard Wilson and his wife Adene (Dee), founders of Vassar’s Modfest, were honored with a concert in Skinner Hall on January 28th. Wilson has taught at Vassar...

Theater review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sat Jan 28th, 2017

While Thornton Wilder wrote many plays, Our Town (1938) endures like a towering, living monument that can move minds and hearts into the fertile landscape of civilization. This meta-play requires...

Julliard plays Shostakovich
by Stephen Kaye in Arts & Music
Fri Jan 27th, 2017

Jan 27 - On Wednesday night we heard “Dreamfall,” a piece by Mark Dancigers, a contemporary composer, played as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall.  It is...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Thu Jan 26th, 2017

For the past fourteen years Vassar’s Modfest program has been run by its discriminating founders, Dee and Richard Wilson (depicted in teaser photo).  Modfest was inaugurated to present interdisciplinary arts...

Chorale review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sat Jan 14th, 2017

Arriving early for “Awaken the New Year,” a performance by the Capella Festivia Chamber Choir under Artistic Director Christine Howlett and Guest Conductor Ronald Bemrich, I overheard them practicing at...

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