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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...

Merkin Hall, Jan 9, 2017
by Stephen Kaye in Arts & Music
Tue Jan 10th, 2017

In it seventh year, the Ecstatic Music Festival’s opening concert proved that new music is gaining an audience – the hall was sold out – and is gaining in maturity....

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sun Jan 1st, 2017

Over the past six years Verdi’s 1842 opera Nabucco (the story of Nebuchadnezzar) has enjoyed a remarkable revival. While minor details of its historical grounding contain liberties, the dynamics of...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Fri Dec 23rd, 2016

Bard’s Sosnoff Theater was sold out to an appreciative audience this past Friday evening. The Hot Sardines remain an improbable and successful act currently at their peak with seven recorded...

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sun Dec 18th, 2016

At Lyall Federated Church this past Sunday evening Daniel Michael Koch’s rock operetta on the Christmas nativity story, “Let the Light Shine,” was performed by five musicians and five singers....

Music review
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Arts & Music
Sat Dec 17th, 2016

What is “flash classical”? I’m not sure. Ransacking my mind for a vocabulary to describe Sybarite5, I arrived at that term. Sybarite5 is a group of talented classical musicians who...

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