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Thoroughly Professional

by B.A. Nilsson March 23, 2011

Massry Center for the Arts, Picotte Recital Hall, March 21 Without some of the specific history attached to the concert, it still would have been a very pleasant program of music for strings, but much ...

Like Clockwork

by Josh Potter March 16, 2011


The composer: Steve Reich   It was only after stagehands wheeled the fourth grand piano onto the stage that the scope of what was about to transpire came fully into focus. Even the title of Steve Reich’s ...

In the Spirit

by B.A. Nilsson March 16, 2011


Auspicious: Jennifer Rivera   Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano, Yehuda Hanani, cellist, Walter Ponce, pianist Close Encounters with Music, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., March 12   At the center of a program titled Thus Spake German Romanticism was a ...

Renaissance Men

by B.A. Nilsson February 23, 2011

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Although Barry Richman pursues most of his musical passion behind the scenes, you may have spotted him, more than 20 years ago, playing percussion with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. “I graduated with a performance major ...

Sparkling Conversations

by B.A. Nilsson March 24, 2010

Although the violin-cello duo of Madalyn and Cicely Parnas have local roots, they’re destined for an international career that could make this area but a memory. Neither is 20; both have impressive virtuoso chops that ...

Royal Harmonies

by B.A. Nilsson February 11, 2010

Legendary choral conductor Sir David Willcocks likes to tell the story of a group of singers who worked with him at King’s College in the mid-1960s and aspired to go out on their own. “You’ll ...