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Union College Concert Series

David Finckel and Wu Han

by The Staff January 2, 2015


  To say that cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Ha aren’t strangers to the area is to understate the point. As co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, they shepherded a successful ...

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Sophie Shao and Friends

by The Staff December 4, 2014


  Cellist Sophie Shao returns to the Union College Memorial Chapel on Sunday afternoon to make beautiful chamber music with her friends. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to pin down exactly who the friends performing with her will ...

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Doric String Quartet

by The Staff November 20, 2014


  The Union College Concert Series continues tonight with the Doric String Quartet, which comprises Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone (violins), Helene Clement (viola) and John Myerscough (cello). In praising a Doric performance from December 2012, the ...

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Shai Wosner

by The Staff March 12, 2014

Shai Wosner
Photo: Marco Borggreve

  Pianist Shai Wosner will have Franz Schubert on his mind when he performs tonight (Thursday) as part of the Union College Concert Series in Schenectady. It’s no surprise. BBC Music Magazine has placed him in ...

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Genius, Wit

by B.A. Nilsson October 10, 2013


  Bach’s Goldberg Variations run about the length of an early Marx Brothers movie, but conceal their humor more deftly. Like the movies, the variations are episodic, drawing from long-standing entertainment traditions, but lacing those traditions ...

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by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2013


  David Finckel made his goodbye appearance as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet at Union College on Sunday—he permanently leaves the group later this month—in a program that made considerable demands on his talents. This may ...

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David Finckel’s Lyric Goodbye

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2013


  Just over a year ago, cellist David Finckel announced his intention to leave the Emerson String Quartet, with whom he’s been performing since 1979—three years after the quartet was founded. The group appears Sunday afternoon ...

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A Perfect Holiday Blend

by B.A. Nilsson December 20, 2012


  Even as die-hard a fan such as I has to admit that there can be a certain sameness to a Boston Camerata Christmas program. But I counter the dreaded December assault of horrible holiday music ...

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Boston Camerata

by The Staff December 14, 2012


  One of the musical holiday traditions in the Capital Region is a visit to the Union College Memorial Chapel by the Boston Camerata. The acclaimed early-music ensemble will return tomorrow (Friday) night with the program, ...

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Bernarda Fink

by The Staff November 8, 2012


  On Monday, the Union College Concert Series is presenting mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink in recital with pianist Anthony Spiri. Better known in the concert halls of Europe than America, Fink is on a tour that recently saw ...

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Small Groups, Big Sound

by B.A. Nilsson October 25, 2012

  Perched as I was in a balcony seat, I easily could see the man in a house-right front row (pew, actually, this being Union College’s Memorial Chapel) dragging his overcoat up over his ears and, ...

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Merry Mendelssohn

by B.A. Nilsson February 22, 2012


  The third movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 is a scherzo of incredible vivaciousness, throwing all three instruments into a lively, virtuosic dance. The acrobats are leaping, tumbling in gravity-defying merriment, at any ...

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Almost Together

by B.A. Nilsson October 19, 2011


Four Mozart string quartets, performed by a foursome of excellent musicians with roots in the Marlboro festival: it’s a recipe for a sure-fire concert and an impressive season opener. It had the promise of a ...

Curtain Call

by B.A. Nilsson October 13, 2011


“I’ve been doing this for too long,” Dan Berkenblit says with a laugh. He is about to shepherd the Union College chamber music series into its 40th consecutive season, with a typically stellar lineup of ...

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On the Rise

by B.A. Nilsson May 4, 2011


Where’s your backbone, people? I’m talking to you, the audience at Ray Chen’s dazzling recital last week. The violinist finished with a Wieniawski finger-buster that spewed wicked spiccato, left-hand pizzicato, harmonics true and false and ...

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Pavel Haas String Quartet

by The Staff April 13, 2011

Pavel Haas quartet 
Photo Marco Borggreve

The Union College Concert Series is known for welcoming back old friends, but this weekend, they’re making new ones: the Pavel Haas String Quartet, a Czech chamber group named for the composer who died in ...