Douglas Williams and Talise Travigne in Iris. The upcoming Bard performances will be the first professional stagings of the opera in America for nearly a century. (photo by Cory Weaver)

Stepping out of Butterfly’s shadow

The Bard Music Festival opens this year with Mascagni’s Iris, an opera that has one of the most lurid tales ever set to music. It’s verismo (real-life opera) with a vengeance, the story…

(José Francisco Salgado)

HVP performs Borealis with Northern Lights projections at Bardavon

Canadian composer John Estacio had a startling experience when he moved to the city of Edmonton. It was “the first time ever I experienced the glorious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. Up until that…

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Poets Mark Wunderlich & Eamon Grennan coming to New World Writers’ Night

For nearly a decade, the series now known as New World Writers’ Night has been tapping into the mid-Hudson Valley’s long tradition of area poets and prose writers. Two outstanding poets are on…

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“This Land is Your Land” turns 75

Hudson Valley Philharmonic pays tribute to an American anthem with works by David Amram and Dust Bowl projections this Saturday Leonard Bernstein chose David Amram as the New York Philharmonic’s first composer-in-residence. “David,”…

Helena Baillie (photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco) and Babette Hierholzer.

Helena Baillie & Babette Hierholzer to open Rhinebeck Chamber Music Series

The first time that Helena Baillie and Babette Hierholzer performed together, they were in prison – not as inmates, though. It was a performance under the auspices of the Bard Prison Initiative. Although…

Garry Kvistad (photo by Carol Judson)

Drum Boogie Festival in Woodstock

Is Garry Kvistad a businessman who plays percussion, or a percussionist who runs a business? In recent years, the percussionist, who was always active to the extent that his business permitted, has been…

Elisha Abas (above) turned away from the piano at the age of 14 and pursued a career as a professional soccer player in Israel; Child prodigy Abas, age 9, with Arthur Rubinstein  (photos courtesy of Elisha Abas).

The return of Israeli pianist Elisha Abas

When he was 11 years old, Israeli pianist Elisha Abas performed at Carnegie Hall. The legendary Arthur Rubinstein was in the audience. Rubinstein was so impressed that, after praising the boy, he gave…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Les Gerber’s Maverick Memories

During my first season reviewing Maverick Concerts, in the mid-1970s, I was surprised and gratified by the quality of the series. However, one concert turned out to be a serious disappointment. It was…

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Maverick turns 100: Centennial season for Hervey White’s “Cathedral in the Pines”

  One hundred years! That’s the age both of Hervey White’s magnificent Maverick Concert Hall and of the concert series that he originated to be presented in it. In some ways a century…

Ars Choralis will perform a selection of love songs, including tunes from Jerome Kern and Paul Simon, an a cappella Beatles medley and “the group’s infamous ‘Anti-Love Song’ medley” at the Sheeley House B&B in High Falls on Feb. 14.

Love songs & anti-love songs concert by Ars Choralis in High Falls

Ars Choralis celebrates its 50th anniversary season this year with an expanded series of performances. On February 21, the chorus will become one of a series of invited vocal ensembles to perform at…

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