DeMare Launches his “Liaisons” with Sondheim, Concert review by Scott Pender

DeMare Launches his "Liaisons" with Sondheim, Concert review by Scott Pender
LIAISONS: Off to a Good Start Saturday April 2 University of Maryland Anthony de Mare kicked off his American tour of LIAISONS: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with fine performances of 14 new works. LIAISONS will eventually include short piano pieces written by 36 stylistically diverse contemporary composers, each work based on a Steven Sondheim...
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Jeremy Denk makes Carnegie Hall debut on short notice

Jeremy Denk makes Carnegie Hall debut on short notice
Ailing elder pianists have given Jeremy Denk new opportunities. So what if he’s a substitute. This month he made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel (replacing Martha Argerich) and on Sunday (3/27) he made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut (replacing Maurizio Pollini).  Denk played Ives’ “Concord” Sonata and Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations.  Anthony Tommasini...
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Celebrating Lou Harrison in D.C., festival review by Scott Pender

Celebrating Lou Harrison in D.C., festival review by Scott Pender
Over the past week, the Washington DC-based Post-Classical Ensemble, in conjunction with The George Washington University, the National Gallery of Art, and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, presented an ambitious series of three programs looking at the life and work of Lou Harrison. A true American original, Harrison was a composer of great lyric gifts and a maverick who espoused “world music” before we called...
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Speak, Tony! Speak! (CD Review)

Speak, Tony!  Speak!  (CD Review)
Pianist Anthony de Mare has been a champion of contemporary music of many sorts. Yet his trademark is the amazing things he can do at the piano besides play the keys, namely talking. The pinnacle of his accomplishments, in what might be considered a new genre of works, is Frederic Rzewski’s “De Profundis,” an amazing setting of portions of Oscar Wilde’s letter from prison that de Mare commissioned and...
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Rufus Wainwright, Still feeling blue

Rufus Wainwright, Still feeling blue
For singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s return to The Egg in Albany tonight, every audience member gets a close up view.  That’s thanks to the visual component of the concert’s first half, a video creation by Douglas Gordon. But don’t expect a live action shot of Wainwright on a big screen, like at an arena rock show. Gordon is an acclaimed artist who works in large scale video formats and he’s created a very long...
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Standing tall, the Robert Helps “Web Monument”

Standing tall, the Robert Helps "Web Monument"
It’s not just stars of popular culture who are the subject of “worship sites.”  An on-line tribute to the late American composer and pianist Robert Helps (1928-2001) is nothing less than pious veneration.  While including the required list of compositions plus a timeline and discography, the site is an interactive, dynamic progression – obviously the work of loving care.  It was conceived by Andrea Infamosa...
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Songs man-up, with Steven Blier and New York Festival of Song

Songs man-up, with Steven Blier and New York Festival of Song
Steven Blier on “Manning the Cannon,” an upcoming program with the New York Festival of Song: “This is a program I’ve been longing to do for about two decades. It explores two centuries of gay composers and gay-themed songs, and presents a wide variety of characters: experienced guys on the prowl for a good time; sensitive men grappling with their sexuality; hyper-males and drag queens; ecstatic lovers and...
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Weekend concert reviews: Haydn/Parker, Barber in Glens Falls

Weekend concert reviews: Haydn/Parker, Barber in Glens Falls
Parker Quartet Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music Emma Willard School, Troy NY Saturday November 20, 2010 A world of style, color and sentiment came from the Parker Quartet during their Saturday concert presented by the Friends of Chamber Music at the Emma Willard School. That’s really not so unusual an occurrence.  It seems like dynamic fresh-faced quartets are a dime a dozen these days and the Parker, which easily...
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Marc Peloquin gets Keyed Up

Marc Peloquin gets Keyed Up
Pianist MARC PELOQUIN starts a three-concert series titled “Keyed Up” on Saturday night at the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan. Each program features him in collaboration with composer/performers and he kicks it off with his close buddy David Del Tredici. Marc has been playing DDT’s music for some years now and is preparing a three-CD set of the composer’s complete piano music for Naxos. Also...
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Jeremy Denk: Out in the Times

Jeremy Denk: Out in the Times
In today’s Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, Vivien Schweitzer writes about Jeremy Denk, his new recording of the Ives sonatas (amazingly his first solo disc), his obsession with Proust, and addiction to chili peppers. She also mentions “his boyfriend, Patrick Posey, a saxophonist and the director of orchestral activities and planning at Juilliard.” Scanning the web, this is the only reference...
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