chamber music, string quartets, The BerkshiresOct 7th, 2012 | No Comments
The fall concert season kicks into high gear during the month of October but it’s the South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield that always get things going a bit sooner. The entirety of South Mountain Concerts’ annual line-up runs for only four or five weeks every autumn. Bridging that time between the busier summer and fall schedules, it gives music lovers something to savor when little else is on the calendar. But...
Capital Region, chamber music, string quartets, vocal musicJul 25th, 2010 | No Comments
A piece of American music seldom stays fresh, even surprising, to succeeding generations of audiences. Datedness sets in so quickly, while nostalgia takes a long time to show up.
George Crumb’s “Black Angels” is an exception.
Written almost 40 years ago during the height of the Vietnam War, “Black Angels” is scored for electric string quartet and is subtitled “Thirteen Images from the...
Capital Region, classical, experimental, orchestral, string quartetsMar 29th, 2010 | No Comments
ALBANY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
March 26, 2010
Music director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra have made a virtue out of performing lots of new little works by emerging composers. Eager for the opportunity, the youngsters gladly take the modest commissions and write under tight deadlines. The results are usually diverting and forgettable.
A substantial new three-year grant from the...
Capital Region, classical, string quartetsMar 21st, 2010 | No Comments
Call them the children of Kronos. No, not the Greek Titan, who ruled Earth and the heavens, but the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco-based ensemble founded in 1973 that reinvented the string quartet. With an exclusive dedication to contemporary music — from minimalism to salsa — the Kronos created such a hip and flamboyantly costumed image that it was dubbed “classical music’s fab four.”
arts administration, couples, GLTB performers, guitar, Lesbian Composers, string quartetsDec 16th, 2009 | No Comments
Around 1998 when I was pulling together artists for the disc “Lesbian American Composers,” Laura Kaminsky wrote me a rather curt letter about the whole project.
A simple “No, thanks” would have sufficed.
I’d actually forgotten about that, having put out of my mind some of the stormier aspects of bringing to market that title and the two volumes of “Gay American Composers” discs at...