Music Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra Opens the Tanglewood Festival

July 10th, 2013
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Music Review: Riverside Symphony at Alice Tully Hall

June 7th, 2013

The season-ending program of 20th-century music that the Riverside Symphony and its music director, George Rothman, presented at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday night was well thought out, smart and illuminating. Snazzy, too. A sortable calendar of noteworthy cultural events in the New York region, selected by Times critics. Under the title “Old World/New World” it brought together four composers caught in the act of flirting with popular music traditions, with different degrees of ardency. In Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, written in the wake of the composer’s American recital tour of 1928, his affection for jazz has the blushing […]

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Music Review: ‘Il Trionfo Dell’Onore’ at Symphony Space

May 26th, 2013

Alessandro Scarlatti, described by the New Grove Dictionary of Opera as “the most important opera composer of his generation in Italy,” wrote more than 60 operas, working mostly in the convention-bound medium of opera seria. Who could blame him for wanting to break loose, late in his career, with a lone, irreverent comedy? Tina Fineberg for The New York Times Il Trionfo Dell’Onore From left, Maria Todaro, Eric S. Brenner, Stephanie McGuire and Elise Jablow in this opera at Symphony Space. A sortable calendar of noteworthy cultural events in the New York region, selected by Times critics. And loose he […]

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Dance Review: Manjari Chaturvedi’s Sufi Kathak at Symphony Space

April 10th, 2013

What is Sufi Kathak? As the Indian dancer Manjari Chaturvedi made abundantly clear during her New York debut at Symphony Space on Tuesday, Sufi Kathak is a dance style invented by Manjari Chaturvedi. It borrows from Kathak, an Indian classical dance with both Hindu and Muslim roots, to express the mysticism of Sufi poetry and music. Ruby Washington/The New York Times Manjari Chaturvedi performing Sufi Kathak, Indian classical dance mixed with Sufi mysticism, at Symphony Space. A sortable calendar of noteworthy cultural events in the New York region, selected by Times critics. The solo performance, presented by the Indo-American Arts […]

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Music Review: Victoria Bond at Symphony Space

April 3rd, 2013

Take a few words by Joyce. How about “herds innumerable” from the Cyclops episode in “Ulysses,” made up of “bellwethers and flushed ewes and shearling rams and lambs and stubble geese and medium steers and roaring mares and polled calves and longwools and storesheep and Cuffe’s prime springers and culls and sowpigs and baconhogs and the various different varieties of highly distinguished swine and Angus heifers and polly bullocks of immaculate pedigree together with prime premiated milchcows and beeves:” — oh, good, a colon, take a breath — “and there is ever heard a trampling, cackling, roaring, lowing, bleating, bellowing, […]

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Music Review: Peter Serkin Plays Beethoven in Peoples’ Symphony Concerts

April 1st, 2013
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San Francisco Symphony Strike Affects Other Institutions

March 20th, 2013

Carnegie Hall will remain dark on this Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Ditto the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Friday and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington on Saturday. The inactivity is not of their choosing. The San Francisco Symphony, which was to have filled those slots, canceled its East Coast tour on Sunday, when its management and musicians failed to reach an agreement on a new contract during a players’ strike, then four days old. The strike was declared last Wednesday, just a week before the first scheduled Carnegie concert, and it was clear that the […]

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Music Review: Collegiate Chorale, With American Symphony, at Carnegie Hall

March 1st, 2013
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Music Review: Bobby Avey at Symphony Space

February 10th, 2013

By nature if not by definition jazz musicians are tireless consolidators: of languages and rituals, of literatures and styles. Some artists exercise that impulse entirely within the jazz tradition, building on roughly a century of precedent (or, in too many cases, just a choice decade or two). Others seek purpose in charting unexpected routes or teasing out unlikely connections — something you may have noticed more of lately, especially among musicians under 40, and especially in New York. The pianist Bobby Avey is in his 20s, and has firmly aligned himself with those aims. A former protégé of the saxophonist […]

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New Jersey Symphony President Richard Dare Quits

January 14th, 2013

Richard Dare made a splash last year as an outspoken entrepreneur turned arts administrator and started work on Jan. 2 as the president and chief executive of the New Jersey Symphony, with the promise that his business acumen would bring it new luster. On Friday, nine days later, he resigned, citing a 1996 case in which he was charged with an “attempted lewd act upon” a 15-year-old girl, whom he later married. In a statement, Mr. Dare, 48, said he believed that “media attention to my family’s personal life will harm the organization and musicians I cherish, as well as […]

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