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Concert Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks at Paper Tiger (San Antonio, Nov. 24, 2015)


The rockers from Glasgow jetted into San Antonio this past Tuesday to make some serious noise on St. Mary’s Street. Read More »

Concert Review: Pianist Tania Stavreva – ‘Kaleidoscope Rhythms!’ – Music of Chopin, Mompou, Vladigerov and More (NYC 11/15/15)

tania stavreva

Stavreva champions composers from her native Bulgaria, plays a mean Chopin, and is unafraid to perform her own works of rumbling, percussive intensity. Read More »

Concert Review: Chiara String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein – Piano Quintets: Brahms and Friedman (NYC Nov. 13)

Simone Dinnerstein. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Jefferson Friedman's sharply modernistic but accessible new 'The Heart Wakes Into' paired nicely with Brahms's Quintet in F minor at the Metropolitan Museum. Read More »

Concert Review: Saint Thomas Choir and Orchestra of St. Luke’s – Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Haydn’s ‘Missa in Angustiis’ (NYC Nov. 12 2015)

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performing Mozart Requiem and Haydn Missa in Angustiis at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave. The performance was conducted by Andrew Nethsingha. Photo by Ira Lippke.

Mozart's unearthly achievement with his unfinished 'Requiem' was on glorious display. Read More »

Concert Review: Cappella Pratensis – ‘Josquin in Rome: Missa Ave maris stella’ (NYC, Nov. 8 2015)

Capella Pratensis

We were in the presence of a brilliant musical mind with a timeless sensibility, brought to life by an ensemble of singers who are surely among our time's finest interpreters of Josquin and the other polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. Read More »

Concert Review: Ian Anderson – ‘Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera’ (NYC, Nov. 6 2015)

jethro tull the rock opera

The ever-inventive Ian Anderson is back on the road with a high-concept multimedia repackaging of songs from the vast Jethro Tull catalog. Read More »

Concert Review: ‘Hommage to Princesse de Polignac’ – Music by Debussy, Satie, Stravinsky, Fauré and More at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC, Nov. 3 2015)

Winnaretta Singer, the Princesse de Polignac

This entertaining, amusing, and artistically rewarding evening evoked the music and the spirit of the Paris salon culture that sponsored and inspired many artists, musicians, and writers of great fame. Read More »

Concert Review: Cellist Inbal Segev – Bach Cello Suites (NYC, Oct. 30, 2015)

Inbal Segev, Photo by Dario Acosta

As the boat rocked – luckily, mostly gently – Segev gave an account of these difficult pieces that was impressive both technically and idiomatically. Read More »

Concert Review: The Chiara String Quartet – ‘Brahms by Heart: The Complete String Quartets’ (NYC 10/2/2015)

The Chiara Quartet, photo by Roger Ressmeyer

The musicians established their interlocked feels for the ebb and flow of the music right off. With grace and power they brought out the Romantic spirit of the music as well as the proto-Modernism in Brahms's unexpected harmonies and transitions. Read More »

Concert Review: American Classical Orchestra with Pianist Jiayan Sun – All-Beethoven Concert, NYC (September 10, 2015)

American Classical Orchestra conducted by Thomas Crawford with pianist Jiayan Sun. Photo by Arlette Landestoy

With rich harmonics, thrilling tension, and remarkable spatial awareness, the ACO made a thoroughly convincing case for how worthwhile it is to make the effort to present works like Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 with original instruments. Read More »