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Escher String Quartet – November 6, 2016

Escher String Quartet  -  Vassar College, Skinner Hall  -  November 6, 2016 The quartet program included works by Mozart, Bartók, and then a quintet (add Crow’s piano) of Dvorák.  (Sorry Anton, all those different accents available, but not the correct … Continue reading

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Pluck and Rail – September 24, 2016

Pluck and Rail  -  Upstream Gallery  -  September 24, 2016 New venue for me, located in Hastings-on-Hudson.  This is a curious Americana-esque duo, in that one of the instruments is a cello, played standing up.  Repertoire was a mix of … Continue reading

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Cavatina Quartet – July 24, 2016

Cavatina Quartet  -  Museum of Modern Art, Summergarden  -  July 24, 2016 A new venue for me, MOMA’s outdoor sculpture garden.  And of course, for a program assembled by Juilliard’s Joel Sachs, “new music” aplenty for the student players.

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Manhattan String Quartet – April 3, 2016

Manhattan String Quartet  – Pleasantville Presbyterian Church -  April 3, 2016 A little bit of Beethoven, a little bit of Bartok, and I’ll be able to handle a little bit of Schubert.  One more sponsoring organization (Pleasantville Chamber Music Society), … Continue reading

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Tactus – December 10, 2015

Tactus  -  Manhattan School of Music  -  December 10, 2015 Tactus is (or seems to be) less a group than a collective within the Manhattan School that features music of the 20th and 21st century; here the focus was on … Continue reading

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Bardavon String Quartet – August 22, 2015

Bardavon String Quartet  -  Onteora Mountain House  -  August 22, 2015 These sketches are from the “have-you-no-shame?” department.  I brought my sketchbook to my niece’s wedding ceremony/reception on the hunch that there might be live music and guess what?  BSQ!

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Abdullah Ibrahim – October 20, 2014

Abdullah Ibrahim  -  Schomburg Center  -  October 20, 2014 I just love these old jazz masters whose command of technique is so thoroughly transparent that impediment-free channeling from their consciousness to mine is achieved; Ibrahim certainly fills the bill.  He … Continue reading

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Focus: Schnittke’s World (1) – January 27, 2014

Focus: Schnittke’s World (1)  – Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater  -  January 27, 2014 This year’s Focus festival is on Alfred Schnittke and his circle.  The four players portrayed are each part of a separate ensemble; time is too … Continue reading

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American Music & Local History – September 8, 2013

American Music & Local History – Southeast Museum – September 8, 2013 A wordy title that doesn’t fit on one line, oh well.  Full story: the basement of the Southeast Museum in Brewster is a small performance space and gallery … Continue reading

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Carolina Chocolate Drops – June 23, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops  -  New Haven Green  -  June 23, 2012 This is the second dynamite concert of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.  Opening band Caravan of Thieves, gypsy-swing oriented, was cool enough placeholder, giving me time to … Continue reading

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