Music

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

One of Stephen Sondheim’s best songs in “Gypsy” is “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” Max Raabe, the founder of Berlin’s Palast Orchester got a gimmick in 1985: he formed a band to perform 1920s and 1930s songs in true period-style …Read More

Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall presents a number of different programs centered around a particular artist. Tonight’s “Meet the Artist” was a piano presentation by the internationally renowned Mitsuko Uchida. Just one piano and a bench on the stage stood between us and …Read More

The Amati Society, Young Arts Program

During the “season” the Met Museum offers musical “exhibitions” of various sorts – from guitar/jazz jam sessions to classical treasures for both members of the Amati Society, which supports musical endeavors, and regular donors. A couple of years ago, a …Read More

Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Beethoven 8 and 9

Beethoven is my classical music soul mate — so I can never hear enough of his music. It was especially interesting hearing a more traditional performance of the Eighth, since I also attended the Iván Fischer concert of the Eighth …Read More

Uniquely New Orleans – The Classical Tradition and Jazz

A concert presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Cathedral-Basilica of St Louis, King of France, New Orleans When was the last time you went to a symphonic concert that included the music of Charles …Read More

Chinese New Year and The New York Philharmonic

The celebration of Chinese New Year has steadily risen in importance. Until now the Chinese community and their friends continue the tradition throughout what seems to be almost two weeks. Highlights of the Season are spectacular fireworks over the Hudson …Read More

Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Beethoven 8 and 9

Ellen and I attended an amazing concert last night (February 6) at David Geffen Hall. Beethoven’s 8th Symphony is my personal favorite. I grew up listening to Bruno Walter’s recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker on a 10-inch vinyl LP on …Read More

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

As is often the case, there are fine musical organizations that seek support from philanthropists in the United States. They come from Salzburg, Vienna, London, Israel, etc., and now Oxford University has joined “the chorus.” We happened to attend a …Read More

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Who says 20th Century classical music must be inaccessible? Not the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Their season-opening concerts featured all 20th Century pieces accented by jazz, tango, gypsy and cowboy influences. Guest conductor Teddy Abrams opened with three dances from …Read More

New York Philharmonic: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Going to this concert I knew a few things for certain: Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” would be performed masterfully, I would very much enjoy it and by the end of the night my hands would sting a bit from all the …Read More

Taylor McFerrin

Some might scoff at the term “contemporary jazz,” but this genre (I’d describe it as a fusion of jazz, hip-hop and electronic music) is beginning to come into its own. Last night I got a chance to see Taylor McFerrin, …Read More

Recital Series at the Park Avenue Armory

The Park Avenue Armory and its collection of restored nineteenth-century interiors is a treasure! A great pleasure within that treasure was experienced last evening in the Officers Room with an all-Beethoven program with three sonatas. On violin, Kristóf Baráti, and …Read More

Regina Carter

Perusing the program at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans before curtain, I read: “Violin virtuoso Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation.” Bold bona fide to be sure. But this winner of a coveted …Read More

Emerson String Quartet

Last week we went to hear the Emerson String Quartet who are on tour and happily landed at Alice Tully Hall for a masterful concert featuring Haydn Op. 76, Nos. 1 and 4 as well as Beethoven Quartets, Op. 18, …Read More

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Music Director Designate Xian Zhang took New Jersey by storm this weekend. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra booked the Tchaikovsky-Barber program long before Zhang’s selection to succeed Maestro Jacques Lacombe. So audiences got a taste of what awaits them in …Read More

Camille O’Sullivan at the Irish Arts Center

You know a cabaret act is going to be good if the performer can have the audience in its pocket before the first song is over. Last night at the Irish Arts Center, Camille O’Sullivan did just that. This Irish-French singer …Read More

The English Concert in America

Extraordinary young and accomplished artists of The English Concert in America gathered to create the “Fete Musicale Baroque” at the New York Historical Society. The concert took place in the auditorium, with dinner afterward beneath the rescued and restored Picasso …Read More

Rita Wilson at the Café Carlyle

I was intrigued by a good review in the New Yorker about Tom Hanks’s other, longstanding half-actress Rita Wilson, and her commitment to singer/songwriters of the 70s. Once there, she proceeded to mostly sing her own songs, rather than the …Read More

K. Scott Warren at St. Ignatius Loyola

Half the pleasure of this concert was the 45-foot high Mander organ, the largest of its type in New York City, with 5,000 pipes. The sound reverberates through your bones. The other half was organist Scott Warren, who delivers a …Read More

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Carnegie Hall

We attended the Hvorostovsky recital at Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday, February 17th. Hvorostovsky is generally considered one of the leading baritones in the world. A native Siberian who now resides, we believe, in London announced last fall that he …Read More

Chinese Consulate And Fireworks And New York Philharmonic

The Year of the Monkey is being celebrated this year in early February, and, of course, monkeys portend “many changes,” including “political uncertainty, an upturn in global economic growth, technological innovation and expansive creativity in the arts.” And that’s only …Read More

Lead Belly Fest

It was the promise of a Celebration of Lead Belly that brought us to Carnegie Hall last week for a one night “extravaganza.” But a more heinous example of a “bait and switch” has never been experienced. There were photographs …Read More

Barbara Carroll at Birdland

Run, don’t walk, to Birdland to see Barbara Carroll, the iconic jazz pianist, who is scheduled to perform every Saturday, accompanied by her bassist, Jay Leonhart. It is hard to believe that she is 91 years old but Although she …Read More

Symphonie Fantastique and Lelio at NJSO

  What a treat: the familiar and the rare. Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra brought their usual verve to the concert staple “Symphonie Fantastique.” Considered Berlioz’s signature work, this 1830 composition marked the change of eras from …Read More

Mozart – Two Choral Gems

“Sancta Maria” Two small, incredibly beautiful pieces of choral music from this well-loved genius composer are the “Sancta Maria K.273” (1777) and the “Ave Verum K.618” (1791); the first from his youth at age 22 and the second from the …Read More

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

  This expert group of musicians usually visits New York at Carnegie Hall, but this time, they came to David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for a limited engagement under the baton of Louis Langrée, who is also the conductor …Read More

China Through the Looking Glass

“China Through the Looking Glass, An Exhibition of Virtuosity” in the Great Hall of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 14. Great urns in the wall niches and in center of the Hall festooned with branches of cherry blossoms Magically …Read More

König and Jackiw at NJSO

Guest conductor Christoph König led the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in a concert of neglected works by familiar composers on April 24. Anchored by Dvorak’s Symphony #5, the program brilliantly illustrated how audiences can hear a lot of music new …Read More

Bach Christmas Oratorio

Here’s a performance on YouTube in December 1999 at the Herderkirche in Weimar, which dates to 1498, has been Lutheran since 1525, and has an altarpiece by Cranach the Elder 1552 (he died 1553) and completed by Cranach the Younger …Read More

Diana Krall in Concert

My husband and I had a disagreement regarding Diana Krall’s age. He put her in her late 30s, but given her bio, I felt she had to be older. At 52, she is a beautiful and extremely talented woman. I …Read More

Bach — B minor Mass (Double-header)

1) Performance of 2011 at Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne, France; conducted by Jordi Savall. Rating 5 stars. 2) Performance of 2012 at Royal Albert Hall, London; conducted by Harry Bicket. Rating 5 stars. * * * * * In the …Read More

Sinatra: An American Icon

Another choice exhibit in New York City is at the Library of the Performing Arts- —  “Sinatra—an American Icon,” — which so handsomely shows the life, career, and talent of that charismatic and extraordinary singer. It will resonate particularly for …Read More

Gershwin’s Concerto in F

  The photograph of Yuja Wang on the invitation showed an athletic female Lang Lang with a short skirt, which diminished her talent immediately. But no such person appeared on stage with Michael Tilson Thomas and the superb group of musicians …Read More

Seymour: An Introduction

This is a surprisingly compelling documentary about Seymour Bernstein, a successful and internationally acclaimed classical pianist who, at the age of 50, stopped playing concerts because of the crippling anxiety associated with them. His last public performance, he asserts with …Read More

The Wrecking Crew

My husband and I had a busy Saturday planned so we went to a 10:45am screening of “The Wrecking Crew,” a fabulous documentary on the professional musicians who played on the albums of the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Sonny and …Read More