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A bland start and sensational finish to Gardner concert at Mostly Mozart – Aug 08, 2015

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra is the sort of ensemble whose fortunes…

Cleveland Orchestra’s “Daphne” turns wooden at Lincoln Center Festival – Jul 16, 2015

It’s getting harder for music lovers to leave New York in the…

Ekmeles program lives up to group’s name in Five Boroughs Festival closer – Jun 30, 2015

“Ekmeles,” in Attic Greek, means “dissonant” or, to be less charitable, “unmusical”—“outside…

U.S. Chopin winner Lu shows talent and tenderness in New York debut – Jun 25, 2015

While one of the world’s great musical competitions, the Tchaikovsky Competition, is…

Graf’s intelligent versatility bolsters new piano series – Jun 21, 2015

Rarely does an independent concert series achieve such success so quickly. The…

Philharmonic closes season with a moving and masterful “Joan of Arc” – Jun 11, 2015

The New York Philharmonic is the last member of New York’s major…

Honeck strikes sparks with Philharmonic in favored Austro-German rep – May 29, 2015

The New York Philharmonic’s conductor auditions continue apace. Last week we had…

Gerstein’s powerhouse Brahms proves the highlight of Mälkki’s Philharmonic debut – May 22, 2015

A fifteen-minute standard concert opener followed by a fifteen-minute contemporary symphonic meditation,…

Blythe’s Wagnerian presence and personality prevail at Carnegie – May 16, 2015

Stephanie Blythe was not in her best voice for her recital with…

Chaotic Collegiate Chorale leaves Weill’s “Promise” unfulfilled – May 07, 2015

Like many American choral groups, the Collegiate Chorale is a semi-professional ensemble,…


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