It’s a Beautiful Day for a Concert—Let’s Hear Two!

Salon Piano Series and the Pro Arte Quartet made Sunday a day to remember   With all due respect to Ernie Banks’ original quote, expressing his joy in the game of baseball, and to the Green Bay Packers and their legions of fans, there was no place I would have rather been last Sunday at… Continue reading It’s a Beautiful Day for a Concert—Let’s Hear Two!

Lincoln Center Sizzles on State Street

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis delivers the big picture   For seventeen years I’ve been saying that the night I heard Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (pictured above, courtesy of Joe Martinez) in Santa Barbara, CA was one of the “Top 10” live performances I had ever experienced.… Continue reading Lincoln Center Sizzles on State Street

Token Creek CMF Dances the Summer Away

The 28th Festival’s final program gives us “Waltz”   John and Rose Mary Harbison opened up their Festival Barn once more last Sunday afternoon, and the closing program of their 28th Token Creek Chamber Music Festival presented varied composers’ treatments of the waltz. By program’s end, the whole was greater than the sum of its… Continue reading Token Creek CMF Dances the Summer Away

Token Creek CMF: It Is Necessarily So

A Schubert program inspires anew   Most everyone gets excited about “kickoffs” this time of year—but before footballs fly across the land, a traditional farewell to summer is kicked off in a lovingly adapted barn on a cherished piece of land just south of Highway 19 and adjacent to one edge of Token Creek County… Continue reading Token Creek CMF: It Is Necessarily So

Laura Metcalf Returns—with Her Soulmate

Cellist’s second CD pairs her with guitartist/spouse Rupert Boyd   A year ago or so I concluded my review of Laura Metcalf’s debut CD, “First Day,” with the lines: “Is there anything Metcalf can’t do well? A better question is: What will she do next?” As of a couple of months ago we received our… Continue reading Laura Metcalf Returns—with Her Soulmate

All This!!…and Dvorak, Too?

Adding great music making to the recipe makes a visit to Door County all the more irresistible   Everyone who falls in love with Door County (and I’ve come to believe that means everyone who has ever been there) has no trouble naming a handful of things that make them want to go back: the… Continue reading All This!!…and Dvorak, Too?

Breaking Up (and Catching Up) Is Hard to Do

Finally hearing the Ancora Quartet with their “new” violinist   The only thing I hate more than missing so many great performances is Madison is having to keep making excuses about it…suffice to say that I’ve been a fan of the Ancora Quartet since I first heard them about five years ago—the only problem is… Continue reading Breaking Up (and Catching Up) Is Hard to Do