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The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Preview: Calefax reed quintet in Potsdam

One of the finest woodwind quintets in the world will give a concert this weekend in Potsdam. Community Performance Series will host the CALEFAX Reed Quintet on Sunday night(7:30) in the Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

The Amsterdam-based quintet launches its U.S. tour in Potsdam with a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations, as well as pieces by Ravel and Grieg. Todd Moe spoke with saxophonist Raaf Hekkema, who says the group began playing music together 25 years ago, while still in high school. An ensemble member will give a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 Sunday night  Go to full article
Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland

The freshness and vitality of Bach

Some of Johann Sebastian Bach's most outstanding compositions will be performed in St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Memorial Chapel during the Third Annual Bach Marathon on Saturday.

Music historians agree that for Bach, an early 18th century German composer who wrote over a thousand compositions, music making was natural. Marathon organizers say they want Saturday's audience to gain a new sense of the freshness and vitality of familiar Bach pieces.

Organist Donald Sutherland has been artist-in-residence this week at St. Lawrence University, offering recitals and lectures. His visit culminates with a performance Saturday night during the marathon.

Todd Moe spoke with him about new ways to think about Bach as a human being with a great gift, and how his music is still vibrant more than 300 years later.  Go to full article
The Ottawa Bach Choir performs St. Matthew Passion at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Saturday night, 7 pm.
The Ottawa Bach Choir performs St. Matthew Passion at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Saturday night, 7 pm.

Ten years of Bach and Baroque in Ottawa

One of Canada's top choirs celebrates its tenth season with a performance in Ottawa Saturday night. The Ottawa Bach Choir has performed its brand of Baroque music around the world and had its Carnegie Hall debut last May. Todd Moe talks with the ensemble's founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton about Saturday night's performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion -- an authentic Baroque concert featuring an array of Canadian and international early music stars.  Go to full article
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.

Review: "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" in Ottawa

The Canadian play, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, has played on five continents and in more than 150 cities since it first opened 15 years ago. Its success worldwide is due to its universal themes of dreams and discipline.

The set consists of two grand pianos, and the cast is just two actors. It's a simple show, ostensibly about piano lessons, that's moving, profound and lots of fun. It was written and first performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, both brilliant actors and pianists. They're back on stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this month for the farewell tour.

2 Pianos, 4 Hands continues through Saturday, January 28th at the National Arts Centre's English Theatre. NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng and Todd Moe share a review of the show.  Go to full article
Lisette Canton conducts the Ottawa Bach Choir at a concert in New York City earlier this year.
Lisette Canton conducts the Ottawa Bach Choir at a concert in New York City earlier this year.

A decade of vocal devotion to Bach and Baroque

One of Canada's top choirs kicks off its tenth season with a performance in Ottawa tonight. The Ottawa Bach Choir has performed its brand of Baroque music around the world and had its Carnegie Hall debut last May. Todd Moe talks with the ensemble's founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton.  Go to full article
Helmuth Rilling
Helmuth Rilling

Crane Spring Festival concert features acclaimed conductor Helmuth Rilling

The Crane School of Music kicks off its 125th anniversary this weekend with its Spring Festival Concert in Hosmer Hall. Internationally acclaimed conductor Maestro Helmuth Rilling will direct the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a performance Saturday night (7:30) in Hosmer Concert Hall of Bach's Mass in B-Minor. It's a giant piece hailed by many to be the most perfect of musical compositions. Maestro Rilling, one of the world's preeminent interpreters of Bach, is known around the world for his work with choirs and orchestras. Todd Moe has a preview.  Go to full article
Jonathan Tortolano
Jonathan Tortolano

Something old and new on the cello

Cellist Jonathan Tortolano returns to his home state Saturday for a recital at the Commmunity Church in Stowe (noon). Tortolano grew up in Vermont, studied with renowned cellist Elsa Hilger and lived and performed in Europe for years. He now lives in Toronto and regularly performs with orchestras across the region, including the Orchestra of Northern New York. He told Todd Moe that his recital on Saturday will include a solo suite by Bach, a work by George Crumb, and a new piece for cello.  Go to full article

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