All posts by Leslie Gerber

First Kurtág festival at Bard

First Kurtág festival at Bard

On February 16, a program at Bard College’s Bitó Conservatory Building devoted to the music of Hungarian composer György Kurtág, planned as the first of an annual festival, proved both fascinating and exhausting.

Pianist Katya Grineva performs in Woodstock

Pianist Katya Grineva performs in Woodstock

You might expect that the woman pianist who has played the most solo recitals on the main stage at Carnegie Hall would be an internationally known celebrity who lives in some major metropolitan area. But Katya Grineva, who holds that distinction, leads a relatively quiet life just outside of Woodstock, and she has no plans to change her life.

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Music — Ars Choralis and more

Optimism rules at Ars Choralis. The chorus’s program last week, which I heard at Overlook Methodist Church on March 30, was entitled “The Poets Speak: Mending a Broken World.” The musical selections were interspersed with inspirational poetry, well read by Gilles Malkine, and included numerous brief works with positive themes.