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Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth, and Soprano Barbara Shirvis

If one were to take the combination of Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) “Adagio for Strings” and “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” for Soprano and Orchestra, op. 24, and Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Symphony no. 4 in G major for Soprano and Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Raymond Leppard, Orion Weiss in an Evening of Beethoven, Mozart and Elgar

If anyone asks me about attending a symphony concert for the first time, whether it’s what to do or what to expect, I simply say lose yourself in the music. Don’t analyze the program, but just enjoy it for what … Continue reading

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A Season of Music

When my symphony season brochure arrives in the mail, I devour its contents like most women devour chocolate when no one is looking. The music is that intoxicating. (Okay…sometimes I’m eating chocolate while I’m studying the brochure). I’m anxious to … Continue reading

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