by Lucy Gellman | Dec 19, 2014 12:37 pm
The quartet was not even a minute into Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio no. 5 in D Major, Op. 70—also called the “Ghost”—and Phillip Boulanger’s hair had come unstuck from his face, swaying back and forth as he sank deeper and deeper into the melody. Miki Sawada leaned back from the piano every few measures, looking to Boulanger and Yaira Matyakubova for some secret, silent confirmation as her hands flitted across the keys. Every so often they nodded back.
by Chris Arnott | Dec 19, 2014 11:45 am
A quieter week for arts events, what with Christmas, Channukah, and the college students on break. Thank goodness for local galleries and museums, and clubs such as Cafe Nine and BAR.
by Lucy Gellman | Dec 19, 2014 11:09 am
Minutes into the third movement of Jean Sibelius’s first symphony, the violins leaned slightly forward in one great, collective gesture, gently plucking the strings of their instruments in a falling plink, plink, plink that bounced like marbles on the stage, rolling to the musicians seated widely around it. The French horns nodded. The cellist opened his eyes a little wider. A scene emerged around the music: a tramping, traipsing run through a snowy and deeply wooded forest, reindeer lifting their heads beneath the thick brush.
by David Sepulveda | Dec 19, 2014 8:22 am | Comments (1)
Gracie Wilson of Westville worries about shelter dogs who seem cold in their concrete pens. More than that, she worries that they will not find homes of their own. Receiving $162 on her recent ninth birthday, she decided to do something about it.
by David Sepulveda | Dec 18, 2014 1:05 pm
“I have to say, this year we have not only the biggest but the most beautiful crowd we’ve ever had, and the nicest weather as well.”
So exclaimed Rabbi Yossi Hodakov of Chabad Jewish Center of Westville, as a crowd came together Tuesday night to celebrate the start of Channukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with the traditional lighting of the menorah—and something more.
by Brian Slattery | Dec 17, 2014 1:40 pm
Natalie Tuttle figured out what to do at Cafe Nine: Make the club, as the slogan puts it, her “living room.”
by Donald Brown | Dec 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Full of references to SF movies and cult TV shows, Ryan Campbell’s The Zero Scenario at Yale Cabaret recalls the days of staged rather than CGI special effects, and manages to be exciting, hilarious, and unsettling all at once.
by Brian Slattery | Dec 16, 2014 1:41 pm
Years ago, when the New Haven Oratorio Choir’s artistic director Daniel Shaw was in graduate school, he walked into a bar in Vienna at 2:30 a.m. and heard, for the first time, Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, blasting through the sound system. “I knew I was hearing something right then,” he said, “that was important to my life.”
by Lucy Gellman | Dec 15, 2014 3:26 pm
... and that’s how people burn to death in hotel rooms, Annie Rosen finished on one great, swooping breath.
Light fell over her loose hair and reddened cheeks.
Behind her, Daniel Schlosberg leaned back. His round glasses had slid a little down his nose mid-story, when he started putting his whole body into each word and deep piano note. They smiled triumphantly. Above their heads, one of George Stubbs’s stateliest lions sank his teeth into the haunches of a wild horse.
by David Sepulveda | Dec 15, 2014 1:58 pm | Comments (1)
Arlene Cardenas’s dream has come true: The Eiffel Tower can now be found in her quaint French-style pastry shop.