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 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 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 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 Allan Appel | Dec 10, 2014 12:11 pm
Before the Salt and Pepper Gospel Choir launched into a set at Tower One/Tower East, chorus founder Mae Gibson Brown humorously warned her elderly audience that her group of 12 singers might get loud. “If you are afraid, I give you a chance to move back.”
No one did.
by Brian Slattery | Dec 8, 2014 8:27 am | Comments (3)
It was expected that the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s annual arts award ceremony, held at the New Haven Lawn Club on Friday, would be a celebration. It also ended up being one of unexpected emotion and depth.
by Brian Slattery | Dec 4, 2014 3:29 pm
“This is a good Wednesday night. It could even be a good Thursday night,” said Alex Giguere of The Beatdown, surveying the crowd. Then he and his band tore into another number, and the night was on.
by Adam Matlock | Dec 4, 2014 1:10 pm
“This is not a rap concert. This is not an album,” New Haven MC and poet Ibn Orator says toward the end of “Soul Food—Act 1,” the second track on his debut EP, Brand New Eyes (Vat in Perspective). In many ways, he’s right.
by Lucy Gellman | Dec 2, 2014 4:22 pm
Listening to the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble on Sunday afternoon I was transported to the first time that I heard—really and truly heard—everything that is holy about holy music. Three years ago, I decided to spend Christmas in Nuremberg. I was studying abroad on a scholarship and had heard they had a charming Weihnachtsmarkt and enough WWII history to fill four days, which struck me as a winning combination at the time.