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Pianist Lucas Debargue at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Pavel Antonov
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

Pianist Lucas Debargue at Carnegie Hall

Let’s get right to the point. Lucas Debargue’s piano recital debut at Carnegie Hall was spellbinding and spectacular. His reputation certainly preceded him as seats filled before a single, magnificent grand piano on the legendary stage. Debargue strolled confidently to the piano to deliver an ineffable evening of enigmatic musical joy.

Handel's Messiah performed by the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Handel’s Messiah by the Oratorio Society of New York

With superb soloists, orchestra, and choir led by Maestro Kent Tritle, tonight’s Carnegie Hall performance Handel’s Messiah by the Oratorio Society of New York bolstered Messiah’s legacy as one of the greatest choral works ever written.

A scene from Isaac Mizrahi and Nico Muhly's Third Bird.
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

Third Bird by Isaac Mizrahi and Nico Muhly

Works & Process returned to the Guggenheim to present Third Bird by Isaac Mizrahi and Nico Muhly. In this tale of modern times starring the Ostrich as our hero, we meet a flock of characters from a Cat to the Moon. Everyone was essential in this enigmatic, empathetic celebration of each other’s strengths.

Leon Botstein, Conductor with Noam Heinz, Baritone, and The Orchestra Now at Carnegie Hall performing Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

At Carnegie Hall – Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile

Impresario Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now of Bard College presented at Carnegie Hall – Exodus: Jewish Composers in Exile. This intriguing program title represented the product of Botstein’s brilliant artistic craft and expertise. In addition to a set of rare musical gems bound by history, two New York City premieres were on the program.

A well-deserved standing ovation for Maestro Kent Tritle and The Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Oratorio Society of New York with Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem

On stage at Carnegie Hall was Maestro Kent Tritle with superb soloists, orchestra, and the Oratorio Society of New York with Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem. From the Magnificat’s opening notes, the ensemble transported listeners into the intricate structures of Bach’s musical universe, a world of harmonies, expressive power, and profound pieties.

Maestro Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York performs Bach's Mass in B minor at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Brian Hatton
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Kent Tritle and The Oratorio Society ensured that the ineffable rapture of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor was ably expressed while articulating the vision, technique, Affektenlehre, and unparalleled harmonic sense of the music. We also experienced the intended fulfillment of harmonic tension and what one might consider to be Bach the Baroque in music. The concert performance was breathtaking, the glorias were splendid, and the closing Dona nobis pacem was exquisite.

Ted Sperling conducts MasterVoices production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Toby Tenenbaum
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

MasterVoices presents Iolanthe

This production of Iolanthe by MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall portrayed the essence of superlative artistry coupled with modern technological tools. Audience members were masterfully delivered full access to every quip, idiom, and reference intended by Gilbert and Sullivan. During the production, laughs, chuckles, cheers, and other affirmations continued. Applause occurred frequently, and the denouement was acknowledged through an extended standing ovation and multiple bows. The soloists, dancer, orchestra, costumes, choreography, and lighting were superb. Sperling’s conducting was masterful, precise, effective, and expressive.

The Russian Tea Room, NYC. Photo credit: Sora Vernikoiff
New York Restaurant Reviews
Sora Vernikoff

The Russian Tea Room

The Russian Tea Room continues as a second home for the famous and literati and is an exclusive meeting place by Carnegie Hall.

The American Symphony Orchestra Performs Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder

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