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Metcalf on Music

Steve Metcalf has been writing about the musical life of this region, and the wider world, for more than 30 years. For 21 of those years, he was the full-time staff music critic of The Hartford Courant. During that period, via the L.A. Times/Washington Post news service, his reviews, profiles and feature stories appeared in 400 newspapers worldwide.

He is also the former assistant dean and director of instrumental music at The Hartt School, where he founded the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series. Steve is also keyboardist emeritus of the needlessly loud rock band Duke and the Esoterics.

Reach him at spmetcalf55@gmail.com.

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It has always been my belief that the summer music season is so irresistible because it combines two of life’s most attractive features: (1) summer, and (2) music.

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As celebrity milestone birthdays go, Dylan’s 75th passed pretty quietly last Tuesday.

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Many of you around here know Kevin Bishop, a violist and Hartt School grad who has established himself as one of the region’s most enterprising musical figures.

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When we last looked in on the Hartford Symphony Orchestra a little more than three months ago, the management and players had just settled on a new four-year contract.

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Last week, Alex Ross, the great classical music critic of The New Yorker, offered a vivid recollection of a concert he saw back in 2004.

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If you pay any attention to the music world, you already know that James Levine announced last week that he is stepping down as artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera, an institution he has been associated with for 40 years.

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I was talking to Rick Coffey the other day about Mendelssohn’s great oratorio “Elijah.” 

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I’ve been thinking a lot about chamber music.

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A quick early spring roundup of musical milestones from hither and yon.

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The great Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – composer, champion of simple living, all-purpose contrarian – left us a few days ago.

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On a hot August afternoon in 1966, I was driving down a residential street in my hometown of Niskayuna, New York.

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In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been to a half-dozen live musical performances.

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It’s wrong, I know, but I just can’t seem to quit the Grammy Awards show.

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Just to get this out of the way, “My Funny Valentine” is not among my personal favorite Rodgers and Hart tunes.

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Among the many reasons why you should plan to see Brooklyn Rider on February 4 at The Hartt School is one bittersweet one: it will be among the last opportunities audiences will have to experience the groundbreaking string quartet with its founding membership intact.

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