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I walk into a gigantic ear

I walk into a titanic cello

          of warm woods and

          burnished brass fixtures

to settle into a comfortable seat

          even with leg room

lights dim

the conductor strokes the air

and I float into another world

                    Muti's silken mane

                    Sawallisch's Old World bearing

                    Eschenbach's intensity



Posted by Ray Greenblatt on September 15, 2014 at 4:00pm

Bach@7 Cantata Program September 10, 2014

This is the second season for the Bach@7, a collaboration of Choral Arts of Philadelphia with the Bach Festival of Philadelphia to present a Bach Cantata, as well as a baroque instrumental program. 

The small and lovely church of St. Clement’s was filled.  There were many reasons to anticipate an excellent concert, not only because of the reputation of the performing groups; but also for the promise of a well-balanced program selected by very talented and capable director,…


Posted by Joyce Portnoy on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm


The Klezmers are dancing

hopping and whirling

to a giddy beat,

Arab grace notes whine

muted trumpet pants

as if behind a screen

clarinets squeak and guffaw

tambourine shimmies

across the floor and

down the dusty road,

with a strain of pain

bobbing now and again

out of a sunny chord,

toward a destiny

this epoch towards an abyss

and mass silence

for awhile, then the spirit…


Posted by Ray Greenblatt on August 21, 2014 at 8:18am

Gearing up for an Exciting Opera Season at the Academy of Vocal Arts

By Nora Watson, AVA Marketing and PR Intern

The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is an institution that trains young artists to be international opera soloists. Potential students are invited to audition to AVA and upon admittance receive an equivalent of $100,000 in training. With the expertise of the staff’s guidance and instruction students gain a higher potential of career success in the competitive…


Posted by AVA OPERA on July 15, 2014 at 4:30pm

Domenico Scarlatti


you should've been there last night!

New dude sat in

playing--not piano--

but dig, schlepped in a harpsichord!

Called himself "Dom" . . . "Dom the Crux"

said he bummed round Italy, Spain, Portugal

got a wicked accent

but cat could play!

Swung that bass heavy

lots of funky rhythms

twiddled lightnin' fast in the treble

those chords were blastin'.

Scrabbled up and down the total keyboard



Posted by Ray Greenblatt on July 7, 2014 at 8:31am

Fresh Ink! – Program Three of the 2014 Delaware Chamber Music Festival

How can you make  Louise Farrenc  (1804 – 1875) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) be part of a fresh ink initiative for the Delaware Chamber Music Festival?

You have to get the right musicians.  First you invite the most intense young clarinet player you can…


Posted by Margaret Darby on June 22, 2014 at 6:26am




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