| Jun 21, 2010
| 3:54 PM
David Keezing wasn't into sports. But his uncle was a professional guitarist, and when a few of Keezing's middle-school friends got into music around seventh grade, he did the same.
"I just said, 'I might as well'," recounted Keezing, a Hall High...
| May 3, 2011
Reality-show vocal competitions are thought to be designed for newcomers just starting their careers.
For West Hartford's Javier Colon, who wowed the judges on NBC's "The Voice" last week, it was a return to the arena for someone whose first job out of...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 2:22 PM
Best Jazz: Earl MacDonald & the Hartford Jazz Society's New Directions Ensemble
The UConn professor is back in the Best Jazz spot, repeating his 2004 win in this same category. Back then, it was with his sextet; now it's with a group...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 6:20 AM
In this fall's issue of Freetime, we've taken a look at the Wadsworth's exhibit of Patti Smith's photos — and Smith herself is going to be performing there on Oct. 20. And we also spoke with the Emerson String Quartet, celebrating their 35th year...
| Sep 29, 2011
The Emerson String Quartet
Oct. 13, Hartt School of Music, 200 Bloomfield Ave.,
West Hartford, (860) 768-4451, emersonstringquartet.com
Sixteen years ago, at the opening convocation at the Hartt School of Music's Millard Auditorium, I listened in...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 6:00 AM
The Hartt School honors longtime faculty member and Luiz de Moura Castro with three concerts this weekend to help him kick off his 70th birthday. Further reason to celebrate: rock-star pianist-composer Franz Liszt (1811–1886, pictured here in an...
| May 15, 2011
Darko Tresnjak wanted to direct as far back as he can remember.
When the newly-named artistic director of Hartford Stage was a 7-year-old boy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he was inspired by the opening-day ceremonies of the 1972 Olympics to organize his...
| May 25, 2011
| 7:13 AM
May 26, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road., Ridgefield, (203) 438-5795, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Waking up to a beautiful morning in Northern California, West Hartford's Javier Colon had a concern not a lot of singers have...
| Jun 5, 2011
Edward Cumming, outgoing music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, is sticking around town.
Cumming is the new associate professor of conducting and director of orchestral activities at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. During...
| Mar 9, 2009
Jen insisted that I "hustled" her. She insisted that I was playing possum when I insisted that I had never sung karaoke before, and wasn't any good.
In full disclosure, I guessed I wouldn't completely stink - both my parents were singers, so I...