| Feb 13, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Longstanding musical partnerships are a lot like ordinary friendships. Over time, as you become familiar with a buddy’s speech patterns, thought processes, personal history and upbringing, moral code, sense of humor, even his or her annoying tics...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 7:41 AM
If you’re an undergraduate music student, you’re lucky if you’ve spent more than a third of a single 50-minute class on a female composer. Even in graduate school, as coursework becomes increasingly specialized (and dissertation work...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 11:34 AM
New music lovers: If you’re free Thursday afternoon, head up to the 11th floor of Hartford’s G. Fox Building, where composer Arthur Hernandez will premiere his Four Passages Approaching Eternity for string orchestra, piano, celesta, and...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 2:10 PM
1) Black-eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues
In the last three years, Black-Eyed Sally’s has stepped up its jazz offerings. “We were mostly known for blues before that,” said owner James Varano. “Then we hooked up with Hartford Jazz...
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 9:09 AM
John Corigliano, 74, is one of America’s most celebrated living composers. His Symphony No. 2 won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, which goes nicely with his Oscar for Best Original Score for the 1999 film The Red Violin and three Grammy Awards. As the...