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New Milli Vanilli Opera Isn’t What You Think (Thank Goodness)

I was concerned for the future of culture as we know it when I read the following New York Times Arts Beat blog headline: “Girl You Know It’s True! An Opera Inspired by Milli Vanilli is Set for Brooklyn Run.” Milli Vanilli, some of you might unfortunately remember, was a lame pop-music duo whose shameless […]

Essex Winter Series Announces 2014 Concert Programs

Beginning on Jan. 12, the Essex Winter Series will present five concerts of works spanning numerous time periods and styles. Dedicated to co-founder Fenton Brown, who died in September, the 2014 program will showcase music from the baroque to the contemporary performed by ascendant and well-established artists. Pianist and series co-founder Mihae Lee, who appears […]

Traveling, Through Television, to Iconic Composers’ Homes

I’ve been luxuriating over the past few evenings in a documentary television series called Classical Destinations, which delivers viewers to the cities in which influential and celebrated composers lived and worked. To be honest, I can’t tell you what channel the show airs on, having stumbled upon it and programmed my television to record any […]

An Intriguing Piece of History Learned at The Institute Library

Earlier today, Arts Council Communications Manager Stephen Grant and I attended a meeting at The Institute Library, where in November Theatre 4 will stage its annual “Acting Out” series. The get-together was intended as a way for Theatre 4 principals Mariah Sage, Jane Tamarkin, and Rebecca Jones, and playwright M.J. Kaufman, to learn a bit […]

Aldrich to Exhibit Sol LeWitt’s Cassette-Tape Collection

This month, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, Conn., will present Music, which language on the organization’s website describes as a “series of exhibitions and related events that explore the intersection of art and music.” Music will be on view at the Aldrich Sept. 22 through March 9, 2014. In addition to works by […]

Guilford Violin Dealer Charged with Larceny

According to a news report published on Saturday by WFSB (Hartford), Guilford-based violin dealer Charles Magby Jr. has been charged with larceny. Allegedly, the owner of Charles Magby Fine Violins, Ltd., which has locations in Connecticut and New York, failed to honor consignment deals he made with customers who were attempting to sell instruments through […]

Investment Firm Buying Steinway for $512 Million

Steinway Musical Instruments, whose subsidiaries include the legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons, is being sold to the New York-based investment firm Paulson & Co for $512 million, according to several media reports and a press release issued today by Steinway. Michael Sweeney, Steinway’s president and chief operating officer, was quoted in the press release […]

Yale Alum Scolds Connecticut Man Who Broke 14th Century Statue in Florence

It takes a special kind of person to damage a centuries-old statue in a celebrated European museum. ABC News has reported that a Connecticut man is responsible for busting the little finger off the right hand of a 14th century statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue sits in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, in […]

Photos from “Mosaïcultures Internationales” at the Montreal Botanical Garden

My wife and I recently visited the Montreal Botanical Garden, which was hosting Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013 — Land of Hope, a horticultural competition featuring “mosaiculture” from two dozen countries. Here are six photographs I took during our stroll through the exhibit. Detailed information about Land of Hope, which is on view through September 29, can […]

Anna Held Audette (1938-2013)

Obituary Anna Held Audette, a distinguished teacher and artist whose paintings of industrial ruins and obsolete machinery chronicled the decline of American industry, died on June 9th after a long illness. She was 74 years old. Born in New York City in 1938, Anna was the daughter of Julius Held, an eminent art historian, and […]