The Lads from LA: Calder Quartet at Wigmore Hall

When the four gentlemen of the Calder Quartet strode onto the Wigmore Hall stage Saturday October 1st, my first thought was “These are the Beatles of the classical music world.” The members’ trim black suits, long skinny ties and wide grins radiated an eager, boyish energy. Many musicians’ somber faces during pre-performance bows would better…

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Perfectly tuned and timed: Arcola Theatre’s “Kreutzer Sonata” with Greg Hicks

“In music, timing is everything.” So pronounces Pozdnyshev, the protagonist in Kreutzer Sonata, Nancy Harris’ tight play adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novella of the same name. In theatre, timing is also everything, and in the Arcola Theatre’s riveting production directed by John Terry, the timing was perfect to a tee. Over the course of…

A Golden Performance: Yaniv d’Or, Ensemble NAYA, and Barrocade

As instrumentalists from the Ensemble NAYA and Barrocade took their places onstage on Sunday June 26th at Wigmore Hall, the period instruments from voila de gamba to theorbo to hammered dulcimer indicated a concert of acoustic veracity. But when Yaniv d'Or joined them onstage, you knew immediately that this was not going to be your traditional Baroque performance. Tall…