About the author

The author of this blog, Christopher Hyde, is a writer and musician who lives in Pownal, Maine. For 20 years he was classical music reviewer and columnist (Classical Beat) for the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram.  He can be reached at classbeat@netscape.net.

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  1. Good morning, Christopher!
    On behalf of Vox Nova Chamber Choir and our director, Shannon Chase, I cordially invite you to our April 2016 concert featuring DaPonte String Quartet.

    I have included our press release so you can choose which performance you and your guest wish to attend.

    Looking forward to seeing you in our audience,

    George Voyzey, PR for Vox Nova Chamber Choir

    Vox Nova Chamber Choir, under the direction of Shannon Chase, will join artistic forces with the DaPonte String Quartet to present, “With Strings Attached,” a concert program of music for chamber choir and string quartet. Concerts will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, Maine on Saturday, April 9th at 3:00pm & 7:30pm and on Sunday, April 10th at 3:00pm. This exhilarating concert features the song cycle, The Golden Harp, by American composer Gwyneth Walker and the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. Rose Horowitz, Poetry Out Loud Maine State Champion of 2015, will perform the readings. Also on the program, Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs set to poems by Hila Plitmann.

  2. The 9th was magnificent, with quite a history, no? First of course Beethoven was deaf. Wasn’t it intended at first to lift up Napoleon? Then Beethoven abandoned that idea when he turned against him? In this century conducted by Leonardo Bernstein at the Berlin Wall. Then part of it adopted as an anthem by the EU. Somehow hearing it so soon after the French election was reassuring. (You can tell I just got back from Europe.)

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