Aston Magna in July: Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Isabella D’Este’s Playlist

What a man! What a violin…What sufferings, what misery, what tortures in those four strings!’ And so much more in July with Aston Magna… Aston Magna Music Festival moves full force into July and its extended 45th season, with breathtaking Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart, voices and viols in intimate concert settings. First up this weekend, July 6, 7 and 8 at Brandeis, Bard and in the Berkshires, virtuoso violinist
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Preview: ‘Going for Baroque’ with Edson Scheid’s Paganini Weekend

The Boston Globe’s music critic Zoe Madonna speaks with violinst Edson Scheid, in advance of his Aston Magna weekend. At Brandeis, Bard and in the Berkshires, July 6-8, Edson performs Paganini: The 24 Caprices, in a solo evening sure to enchant and transport his audiences. Read the Globe interview here, or in the Boston Globe. Virtuoso violinist goes for Baroque with Paganini By Zoë Madonna Globe Staff  June 30
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Aston Magna’s Time Traveling Season

Aston Magna Artistic Director Daniel Stepner has a few season preview thoughts to share with our friends and followers.  Forty-five years ago, Albert Fuller’s vision and Lee Elman’s enthusiasm gave birth to a unique festival in a very special place: Elman’s Great Barrington estate, “Aston Magna.” It was named by Albert Spalding, its previous owner, who himself was an important professional violinist and composer in h
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Tango Bandoneon & del Curto with Aston Magna

The bandoneon is the leading lady of the tango and other South American dance music, and she comes alive in the hands of a master, Hector del Curto, during Aston Magna’s opening weekend June 15-17. “Music for Forbidden Dances” captures a swath of seductive dance music as del Curto teams up with the Aston Magna musicians for a concert of tangos, sarabands and chaconas. The music of Arañes, Bach, Bert
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Erin Headley Saved the Lirone from Extinction. Hear Why at Opening Weekend.

A single-handed save by Erin Headley. Find Out Why. Aston Magna Opening Weekend is Days Away. Thank you, Andy Pincus of The Berkshire Eagle, for capturing Erin Headley’s impact on the world of early music, with her revival and championship of the once extinct lirone. Erin Headley and her lirone are full musical display at Aston Magna’s opening weekend concert, June 16-18. “If the instrument is playe
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The Sound of the Lirone

Erin Headley is the world’s leading performer and scholar of the lirone, a musically rich stringed instrument renowned for its depth of emotive power. In her own words: This instrument was called upon only for the most expressive and tragic narrative moments in oratorio, opera and cantata. The lirone (trans. large lyre in Italian) was invented in 1505, and early on associated with the poetry and music of Greek
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A Musical Marriage Makes the News: A Season Preview

The Aston Magna Music Festival, home to the finest early music played anywhere, is also home to the enduring musical partnership and marriage of Aston Magna Artistic Director Daniel Stepner and Laura Jeppesen. The couple, who met in 1968, while sharing a music stand in a Yale orchestra, has anchored the festival for decades, with Dan on violin and Laura on viola da gamba. Their life’s work is built around their
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