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Review: Dominique Labelle “unforgettable,” “profoundly beautiful singing”

Berkshire Review for the Arts by Keith Kibler, July 15, 2017 Aston Magna in its ‘new-old” Home It was splendid to hear Aston Magna in Great Barrington in its new home (which is actually its old home), St. James Place, formerly St. James Episcopal Church. The church has been remodeled with imagination and skill. It is now one of the finest performance spaces in Berkshire County. The group’s performance was a landmark
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Hoeprich’s Mozart: ‘Simply Gorgeous’

            The Woodstock Times by Leslie Gerber June 29, 2017 One way I judge my summers is by how many Aston Magna concerts I get to at Bard College. This series of performances by early music specialists offers some of the best music-making in the Hudson Valley. This year’s series began at the Bitó Conservatory on Friday, June 16, with an intriguing program called “Music for Forbidden
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Review: Hoeprich ‘Master Performer’

        In the Spotlight by Barbara Stroup June 24, 2017 Few accolades exist that adequately describe the Aston Magna sounds on Saturday at St. James Place. In a newly-restored venue fit for the finest chamber music acoustic, the Festival presented guest artist Eric Hoeprich in the familiar Mozart Clarinet Quintet. But there was nothing ordinary in his sound and his instrument – the basset c
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Review: ‘Forbidden Dances’ and Late, Great, Mozart

          by Leslie Gerber, Woodstock Times June 29, 2017 One way I judge my summers is by how many Aston Magna concerts I get to at Bard College. This series of performances by early music specialists offers some of the best music-making in the Hudson Valley. This year’s series began at the Bitó Conservatory on Friday, June 16, with an intriguing program called “Music for Forbidden Dances.”
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Review: “At Aston Magna, it takes 10 to tango”

By Andrew L. Pincus, Special to The Eagle June 19,2017 GREAT BARRINGTON – The takeaway seemed to be that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Aston Magna opened its concert season Saturday night with “Music for Forbidden Dances.” The early music festival lifted its skirts and waded boldly into a program of risque dance pieces divided evenly between the baroque and the 20th century &#
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A 9-year-old crashed Aston Magna’ “Forbidden Dances” concert with his clarinet.

We had no idea. As our “Music for Forbidden Dances” program moved into its second half last night at Brandeis University’s Slosberg Auditorium, a pint-sized 9-year-old clarinetist stepped on stage. Who’s he? Santiago del Curto proceeded to steal the show: He is gifted musician and the son of the evening’s guest artist, Hector del Curto, bandoneonist and master of the tango and other Sout
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“Intensity”: A Love & Lamentation Review

In his review of the opening weekend “Love & Lamentation” concert in Great Barrington, Berkshire Eagle reviewer Andy Pincus writes “…these performances, especially when the voices were twining, burned with intensity.” Read more
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“Captivating performances” of Love & Lamentation

Aston Magna’s captivating performances of baroque ‘Love and Lamentation’
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Review | J.S. Bach “A banquet of riches”

A Singer’s Notes 125: Four Good Things—Aston Magna, Two from TMC Orchestra, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival
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Reviews: Kudos for Love & Lamentation

Opening Weekend Reviews All the values we most cherish in Aston Magna were amply present in this memorable concert: scholarship, musicality, and finely cultivated taste.~Michael Miller, Berkshire Review for the Arts. Read more here. Thanks to Michael Miller of the Berkshire Review for the Arts, for his steady patronage and thoughtful reviews of Aston Magna. If the appeal of early music is lost on you, then maybe you’
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