Category Archives: Press

03/31/19

By Lee Howard, Day staff writer  |  March 30, 2019 Old Lyme — Musical Masterworks has become one of the premier presenters in New England of top-flight musicians taking on daring pieces in an acoustically stunning venue, and on Saturday the young guitar virtuoso Colin Davin became the latest to make his name known among local audiences. Davin […]

more
12/03/18

Published December 01. 2018 8:39PM | Updated December 02. 2018 9:11PM By Lee Howard, Day staff writer Old Lyme — Baritone Randall Scarlatta wowed a Musical Masterworks crowd Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with his precise and emphatic rendition of Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise,” penned during the second to last year of the composer’s […]

more
10/07/18

Published October 06. 2018 9:29PM | Updated October 06. 2018 9:40PM By Lee Howard, Day staff writer Old Lyme — Musical Masterworks kicked off its 28th season Saturday with a concert calculated to warm the hearts of the 150 or so who filled the majestical First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. And that’s just what artistic director Edward […]

more
10/05/18

As seen in The Day, October 4, 2018 It may seem a thousand textural and aesthetic light years from the foul lines and sculpted green fields of a baseball diamond to the hushed acoustics and tuxedo’d finery of a symphony performance. Not so much, though, if you’re Edward Arron, the distinguished cellist and artistic director […]

more
04/27/18

As seen in The Day, April 26, 2018 By Mary Biekert, Day Staff Writer When a season finale descends upon us, no matter if it’s for a television show or a sports season, you expect it to be memorable. The same goes for Musical Masterworks, which will be concluding its 27th season Saturday and Sunday […]

more
03/14/17

  By Milton Moore  For The Day, published March 11, 2017 Old Lyme — As odd as it may sound, Mozart finally got his due at Musical Masterworks … Yes, that Mozart, the axiomatic “world’s most popular composer.” The Old Lyme chamber music series bookended two of Mozart’s most innovative and sadly underperformed works — his […]

more
03/10/17

By Rick Koster, The Day, March 9, 2017 Modern composers who create under the broad canopy of “classical music” take mighty strides into unexplored frontiers. At the same time, who amongst them can claim to not have been influenced by Mozart? Not many — and certainly not the otherwise wildly different Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke. The latter explored […]

more
02/09/17

By Rick Koster, The Day, February 9, 2017 It was tricky, is what it was. Y’see, two of the greatest of the Romantic composers were Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Schumann mentored Brahms. But Schumann, suffering from “psychotic melancholia,” was institutionalized and his wife, Clara — she was a massively successful pianist and a fine composer […]

more
12/17/16

By Anne Midgette Classical music critic/The Classical Beat — Washington Post, December 16, 2016. It’s the stuff of stories and musical legend: the buried violin, dug up and brought to sing anew. In the film “The Red Violin,” the titular instrument is at one point interred with a gifted young player, then unearthed by grave-robbing gypsies who play […]

more
12/01/16

By Rick Koster, The Day, November 30, 2016 It would be my luck that, hopping on a subway out of Park Slope, I’d spot four “obvious” musicians with their instrument cases, and I’d mutter some snide comment about hipsters and how it’s impossible to get away from them. And, of course, the four gentlemen in […]

more