Arts Corner

RING OF FIRE: In anticipation of her third Harriman-Jewell appearance, soprano looks to shining future

By Paul Horsley
Deborah Voigt is at an enviable point in her life where she can make career choices on the basis of what she wants to do. “I’m very lucky in that I’ve sort of already done the dream roles,” says the Illinois-born soprano, who recently captured the world’s heart in the Metropolitan Opera’s four-evening Ring of the Nibelung with her wrenching, witty and deliciously humane portrayal of opera’s most famous heroine, Brünnhilde.

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CONTAINING THE FIRE: Violinist continues to establish his place in the string firmament

By Paul Horsley
Violinist Stefan Jackiw’s official bio and press clippings read pretty much like those of any young musician these days. He is “one of his generation’s most significant artists” who possesses “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post) with playing that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe). Like their biographies, sometimes the artistry of these musicians seems to “run together,” too, one sounding pretty much like the next.

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SUM OF PARTS: Choreographer creates freedom, innovation from a wide range of life experiences

By Paul Horsley
Jodie Gates has danced, choreographed, staged ballets, created festivals, served as mentor for young dancers. But few things excite the California native more than creating new choreography, not only for its invitation to creative expression but for its potential for passing on the huge amount of knowledge she’s gained over a 30-year career.

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LOW BOIL: Pianist opens Friends season with enigmatic blend of expression and head-scratching

By Paul Horsley
Clear and mild with occasional light, gusty winds. A weather forecast, perhaps, but this could also serve as a description of Vladimir Feltsman’s recital on September 27th at the Folly Theater, the opening of the Friends of Chamber Music’s 38th season. It was a low-key affair, with flashes of brilliance and no small measure of the sharp musical insights for which the great Russian-born American pianist is known.

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