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Artist Interview: Jennifer Koh, violinist

Posted: 1/19/15 -- 8:00 am

Insightful and passionate violinist Jennifer Koh talks with UMS Lobby contributor and composer Garrett Schumann about creative programming choices, contemporary works, and the...…

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UMS Playlist: A Touch of Minimalism

Posted: 12/12/14 -- 8:00 am

Minimalism can be extraordinarily beautiful. A playlist of minimalist music featuring Dawn of Midi, Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, and others.…

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Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and the Year 1936:

Posted: -- 8:00 am

A look at Shostakovich and Prokofiev, the parallel careers of Soviet-era composers. The Mariinsky Orchestra performs works by both composers at Hill Auditorium in January 2015.…

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People Are Talking: UMS presents Mariinsky Orchestra at Hill Auditorium

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 12:00 pm

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Wonderful evening of music, simply beautiful. Looking forward to Sunday's performance . sb

Shirley

Posted: 1/25/15 -- 11:35 am

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Somebody should have yelled UKRAINE during the long silence at the end. That would have been an even more delicate final stroke than that long cymbal note that ends the symphony.

Expert

Posted: 1/25/15 -- 3:03 am

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I've never been particularly fond of Shostakovich, but thought this performance was spectacular!

Aysenur Unal

Posted: 1/25/15 -- 1:14 am

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Mr. Abduraimov performed Scriabin's c-sharp minor Etude following the Prokofiev concerto. Liz Stover Rosenthal, UMS

Liz Stover Rosenthal

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 11:53 pm

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We heard an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s most popular piano concerto by a pianist of great accomplishment despite his youth. Over the years we‘ve gotten used to the polished playing of this orchestra. Tonight was no exception. That they often produced shrill and bang-y sounds must be debited to the conductor. The rare Shostakovich symphony is a shapeless, overlong work in which many ideas are touched on but mostly not developed. An unimpressive, justly neglected work -- but well played. I can’t say that I’m terribly excited about tomorrow’s warhorses. But who knows…….

Music Lover

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 11:33 pm

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Wonderful music.I came away refreshed.And the long silence at the end allowed the experience to be savored.

Hilary Garton

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 11:29 pm

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My friend from out of town came with me, not knowing what to expect. I thought I did. We both left in awe.

Jeff Gaynor

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 11:16 pm

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The Olympics last year were supposed to elevate Russia to a higher standing among the developed world. Little did we know that Putin would go on a rampage, Obama would cream their economy with sanctions, & Saudi Arabia would pump as much oil as it would take to level prices. So I was glad to just escape it all with a long show of music. The young man who played piano was simply spectacular and he will continue to grow. I wore blue jeans and a golf shirt, was that warm today. I may put on something nicer tomorrow. Great show!

Robert Kinsey

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 11:06 pm

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That was spectacular. I am so proud of the audience for making the final silence so special. That was an unbelievable night of music

Tristan

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 10:57 pm

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What was the encore?

Donna Wessel Walker

Posted: 1/24/15 -- 8:50 pm