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Last Sonatas, Final Words

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Feb. 23, 2016) It’s the Tuesday after the last of Sir Andras Schiff’s “Last Sonatas” concerts – the final one was at Hill Auditorium Saturday evening — and I have a hangover. More precisely, … Continue reading

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Last Sonatas: Before the End, the Middle

  By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, February 20, 2016) Thursday evening, Sir Andras Schiff returned to the Bosendorfer piano and the Rackham Auditorium stage for the second remarkable installment of his “Three Last Sonatas” project. Middle children – rather … Continue reading

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Last Words, Part One — Andras Schiff

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Feb. 17, 2016) Tuesday evening at Rackham Auditorium, the pianist Sir Andras Schiff began a three-concert traversal of the final three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, under University Musical Society auspices. This … Continue reading

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers: The Play’s the Thing

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Feb. 7, 2016)   Note: This article is a slightly edited version of the story I wrote for the February 2016 Ann Arbor Observer. When Camille A. Brown choreographed “Black Girl: Linguistic Play,” she … Continue reading

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Pianist Paul Lewis, and Beethoven, to the rescue

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Nov. 21, 2015) It came as a disappointment that pianist Leif Ove Andnes had to cancel his Nov. 20 University Musical Society recital at Hill Auditorium at the last minute – as in the … Continue reading

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Chicago Symphony: Five and One, for a Perfect Ten

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Oct. 31, 2015) Wait … that’s not Beethoven Five. Wrong key, wrong notes. It’s … “The Victors.” A few weeks back, at the first concert of its University Musical Society residency, the New York … Continue reading

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UMS/SMTD/NY Phil: The Combo Spells Contentment

By SUSAN ISAACS NISBETT (Ann Arbor, Oct. 12, 2015) The abbreviations resemble an alphabet salad, but the NY Philharmonic’s residency, presented by the University Musical Society, in conjunction with the U-M School of Music & Dance, had a letter for … Continue reading

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