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A review from many years ago... 

Back in 1991, I worked with Chicago poet Michele Fitzsimmons to create a theater piece based on her poetry. My piano/keyboard accompaniment was improvised to her picturesque poems. The following review was in the Chicago Tribune.

Poetry Takes A Seductive, Feisty Turn In A Poet`s `Sirens`

June 08, 1991 By Sid Smith, Entertainment writer.

Poetry has been on a frisky roll in this city for some years, mostly in the form of live recitations in high-speed meets at select clubs and watering spots.

One of the… Read more

By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music now available! 

My book, By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music, is now available in print and Kindle editions! Click here to visit my author page at Amazon.

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By Heart: The Art of Memorizing Music   Authored by Paul Cienniwa, Foreword by Larry Thomas Bell FAAR         List Price: $12.95 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Black & White on Cream paper
112 pages ISBN-13: 978-1496180698
ISBN-10: 1496180690 
BISAC: Music / Instruction & Study / Techniques… Read more

CBS Boston: Boston’s Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances 




November 10, 2014
Classical music has been a staple of Boston entertainment and culture for hundreds of years. In fact, it is now more so than ever. So many talented professionals and accessible institutions offer up classical music in the city so anyone in the area can enjoy anything from church music to the great operas. Enjoy some holiday entertainment or take in a concert in one of the oldest cities in the country.

Dorian Komanoff Bandy publicity photo (Photo credit: Bryce Vickmark… Read more

American Guild of Organists 2014 National Convention service in review 

The November 2014 issue of The Diapason includes a review of one of the two services that I led at First Church in Boston for the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The review neglects to mention that I am the Director of Music at First Church. Among the comments:
  • "the service...[was] certainly [a] convention highlight...model of liturgical music"
  • "The choral music [directed by Paul Cienniwa] for this service was beautifully done, much of it a cappella by a small and… Read more

Bach concerto performance with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in review 

published in the Standard Times (New Bedford):

The second gem was Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Cembalo No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055. For this segment the battery of wind and percussion players left the stage, leaving two dozen string players and one harpsichord, played by Paul Cienniwa, known locally for his mastery of his instrument and for his musical leadership of the NBSO Chorus. Before the concert, I put a similar question to Cienniwa, and he was quick to respond that the Larghetto (middle)… Read more

'Entrancing Showpieces' features Cienniwa 

On Sunday afternoon, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents "Entrancing Showpieces" at St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth. The concert opens with Alberto Ginastera's "Variaciones Concertantes," which features demanding solos from many of the orchestra's principal players. Featured guest artist harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will then treat concertgoers to the elegance and profundity of Bach's Concerto No. 4 for Harpsichord. Cienniwa has a burgeoning career as a soloist, recording artist and… Read more

Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship 

From the archives:

February 1998


Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship

By Justin Urcis for the Yale Herald

For some musicians, a recital demands more preparation than practice. When a rare instrument like the harpsichord is involved, even a certain amount of research is even required for the performance. After the harpsichord was gradually displaced by the piano in the 18th century, it remained in a state of neglect for over a hundred years--until it was rediscovered in the 20th… Read more

Review: NBSO offers another dazzler 

SouthCoastToday.com
By Laurie Robertson-Lorant Contributing writer February 12, 2014 12:00 AM

The first half of Saturday's program featured Suite #2 from Manuel de Falla's spirited ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," and Joaquin Rodrigo's soulful Concierto de Aranjuez — two works whose flirtations with the sexy harmonic minor evoke the exotic cross-cultural currents of Al Andalus. There the Spaniards, gypsies, Greeks, Moors and Jews mingled their musical DNA despite their precarious,… Read more

Early Music Thursdays resumes 

The Music of First Church Boston announces Early Music Thursdays

Thursdays, 12:15-12:45pm, February 13, 20 and 27; April 24; May 1 and 8

donations accepted

First Church in Boston is handicapped accessible

For more information, visit http://www.firstchurchboston.org

 

About the series...

Boston has long been known for its important role in the modern harpsichord revival and in the world of "early music." First Church in Boston continues this revival with a series of Thursday… Read more

Breakfast with Paul: In Memorium 

A number of readers have enjoyed my Breakfast with Paul blog with the Fall River Herald News. The online version of the newspaper recently underwent some changes, and, consequently, all of my previous posts disappeared. Also, the new blog writer does not allow for video embedding. If you were a regular reader, you know that embedded videos were a big part of my "guides to classical music." 

Thus, I've discontinued writing for the Herald News. In the meantime, I'll be spending more time on getting my bookRead more

Website update 

After much delay, I've finally rebuilt my website. Enjoy!
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