One probably shouldn’t single anyone out, but young mezzo-soprano Rebecca Printz, who studies voice with Colton at Oberlin and (her program bio tells us) “made her first stage appearance at the age of six as the Piggy Bank” in Toy Story, has one of the richest and most deeply beautiful voices I’ve heard from a young singer in many years.


Anyone who ever knew or heard Mary Ruth Ray — the wonderful founding violist of the Lydian String Quartet, former chair of the Brandeis Music Department, and for many years principal violist of the Emmanuel Orchestra — must feel the terrible void left by her loss. She died of cancer on January 29. I’d never heard that her friends called her UV (for “Ultra Violet”), not an inappropriate nickname for someone who not only got under the surface of everything she played, but who also glowed.


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