Essays in the ongoing collection Leonore Overture are posted on this site. 

This site also includes classical music reviews and features, and some art, dance and theatre reviews, which were previously published. Educational contributions are here, program and liner notes also, all under Archives.

In addition, under Currents, both recently published stories, reviews, some music news and updates on essays are posted. This blog section of the site is meant to be a simple guide to new writing of all kinds.

There was no way—and no point—in trying to archive decades of work previously published. Some vintage reviews are collected under Archives, just for fun. Links to much older work, for anyone who could possibly be interested, can be retrieved. Send me an email.

Recent stories are also posted on Twitter @PowersKeith, so there is some duplication. 



Keith Powers has covered classical music, dance, theater and the visual arts for many publications, including the Boston Herald, WBUR's ARTery, New Bedford Standard-Times, Cape Cod Times, Cape Ann Beacon, Providence Journal, Quincy Patriot-Ledger, MetroWest Daily News, the GateHouse newspaper chain,  and others. Online his reviews have appeared at Critical Voice North America, San Francisco Classical Voice, Boston Classical Review, South Florida Classical Review, and the Chicago Classical Review. His features have appeared in Chamber Music America, Quarterly Review of Wines, Improper Bostonian, Bolshoi Magazine, Museums, and many other publications.

He contributed liner notes to the Grammy Award–nominated works of Arthur Berger, as well as the recordings of the music of Karel Husa and others, for Bridge, New World and Albany Records. He has written program notes for many performing arts organizations, including the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

His features on music education and teacher's guides appear regularly in Music Alive!  and Teaching Music, both NAfME publications. He is a contributor to Talk About Dance, a Cambridge-based initiative that explores the intersection of dance and social advocacy under the guidance of José Mateo of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre. He is a member of the Music Critic’s Association of North America, and was an NEA Fellow at the Music Critics Institute in 2005.

He previously served as managing editor of Musician, Fast Company, the Improper BostonianCook's IllustratedNatural Health, and for the member's magazine at the Peabody Essex Museum. He wrote the brief history of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Making Music Matter, in 2003. 

His reviews and features are collected at Leonore Overture (, where he also blogs regularly on classical music issues. Features and reviews are also posted on Twitter @PowersKeith.