With only a few exceptions, the “best” days of Communism (and I say that with plenty of sarcasm) are long gone. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (with the final destruction in 1990), the Round Table talks in Warsaw in 1989, and the brutal execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in December of 1989 explain the often heard term Revolutions of 1989 as synonymous with the Fall of Communism.
At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Opus 131. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the Brentano String Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."
There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.
This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the 'Jupiter' Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20. Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 7:48 am
To say that you're writing a symphony today is a statement, especially for a young composer like me. The challenge is to find just the right way to commandeer the age-old form, to render it fresh and vital once again within an American context.
The latest release from Passacaille Records is a solo cd of Elinor Frey, La Voce Del Violoncello. The amazing disc explores lesser known works of Italian cellist-composers such as Domenico Galli, Guiseppe Maria Dall'Abaco and more. The stellar recording is now available as a download or cd. I asked Elinor some questions about this project.
Miles Hoffman, who you might know from playing viola or commenting on NPR's Morning Edition, has written a delightful opinion piece about the word "crescendo." He points out that its use is not always correct, even by some very famous authors!
Maurice Ravel was somewhat ambivalent about his "Bolero," calling it "18 minutes of orchestra, with no music." But "Bolero," with its hypnotic rhythm, stands as one of the best-loved, most interesting studies of orchestra color and musical acoustics ever composed.
The show this week also includes Spanish music from both Ravel and Manuel de Falla, and impressionistic pictures for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It's music from both sides of the Pyranees on this week's "San Antonio Symphony" broadcast.
In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour. The Orchestra’s most extensive European tour to date takes in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival.
Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their motto.