Starting this week we’ll be doing some catching up with our readers on what’s been going on in music in and out of Cincinnati and sharing ideas about what to see and hear next…
* On the subject of contemporary music
The OLLI Spring Course Catalog just came out and I’m down to teach two courses: a Survey of 20th Century Concert Music and Puccini and his Contemporaries. So, thinking about how to “sell” contemporary music, and by that I mean not only what is being written and played today but much of 20th century music, the following excerpt from a NY Times music review by Anthony Tomassini caught my eye:
“Violin Playing, Vocal Sputtering”
“ ’Do you like contemporary music?’ This question was put directly to the audience at David Geffen Hall on Monday by the fiercely original violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who had just played Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. When people shouted yes and applauded, Ms. Kopatchinskaja played a favorite encore: “Crin” by Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, an iconoclastic 60-second work that mingles violin playing with vocal sputterings and bleeps. Then she generously asked the orchestra’s leader, Pieter Schoeman, to join for one more encore: the animated second movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins. It was a lovely moment. “
In recent postings we have championed the work of some friends who valiantly continue to write music for anyone who cares to listen: Rick VanMatre, Gernot Wolfgang, Ed Neuemeister, Michel Patterson, Bevan Manson, and Dennis Dreith…
Another of those friends is Miguel Roig Francoli, whose ORION is about to receive its Cincinnati premiere on Tuesday at 8 p.m. with Mark Gibson conducting the CCM Philharmonia. If you care to give a listen to this impressive new work and to the other astral composition in the concert: Gustav Holst’s The Planets, just show up on Tuesday at CCM’s Corbett Auditorium for a FREE treat for the mind and soul.
Rafael de Acha