It is, as we used to say in the newsroom, a “significant” anniversary. It ends with a zero.
The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has brought out all kinds of somber reflections on the day, remembrances of lives lost, and a lot of huffing and puffing about how “safe” America is these days.
While there’s been some of that on NPR, there’s also been some thought given to artistic expressions around the events of that September day, and their website is exploring 9/11 in the context of a lot of musical genres. Under the classical tab, they’ve been interviewing composers who have written music in tribute to 9/11, including such notables as John Corigliano and Ned Rorem.
I don’t know if Krzysztof Penderecki’s extremely moving Piano Concerto “Resurrection” will make the NPR list. Penderecki had been commissioned to write his first piano concerto for Carnegie Hall, and was working on it when the towers came down. It became a sound poem of the day, with echos of the fire truck sirens and the horror, captured in music.
Last year, Chuck and I heard the Nashville Symphony Orchestra perform the work with Penderecki himself holding the baton and Barry Douglas at the keyboard. Penderecki and Douglas have been working collaboratively to perfect the work, which is now in its third and final form. They recorded the work with the Polish Symphony Orchestra over the winter. The recording is supposed to be available on Naxos, but I have not been able to locate it. But Chuck did find this on YouTube. The quality is good — and it’s worth plugging headphones into your computer to get the full effect.
Another big summer event for string players in just around the corner. Interlochen in Northern Michigan hosts the annual Adult Chamber Music Camp next month, for a full week of playing in small groups. For those who can’t do the whole week, there’s also a String Chamber Orchestra Weekend. While I’m pining to go, my schedule this year – with Baltimore and all – just can’t spare the time.
Meanwhile, how does a professional violin player spend her summer? Rebecca Nichols, the coach of our chamber group at the BSO Academy and a first violin player with the Baltimore Symphony, is spending her summer on a sailboat with her husband, sailing up the East Coast to Maine. You can read about her experiences and see some great pictures on a blog she’s writing: Becky’s Sailing Adventure. And, just because she’s sailing (or battling seasickness) doesn’t mean that she stops practicing. She isn’t taking her best violin on the trip, but she is playing as they go!
Received word today that the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis has announced a fantasy camp this fall. They are looking for 50 amateur musicians – all parts – to take part in a two-day camp in mid-September. The repertoire is Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, which is scheduled to be performed with the symphony in the second half of their September 16th concert. You can get more information on the Minnesota Symphony site.
The information comes courtesy of Nan Washburn of the Michigan Philharmonic, who has just been named the new conductor of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra. The appointment received some coverage in local papers this weekend. Speaking both as a new board member of OLPS and a member of the orchestra, I’m delighted that Nan is coming on board. The repertoire she has chosen for our fall concert is intriguing (Gluck, Ravel, Sibelius, Berlioz, and Mao Yuan).
The OLPS Symphony is looking for additional players, especially all strings. If you play and want to get involved with a group, now is your chance! Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 15th at West Bloomfield High School. Additional information and registration materials are available on www.OLPSMusic.org.
First, the news.
I have a new job and a new title. Senior Vice President, Content and Community Engagement, at Detroit Public Television. I’m working on plans to address DPTV’s five key issue areas: Energy and Environment, Leadership, Arts & Culture, Health, and Kids/Education. Continue reading
Just back from Camerata Ireland’s performance at the brand-new Palladium in Carmel, Indiana.
The view from our seats in the new Palladium in Carmel, Indiana
First of all, the facility is a winner. Chuck and I bought seats in the choral terrace behind the stage, and they were great. It was almost like sitting in the orchestra, with a full view of Barry Douglas conducting and nearly close enough to read the music on the stands. Continue reading
Members of Camerata Ireland
Camerata Ireland, the all-Irish orchestra founded by Barry Douglas, plays Carnegie Hall tomorrow night. It’s the first stop on a week-long U.S. tour that includes stops in Nashville, the Chicago area, and Indianapolis. They’ll be playing Mozart, Bunting, and works by the Irish composer John Field, who is said to have invented the nocturne form perfected by Chopin.
It’s part of a year-long celebration of Irish culture in the United States sponsored by the Irish tourism department. Continue reading
Some of the area’s top community bands are gathering at the Dearborn Center for the Performing Arts again this year, for the Motor City Festival of Bands 2. The event is taking place Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 p.m. and will feature the Oakland University Brass Band, the Farmington Community Band, the Plymouth Community Band, the Washtenaw Concert Band, and the Motor City Brass Band.
Last year’s festival was spectacular, and this year’s promises to be another great afternoon.
Full details and ticket information are available at http://www.mcbb.org/pdf/MCFB_2011.pdf
This hit my e-mail today. Music is just one of the arts encouraged here:
San Francisco – May 20, 2010 – Ever wondered why creativity and learning are so important for the older brain? National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) will answer this question and highlight innovative lifelong learning arts programs at the “NCCA-MetLife Foundation Creativity Matters: Lifelong Learning Through the Arts” symposium. The one-day event will be held in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, June 15 from 9am – 4pm at the Community School of Music and Arts Finn Center, and will focus on the benefits of utilizing arts programs throughout the later years of life, as well as how to develop lifelong learning programs in various art mediums, including storytelling, theater, and music.
Check out more details at http://creativeaging.squarespace.com/lifelong_learning/.
Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society - April 16, 2010
The recent concert of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society Community Orchestra is now available for viewing on local access cable. Continue reading