John BarryThursday’s mystery piece, “I had a farm in Africa,” comes from Out of Africa, a film set in colonial Kenya.Meryl Streep plays a Danish baroness who falls into a doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.The composer, John Barry, born in England in 1933, is
I saw The Felice Brothers at Water Street a few weeks back. They're tremendous. If you've ever seen a show and felt like you wanted more commitment from the band, you should check them out next time. Anyway, it occured to me as I watched that a lot of the draw for seeing a show like that, and maybe for rock 'n' roll or music in general, is vicarious.
The American composer of Wednesday's mystery piece, Eric Whitacre, recently spent a few days working with students at Canandaguia Academy. A few weeks ago, he landed a recording contract and will start making a new CD in August.The title of the piece
Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music.Boy, did I eat humble pie.
Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece. At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.
Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester.They identified Wednesday’s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century.He “ran the gamut of styles without losing his own,” writes cellist David Moore