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
Robert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumann’s Papillons (Butterflies).He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.Musicians are celebratin