â€śThere is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.â€ť - Aaron Copland
I'm thrilled to be going to the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday (February 14th) to see the new production of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" and BartĂłk's "Bluebeard's Castle" from backstage, inside the production booth, and from behind an HD camera. Each offers a different perpective on love. Here's a preview:
Der Schwanendreher is one of three major concertos in the traditional viola repertoire. It stands alongside William Walton and Bela Bartokâ€™s concertos. This masterpiece will be performed on February 6th at 8:00 pm at Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music bywinner of the 2014-15 Eastman Viola Concerto Competition, Sergio MuĂ±oz. Sergio is currently in his first year of his Masters Degree at Eastman, where is also enrolled in the Arts Leadership Program. He studies viola with professor Carol Rodland. Learn more about Sergio on our Musicians of Rochester page.
March 21 marks the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. Weâ€™ll take a brief break from Lent to celebrate with lots of wonderful choral and organ music, and trace some transcriptions that Bach himself made from genre to genre. Join Peter DuBois for the musical party!
The Fourth Sunday in Lent is often celebrated as â€śLaetareâ€ť Sunday, from the opening words of the Latin introit for the day. â€śLaetareâ€ť means â€śrejoice,â€ť and music for this day will provide a brief respite from Lenten introspection and reflection.