The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September. All lovely, pretty stuff. All pretty much the same as last year. And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves. So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new.
While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts." It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV. I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man. This confirms that beyond all doubt. Enjoy.
This is a big year for the Ying Quartet. Tomorrow, they take part in the grand unveiling of the newly-refurbished Narzareth Arts Center, accompanying a new work by Garth Fagan Dance. In October, they begin the complete Beethoven cycle, and Frank Huang gives his premier faculty Kilbourn Hall recital in November. Today, the Ying Quartet return to Studio E, with a new line-up and a new sound.
She has called me twice, declining to leave a name or number. She doesn't like choral music. That, she says, is too much like church. If I want listeners, I should be playing waltzes, marches, and peppy overtures. I say that doesn't fully represent life, or our listeners.
Dad was out of town at a college reunion, so we decided to take a trip to the movies to see the new Harry Potter with friends. Lights go down, trailers start, and then...one began. A young lad is climbing out of a taxi, ubiqitous ominous music thudding under the images...well, you can see it for yourself.
Classical music lovers who just can't get enough, or who want to be "in the know" about classical music, should check out NPR's new music site. NPR Music www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php provides listeners with brief news stories, audio stories, and performances from artists who are currently performing everywhere from the concert hall to one of the offices at NPR. I've pointed you to the Classical page, but there's lots of other music available at NPR Music as well. Check out NP
The email was delivered a few weeks back: Backstage Pass was a finalist in the Radio division for New York Festivals. We just didn't know what we won. We waited. The word came on Friday, and it was Bronze!