Look what I found backstage the other day when I was hosting "Live from Hochstein." It's a diagram of the set up for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Sunday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m.
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There’s a famous painting by Hans Holbein the Younger hanging in the National Gallery, London.It’s called The Ambassadors, and it depicts two guys, opulently dressed, standing on a mosaic based on the altar at Westminster Abbey. They're surrounded by symbols: globes, a musical instrument, and a bunch of other stuff. Some say the double portrait is a metaphor for the marriage of capitalism and the church.
â€śDo I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you? Do I want you because you're wonderful, or are you wonderful because I want you? Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream, or are you really as beautiful as you seem?â€ť - Oscar Hammerstein II
I canâ€™t hear the Aram Khachaturianâ€™s Sabre Dance without picturing guys in blue and white outfits zooming across the ice with sticks. In the 1970â€™s, the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team ran local TV commercials using the classical warhorse at its rousing theme song. I saw that ad a lot.
Live from Hochstein returns to the airwaves of Classical 91.5 on Wednesday, March 19th at 12:10 p.m. Your new (interim) host for the Spring season will be Brenda Tremblay. Please tune in or stop by the hall at 50 N. Plymouth Avenue to enjoy the fresh new approach Brenda brings to the program. We'd love to see you there, or hear your comments about the new face of Live from Hochstein. See you there!
I finally finished Alex Rossâ€™s book, The Rest is Noise, and itâ€™s got me fired up for 20th century music. Ross traces the threads of music woven into the fabric of politics, technology, history, and society. Itâ€™s an absorbing, brilliant book, densely packed with lively writing, vivid anecdotes, and sharp insights.