Today, March 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT (GMT -4) the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert webcast. You can see it at http://www.dso.org/live. The conductor will be Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and violinist Augustin Hadelich will perform Britten’s Violin Concerto. Here’s the program:
The soloist will be Steven Copes, concertmaster of the SPCO.
If you can’t make it, it will soon be available as part of the SPCO’s library of classical music performances. With performances of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, John Adams, Hugo Wolf, Shostakovich and more, you’re sure to find a favorite.
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s good to be back after a very busy holiday season.
Great news for piano music lovers! Pianist Jonathan Biss is back with his third series of lectures on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas on Coursera.org. Biss is in the process of recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
This series, like the previous two, is designed for everyone—no prior knowledge is needed. And if you missed the first two lecture series, they are also available on Coursera. The first series provides a wealth of background information to understand Beethoven’s world and the sonata form. I wrote about series one here. The second series focuses on the exploration of individual sonatas, including the Waldstein and Pathétique.
Here are links for the three lecture series on Coursera
Need more Beethoven? This post provides more resources for learning more about Beethoven.
Image attribution: Beethoven, Painting by Carl Jäger (1833-1887), public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beethoven_.jpg.
Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, for a free concert webcast tonight, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM (GMT -5). You can watch it at this link. Here’s the program:
Conor Brown: World premier of How To Relax with Origami
There will be a pre-concert talk with Leonard Slatkin starting one hour before the concert.
Bach wrote music for all time,
And now, all of space.
Bach traveled on foot
Over two hundred miles to
Hear great music, learn.
Now his music flies
Beyond the sun’s reach, into
This week NASA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. When Voyager 1 and 2 were launched, each carried a golden record containing images and the sounds of Earth. Along with greetings in over 50 human languages, whale song, and sounds of nature, there was a selection of the world’s music, including classical music.
One of the spacecraft has now left our solar system and is in interstellar space; the other will be there soon. And as they travel through the dark and empty space between the stars, our “silent ambassadors”1 carry the story of who we are. Here are the classical selections chosen for the record:
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, performed by the Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor.
Bach, “Gavotte en rondeaux” from Partita No. 3 in E major for violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux
Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No. 1, performed by Glenn Gould, piano.
Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor.
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by the Budapest String Quartet (read more about the Cavatina here).
Holborne, “The Fairie Round”, performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London.
Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, No. 14, performed by Edda Moser, soprano and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor.
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor.
Bach walked 250 miles to hear the music of Dieterich Buxtehude and learn from him. The Voyager spacecraft are now 10-12 billion miles from Earth and are outward bound at around 40,000 miles per hour. They’re still sending back fascinating and valuable data. Like Bach, they have traveled a long way in the pursuit of knowledge. And the results have been glorious.
What music would you select to represent all of us?
Image attribution: Like the image? Download it (and more) for free at https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/downloads/
Image of Saturn courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech. https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/images-voyager-took/saturn/.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced the addition of video to their collection of audio concert recordings. The recordings are free and available on demand. A series of live-stream concert webcasts will begin in September.
At the moment there are only a few video recordings available, but they are outstanding. There are performances by pianist Jeremy Denk (Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue –wow!), as well as a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian”, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. You can check out their library of recordings here. Videos are indicated by a small camera icon, and clicking on a hyperlinked performer name will give you a list of performances by the artist available on the site.
With selections from John Adams to Hugo Wolf, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!
Tonight, May 19, 2017 at 8PM EDT (GMT -5), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a free webcast. The program will feature Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.
Corigliano has set Bob Dylan’s words to music that is very different from the original recordings. You can read more about the song cycle here on the composer’s website. Those interested in a more detailed musical analysis of the work can find one at the link.
You can see the concert at http://www.dso.org/live.