On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT (GMT -4), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will feature pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Also on the program are Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, and a new work, Divisions, a commemoration of World War I, written by Sebastian Currier. Ludovic Morlot will conduct. You can see the concert at www.dso.org/live or on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/detroitsymphony).
On Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 PM EDT (GMT -4), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The program will also include Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, featuring violinist Yoonshin Song. Rafael Payare will conduct. You can see the DSO concert here.
Also on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 PM EDT (GMT -4), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present pianist Jonathan Biss performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program will also include Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, and Watermark, a Concerto for Piano by Caroline Shaw, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Watermark is one of five piano concertos commissioned by the SPCO and Biss to coordinate with Beethoven’s piano concertos (read more about the Beethoven/5 concerto commissioning project here). You can read the composer’s comments on Watermark here. Mischa Santora will conduct. You can see the SPCO concert here.
Wherever your weekend takes you, I hope you will find some time to enjoy music!
It’s early morning.
It’s still dark, I’m on the road.
I need some music.
Without looking, I
Slip a disc into the slot.
DA DA DA DUM! No!
Off. Fumbling, I find a disc.
Well, let’s try again.
Chopin is lovely,
But too lively this morning–
It’s a rude etude.
Who picked this music?!
I’ll put 4’33” on,
Looping, for a while.
In just two hours from now (10:45 EST, GMT -5), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present the Brahms Concerto for Violin, featuring Christian Tetzlaff, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. You can see it at https://www.dso.org/live.
If you’ve already missed it, or if it doesn’t fit into your schedule, I’d like to mention that a $50 donation (or more) to the Detroit Symphony comes with a one-year subscription to Replay, the orchestra’s online library of concerts, which includes their last four seasons as well as the Brahmsfest, Mozartfest, and Frenchfest series of concerts, over 200 works to choose from, as well as artist interview and pre-concert lectures.
Today, November 9, 2018 at 8 PM EST (GMT -5), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a live webcast featuring pianist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Cristian Măcelaru will conduct. You can see the concert at www.dso.org/live. Here’s the program:
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9PM EDT (GMT-4) the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present a live concert on its website. It is also viewable on the SPCO’s app for Apple and Android. Conductor Thomas Zehetmair and the orchestra will present the following program:
Jean-Féry Rebel: The Elements (this take on the creation of the world includes a movement, Chaos, which is strikingly modern even though it was written in 1737).
Claude Vivier: Zipangu
The concert will be added to the on-demand concert library thereafter (great collection, check it out), which is available on the website or via the SPCO app.
Benjamin Franklin, colonial America’s Renaissance man, said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” I’m here to save you a few pennies today.
The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester has made a wealth of music scores and books from the Sibley Music Library available on the web. The digitized items may be downloaded for your reading and playing pleasure.
Here is a link to the Sibley Music Library digitized collection, where you can search for the topic of your choice. A search on Beethoven will yield hundreds of music scores and 83 books, as well as theses and other analytical works. The books are older and in the public domain, but then, Beethoven hasn’t written any new letters lately (the previous link is for a biography containing letters translated into English. You can read Beethoven’s letters in German here). As always, verify that the works are indeed in the public domain in your country (laws vary).
And since we’re being frugal, I thought it would be appropriate to present Beethoven’s Rondo e capriccio Op. 129, which is commonly called Rage Over the Lost Penny. Enjoy!