Tonight, conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra present an evening of Strauss (Johann II and Richard) and Schumann. The concert will feature cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. You can see the concert at https://www.dso.org/live. Here’s the program:
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.
On Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 EST (GMT-5) the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a free live webcast of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. John Storgårds will conduct. The webcast will also feature violinist Pekka Kuusisto. The webcast can be seen at https://www.dso.org/live. Here’s the program.
George Antheil: Over the Plains
Daniel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto
By the way, you should really read George Antheil’s bio. It’s rare to find a composer who developed a radio guidance system for torpedoes (with actress Hedy Lamarr, no less; I am not making this up), and who was a friend of the poet Ezra Pound.
Today, Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM EDT (GMT -4) the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will webcast a free live concert. Here’s the program:
On Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 9 PM EDT (UTC-4), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present a free live concert webcast that traces the transition from the Baroque to the Classical. You can see the concert here.
Here’s the program:
Charles Avison: Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Minor (after D. Scarlatti)
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sinfonia in A Minor for Orchestra
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in E Minor, Wq. 178
The SPCO also has a great library of concert videos that you can access here. You should be able to see this concert there in a short while.
Decisions, decisions! There are two live concert webcasts tonight. Which will you pick?
Tonight, April 7, 2018, at 8PM EDT (GMT-4) the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and violinist Yoonshin Song will present Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2. There will be a pre-concert interview with composer Steven Bryant at 7PM. You can view the DSO concert here. Here’s the full program:
Steven Bryant: Zeal (world premiere!)
Charles Gounod: Petite symphonie for Wind Instruments
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has a free app available for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch so you can enjoy their live concert webcasts and concert library wherever you go. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has a free DSO To Go app which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
What if you can’t make either concert? The SPCO has a free concert library that you can watch on demand. The DSO has their Replay performance archive, which is available for a year with a $50 donation to the DSO.
I hope you will enjoy the concerts!
Said the disc label.
I had not heard it,
So thought I’d give it a try
One hectic morning.
And in the chaos
That swirled around me that day
Came a soothing calm.
Like spring’s first flowers,
A sunny day in winter,
Crisp cider in fall,
I don’t know how, but
Somehow made me smile.
Arcangelo Corelli is perhaps best known for his development of the concerto grosso form and for his advancement of violin technique. His set of 12 concerti (Op. 6) was published in 1714. They inspired Handel to write his own set of concerti (also Op. 6). Corelli’s concerti remain popular to this day. There’s something about Corelli’s music. Somehow, it seems to catch you unawares* and relax you. It’s happy, without being cloying. Pleasant, but not boring or insipid. Engaging, but not overwhelming (on the day in question, Beethoven or Schubert, even Mozart, would have been a bad choice. Too much drama!). Some days, Corelli is the perfect fit.
* “unawares” is a strange, low-frequency English word that looks wrong, but isn’t. It’s an adverb form that’s a leftover from Middle English, which also gave us “towards” and “afterwards.” The more you know….
Image attribution: Portrait of Arcangelo Corelli by Hugh Howard, 1697, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons.