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Free Concerts: Haydn to Cage

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Here are three great live concert webcasts to choose from, with music ranging from Haydn to Bernstein to Cage. 

On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST (GMT -5) Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present works by John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Kristin Kuster.  You can see the concert at https://www.dso.org/live.  Here’s the program:

Kristin KusterDune Acres (world premiere)

John Cage: 4’33” (after talking about this piece in a recent post, you get to see it live!)

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto

Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and other selections

But wait, there’s more!  You’ll have to make a choice:

On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST (GMT -5) Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present “Maximum Minimal”, featuring music by Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams.  You can see the concert here.  Here’s the program:

Steve Reich: Clapping Music

Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Also on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 EST (GMT -5), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), conducted by Tito Muñoz, will present “Reflections on Home”.  You can see the concert here.  Here’s the program:

Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 10 in B Minor for String Orchestra

Maya Miro Johnson: wherever you go, there you are (world premiere)

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96, The Miracle

Lembit Beecher: Say Home (world premiere)

If you’re not available for the SPCO concert, it will be available for on-demand viewing later at the SPCO concert library website.  Detroit Symphony Orchestra webcasts can be viewed at a later date with a subscription to their Replay program (a benefit of a tax-deductible contribution to the DSO).

Whatever you decide to watch, I hope you will enjoy it!

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David Bowie and Philip Glass: The Low Symphony and Heroes Symphony

Music fans around the world are mourning the death of David Bowie today.  Perhaps less known is his connection with composer Philip Glass.  Glass used the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno in his Low Symphony and in his Heroes SymphonyLow and Heroes are the names of David Bowie albums, tracks of which were used in the symphonies by Glass.  Below are the original songs associated with the first movements of each of the symphonies (Subterraneans and Heroes; the preceding links are to Wikipedia articles).

Bowie: Subterraneans

(Here is a link to a live performance (1995) of Subterraneans performed by Bowie and Nine Inch Nails).

Glass: Low Symphony 1. Subterraneans

Bowie, Eno: Heroes

Glass: Symphony No 4 “Heroes” .

Here are Bowie and Glass discussing their collaboration [no longer available]; see an article on the collaboration at Sinfini Music [no longer available].

The Guardian has published a tribute to Bowie by pianist Stephen Hough.

With thanks to reader Louis B. for reminding me of this connection.