15. March 2015 · Comments Off on Stars · Categories: Choral, Listen

Some goodnight music for you … because “so much majesty” …

Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
That aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,

And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.

—Sara Teasdale

Eriks Esenvalds: Stars (text adapted from the Sara Teasdale poem)
The Concordia Choir; D.Michael Smith, Guest Conductor

15. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Johannes Ockeghem: Agnus dei from Missa de plus en plus
Blue Heron

Jake Runestad: I Will Lift Mine Eyes
University Singers: University of British Columbia; Graeme Langager, Conductor

When Symphony Silicon Valley performs The Lord of the Rings trilogy, simultaneous to the movies being shown on a huge screen, there will be 250 musicians on stage, made up of the orchestral instrumentalists, chorale members and children’s chorus.

These voices and musicians will be performing a total of 22 hours in a matter of four days. That only leaves a few hours for eating and sleeping. This becomes a marathon for each of the 100 instrumentalists, the 100 adult vocalists, and the 50 members of the children’s chorus. Not only a physical marathon, but a mental one as well.

The backdrop for the concert stage is a huge screen, 20 feet high and 48 feet wide, that will be showing the three Lord of the Rings movies in high definition.

Think of it: the sheet music alone…and this is just for the conductor…is 1200 pages, printed on 11-inch by 17-inch paper. Depending on the instrument, each musician receives several volumes of sheet music to study in advance.

… eat? Sleep? Meh … been there, done that. 😉

(The only sad thing about this is that I’ll have to cancel some students. I’m hoping some will come to the shows. Getting my students to attend concerts has been a struggle forever.)

You can read much much more here.

Here’s just a bit of the music (I wanted to be sure and post a YouTube video that looked to be legal … not an easy thing to find!)

11. March 2015 · Comments Off on More On Saving The Ballet · Categories: Ballet

Some tech folks are looking to help! This is rather exciting, really.

In addition, I just read this on Twitter:

San Jose just gave an unrestricted grant of $105,000 to @balletsj ! The emergency funding campaign has $487,000 of $550,000 needed 2 #SV4BSJ

(For those who don’t read hashtags, #SV4BSJ means “Silicon Valley for Ballet San Jose”. I think.)

Have you made your donation yet? If not, start by going here.

11. March 2015 · Comments Off on Ballet San Jose Could Use Your Help · Categories: Ballet

… and here are a few events you might consider attending.

Wednesday March 11, City Hall – Arts Commission Meeting 5:30pm
Support Ballet San Jose at City Hall, where the Arts Commission will be meeting to decide if and how much emergency funding to make available to Ballet San Jose. Please come and have your voice be heard; let the city and Arts Commission know how much Ballet San Jose means to you!

Thursday March 12, Brown Bag Open Rehearsal 12:00-1:30pm
Ballet San Jose Studios: 40 N First St, San Jose 95113
Please invite your family and friends to an open rehearsal in our studios on their lunch break! Get to know Ballet San Jose and support our Bridge to the Future Campaign.

Friday March 13, Beer and Ballet 4:00-5:30pm
Ballet San Jose Studios: 40 N First St, San Jose 95113
Please invite your family and friends to join us for beer and ballet, an open rehearsal event to let the public know about our institution in support of our Bridge to the Future Campaign.

Of course you could also consider donating. That would be wonderful. Start by going here.

We don’t want to lose another arts group in our extremely wealthy Silicon Valley. It’s a disgrace that we’ve lost a number already, and even more disgraceful that others are struggling.

Symphony Silicon Valley starts up today, and we’ll be playing a whole lot of Shostakovich:

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor

I look forward to working with Tatsuya Shimono again. I’ve really enjoyed him.

It’s been a long time, it seems, since I’ve been on stage. Time to get my stage legs back again!

Speaking of a long time … this video above is from 1979. The year I graduated from college. I remember seeing and hearing New York Philharmonic at the Concord Pavilion with Dan and a few other friends that same year (June 16, 1979). We heard Mahler 1 then, not Shostakovich. I’m guessing, though, that many of these same musicians were on stage. I was so clueless about names back then — I was too busy enjoying being with my boyfriend. Now I look and see Joe Robinson, Julius Baker, Stanley Drucker … I hadn’t a clue who was up there. Man, I was clueless!

It’s quite cool to see that NYPhil has digital archives and I can find all the info from that, along with programs that enable us to peruse. The program for the concert we attended had an section about Inglenook Wines and the Concord Pavilion and included this shot. I certainly recognize Roy Malan … who are the others. Anyone?

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09. March 2015 · Comments Off on Stunning & Moving Work · Categories: Ballet

I don’t fully “get” ballet, but this is an amazing piece. It’s feels very personal, and really helps me see the tremendous work and skill in ballet. Breathlessness, too. Especially in the first and second parts. The third section where she is motionless … it certainly will cause me to see things differently when I next attend a ballet.

“Veronique Doisneau”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

And, finally, the very brief Part 4

Does it make you think of dance differently? It does for me.

09. March 2015 · Comments Off on The Water Is Wide · Categories: Choral, Videos

This really hit my heart; I hope you enjoy it too. (Janet Kroeker, I think especially think of you after your kind words yesterday!) Funny how I’d never thought about the lyrics and the fading of love before. I guess I’m just that slow.

The Water is Wide
The Singers; Matthew Culloton; Conductor

Matthew Culloton conducts René Clausen’s arrangement of ths American Folk song. Laura Sewell, cello; Melissa Morey, horn; Jennifer Gerth, clarinet; Steve Swanson, piano.

08. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Jean Mouton: Salva nos Domine vigilantes
University of North Texas Collegium Singers; Richard Sparks, Conductor