12. February 2016 · Comments Off on Dudamel Masterclasses · Categories: Masterclass, Read Online

I just received this:

Join Gustavo Dudamel at UC Berkeley for Public Master Classes & Conversation
On Saturday, February 20, Gustavo Dudamel returns to UC Berkeley for two master classes with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra plus a “Berkeley Talks” conversation with Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Matías Tarnopolsky.

The events are free and open to the public.


These appearances complete Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s 2015-16 Berkeley RADICAL residency begun in September 2015. Cal Performances’ Berkeley RADICAL (Research and Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts and Learning) is a framework to cultivate public artistic literacy and create cultural access for diverse current and future audiences.

12. February 2016 · Comments Off on In Anticipation of Valentine’s Day · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

David Lang: Manifesto

(I’d post the words, but I suspect that would be breaking copyright, although the composer DID just pull them off the internet ….)

From the composer:
manifesto was commissioned by Cantus Vocal Ensemble for a concert about love. It is a subject I am very curious about, and, as I so often do, I went to the internet to find out more. In the hopes of finding the essential qualities of a loving relationship, I ended up searching for things that people say they look for in a romantic partner. I searched the phrase “I want to be with someone who&hellp;” and then assembled the text out of the auto-completions. Not all of them — not the ones that were insulting to other people or were pornographic, or were unique to a certain culture or nationality or religion. I really only wanted to find the answers that seemed most universal. I was hoping to imagine a larger community of people, all actively in search of love, listing the characteristics of lovers they could believe in. And because it ended up reading like a statement of belief I called it manifesto.

12. February 2016 · Comments Off on James Levine · Categories: Health, Read Online

James Levine, the longtime Metropolitan Opera music director whose health struggles recently brought him to the verge of retirement from that position, has canceled a series of concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra next week. Mr. Levine, 72, who has Parkinson’s disease, has been modifying his medication levels in an attempt to ease his condition, and the orchestra said in a statement that “the physical demands of travel, rehearsal and concert performance would be detrimental to his current medical treatment.”

The Met had expected to announce his retirement as music director this month. But Mr. Levine received an 11th-hour reprieve when his doctor said that an adjustment in his medication, L-dopa, would reduce the involuntary movements, or dyskinesia, that have affected his work on the podium.

His concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra were eagerly anticipated because his appearances outside the Met have been rare in the last few years. He was the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until 2011, when he resigned because of his health problems. He will be replaced in Philadelphia by Michael Tilson Thomas, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

I read it here.

12. February 2016 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

Just because I like it … and think maybe someone else out there might as well.

From the YouTube page:

Claudia Caffagni voce, liuto
Livia Caffagni voce, flauti, viella
Elisabetta De Mircovich voce, viella, symphonia
Doron David Sherwin voce, cornetto muto, percussioni

Castello del Buonconsiglio 30 settembre 2010


Anonimo italiano (XIII sec.) Stella nova de le genti (lauda)
Cortona, Bibl. Comunale e dell’Accademia Etrusca, Ms. 91

Anonimo francese (XIII sec.) Pange melos (conductus)
Firenze, Biblioteca Laurenziana, Ms. Pluteus 29.1

Anonimo spagnolo (XIV sec.) Stella splendens (virelai)
Montserrat, Biblioteca del Monasterio, 1 (Llibre Vermell)

Anonimo inglese (XIV sec.) Solaris ardor Romuli / Gregorius sol seculi / Petre tua navicula /Marionette douche (mottetto)
Oxford, New College Library, Ms. 362, item XXVI

Anonimo francese (XIV sec.) Pantheon abluitur / Apollinis eclipsatur / Zodiacum signis (mottetto)
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 222 C. 22

Anonimo inglese Novus sol de Virgine (carola)
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Arch. Selden B 26

Johannes Ciconia (1370ca. – 1412) O Padua sidus preclarum (mottetto)
Bologna, Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica, Ms. Q 15

Anonimo italiano (XV sec.) Ave maris stella
Faenza, Biblioteca Comunale, Cod. 117

Johannes Ciconia Per quella strada lactea del cielo (madrigale)
Lucca, Archivio di Stato, Ms. 184 (Mancini Codex)

Doron David Sherwin Celi enarrant gloriam Domini

giga irlandese tradizionale