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Samuri in NY@ TMOTCONY

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm

It seems that the first delegation from Japan, in1860 was sent by the ruling Samuri’s and captivated NY with their exotic dress and customs. The museum displayed pictures and artifacts and little stories in another very attractive comment on our history. Newspaper articles and photos showed how NY welcomed the Japanese with parties and parades and lots of attention. The timeing of the Civil War and this event show an interesting perspective in our history. NY was becoming a center of commerce and art and finance and wanted the world to see.
Gotta take a sec and check this out

Missa solemnis@ NY Phil 6/23/10

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

The last concert in my series was a doozie. Al Largo by Magnus Lindberg, composer in residence started the program with a kichen sink of sound, a good sink. All kinds of percussion and melodies sound new and yet not leaving us behind to figure it out. It was accesible and attractive. Al Largo is when the boat just loses sight of land and it’s on the high sea, hhhmmm.
Beethoven is the touch stone of all western music and this mass is wonderful. It is not often played ’cause it’s tough to do, but our NY Phil did the job.Four good singers and the NY Choral Artists did an amazing job. I was so mezmerized that I looked for the communion line.

SMSS @St I 5/5/10

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Every time there is a SMSS concert, I wonder how Kent Tritle will make it better than the last one. Sure there are favorites, but they keep piling up with music that I never heard and I go to St. Ignatius every Sunday so you might guess there are try outs for the pews. Maybe ! Kent instructs us with a soft touch and at the end of the season you barely realize that you know lots more than you did when it started. This gem mixes Monteverdi, Stravinsky and Arvo Part, spanning 400 years and showing us both how much has changed and how little. The singers and the chorus are some great sound that I don’t really have a name for without sounding silly. The church is the real place to hear this music, sacred music in a sacred space, oh I get it. Trying to separate the two does a disservice to both, but the nonpracticing want to hear too, so it helps to keep the music playing. Monteverdi wrote liturgical music for a living and had to produce all the time and Laetatus sum and the two motets that we heard show the consistent high quality of his compositions. And the singing was remarkable. Igor Stravinsky is very much in the NY scene, who would think SMSS as trendy, so his mass fit that bill. Beautifully done and preformed. Arvo Part might have been a rock star if was born 10 years later and Miserere shows us what an amazing composer he is and the singing and the singing. Ending with his Beatitudes. Lucky are the listeners because they will hear more next season, thanks Kent!