Musica della sera

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A Maddy-Shaped Hole in the Universe

 
meeraHow on earth do we process the death of a child? How will anything be better, ever? How will we laugh again? How is it possible that the sun still rises and people have birthdays and dogs still bark and the clothes need to be washed and food prepared and parades still happen?

We have lost a child. Indeed, we have lost two children. The brokenness of one led to the death of another. Waves upon waves — not ripples, but waves — of brokenness spreads like wildfire after a drought. We all look to answer why, we yearn to understand, we try to take our own selves out of the equation to make the loss make sense. We add variables. Try to identify constants. We rationalize the irrational and try to balance the equation that doesn’t result in such an imbalanced loss. What could we have done differently. Who is to blame. We heap the intensity of our emotion onto anyone we can point to, saying he did it. She did it. It’s his fault. They didn’t do it right. If only this hadn’t happened. If only I had been there. If only anyone could have seen. If only anyone knew. If only somehow. If only.

Blame doesn’t help. No matter how we try, there is no sense, no logic; there is no fault, there is no reason. Nothing works to ease the raw wound that we all now carry.

When faced with emotions that are so raw, so livid and infected, I have to turn to art. There are not enough words, not enough tears, not enough logic in the universe to make sense of something like this, so the only thing to do is let it wash over and through. Just as the heat of the last week has made dogs pant in the shade and more grass to shrivel and go into dormancy, I have to let the emotion drain me dry. Listen to music, read poetry, draw, paint, cook, garden. “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten my hand”, but perfumes are cloying anyway, and emotion needs to color each expression.

Art has been dry, bitter, and prickly this week. I expect next week will be dark and empty, all in a minor key. After that, who knows. Stars will continue to make pinpricks in the velvet dark, scattering themselves across the Maddy-shaped hole in the universe.

And from this, maybe calm returns. Laughter will eventually come naturally, and the colors will reassert themselves in a field of wildflowers. We will remember.

–Meera

 

The poetry from tonight’s show are linked below in the playlist for tonight’s program, except for two by Ken Collier, which I read at the end of the program. The texts are below.

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More from the organ at Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz

holy-cross-church

The Holy Cross Catholic Church, Santa Cruz California

 

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Playlist for July 23, 2015

Hosted tonight by Nicholas Mitchell

Two weeks ago I featured an excellent recording of the Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz, in a performance of Alexei Parshin from the album “On a Mission from Russia”. Tonight we’ll hear his student, Vlada Volkova-Moran, play this local treasure of an instrument. On the night of  my radio show two weeks ago, I was not aware that she was going to be performing that Saturday at the Boomeria benefit concert, or I would have featured her performance and told you about the performance on Preston Boomer’s own wonderful pipe organ! Alas, I was not able to attend myself, put if you did, tell us about it! I’d love to what the experience was like.

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Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Gregorian

Antiphon:
Alleluia, lapis revolutus est
(Mode V)

The
Benedictine Monks

of Santo Domingo de Silos

Easter
Chant

Milan

 

Vidimus stellam
eius – Alleluia; Tribus miraculisMagnificat-Antiphon;
Hostis Herodes impie-Hymn; Videntes stellam Magi – Magnificat-Antiphon
Hodie nobis beata illuxit – Antiphon;
Antiphon & Psalm 71

Schola Cantorum
of Cologne;
Gabriel Maria Stenschulte, director

Chant IV: The Millenium

Angel

 

J.S. Bach

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636

Vlada Volkova-Moran, organ (The Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz)

On a Mission from
Russia

a-ram

 

Gregorian

Epiphany Vigils: ResponsoryIlluminare”; Te
Deum;Gospel

The Trappist
Monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky

Behold! Three Wise Men Came out of the
East

Sony

7:30

J.S. Bach

Nun kommder Heiden
Heiland, BWV 552b

Alexei Parshin, organ (The Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz)

On a Mission from
Russia

a-ram

 

Gregorian

Epiphany Lauds: Hymn “Illuminas Altissimus” with Versicle and Response; Benedictus
and Antiphon; Kyrie and Pater Noster; Prayer and
Concluding Versicles and Responses; Veterem “Hominem” Antiphons

The Trappist
Monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky

Behold! Three Wise Men Came out of the
East

Sony

 

J.S. Bach

Prelude,
Largo and
Fugue in C Major, BWV 545

Vlada Volkova-Moran, organ (The Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz)

On a Mission from
Russia

a-ram

8:00

Giovanni Gabrieli

Quem vidistis
pastores?; Canzon IV a 6;
O Jesu mi dulcissime; Canzon per sonar a 4; Jubilate Deo;
In ecclesiis*; Timor
et tremor

Choir of King’s College,
Cambridge; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Stephen Cleobury,
conductor; Charles Brett, counter tenor; William
Kendall and Peter Hall, tenors; Ian Caddy, bass; *Thomas Elias treble

Giovanni Gabrieli: The Glory of Venice

Argo

8:45

Alessandro Scarlatti

Concerto
grosso No.4 in G Minor

Europa Galante; Fabio Biondi,
violin and direction

A&D
Scarlatti: Concerti & Sinfonie

Virgin Veritas

 

Domenico Scarlatti

Sinfonia in C Major

9:00

Alessandro Scarlatti

Concerto
grosso No.3 in F Major; Sonata (Concerto #9) in A
Minor

 

J.S. Bach

Contrapunctus 11

Angela Hewitt, piano

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue BWV 1080

Hyperion

─N.M.
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Tin Ear, by Peter Schmitt

Tin Ear

by Peter Schmitt

We stood at attention as she moved
with a kind of Groucho shuffle
down our line, her trained music
teacher’s ear passing by
our ten- and eleven-year-old mouths
open to some song now forgotten.
And as she held her momentary
pause in front of me, I peered
from the corner of my eye
to hers, and knew the truth
I had suspected.
In the following days,
as certain of our peers
disappeared at appointed hours
for the Chorus, something in me
was already closing shop.
Indeed, to this day
I still clam up
for the national anthem
in crowded stadiums, draw
disapproving alumni stares
as I smile the length of school songs,
and even hum and clap
through “Happy Birthday,” creating
a diversion—all lest I send
the collective pitch
careening headlong into dissonance.
It’s only in the choice acoustics
of shower and sealed car
that I can finally give voice
to that heart deep within me
that is pure, tonally perfect, music.
But when the water stops running
and the radio’s off, I can remember
that day in class,
when I knew for the first time
that mine would be a world of words
without melody, where refrain
means do not join,
where I’m ready to sing
in a key no one has ever heard.

poet peter schmitt

“Tin Ear” by Peter Schmitt from Country Airport. © Copper Beech Press, 1989. From The Writer’s Almanac, July 4, 2015

—N.M.

 

Newly Acquired Recordings

 

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Playlist for July 9, 2015

Hosted tonight by Nicholas Mitchell

Used CD’s are the pre-owned vehicle for presenting great music I haven’t played on the show before. I’ll be sharing my favorite tracks from this new passel.

I happened to notice, if I played the first track of each of the 25 discs it would come to 2 hours and 30 minutes, exactly the length of the show. I’ll be much more discerning than that in my method, rest assured.

One of particular interest to listeners in the Monterey Bay area is an excellent recording of two different organists on the Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz.

I’m also delighted with the Marian Anderson and Albert Schweitzer CDs. All good stuff I’m excited to share tonight.

 

Previously Owned CDs

 

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Gregoire François

Fêtons dans la joie; Kyrie eleison; Gloria; Sanctus; Agnus
Dei

Les Bénédictines du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

L’Annonce de la foi dans
la joie

Sarl Cana

 

Charles-Marie Widor

Fifth Symphony, Op.42, No.5: Allegro
cantabile; Toccata

Alexei Parshin,
organ (The Felgemaker/Goodwin pipe organ at Holy Cross
Church, Santa Cruz)

On a Mission
from Russia

a-ram

7:30

Edmund Rubbra

Tenebrae Motets, Op. 72: Second Nocturn

Choir
of St. John’s College,
Cambridge;
Christopher Robinson, conductor; Robert Houssart,
organ

Rubbra: Nine Tenebrae Motets

Naxos

 

Vincenzo Bellini

From the opera Il Pirata: Introduzione; Ah! S’io potessi dissipar le nubi; Col sorriso d’innocenza; Oh sole!
Ti vela di tenebre oscure

Renée Fleming, soprano (Imogen); Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Coro
del Maggio Musicale Florentino;
Patrick Summers, conductor

Bel Canto

Decca

 

Franz Schubert

Erlkonig, D. 328

Ian Bostridge, tenor; Julius Drake, piano

Perspectives

EMI

 

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Brigg Fair

Ian Bostridge,
tenor; Polypyhony; Stephen Layton, conductor

8:00

Anonymous (arr. by Benjamin
Britten)

Greensleeves

Ian Bostridge, tenor; Julius Drake, piano

 

Frederic Chopin (arr. Emanuel Feuermann)

Polonaise Brillante in C Major,
Op.3

Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emanuel Ax,
piano

Chopin: Trio – Polonaise Brillante – Cello Sonata

Sony

 

Pietro Antonio Locatelli

Two Capricci:
Op.3, No.24 in D Major; Op.3, No. 18 in G Major

Eliot Fisk, guitar

Bell’ Italia: Four Centuries of
Italian Music

Music masters

 

Niccolò Paganini

Sonata No.4 in D Major: Menuetto
Rondoncino

8:30

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,
Op. 43

Rafael
Orozco, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo de Waart,
conductor

Rachmaninoff:
Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra

Philips

9:00

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547

Albert Schweitzer, organ

Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach,
Volume II

Pearl

 

“Little” Fugue in G Minor

Virgil
Fox, organ

Bach:
Great Organ Works

RCA Victrola

 

Max Reger

Benedictus

Peter Hurford,
organ

Glorious Pipes

Deutsche Grammo phon

 

Gérard Presgurvic (arr. Rob Matthes)

Aimer

Renée
Fleming, soprano; Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone;
Orchestra of Wels National Opera; Paul Gemignani,
conductor

Under
the Stars

Decca

 

American Folklore (Spirtuals)

Heav’n, Heav’n

Marian Anderson, contralto;
Frank Rupp, piano

He’s got the whole world in his
hands

RCA Victor

─N.M.
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Music on a Summer’s Eve

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Thursday, Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Playlist for July 2, 2015

 

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Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Alessandro Scarlatti

Già il sole dal
Gange; Son tutta duolo; Se florindo e fedele; O cessate di piagarmi; Spesso ivibra per suo gioco

Cecilia
Bartoli, soprano; György Fischer, piano

If You
Love Me( se tu m’ami): 18th
Century Italian Songs

London

7:30

Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard sonatas: in G Minor,
K.8/L.488; in E Major, K.531/L.430; in C-Sharp Minor, K.246/L.260; in F
Major, K.446/L. 433; in F minor, K. 184/L.189 (interrupted); in B-Flat Major,
K. 544, L. 497

Eteri Andjaparidze,
piano

Domenico Scarlatti: Complete
Keyboard Sonatas, Volume 1

Naxos

 

Nicolas Chédeville

Recorder
Sonata in G Minor, Op. 13, No. 6 in G Minor: II. Alla
breve [sic]; I. Vivace;
II. Alla breveII. Largo;
IV. Allegro ma non presto

Frans Brüggen, recorder; Anner Bylsma, violoncello; Gustav Leonhardt,
harpsichord

Italian
Recorder Sonatas

Teldec

8:00

Alessandro Scarlatti

Cantata: Gia
Lisingato appieno dai Zeffiri

Christine Brandes,
soprano; Arcadian Acaemy; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas Volume I

Conifer Classics

8:30

Thomas Tallis
(arr. for string
quartet by the Kronos Quartet)

Spem in Alium

Kronos Quartet

Black Angels

Nonesuch

 

Lou Harrison

Variations and Estampie from String Quartet Set

Kronos Quartet

Gay American Composers

CRI

 

Robert Helps

Homage
a Rachmaninoff

Robert
Helps, piano

 

Lou Harrison

Serenade for Betty Freeman
& Franco Assetto

Gamelan Sekar
Kembar; Lou Harrison, suling
(flute)

 

Lee Hoiby

“I Was
There” from Five Songs on Poems of Walt
Whitman

Peter
Stewart, baritone; Lee Hoiby, piano

 

Ned Rorem

The Dance; Nantucket; Go,
Lovely Rose; The Dancer, from The Nantucket
Songs

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano

 

Robert Helps

Homage
a Fauré

Robert
Helps, piano

9:00

Traditional (American)

Amanda: Death, like an
overflowing stream; Invitation: Hark! I hear the harps eternal; Parting Hand:
My Christian friends in bonds of Love; Angel Band: My
latest sun is sinking fast

Anonymous 4

American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption, and Glory

Harmonia Mundi

 

Edward Elgar

Introduction
and Allegro

London Symphony Orchestra; Colin
Davis, conductor

Elgar: Enigma Variations;
Introduction & Allegro

LSO

 

Edward A. MacDowell

“Slumber Song” from Two
Northern Songs, Op.43

Los Angeles Chamber Singers;
Peter Rutenberg, conductor

Shenandoah: An American Chorister 1890-1990

Klavier

─N.M.
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Alessandro Scarlatti: Part II

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Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Thursday, Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Alessandro Scarlatti Scored_Part Deux

Tonight we continue with the music of Alessandro Scarlatti for which there wasn’t time on the abbreviated program of June 11.

Playlist for June 25, 2015

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Alessandro Scarlatti

Concerto
Grosso No.3 in F Major

Vienna
Chamber Orchestra; Edgar Seipenbusch, conductor

Alessandro
Scarlatti: Orchestral Works

MHS (LP)

 

Sonata No.2 in D for Trumpet
and Flute

I Musici;
William Bennett, flute; Bernard Soustrot, trumpet

Alessandro Scarlatti: 6 Sinfonie di Concerto Grosso

Philips

 

7 Arias
with Trumpet Solo: No.1: Si suoni la tromba; No.3: Con voce festiva;
No.4: Rompe sprezza;
No.6: Mio Tesoro per te moro
(Aria in forma di Menuet
all Francese)

Kathleen
Battle, soprano; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Orchestra
of St. Luke’s; Anthony Newman, conductor

Baroque
Duet

Sony

7:30

Alessandro Scarlatti

Overture to “Giardino di Rose”

John Wallace and John
Miller, trumpets; The Wallace Collection; Philharmonia
Orchestra; Simon Wright, conductor

Trumpet Music from the
Italian Baroque: Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Torelli, Stradella

Nimbus

 

Sonata
No. 12 in C Minor

Musica
Pacifica; Judith Linsenberg, recorder and
co-director; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin and
co-director

Concerti da Camera

Dorian

 

Recit. Eve: “Disposoto
o figli è il sacrificio”; Aria: “Sommo Dion
el mio peccato”; Recit.: Abel & Cain: “Miei
Genitor, oh come dritta ascende”;
Duetto: “Dio pietoso ogni mio armento”; Sinfonia;
Lucifer: Recit. “Cain, che
fai, che pensi?”; Aria: “Poche lagrime dolente”; Cain: Aria “Perché
mormora il ruscello”; Abel: Aria: “Ti risponde
il ruscelletto”; God: Recit.: “Or di strage fraternal il suolo asperso”; Aria: “Come mostro spaventevole”; Eve and
Adam: Aria: “Mio sposo al cor
me sento”; Duetto: “Contenti

Bernarda
Fink, alto (Cain); Graciela Oddone, soprano (Abel);
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano (Eve); Richard Croft,
tenor (Adam); René Jacobs, countertenor (God); Antonio Abete,
bass (Lucifer); Akademie für
Alte Musik Berlin; René
Jacobs, conductor

Alessandro Scarlatti: Il

primo omicidio overo
Cain, Oratorio a 6 voci, 1707

Harmonia

Mundi

8:30

Exsultate Deo

Musica Sacra
Chorus; Members of the Musica Sacra Orchestra; Richard Westenburg,
conductor

Songs and
Psalms of the Divine

RCA

 

Salve Regina (Terminated halfway in a grizzly and
ignominious fashion due to a faulty CD)

Ensemble Gradiva; Alain Zaepffel,
conductor

Alessandro Scarlatti: Stabat mater; Salve Regina

ADDA

 

William Cornysh

Stabat Mater

The
Sixteen; Harry Christophers, conductor

The Crown
of Thorns: Music from the Eton Choirbook Vol. II

Collins

9:00

Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonata in C Minor, H.
XVI: 20

Anne-Marie McDermott,
piano

Haydn: Sonatas &
Concertos

Bridge

 

─N.M.
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The Second Music (poem)

bass treble clef heart 2

The Second Music

by Annie Lighthart

Now I understand that there are two melodies playing,
one below the other, one easier to hear, the other
 
lower, steady, perhaps more faithful for being less heard
yet always present.
 
When all other things seem lively and real,
this one fades. Yet the notes of it
 
touch as gently as fingertips, as the sound
of the names laid over each child at birth.
 
I want to stay in that music without striving or cover.
If the truth of our lives is what it is playing,
 
the telling is so soft
that this mortal time, this irrevocable change,
 
becomes beautiful. I stop and stop again
to hear the second music.
 
I hear the children in the yard, a train, then birds.
All this is in it and will be gone. I set my ear to it as I would to a heart.

 

Poet Annie Lighthart

Poet Annie Lighthart

“The Second Music” by Annie Lighthart from Iron String © Airlie Press, 2015.

From The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 15, 2015

─N.M.

An Alessandro Scarlatti Pastiche

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Thursday, Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Alessandro Scarlatti Scored

 

Playlist for June 11, 2015

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

 

First 90 Minutes of Musica della sera

will be pre-empted to bring you

‘Cyber’, the final event from

the Leon Panetta Lecture Series.

The discussion took place June 1st.

It airs tonight from 7:00-8:30 pm

 

(more information) 

 

The final hour of Musica della sera will be devoted to the music

of Alessandro Scarlatti, a terrific prolific composer 

from Leon Panetta’s ancestral homeland!

 

8:30

Domenico
Scarlatti

Keyboard
Sonata in A Minor, K. 54, L. 241

Vladimir
Horowitz, piano

Horowitz: The
Complete Masterworks Recordings, Volume II: The Celebrated Scarlatti
Recordings

Sony

Alessandro Scarlatti

Passio domini nostril Iesu
Christi

Rene
Jacobs, countertenor; Die Basler Madrigalisten

Alessandro
Scarlatti: Passio Secundum Ioannem

Deutsche
Harmonia Mundi

 

Aria: Eva: “Caro
sposo, prole amata” from Il primo omicidio

Dorothea
Röschmann, soprano; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; René Jacobs, conductor

Alessandro Scarlatti: Il
primo omicidio overo Cain, Oratorio a 6 voci, 1707

Harmonia
Mundi

 

Cantata:
Infirmata, vulnerata, cantata for baritone, flute, violin and basso continuo

Dietrich
Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Aurèle Nicolet, flute; Helmut heller, violin;
Edith Pict-Axenfeld, harpsichord; Irmgard Poppen, cello

Les
Introuvables de Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

EMI

 

Aria: Il Pirro e
Demetrio Le Violette

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano;
Gerald Moore, piano

The Fabulous Victoria de los
Angeles, ‘A Lifetime Achievement’

Testament

9:00

Su
le sponde del Tebro, cantata a voce sola con violini and trumpet

Kathleen Battle, soprano; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Anthony Newman, conductor

Baroque Duet

Sony

 

Sonata in G Major
for recorder and continuo

Michael Schneider; Annette Schneider, cello; Sabine
Bauer, harpsichord; Toshonori Ozaki, lute

Blockflötenmusik des Italienischen Hochbarock

Capriccio

─N.M.
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Arcade Strings

Playlist for May 28, 2015

Hosted by Nicholas Mitchell

Tonight’s Stabat Mater comes from the pen of Julia Perry, sung in English by mezzo-soprano Makiko Asakura, with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and William Strickland conducting.

* * *

Now, let’s say you took music featured in several popular video games and had a string quartet play it. How would that sound? Turns out to sound pretty good.

We conclude the program with the String Arcade Players doing an excellent job with this repertoire. Oh, and the Monks of Solesmes singing a Gregorian chant, naturally.

 

The String Arcade

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hosted by Nicholas
Mitchell

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

John Taverner

Magnificat for four voices

The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, conductor

John Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

Gimell

 

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa

Sabbato Sancto:
Resonsorium 1-9

The Hilliard Ensemble

Gesualdo: Responsoria

ECM

 

Alan Hovhaness

Armenian
Rhapsody No. 2

Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra; David Amos, conductor

David
Amos Conducting Members ofthe Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra: Hovhaness, Persichetti, etc.

Crystal Records (LP)

8:00

Julia Perry

Stabat Mater

Japan Philharmonic Symphony
Orchestra; William Strickland, conducting; Makiko Asakura,
mezzo-soprano

Douglas Moore: Symphony in A;
Julia Perry: Stabat Mater

CRI (LP)

 

Zoltán Kodály

Esti dal (Evening Song); Szekely keserves (Transylvanian
Lament)

Hungarian
Radio and Television Chorus; Ferenc Sapszon, conductor

The
Choral Music of Kodaly, Volume 2

Hungaroton (LP)

8:30

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto, Op. 47

Jascha Heifetz, violin; Chicago
Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl, conductor

Jascha Heifetz: The Supreme

RCA

9:00

D. Rosenfield

Minecraft Title Theme

The
String Arcade Players: Robin Reynolds,
cello; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Celia Harris, Violin
II; Alisa Rose, and Philip Brezina, violin I

The
String Arcade

Headtracks Recordings

 

W. Carlos

Tron Arcade Medley

 

L. Shigahara

Grasswalk (Plants vs. Zombies)

 

M. András

Echos of Ecco (Ecco
the Dolphin)

 

Gregorian

Hymn: Salve Festa
Dies

Monastic
Choir of the Abbey of St. Peter, Solesmes; Dom Jean
Claire, director

Gregorian
Sampler

Solesmes

─N.M.
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The Creation

We hold the Universe in the palms of our hands.

 

This show is all about creation — from the grand scale to the tiny, from the universe to three babies who have joined us in this life to navigate the joys and sorrows of this world.

First, The Creation, which holds a special place in my heart. The Heavens Are Telling (about 40 minutes into the show) was the introduction for me to singing in a choir. I think it was my first day of high school, fall of 1986. I had never sung in a mixed choir before, and came in to this in the choir room, and the guy who sang the bass part was the now well-known Eric Owens. He was a senior when I was a freshman. It was as if the heavens had indeed opened up and showed me the glory that choral music could be.

And oh! how out of breath you are at the end of it!

Second, in honor of the babies that have been born in the last week to my circle of friends: Jessica’s Emma in Virginia; Lauren’s grandson Hayden in Ohio; and the as-of-yet unnamed daughter of Sara in Palo Alto — Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. The text is this:

Light, warm and heavy as pure gold,
And the angels sing softly
to the newborn babe.

Congratulations, and enjoy the show!
–Meera

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