Friday, October 28, 2016
Venue: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church ADDRESS: 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405Date/time: October 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM Details: The First Concert of Mt. Olive’s Concerts Series WHEN: October 30th (Sunday), 5pm WHERE: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church ADDRESS: 1343 Ocean Park PROGRAM: • Schumann (1810-1856)Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 (1849) • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 (1849) – INTERMISSION – • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op.40 (1934) • Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)Le Grand Tango (1982) ABOUT THE ARTISTS: JACOPO GIACOPUZZI Biography Jacopo has performed at major festival and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Harmos Festival in Oporto, Accademia Chigiana in Siena (IT), and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2011, Jacopo formed the “Mephisto Piano Duo” with Sergio Baietta, and performed throughout Italy; he also has been performing regularly in duos with violinist Anastasiya Petryshak and clarinetist Alessandro Beverari. Winner of numerous international competitions including the International Piano Competition San Dona` di Piave, Premio Crescendo in Florence, International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills National Auditions, Jacopo has performed recitals throughout Europe and the United States. GEORGY GUSEV http://www.georgygusev.net/ After receiving a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, Georgy Gusev moved to Italy to study with Sicilian virtuoso Giovanni Sollima at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia where he earned the diploma “Master of Cello.” As soloist he has performed with orchestras and various ensembles in the best classical and modern halls of Russia, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, China, and the US. He has participated in various international festivals alongside many world-renowned classical musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Giovanni Sollima, Enrico Dindo, Eliso Virsaladze, Rocco Filippini, Monika Leskovar, Sonig Tchakerian, Boris Andrianov, Alexander Bouzlov. Here is a sample of Georgy Gusev’s music:
ALERT 1: The UW-Madison ‘s Pro Arte Quartet will give a FREE concert TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall. The program is the “Italian Serenade” (1887) by Hugo Wolf (1860-1903); the String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73, (1946) by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975); and the String Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105 (1895) by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). ALERT 2: Tickets to the piano recital of Johann Sebastian Bach ‘s “Goldberg” Variations by Christopher Taylor this Friday night are SOLD OUT as of Monday morning. By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following announcement to post about a set of unusual piano concerts this coming weekend: In their only North American appearance, world-renowned pianists Daniel del Pino, Lucille Chung, Alon Goldstein and Roberto Plano will be heard this Friday and Saturday nights in the opening program of the third season of the Salon Piano Series. Hosted by Tim and Renee Farley at Farley’s House of Pianos, the Salon Piano Series has quickly gained a reputation for unique and stimulating programs in the intimate and historic setting of the Farley showroom. But never have four pianists been heard at once on four restored instruments. “It’s an honor knowing the pianists chose our location for their only North American performance,” says Renée Farley, co-founder of the Salon Piano Series. “We thought of no better way to open our third season.” The repertoire for the “Four on the Floor” concerts could hardly be more entertaining or appropriate for Halloween weekend: arrangements of the “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens ; the “Carmen Fantasy” based on the beloved opera by Georges Bizet ; Maurice Ravel’s own transcription for four keyboards of his “Bolero” (heard in the YouTube video at the bottom); and an arrangement of the “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 ” by Franz Liszt. For the first time, an SPS program will be heard twice, on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, with both events beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Farley’s House of Pianos Showroom, 6522 Seybold Road, Madison. That is on Madison’s far west side near the West Towne Mall . Tickets are $45. For more information about tickets, the concerts and the artists, plus other artists and concerts in the Salon Piano Series this season, visit: http://salonpianoseries.org/concerts.html For information about Farley’s House of Pianos, go to: http://www.farleyspianos.com/index.html THE ARTISTS Daniel del Pino (below) is a leading Spanish concert pianist juggling an international recital career with teaching in the Basque Country in Donostia-San Sebastian , Spain. The reputation of Lucille Chung (below), who often performs with her husband Alessio Bax , has grown steadily since her debut at the age of 10 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. To date she has performed with more than 60 orchestras. Alon Goldstein (below, in a photo by Meagan Cignoli) is particularly admired for his artistic vision and innovative programming. The New York Times described a recent performance as “exemplary throughout, with his pearly touch and sparkling runs.” Roberto Plano lives in Travedona Monate , Italy and teaches there at Accademia Musicale Varesina, which he founded. Tagged: "Goldberg" Variations , Alessio Bax , Alon Goldstein , Antonín Dvořák , arrangement , Arts , Bach , Basque , Bizet , Bolero , Camille Saint-Saëns , Carmen , Chamber music , Christopher Taylor , Classical music , Concert , Daniel del Pino , Danse Macabre , Dmitri Shostakovich , Dvorak , fantasy , Farley's House of Pianos , four-piano , France , Hugo Wolf , Hungarian Rhapsody , Italian Serenade , Italy , Jacob Stockinger , Johann Sebastian Bach , Liszt , Lucille Chung , Madison , Music , New York Times , opera , Pianist , Piano , Pro Arte Quartet , Ravel , Robert Plano , Roberto Plano , Shostakovich , Spain , String quartet , theme and variations , University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , University of Wisconsin–Madison , Wisconsin , YouTube
The Nose, The Royal Opera © ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper (cropped) Madness & mischief @TheRoyalOpera 's The Nose: the tap dancers & Martin Winkler were especially mag-SNIFF-ficent — Sam Cobb (@samjeancobb) October 20, 2016 Shostakovich's music in a snuffbox: moments of acerbic beauty, but numbing tedium despite manic activity. Powerful odd production. #ROHNose — Andrew Mitchell (@chaconato) October 21, 2016 the most insane thing i've ever scene! #NOSE @TheRoyalOpera pic.twitter.com/jpncA0KQGv — Melinda Hughes (@melhugsopera) October 20, 2016 The Nose, The Royal Opera © ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper A chorus line of noses tap dancing across the ROH stage is possibly the best sight ion the theatrical year in London. #ROHnose — Amanda Kendal (@AmandaKendal) October 20, 2016 So #ROHNose was wonderfully bizarre. Some great singing, but the narrative got lost at the start of Act III I feel — Jack (@MahlerMad) October 21, 2016 Crazy, genius, unique, virtuosic. WOW! #ROHnose — Ed Beveridge (@dredbeveridge) October 20, 2016 The Nose, The Royal Opera © ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper General consensus among the audience @RoyalOperaHouse tonight - they've never seen anything quite like #ROHNose before! — Attila (@attilalondon) October 20, 2016 I'm not sure what just happened, but I liked it...! #ROHNose — Shuna Scott Sendall (@sss_opus) October 20, 2016 Incredible musicianship, brilliant choreography, totally hilarious #ROHNose @RoyalOperaHouse - GET A TICKET: THAT IS AN ORDER! — David Coronel (@King_Ouf_I) October 17, 2016 Press Reviews Bachtrack ★★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★ The Telegraph ★★★ What did you think of The Nose? Share your thoughts via the comments below. The Nose runs until 9 November 2016. Tickets are still available . The Nose is a co-production with Komische Oper Berlin and Opera Australia. The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Hamish and Sophie Forsyth, The Tsukanov Family Foundation and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.
Royal Opera House, London Barrie Kosky’s take on Shostakovich’s satire is imaginative and brilliant but it sacrifices the opera’s deeper meaning Shostakovich’s First Symphony and his first opera, The Nose, point in the modernist direction his later music might have taken, had he not so spectacularly fallen foul of the Soviet regime. But the talent so brilliantly announced in the symphony always seems less controlled and focused in The Nose. Gogol’s surreal, sardonic short story about the bureaucrat Kovalov and his increasingly desperate efforts to be reunited with his errant organ may have been a perfect match to Shostakovich’s precocious brilliance, but the breathless energy in the score – with its manic gallops and insidious ostinatos, winding chorales and dissonant outbursts – sometimes betrays a composer in his early 20s trying a bit too hard to make his name. Related: Rehearsals for The Nose at the Royal Opera – in pictures Continue reading...
Shostakovich’s surreal satire tells of a missing nose that causes chaos in St Petersburg. Director Barrie Kosky makes his Covent Garden debut with the new production that opens on 20 October. The Guardian’s Tristram Kenton had exclusive access to the final week of rehearsals Continue reading...
When it comes to expressing emotion, Cellist Gautier Capucon has no equal. Now he is out with a new recording: Beethoven: Cello Sonatas and Variations Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) Variations (12) on “See the conquering hero comes” for Cello and Piano, WoO 45 Variations (7) on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”, for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 Variations (12) on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 All performed by Gautier Capuçon (cello) and Frank Braley (piano) Following after last year’s live recording of the Shostakovich cello concertos, this album sees Gautier return to the studio with his friend and recital partner of many years, Frank Braley, in a program of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano. In addition the album includes Beethoven’s wonderful variations on three different themes – two on arias from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte, and the other from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Here is Mr. Capucon in Beethoven’s Cello Sonata number 2:
Dmitri Shostakovich (25 September 1906 - 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky's chief of staff, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. In 1936, the government, most probably under orders from Stalin, harshly criticized his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, causing him to withdraw the Fourth Symphony during its rehearsal stages. Shostakovich's music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned. After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His symphonic work is typically complex and requires large scale orchestras. Music for chamber ensembles includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two pieces for a string octet, and two piano trios. For the piano he composed two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, and a substantial quantity of film music.
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