• January 13, 2017

    This week the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced it would be celebrating its 50th anniversary doing what it has always done, but in a big way. They’re launching the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, an $8 million project that will help fund 10 ‘exceptional works of performing arts’ and their premiere in the Bay Area for the next five years. Non-profits from the 11 counties of the Bay Area can partner with artists and performers from around the world. John McGuirk, Director of their Performing Arts Program gives the details.

    Posted 1/13/2017 12:00:56 AM

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  • January 12, 2017

    The KDFC Classical All-Stars Countdown will begin next Tuesday morning – and with an ominous roiling of hooves and violin trills (not to mention the smell of napalm and victory). Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries is likely to make the list. There’s plenty of staying power in the work, which has seared itself into our popular culture.

    Posted 1/12/2017 12:00:47 AM

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  • January 11, 2017

    This Sunday’s Bay Area Mix includes a performance from Vallejo Symphony‘s season-opening concert with their new Music Director Marc Taddei. When scheduling the three concerts of their season, he chose a trio of early Haydn symphonies reflecting ‘Morning,’ ‘Noon,’ and ‘Night’. They were written as a way for Haydn to get off to a good start with the family that would be his longtime patrons, as well as the musicians in his orchestra in the palace.

    Posted 1/11/2017 12:00:29 AM

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  • January 10, 2017

    Bill Irwin is no stranger to the works of Samuel Beckett, with multiple appearances in his major works, including a pair of Broadway revivals of Waiting for Godot and A.C.T. productions of Endgame and Texts for Nothing here several years ago. His newest work, opening tomorrow night at the Strand Theater is called On Beckett, and uses texts by the Irish avant-garde dramatist and author, interspersed with Irwin’s thoughts about the works.

    Posted 1/10/2017 12:00:01 AM

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  • January 9, 2017

    Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has played the music of J.S. Bach all of her life, and on her CD of Inventions and Sinfonias, shows them to be much more than just exercises in counterpoint. She says they’re almost ‘pure music’ – which teach, but are at the same time stand-alone pieces of great beauty.

    Posted 1/9/2017 12:00:34 AM

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  • January 6, 2017

    Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony bring a ‘Heavenly Harp’ to the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall this Saturday through Monday, as Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins them for Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane, and the Harp Concerto by Alberto Ginastera. Rounding out the program are Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie, and the Suites from Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel.

    Posted 1/6/2017 12:00:28 AM

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  • January 5, 2017

    Pianist Stephen Hough will be playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the New York Philharmonic next week… and if by any chance he doesn’t have an opportunity to warm up, he’ll still be fine – thanks to a bit of advice he received when he was young.

    Posted 1/5/2017 12:00:57 AM

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  • January 4, 2017

    t’s an A-to-Z edition of State of the Arts looking at Meter and Measures – the composer’s tools for organizing time and beats in their works. Most of Western classical music uses the same building blocks of groups of twos or threes to make up meter, with the bar line going in front of the emphasized first beat. In 4/4 or common time, there are four beats per measure; ‘cut time’ or ‘alla breve’ has two; there are dances like waltzes and minuets that are in triple time with three. Once you have a predictable and steady pulse, it’s possible to add syncopation and other rhythmic patterns that play off of that pulse.

    Posted 1/4/2017 12:00:20 AM

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  • January 3, 2017

    As the curtain rises on 2017, here’s a little collection of some memorable and auspicious beginnings from the world of classical music…  Works that right from the starting gate hint at the masterpieces that are to follow.

    Posted 1/3/2017 12:00:38 AM

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  • December 23, 2016

    The term ‘Tafelmusik’ – which Georg Philipp Telemann used to call his three collections of quartets, trio and solo sonatas and concertos – had been around for about a hundred years, as a way of describing music that was appropriate to accompany a feast or banquet. On this A-to-Z edition, a look at some other Table Music, both figurative and literal.

    Posted 12/23/2016 12:00:04 AM

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