MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Simone Dinnerstein: Glass + Schubert

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Sorry not to be in town to be able to attend Simone Dinnerstein’s program tonight at Miller Theatre. She talks about her thinking behind this pairing of Glass and Schubert in my essay for the program:

Affinities and Alliances: Simone Dinnerstein Performs Glass + Schubert

By happy coincidence, this month ends with a double birthday: January 31 is the day on which Philip Glass and Franz Schubert were born. And while, chronologically speaking, 140 years separate the two composers, the affinities between them are striking. Glass grew up surrounded by classical music in heavy rotation in his father’s record store in Baltimore and found himself drawn to Schubert in particular.
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Filed under: Philip Glass, piano, Schubert, Simone Dinnerstein

Prokofiev Festival

Coming up at Seattle Symphony, in two parts, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta:
Part One: Piano Concertos 1 and 2, Violin Concerto 1
Part Two: Piano Concerto 3, Violin Concerto 2, Symphony 1 (“Classique”)

No, Yuja Wang is not taking part — I couldn’t find a video of Conrad Tao in PC 2, which is what I’m most looking forward to.

Filed under: Prokofiev, Seattle Symphony

Seattle under Construction

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Filed under: photography, Uncategorized

Meet the Flintstones

Remarkable work by Ilan Rechtman. I need to find out more about him.

Filed under: miscellaneous, piano

Stefan Jackiw Portrait

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Stefan Jackiw. Photo by Sophie Zhai

My profile of the violinist Stefan Jackiw is on the cover of Strings magazine’s February 2018 issue — and available online:

A sense of modesty may seem incompatible with the drive required to remain successful in the highly competitive realm of classical performance. Yet violinist Stefan Jackiw has made it central to his artistic credo..

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Filed under: profile, Strings, violinists

Igor Levit Is the 2018 Gilmore Artist

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Congratulations to Igor Levit for winning the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award, a distinction conferred to recognize “extraordinary piano artistry with some of the most generous financial support given in the musical arts. The $300,000 award is conferred every four years to an international pianist of any age and nationality following a rigorous and confidential selection process.”

The Gilmore Artist Award “is made through a non-competitive process. Pianists are nominated by a large and diverse group of international music professionals.” Past recipients include Rafał Blechacz (2014), Kirill Gerstein (2010), Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002), Leif Ove Andsnes (1998), Ralf Gothóni (1994), and David Owen Norris (1991).

I met Levit when the Republican presidential primaries were still in progress and the idea of Donald Trump winning the election seemed absurd, but even then I recall his very serious concern about the awful possibility. As Michael Cooper puts it in this first-rate New York Times profile, Levit “has stood out by emerging as the de facto pianist of the resistance.”

My profile of Levit for Steinway & Sons from 2016:

It’s early February, over lunch before his Seattle debut later in the evening, and Igor Levit can’t stop talking about how thrilled he is to be touring the United States.”

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Filed under: music news, pianists

1st of the Year

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Music for a New Year

Also for New Year’s:
https://www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/konzerte/31/-/id=659392/did=20775768/nid=659392/1rypgzr/index.html
Joseph Haydn:
“Die Schöpfung”, Oratorium Hob. XXI:2
(Zeitversetzte Übertragung aus dem Konzerthaus Freiburg)

Filed under: Bartók, miscellaneous

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