Sunday, May 20, 2018

Quilt #55

I just realized I never posted a photo of the quilt I made for my grandson for last Christmas.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chamber Music Concert

We attended another RBCMS concert this afternoon.  The Brentano String Quartet played

  • Mozart - Quartet in E flat major, K 428
  • Webern - Bagatellen; alternating with Schubert - Minuets
  • Gesualdo - Three Madrigals from Book V
  • Beethoven - String Quartet in C minor, Op 18, No 4

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Quilt 54

This quilt is a reduced version of "Northern Neighbors" by Deb Tucker, done without using any of her rulers.

Quilt #53

This is based on Ricky Tim's technique in his "Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts."

Another NJSO Concert

Last evening we drove to NJPAC in Newark because we didn't want to miss Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and an evening concert was the only option.  We were surprised how little traffic there was.  Much better than Sunday afternoon.
Violinist Ning Feng was fantastic.  Then as an encore he played a mind-bending Paganini Caprice.  We also heard

  • Fagerlund - Isola, which was interesting
  • Sibelius - Symphony No 5, which was not so interesting

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Westminster Bell Choir

We attended another fantastic concert by the bell choir of Westminster Choir College.  It is their 40th year.  Hopefully the sale of the college to a Chinese company will not affect their future.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

NJSO

You might get the idea reading this blog that all we do in the winter is go to classical music concerts.  While that is one of the reasons we are here over the winter, we do have other activities, but not anything that is usually worth blogging about.  I do have a quilt almost finished that I will post when it is done.  But today's post is again about an NJSO concert at NJPAC.  We heard

  • Handel - Suite No 2 from Water Music
  • Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 1, with fantastic pianist Robert Levin
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony No 5 "Reformation"
And one other piece.  Robert Levin requested snippets of music from audience members, then chose three and did an amazing improvisation using them.  It was quite a treat.

Then after the concert we heard a jam session of Irish and Scottish music led by a fiddler who masquerades as an NJSO violinist and including other musicians as well.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Chamber Music

We finally made it to a Red Bank Chamber Music concert.  We heard Bryan Wagorn on piano, Rafael Figueroa on cello, and Carol Wincenc on flute play

  • J S Bach - Sonata in E minor for Flute and Keyboard (and cello)
  • Poulenc - Sonata for Flute and Piano
  • Debussy - Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano
  • Debussy - Syrinx for flute
  • Villa-Lobos - Assobio a Jato
  • Von Weber - Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano - which was my favorite 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Even More Music

Last evening we drove to Princeton to hear the marvelous Artemis String Quartet.  They played

  • Mozart - String Quartet No 23
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No 7
  • Schumann - String Quartet Op 41, No 3

Sunday, March 25, 2018

And Yet More Music

We drove to Princeton to hear the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.  They played

  • Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
  • Roldan - Tres Pequenos Poemas
  • Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor played by Yekwon Sunwoo; he played a Liszt sonata as an encore
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
Then they played a couple of encores with a decidedly Cuban beat that were lots of fun.