Sunday, April 22, 2018


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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

More Music

We drove to Newark again today for another terrific concert.  This one was Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  I love the chamber orchestra, with fewer strings that allows the woodwinds to stand out.  They played

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
  • Edgar Meyer - Overture for Violin and Orchestra
  • Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2 - I couldn't have told you I knew this composer but the piece was familiar
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Wonderful Day of Music

We went to two concerts today.  This afternoon we drove to NJPAC in Newark to hear the NJSO and Montclair State University Singers.

  • Mozart - "Ave verum corpus"
  • Rheinberger - "Abendlied" for a cappella chorus
  • Ben Parry - "Flame" for a appella chorus, a very moving piece.
  • Mozart - "Requiem"
Then this evening we drove to Princeton to hear Tenebrae.  They sang

  • Owain Park's "Footsteps", sung along with ensembles from the Princeton University Glee Club and Morse Chorale
  • Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles"- a truly wonderful piece where they made excellent use of the acoustics in Princeton's chapel.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Another NJSO Concert

This time in State Theater in New Brunswick.

  • Tchaikovsky - Selections from "The Sleeping Beauty"
  • Danielpour - "Carnival of the Ancients" with pianist Sara Daneshpour
  • Haydn - "Sinfonia concertante" in B-flat Major
  • Tchaikovsky - "Francesca da Rimini"

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rootstech 2018

You can possibly tell from the above that I am in Salt Lake City.  You can just see the gold statue of Angel Moroni on top of the temple in Temple Square.  I took the picture while rushing to the light rail train to take me back to my hotel from the Salt Palace Convention Center where I am attending Rootstech.  Today's sessions were very informative so I'm glad I came, despite the crowds.  I stood in line for 2 hours to check in yesterday, the day before the conference.  Apparently wait times were shorter today.  There are over 30,000 people registered for the conference.  I was lucky that I managed to get into all the sessions I wanted to.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

NJSO Concert

We just went to another wonderful New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert in Newark.

  • Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger
  • Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer with an amazing mezzo-soprano, Marianne Beate Kielland
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 1