“Mozart is not the greatest, he is the only musician in the world.”—Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Hope you all had a wonderful summer. The title of this post, “We’re Back!” refers to a number of things I’d like to highlight. With fall, comes a new season of concerts throughout our area: thank goodness the Metropolitan Opera is back with it’s opening night performance on September 22, 2014 of The Marriage of Figaro. After following the news of possibly having to shut down this icon of opera due to costs and labor issues, I was so relieved to learn they will be back. I’ve attended their performances of live HD re-broadcasts at the SUNY Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts and loved every minute of it. If going into New York City is not your cup of tea, you can get very reasonably priced tickets to performances at the Staller Center or at local movie theatres. This year’s Metropolitan Opera Season includes performances of Verdi’s Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Puccini’s La Boheme, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Don’t forget that your Library has quite a few of these recordings, either to watch as a DVD or to listen to as a CD. We also have numerous libretti to follow along while you listen to the opera.
Thanks to a friend and fellow classical music lover, I’ve learned of the passing on September 8, 2014, of opera soprano, Magda Olivero at the age of 104. Having made her Met debut at the age of 65, she also sang at La Scala in Milan, in Paris, London and at Carnegie Hall. Click on her link and read the New York Times Obituary of her fascinating life.
The Metropolitan Opera is back but so are a number of your favorite local community groups, with free classical concerts. The price is right and parking is of course always free:
the Northport Symphony Orchestra begins its eighth season, performing free local concerts. The repertoire will include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture and more.
the Long Island Flute Club’s Professional Flute Choir is already working hard on preparing its fall flute choir concert for Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2 p.m., at the Patchogue Medford Library. An honors student flute choir will also be performing pieces and then join together with the professional flute choir. Bass flutes, alto flutes, piccolos and regular flutes will entertain you.
You may remember last fall, the Quarter Notes paid tribute to Robert W. Krueger, who passed away in September, 2013. Robert Krueger was the founder and musical director of Long Island’s Northport Community Band, which just finished its first very successful summer season under the direction of their new musical director, Donald Sherman. I have had the honor of playing flute/piccolo under Bob for 27 years and now, under Don, look forward to continuing the tradition with this wonderful group of musicians. I’m reminding you of this because the Board of Education of the Northport-East Northport UFSD Schools just voted unanimously to rededicate their newly renovated Northport High School auditorium in Bob Krueger’s name. It will now be called The Robert W. Krueger Center for the Performing Arts. I am including the link below to the text of the resolution passed by the Board of Education , which gives you a very good idea why the honor has rightfully been bestowed on Bob Krueger:
Since the Metropolitan Opera season is opening with a Mozart opera soon, our Did You Know for this post is on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), one of the most popular classical composers of all time. Mozart composed more than 625 works. According to the publication the San Francisco Classical Voice: The ‘Haffner’ Symphony, No. 35, was completed in about two weeks. The ‘Linz’ Symphony, No., 36, was finished in less than five days. Mozart and his wife, Constanze Weber, whom he married on August 4, 1782, had six children; four died in infancy.
Stay tuned to the Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!
E. Susman, September, 2014