Music lovers, get your calendars ready! Your local Northport Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free concert on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 8 p.m. at Northport High School. The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in its entirety (and yes I am thoroughly enjoying playing flute in it!), the J.S. Bach Clavier Concerto in d minor, featuring local Steinway artist Carol Montparker and the Long Island premiere of James Cohn’s piece, Homage. Take time out from holiday cooking and shopping to come hear what will certainly be a very exciting concert.
To help you get in the spirit, the Long Island Flute Club presents “Silvery Sounds of the Season”, a series of two free concerts by the Long Island Flute Club Holiday Flute Choir, The first will be Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Lake Ronkonkoma, 792 Hawkins Avenue, Lake Grove, NY. There will be a freewill offering to benefit charity. The same concert will be repeated on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Red Ballroom, in Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury, NY. Admission to this concert is free with a paid admission to the Gardens.
Our Library has recently acquired a couple of new music-related books which I myself can’t wait to read. The 2014 book Classical Music in a Changing Culture: Essays from The American Record Guide, was written by Donald Vroon, editor of The American Record Guide since 1987. The Guide, founded in 1935, is America’s oldest classical music review magazine. Vroon addresses topics which we should all be concerned about as classical music lovers: marketing and image, orchestra finances, attracting young crowds, the future of classical music, is the Internet the end of records, and more. Osseily Hanna, the author of the 2015 book Music and Coexistence: A Journey Across the World in Search of Musicians Making a Difference, began violin lessons at the age of eight. He played with the North London Symphony Orchestra and gave up his successful career in financial markets to develop this book. He explores the world of musicians who compose and perform with their enemies or in extraordinary social situations. For example, Hanna describes Heartbeat, a group of Israeli and Palestinian youth who compose, record and perform music together. His book is considered both study and travelogue.
Our Did You Know? for today highlights the English composer, Benjamin Britten, whose birthday was November 22, 1913. He died December 4, 1976. Britten began composing at the age of five or six. He was very interested in childhood and children. Perhaps due to this interest, he composed his well known and educational piece: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1946). His operas Peter Grimes (1945) and Billy Budd (1951) are standard works in the opera repertoire. He was commissioned to write War Requiem (1962) for the re-consecreation of Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed in WWII. War Requiem is often considered to be the highlight of Britten’s works. It was written to include choruses, soloists, chamber orchestra and full orchestra. According to the San Francisco Classical Voice: “the soloists for the 1962 premiere performance of War Requiem were the British tenor Peter Pears (Britten’s life partner), the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. Their collaboration represented a reconciliation of opposing nationalities from WWII.”
Hope to see you at one of the upcoming concerts! “Stay tuned to The Quarter Notes Blog and in tune with all the music in your life!”
E. Susman, November 13, 2015