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Friday, November 1, 2013

Just Opened, Friday Nov. 1, 2013

 Our usual eclectic mix of new works and traditional favorites, Just Opened!

David Chesky's
A new ballet, story & music by Chesky
Rui Massena, cond.
Fundacao Studio Orchestra (Portugal)
ISBN#  0 90368 03636 0
info on Chesky & the ballet
A new ballet commissioned by the Guimares (Portugal) 2012 "European Capital of Culture." This fanciful story takes place in a world where unicorns have wings (the Zephyrtine), birds always walk, fish fly in the air, people's skin has rainbow colors and ice cream grows on trees.

New Music with Guitar, Vol 8
ISBN # 0 90404 94042 2
more info. on Starobin
Guitar-magnificent Starobin joins forces with baritone Patrick Mason, and percussionists Mari Yoshinaga and Daniel Druckman to give us another set of new works that feature guitar.  Varied works, from melodic and toe-tapping, to challenging modern songs, to classically inclined variations on a theme of Carl Nielsen.

HANDEL Trio Sonatas Op. 2
The Brook Street Band
AVIE 2282
ISBN #8 22252 22822 9
In a concert music world that can still seem distressingly chavanistic (think of all the male conductors who groom & mentor young males, or high-powered virtuosos who form "boy's only" crossover groups), it's a joy to see "the sisters are doin' it for themselves." An all female ensemble of excellent musicians, The Brook Street Band (named after Handel's London residence) has been bringing historic works to lively and zesty life since 1995.  This is another marvelous venture.

Anagnoson & Kinton
ISBN # 7 76143 74322 6
My Delight of the Week!
Even more rare than all-female groups these days are piano duos who have matured together like these two.  “…as individuals, they seem to have no technical shortcomings at all; in tandem, they are more than twice as good.” – The Boston Globe  Almost 40 years ago, they met at the prestigious Aspen Festival and decided to include a two piano recital to their program.  Now having played more than 1000 performances together, their performances of now rarely performed great works for two pianos and one piano/4 hands are an exceptional treat.

Join us next week for more great music, Just Opened!
Kara Dahl Russell

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