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I walk into a gigantic ear
I walk into a titanic cello
of warm woods and
burnished brass fixtures
to settle into a comfortable seat
even with leg room
the conductor strokes the air
and I float into another world
Muti's silken mane
Sawallisch's Old World bearing
Posted by Ray Greenblatt on September 15, 2014 at 4:00pm
This is the second season for the Bach@7, a collaboration of Choral Arts of Philadelphia with the Bach Festival of Philadelphia to present a Bach Cantata, as well as a baroque instrumental program.
The small and lovely church of St. Clement’s was filled. There were many reasons to anticipate an excellent concert, not only because of the reputation of the performing groups; but also for the promise of a well-balanced program selected by very talented and capable director,…Continue
Posted by Joyce Portnoy on September 11, 2014 at 10:00pm
The Klezmers are dancing
hopping and whirling
to a giddy beat,
Arab grace notes whine
muted trumpet pants
as if behind a screen
clarinets squeak and guffaw
across the floor and
down the dusty road,
with a strain of pain
bobbing now and again
out of a sunny chord,
toward a destiny
this epoch towards an abyss
and mass silence
for awhile, then the spirit…Continue
Posted by Ray Greenblatt on August 21, 2014 at 8:18am
By Nora Watson, AVA Marketing and PR Intern
The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is an institution that trains young artists to be international opera soloists. Potential students are invited to audition to AVA and upon admittance receive an equivalent of $100,000 in training. With the expertise of the staff’s guidance and instruction students gain a higher potential of career success in the competitive…Continue
Posted by AVA OPERA on July 15, 2014 at 4:30pm
you should've been there last night!
New dude sat in
but dig, schlepped in a harpsichord!
Called himself "Dom" . . . "Dom the Crux"
said he bummed round Italy, Spain, Portugal
got a wicked accent
but cat could play!
Swung that bass heavy
lots of funky rhythms
twiddled lightnin' fast in the treble
those chords were blastin'.
Scrabbled up and down the total keyboard
Posted by Ray Greenblatt on July 7, 2014 at 8:31am
How can you make Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) be part of a fresh ink initiative for the Delaware Chamber Music Festival?
You have to get the right musicians. First you invite the most intense young clarinet player you can…Continue
Posted by Margaret Darby on June 22, 2014 at 6:26am