DSO – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s 6th

I have been looking forward to this concert.  Vivaldi's The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"... two of my all time favorite pieces of classical music. I've never heard Vivaldi performed live before.  I can still remember the first time … Continue reading DSO – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s 6th

DSO – Shostakovich and Beethoven

Another outstanding performance Friday night from the DSO.  Where there's Beethoven, how could it be anything other than great, am I right?  I'm only now getting to blog about it because of Scarborough on Saturday (I'll get to that blog post next). Here's the program: Gustavo Gimeno conducts James Ehnes violin BEETHOVEN - Egmont Overture KERNIS … Continue reading DSO – Shostakovich and Beethoven

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Based on everything I've seen, this appears to be a love it or hate it book.  Personally, I love it.  I think the book's detractors were perhaps looking for a beginner's book on the subject that spoonfeeds the material rather than helping the reader to grow as a listener.  That's not what this book is … Continue reading What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin