Eric Jacobsen Returns to Central Ohio Tonight

The Knights(Photo: Keith Lew)
The Knights(Photo: Keith Lew)

Eric Jacobsen, who was in Columbus last Fall to conduct ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, returns to Central Ohio for a one-night performance at Denison University in Granville.  He brings with him The Knights, which is described on their website as “an orchestra of friends from a broad spectrum of the New York music world who cultivate collaborative music making and creatively engage audiences in the shared joy of musical performance.”

The Knights recently spent some time at WQXR for a two-day Ensemble-in-Residence interactive performance.

It was interactive in the sense that they performed John Adams’ Christian Zeal and Activity, using sounds submitted by listeners.  For the Granville performance, there could well be a certain amount of interactivity. The program features Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, along with works by Samuel Barber, Osvaldo Golijov, and others.  The interactivity could come into play since the program also includes a work by Lisa Bielawa called Tempelhof Etude.

Tempelhof, once an airport, is now a public space used for biking walking, and – apparently- music.  The concept of her piece involves the musicians moving around the grounds while playing.  Listeners can then follow a group, or drift from one to another to experience the many facets of the piece.  It’s easier to let the composer explain.

In Some Cities, Classical Radio is Coming Back

You may recall the excitement in the air when Classical 101 returned 24/7/365 classical music to Columbus airwaves.  The trend in recent years has been for classical radio stations to disappear.  St. Louis, which recently suffered that fate, may soon find Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart on the radio again.  The Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis was unsuccessful in it’s attempt to buy “Classic 99″ when it was sold.  Now, the group hopes to be on the air with a new FM station in early June, pending FCC approvals.

Read Classical Music Radio May Soon Return to St. Louis (St. Louis Today)

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/classical-music-radio-may-soon-return-to-st-louis/article_7bf3a6cc-5d6d-5c83-9d8c-43e035cf44af.html#ixzz1rHrErTgS

San Francisco Symphony Celebrates 100 years By Being “Mavericky”

The names which come to mind when you think of a symphony orchestra are usually quite familiar…Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn, etc.  While you might expect an orchestra with the history of the San Francisco Symphony to pull out some of the big names to celebrate 100 years of performances, you would be only partially correct.

Yes, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, and Beethoven are on tap, but Michael Tilson-Thomas also pulled out Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Harry Partch, and John Cage’s Song Books, which had a singer, the orchestra, Jessye Norman at the typewriter, and Michael Tilson-Thomas chopping vegetables.

Read more here (New Music Box)

Tilson-Thomas explains what it means to be a maverick composer

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