by Jarrett Hoffman (Almanac) & Stephanie Manning (Events & News)
The Kent Blossom Music Festival Faculty Concert Series continues tonight at 7:30 pm with a performance by Demarre McGill, flute (pictured), and Rodolfo Leone, piano. The Kulas Visiting Artists will present works by Valerie Coleman, Lowell Liebermann, William Grant Still, and Yuko Uebayashi from Ludwig Recital Hall. Click here for tickets & here for a link to the free live stream.
Two concerts from the Ohio Light Opera are on today’s calendar. The 2:00 pm performance of the comic opera Trial by Jury is sold out, but you can reserve $20 tickets here for the 8:30 pm live stream of The Daring of Diane (American premiere of the Viennese operetta).
Other events today include the Stars in the Classics Summer Garden Concert, “From Beethoven to Bernstein,” at 6:30 pm in a garden in Orange Village. This performance is sold out, but you can order tickets here for the second concert on July 24. And at 7:00 pm, Dominico Boyagian will conduct the Suburban Symphony in a program of Rossini, Schubert, and Dvořák. This concert comes with a freewill offering and will take place on the lawn of the Church of the Western Reserve.
IN THE NEWS:
Oberlin Conservatory has published an obituary for Richard Hoffman, professor of composition emeritus, who died June 24 at the age of 96. A native of Vienna, Hoffman worked as Arnold Schoenberg’s secretary, then became an assistant professor of composition and music theory at Oberlin in 1954 and remained there for 50 years — tied for the longest tenure in the Conservatory’s history. Read the obituary by Erich Burnett here.
The Birmingham Opera Company has also announced a recent death — artistic director Sir Graham Vick died on July 17 from Covid complications at the age of 67. Vick founded the Company in 1987, which has become well-known for its community engagement programs focused on non-traditional opera audiences. Read the obituary in The Guardian here.
One virtuoso and two inventions arrive on the shores of our almanac today.
Violinist Isaac Stern was born on this date in 1920 in Kremenets, Poland (now Ukraine), though he didn’t stay there long — his family moved to San Francisco when he was only 14 months old. After making his public debut at age 15 as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Stern went on to achieve great success in just about every way you can measure.
Onstage, he was a national and international presence, performing frequently in Israel, and making groundbreaking tours of China and the Soviet Union.
In the studio, he recorded a long list of famous concertos and contemporary music, in addition to dubbing the violin playing of actors in many films, including Fiddler on the Roof (1971).
His trophy case was certainly not lacking, from his Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by George H.W. Bush, to his six Grammys — four as a concerto soloist and two as a chamber musician.