by Daniel Hathaway
IN THIS EDITION:
•Online: Eric Charnofsky’s Not Your Grandmother’s Classical Music and Les Délices’ SalonEra 2.12
•Announcements from Tri-C JazzFest
•In the Almanac: Marco Enrico Bossi & John Knowles Paine
Eric Charnofsky’s Monday program from CWRU (2-4 pm) features Charles Griffes’ Piano Sonata, Wilhelm Berger’s Variations and Fugue on an original theme for large orchestra, David Liptak’s solo guitar piece The Sighs, an organ sonata of Felix Mendelssohn, and the Suite for String Orchestra by Frank Bridge. Click here to listen to the internet feeds.
At 7:30 pm, tune into Les Délices’ SalonEra 2.12, “Where the Wild Things Are,” a music-packed episode that delves into the substantial repertoire of early music inspired by animals. This episode features contributions from harpsichordist Joyce Chen, recorder player Kathryn Montoya, violinist Shelby Yamin, and select recordings from Les Délices’ own archive. Subscribe here.
IN THE NEWS:
Individual concert tickets are now available for Tri-C Jazz Festival Cleveland, scheduled for June 23-25 in Playhouse Square.
And the organizers are looking for volunteers to staff the Festival. Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications must be received prior to May 8 to be considered for this year’s Festival. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by late May regarding your acceptance as a volunteer. If selected, please note that orientation meetings may be required. Click here for more information.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture will host a series of workshops and opportunities to prepare organizations for the upcoming CAC grant application period. The first workshop on Friday, April 29 at noon is an interactive Zoom webinar on how to complete and maximize IRS Form 990 to advance the work of your organization. Register here.
On April 25, 1861, Italian composer Marco Enrico Bossi was born in Salò (he died while crossing the Atlantic in 1925, returning from an organ concert tour to New York and Philadelphia). While serving as director of conservatories in Venice, Bologna, and Rome, he found time to write some 150 compositions, including this Concerto in a for organ, string orchestra, horns and timpani.
You can also hear him play — from beyond the grave — his much-performed Scherzo for organ, thanks to an Aeolian player roll he recorded in 1925.
Also on this day, in 1906, New England composer John Knowles Paine died in Cambridge, MA, where he had been appointed Harvard’s first University Organist and Choirmaster in 1861, and later, America’s first Professor of Music. A member of the “Boston Six” along with Amy Beach, Arthur Foote, Edward MacDowell, George Chadwick, and Horatio Parker, he was a popular guest conductor of the Boston Symphony.
For a taste of America’s musical styles of the time, listen to Paine’s 1861 Concert Variations on “The Star-Spangled Banner” for solo organ, played by Andrew Meagher. Or to his Symphony No. 2 in A (“Im frühling”) from 1879 with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Or to his celebrated Mass in d from 1860 in a recording by Gunther Schuller with the St. Louis Chorus and Symphony (former CIM voice professor Vinson Cole is among the soloists).