by Jarrett Hoffman
All of the video performances making up this year’s Re:Sound New Music Festival are available to watch through June 30. But if you’re looking for more structure, the Festival is releasing curated playlists every Thursday this month. The first playlist is titled “Confinement,” and you can watch it here, though you’ll need to register first. It’s free.
Browse other events from around the country and the world in our Concert Listings.
The Canton Symphony has not only returned to the concert stage, but also the podcasting studio: this past Friday brought the start of Season 2 of Orchestrating Change. Episode 1 features bass-baritone Dashon Burton and is titled “Roomful of Change” (a pun on the contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, of which Burton is a member). New episodes will be released every Friday at 1pm.
Cleveland Opera Theater has announced its Opera for All series of free, family-friendly, outdoor, social-distance-safe concerts this summer at Uptown Park in Medina (June 19), Edgewater Park in Cleveland (July 31), and Dunham Tavern Museum in Cleveland (August 28).
Les Délices was featured in Early Music America last week, when Philippa Kiraly delved into the ensemble’s SalonEra series. “If you were feeling starved for a really arresting musical experience online in recent months and caught an episode of SalonEra, you were in luck,” the article begins.
And the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s CD Listening Club continues on Sunday, June 13 at 4:00 pm with the Brasil Guitar Duo’s Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Music for Two Guitars, Vol. 1. Interested? Click here.
…is themed around princes.
We begin with Prince Rogers Nelson, who was born on this date in 1958 in Minneapolis. Celebrate Prince with a selection of spectacular live recordings collected by David Remnick for The New Yorker, including his show-stealing tribute to George Harrison, and his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show, which ended, in the pouring rain, with Purple Rain. And if you’re looking for a classical music critic’s take on the artist, check out this short blog entry from Alex Ross, excerpted below:
The show I saw at Madison Square Garden in 2004…was one of the most staggering live performances I’ve ever seen, in any medium. It was a feast of lusty precision, and the sense of authority emanating from the man in the middle was almost frightening…Prince was, above all, a profoundly musical being whose most startling displays of virtuosity never lost sight of the fundamental harmonic landscape of a song…
It makes for nice alliteration to describe longtime Cleveland Orchestra music director George Szell (born on this date in 1897) as a prince of the podium, but he was definitely more of a king. As Wilma Salisbury wrote in 1978, when Szell received a posthumous award from the Cleveland Arts Prize,
A commanding authority figure and one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors, he quickly fired musicians who did not meet his high artistic standards, hired replacements who fit his concept of a homogenous ensemble, taught players to listen to one another like members of a string quartet and established uncompromising rehearsal techniques that required precise attention to details of phrasing, articulation, rhythm, balance and dynamics. His drive for perfection paid off. By the time the orchestra made its European debut tour in 1957, Szell had transformed it from an excellent regional ensemble to one of the finest orchestras in the world.
Here’s a recording that reflects those impressive qualities while still staying on brand today: Szell leads The Cleveland Orchestra in the Introduction to the “Polevetsian Dances” from — yes — Prince Igor.
And we’ll close with violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo, who turns 80 today. Laredo moved from his native Bolivia to the U.S. at the age of seven, and five years later came to Northeast Ohio to study with then-Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster Joseph Gingold. Among the awards and positions making up his long and multifaceted career, he currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and serves as Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
In the realm of his solo and chamber music output, we’ll highlight the 2014 album Two x Four, featuring both Laredo and violinist Jennifer Koh, his colleague and former student. That project spanned four double concertos, including two new commissions — one of which was Anna Clyne’s Grammy-nominated Prince of Clouds.