by Daniel Hathaway
Oberlin Conservatory and the New World Symphony are collaborating on a three-part series on racial justice in the music world, conceived by bassist Michael Martin. Part one, “Black Reflections: Contributions of Black Artists” streams today at 5:00 pm on Oberlin Stage Left, with moderator Chi-chi Nwanoku, of Chineke Foundation, and panelists including pianist Aaron Diehl, Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, and musicologists Fr.edara Hadley and Tammy Kernodle. Register for the webinar here.
(Earlier this week, the Oberlin Faculty approved a statement, “Towards a More Equitable and Diverse Conservatory Education.” Read the full document here.)
Also on today: “We Three Quings” from Bop Stop, with Noa Even, saxophone, Dan Bruce, guitar, and Anthony Taddeo, drummer, a Mozart Flute Concerto with Joshua Smith on Lunchtime with The Cleveland Orchestra, and the MET Opera’s archive production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. Visit the Concert Listings for details.
NEW VIDEO FROM THE ART MUSEUM:
In a conversation with CMA’s Tom Welsh, Ruth Reichl, sometime restaurant critic for the New York Times and editor of Gourmet Magazine, explores her Cleveland connection through her grandmother Mollie Brudno, “an unheralded but important impresario in the mid-20th century who organized hundreds of concerts with the Cleveland Museum of Art.” Watch the latest episode of CMA Behind the Beat here.
On this date in 1684, German organist and composer Johann Rosenmüller died at Wolfenbüttel, where he ended his career as choirmaster at the ducal court. Previously, he was organist at the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig before getting run out of town for alleged homosexual activities. He fled to Venice to work at San Marco and at the Ospedale della Pieta.
Watch videos of Rosenmüller’s Das ist meine Freude and Nisi Dominus performed by Burning River Baroque at St. Alban’s in Cleveland Heights in March, 2018, and of his Magnificat in c by ARTEK and Les Sacqueboutiers du Toulouse in 2017 at Old St. Patrick’s in New York.
And on September 10, 1941, British conductor, harpsichordist and musicologist Christopher Hogwood was born in Nottingham. Co-founder with David Munro of the Early Music Consort in 1967 and founder of the Academy for Ancient Music in 1973, Hogwood was a central figure in the early music revival movement, including his tenure as music director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, but his expertise extended into more modern music as well.
Watch a video where Hogwood conducts Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15 with Robert Levin at the fortepiano, and a 2013 Gresham College lecture here where Hogwood talks about Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with live musical illustrations. (He died a year later in Cambridge, where he served as honorary professor at Cambridge University.)