by Jarrett Hoffman
Live music brings risk, and when it comes to live-streamed concerts, that risk extends to technology. A recital on February 15 from the Rocky River Chamber Music Society hit a few snags in that area early on, but that didn’t steal the spotlight from the dazzling performances we heard from Steven Banks and Xak Bjerken in a compelling program of music for saxophone and piano.
Banks carried four different saxophones with him to the audience-less West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, along with two classic pieces he had transcribed and three powerful new works — one of them his own. He explained at the start that the new pieces would be receiving “workshop performances” as he prepares them for his Young Concert Artists (YCA) debut recital at New York’s Merkin Hall on March 10, when he will again be joined by Bjerken. [Read more…]