Thursday, August 25, 2011

The cellists......

for the "V" concert are: Kelly Boyer, Gwyneth Davis, Poppea Dorsam, Victoria Ehrlich, Leighton Fong, David Goldblatt, Judiyaba and Ruth Lane. And the soprano is Carrie Hennessey. A wonderful line up!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Vivacious "V" concert...very soon!

On September 10th at 4pm: a varied, venturesome and vibrant program of virtuosi violoncelli! 8 cellists from all the orchestras of the Bay Area gather to play 2 pieces by Villa-Lobos: The Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for 8 cellos, and No. 5 for 8 cellos and soprano, featuring Carrie Hennessey. Also Vivaldi Concerto for 2 cellos (with multi-cello accompaniment), Concerto in a-minor featuring SF Opera cellist Victoria Erhlich (accompanied by....yes...more cellists); 3 motets by 16th century composer Jacobus Vaet (played on cellos...) and Vivaldi Domine Deus (from the Gloria) sung by Carrie Hennessey (accompanied by.........cellos!!!)

All this outside under redwoods and presented as a benefit for Cinnabar Theater. Tickets are $20 general (be a Patron of the Arts!) or $15 underemployed, students... Tickets are available by calling Cinnabar at 707-763-8920 or at the door.
200 Queens Lane, Petaluma

Monday, August 15, 2011

My favorite "U"


Fun to play in a gallery with a portrait show up! Are those people in the pictures giving commentary or appreciation?

Friday, August 5, 2011

See "U" Sunday!

This Sunday at 6pm is our "U" concert and it is the 19th concert!
For this letter, we have a shorter concert. Just an hour, to enjoy time before (or after) dinner.
It's a mostly Uccellini program, as he wrote very lovely early baroque music for strings; violin sonatas and multiple violin pieces with harpsichord and continuo (cello, this time). But there are 3 other composers we have found!
Usiglio we wrote about already. And Utrecht and Utendal; both are in the penultimate volume of Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Amazing to see how we have worked our way through Groves!
Heinrich Utrecht has a slim listing. His birthdate is unknown, death only guessed at (1633 or later) but he did work as an instrumentalist, composer and "castle organist" for Duke Christian of Brunswick-L√ľneburg at Celle. There are extant 2 collections of suites of stylized dances for small ensembles. We chose a Paduana.
Utendal, who was born in the Netherlands, went in 1564 to work as an alto in the court choir for Archduke Ferdinand at Prague. He became deputy Kapellmeister in 1572 and kept that position for the rest of his life. He wrote both sacred and secular music. And once again we are stealing a choral piece for our own use. Because it is beautiful.....

Monday, August 1, 2011