What’s New at the BMC?
Final March Musical Madness Salon is March 28
The spotlight is on the White Album, aka (simply) The Beatles, 50 years on. The remix is out, and it’s new and improved as if you were right there in the studio, with original demos and outtakes from rehearsals. Participants will hear George asking for a cheese sandwich before launching into “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Eric Clapton, and much more.
These Musical Salons are not your typical music appreciation class. Moby Pearson (violinist, ensemble coach, and orchestra conductor) invites you into his home to listen to variety of musical treats with fellow music lovers. The cost is $25 with refreshments provided. Call the BMC at 802-257-4523 to register and for directions.
Windham Orchestra Reaches its “Highest Vision” April 7
The Windham Orchestra plays two grounded and deeply expressive works, Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony, and Hindemith’s Suite Nobilissima Visione, depicting episodes from the life of St Francis of Assisi.
The concert is set for Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, Main Street, Brattleboro.
“This is a rich musical and spiritual treat not to be missed,” says Musical Director Hugh Keelan. “Mendelssohn shows us the swirling dances, landscapes, gloomy ruins and other evocative locations from his tour of Scotland; in Hindemith’s suite, we bear witness to a sublime other-worldly figure bringing sainthood into the world.”
Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, known as the Scottish, was inspired by the composer’s walking tour of Scotland, where he was moved by a visit to Holyrood Castle, once the home of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Another of his well-known works, The Hebrides, also was inspired by the rough and ragged Scottish landscape. Nobilissima Visione, or “The Noblest Vision,” is actually a ballet by Paul Hindemith and originally choreographed by Léonide Massine for the Ballet Russe de Monte. After the ballet premiere, Hindemith extracted a 20-minute orchestral suite, which he also called Nobilissima visione.
Keelan adds, “The growth of the Windham Orchestra is extraordinary, and to play these works so beautifully a month or so out is inspiring. Please join us to share in these two magnificent pieces played by your outstanding community orchestra.”
Chamber Series Continues April 28 with “Music Making Amongst Friends”
Brattleboro Music Center Artistic Advisors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson welcome two colleagues with thorough Vermont connections for a collaborative performance on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at the BMC.
Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, husband and wife, join Laredo and Robinson for this special Chamber Music Series concert that features two unassailable quartets for piano and strings. The two couples will present the Quartet in E-flat Major by Mozart and the Quartet in C minor by Gabirel Faure. Kim and Chien will also perform the Sonata for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel.