Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weekend concerts, Friday 13th and Saturday pm

Friday night, Sandy and I went to the Ordway to hear the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Scott Yoo conducted a great programme of Ravel, Lutoslawski, Mozart and Couperin, beginning with Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, inspired by the composer's experiences in WW1. I have always been a huge fan of Ravel, and this is one of his most captivating works. Scott Yoo and the SPCO caught all the delicate harmonies as well as the stateliness of the Couperin influence.

On Saturday afternoon, the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music gave a short concert in the Antonello Hall. Highlights for me were the Miniatures for Flute Oboe and Piano by William Grant Still (Julie Johnson, flute), Carrie Vecchione (oboe) and Jason Alfred (piano), For Takako by Sarah Miller with Sarah Miller (piano) and Takako Seimiya Senn (trumpet), and three movements from Souvenirs by Samuel Barber, with Susano Pinto and E. Pinar Basgoze on pianos.

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