JANUARY 2015

Dear Friend -   

Let me start this newsletter with a quick note on our holiday concert - chestnuts of both  the musical and epicurean variety were enjoyed by all along with other wonderful music.  My personal favorite: having the old warhorse, The Nutcracker Suite, come alive in the delightfully played two piano version along guided by a touching, irreverent and, when appropriate, bombastic reading of the original story by E. T. Hoffmann.  

Thank you, Susan and Sarah Wang, and Chaz Mena!                             

In his essay collection La Musica e un tutto, Daniel Barenboim writes: "The Zeitgeist of today can be caught with our emotions, whereas that of yesteryear is accessible only through our intellect".

Merriam-Webster defines Zeitgeist as the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.  Art by its very nature reflects the culture of the time in which it is created.  Thus the role of the interpreter is essential - the only element of a piece of music that does not exist on the page, and yet without this element, music cannot be music. The interpreter is both guide and creator: by analyzing a composition, the interpreter returns, in a way, into the chaos that existed before any note was written, re-constructs it and invites the audience as his witness and collaborator.

The other essential element is the  community of audience. When the listener is knowledgeable, and the interpreter has the right balance between emotion and intellect, the shared discovery creates an unforgettable moment, temporal and completely unique.  With contemporary music that has not been deeply studied by the audience, this sense of discovery can be even more powerful. But it demands what Barenboim calls "the complete act of listening"  -  the skill that combines hearing, thinking and concentration.

In our next concert on February 8, you will hear a number of pieces that are maybe not completely unfamiliar to you, but they certainly are not part of the aural landscape we think of as classical music. They are our Zeitgeist's classical music. In  Duo Trivella you will find  interpreters who have dedicated much of their careers to balancing emotion and intellect, de-construction and creation.  Please read below about the artists  and their program. 

Creating a community of audiences for a concert is similar to creating a community per se.  It can only be done with the contributions of many.  So I want to begin the year thanking all of you who have been so supportive of our work last year and the years before, and express my hope that we will see you at our concerts.  After all, what does concert mean but "doing things together in agreement and harmony"!


Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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