Orchestras – Saturova http://saturova.cz/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:27:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saturova.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-1-150x150.png Orchestras – Saturova http://saturova.cz/ 32 32 Nu Civilization Orchestra & ESKA: ‘Hejira’ and ‘Mingus’, review of Poole’s Lighthouse https://saturova.cz/nu-civilization-orchestra-eska-hejira-and-mingus-review-of-pooles-lighthouse/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 01:58:10 +0000 https://saturova.cz/nu-civilization-orchestra-eska-hejira-and-mingus-review-of-pooles-lighthouse/ Not only does she have the necessary vocal range and control, but her own solo album sits at exactly the right intersection of folk, jazz and experimental songwriting to suggest she has the stylistic fluidity to pull it off. And she’s an amazing performer. She may have only made one album in 2015, but her […]]]>

Not only does she have the necessary vocal range and control, but her own solo album sits at exactly the right intersection of folk, jazz and experimental songwriting to suggest she has the stylistic fluidity to pull it off. And she’s an amazing performer. She may have only made one album in 2015, but her work with everyone from Grace Jones to UNKLE to Tony Allen Matthew Herbert over many years has demonstrated that she is the one of the most powerful voices in the UK.

Nevertheless, there was some apprehension. The long history of bad jazz versions of “Both Sides Now” and “Case of You” leaves the gag reflex very over-sensitized when it comes to this kind of effort. And this show focuses entirely on material from Mitchell’s most esoteric period – the Hegira and Mingus scrapbooks. On the one hand, these are his most jazzy records, so they should lend themselves to interesting interpretation – but on the other hand, they are his most complex and tangled songwriting, which could all too easily invite an overindulgent formlessness. .

There were no instant answers as to which direction it would take. The show quieted down with a rather reserved introduction from musical director Peter Edwards, then the Nu Civilization Orchestra delivering an elegant instrumental version of “Chair in the Sky”, then Eska joining them for “Coyote”. So far so good, but it all played pretty straight: the intro felt like a deftly delivered opener, and “Coyote” was more or less a straight cover.

It was special: perhaps thanks to the images of her playing it on and off stage The last Waltz, ‘Coyote’ has always felt connected to Mitchell’s presence, and a certain ‘Seventies-ness’. So there was a bit of a disconnect between a black woman leading a modern British jazz ensemble and Mitchell’s autobiographical narrative of her time. Or there was at the beginning, anyway. Eska and the orchestra warmed up as they went, then right at the end there was a moment.

As Eska sang “this flame you put here in this popsicle”, there was a distinct glint in her eyes: the clearest possible recognition that she was fully aware of all the layers of meaning and irony in taking on the personality of an aloof Norwegian. Canadian who had shamelessly appropriated jazz and elements of black American identity as part of her eternal flight from Prairie Protestant conservatism. And she had a lot of fun with it.

From that point on, there was no doubt that this wasn’t a set of straight covers, and there was barely room to breathe between jaw-dropping musical moments. Eska’s scatting hooked with inhuman precision to bass and bongos on “The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines.” Her facial expressions alone bring the poetry of “Hejira” – “Each so deep and shallow / Between the forceps and the stone” to life. The total funk in the interjections of “oh yeah” and “ahahaha” in “Furry Sings the Blues”.

“The Wolf Who Lives in Lindsey” was made even more mind-blowing by Tello Morgado’s caressed and shaken percussionAnd not a second of the arrangements or the playing was wasted either. The way “Refuge” fell down to the string section, then reformed piece by piece. Giorgio Serci’s guitar finds the right tone for everything from liquid ballad to abstract skronk to heartfelt country twang on a devastating “Amelia.” Jihad Imroel-Quays Darwish courageously takes over the role of Jaco Pastorius on bass, without simply imitating Jaco. Eska herself casually controlling amazing electronic processing over her own voice, playing tricks where you’d start to wonder what’s digital and what her own vocal control is.

The apocalyptic dreams of “The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey” were made even more mind-blowing by Tello Morgado’s caressed, shaky percussion that seemed free-form but again felt locked in with each inhalation of Eska. And it continued, through an effortlessly funky finale of “Black Crow” and an encore of “God Must be a Boogie Man” with Edwards – by then having revealed his reserve as hiding a powerful dry spirit – drawing the audience into the ritual. And there was so much more. Not one of the 19 people on stage failed to make a vital contribution, not a single note was wasted, it was extraordinary.

Science fiction writer William Gibson famously remarked that “the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.” And some music demonstrates this principle as powerfully as anything else. Charles Mingus’ music, even from the 1950s, contains such concentrated doses of the future that it can still sound like alien technology today – and Mitchell in the 1970s managed to tap into his source of inspiration and connect even further into the future. And Eska – dressed like a sci-fi priestess in a different black and reflective couture outfit for each half of the show – took that stick and ran with it, as did all parts of the aptly named Nu Civilization Orchestra. Exceeding all expectations, it made Mingus and Mitchell’s visions as vivid as they’ve ever been and as breathtakingly advanced. An incredible experience. If you have the chance to see this, don’t miss it.

@joemuggs

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Nu Civilization Orchestra – ‘Hejira’ & ‘Mingus’ by Joni Mitchell (2022 EFG LJF) – London Jazz News https://saturova.cz/nu-civilization-orchestra-hejira-mingus-by-joni-mitchell-2022-efg-ljf-london-jazz-news/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 17:14:08 +0000 https://saturova.cz/nu-civilization-orchestra-hejira-mingus-by-joni-mitchell-2022-efg-ljf-london-jazz-news/ Nu Civilization Orchestra – Hejira & Mingus by Joni Mitchell (Queen Elizabeth Hall, November 17. Live review by Alison Bentley) ESKA (center) and the Nu Civilization Orchestra. Awaiting photo credit and permissions “An evening of Joni Mingus”, said conductor and musical director Peter Edwards. His slip perfectly described the fusion of music played by this […]]]>

Nu Civilization OrchestraHejira & Mingus by Joni Mitchell

(Queen Elizabeth Hall, November 17. Live review by Alison Bentley)

ESKA (center) and the Nu Civilization Orchestra. Awaiting photo credit and permissions

“An evening of Joni Mingus”, said conductor and musical director Peter Edwards. His slip perfectly described the fusion of music played by this British group of 18 musicians, led by the generous talent of London singer ESKA.

Joni Mitchell wrote the lyrics for Mingus A chair in the sky, on it 1979 Mingus album. It was played here as an instrument with a slow rock feel, Rhiannon Jeffreys baritone carrying the melody in a feeling of wild freedom. Mitchell’s Coyote (from her 1976 Hegira album) brought ESKA on stage, his voice as deep and raspy as the late Mitchell, full of his own energetic blend of jazz, soul and blues. Mitchell’s original guitar chords were spelled out by the horn harmonies. The deep tones of the toms (Eddie Hick) and congas (Tell Morgado) were carried by soft flute and pizzicato strings, and a memorable trombone solo by Rosie Tourton.

Mitchell worked with bassist Jaco Pastorius on both albums, and on The dry Des Moines Cleaner Jihad Darwish played this role brilliantly. ESKA improvised following the chords, bringing the funky electric bass with its hint of chorus. The Gospelly choirs were excellent throughout: Kira Crosby-Irons, Kianja Harvey Elliot, Loucin Moskofian. The band members began to dance in their seats to fabulous horn lines that outlined the space of the arrangement. A pleasantly woody alto solo from Jules Dos Reis and happy piano solo of the pianist Sarah Tandy showed that this cleaner had skill as well as luck.

The title song Hegira featured tremolo strings (Rhiannon Dimond and Valeria Pozzo violins; Miranda Lewis cello and viola by Reis); the two main chords immersed in the acoustic guitar (Georgio Serci) and bass. ESKA’s voice became part of the overall sound, as fragments of the poetic lyrics appeared between the horn lines and a moving trumpet solo from Becca Toft. A certain number of Hegira the songs on the album feel like they’re on the road – like modal jazz, there’s no sense the harmony is pulling you in one direction to resolve the tension. In road shelter ESKA grounded Mitchell’s abstract melody; Denys Baptist the extraordinary tenor solo made the most of the lush textures.

Blues musician Furry Lewis was immortalized in Mitchell’s song Furry sings the blues after visiting his home in Memphis (he was unimpressed):

“history falls
To car parks and shopping centers
As they tear down old Beale Street
Old Furry sings the blues »

This version had a gusty tenor solo over a rockier groove, a slow beat, and a wonderful free-form ending.

The second half opened with Amelia, where Amelia Earhart’s fatal escape becomes a metaphor for Mitchell’s relationship. The sweet flute flew on the strings; the rich vocals and backing harmonies merged with them behind Will be by Gibson angular solo alto. Baptiste teased us with his intro of goodbye pork Pie hat, gradually revealing more melody until ESKA’s melodious tones take over. In the strange bells and whistles of strange boy she added vocal effects with her magic box, then paused while the band played Mingus’ Haitian fight song. The double slap bass halted until the swing picked up speed imperceptibly, sharp riffs battling against each other.

In The wolf who lives in Lindsey ESKA showed off just how good she is at performing the lyrics, amid atmospheric percussion, wolf howls and the hum of guitar strings released on the fretboard. Black Crow had an inspiring Stax soul feel with funky horns and vocals using Mitchell’s abstract phrases as if pulled from the blues, with ESKA even changing the pitch of his own vocals. Edwards led the audience in singing the encore responses to: “God Must Be a Boogie Man” with the slinky bass.

They were superb arrangements and performances that brought out something new in the songs – and the audience responded with ecstatic applause.

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs the Music for Strings concert on November 19 https://saturova.cz/the-elgin-symphony-orchestra-performs-the-music-for-strings-concert-on-november-19/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:33:54 +0000 https://saturova.cz/the-elgin-symphony-orchestra-performs-the-music-for-strings-concert-on-november-19/ The First United Methodist Church of Elgin will host the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Music for Strings concert on Saturday, November 19. Matthew Sheppard will conduct this program, which includes Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor, Elgar’s ‘String Serenade’, Efraín Amaya’s ‘Angelica’ and Dvorák’s ‘String Serenade’. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at […]]]>

The First United Methodist Church of Elgin will host the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Music for Strings concert on Saturday, November 19.

Matthew Sheppard will conduct this program, which includes Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor, Elgar’s ‘String Serenade’, Efraín Amaya’s ‘Angelica’ and Dvorák’s ‘String Serenade’.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 216 E. Highland Ave. at Elgin.

Named Conductor of the Year in 2022 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, Sheppard is the Artistic Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Hyde Park Youth Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago. He has conducted guest orchestras in North and South America.

For the 2022-23 season, Sheppard is the resident guest conductor at the Bienen School of Music, where he conducts the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $20 for adults. Students are $5. Youth 17 and under are free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased at www.elginsymphony.org or are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the ESO box office, 20 DuPage Court in Elgin, or by phone at (847) 888-4000 . A free parking is available.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Brass & Percussion on Sunday, December 4 at St. Anne’s Catholic Community, 120 Ela St. in Barrington.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

This free special holiday event will be presented to the Sainte-Anne Catholic community with members of the ESO Brass and Percussion Sections. Make your free reservation at www.elginsymphony.org. The concert is sponsored by the Fran Houlihan family.

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite scenes from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Christmas, all with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Elgin Master Chorale. With any luck, we might also have a special visitor from the North Pole.

The annual Holiday Spectacular, led by conductor Timothy Semanik, will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 . , at the Hemmens Cultural Centre, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin. The December 11 concert is sold out.

Tickets to the Raue Center start at $53, available at www.rauecenter.org.

Tickets to Hemmens are $35 for Gold + $35 Red or $20 for Green, or $10 for students and youth, available at www.elginsymphony.org.

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BY ALAN SHERROD

SSeizing the occasion of November 11 and Veterans Day coinciding with its November Masterpiece Concert Schedule, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Aram Demirjian chose to honor the occasion with a program entitled “Service and the Spirit: A Tribute to Veterans”. The first half of the evening focused on a veterans-related theme supported by narration delivered by WBIR-TV’s John Becker that was woven with five musical works that vaguely communicated the spirit of conflict and patriotic resolve.

Interestingly, four of these works would have been welcome in any concert at any time, even without a particular theme – and three of them were intriguing and rarely heard gems of the American orchestral repertoire. Demirjian opened with William Grant Still’s Festive openinga work that won “Best Overture” for its composer in a 1944 competition sponsored by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Demirjian and the orchestra then followed with Samuel Barber’s symphonic poem, night flight, a work that was a revised version of the second movement of the composer’s Symphony No. 2, premiered in 1944 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This original symphony and its second movement had an interesting addition, the use of a tone generator to suggest a radio beam in World War II bombers on night duty. Barber then revised the work, replacing the electronic device with an E-flat clarinet.

John Williams’ film music has touched all categories of film genres, all eras and all subjects. Included here was music from the 1976 Pacific War epic Half-way-“Men of Yorktown.”

After the obligatory “armed forces salute”, Demirjian and the KSO concluded the first half with Aaron Copland Portrait of Lincoln which featured author, historian, and Knoxville military veteran Robert J. Booker performing the narration.

For the second half of the concert, Demirjian made a loose connection to the first half with a rendition of Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony. This symphony was premiered in 1945 by the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra at a time when the tide was turning on the Eastern Front of World War II and optimism accompanied Soviet armies repelling German invaders. The symphony was widely advertised at the premiere and brought its composer a resurgent popularity he would never truly enjoy again.

Part of this popularity is the masterfully crafted variety of emotions that Prokofiev was able to capture and hone, all without fleeing the dictates of his symphonic ancestors. Within an arrangement that varies the movements by alternating tempo and scale, the moments of musical violence are finally tempered by softness while the dark gloom is overcome by joy and exuberance. As such, the work is a wild roller coaster ride of breathless turmoil, lyrical optimism and reflection, followed by a joyous and explosive final chord. Despite the harmonic complexity of the work and the mixture of lyricism and fierceness, Demirjian and the orchestra delivered an excellent performance that was both enthusiasm and attention to balance and instrumental color. And congratulations to the percussion section for their enormous contribution, as well as to the cellos and basses.

Strangely – or maybe not – a notable number of viewers and regular KSO subscribers opted out of this pair of masterpieces. In this case, those who missed the concert missed an opportunity to hear music that just isn’t played often. This certainly applies to the William Grant Still Festive opening as well as Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Of course, everyone is free to form their own opinion. In a way, it’s one of the freedoms that Veterans Day celebrates.

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Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents: “Holiday Pops” https://saturova.cz/carmel-symphony-orchestra-presents-holiday-pops/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:10:02 +0000 https://saturova.cz/carmel-symphony-orchestra-presents-holiday-pops/ The Palladium // December 4 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 3 PM ET • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 7 PM ET October/November 2022 Experience the exceptional as the Carmel Symphony Orchestra under the artistic direction of Janna Hymes offers you not one but two opportunities to kick off your holiday celebrations with matinee and evening performances […]]]>

The Palladium // December 4

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 3 PM ET • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 – 7 PM ET

October/November 2022

Experience the exceptional as the Carmel Symphony Orchestra under the artistic direction of Janna Hymes offers you not one but two opportunities to kick off your holiday celebrations with matinee and evening performances of CSO’s ‘Holiday Pops’. We’ve reinvented our musical giveaway by inviting some of your favorite artists to the party: multi-genre singer Josh Kaufman, winner of Season 6 of The Voice on NBC-TV; the wonderful singer Leah Crane; the sensational dance troupe NZtapz; and the beloved Indianapolis Children’s Choir! With the CSO, they are sure to get your vacation off to a good start. Don’t miss it! Plan now to be with us on December 4 for one or both shows!

It’s always a pleasure to spotlight CSO’s “Holiday Pops,” and this year promises to be another exhilarating experience featuring some of Central Indiana’s celebrated talent, Leah Crane and Josh Kaufman. So, buy your tickets and build your holiday memories in the heart of Carmel!

Buy your tickets and find out how you can support CSO at carmelsymphony.org.

Word from the artistic director

CSO opened its season with a phenomenal celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in a concert featuring Pavel and Direct Contact. Hymes spoke about the energy that was created in the hall of the Palladium and his intentions to build from it [energy and diversity] throughout the current and future seasons.

“Our first gig that we did was so different and unique in the sense that we had all these people [attend] who had never come to our shows before,” Hymes explained. “I loved it because some people think of the orchestra, they think, ‘Oh, that’s not my thing’, and then they come and they’re like, ‘Well, yeah, that’s really my thing. “, because we [CSO] don’t just play Beethoven and composers like that, although of course we love it and are trained for it. But we also play pop and we play vacation [concerts] and concerts for children. So the message is: ‘We do it all!’ »

Hymes and I spoke ahead of the launch of the 2022-2023 season about how she intentionally scheduled this [season] to bring the community together and expose both audiences and musicians to more diverse and unique music.

“My whole message right now is that it’s about bringing people together and reaching out to all facets of the community,” Hymes said. “We find guest artists who will shock our audience. It’s been two years of really tough, awful stuff, and now it’s up to us to spread the joy and do it in our own unique way. I’m proud of our orchestra for stepping up and playing music so different for them and empowering in so many ways.

Asked about the state of the CSO organization – the post-pandemic restrictions – and specifically this year’s ‘Holiday Pops’ concert, Hymes shared, “I’m thrilled because I’m seeing changes within our organization. and eye-opening experiences that are just plain fun. And we have this amazing ‘Holiday Pops’ [concert] to come and other exciting things to come. I love collaborations with other arts organizations because not only do we bring our audiences together, but we also create something that we probably wouldn’t do except for this time, and if you miss it, it’s done. We continue to consider bringing in different organizations, and I totally agree. And I think the public likes that too.

Featuring exceptional local talent

Those who have attended CSO’s season opener featuring Pavel & Direct Contact have already experienced the spectacular talent and charisma of Indianapolis singer Leah Crane.

Crane is well known to audiences in Hoosier State, throughout the Midwest, and beyond. The versatile singer studied at the famous IU Jacobs School of Music. Equally at home on the international concert scene, in commercial recording studios and in religious communities, she is also the lead singer of Pavel & Direct Contact Latin Jazz and Salsa.

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Leah is an accomplished studio singer, and she can often be heard on national promotional recordings for various music publishers, including Walt Disney, Hal Leonard, Beckenhorst, Lorenz, Alfred, Carl Fischer and Shawnee Press. She recently completed recording a solo album of jazz and Brazilian standards with Chicago-based producer/arranger Paul Langford, “Lucky to Be Me”, available on all platforms.

In addition to her many musical pursuits, she is a licensed clinical social worker at IU Health’s Riley Hospital for Children, having earned a graduate degree in social work from Indiana University. She and her husband Jeff reside in Indianapolis with their two children, Karis and Carson.

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Crane shared his thoughts on the importance of people coming together this holiday season to celebrate life and practice gratitude amid our daily challenges and stressors. She also shared her excitement about working with CSO again and performing in front of audiences at this year’s “Holiday Pops” concerts.

“I work at Riley Hospital four days a week, and I get to see some of the best times in their lives and some of the worst times,” Crane said. “I have a unique window to see some of the more challenging aspects of what is happening from a medical perspective. And there are even more ways our society feels stressed and anxious. All you have to do is listen to the news for a second or look at your social media – if you’re following too many negative people – and you feel overwhelmed. If we practice gratitude and practice the ability to celebrate everyday moments, I think that’s the only way to combat the stress, pressure and anxiety that we all feel about being in this world right now. .

Crane continued: “I have friends and family who are already buying tickets [to ‘Holiday Pops’] and it’s certainly not too early to start buying your tickets! I had the opportunity to work several times with ICC and Josh [Joshua] Pedde is another ball of pure energy and excitement. Having the Indianapolis Children’s Choir there, bringing all their families, will be a huge bonus. They have such a huge following and perform at such a level of excellence. And people love to watch the children sing! And Josh Kaufman is an amazing singer. Of course, everyone has followed his career from the time he was on “The Voice” and won. I used to sing in the studio with him [Kaufman] doing publisher demos, and I also did a few gigs with him. He’s just a really amazing artist.

Crane shared some teasers for her upcoming performance and duets on CSO’s “Holiday Pops.”

“josh [Kaufman] and I’ll be doing some duets – one of the duets is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, a holiday classic. And the other [duet] is a famous song by Stevie Wonder, which I loved to listen to but had never sung before: “Someday at Christmas”. I’ve never heard that with an orchestra, so I think it’s going to be really great! And then I have two solos, arrangements by my friend Paul Langford, who does fabulous orchestral arrangements. One of my solos is a bossa nova arrangement and the other song is Paul’s arrangement of ‘O Holy Night’, and it’s beautiful. It has the high B-flat at the end, which everyone loves. It’s going to be awesome!”

For more information about Leah Crane, visit leahcrane.info.

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Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra want you to leave town https://saturova.cz/friends-of-the-annapolis-symphony-orchestra-want-you-to-leave-town/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 21:00:43 +0000 https://saturova.cz/friends-of-the-annapolis-symphony-orchestra-want-you-to-leave-town/ The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) have announced the possibility of touring the Canadian Rockies by luxury train. This spectacular trip is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and follows FASO’s support of the ASO’s triumphant tour of Spain last summer. Travelers will take advantage of eight days and seven nights to […]]]>

The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) have announced the possibility of touring the Canadian Rockies by luxury train. This spectacular trip is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and follows FASO’s support of the ASO’s triumphant tour of Spain last summer.

Travelers will take advantage of eight days and seven nights to admire the magnificent landscapes of the Canadian mountains, taste local gourmet cuisine, visit interesting sites and enjoy a travel experience like no other.

The journey begins in Calgary, Alberta, a wild and beautiful border town that is home to the famous Calgary Stampede. A private coach brings guests to legendary Lake Louise, where accommodation will be at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The next destination is the beautiful resort town of Banff and Yoho National Park. Discover magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the serene turquoise waters of Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a luxury train journey from Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Take in the dramatic scenery as you travel between the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, across the Continental Divide, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels along the rocky shores of lakes and interior ranches. The trip ends at the seaside in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This trip benefits the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Anne Arundel County. The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As the ASO celebrates 61 years in Annapolis, the organization is more determined than ever to bring more music, to more places, for more people in the region.

For travel information, including expenses, registration and payments, please email FASO via Paula Abernethy at [email protected]

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Jeff Lynne on his favorite Electric Light Orchestra songs https://saturova.cz/jeff-lynne-on-his-favorite-electric-light-orchestra-songs/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://saturova.cz/jeff-lynne-on-his-favorite-electric-light-orchestra-songs/ Jeff Lynne started the Electric Light Orchestra alongside Roy Wood and Bev Bevan in 1970. They had all been active in the Birmingham music scene for several years, but wanted to do something completely different together. They adopted a full-bodied orchestral pop sound for their new project, separating them from their peers and sending them […]]]>

Jeff Lynne started the Electric Light Orchestra alongside Roy Wood and Bev Bevan in 1970. They had all been active in the Birmingham music scene for several years, but wanted to do something completely different together. They adopted a full-bodied orchestral pop sound for their new project, separating them from their peers and sending them to stardom.

For the next 13 years, Electric Light Orchestra barely rested, which led them to exhaustion. Throughout their first stint as a band they were either on the road or in the studio and released 11 albums prolifically, with two of their LPs topping the UK charts.

Although Lynne’s heart was no longer in the band, he was legally bound to release one more album with the band, and after a hiatus the musician was forced to return home to make the 1986 albums. Balance of power. Shortly after, he accepted George Harrison’s invitation to work on his album. Cloudwhich led him to co-found The Traveling Wilbury’s with the former Beatle.

It took over a decade until Electric Light Orchestra reunited, but only with Lynne and Richard Tandy, for the album, Zoom. However, a planned world tour was canceled due to poor ticket sales and ELO’s hiatus resumed.

The duo resurrected ELO again in 2014, and they willfully reminisce about their glory days over the past decade. Now that a significant proportion of time has passed since their original tenure, Lynne is happy to reflect on those golden years, and in 2016 he said rolling stone on his favorite band tracks.

The first track Lynne mentioned as a favorite is her track, “Showdown”, which was the lead single from Electric Light Orchestra’s third album, The third day. The singer said: “I wrote ‘Showdown’ in my mum and dad’s living room in Birmingham. I invented the riff, and I was delighted. I knew it was going to be a hit even after making a few notes of it.

He added: “When we cut it, the engineer said, ‘It’s a classic.’ I was thrilled with bits. It’s one of my favorites, even though the lyrics really don’t mean anything. It’s just a story, a made up script. A lot of people ask me what my songs mean, and I have no idea. It means something different to me every time I sing it.

Other early ELO tracks included by Lynne were “Evil Woman”, “Telephone Line”, “Turn To Stone”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “All Over The World”, and of course , their signature track, ‘Mr. Blue sky’. Addressing the latter, Lynne said: “I guess it’s my best known song. Everyone tells me something different about it. It’s even a crazy attraction for children since it’s like a nursery rhyme.

Lynne continued, “I remember writing the words. I was in a chalet in the Swiss mountains, and everything was foggy and cloudy all around. I didn’t see any countryside for the first four days or so, then it all cleared up, and there was this huge view forever, and the sky was blue.

Listen to a playlist of his favorite Electric Light Orchestra tracks below.

Jeff Lynne’s Favorite Electric Light Orchestra Tracks

  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Confrontation’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Evil Woman’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Telephone Line’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Turn to Stone’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘M. Blue sky’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Don’t Knock Me Down’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Around the World”
  • ELO by Jeff Lynne – “When I Was a Boy”
  • ELO by Jeff Lynne – “Love and Rain”

Interestingly, he also gave love to two new band creations, which were released under Jeff Lynne’s new ELO name. The Birmingham native listed ‘When I Was A Boy’ and ‘Love and Rain’ as his favorites from the band’s latest chapter.

Reflecting on their reunion, Lynne admitted: “I had all these negative thoughts before I agreed to play Hyde Park last year, but the crowd just went absolutely crazy. They loved every minute. It was the best show I had ever been on up to that point.

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Alexander Kariotis and the UTEP Symphony Orchestra fuse rock and opera – The Prospector https://saturova.cz/alexander-kariotis-and-the-utep-symphony-orchestra-fuse-rock-and-opera-the-prospector/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 21:25:42 +0000 https://saturova.cz/alexander-kariotis-and-the-utep-symphony-orchestra-fuse-rock-and-opera-the-prospector/ The UTEP Symphony Orchestra and UTEP voice teacher Alexander Kariotis performed “The Rock Opera Orchestra” on October 28 at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Kariotis is a crossover artist who has performed internationally with appearances at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and regional opera houses. Several special guests […]]]>

The UTEP Symphony Orchestra and UTEP voice teacher Alexander Kariotis performed “The Rock Opera Orchestra” on October 28 at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Kariotis is a crossover artist who has performed internationally with appearances at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and regional opera houses.

Several special guests joined in the performance, including Alan Michaels on drums, Kevin Brown on bass, Hal Hirsch on guitar and Brian Downen on piano. Special guests also included backup singers Odalis Aguirre, Abeni Janae, Zoe K. Mendez, Jaya Monee Edgerton, Ale Nuva, Allie Saturia and critically acclaimed opera singer Aimee Willis.

The UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs with Alexander Kariotis at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on October 28 for the “Rock Opera Orchestra” concert. (Annabelle Mirelles)

The evening featured 13 pieces which were mostly combinations of opera and rock music styles. The performance began with “Rondine Al Nido”, written by Kariotis and Vincenzo de Cresenco and was followed by “Lucky in Love”, written by Kariotis and his late brother Anthony Kariotis. Before performing, Kariotis introduced backing vocalists Ale, Zoe, and Kariotis’ wife Aimee on stage. “Lucky in Love” is a romantic feel-good song written in English and Italian.

The opera piece “Che Gelida Manina”, which translates to “your cold little hand”, followed and is based on Giacomo Puccini’s four-act opera “La Bohème”. It was specifically Rodolfo’s Act 1 aria that he sings to his lover Mimì after falling in love.

“Come Home Tonight” written by Kariotis and his brother was performed afterwards. Kariotis switched to the piano for this piece and before performing, said “it’s a song about a man who didn’t do it with his wife”. The piece begins softly, emphasizing mainly piano and drums.

Before going into hiatus, the symphony and Kariotis, along with backing vocalists Jaya, Abeni and Aimee, performed “Because of You” which was written by him and orchestrated by Christopher Reyman, Ph.D. They also performed ” Solo Amore” or “I’ll Stay”, which starts with pizzicato then changes to arco after a few minutes. “I’ll Stay” is a light piece that really emphasizes the symphony as well as Kariotis’ vast vocal range.

After a 15-minute intermission, the show resumed with “Pieta Signore,” which translates to “save this soul,” and is written by Kariotis and Alessandro Stradella. This heavy-hearted piece began by emphasizing the cello section, serving as a powerful accompaniment to Kariotis’ vocals. The middle of the piece shifts to a more jazzy sound and ends with strong operatic vocals.

After that was “Tell the World (I’m Comin’)” which Kariotis said he wrote when he was a little angry. The saxophones were the main accompaniment to this piece, adding an upbeat and lively sound.

“Vesti La Guibba”, which translates to “Hide the Tears”, came next, in which Kariotis took the guitar. It begins with a strong drumming intro and was overall a cheerful and jovial piece, alternating between Italian and English.

The last four tracks of the evening included “That’s enough for me”, for which Kariotis returned to the piano, and was more of a heartfelt track where even some audience members pulled out their phone flashlights and swung their arms out to accompany the song. They then closed with “Lennon in Heaven”, “Nessun Dorma” or “nobody sleeps” and “Without Love (You’re Nothin’)”.

Although the evening was largely composed, played and even included T-shirts being thrown at the audience, the highlight was “Lennon in Heaven” due to the message behind the song.

“About 27 years ago my best friend, my father figure, my brother and someone who meant the world to me who was also my first singing teacher passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Kariotis said. “One of the last conversations we had together was very important to me because I asked him, ‘Tony are you afraid to die?’ and he couldn’t speak. It took him a long time to tell me, but he told me he wasn’t afraid because when he got to heaven, not only would he be able to sing again and tell me watch, but he could also sing with John Lennon, and that’s what this song is about.

In an interview posted on his YouTube channel, Kariotis said of his late brother: “The day he died was the beginning or the birth of my transformation into a crossover artist. A lot of the songs on this album are songs that I imagine we would have written together.

For more information about the UTEP Music Department and its events, visit utep.edu/liberalarts/music/events/

Annabella Mireles is the photo editor and can be reached at [email protected] or @photographybyannabella on Instagram.

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Concert to Benefit Local High School Orchestra Program – Henry County Times https://saturova.cz/concert-to-benefit-local-high-school-orchestra-program-henry-county-times/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://saturova.cz/concert-to-benefit-local-high-school-orchestra-program-henry-county-times/ A fun evening of dressing up in a coat and tie or cocktail dress and listening to great live music in McDonough Square is on the way next week as Story on the Square hosts a fundraising concert. funds to benefit a local high school orchestra. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 4 at […]]]>

A fun evening of dressing up in a coat and tie or cocktail dress and listening to great live music in McDonough Square is on the way next week as Story on the Square hosts a fundraising concert. funds to benefit a local high school orchestra.

The event is scheduled for Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in the popular bookstore event space on the square. Tickets are $50 each and include the concert, beer, wine and light meals. These items were all donated so that 100% of ticket sales proceeds will go to the Eagle’s Landing High School Orchestra program.

Only 100 tickets are sold, and about half had already left by Oct. 24, according to Story on the Square owner Stephanie Gordon.

The featured musical guest is the Edgewood String Quartet, which has gained a number of followers over the past two years. The band formed in the fall of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and began playing “safe” events such as outdoor and masked concerts when no other live music was played anywhere. .

They not only perform classical music, but also a variety of other genres, so concertgoers can expect to hear covers of many of their favorite songs. The music will be at least partly what Gordon has called the “Bridgerton Effect”, named after the popular Netflix series which is set in the early 1800s but features many ballroom and dance scenes in which the instrumentalists strings perform modern pop. hits that viewers easily recognize.

Gordon said she wanted to do something for a local high school fine arts program and contacted the district office for instructions, at which time she was directed to Eagle’s Landing High. “The young conductor there, Joshua Hernandez, was very helpful and is very excited about the event and what he will do for his students,” Gordon said.

“He actually graduated from ELHS and Clayton State. He just started the program there,” she said. “They don’t have a booster club and right now they have around 20 students. We are really trying to give it a boost. He could do more if he had more sheet music and instruments.

When she first heard the ESQ in Atlanta, she was extremely impressed and knew she wanted to bring them to Henry County for some event. After some thinking, they all agreed that was the way to go.

“They’re very committed to arts education,” Gordon said of the quartet. “They were all told by their parents that they couldn’t make a living doing this. But they play all kinds of events and they just recorded an album. One of the messages we want to convey to participants and parents is that it is possible to be a working musician.

This event is only open to attendees 21 and older due to alcohol service.

“There aren’t many events like this in Henry County where people can really dress up,” Gordon said. “It won’t be suffocating. It’s gonna be fun.”

For tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sots-presents-edgewood-string-quartet-a-benefit-for-henry-county-orchestras-tickets-403198496557

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Perth Symphony Orchestra, Annie Skates and Emma Kershaw Bring ABBA Hits to Joondalup Town Valentine’s Day Concert https://saturova.cz/perth-symphony-orchestra-annie-skates-and-emma-kershaw-bring-abba-hits-to-joondalup-town-valentines-day-concert/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://saturova.cz/perth-symphony-orchestra-annie-skates-and-emma-kershaw-bring-abba-hits-to-joondalup-town-valentines-day-concert/ The Perth Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed singers Annie Skates and Emma Kershaw will bring ABBA’s music to life for the town of Joondalup’s annual Valentine’s Day concert. ABBA Symphonic, featuring singers direct from the UK, will be at Joondalup Resort on February 9. Skates has performed with orchestras around the world and has sung […]]]>

The Perth Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed singers Annie Skates and Emma Kershaw will bring ABBA’s music to life for the town of Joondalup’s annual Valentine’s Day concert.

ABBA Symphonic, featuring singers direct from the UK, will be at Joondalup Resort on February 9.

Skates has performed with orchestras around the world and has sung with the Bee Gees, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion and Madonna.

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Camera iconAnnie Skates. Credit: @AnnieSkates/Twitter

She has worked on The X-Factor, as well as Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Popstars and The Voice Kids, and as a voice coach for the lead actors in Hollywood musicals Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Emma Kershaw has performed as a soloist in concerts across the UK and Europe and has played the lead in West End productions Les Miserables, Fame and Hot Stuff. She provided Cher’s voice guide on the movie Mamma Mia! Here we go again.

PSO founder and chief executive Bourby Webster said the Valentine’s Day concert was a night not to be missed.

“ABBA’s music needs no introduction; it’s the soundtrack to everyone’s life,” Ms Webster said.

“Hearing it performed by the massive sound of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, with its unique energy and sense of fun, and some of the UK’s finest musical theater singers, will be abba-solutely next level. “

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Camera iconPerth Symphony Orchestra. Credit: bling design

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said he was looking forward to another spectacular evening under the stars at Joondalup Resort.

“The Valentine’s Day concert is the city’s premier music event and arguably the best outdoor concert in Western Australia,” he said.

“The event has been around since 2005 and its reputation continues to grow.”

He encouraged residents to get in early when tickets are released next week.

The Valentine’s Day concert will run from 7:30-10:00 p.m., with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. The event will have an Auslan interpretation.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Joondalup Resort food trucks or bring a picnic.

Residents and taxpayers of the town of Joondalup will have the first opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1. Ticket sales will be open to the general public from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

Tickets are $35 for residents and taxpayers, $30 for residents with a concession card, $70 for non-residents, and $20 for children.

Tickets will be available online via Ticketbooth. People who need help can contact Ticketbooth for assistance or visit the Joondalup City Customer Service Center during business hours to purchase tickets.

City of Joondalup social media accounts will provide updates on the event and competitions.

The city has recognized lead partner Edith Cowan University, key partner Joondalup Health Campus, media partner Channel 7 and partner Joondalup Resort.

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