On Saturday, July 3rd, The Boston Pops organization paid tribute to Nona Gainsforth, The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra’s 30-year veteran French Horn player. Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2005, Nona passed away on June 11th. In her three decades with the Boston Pops, Nona’s extended family reached far and wide, having worked with musicians from across the globe. Colleague and friend Gary Ofenloch said, “Nona was loved by everyone. She was a great player, and a great mother, and she is deeply missed by all.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is unquestionably one of the most prolific and most loved composers of classical music. Composing his first melody at the age of five, his first symphony at age eight and his final work, the [unfinished] Requiem Mass in D minor when he was 35, Mozart is credited with more than 600 works. ..
The first dance of the Ballet West Academy Spring Performance was called Retro Shifts. As I sat and watched this intriguing, thoughtful and quietly expressive dance, the word that kept popping into my head was ‘brilliant’. The Ballet West Academy, its administration and staff have to be commended on their hard work. The relationships they have formed with each other and their dancers shows in the quality of their dancers, performances and productions.
The University of Utah’s Lyric Opera Ensembles’ production of Dialogues of the Carmelites was my first opera. No one warned me that I would need to bring a box of Kleenex! I was completely absorbed by the passion and emotion of all that was playing out before me and at the end of the evening, I had a lump in my throat, my stomach was in knots and I was searching my bag for tissues. Dialogues of the Carmelites is an emotional opera and the University of Utah’s Lyric Opera Ensemble is outstanding. Bravo!
This season I was fortunate to be able to attend Utah Symphony performances in Salt Lake City and one of my favorites was Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony. I saw a number of guest conductors and artists present wonderful performances by Mozart, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and Smetana, and I was particularly moved by Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in the Salt Lake Tabernacle led by Keith Lockhart. The 2009-10 season was remarkable, and the 2010-11 season promises even more!
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