I love the Boston Pops and I always look forward to seeing Maestro Keith Lockhart at the podium. The Pops Holiday concert was filled with songs for everyone, including a creative and smile inducing 12 Days of Christmas! The Boston Pops has a way of spreading good cheer, whether they are performing 35 concerts for the holidays or performing in front of a half a million revelers during the Independence Day celebrations. The Boston Pops is all about making people feel alive and happy, and when you celebrate with the Pops, there is never a shortage of smiles.
The Maurice Abravanel Distinguished Composer Series was created to pair Canyonlands’ musicians with the music of contemporary composers, bringing new and challenging works to Salt Lake City. I didn’t understand all the compositional intricacies, but my hunger for education and inspiration was well fed!
In October, the Boston Symphony Orchestra presented all nine Beethoven Symphonies, a cycle not performed by the BSO since Serge Koussevitzky programmed it in 1927 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beethoven’s death. This year, Maestro James Levine presented his first complete Beethoven cycle at Boston’s Symphony Hall. They were amazing!
On October 20th, world renowned Soprano Renee Fleming returned to her Alma Mater Juilliard to give her first New York Master Class. A benefit for Juilliard, the event also marked the re-dedication of the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Fleming’s words of wisdom come in the form of her own experience; Fleming says she is and will always be a student, and that she hasn’t mastered anything yet!
On November 4th, 2009, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble presents the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composer Series and honors Composer Fred Lerdahl. A highly-regarded composer, Lerdahl has been composing for more than 45 years, writing Piano Fantasy in 1964 while ‘under the spell’ of his first summer at Tanglewood. Among his many accolades, Lerdahl is a recipient of the Koussevitzky Composition Prize and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in music.
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