NOTES FROM THE MAESTRO
“In our March concert, it’s all about paper. To be precise: Music and paper. Cellulite paper, plastic paper, canvas. Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu wrote many works, amongst them music to 90 films.
His “3 film scores” resemble three pristine Japanese haikus. Poetry in sound. Romantic. Melancholic. Visual. A Valse. A funeral procession. Another Valse.
From Japan we cross over to China. Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun understands to connect the ancient ways with a symphony orchestra. His creativity is not only jumping to life through its musical connections between East and West, but by dramatically extending the tools we use to create sound.
The soloist of the “paper concerto” is Evelyn Glennie. I have worked with Evelyn many times. Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, yet this does not prohibit her to perform. As you will see and hear, playing with bare feet, the Grammy award winner is a sorceress on her instruments.
The music in the second half is Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 10 paintings by Victor Hartman put to music.
From the Gnomus to the Great Gate of Kiev. But you might be surprised. The composition comes across as a casual Sunday afternoon gallery stroll. Yet, something profound seems to be happening during the excursion. Transformative art? “