The Fort Smith Symphony concludes its season with a fiery finale including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Beethoven's 5th and guest violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova. Tune in to Friday's program for a conversation with the symphony's Music Director John Jeter.
William Lawes (1602-1645) wrote 11 consorts for harp, bass viol, violin and theorbo with striking individuality out of no precedent. As the liner notes to the Les Voix Humaine recording of these consorts explain "It is the specificity of the instrumentation and the inventive and idiomatic writing for each, combined with Lawes' intensely personal, expressive and quirky musical language that make the collection a unique treasure." Catch a couple of these treasures as performed by Les Voix Humaine on Wednesday's program.
Contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon was inspired to write a string quartet when she found out a grouping of larks was known as an exaltation. The lushness is also explored in 20th century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams strings piece "The Lark Ascending" equally explores melismatic flight. Catch these two works and more on Tuesday's program.
The redbuds are in bloom. Daffodils are everywhere. Spring has officially reached the Arkansas Ozarks. In celebration of the season I pair Anne Akiko Meyers's recording of Vivaldi's "Spring" alongside Daniel Hope's release of Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed "Spring." That's all coming up on Wednesday's program.
Robert Stallman's new release, titled Cosi fan Flauti: Mozart for Flute and Orchestra, explores the ever amorous instrument via the lens of Mozart and includes a debut recording of his Sinfonia Concertante in D majr, k. 448 for two flutes and orchestra. Catch the piece on Monday's program.
UA Music professor Er-Gene Kahng and composer Ryan Cockerham explore the universe of non-narrative film and music with the music of Alvin Lucier and short films of Stan Brakhage in their first event for the Fuse New Music series.
Pianist Jonathan Biss continues exploration of Beethoven piano sonatas in his new release. He describes the "Appassionata" sonata as a hurricane and elaborates by saying "it is a one-ff, an unrepeatable force of nature, which probably shouldn't be repeated even if it could be, so overwhelming is its power." Hear Biss's rendering in its entirety on Thursday's program.
Composer Dmitri Tymoczko asks what music composers should write when we carry the whole history of music in our pockets. His answer is to "make music that weaves between stylistic poles in a way that is unexpected and entertaining ... an attempt to find hidden roads connecting the familiar places we love." One piece that attempts this is his chamber work "Eggman Variations." Catch it on Tuesday's program.
Pianist Anna Shelest says of Schumann's first piano sonata "when you listen to the F sharp minor sonata you are not only hearing music of immense beauty but also of fantastic strangeness, and strangeness always accompanies great art." Hear her new recording of this strangeness on Monday's program.