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Another centennial in 2018

Post by John F » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:35 am

First Leonard Bernstein, then Jerome Robbins, and now the Manhattan School of Music, which was founded in 1918.
Join us Friday, September 28th, as Manhattan School of Music kicks off its Centennial Season with a four-concert, one-day festival showcasing the full range of music-making at MSM.

The day begins with three free concerts in Greenfield Hall, starting at 1 PM with a program of Solo & Chamber Music, followed by a Musical Theatre performance at 3 PM and a Jazz Arts concert at 5 PM. Following the first two concerts, patrons will be invited to attend a reception in Rahm Hall.

MSM's Centennial Opening Day Celebration culminates at the magnificent Riverside Church with a 7:30 PM performance of alumnus John Corigliano's To Music and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 ("Choral"), featuring the MSM Symphony Orchestra and the MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir. Special guest Roderick Cox conducts, and the evening's soloists include soprano Elaine Alvarez (BM '02, MM '04), mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller (MM '03), tenor Bryan Register (MM '94), and bass James Morris (MSM Voice Faculty).

Ticket-holders for the day’s final concert are invited to attend a pre-performance reception in MSM’s Ades Performance Space at 6 PM.
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Re: Another centennial in 2018

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:59 am

They are performing the Ninth at Riverside Church? Heaven help us.

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Re: Another centennial in 2018

Post by John F » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:12 am

How so?
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Re: Another centennial in 2018

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:33 pm

John F wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:12 am
How so?
Well, John, there is the question of acoustics. It rather reminds me of a rare performance of the Missa Solemnis attended by Pope Paul VI at St. Peter's basilica, which I was privileged to watch on channel 13 oh those many years ago. Then, the Ninth, the greatest and in some ways the most difficult symphony of all time, is sometimes performed by inadequate forces. It is sort of a valedictory for conductors (loosely speaking) who want to go out with a bang. O Freunde, nicht diese Töne.

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Re: Another centennial in 2018

Post by John F » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:22 pm

True, church acoustics are often a problem when performing music not composed with the long reverberations in mind. In his first season with the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducted Britten's War Requiem for his first Memorial Day free concert, in St. John the Divine. From where I sat, much of the music was a blur, though a friend who was closer said it wasn't so bad. On the other hand, back in 1968 I saw Britten's 3 Parables for Church Performance ("Curlew River" etc.) in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and it worked.

Beethoven's 9th is, of course, of the former type, and those who don't already know the music may not be able to make much of it. But how many such people are likely to go to this performance? (I won't be going, but I'll be interested in the comments of any who do.)
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Re: Another centennial in 2018

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:04 pm

John F wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:22 pm
True, church acoustics are often a problem when performing music not composed with the long reverberations in mind. In his first season with the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducted Britten's War Requiem for his first Memorial Day free concert, in St. John the Divine. From where I sat, much of the music was a blur, though a friend who was closer said it wasn't so bad. On the other hand, back in 1968 I saw Britten's 3 Parables for Church Performance ("Curlew River" etc.) in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and it worked.
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St. John the Divine (often called St. John the unfinished) is unique for a variety of reasons. It is an architectural hybrid, although the Gothic part was designed by the great architect Ralph Adams Cram. It is the largest true cathedral in the world in the sense of being the seat of a bishop. (Irrelevantly, the oldest Anglican cathedral in the United States is the one of my own diocese of Albany.) It is located in a bad part of town. It was only commissioned because the wealthy Episcopalians could not stand the fact that the Roman Catholics had St. Patrick's. And as you imply yourself, it is totally unsuitable for music from an acoustical point of view. It is usually partitioned in some way to make whatever music there is workable.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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