October 2015

It was fitting that Canadian composer Tim Brady should have the premier of his Third Symphony in a new space in Williamsburg that itself premiered earlier this month.  National Sawdust opened with considerable publicity after a long period of gestation. We saw it for the first time Thursday with a performance curated by David T Little employing his own Newspeak ensemble of 11 musicians and the highly trained Choir of Trinity Wall Street with 16 singers. 

Brady’s symphony is based on “Symphony” a long poem by Chilean writer Elias Letelier that describes the terror of living under Pinochet.  It is an hour long piece, symphonic in concept, with the choir taking the role of a component of the orchestra.  I thought the piece sounded like a cross between Philip Glass and Nico Mulhy.  The choir sang tonalities while the instruments played dissonance.  Tonality clashed with atonality, reflecting political tensions, strife and tragedy. 

Bard College Conservatory of Music alum Julia Bullock will perform a concert with pianist Renate Rohlfing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 10 at 7 p.m. Presented by the Walter M. Naumburg Foundation, the recital will include works by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Edvard Grieg, Kurt Weill, and others.  The recital is part of the prize Bullock received as the Naumburg Competition winner in 2014.

Both Bullock and her pianist Rohlfing are accomplished, up-and-coming artists. Bullock recently made her debut with the New York Philharmonic. She will once again be working with director Peter Sellars and the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Kaija Saariaho’s La Passione de Simone. Rohlfing has collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, and the Juilliard Vocal Arts program, among others.

White Hart Inn: Oblong Books and Music/White Hart speaker series: Elaine Sciolino: The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des martyrs." 6 p.m. White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CT. Oblong, Millerton: (518) 789-3797; www.oblongbooks.com.  
La Puerta Azul: Open Mic Night every Thursday. 8 p.m. 2510 U.S. Route 44, Salt Point. (845) 677-2985; www.lapuertaazul.com.  
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Scientific seminar: Dispelling the Controversy Surrounding the Dilution Effect, with Jason Rohr, University of South Florida. 11 a.m. Auditorium. 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook. (845) 677-5343; www.caryinstitute.org.  
Oblong Books and Music, Rhinebeck: John Kelly: Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940. Drawing on the War Cabinet papers, other government documents, private diaries, newspaper accounts, and memoirs, historian John Kelly tells the story of the summer of 1940. 6 p.m. 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500; www.oblongbooks.com.  
Millbrook Free Library: "Pushing the Envelope Spoken Word" poetry and story session. Theme: “Coming of Age.” Share poems or stories about your coming of age experience. 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Registration required. If you want to perform, email Loredana at grumo79@aol.com. 3 Friendly Lane at Franklin Avenue. (845) 677-3611; millbrooklibrary.org.  
Bard College: Bardian Ensemble (Laura Flax, clarinet; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Julie Landsman, horn; Blair McMillen, piano; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello) with faculty guest artists Robert Martin, Laurie Smukler, and Erika Allen in an evening of rare chamber music by Franz Schreker, Robert Schumann, Serge Taneyev. 8 p.m. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. (845) 758-7196; www.bard.edu.  
Bard College: Screening: The Story of My Death (Albert Serra, 2014, Spain/France, 148 minutes, 35mm), followed by Bodies in Space: A Conversation with Albert Serra. Co-organized with the Clark Art Institute; sponsored by Center for Moving Image Arts. 7:15 p.m. Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center. Annandale campus. 845-758-6822; www.bard.edu/cmia.   
Bard College: The Haydn Project, a series of noon concerts featuring works by Joseph Haydn, curated by Peter Serkin. String Quartet in D major, Op. 1 No. 3; Trio for piano, violin and cello in B flat major (XV:20); Divertimento for string quartet and  two horns, Op. 2 No. 3. 12 p.m. Free. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. (845) 758-7196; http://www.bard.edu/conservatory/.  
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