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The 23rd annual presentation of the Sunflower Music Festival began last night.

http://www.sunflowermusicfestival.org/

For straight 7 evenings, we'll have GREAT classical music performed for us by offduty US and world members of orchestras.

I've gone every night for about 15 years.

I'm VERY sorry for missing the previous 8.

I didn't think it was worthy.

WRONG!!

Great music, top drawer musicians.

2 hours of great pleasure coming up in a few minutes.

 

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Hey, I went to school with the festival conductor!

Bob, I don't know if you like chamber music, but I wouldn't miss the Miro Quartet. They're a really exciting group of young musicians, based at UT Austin.
 

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Hey, I went to school with the festival conductor!
Alex Klein? He IS very good!

Tonight was an all French program with the Chamber Orchestra ensemble (about 40 musicians) -- Debussy, Franck, Ravel -- stunning!! I try to sit in one of the front rows (tonight I sat in the first) and the richness of the music is SO much greater than with any recording or broadcast.

The Miro Quartet is superb.

They've been playing in the Sunflower Musicfest for 2, maybe 3 years. They also serve as mentors to winners of places in the Blanche Bryden Institute (some HS, some college), especially quartets, and from all I've heard from students, they're much appreciated. The Miro Quartet plays tomorrow night -- no one else -- and I look forward to it. I DO love chamber music -- possibly more than any other genre although I love so many, "most favorite" may change from hour to hour.

 

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Alex has an interesting story. He was hands-down the best performer at school. Just an astonishing talent. He was principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony by the time he was 30. He then tragically developed a rare neurological disorder, focal dystonia, which left him unable to play oboe. He's since retooled as a conductor and teaches at our alma mater. When we were students, I remember he couldn't play certain Saturday concerts because he was a devout Seventh Day Adventist. I guess he's relaxed on that. :)

Glad you're enjoying the concerts!
 

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The dance program looks great: Ravel. Bernstein. Dvorak.

Neato!!
 

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Jon & Kate + 8 Measures of 4......
 

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Sunflower Music Festival

I don't know why the website doesn't list the programs for all nights. Here's from an e-mail I sent to a friend in Lawrence:

Monday
Max Bruck's "4 pcs for Clarinet, Viola, Piano" Op.83
Debussy's "Trio for Harp, Flute & Viola" L. 137
Kodaly's "Duo for Violin & Cello" Op. 7
Ravel's "Intro& Allegro for Harp, Flute & Strings"

Tuesday's program is for college students' existing quartets being
mentored by the professional musicians in the festival. When
BB students play, we never know what they'll play until we're
handed the program.

Wednesday, the Chamber Orchestra (about 40 musicians) play
Debussy's "Petite Suite"
Franck's "Symphonic Variations", & scattered through the program,
Ravel's "Pavanne for a Dead Princess," "Mother Goose Suite," &
"The Tomb of Couperin"

Thursday, the Miro Quartet plays
Beethoven's "String Quartet in F Maj.",
Kevin Puts' "Credo" (2007),
Schubert's "String Quartet in d minor"

Friday, various Chamber Ensembles play various
Dochnanyi pieces: "Serende for String Trio,"
"Rondo: Allegro Vivace," "Sextet Op. 37 in C Maj.,"
"Piano Quintet in c minor"

Saturday, the Chamber Orchestra plays
James Stevenson's "Chamber Concerto,"
Barber's "Adagio for Strings,"
Kevin Puts' "Clarinet Concerto,"
Copland's "Appalachian Spring Suite,"
Dvorak's "Czech Suite in D Maj."

 

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Thursday, the Miro Quartet plays
Beethoven's "String Quartet in F Maj.",
Kevin Puts' "Credo" (2007),
Schubert's "String Quartet in d minor"
They substituted a Hayden String Quartet for the Beethoven listed in the program -- heavenly!! delirious!! I've enjoyed Hayden in the past but NEVER like this -- SO much energy and joy.

The Kevin Puts piece, commissioned by the Miro Q. for them, was thoroughly modern with abundant dissonance but also abundant "consonance" -- a very emotional, uplifting piece, especially as it lifted towards the conclusion.

The Schubert ("Death & the Maiden") had the Maiden riding her horse and Death riding his horse about as fast as I've ever heard. Great!!

The audience gave the Miro standing ovation after standing ovation -- and got rewarded with an encore of the simpler, first version of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" (before he expanded it for a full orchestra).

Wow! I'm feeling drained -- and immensely satisfied.

 
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