Friday, January 27, 2006

From Bach To Carter At The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Tomorrow evening, January 28, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs an intriguing program, under George Thomson, comprised of Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Elliott Carter's powerful Piano Concerto (with Jerry Kuderna, piano), Edgard Varèse's Octandre, and Igor Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird.

Excellent programming, in my opinion.

Tonight, I have a ticket to hear "Music for the Steel Qin: New Asian Music for the Piano" with Margaret Leng Tan at the Freer Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. According to the concert notice "The classical Chinese qin, a small zither related to the piano [sic], has been central to the literary, artistic, and scholarly life of China for centuries. Margaret Leng Tan, the celebrated and iconoclastic pianist, performs qin-inspired works by [Debussy, Cage ],Tan Dun, Erik Griswold, Ge Gan-Ru, and Somei Satoh."

Maybe there will be Mozart -- or Part or Crumb, as an encore. [In fact, Debussy was the encore.]

A glimpse of the interior of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, by architect Gae Aulenti.

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