Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Open Rehearsal Rossini's Stab at Mater.

I went to an open rehearsal at Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College (1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). Dr. John V. Sinclair was conducting the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. It was composed late in his career after retiring from the composition of opera. Gioachino Rossini began the work in 1831 but did not complete it until 1841. Rossini used his own librettos and compositions for a portion of the work.  Giovanni Tadolini, who composed the remainder with six additional movements. Rossini presented the entirety of the completed work as his own.

I decided to climb a large spiral staircase to get to the upper balconies of the church. From up there I had a god's eye view of the chorus and orchestra below. Another artist joined me and did an abstract sketch inspired by the music The next concert at the Knowles Chapel is, Insights and Sounds by Paul Moravec. Stephen Tharpe, will be the guest organist.  The concert will be February 17th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $20 - $45.
In announcing the release of a new CD, the Bach Festival Society will present more music by the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Paul Moravec. Works will include his poignant Songs of Love and War, based on letters from American wars, and his newest creation, Mass in D. This concert is part of Insights and Sounds, a new series that will focus on individual composers or genres and provide audiences with concise concerts in which great music is performed and discussed. These concerts are perfect for classical music connoisseurs who wish to expand their knowledge and classical music novices who would like to explore classical music’s significance.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

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