Classical Music News of the Week, November 24, 2018

Other Minds Presents Terry Riley Piano Works

Other Minds launches its 2018-2019 25th anniversary season on Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum with an evening recital showcasing the piano works of Terry Riley. The composer himself will perform a selection of his semi-improvised solo piano works including Simply M and Requiem for Wally, with longtime collaborator and GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng performing The Heaven Ladder, Book 7, The Walrus in Memoriam and Two Pieces for Piano. Riley and Cheng will conclude the program by joining forces for the Bay Area Premiere of Cheng Tiger Growl Roar, a new four-hand work composed for the pair.

Gloria Cheng & Terry Riley
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St, San Francisco

Over a career spanning six decades, Terry Riley has influenced countless classical artists as well as those from the jazz, rock and electronic scenes. His seminal 1964 work In C is widely considered to be the first minimalist composition and had a profound effect on the evolution of 20th century classical music. Demonstrating his trademark improvisational approach, Riley will appear as soloist for two of his piano works written for mentors that had a significant impact on his career: Requiem for Wally, in memory of his close friend and teacher, the American ragtime pianist Wally Rose (1989) and Simply M (2007), written in memory of Margaret Lyon, chair of the Mills College music department.

Tickets range in price from $35 and $45, and can be purchased through or by phone at 415-978-2787. $15 student tickets can be purchased in-person with valid student ID.

For further information on Other Minds, please visit

--Brenden Guy PR

Cendrillon à Berlin
On December 8th at the Maison Symphonique, Jean-François Rivest and Walter Boudreau will share the stage to conduct the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal (OUM) in a major concert, presented by the SMCQ and the Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal. The concert will also showcase the talents of young dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. 

Between Cendrillon, Prokofiev's mythical ballet, and the fourth section of Boudreau's Berliner Momente, strongly inspired by famous works from Haydn and Wagner, the two conductors will present orchestral music that is simultaneously avant-garde and in the symphonic traditional style. The program, which will bring together 100 musicians and dancers, will be rounded out by an original work from young composer Keiko Devaux, winner of the "Concours de composition de l'OUM", À perte de vue… .

Cendrillon à Berlin

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

Maison symphonique de Montréal
1600, rue Saint-Urbain (Métro Place-des-arts)

$30 (regular), $25 (seniors) $15 (students)

Information :
514 843-9305 poste 301

And Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) also invites music lovers to their Happy Hour Concerts, a golden opportunity to hear the best emerging artists in the classical world in a casual atmosphere, while sipping on a glass of wine after work.

Starting at 6:15 p.m., JMC partner RéZin offers a selection of wines. Then, at 7 p.m., the audience is in for a little over an hour of music, including commentary by the artists, in a intimate venue with impeccable acoustics. Don't miss this unique occasion, taking place at Joseph Rouleau Hall, located at 305, Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, in Montréal, just a few steps from the Mont-Royal metro station.

Next concert:
Will to Live, December 5, 2018
Philippe Prud'homme, piano

For complete information about Jeunesses Musicales Canada events, visit

--France Gaignard, Media Relations

Treefort Music Fest 2019
Treefort Music Fest is an annual music and arts festival featuring over 400 bands plus film, art, comedy, yoga, and more across multiple venues in downtown Boise, Idaho in March. Now in its eighth year and set for March 20-24th, Treefort Music Fest is excited to announce its first round of performers, which includes Liz Phair, Toro Y Moi, Angelique Kidjo's Remain In Light, Black Mountain, Dan Deacon, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Laura Veirs, Y La Bamba, Rituals of Mine, Rubblebucket, and more. Be on the lookout for the second wave of artist announcements next month!

With the first artist announcement comes the release of the first official Treefort Music Fest 2019 playlists, which can be found on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music.

For more information and tickets, visit and https://www.treefortmusicfest.comtickets/

--Terra Lopez, Terrorbird

YPC 2018 Holiday Performances
Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) celebrates the holidays with a variety of performances around the city, including its "Winter Wonder" concert at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Led by YPC Founder / Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, the program features special guest string trio Time for Three.

YPC also performs this fall and winter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lincoln Square, and the Church of the Intercession, as well as in televised appearances on "The Today Show" and at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For complete information, visit

--Shuman Associates

Philharmonic Fire with Patrick Dupré Quigley December 5-9
Monteverdi: "Confitebor tibi Domine," No. 2, from Selva Morale e Spirituale
Bach: Cantata No. 61 Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland
Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus
Purcell: The Frost Scene (Act III, Scene II), from King Arthur
Bach: Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Margot Rood, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Steven Soph, tenor
Steven Eddy, baritone

Performance schedule:
Wednesday December 5, 7:30 pm - Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Friday December 7, 8 pm - Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday December 8, 8 pm - First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday December 9, 4 pm - First Congregational Church, Berkeley

For more information, visit

--PBO Marketing

Clarinetist Martin Fröst Makes Rare Appearance
"Until you've heard Martin Fröst, you really haven't heard the clarinet" claims The Times (London) – and Princeton University Concerts is offering one of only two U.S. appearances this season during which audiences can do so. Fröst is a performer who truly transcends his instrument and makes music that simply feels alive, from his riveting on-stage presence (he's been known to dress up like a bird in concert) to his inventive approach to programming...if anyone is going to convert you to the clarinet, it is Fröst.

His visit to Princeton University Concerts with pianist Henrik Måwe on Thursday, December 13, 2018 will begin at 12:30PM with a Live Music Meditation, guided by Princeton University Associate Dean of Religious Life Matthew Weiner, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to experience world-class music on an incredibly personal and visceral level while meditating to live music performed by the duo. No experience is necessary.

At 8PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Fröst and Måwe present a recital of works by Francis Poulenc, Antonio Vivaldi, and Johannes Brahms on Princeton University Concerts' 125th anniversary Concert Classics series. At 7PM, students in the Princeton University Clarinet Ensemble, "Anches Cantori," will start the evening off with arrangements of works for multiple clarinets in a tribute to the instrument. This pre-concert event is free to all concert ticket-holders.

The Live Music Meditation is free and unticketed. Tickets for the evening concert are $10-$55, available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.

--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts

In One Week: Experiential Nutcracker
In one week, on Saturday December 1st, you are invited to dance to the Nutcracker with a live beautiful symphony orchestra!

Because of the nature of this performance, seats are limited. Buy your tickets now. And for our EXO friends, we are offering a 30% discount on the 7:30pm show. Just enter "EXO30" at checkout.

In our signature interactive performance of the Nutcracker, we invite you to be transported inside the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, as you'll have the opportunity to dance, drink and be merry at this fully immersive concert.

Come at 3:30pm for a family friendly experience, and 7:30pm for adults (with full bar).

Take it from our audience last year in this video--dancing to Tchaikovsky's ballet yourself is beautiful and unlike anything else this holiday season.

This unique holiday experience will be held at the beautiful Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC, easily accessible to the Q at 72nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

For complete information, visit

--Experiential Orchestra

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Meet the Staff
John J. Puccio, Editor, Publisher, Reviewer

Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on the Big Jon and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.
Karl W. Nehring, Contributing Reviewer

For more than 20 years I was the editor of The $ensible Sound magazine and a regular contributor to its classical review pages. I would not presume to present myself as some sort of expert on music, but I have a deep love for and appreciation of many types of music, "classical" especially, and have listened to thousands of recordings over the years, many of which still line the walls of my listening room (and occasionally spill onto the furniture and floor, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife). I have always taken the approach as a reviewer that what I am trying to do is simply to point out to readers that I have come across a recording that I have found of interest, a recording that I think they might appreciate my having pointed out to them. I suppose that sounds a bit simpleminded, but I know I appreciate reading reviews by others that do the same for me -- point out recordings that I think I might enjoy.

For readers who might be wondering about what kind of system I am using to do my listening, I should probably point out that I do a LOT of music listening and employ a variety of means to do so in a variety of environments, as I would imagine many music lovers also do. Starting at the more grandiose end of the scale, the system in which I do my most serious listening comprises an Arcam CDS50 CSD/SACD CD player, Goldpoint SA4 Passive Preamp, Legacy Audio PowerBloc2 amplifier, and a pair of Legacy Audio Focus SE loudspeakers. I also do a lot of listening while driving in my 2016 Acura RDX with its nice-sounding ELS Studio sound system through which I play CDs (the ones I especially like I rip to the Acura's hard drive so that I can listen to them whenever I want) or stream music through the system using my cell phone. For more casual listening at home when I am not in my listening room, I often stream music through the phone into a Vizio soundbar system that has remarkably nice sound for such a diminutive physical presence. And finally, at the least grandiose end of the scale, I have an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker for those occasions where I am somewhere by myself without a sound system but in desperate need of a musical fix. I just can't imagine life without music and I am humbly grateful for the technology that enables us to enjoy it in so many wonderful ways.
Bryan Geyer, Technical Analyst

I initially embraced classical music in 1954 when I mistuned my car radio and heard the Heifetz recording of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. That inspired me to board the new "hi-fi" DIY bandwagon. In 1957 I joined one of the pioneer semiconductor makers and spent the next 32 years marketing transistors and microcircuits to military contractors. Home audio DIY projects remained a personal passion until 1989 when we created our own new photography equipment company. I later (2012) revived my interest in two channel audio when we "downsized" our life and determined that mini-monitors + paired subwoofers were a great way to mate fine music with the space constraints of condo living.

Visitors that view my technical papers on this site may wonder why they appear here, rather than on a site that features audio equipment reviews. My reason is that I tried the latter, and prefer to publish for people who actually want to listen to music; not to equipment. My focus is in describing what's technically beneficial to assure that the sound of the system will accurately replicate the source input signal (i. e. exhibit high accuracy) without inordinate cost and complexity. Conversely, most of the audiophiles of today strive to achieve sound that's euphonic, i.e. be personally satisfying. In essence, audiophiles seek sound that's consistent with their desire; the music is simply a test signal.

William (Bill) Heck, Contributing Reviewer

Among my early childhood memories are those of listening to my mother playing records (some even 78 rpm ones!) of both classical music and jazz tunes. I suppose that her love of music was transmitted genetically, and my interest was sustained by years of playing in rock bands – until I realized that this was no way to make a living. The interest in classical music was rekindled in grad school when the university FM station serving as background music for studying happened to play the Brahms First Symphony. As the work came to an end, it struck me forcibly that this was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard, and from that point on, I never looked back. This revelation was to the detriment of my studies, as I subsequently spent way too much time simply listening, but music has remained a significant part of my life. These days, although I still can tell a trumpet from a bassoon and a quarter note from a treble clef, I have to admit that I remain a nonexpert. But I do love music in general and classical music in particular, and I enjoy sharing both information and opinions about it.

The audiophile bug bit about the same time that I returned to that classical music. I’ve gone through plenty of equipment, brands from Audio Research to Yamaha, and the best of it has opened new audio insights. Along the way, I reviewed components, and occasionally recordings, for The $ensible Sound magazine. Recently I’ve rebuilt--I prefer to say reinvigorated--my audio system, with a Sangean FM HD tuner and (for the moment) an ancient Toshiba multi-format disk player serving as a transport, both feeding a NAD C 658 streaming preamp/DAC, which in turn connects to a Legacy Powerbloc2 amplifier driving my trusty Waveform Mach Solo speakers, supplemented by a Hsu Research ULS 15 Mk II subwoofer.

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It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job. --John J. Puccio

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