Guitarist Sharon Isbin’s classical melodies have proved to the world guitar isn’t just for rock ’n’ roll.
After more than 40 years of tooting their own horns on an international stage, the gold-plated ensemble Canadian Brass is coming to Chautauqua Institution, at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Pianist Roberto Plano looks for something beyond perfection when he plays music.
He believes that every musician must strive to balance technical mastery with musical expression. A musician who is technically perfect but doesn’t have an artistic message is less musical than a musician who can play with emotion and vitality despite his or her mistakes, he said.
Two composers stand at opposite ends of a boxing ring. In one corner, Claude Debussy, a French Impressionist composer known for his quiet, classical works, and in the other, Sergei Prokofiev, the lively Russian composer who introduced percussion to piano.
When Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” debuted in Paris in 1913, the composition was so shocking that the audience began to riot. One hundred years later, the classical piece elicits a much less violent reaction.
The 5 Browns, a quintet of piano-playing siblings, will perform the once-controversial composition among a collection of other pieces at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae Brown performed at Chautauqua Institution in 2007 and are happy to be back on the grounds.
“We really enjoy this flavor of venue because we don’t feel like we’re stuffy classical artists,” Gregory said. “We just like to be ourselves and kick back a little. And in this type of concert environment, I feel like that’s really suited to who we are and what we do.”
“The musicians need to come down from the stage and communicate with the people,” said Stilian Kirov, Seattle Symphony assistant conductor. “They need to share what inspires them and what they want to say through their music, dance and performances.”
But 2010 David Effron Conducting Fellow Kirov, who conducted last week’s Music School Festival Orchestra dance-inspired concert, hopes to break through the perception that classical music is just for high society.
Three hundred years ago, classical music was for the affluent. Shortly after, it became the people’s music. People would gather together and play chamber music or have parties with some folk tunes, which composers later on would take and make into symphonies.