FEBRUARY 2015

Dear Friend -   

I am beginning this newsletter, as I did the previous one, with a literary reference.  This time by a composer whose book carries the same title as his composition  which was performed at the last concert.

John Adams' Hallelujah Junction (Composing and American Life) finishes with a reference to Arnold Toynbee's definition of culture as "shared habits" and goes on with this thought: "we can take encouragement and great pleasure in knowing the gene pool among composers is ever more varied and enriched by this open attitude towards music. .....A new generation of composers who, while enjoying the option to creatively plunder (in the best sense of the term), give us something entirely new and fresh, thoughtful and pleasurable, and in so doing confirm ..."advances to something better as reasons for celebration" (Stephen J. Gould). "

With our partner the Betsy hotel, we presented a pre-concert reception and talk about the program. Music commentator Charles Greenfield gave the 50 or so guests an informative introduction to mostly unfamiliar repertoire.  The Canadian composer Alice Ho, who  flew in for the concert, and Charles  had a wonderful exchange about her passion for composing and how she is shaping her very  own voice from the inspiration of cultural influences and of simply living a life.  Duo Trivella gave this voice a brilliant performance when they played her Glistening Pianos

A thank you to Deborah Plutzik for always finding  ways to "share habits"... with the wonderful backdrop of  the Betsy Hotel. 

Now, on to other matters.

This week begin the in-school concerts of Piano Slam 7.  Daniele and Davide Trivella have accepted this labor of love - 11 concerts in public middle and high schools in 7 days.  From the New World Center to Overtown and Homestead.  These performances are not open to the public, of course, but if you would like to arrange a visit, please be in touch with me.  

If you are not certain about what Piano Slam is - please scroll down and read more.  And make sure to put April 30 on your calendar for the great, fun, cross-discipline, emotional and always surprising performance event on the stage of the Knight Hall.

And another new matter - the Dutch are coming. And the Scots and the Americans......

On March 28, the Dranoff will bring  an incredible ensemble  to Miami.  Maarten van Veen is a laureate (with his brother Jeroen)  of the 1995 competition. This time, Maarten will perform with the accomplished Dutch pianist, Ralph van Raat, as his piano partner.  The quartet is completed by percussionists Colin Currie (a Scotsman) and the American Benjamin Ramirez.  They created a program with music by Bela Bartok, Gavin Bryars, David Maric, Rolf Wallin  and others.  Already toured in Holland, they will perform this program in Ohio before coming to South Florida on their last stop.

This concert completes our season's theme of 2 pianos plus  with a program that reflects the paradigm of variation both thematically and in terms of musical expression.

As always, I invite you to contact me with any questions or comments.  And as always, I invite you to come to a Dranoff concert, to become involved with us, to support us, and mostly to enjoy our music!


Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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