OCTOBER 2018

Dear Friends -

Welcome to the new Dranoff 2 Piano Season, "The Ocean's Soul".

The season's concerts offer a brilliant palette of moods and colors, from the majesty  of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to the breathtaking Becoming Ocean by John Luther Adams, Stravinsky's savage  Rite of Spring, romantic and classical classics such as Debussy's La Mer, movie music taking us under the sea, and the contagious and surprising music of the big island down south, Cuba  Don't miss any of this, beginning with our first concert on October 28 titled Beethoven, Past and Present.  

Water is the source of life.  Our dependency on water in its many different shapes - rain, fog, rivulets, creeks, rivers, lakes, oceans - and its abundance has been the foundation of many creation myths. One of the most powerful source of imagery of all-powerful gods are the oceans. The idea of eternity and transformation found in that magic realm is part of our human story. Rivers, lakes and oceans have been connectors of peoples, trajectories for exploration and discovery, and places to find peace.

"All things arise from the principle of water" -  Vitruvius.  All of this has found expression in art, be it music, performance, architecture, dance and literature.

We chose this as the overarching theme of the 2018-2019 season because of PIANO SLAM. In the past few years, we have begun to encourage participating students to think about topical issues, and we then build the music program, writing and performances around those themes. Migration, duality (Yin-Yang), identity were past themes. This year, we wanted to focus on one of the most overriding issues of today - our impact on the oceans.

That is where the conversation started, and began to grow. To paraphrase Maarten Van Veen, pianist and music director: the sea controls our life, and in the arts it has been an endless inspiration. Water in all its facets is everywhere in music, reflecting the spectacular power, and beauty translated by great composers. It may be a wake-up call to us now, that we need to look after and share our planet: the only beautiful spaceship we all live on.

I would like to end this newsletter by welcoming Glenda Haley, a longtime friend of the Dranoff, who has taken the next step and become a board member. We are so thrilled to have her thoughtful passion enrich our board. 

See you at Wertheim Hall, Sunday, October 28, at 3pm!



Warmly,

Gabriele Fiorentino
President, Dranoff Board

 
 

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