Lately, my intention is to learn more about the life and work of Claude Debussy. This year March 25 will mark the 100th anniversary of his death and Noontime Concerts will begin a Debussy Festival to honor this legendary musician, composer, and critic of the 19th and early 20th centuries. As I read about him and listen to his music there is a reverence for the creative impulse as it continuously challenges and transcends established orthodoxy and tradition. Listening carefully to his music, I have a deeper sense of what Debussy meant when he said, “Music is the space between the notes.” It is in these infinite moments that the composer, musician, and listener simultaneously create the music. So, friends, I invite you to join us weekly and to occupy your interior spaces with these musical moments.
Noontime’s spring season offers your inner musician 3-months of illuminating programs. On March 6, Randall Weiss, Michael Graham, and Amy Zanrosso will perform the music of Gabriel Fauré as a preview to our Debussy Festival. The Albany Concert will play the iconic Goldberg Variations for our annual Bach’s birthday celebration on March 20. MUSA follows on March 27 with an exotic repertoire of Western music written in and for Chinese courts and Chinese music transcribed by European visitors of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Let our April concerts shower your senses with depth, lyricism, and vibrancy. On April 3 we will feature the award-winning flutist Rhonda Bradetich and the guitar artistry of Paul Grove. The next two concerts on April 10 and 17 bring the Debussy Festival into the spotlight when Dawn Walker, flute, Elizabeth Prior, viola, and Sarah Voynow, harp will enrich our inner Francophiles and Neil Rutman will carry that theme forward with a solo piano performance of Chopin and Debussy. Beethoven’s violin sonatas, often described as the most important works for violin and piano, will be featured on April 24 when two stellar musicians, Tom Stone, violin and Jeffrey LaDeur, piano will perform the darkly dramatic Sonata No. 4 in A minor followed by the lyrical Sonata No. 5 in A Major, also known as the Spring Sonata.
Throughout the month of May, Noontime Concerts will treat you to a variegated musical bouquet filled with a gorgeous selection of carefully chosen repertoire. On May 1 Ann Moss, soprano and Igor Viera, baritone will sing two Ave Marias to honor the theme of artist Carlos Pillado’s compelling altar display The Virgins and will also delight our ears with songs from South America, France, and Germany. On May 8, Daniel Reinker, principal viola with the Nashville Symphony, will join Randall Weiss, violin and Amy Zanrosso, piano to play a program of Brahms and Mozart. Of course, the Debussy Festival will continue with Yi-Fang Wu, piano and Boson Mo, violin performing Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 2. And the spring season will finish on May 29 with the bright virtuosity of two emerging artists, Alexander and Lucas Perry, playing 4-hand piano works by Debussy, Fauré, and Bizet.
I hope you are as excited as I am about our spring concert season. If you are, I want to ask for your help. Please let your friends, family, and co-workers know about Noontime Concerts. We have recently augmented our digital presence with regular email communications and more Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube posts. If you haven’t yet signed up for Noontime’s email you can easily do so here on our website. Invite others to sign up too and do share our digital media postings through your own digital media posts. More importantly, invite people to the concerts.
Each week Noontime Concerts provides the acoustically balanced physical space and world-class musicianship for you to experience meaningful musical moments. I welcome with gratitude your continued support for our weekly programs and the talented artists and production staff who make them possible. We would love to know why you donate to Noontime Concerts. Please email your reasons at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org. When you make your contribution, by mail or online, of just $50, $100, $250 or more to Noontime Concerts know that your donations and your weekly attendance at our concerts build on a 29-year mission that will continue to enhance the cultural life of the Bay Area with free live weekly classical music programs.
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