Out today via Nonesuch, Freedom Highway, the new recording by Rhiannon Giddens.
This missive from Third Coast Percussion:
We’ll be performing music from our album, Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category “Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance.” We’ll be joined onstage by a very special guest.
Be sure to tune in!”
Photo: Steve Pyke
Philip Glass turned eighty years old today. A celebration was held at Carnegie Hall tonight, a concert by the Bruckner Symphony Linz, led longtime Glass collaborator conductor Dennis Russell Davies in the premiere of the composer’s Eleventh Symphony and Three Yoruba Songs (with vocalist Angélique Kidjo).
In Nashville tonight, I’m not hearing any live Glass alas, but I am enjoying a brand new recording by Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. Philip Glass – Piano Works, his debut for Deutsche Grammophon, features interpretations of the Études and excerpts from Glassworks. The Siggi String Quartet joins the pianist on some of the music, reworked to incorporate strings. Both here and in the solo selections, Ólafsson brings to bear a supple sense of phrasing and wide-ranging gestural palette. His playing stands starkly at odds with the seemingly irrepressible notion that ostinatos serve as motoric cogs in a supposedly limited minimalist vocabulary. He finds 1,000 flavors of repetition. Anyone who wants an point of entry to or refresher course on Glass’s music need listen no further than here to find bold, dramatic interpretations of his work.
This week, Guy Blakeslee (who records for Thrill Jockey as ENTRANCE) released a single titled “Not Gonna’ Say Your Name.” The song protests Friday’s presidential inauguration (lyrics below). Proceeds from downloads and streams benefit Planned Parenthood. On Valentine’s Day, he will be playing on a benefit concert for the organization (details below).
The Patch has picked up the Princeton campus story. It appears that resistance to the consolidation of Rider University into a single campus is mounting.
NJ.COM has an interesting story, posted just before the news about possible consolidation. about the recent renovation of the Playhouse, for which Rider applied to receive state funding and took other fundraising measures. In the article, one of the investors is quoted: “People don’t realize what a gem is right here,” said Cynthia Ricker, Investors Bank Vice President and Lawrenceville Branch Manager. “The performances Westminster Choir College puts on in The Playhouse and elsewhere are world class.”
Let’s hope they remain world class – and in the Playhouse.