The Main Street Sessions: March 1, 2008

The Carolina Parakeet
Here’s more information about the music and performers on The Main Street Sessions airing Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2 p.m. To compliment Ken Frazelle’s new set of songs, Vanishing Birds, images of and information about the extinct or endangered birds described in his music is included below.
Click here to LISTEN to the show. (Be patient. It may take a moment.)
Composer, Kenneth Frazelle
Soprano, Marilyn Taylor
Opus Two (William Terwilliger, Violin and Andrew Cooperstock, Piano)
Composer, Paul Schoenfield
Composer, William Stevens III
Composer, William Stevens IV
Flutist, Laura Dangerfield Stevens
Clarinetist, David Kirby
Violinist, Joseph Meyer
Cellist/Producer, Evan Richey
Pianist, Fred Pivetta
Kenneth Frazelle: Vanishing Birds:
Carolina Parakeet (intro)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
The Piping Plover

(Performed by Kenneth Frazelle, piano and Marilyn Talyor, soprano)
Paul Schoenfield:
Four Souveniers: Tin-Pan Alley, Tango
Partita: Sinfonia, Nigun

Cafe Music: Rubato
(Performed by Opus Two. Andres Diaz performs with them on Cafe Music, from their CD.)
William Stevens III: Quodlibet
(Performed by Laura Stevens, flute; David Kirby, clarinet, Joseph Meyer, violin, Evan Richey, cello)
William Stevens IV: Aria from Insomnia
(Performed by Evan Richey, cello and Fred Pivetta, piano)
Kenneth Frazelle:
Elixir (Performed by Ken Frazelle, piano)
The Carolina Parakeet, extinct since 1918. (By John James Audobon, 1883.)
Carolina Paroquet (Conuropsis carolinensis) – Duke specimen #B831, from GM Gray’s collection, collected in Florida, no date.
The Carolina Parakeet died out because of a number of different threats. To make space for more agricultural land, large areas of forest were cut down, taking away its habitat.


Harrell and Ngwenyama Perform with the CSO this Weekend

Cellist Lynn Harrell is joined by violist/violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama (“en-gwen-ya-ma”) this weekend for performances with The Charlotte Symphony of Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote. Here’s a video clip of Ngenyama performing the Prelude from Bach’s Suite No. 1 (originally for cello):

To get a feel for the work Harrell and Ngwenyama will perform together, here’s a portion of Strauss’ Don Quixote. Mstislav Rostropovich is the cellist. Seiji Ozawa conducts the Saito Kinen Orchestra. In the piece, the cello plays the role of Don Quixote. The viola is Sancho Panza.

Classical Grammy Winners Announced; Local Cellist Shines Alongside

Charlotte cellist Kendall Ramseur performed at the Grammys last night.
(Photo: Donald Dietz)
Below you’ll find a full list of winners in classical music categories from last night’s 50th annual Grammys.
To explore different perspectives on the event, here are two articles of interest:

Grammys at 50: Bring the magic back

Sunday’s award show has a chance to tap the special way music can touch people. (Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times)
The Baton’s Been Passed Over: The Grammys pretty much ignore classical music these days, and vice versa. (Anne Midgette, Wasington Post)
Of local interest is news that young Charlotte cellist, Kendall Ramseur, who now studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts, was chosen to be in the ensemble that accompanied performances at the Grammys by Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. Kendall performed for WDAV’s The Main Street Sessions last March. We’re proud of him! A full article about Kendall and others from the NCSA who performed at the Grammys is here. Click here to read the article that appeared in The Charlotte Observer.


Netrebko’s Expecting, Marrying

Opera. On stage and off, a proven source for intrigue (not to mention juicy gossip). The latest news is no exception.
Hearts are breaking across the globe. A beloved diva for the modern day, the ravishing Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, is pregnant and plans to marry. Read the full story here.
Her fiancee is Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott. In case you get any big ideas about trying to upstage him, be sure you size up your competition first:
Better hit the gym, boys.

Carmen at the Superbowl

Why watch the Superbowl? For the ads, of course. Classical music–opera, no less–was featured in at least one. This, by the way, was an “amateur” ad entered in a contest last year and held over for broadcast this year:
Doritos Super Bowl Commercial: Giant Mouse Trap
The music in this unsettling Audi ad (which parodies the horse head scene from The Godfather) also employs an orchestra as we know it. The first few seconds hint at a trumpet theme from the finale to Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Then Mahler collides with Jaws and other cinematic terrors:

In other Superbowl music news, there’s no doubt in my mind the national anthem was lip synched by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Seems a shame:

At least Tom Petty sang live. I’ll take flat over fake any day.