Corigliano 7.5: The Birthday Concert
The music of John Corigliano is performed to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Monday, April 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10 standing room, $25 table seating
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
NYFOS Next: Mohammed Fairouz & Friends
Now in its third season, NYFOS Next spotlights a new generation of song composers and interpreters in concerts paralleling New York Festival of Song’s ongoing subscription series. This concert features the music of Mohammed Fairouz.
Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM
Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
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Classical guitar is a pain in the ass. The way you’re meant to sit: weird/humiliating. The disparity between left and right hand technique: completely frustrating. Reading guitar music at sight: laughably annoying. And, perhaps most maddening: trying to project to a point at which an audience can actually hear you once you get all those other things to jibe. Maybe these reasons are why the instrument is so often neglected in the realm of chamber music, and furthermore, maybe that’s why there’s such a preciously tiny handful of classical guitarists that have broken the boundary into composition and true musicianship – because so few of us have the facility to deal with our own instrument, let alone communicate with or through other ones. That is why seeing David Leisner perform alongside pianist and compadre Jon Klibonoff as part of Symphony Space’s Guitar Plus series marked, for me, a kind of breakthrough. Apart from Leisner’s amazing facility that showed the guitar can definitely hang with arguably the most important instrument in the history of western music, his original composition for piano solo proved that classical guitarists can be legitimate musical thinkers with the ability to range out of the cramped knot that is them and their instrument and into a world of sound and color that points towards totally new directions.
David Leisner – Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
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