When the San Antonio Symphony was deciding what would be the perfect piece of music to share with school children for an upcoming Young People's Concert, Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, with its picturesque melodies, was a natural choice.
When Franz Liszt wrote The Fountains of the Villa d'Este, he added a Latin quotation from the Gospel of St. John. It says: "But the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life." That composition is featured on the newest album by French pianist Helene Grimaud, called Water.
A late venue change for the Tuesday Musical Club’s most recent concert led to a 15-minute delay in showtime, but it was worth the wait. Pianist Charlie Albright breathed life into old standards and even created a fully-formed composition on the spot, using four notes suggested to him by the audience. The impromptu composition was just one highlight of many on the program, which Albright capped with two encores.
Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84.
Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein is just back from Havana, where she performed with Cuba's National Youth Orchestra. She is also working with young people back in her hometown, New York. One of her goals? To introduce students to the composer she's best known for performing — Johann Sebastian Bach. She's taking digital pianos into public schools in a program she calls "Bach-packing."