Did you know that September is Classical Music Month? Former president Bill Clinton designated September Classical Music Month by House Joint Resolution 239 back in 1994. Below is Proclamation 6716, issued on August 22, 1994, where former-president Clinton extols the virtues and value of classical music:
“In the symphony halls of our great cities across America, in the community centers of our small towns, on radio and in recordings, a note is played that began centuries ago and resounds to this day. At the heart of classical music is continuity and tradition. What was heard in a Vienna opera house was heard again in a colonial theater in Charleston, South Carolina, was echoed at the inauguration of President Lincoln, was repeated in turn-of-the-century Chicago, and is played again today by a range of musicians from the most skilled of virtuosos to the youngest student struggling with the complexities of the violin.
Classical music is a celebration of artistic excellence. Great art endures through the ages, and in the United States we have embraced that great music and incorporated it into the American experience. Our best art reflects our Nation’s spirit that mixture of discipline and improvisation, the combination of strong individual voices working together at the same time, the bravado, the inventiveness, the dynamism of the American character. Classical music plays in harmony with that energy and spirit to become reinvigorated and reinvented with each new orchestra or chamber group, with every performance that rings out new and fresh.
This month we exalt the many talented composers, conductors, and musicians who bring classical music to our ears. These artists carry on a great tradition of musical achievement, and we are proud of their outstanding accomplishments. Whether in new American works or in the masterpieces of the great composers of old, music is a unifying force in our world, bringing people together across vast cultural and geographical divisions. Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.”
Brown Paper Tickets takes pride in our contribution to the preservation of Classical Music and in celebration of Classical Music Month, I’ve included an, admittedly incomplete, list of Classical Music-related events happening all over the country in September. Find an event in your area so you can do your part in supporting this treasured, historic art form, ensuring that the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and others will continue to inspire and move audiences and aspiring musicians for many more years to come.
Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 – The (Baroque) Sopranos Austin, Texas Three of Austin’s most talented and beautiful sopranos, backed by the La Follia Baroque Ensemble, sing bravura arias by George Frederic Handel. Jenifer Thyssen, Gitanjali Mathur, and Meredith Ruduski, in full diva regalia, star. Beautiful music, beautiful singing, beautiful ladies.
Saturday, September 3 – SPLENDORS OF THE BAROQUE Atlanta, Georgia New Trinity Baroque, directed by Predrag Gosta, opens it’s 2011/12 Season in Atlanta with grand concertos by baroque masters, including Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso from his Op. 6, Wassenaer’s fantastic concerto (previously attributed to Pergolesi), concerto by Hellendaal, Platti, Bach, Muffat, and more…
Thursday, September 8 – Chamber Project St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri What does freedom sound like? Seven musicians take the stage to bring you the folk inspired sounds of Golijov, Britten and Prokofiev.
Friday, September 9 – Music of Beethoven, Chopin, Shostakovich, and More Laguna Woods, California Pianist Ruby Cheng and The Alcantara Trio (Pianist Ruby Cheng, Violinist Eric Wuest, Cellist Alisha Bower) will perform a variety of music including: Beethoven’s “Piano Trio Opus 70, No. 2, first movement” and “Waldstein Sonata, first movement”, Chopin’s “Prelude #24 in D minor” and his “Minute” Waltz” and Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio in E Minor, complete.”
Saturday, September 10 – 9/11 Memorial Concert Templeton, California A program consisting of Barber’s emotional “Adagio for Strings” and Mozart’s “Requiem” will honor those victims, first responders, and military who have served and given their lives to protect our country and freedom. Symphony of the Vines will be joined by members of the Cuesta Master Chorale, North County Chorus, First Presbyterian Church SLO, and soloists from the University of Southern California. This event is also taking place on Sunday, September 11 in San Miguel, California.
Saturday, September 10 – An Evening In Concert With Matthew Reeves Santa Clara, California Arranged for tenor voice and piano, this concert is set to take place in the intimate 250-seat Music Recital Hall at Santa Clara University. Come and enjoy an evening recital with Classical Tenor Matthew Reeves as he sings various French, Italian and Neapolitan favorites.
Saturday, September 10 – Season 5 Concert 1A – Dedicated to Haydn V (SF) – New Esterházy Quartet San Francisco, California The New Esterházy Quartet, America’s premiere period instrument string quartet, play one quartet by Haydn (Op. 9, No. 3 in G) and two dedicated to Haydn: Mozart’s K. 464 in A and cello virtuoso Bernard Romberg’s Op. 1, No. 2 in Bb from 1801, which invites the cellist to the far end of the fingerboard. This event is also taking place on Sunday, September 11 in Palo Alto, California.
Sunday, September 11 – Club Beethoven Albuquerque, New Mexico Ensemble classical music in a club setting with a variety of seating arrangements including couches and tables with service for wine, beer, mixed and specialty drinks plus delicious appetizers/tapas. Guillermo Figueroa and David Schepps will play solo and duo music for violin and cello by JS Bach, Mario Davidovsky and Zoltan Kodaly.
Saturday, September 17 – Bhopal: Sound of Struggle Cambridge, Massachusetts A Classical Piano Concert Performed by Pavitra Kumar. The four piano pieces that will be performed are: “Piano Sonata #8 in B flat Major, OP. 84” (Sergei Prokofiev, 1891-1953), “Sonata in F major for Violin and Piano” (Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847), “Nocturne for Piano “Homage to John Field” Op 33″ (Samuel Barber 1910-1981) and “Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op 26.” (Samuel Barber 1910-1981).
Tuesday, September 20 – Juilliard String Quatet Cincinnati, Ohio The world renowned Juilliard String Quartet will open their 2011 season performing Igor Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces for String Quartet” (1914 rev. 1918), Leos Janacek’s “Quartet No. 1” and “Kreutzer Sonata” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet in A Major, K. 464” at the University of Cincinnati’s Corbett Auditorium. Come early for the free pre-concert talk at 7 pm by the renowned Charles Parsons.
Thursday, September 22 – Trio Cantabile West Hartford, Connecticut The first event of the inaugural season of Sacred Music at the Red Door is a delightful hour of music in the Church by Trio Cantabile, comprised of soprano (Margaret Beers), piano (Stacy Cahoon) and harp (Amanda Evans). The program includes many combinations of these three musicians, with instrumental solos and a duet for piano and harp. Highlights include Mozart’s “Alleluia,” Bach-Gounod’s “Ave Maria,” a Debussy duet for piano and harp, a Brahms piano solo, excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro and The Merry Widow, Maurice Ravel’s unusual and ravishing “Kaddisch” from Two Hebrew Melodies, and Leonard Bernstein’s “A simple song.” A reception follows the performance.
Friday, September 23 – a WALK in the park San Diego, California Who doesn’t enjoy a walk in the park? Andante, a walking tempo, flows with the graceful fluidity of dance. Stroll along with well-known Andantes by Mozart & Strauss. Continue your walking adventure with “Central Park in the Dark” by the strikingly original and soulful NY composer, Ljova, and the melodious “Trio” by NY composer Eric Ewazen.
Friday, September 23 – Opening Chamber Concert in Denver Denver, Colorado Festival Artists and Festival Players perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Nos. 3, 5 & 6). Featured artists include: Zachary Carrettin (concertmaster/violin), Ann Marie Morgan (viola da gamba/cello), Christina Jennings (flute), Erika Eckert (viola), Matthew Dane (viola) and Rick Erickson (harpsichord and organ).
Saturday, September 24 – The Haven String Quartet’s “Comedy and Tradgedy” Concert Hamden, Connecticut This concert includes the following compositions: Haydn’s “String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke,” Webern’s “Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9” and Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8.”
Sunday, September 25 – Pacifica Chamber Orchestra Season Opening Concert Everett, Washington Join Pacifica Chamber Orchestra for the first concert of their 2011-2012 season with a musical journey from the warmth of Central America to the icy forests of Scandinavia. Compositions include: “Danzas de Panama” by William Grant Still, “Nonet” by Bohuslav Martinu, “Decet for winds, Op. 14” by George Enescu and “Little Suite for strings, Op. 1” by Carl Nielsen.
Sunday, September 25 – Symphony of the Redwoods Opus Chamber Music Series presents Mendo Lake Wind Trio Mendocino, California The Mendo Lake Wind Trio with Oboist Beth Aiken, bassoonist Eva Kidwell and pianist Elizabeth MacDougall will perform in Preston Hall, Mendocino. Both Beth Aiken and Eva Kidwell are well known star performers with the Symphony of the Redwoods and Elizabeth MacDougall performs frequently both as soloist and as chamber musician. Their program will include the beautiful and rhythmically delightful trio by Poulenc.
Wednesday, September 28 – Legend of the Piano FUZJKO HEMMING Cincinnati, Ohio Following a well-received performance with a standing ovation in September 2010, Ms. Hemming is returning to Cincinnati. The evening concert is part of The Fuzjko Hemming Piano Solo Concert USA Tour 2011. She will perform works by Chopin, J.S.Bach, Mussorgsky and Liszt.
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