The program concluded with a selection of music from Prokofiev‘s ballet, Cinderella. A year of Cinderellas as I just saw the Rossini interpretation of the story earlier this month at the Metropolitan Opera.
While I have not seen many musicals (at least compared to several years ago), when I heard the Bridges of Madison County (based on the novel and film) was closing, I tried to find the time in my schedule to see it before its last performance. I was fortunate enough to see the Saturday matinee before it closed.
I have no idea why it is closing – a strong score, strong book and wonderful performances, particularly from Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. I have been addicted to the Jason Robert Brown score, especially the numbers with O’Hara and Pasquale. Supposedly there will be a tour in fall 2015.
The last presentation of the 2013-14 CMSOB season was Walden Chamber Players. Each year, CMSOB programs a larger chamber music group. The Walden Chamber Players consisted of violin, viola, cello, piano, horn and clarinet for this performance, although their instrumentation varies depending on the repertoire.
They played a program of varied chamber music:
Bach & Mozart Two Preludes & Fugues for String Trio, K. 404a
Hindemith Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano
Schumann Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op. 132 for Clarinet, Viola & Piano
Brahms Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40
This was another high quality chamber music performance in a season full of excellent music making!
The final Met opera of the 2013-14 season, for me, was Rossini’s La Cenerentola, based on the well-known tale of Cinderella. Two of my favorite opera singers were featured: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diago Florez. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.
I didn’t realize it, but this production is “touring” around the country with various orchestras. Like the New York Times says, this is largely a money-making venture for those orchestras that take on this project. While entertaining, music in each of the 14 Pixar films isn’t exactly the most engaging. But, as always, it was great to hear the Philharmonic. I am now interested in seeing some of these movies, not necessarily because of the music, but because of the animation. The music that interested me the most was that from The Incredibles. David Newman, from the famous Newman family (Alfred, Randy and Thomas ) conducted the performance. It was also fascinating to watch how the conductor coordinated the orchestra with the various montages from all 14 films.