Articles by Mike Goldberg
The 2nd Stage concert series at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen kicks off on Friday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. with a performance by the Richmond Men’s Chorus that celebrates the highs and lows of love. It will feature a wide array of music, from Classical to Broadway and everything in between. The Chorus will be joined by female vocal soloist Georgia Rogers Farmer.
Composer Fred Lerdahl’s music has been commissioned and performed by major chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and around the world. Bridge Records is producing an ongoing series devoted to his music. Volume Five includes performances by Windscape, Quattro Mani, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Symphony Spotlight highlights the careers of orchestral musicians across the country. My guest for our August segment is Herb Smith, trumpeter with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, NY. In addition to his orchestral work, Herb is the leader of his own jazz quartet, trumpet instructor at the Eastman Community Music School, and an composer/arranger.
Pianist Andrew Cooperstock releases this new recording of the piano works by Leonard Bernstein on Bridge Records. The two-disc recording marks the centennial celebration of Bernstein's birth and features collections dedicated to friends and colleagues, as well as two larger works for solo piano. As Cooperstock states, "Leonard Bernstein was one of the most significant American musical figures of the 20th century and it has been an honor to have performed his works throughout my career.
The former Royal Harpist Claire Jones returns to recording after starting a family, with 15 pieces of music that celebrate one thing, love, in all its forms. Claire says this album is “a celebration of love for one another. It feels emotional and honest to be creating an album of the world’s most romantic, love inspired classical melodies.”
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his insightful performances and recordings of a broad repertoire -- from Beethoven and Schubert to the music of today. In his latest release “Impromptu,” Shai pairs works by seven different composers focusing on the theme of improvisation.