It’s going to BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL sounds pouring out of your speakers on this week’s World Music Show (4/14). That’s right, tons O’ fun for your ears this week. But let me break it down to the just the nitty gritty.
The Ariel Quartet was formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were middle-school students. They were recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and serve as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
The Miró Quartet was established in 1995 and some of the first works they performed for competitions were the Beethoven quartets. They now have a long history with the Beethoven cycle and plan to release them all to celebrate their 25th anniversary season and Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020.
Virginia Opera is in town this weekend, presenting Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The opera is "high drama – at its best." The most iconic of all bel canto operas, it's the consummate tale of thwarted love and dashed expectations. "Lucia" clearly paints a sensitive portrait of a woman at the breaking point, fully expressed in the most haunting and well-known mad scene ever produced.
The Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Symphony Orchestra are joining the worldwide celebration honoring the life and legacy of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Performances highlighting Bernstein's music will be held in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach during this year's festival.