Just because it's Charles Ward (who I thought retired) and because it has one of those great music review titles...Heavy-handed pianist slightly dims otherwise bright performance
The world's most popular symphony (maybe), the Houston debut of a fearless pianist, a tribute to the Chinese New Year's and no conductor in one event?
One of the greatest opening sentences ever (maybe).
The principle attraction Saturday afternoon at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church was Brooklyn-based soloist Simone Dinnerstein. She's earned quotable raves from the New York Times and best-seller status for two CDs.
The principle attraction?
Chinese New Year's Eve was observed with Shuo (Initiate) by Chinese-American composer Chen Yi.
Cool. I like Chen Yi.
Yep. Love me some Chen Yi. Her music is so...hmmm...what's the word?
Comforting! That's it!
A brief work for string orchestra, it deftly merged comforting chords, piquant sounds of unusual scales and a balance of reflective and driving music. Chen got that celebration off to a sweet start.