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Classical 101

ProMusica Welcomes Silk Road Ensemble Pianist Joel Fan

ADAM: AUDIO and if it stays, needs cleaning up. The holidays are over, decorations are being taken down, (except for those of us who get real enjoyment out of having lights on our house in April), and now we wait for Spring. If you think there is nothing going on in January and February, think again! ProMusic Chamber Orchestra had a stellar musical lineup last weekend that included pianist Joel Fan at the Southern Theatre Saturday and Sunday performing Ravel's jazz-tinged Piano Concerto in G. Timothy Russell set the stage. [audio:http://www.wosu.org/audio/classical/2001/Tim-Russell-concert-overview.mp3] Concert Overview Along with the Ravel, ProMusica performed Joan Tower's Made in America, which came about as part of the Ford Made in America project...a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer. [audio:http://www.wosu.org/audio/classical/2011/Tim-Russell-Joan-Tower-pt1_1-5-11.mp3] Tim Russell discusses Joan Tower's Music, pt. 1 [audio:http://www.wosu.org/audio/classical/2011/Tim-Russell-Joan-Tower-pt2_1-5-11.mp3] Tim Russell discusses Joan Tower's Music, pt. 2 ProMusica has, for years, found Joan Tower's music to pair wonderfully with that of Beethoven...kind of like having the perfect wine with dinner. As Timothy and I discussed the program, conversation turned to tempos...how fast SHOULD you play Beethoven's symphonies?  Well, the answer depends upon whom you ask. [audio:http://www.wosu.org/audio/classical/2011/Tim-Russell-Beethovens-tempos_1-5-11.mp3] If you were there, I hope you also stayed after the concert for Coda...a casual conversation with Tim Russell, Joel Fan, and me.  If not, plan on it for the next ProMusica performance in the Southern Theatre in March, when a fabulous young violinist, Carolyn Goulding, performas Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto.  You'll have a chance to ask questions, find out more about what you heard, and probably have a cookie! I hope you'll join us.  Details at promusicacolumbus.org.  Between  now and then, Concert Master Katie McLin and Principal Cellist Marc Moskovitz will perform at the Pontifical College Josephinum in February...a program which includes the Bach Chaconne, a Solo Cello Suite by Catalan composer Gaspar Cassado, and a cello and violin duo by Zoltan Kodaly.