#MusicMonday Symphony a Listener's Guide


Recently I (Melissa) was asked to give the pre-concert chat for the next Saskatoon Symphony performance. So I pulled out Kevin's copy of The Symphony: A Listener's Guide by Michael Steinberg. This book is a collection of Michael Steinberg's program notes from years of writing for the San Francisco and Boston Symphonies. There are two additional books like this one on choral works and concertos respectively (I'm also using the concerto edition for this talk). This is an awesome springboard to use when beginning research. 

Musicians in Saskatchewan can borrow it from the Saskatoon Public Library here

#MusicMonday Lori Freedman and Sal Ferreras

Kevin and I have a number of pieces in the works including Stealth by Canadian Composer John Burke. This piece is for bass clarinet and marimba and was commissioned in 1991 by Sal Ferreras and Lori Freedman. I had heard about Lori Freedman but before now had not done any real research. I'm sorry I waited this long. Lori Freedman is a powerhouse in the new music scene, especially when it comes to big clarinets such as bass and contra bass clarinets.

Kevin knew about Sal Ferreras before now but I didn't. He is an educator, performer, blogger and public speaker. He has performed on many recordings including recordings with the CBC Radio Orchestra. 

Please check out their videos, websites and blogs to find out more you will not be disappointed!