Monday, January 25, 2010

Warren Stewart on Alessandro Grandi

Warren Stewart is THE most passionate advocate for the music he's performing:
I've wanted to a whole concert of Grandi's music for several seasons and the opportunity to present the modern premieres of some of his cantatas makes it even more exciting. He's a terrific composer, who unfortunately suffered the historical misfortune of laboring in the shadow of Monteverdi and then dying too young in the plague of 1630. He was a colleague (and rival) of his "boss" at San Marco in Venice and they influenced each others music considerably. He influenced many other composers as well and his strophic variation approach to solo song was immediately imitated by many, including Monteverdi, in the 1620s.
I will (sob) be out of town when the Grandi concerts take place, but you should try to go! Again:

Friday, February 12 - 8:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture: 7:15 PM
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer, Palo Alto CA 94301

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 8:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture: 7:15 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 4:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture: 3:15 PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tickets are $35 (general), $24 (senior), $12 (student).
For more information, see Magnficat's web site.

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