Sorry to see that there was no classical music presence at the inauguration today, though I am happy to do without last time’s John Williams piece that quoted (ripped off?) Copland’s treatment of “Simple Gifts”. The soloists today were not very impressive, with James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson both sounding shaky; Beyoncé was the best of the three. The only performance worthy of the occasion was that of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, though I could have done without some of the more far-fetched “contemporary gospel” harmonic mannerisms of their arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Ella sings for Inaugural Ball dancing here.
– Two upcoming concerts by the Argento Ensemble feature important French composers and celebrate the renovation of Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum. Music by Tristan Murail on Sunday, July 22 at and by Philipe Hurel on Saturday, July 28 – both concerts at 5:30.
– A massive interview with Fred Hersch has been posted at Do the Math.
– The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE to you) has put up a nICE library of videos – performances as well as chats.
– Miss Ella shares her thoughts on the weather.
– Blogging will continue to be very intermittent until more progress is made on the current composition projects including this one.