The Mid-Hudson Valley and environs this year turned in the most spectacular fall I can remember. As I wrote this post, the leaves were falling fast. Now they’re down, baring bones of trees on a carpet of brown.
The slideshow contains photographs taken from October 10 through the end of the month. (If anyone has difficulty loading the slideshow, please let me know, and I’ll see if I can adjust to make it easier to load.)
I recently attended a concert at the Bard College by its newly formed training orchestra, The Orchestra Now. The musicians in the orchestra, from the US and countries around the world, are enrolled in a three-year academic program for a Masters of Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies. The splendid concert, the first in a series TŌN will perform, included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Mieczysław Weinberg’s Cello Concerto, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. TŌN’s expressive, accomplished performance of Weinberg’s Cello Concerto, with Rylan Gajek Leonard, an undergraduate at Bard’s Conservatory of Music, as the entrancing soloist, set me off on the trail of Weinberg’s music once again.
Weinberg, Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra, op. 52 (1951–1953)
Weinberg, Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra , op. 42 (1948)
Weinberg, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor, op. 43 (1948)
Bonus Track: Leonard performing George Crumb, Sonata for Solo Cello: I. Fantasia
Credits: The photographs, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.