After attending the pre-Carnegie concert, 10th anniversary performance of John Corigliano's "Circus Maximus", presented by MSU Wind Symphony, I decided to google the reviews of the premiere of this piece, because I am simply speechless, overwhelmed, excited, deafened, knocked down.... and the list goes on and on.
"It was a symphonic portrait of a world of extremes, of fragments competing for primacy, of a barrage of eclectic elements assaulting the senses."
"...Corigliano has deftly instantiated an era of spectacle, noise, violence, and disorder."
"...Circus Maximus employs the sonic and theatrical language of American popular mythology..."
" Circus Maximus is, without question, the most important piece of music to hit the repertoire during my conscious lifetime." <---This is exactly how I feel right now.
MSU Wind Symphony, GREAT JOB! Have a blast at NYC Carnegie Hall, blast it off while celebrating the piece's 10th anniversary LoL
I have never been so overwhelmed by one single concert (especially when I don't much like the first half), John Corigliano's name now engraved in my memory.
Here is a recording of MSU Wind Symphony performing the piece 4 years ago during John Corigliano's residency at MSU:
composer: Arvo Part
One of the most serene piano piece on earth. Whenever I am feel uncertain, need a peace of mind, unsettled, this will be my piece. Listen to the sound of your heart.
"Ave Maris Stella" by Pamintuan
performed by Newmen Sound Men's Choir
A setting of the text by philipino composer Pamintuan. I am quite shocked to know he is not that well known here in the states! His works are amazing and should deserve more attention! We are currently working on this piece with the MSU's Men's Glee and I picked his Dulcis Maria to work with the State Singers. Awesome!!
Loch Lomond arr. Jonathan Quick
Loch Lomond, also known as The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond, is a popular Scottish folk song. This beautiful arrangement done by Canadian composer Jonathan Quick. Set in chorale in the beginning and end, with a highland party in between. Interestingly, "Loch Lomond" is also used as a shorthand for anything Scottish.