The 15 members of Belmont University’s Guitar Ensemble gathered around Studio C, enjoying each others’ performances with a warmth and sense of casual fun that perfectly fit the spirit of the music.
After last week’s clarinet trio by Johannes Brahms we traded the cello for the violin when the Stones River Chamber Players visited Studio C with music by Alexander Arutiunian.
On Dec. 12, 1891, painter Adolf Menzel was in the audience for the premiere of Johannes Brahms’s clarinet trio. He was so moved that he drew a sketch of the clarinetist Richard Muehlfeld as a Greek god, telling Brahms, “We often think of you here, and often enough, comparing notes, we confess our suspicions that on a certain night the music itself appeared in person for the purpose of executing a certain woodwind part. On this page, I have tried to capture the sublime vision.” We captured a sublime vision ourselves as Emily Bowland, Sari Reist, and Alessandra Volpi brought that very trio to Live In Studio C.
The ink is not yet dry on Cristina Spinei’s music for Nashville Ballet’s Attitude: Other Voices performance in mid-February. Spinei’s trademark loops weave a rhythmically complex soundtrack for choreography by Matthew Neenan.
Parker Ramsay and Arnie Tanimoto’s instruments may not be that old, but they’re built in the style used 400 or so years ago. The combination of harp and viola da gamba, while pleasant, was indeed surprising.