Ludwig van Beethoven lived through a turbulent time of incredible societal change. His own life was marked by loss and disability that would have ended most people’s careers. But in the midst of everything he kept on making more: more beauty, more passion, more music. His symphonies, sonatas, concertos and overtures made him a star in his own lifetime and are still among the most performed classical music there is.
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.
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Lee Pringle thinks classical music has a color problem. Specifically, he says there’s a diverse enough talent pool to expect a far greater number of nonwhite performers on stage at classical concerts and recitals. Six years ago, Pringle founded a traveling music festival designed to prove the point that there are plenty of black musicians with the necessary education, skill and artistry; this week it makes a first-ever stop in Nashville.
Pianist Agnes Wan-Patterson, who performed many times on Live In Studio C, has died.
During her time in Nashville, Wan served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music. Although she moved to Virginia to teach at Virginia State University and the College of William and Mary, she continued coming back to Nashville for recitals and to perform live broadcasts on 91Classical. She passed away last week, just shy of her 43rd birthday.
Upon hearing the news, longtime host Will Griffin sent these words:
“I can say this is a great loss for anyone who was familiar with her playing. No one ever brought a composer’s music to a Live In Studio C performance more joyously and with more totally committed honesty than Agnes Wan, and I have no doubt that listeners could feel that when they heard her graceful and polished music making. Personally, I always felt uplifted by her good humor and her commentary made us look forward to what we were about to hear. I am very grateful that she revisited our community to bring her music to us even after she moved away from Nashville.”