Arizona Pro Arte contacted me with information about a concert that sounds interesting: “Meat and Potatoes of the German String Quartet,” featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. For more information and tickets click here.
This concert will be acceptable for review.
Symphony of the Southwest presents a salute to American composers
Leonard Bernstein (“Overture to Candide”), Howard Hansen (Symphony No. 2), and George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue). Also featured are American composers Richard Rodgers and Morton Gould.
This concert qualifies for concert review.
Tickets are available online.
I received the following message from Mrs. Marlynn Rey, former Cantamus director and member of Arizona Cantilena:
I wanted to make sure you know about the Arizona Cantilena Chorale … concert coming up on Sept. 29th in Scottsdale at the Taliesin West Pavilion. This is going to be a magnificent concert featuring Paul Phoenix (former King Singer from the UK) in conjunction with the Chorale. Dr. David Thye (principal conductor at Carnegie Hall for MidAmerica Productions, NY) is now our Cantilena director and has turned up the heat in terms of musical excellence for us.
Performances are 5pm and 7pm. Tickets are available through Eventbrite here.
This concert, while not on the concert review agreement list, is acceptable for review.
Because many of my students go to concerts at ASU, I want to pass on to you this notice about discounts. Please recall that many of the ASU concerts do not have an admission price, although many of them do.
Also remember: only concerts on the Concert Review Agreement are automatically approved for review. Any concerts not on this list must receive advanced teacher approval.
Through Saturday, Sept. 15
Time is running out to save 25 percent on your season tickets! Select at least three performance dates and receive 25 percent off the total price when you purchase by Sept. 15. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased through the Create Your Own Season ticket package at season.asu.edu.
Occasionally I get questions from parents or students about our concert review requirement in music classes. Why are students required to review concerts? Why two? Why college-level performers or above? Why not recordings; why do they have to be live performances? Why classical (art) music and not pop or folk music? Why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert?
While we’ve refined some of these requirements (including introducing a form to complete rather than a two-page review to write), the basic requirement has remained the same for my entire 15-year tenure at TPA, including the three criteria for concerts that qualify for review.
The 81 concerts on the Concert Review Agreement all meet the following criteria, qualifying them for review:
- Classical (art music, not jazz, pop, or folk)
- College-level performers or above
As regards the last question above, why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert, the answer is you don’t. There are plenty of free concerts, but not at the end of the semester. Be sure to plan ahead so you don’t get stuck choosing between going to an expensive concert or not meeting the requirement at all.
Some students tell me that the concert review requirement is one of their favorite parts of the class.
Both concert reviews are due Friday, December 7, 2018 at 3pm.
While I haven’t yet posted a complete list of concerts acceptable for review, I can guarantee that the Hayden’s Ferry series will be on it.
Organized and produced by former TPA mom, Catherine Hayden, the Sunday-afternoon series features world-class performers in the intimate surroundings of the TCA Gallery. Every concert in the series, which begins on October 21, is acceptable for review.
Tickets are $10 for students and $30 for adults. A reception follows where everyone can meet the artists.
Mrs. Hayden recently contacted me with free bookmarks for our music class students and a note, which said in part:
This series is a great way to introduce kids to concerts and give them a chance to fall in love with chamber music.
The following other concerts (which are not a part of the Hayden’s Ferry series) are coming up very soon and probably will happen before I have the list of acceptable concerts available. See if there’s something you’d like to hear:
September 1: Claudio Soares, Piano; ASU Katzin (music.asu.edu/events/)
September 9: Shuang Zhu, Clarinet; ASU Katzin (music.asu.edu/events/)
September 9: Michael Kirkendoll, Piano; ASU Katzin (music.asu.edu/events/)
September 14-15: Phoenix Symphony; Symphony Hall (www.phoenixsymphony.org/) Get tickets now; they often sell out of this one
All of these concerts also are acceptable for review. Write your review on the form. (blog.wolfemusiced.com/wp-content/files/Concert_Review_Form_2018.pdf)
According to AZ Central, a song from Music Theory for Choral Singers was sung at the funeral for Senator John McCain.
The 1982 song, “Arizona” (or “I Love You, Arizona”) was performed as a tribute to the long-time senator and Vietnamese war veteran.
The song by Rex Allen, Junior, is one of the few copyrighted pieces in my book and is used by permission. It is found on page 315.
“Arizona” is one of two official state songs, the other being “The Arizona March Song,” written by Maurice Blumenthal in 1915. This song also appears in my book, on page 312.
A few years back, one the 11th grade classes performed Rex Allen’s song in a curricular choir concert with improvised harmony.