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Saturday, October 13th

Last night, at the University of Chicago (Mandel Hall), they opened with this piece, which was followed by Shostakovich (String Quartet No. 4 in D Major), Brahms (String Quartet in A Minor) and, in an encore, Webern (Langsamer Satz). One-word review: spellbinding.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4 (excerpt); Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, October 11th

this weekend in Chicago

They’re also playing at the University of Chicago—tomorrow night.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), 1st Mvt.
Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, October 9th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Cello Suites (excerpts); Yo-Yo Ma, live, Washington, D.C., 8/17/18

 

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random sights

other evening, Chicago (riding the Green Line)

Monday, October 1st

Need a break from the incessant noise?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Canones Incerti (2010), Jürg Frey (clarinet), et al., live

 

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lagniappe

baseball

Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to decide nothing.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs/Brewers tie

Saturday, September 22nd

more

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, composition) and Spektral Quartet, “Viejo” (Yo Soy La Tradición)2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, September 16th

this week in Chicago

They’re playing Thursday at Constellation and Friday at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (benefit for Puerto Rico).

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) and Spektral Quartet (Yo Soy La Tradición, 2018)

“Milagrosa”

 

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“Promesa”

 

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Playing and talking

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

Saturday, September 1st

what’s new

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, composition) & Spektral Quartet, from Yo Soy La Tradición, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, August 28th

Sunday in Chicago

They’re playing at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, compositions; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, Toronto, 2017

“theme 1,” “. . . meanwhile,” “theme 2”

 

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“theme nothing”

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

 

Monday, August 20th

more

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Cloud Trio (2009); Chartreuse (Myra Hinrichs, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Helen Newby, cello), live, Los Angeles, 2016

 

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reading table

Walking in Mountains in the Rain
by Wang Wei, 699-759 (translated from Chinese by David Young,
Five T’ang Poets, 1990)

In this quick cloudburst
air thickens, the sky comes down

dark mountains
flashes of lightning

out at sea new clouds
have just started to form
and this small brook I straddle
is a river in flood somewhere

rags and blankets of mist
hang on these slopes and cliffs

then the clouds open and vanish
rain patters off
and moonlight silvers
that whole reach of river
foothills to ocean

and even from this black mountain
I can hear boatmen singing.

Saturday, August 18th

3n

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Light and Matter (2014); Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano), live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table 

Dust is the only secret.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 166 (Franklin)

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