Please join us on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St, South Bend.
This second event will benefit Hannah and Friends, a great local non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Our musicians are Claricello, the duo consisting of Jason Gresl on clarinet and Lara Turner on cello.
Here’s what Jason has to say about the program they’ve created:
“In life we struggle to find the balance between the individual and the community. While many times the whole is greater than its parts, maintaining individuality is paramount to staying human. The first thing that struck me when I went to visit the Hannah and Friends Neighborhood was how the organization provides various options that residents might choose to find their balance. Some residents get together and cook for themselves, others use assistance. Recreational activities bring residents together and yet any individual can find plenty to do on his/her own. There was a strong sense of community. And of course like any community, one must find the balance of staying in one’s comfort zone and exposing oneself to new life situations.
“We have come to understand that chamber music deals with this same balancing act. Two instruments… Does the composer have them work together to blend their sounds into something new or perhaps does each instrument carve out a musical gesture on its own?
“The pieces on this program show various ways that composers explore the balancing act of community/individuality both with compositional techniques and source material. Participatory activities will give audience members an inside look at some ways that composers work and will collectively create a new piece for Claricello to play.”
I don’t know about you, but I am COMPLETELY eager to hear this concert.
MFM’s followers may be interested to hear about founder Jennet Ingle’s upcoming programs. Although they have no particular social agenda, the four concerts should be enjoyable, informative, and perhaps even AMAZING!
Music That SHOULD Have Been Written For the Oboe, with Jennet Ingle, oboe, and Paul Hamilton, piano.
We are featuring a variety of transcriptions, including the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, George Gershwin’s Three Preludes, and Bach’s E Major Partita. My own opinion is that if these great composers were unwilling to write great solo works for the oboe, it is up to me to correct that injustice.
Performances on Tuesday, 2/25, at 7:30 CST at Valparaiso University’s Duesenberg Recital Hall, Friday, 3/7, at 7:30 EST at Goshen College’s Rieth Recital Hall
Saturday, 3/8, at 3pm CST at the First Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, IN
Sunday, 3/9, at 4pm EDT at the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University
More information, and links, and details, are HERE.
I got the loveliest thank you note from Sara Stewart, founder of Unity Gardens, after our first concert. I’ll quote a part of it, because it speaks so perfectly to our goals –
“We are so grateful for your vision and efforts on behalf of Unity Gardens and the other non-profit partners of ‘Musicians for Michiana.’ The event was a huge success in all the ways you predicted. We introduced garden folks to music and musical fans to our garden work! … Kellirae from The Music Village could not have been more hospitable and welcoming! We very much look forward to continuing all our collaborations!”
Ooh, I am glowing, glowing – and excited for the next three collaborations.
Thanks for checking in! We are performing today at 2 in The Music Village. This is in the JMS Building at 108 N. Main St, South Bend, IN 46601. We’re in their temporary flood-caused space on the second floor – but if you get to the building we will get you up to the performance venue, no problem.
I appeared on WNIT last night to talk about Musicians for Michiana – here is the clip!
I can hardly believe it, but our first Musicians for Michiana concert is happening this very weekend!
I’ve been working on this project for so long that I’d almost forgotten that an ACTUAL CONCERT was going to be the end result – it seemed like all I was ever going to do was worry about money and harass printers – but now that we’ve had rehearsals and I’m planning my program notes I begin to think that it might be real. And that we might actually be getting to the part I’m good at, which can’t come soon enough for my morale.
Two years ago at a convention I heard this 2010 Martin Bresnick piece, once, and immediately recognized that I had to play it. The composer had gone on a pilgrimage to see the tiny Belarus town his parents and grandparents had grown up in, and describes the bucolic setting with nostalgia and love. The middle section, a lullaby, seems to reference his own childhood, and as such feels very personal. The piece is beautifully written for the instruments, has a great flow and arc to it, and should be an easy one for an audience to love. I’m thrilled to be presenting “Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem)” with three great string players at this Sunday’s concert!
Presenting new music to new audiences is one of my favorite things to do, and I am really looking forward to our performance. Lest you forget, we will be playing at 2:00 at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St in South Bend. The entire concert supports Unity Gardens, a great local non-profit organization, and we would LOVE to see you there.
It’s been a whirlwind, it really has. Since December 1, when I last updated you, so much has happened!
We met our fundraising goal – YAY! We did not get the grant we had applied for – BOO! We trimmed our budget to the bone and headed forward.
The Music Village, our partner and our VENUE, was flooded – BOOOO! They were able to move into temporary offices in the same lovely building and everything will proceed as planned. Come to the building, we’ll direct you to the concert!
We lost one of our musicians to an outside obligation – BOO! We changed the program to accommodate the change in personnel and moved on.
Steve Ingle completed two terrific arrangements for the group – YAY! We had three solid rehearsals in two days this past weekend – YAY! We lost a graphic designer, found another one, and developed a gorgeous poster which should be EVERYWHERE in the next few days.
Our first concert is coming up in less than two weeks – Sunday, February 2 at 2pm. The music is beautiful, meaningful, and exciting. Our Partner, Unity Gardens, is an amazing organization which is truly worth supporting. I’m just as nervous and delighted as I can be with this project.
Please come! Spread the word, tell everyone, look for our posters and flyers around town, be in touch with us, be happy, enjoy!