Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Miniature Masterpieces

       This past Sunday The Michigan Philharmonic presented "Miniature Masterpieces" at the Inn at St. John's. The European styled chapel at St. John's provided impeccable acoustics and beautifully showcased the philharmonic's principle musicians. "Miniature Masterpiece" included Haydn's Lira Concerto No. 2 in G, Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite,  Lili Boulanger's D'un Matin de Printemps and Ribbon Earth, a contemporary piece composed by Kristin Kuster. 
Composer and University of Michigan professor, Kristin Kuster
MPO, Washburn (right) and Kuster (far left), receiving a well deserve applause. 
      Kuster, a professor at the University of Michigan, has commissioned musical works for the Michigan Philharmonic in the past, but this Sunday, the orchestra had the privilege to preform her sculpture inspired piece, written for flute, clarinet, bassoon and string quartet. The philharmonic's talented players, under the direction of Nan Washburn, wowed the audience with their seemingly effortless performance of the technical and thought provoking piece. Kuster proved once again, that modern music has a place among traditional works, by providing an exhilarating and refreshing apsect to the program

      Ribbon Earth was followed by the recognizable Appalachian Spring Suite, again brought to life by the chamber orchestra. The well known melodies resonated throughout the chapel, creating a truly memorable performance and afternoon. The Michigan Philharmonic will preform "Miniature Masterpieces" once more on Sunday, January 20th at Planterra in West Bloomfield. The proceeds from the event  will be donated to Hospice of Michigan

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