Important! I’m extending the raffle deadline to Tuesday (tomorrow) at noon with recipients to be informed of their luck by 4 pm. I want to make sure everyone who filled out the survey gets the chance, so make sure you send me an email with the subject “Circus Maximus” and your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each winner will get 2 tickets to the March 18 Strathmore performance. Enter now!
This week’s concert is, as I already mentioned, entitled “Circus Maximus,” with performances at Strathmore on March 18 and at the Meyerhoff on March 19, 20, and 21. It includes Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (see the below post) with narration by Scott Simon of NPR or, on the 21st, Rheda Becker.
There are two other pieces on the bill, both somewhat obscure, at least from where I’m standing. There are no program notes, so I’m not sure what to tell you about David Little’s Screamer (where is your Wikipedia page, sir?), except that the brochure describes it as “[imagining] a circus very nearly out of control.”
I would be just as clueless on John Corigliano‘s Circus Maximus if not for the helpful words of one of my Twitter followers: “It was more ‘event’ than music I would listen to over and over. Much like sports, better live than ‘on TV.'” Well, you heard the man. Better live than on TV. So you should buy tickets, and/or enter the raffle.
He was also kind enough to send me this link to an article from a music publisher wherein Corigliano himself describes the piece and his impetus and thought process. Don’t miss the illumination. Thanks very much, Mr. Carney Dr. Carney! (Er, not Jonathan Carney. I thought I should clear that one up proactively.)