All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy Takach, is based on a true story that took place during the first winter of World War I. Next week, Minneapolis-based Theatre Latte Da brings All is Calm to the Triad. They’ll be joined in performance by the internationally acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble Cantus with patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval Scottish ballads, and holiday carols from England, Wales, France and Germany.
Renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst is a linguist, translator, cultural historian, and one of Canada’s most revered poets. His poetry has been described as “rare but not rarified”, and in his landmark book The Elements of Typographic Style, he’s been said to “conjure poetry out of the smallest detail, from the humble hyphen to the nuances of serifs”.
The New York Times says Joel Fan’s piano playing has a “…powerful touch and big sound with the sparkle and rhythmic suppleness of a jazz improviser”. That suppleness enables him to take on a huge variety of musical styles from Beethoven’s Triple Concerto performances alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Jonathan Gandelsman to new works like Derek Bermel’s Funk Studies. Joel’s appreciation for composition grew from his longtime mentor, the late American composer/pianist Leon Kirchner who died in 2009. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and his music were at the center of Joel’s recent CD Leon Kirchner Revelations on Verdant World Records which we sample today now. This is Kirchner’s last work The Forbidden. Joel Fan spoke with David Ford by phone from his studio in New York.
Giuseppe Verdi turned 200 last month, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts continues the celebration of his life with a celebration of death: Verdi’s monumental Requiem. The Stevens Center performance on Friday night, November 8th at 7:30 PM will feature more than 200 musicians including the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, and outstanding soloists from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.