This May, the Rites of Spring Music Festival (ROSMF) will certainly look a little different, but sound just as magnificent.
"We have found ourselves moved and inspired by the many musicians connected with our festival," shared Festival Founder and pianist Paolo Bartolani. "Music is essentially a human relationship; we can communicate our inner world through contact with the other person. To me, that is the essence of music: a reflection of the soul through sound."
The fifth iteration will now not only be accessible to those that would have visited the North Fork venues concerts were going to be held at, but will be presented for those across the world to enjoy. As venues are closed in response to the stay-home order, ROSMF has decided to host a digital Music & Tell
series. The 45-minute virtual performances will take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. throughout May. Viewers can tune in via Zoom.
"Living in particular times like these, music allows us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary," Bartolani said. "We cannot recall a more important time to share such sustenance."
ROSMF established Music & Tell
to champion the Festival's mission of "offering the best young professional musicians as well as international chamber music ensembles and soloists, to providing audiences of all ages, in particular young people, with a stimulating introduction to the performing arts, and to reach out to those with limited opportunities to experience the arts," as well as "create a stronger sense of identity while investing in the passion and artistry of classical and contemporary artists."
The 2020 ROSMF will launch on Saturday, May 9 with Music & Tell Episode #1: Italian Baroque Sonatas.
The afternoon will celebrate two Italian composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Domenico Cimarosa, with Sonatas, as well as compositional aspects featuring Scarlatti, Cimarosa and more. Bartolani will lead Music & Tell Episode #1
On Saturday, May 16, Music & Tell
Episode #2 will feature The Pleasures of Solitude
, with Syrinx
by Claude Debussy, Semblance
by Nathan Hudson, and operatic paraphrases. The session will include a performance from each musician, as well as a discussion about solitude in music that will touch upon "necessity: the 19th century practice of bringing back home opera melodies with transcriptions for solo instrument; choice: with Debussy, the flute instrument chosen for introspection and bucolic solitude; and obligation: in the current period, social distancing provokes new ways of connecting the self to art, and art to social." Flutist Ginevra Petrucci will lead the afternoon.
The series continues on Saturday, May 23 with Music & Tell Episode #3: Discovering Mrs. Rossini
. The program will focus on the Spanish-born 19th century diva Isabella Colbran who was the wife and muse of composer Gioachino Rossini of Barber of Seville fame. The performance is based on a 2015 production presented by Divaria Productions
, in collaboration with Italian musicologist Professor Sergio Ragni, author of Isabella Colbran, Isabella Rossini, edited by Zecchini in Italy. Ashley Galvani Bell
, soprano, will lead the performance.
Music & Tell
will conclude with Episode #4: Benjamin Britten and Roman Mythology
on Saturday, May 30. The session will encompass Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
for Oboe Solo by Benjamin Britten, led by Terry Keevil, Oboe.
Each year the Festival showcases the talents of international classical and contemporary musicians. The digital concerts allow ROSMF to continue this tradition, while supporting the artists who entertain East Enders. "Shifting to online performances has made classical music more accessible than ever," Bartolani explained. "As artists, we also fear it is endangered. It is up to us to share and up to our audience to decide how much it's worth."
A subscription package for the Music & Tell
series is $100.
Additionally, ROSMF is offering virtual, private music lessons. "We are exploring every way we can develop and strengthen our relationship with people interested in learning more about music," Bartolani added. Music education is available in oboe, flute, piano, and music theory
For more information, visit www.ritesmusic.org.
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