A big year is behind us, and a bigger one upon us!

We brought our audiences to fits of laughter. We enchanted them with stories by candlelight. We expressed to them the genius of today’s greatest musical minds. We terrified them. We brought them together to make music during the most joyous time of the year.

Two world premiers, a U.S. premier, an East Coast premier, three guest performers, an illustrious guest composer, a dead illustrious guest composer (peddling cereal…), a skeleton, a Christmas tree, a lion jumping through a flaming hoop, lots of hard work, generous help, wonderfully dedicated audiences, and a sorely neglected blog later, we transition from our 2014 series to that of 2015!

So… how do we top all of that?

We’ll let our music do the talking. Dates are now set for our next three pairs of concerts, the first of which is coming up in only a matter of weeks! On March 27th and 28th we present an entire concert of my original music featuring my sister, flutist Carolyn Giardini, as our guest. The repertoire, spanning nearly ten years is quite varied in style and affect. Featured is a brand new suite from my 2014 opera, Azaio, based on the libretto of Karen Saillant, director of the International Opera Theater. Kaitlyn will be both singing major arias from the opera and dancing to the instrumental music, as an incidental dancer’s role is part of the original production.

European Elements GraphicThe remainder of our year will be dedicated to a four-part series entitled, Elemental/National, featuring the music of four, iconic European countries, Italy, France, Germany, and Spain, metaphorically paired respectively with the four Classical elements, Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. In other words, here come the heavy hitters! For example, from Italy, Paganini, Rossini, and Respighi; from France, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Poulenc; from Germany, Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms; and from Spain, Albéniz, Falla, and Rodrigo. Furthermore, we feel that the music selected best represents each concert’s respective, metaphorical element. And, as usual, we have many surprises in store.

And speaking of surprises, wait for a big update about this October.

We greatly look forward to seeing you this year!

David

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