Concert Review: Long Beach Symphony’s Season Opener Featured A Band Of Brothers And Music From Three Centuries

Carnegie Hall concert goes on, after strike canceled performance

A traffic stop by McLean County sheriffs officers netted 2 pounds of marijuana scheduled for delivery to concert patrons, said the sheriff. On Saturday, the jails population peaked at 270, a number that includes those held on new charges along with people serving sentences and awaiting trial. A decision on when the inmates will be returned to McLean County will be made after a review of the population, said Emery. Bloomington police reports indicate that Ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana were found in vehicles of people stopped Friday afternoon. During the concert, a man was removed after he was found naked on the floor. He was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer for allegedly kicking an officer who tried to restrain him. More than two dozen Bloomington police officers were at the concert on hire-back status, meaning the Coliseum, which is owned by the city by privately managed, will reimburse the city for their salary, including overtime. Bloomington Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling said eight paramedics were stationed at the concert venue, also on hire-back status. Its not uncommon for the fire department to staff events there but the fire chief noted that guests at previous Bassnectar shows have needed medical attention for issues ranging from dehydration to substance abuse. The sold-out concert was attended by about 6,000 people, many of them willing to stand in line for several hours Friday to obtain wristbands that afforded them spots on the floor near the stage. John Butler, president of Central Illinois Arena Management, the firm that manages the Coliseum, did not return a call for comment on the problems generated by the event. Local hospitals also braced for an influx of drug- and alcohol-related cases based on what emergency rooms saw during a previous Bassnectar concert in Bloomington.

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The symphonys musical experiments last year with an idea to attract young audiences has apparently been forgotten; in the hall, it was business as usual as Maestro Diemecke directed the mostly string orchestra (reduced for this concert) in a program that featured works from three centuries. The evening began, as is traditional at the LBSOs first concert, with the national anthem, but in an arrangement that actually changed The Star Spangled Banner from a song with too many high (and mostly unreachable) notes into something that many in the audience actually managed to sing. Brittens Simple Symphony was first on the program, and it suggests that simple had a different meaning for the composer. In four movements, including a Boisterous Bouree and a Frolicsome Finale, the work is a recasting of works the composer created when he was 13, re-scored for string orchestra and filled with lively good humor. But it also requires an orchestra that plays with precision, especially in the pizzicato second movement. Maestro Diemecke conducted with a sure sense of the works inner structure and still had fun with Brittens lighthearted music. Brothers Augusto and Pablo joined Enrique Arturo on stage for the central work of the program, the Bach Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and String Orchestra. The work calls for two soloists who work in friendly cooperation and competition with each other, and a string orchestra that can equal their efforts when called upon. Pablo Diemecke is concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia and Augusto Diemecke has been conductor of the Youth Symphony of the Finger Lakes since 2004. The Bach is very much a collaborative work, with the two soloists alternately and then together playing Bachs lively themes, sometimes with the strings, sometimes in a joyful duo deployment. Augusto and Pablo responded to Enrique Arturos sharp-eyed commands with brilliance, and the orchestra did likewise. The two violinists obviously were enjoying themselves, playing against each other with agility and balance, with delicious and striking results.

Concert series will spotlight talented pianist

Captions only indicate what I think Im shooting. Last time Zaghal was here at the Rocketship a group house in 16th Street Heights where underground rock bands make urgent noise on a cold basement floor he thought he was shooting local punk quartet Priests. Instead, Zaghal went home with some blurry snaps of the pipes and paneling. I thought there was some kind of stage here, he says. But my friends are pretty honest. Theyll tell me, Oh, you got a bunch of pictures of the ceiling. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas When his subjects dont elude the frame entirely, theyre often truncated, decapitated or abstracted into blurry smears of pixels. The least successful images become the most successful. Which is beautiful. And hilarious. Its a totally funny idea, Zaghal, 31, says. And now people are taking it more seriously. And thats great. Maybe there is a point to this! Point or no point, Zaghal is dedicated to pursuing this project something he refers to as both a joke and an experiment. He attends roughly 20 concerts a month, always arriving in time to snag a spot up front.

A union leader told Reuters he was optimistic the two sides could reach a permanent deal by Friday. The dispute hangs on whether the stagehands – mostly prop-makers, carpenters and electricians – should have a role in a new educational wing that the Carnegie Hall Corp plans to open above the hall next year. The corporation wants to hire cheaper labor at the education wing. Negotiations with the union took an unprecedented turn on Wednesday when Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees decided to go on strike for the first time in the history of Carnegie Hall. However, when James Claffey, president of Local 1, emerged from negotiations on Thursday afternoon, he announced the union had agreed to pull down the picket line for the day, citing progress in the talks. “This is a goodwill gesture towards Carnegie Hall,” said Claffey, whose local has negotiated some of the most lucrative pay in the industry. He later said further progress had been made, and that even though picketing would continue, he hoped to reach a deal by Friday. Carnegie Hall’s five full-time stagehands make an average of $400,000 per year including benefits, The New York Times reported, citing the organization’s tax returns. Claffey said there were many more stagehands represented by the union who work only sporadically. “This dispute is not about those employees,” Claffey said. “This is about everyone else. These are middle class employees.” The strike forced Carnegie Hall to cancel a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra with violinist Joshua Bell.

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Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown. The concert will have a basic theme that Ertl calls programmatic. I prefer pieces that have a little more musical meaning by the way they tell a story about a particular place or a poem, he said. Ertl, a native of Appleton, Wis., has performed across the United States as well as in Europe, Israel, Canada and Mexico, and has received critical acclaim for his passion and poise on the stage. He is an assistant professor of piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ertl has given numerous recitals in Milwaukee, as the artist-in-residence for the PianoArts organization. Because of this background with young audiences, he will do a master class with Johnstown piano students from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church before his concert. Laura Williamson, a concert series board member, said being an educator was one of the things that the board liked about booking Ertl for a concert. Williamson said the master class is an opportunity for students to work with a professional musician other than their regular teachers. Its like taking a private lesson where an audience gets to watch, Williams said. A student is asked to perform a short program, and Dr. Ertl will give a lesson. The work is viewed by a new teacher, which brings a different perspective and sometimes a new interpretation of the music. Any piano students interested in attending the master class may contact Williamson at 410-6144. He also likes to talk to his audience about the music hes playing, Williamson said.