Rites of Spring Music Festival Presents to You: "Music & Tell" A virtual performance series hosted on Saturdays at 2pm
Launched in 2016 by founder, Paolo Bartolani, the focus of ROSMF has been to expand its music in new, compelling, and adventurous ways. With the challenge of stay-home orders and closed venues, ROSMF has expanded their creative forces to present “Music & Tell” a virtual performance series hosted on Saturdays at 2pm through May, in 45-minute sessions on Zoom. Music & Tell is aimed to expand the mission of ROSMF and create a stronger sense of identity while investing in the passion and artistry of classical and contemporary artists.
“We have found ourselves moved and inspired by the many musicians connected with our festival. Music is essentially a human relationship, we can communicate our inner world through contact with the other person,” Paolo Bartolani. “To me, that is the essence of music: a reflection of the soul through sound. Living in particular times like these, music allows us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. We cannot recall a more important time to share such sustenance”.
ROSMF Schedule: Music & Tell Episode #1 Saturday, May 9th at 2:00pm Italian Baroque Sonatas This first episode of Music & Tell presents music by two Italian composers: Domenico Scarlatti and Domenico Cimarosa . Both have been leading exponents of the Neapolitan School that at that époque was the most important music school for the Italian opera. Four sonatas of the two composers will be performed to enjoy some musical aspects of their art and find out how Scarlatti proved to be a pioneer of keyboard techniques. Paolo Bartolani, Piano
Music & Tell Episode #2 Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm The Pleasures of Solitude Syrinx by Claude Debussy, Semblance by Nathan Hudson, and operatic paraphrases. The artist will perform and talk about three aspects of solitude in music: - necessity: the nineteenth-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; - obligation: in the current period, social distancing provokes new ways of connecting the self to art, and art to social. Ginevra Petrucci, Flutist
Music & Tell Episode #3 Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00pm Discovering Mrs. Rossini This episode of Music & Tell will tell the story of the wife and muse of composer Gioachino Rossini of Barber of Seville fame, Spanish-born 19th century diva Isabella Colbran who was the toast of the opera stages of Europe in the early 19th century. This afternoon will tell the tale of love, passion and intrigue at the San Carlo Opera in Naples, woven with excerpts of music from Rossini’s Neapolitan period that Isabella premiered as well as some of her own compositions. This concert is based on a production presented by Divaria Productions in 2015 in collaboration with Italian musicologist Prof. Sergio Ragni, author of Isabella Colbran, Isabella Rossini, edited by Zecchini in Italy. Ashley Galvani Bell, Soprano
Music & Tell Episode #4 Saturday, May 30th at 2:00pm Benjamin Britten and Roman Mythology Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for Oboe Solo by Benjamin Britten Terry Keevil, Oboe
2020 RoSMF Subscription Package fee is $100.00 - access to all 2020 online performances - membership to the ‘Circle of Friends’ and listed on the website and paper program, - five-percent discount on all 2020 concert tickets, - invitations to special news and events throughout the year.