It seems you can’t open a newspaper or read a music blog without coming across some pronouncement or another about the health of America’s orchestras. I suppose this blog will be no exception. On that subject, I liked Anne Midgette’s recent take in “Looking for the Good News About Orchestras” in the Washington Post.
Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear that a Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Festival was springing up somewhere soon. From being rarely performed, and certainly under-appreciated, Biber seems to be enjoying a resurgence of popularity, and not an undeserved one. Biber’s Battalia is often a focus of recent performances–and that is the case with the KSO’s Chamber Series concert on Sunday. The concert will also offer Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 10, Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite, Vivaldi’s Al Santo Sepulcro,J.S. Bach’s Sonata for Viola da Gamba And Harpsichord No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029, and Goldberg’s Trio Sonata in C. I’ll have a review of the concert in next week’s METRO PULSE.