Tag: Classical Composers

A Bunch of Nonsense?

This post was written in preparation for our May 2017 concert, Music Speaks In our 2017 spring concert, Manitou Winds explores the meandering, mystical path connecting music and words. We’ve been discussing for the past few weeks how music can enliven poetry and prose…

Woodwind Gourmet: Jenni’s Tofu Scramble

My fascination with composers’ eating habits began innocently enough in my undergraduate years… now that I’m no longer a student and can study anything I choose, I’ve decided to dust off that quest and go off in search of my favorite composers’ favorite breakfasts!…

Woodwind Gourmet: Jacques’ Pain Perdu

A composer growing up in Paris while bridging the 19th & 20th centuries probably ate some interesting breakfasts—a mix of gourmet and eating on the cheap. Today’s recipe is an autumn-inspired riff on classic “Pain Perdu” (literally “lost bread”). Dressed down, it’s just stale bread dipped in egg batter and fried up. Dressed up, it’s adorned with exotic spices and rich, complex flavors of fruit and wine.

Woodwind Gourmet: Haydn’s Cherry-Almond Tart

My fascination with composers’ eating habits began innocently enough in my undergraduate years… now that I’m no longer a student and can study anything I choose, I’ve decided to dust off that quest and go off in search of my favorite composers’ favorite breakfasts!…

Woodwind Gourmet: Bach’s Bread & Biersuppe

My fascination with composers’ eating habits began innocently enough in my undergraduate years.  Between long stints in the practice room, I would sit in the music building break room where I would invariably find myself in the company of many of my classmates. We…

Manitou Winds at Stormcloud Brewing Company

Manitou Winds’ July 11th performance at Stormcloud Brewing Company is part of a special series to promote the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra’s concerts for the 2015 season. Jason McKinney and Laura Hood perform regularly with the symphony and invite you to attend the upcoming…

Woodwind Gourmet: Irish Coffee

“Frederick the Great [1712-1786] used to make his own coffee, with much to-do and fuss. For water he used champagne. Then, to make the flavor stronger, he stirred in powdered mustard. Now to me it seems improbable that Frederick truly liked his brew. I…

Woodwind Gourmet: Tiramisu

“Every morning I have to write, correct, and score till one o’clock, when I go to Scheidel’s coffeehouse in Kaufinger Gasse, where I know each face by heart and find the same people every day in the same position: two playing chess, three looking…

Woodwind Gourmet: Pan-Fried Chicken with Red-Eye Gravy

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was known to burn the midnight oil, feverishly scribbling out brilliance by candlelight. Responsible for creating reams of new, original music for very prominent performances for myriad occasions throughout the year, he may have felt his life was a long…

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