2016 was a dynamic year for Manitou Winds — many opportunities to get out into the community and share the intimate quality of chamber music while also spreading imagination, creativity, and inspiration through visual art from our collaborating artist, Ellie Harold. In April, Jason…
The suite is arranged for flute, clarinet, & harp, and contains three distinct movements. “I wanted each to capture a different mood or scene you might expect to find during a céilidh—the Scottish-Gaelic word for a party with singing, dancing, and storytelling,” Jason explains.
Category: Musical Musings, Performances, Summer FantasiesTags: Anne Bara, Cape Breton, ceilidh, Celtic Music, Chamber Music, clarinet, concert, flute, folk dances, folk music, Frankfort, harp, hornpipe, J.S. Skinner, Jason McKinney, Joey Beaton, manitou winds, Northern Michigan, Nova Scotia, Oliver Art Center, piano, reel, Sam Clark, Scotland, Scottish Music, Summer Fantasies
As I was writing this short waltz, I was picturing a hot and humid summer night, with a warm wind blowing and the cicadas and crickets chirping…
Category: Musical Musings, Performances, Summer FantasiesTags: Benzie County, chamber group, Chamber Music, clarinet, composers, composition, Ellie Harold, flute, Frankfort, guitar, harp, Laura Hood, Leelanau County, manitou winds, Northern Michigan, Oliver Art Center, quartet, Summer, Summer Fantasies, Summer Waltz
Within our Summer Fantasies concert program, there are three pieces I’ve dubbed “reveries”. I refer to them this way primarily as an intentional nod to their French origins, but also because each was inspired by or intended to evoke a dream-like fantasy.
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In our modern era, it’s almost inconceivable for us to envision music being written and performed expressly for a single occasion. However, it was exactly that sort of one-time occasion that prompted King George II to commission Händel in 1749 to write “Music for the Royal Fireworks”.
Our collaborating artists typically provide artwork to help promote our concert, and we always offer an opportunity display a collection of their artwork at the concert. But, shortly before the concert, Ellie approached me with an even bolder idea.
Category: Musical Musings, Performances, Summer FantasiesTags: art of collaboration, artist, Benzie County, chamber group, Chamber Music, Classical Music, Collaborating Artist, concert, Ellie Harold, Frankfort, manitou winds, New Voices, Northern Michigan, oil on canvas, Summer Fantasies, The Secret Life of Barns (Cedar), woodwind