A relatively smooth week at SFSU recovering from the big festive concert weekend. Sunday took us back to Sonoma for a lovely Haydn/Beethoven/Schubert program. It was like “old home week” in the midst of so much wonderful new music. Jake Heggie’s stunningly beautiful “Into the Fire” for the ASQ’s 30th anniversary with the wondrous Joyce DiDonato was a hell of a gift But Wait, there’s More….
Truly, we are loving the exquisite Patagón, which Cindy Cox has composed and dedicated to the ASQ for our 30th Anniversary. This is the 2nd fabulous quartet that we’ve done of Cindy’s and we can hardly wait to share this with our audiences. We’ll introduce the piece as a “work in progress” in Santa Rosa on February 24th and follow through with the première in SRJC’s “jewelbox” Newman Auditorium on April 13th. Like Jake’s work which we’ll record in October for AVIE, we plan to record Cindy’s new quartet too, to be released with a re-recording of her Columba Aspexit, on Foghorn Classics, where the ASQ records exclusively.
A last tidbit on the subject of new works for our anniversary in the pipeline, the ASQ will looks forward to planning the première of Robert Greenberg’s new Piano Quintet, a gift to the ASQ for our 30th, and for the very particular pianist, our great friend and frequent collaborator, Roger Woodward.