The first Monday in Woman’s Month. We are going to feature some of the incredible women composers in the upcoming Music Mondays, but today I want to create a bridge between September’s focus and October’s exciting news.
The American composer Samuel Barber has written music “in terms of what Plato called "the absolute" with a faith in the concept that there is an absolute truth, and absolute beauty and an absolute rightness in things. It seems to me that all of Sam’s music tried to form one version or another of absolute beauty” Leonard Bernstein)
Today’s performance video features Barber’s Hesitation Tango from Souvenirs op. 28.
It is performed by Duo Vladimir & Estragon, founded by the Greek/British composer Adriana Minou (and her duo partner, Nikos Stavlas), who has written a brand new piano piece for two pianos which we are incredibly excited to premiere in the upcoming Dranoff season!
About the season….Dranoff’s Full Spectrum of Light begins with a two concert celebration of LGBTQ composers at the Betsy Hotel beginning with Saturday, November 13 esteemed Kaleidoscope Musart Duo and wraps with Dranoff competition winners, Duo Antithesis from London.
In February a tip of the hat to Valentine’s Day with a concert of Russian composers brought to us by Asiya Korepanova and Ilya Kazantsev at the Aventura Cultural Center.
Continuing the 2021/2022 season, we will discover great artists of some of Miami’s most prominent populations. In March, Dranoff is back at the Betsy Hotel with a festival of artists and composers of black African heritage in the Americas.
PianoSlam 14 takes place in the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht in April, featuring the Cuban duo Afrobeta
May 20 is a celebration of the Journey of Cuban classical and jazz artists beginning with independence from Spain and coming to the contemporary Cuban Artists in Miami today at the Miami Dade auditorium.
Please check your inbox on Thursday for the Dranoff October Newsletter with details about the season. And meet our new board members who it is an honor to introduce to you.
The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation