Elena Ruehr http://wrti.org en This Floating World http://wrti.org/post/floating-world <p>Islands and dances and flutes seem to float&nbsp;on&nbsp;<strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, July 19th&nbsp;at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and&nbsp;WRTI-HD2. Haiku of Basho inspired Edie Hill's <em>This Floating World</em>&nbsp;for solo flute; Elena Ruehr's <em>The Law of Floating Objects</em>&nbsp;is for one flutist&nbsp;multiplied many times. An excerpt from <em>A Floating Island</em> is Matthew Greenbaum's chamber opera&nbsp;on an episode from <em>Gulliver's Travels</em> by Jonathan Swift, where some are so lost in thought&nbsp;they don't see what's right in front of them.<br /><br />The Habanera makes us think of Cuba and islands (okay, it's a stretch), and we find one in <em>5 Pages from John's Book of Alleged Dances</em> by John Adams. Robert Ackerman improvises <em>Havana Special</em>, clarinet and bass, and there's just enough time for an Ackerman encore, <em>Scena</em>.<br /> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Kile Smith 7492 at http://wrti.org This Floating World Songs With and Without Words http://wrti.org/post/songs-and-without-words <p>Singing can be vocal or instrumental on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, June 7th at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. A tribute to a family, carved in cemetery marble, is the choral <em>Notturno in Weiss</em> (Nocturne in White) by Robert Moran. Joseph Hallman's <em>Three Poems of Jessica Hornik</em>&nbsp;uses voice with an expanded chamber ensemble, while Anthony Iannaccone selects a solo piano for his <em>Song without Words</em>.<br /><br />An Uruguayan legend or <em>Leyenda</em> comes from Sergio Cervetti for voice and orchestra, and from her ten-year-old daughter's poem about a Cape Cod berry-picking excursion, Elena Ruehr creates the all-instrumental <em>Blackberries</em>.<br /> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:12:19 +0000 Kile Smith 7386 at http://wrti.org Songs With and Without Words Mischievous, Menacing, and Minuetting Dances http://wrti.org/post/mischievous-menacing-and-minuetting-dances <p>Mischievous, menacing, or minuetting, it's dancing on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, December 7th at 9 pm</strong>—our new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.<br /><br />From her CD <em>How She Danced</em> comes Elena Ruehr's String Quartet No. 4. It includes, as do her other quartets, a dance—in this case, a minuet—among the four movements. There is always much going on beneath the surface of her music, but whether it's mathematics or literature, what we always hear is a focus on beautiful sound. Saxophone and clarinet comprise the sounding beauties of Perry Goldstein's <em>Mischief</em>. It pirouettes, dips, and delights on its way, and is over before we know it. We want to hear more.<br /><br />Wanting more, desiring the other, and death are elements of opera; Daron Hagen brings them all together, to violent effect, in <em>Bandanna</em>, set on the U.S./Mexico border in the 1960s. Immigrants, law corrupted, and jealousy combine in this finely wrought yet roiling tragedy. We'll hear much of Act Two, where misunderstandings and machinations during a wedding dance propel the drama toward its conclusion.<br /><br />Next week: <strong>Now Is the Time</strong> Show #200!<br /> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:56:00 +0000 Kile Smith 6774 at http://wrti.org Mischievous, Menacing, and Minuetting Dances Ancient Stories on Now Is the Time, June 30 http://wrti.org/post/ancient-stories-now-time-june-30 <p>Stories of suffering and joy define our culture on <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, June 30th at 10 pm</strong>. Elena Ruehr’s <em>Averno</em> sets the poetry of Pulitzer-winning Louise Glück, the 2003-04 U.S. Poet Laureate. The door to the underworld in Roman myth is at Lake Averno or Avernus. <em>Averno</em> the cantata explores cycles of death and growth in the story of Demeter’s daughter Persephone and her abduction by Hades.<br><br>Chelm in Poland is the venue for countless tales of Jewish humor, such as the man who leaves for a new city, gets turned around during the night, and walks back to his hometown thinking it’s a new place. There are three sections to <em>Sages of Chelm</em> by Matthew H. Fields; we’ll have time to hear the last. Following I. Khutzpah and II. Tsores (“Troubles”), we’ll listen to the happy resolution in Simchas, which means “Joy.”<br> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 01:42:06 +0000 Kile Smith 6136 at http://wrti.org Ancient Stories on Now Is the Time, June 30