Elena Ruehr http://wrti.org en 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