Dick Hensold http://wrti.org en First Leaves of Spring http://wrti.org/post/first-leaves-spring <p>It is spring, finally, we hope, we really do, on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 22nd at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. It engenders all sorts of good thoughts as we consider <em>Circling Permutations</em>, a flute and double bass improvisation by Robert Ackerman, and a concert rag for piano, <em>Spring Beauties</em>, by Brian Dykstra. Always elegant, the music of Paul Chihara seems appropriate for our turn to the warmth; we’ll hear his <em>String Trio</em>.<br /><br />Avner Dorman brings along his <em>Azerbaijani Dance</em> for piano, and if you feel like a play on words, David Gunn’s always good for that, so a <em>Missing Inn March</em> could fit the bill this month. New music for old instruments symbolize a change of seasons; Will Ayton’s <em>Songs of the British Isles</em> is for the consort of viols, Parthenia. And in a similar vein, Dick Hensold breaks out his Northumbrian pipes for <em>First Leaves of Spring</em>.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:08:12 +0000 Kile Smith 7120 at http://wrti.org First Leaves of Spring Time with the Family on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/time-family-now-time <p>It's fathers and sons, mothers, sisters, and a child on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, January 11th at 9 pm Eastern</strong> on the all-classical stream at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Jeremy Beck's String Quartet No. 2 has two movements—I. Fathers, and II. Sons—that regard affinity and opposition in warm and dramatic music. Jerome Kitzke bangs on a toy piano and chants wildly in <em>The Animist Child</em>, a passionate, beguiling work he wrote to celebrate a birth. In <em>Sacred Sisters</em>, Victoria Bond uses ancient chant to celebrate heroines of the Bible: Esther, Ruth, Judith.<br /><br />Marc Satterwhite looks at the tragedies visited by Chile's Pinochet regime on its citizens, by focusing on <em>The Widows of Calama</em>, who searched the Atacama Desert for the bodies of the missing. Originally for contrabassoon and piano, Satterwhite reworked it for bass clarinet, and the show closes with another wind instrument, the Northumbrian smallpipes. Dick Hensold, in his medley of dances that include <em>Dad's Fantastic! Jig</em>, always seems to walk that edge between poignancy and joy.<br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:20:13 +0000 Kile Smith 6889 at http://wrti.org Time with the Family on Now Is the Time Numbering the Stars on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/numbering-stars-now-time <p>We reflect on the Battle of Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary on <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, July 7th at 10 pm</strong>. Warren Swenson sets the Civil War poetry of <em>Moby-Dick</em> author Herman Melville in <em>Battle Pieces</em>. Infused with the musical accents of the time and with riveting word pictures, <em>Battle Pieces</em> honors, in Lincoln’s undying phrase, “the last full measure of devotion” given at Gettysburg.<br><br>Dedications of other sorts round out the program. In the short brass piece <em>Numbering the Stars</em>, Rodney Rogers quotes the 19th-century hymn “Wondrous Love.” Sarah Meneely Kyder sets a poem of her sister’s, using text from their father in World War II, in <em>Letter from Italy, 1944</em>. With <em>Zoë Cansdale of Hartburn</em>, Dick Hensold remembers the life of a young woman taken too soon, in music for pipes that is both poignant and uplifting.<br> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:32:23 +0000 Kile Smith 6163 at http://wrti.org Numbering the Stars on Now Is the Time