Neil Rolnick http://wrti.org en Gardening at Gropius House http://wrti.org/post/gardening-gropius-house <p>Two violin concertos breathe the air of outdoors on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, May 3rd at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Neil Rolnick at Harvard was looking for extra work, and answered an ad for a gardener. It happened to be at the house of the world-famous Bauhaus architect, Walter Gropius. In <em>Gardening at Gropius House</em>, for chamber ensemble with computer, Rolnick combines his love of two things in art that he hopes are not in conflict: avant-garde modernism and a good tune.<br /><br />Twilight, Midnight, Romance, and Dawn are some of the movement titles in Ned Rorem's Violin Concerto. He almost named the piece Concertino or <em>Variations</em>, since there is no real program behind the music. Still, that combination of lightness and gravity, which suffuses all of Rorem's works, breathes of spring, and of air.<br /> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:33:50 +0000 Kile Smith 7262 at http://wrti.org Gardening at Gropius House Christmas Daybreak http://wrti.org/post/christmas-daybreak <p>It's faith of all kinds in the midst of Christmas on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, December 28th at 9 pm</strong>—our new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org. Daron Hagen uses choir and cello lovingly to explore traditional carols in new ways, with <em>Once in Royal David's City</em> and the <em>Sussex Carol</em>. Then, the sparkling Now Ensemble brings transformations to life in David Crowell's <em>Waiting in the Rain for Snow</em>.<br /> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Kile Smith 6846 at http://wrti.org Christmas Daybreak