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The Fromm Players at Harvard present ‘Resistance and Hope’


first_imgWalter Bigelow Rosen Professor Chaya Czernowin’s choices of composers and works for this year’s Fromm concert centers on individuality, integrity, and artistic focus. Some of this year’s Fromm program is, clearly, ostentatiously political. The Prince Myshkins — whose inclusion on this concert is, to say the least, an innovation — feed on the Orwellian absurdity of our power structures, skewering with pointed humor and intricate songwriting. The three other composers here epitomize the single-minded pursuit of an artistic vision and the creative life, in the face of misunderstanding, mistrust, and indifference, and regardless of external, traditional notions of success. But there’s also a subtle connection here — the folk/protest song underpinnings of the Myshkins resonate with the folk-music basis of Ben Johnston’s String Quartet No. 5. That piece, incidentally, is performed here by the Kepler Quartet, which was formed in 2002 for the purpose of performing and recording Johnston’s string quartets. Their immersion in this repertoire brings unmatched breadth and richness to their interpretations.The Fromm Players at Harvard, a professional ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, play works organized around a strong theme that add something unique to new music in Boston. The Prince Myshkins are a satirical songwriting/performing duo named after the protagonist of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot,” a holy fool whose noble but often naïve intentions are at odds with outside forces. The Myshkins’ socially conscious and technically sophisticated songwriting and theatricality of performance has its ancestry in Brecht and Weill (Tom Lehrer could be an American cousin).Graciela Paraskevaidis’ (1940-1917) work “algún sonido de la vida” (“any sound out of life”) seems to seek to make of two oboes and performers one event or musical source. The complex, unpredictable passing of sound from one instrument to the other, which happens frequently in the first movement, creates illusory and real overlapping and melding of the sound.The American composer Ben Johnston (b.1926) remained musically tied to the American vernacular traditions. Johnston wrote his Fifth Quartet in 1979; it uses as a cantus the folk tune “Lonesome Valley.” Johnston compared the structure of the Fifth Quartet to Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.”Galina Ustvolskaya’s (1919-2006)  Symphony No. 2, “True and Eternal Bliss!” is scored for piano with an orchestra of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, plus reciter; the composer calls the piano’s central role “almost a solo.” The reciter’s part in the Second is marked at its start with the description “A scream into space,” which is also the title of a 2005 documentary about the Dutch premiere of the symphony. In that film, Ustvolskaya spoke of the piece as being about a man sinking into oblivion and crying out to God as he submerges.“Resistance and Hope” takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public. Free parking in Broadway Garage, corner of Felton St. and Broadway. Please visit https://music.fas.harvard.edu for more information, or contact by phone at 617-495-2791 or via email at [email protected]u Read Full Storylast_img read more


Fully open borders to tourists from 10 countries


first_imgThe 232nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held today, at which the website was presented Enter Croatia on which there is an online form for faster and easier crossing of the state border. / / / EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION CONFIRMATION PROOFING ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR TOURIST PURPOSES By the said Decision, nationals of Member States of the European Union such as Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, due to the satisfactory epidemiological situation, will not have to prove the reason for their entry (such as business, economic, tourist, etc.) when entering the Republic of Croatia, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before COVID-19, but still with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Tourists from countries not mentioned above will still need to have confirmation of booking accommodation / charter services / etc. proving entry into the Republic of Croatia for tourist purposes. For this purpose, an official example of the accommodation reservation confirmation has been prepared, which is attached. center_img Upon entry into the Republic of Croatia of citizens of these Member States, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (such as destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), for the possible need to contact for epidemiological reasons, via the already mentioned website. online obrasa Enter Croatia. Also, the Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović presented Decision amending the Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more




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