Thursday, February 24, 2011

What's A Good Read or Listen? Steven Smith's Recommendations on Books and Recordings


The Greater Richmond Barnes and Noble store locations will be hosting a bookfair to support the Richmond Symphony this weekend - so if there's that book you've been meaning to buy but haven't had the chance to yet, here's your chance to get it and help your favorite symphony in the process!  (To obtain a bookfair voucher or online code, visit the Richmond Symphony's event page: http://www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=164.)

However, if you don't know what to read or listen to next, Music Director Steven Smith gives you a list of his favorite books and recordings to consider:

For music-related books: 
  • The Letters of Mozart
  • The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz
  • Life of Beethoven by Alexander Thayer
  • The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
  • Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions by Howard Goodall
For other favorite books:
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Recordings:
  • Brahms Symphonies, Bruno Walter/Columbia Symphony
  • Haydn, Symphonies Nos. 92, 94, 96: George Szell/Cleveland Orchestra
  • Berlioz, Les Troyens; Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony
  • Dvorak, Symphony No. 7 & 8; Cristoph von Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Money Jungle; Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach
  • Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley; Nancy Wislon, Cannonball Adderley
  • Nonesuch Explorer Series; Bali - Gamelan and Kecak
  • Graceland; Paul Simon

Don't miss your chance to meet Music Director Steven Smith and Richmond Symphony musicians at the Brandermill Barnes & Noble location!  Try out an instrument for yourself at our instrument petting zoo as well!

Behind the Sound: Creating Music Made For You
Friday, February 25 - 7 PM
Barnes & Noble - Brandermill Store
Richmond Symphony Music Director Steven Smith will speak on his position as Music Director and his vision for the Richmond Symphony. He will be available after the talk to meet and interact with the audience.

Richmond Symphony Comes to Barnes & Noble
Saturday, February 26 - 10:00 AM - 3 PM
Barnes & Noble - Brandermill Store
The Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quintet will perform at Barnes & Noble, starting at 10 AM and 11 AM. The Richmond Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo will also be set up in the children's area of Barnes & Noble from 12-3 PM. Children of all ages will be able to see and handle a variety of musical instruments! Don't miss this opportunity to see the Richmond Symphony out in your community!

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