Moongazing at Arkansas’ Artosphere Festival, via Strauss, Monteverdi, Bach

Posted on: June 27, 2019

“When the Artosphere Festival Orchestra presents a program June 29 celebrating the moon, it will be with the backdrop of French movie director Georges Melies’ 1902 masterpiece ‘A Trip to the Moon,’ ” writes Lara Jo Hightower in Sunday’s (6/23) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock). “The groundbreaking film [is] a perfect fit for Artosphere’s overarching theme of space. Music Director Corrado Rovaris and Artistic Director Francesco Micheli carefully selected music that [includes] Strauss’ ‘The Blue Danube,’ Monteverdi’s Toccata from L’Orfeo and Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582. Q. What went into developing the concept for this concert? Micheli: For several years I have been working with the desire to combine narration and classical music…. Flying is the most common desire of human beings… It is important to celebrate the anniversary of the landing on the moon 50 years ago…. Choosing instrumental tracks with Corrado was exciting and challenging…. Our concert is a sort of musical journey that traces a sort of history of written music thinking of the sky of which the moon is the night queen: a goddess with whom we are all in love.”

Posted June 27, 2019