Our two-week collaboration with the fantastic New York composer and musician, Ljova kicked off yesterday with the final CLoSer concert of our Émigré series at Village Underground. We loved getting to know Ljova and his atmospheric music, as well as his wife and singer, Inna Barmash who joined the Orchestra for some Klezmer-inspired vocal numbers.
We received some fantastic feedback on Twitter and Instagram from the concert, which we thought we’d share post-concert, as well as some of our favourite snaps! And don’t forget – the whole concert is available to watch for free via our live stream until Wednesday 6 May on our website and YouTube channel.
The final CLoSer concert of our Émigré series is tonight, and we’re really looking forward to performing with the wonderful Ljova, who was a guest yesterday evening on BBC Radio 3 In Tune with Suzy Klein. Ljova played three of his own works, and talked about his music, experiences of leaving Russia for New York, and of the continual struggles of forming an émigré identity.
The episode is still available to listen to on catch up, and you can find Ljova from around 1hour 14mins in.
Whenever you hear a classical music joke, chances are the punchline is something negative about the viola or violists. Whole websites are devoted to viola jokes, and it has been a source of contention for hundreds of years. It is generally believed that the viola joke tradition originated c.1700 when viola parts were normally very simple (and therefore normally taken up by the lesser talented players!). Poor violists, they’ve had to put up with it for over 300 years!
Ahead of our CLoSer concert with New York violist, Ljova next week, we thought it would only be right to show our respect to this long-standing tradition and to collect our favourite viola jokes. We called on our Twitter followers to share the best ones they could come up with too and we’ve collated our favourites below. Enjoy!
Ever wondered what our players listen to in their spare time? Whether they prefer Bach or Berlioz? Which instruments they admire? What makes their mouth water?! Our regular quick fire round returns with viola player Becky Jones revealing her favourite things...
At the moment, Janacek. It changes all the time!
Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, which coincidentally City of London Sinfonia won a Grammy Award for it’s own recording in 1997, followed closely by Dvorak’s Rusalka.