This piece as you can see is "Korobushka -- Liebe Love Amour."
A few weeks back, I posted the video of an amazing, funny and joyous musical performance by a string quartet of four German women, Salut Salon. (If you missed it, check it out here.) I have another number from this wonderful group. What's impressive is that they're not just wildly inventive and energetic in their staging and performance -- not what you expect from string quartets... -- but they're truly excellent musicians.
This piece as you can see is "Korobushka -- Liebe Love Amour."
From the archives. This week's contestant is Stacy Fahrion from Denver, Colorado. The hidden song was on the tip of my tongue, and I knew I knew it, but I just couldn't place it. And then I did. Some will likely get it far earlier than I did, because the tip of their is much clearer. As for the composer style, it's one of those styles I just don't know well enough and mix-and-match about four or five different people. So, I didn't get it.
The other day, I posted here the utterly endearing ending of the movie All of Me with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin joyously dancing
When my friend Myles Berkowitz followed that up by sending me a clip from the movie Pennies from Heaven, I was reminded how many things Steve Martin danced in -- and all the more, how well he did so. Rare for any actor, but incredibly uncommon for a comedian. I suspect that when most people think of Steve Martin and dancing, it's likely his "Happy Feet" bit from his old stand-up act. But all this isn't that. This is serious (even if at times comic...) dancing.
Pennies From Heaven stands out on several levels. Myles noted how incredibly gutsy Steve Martin was for what is basically going up against Fred Astaire. (And that's not meant metaphorically, but literally -- watch the video, you'll see). And it stands out, too, for absolutely terrific dancing. But further, as I recall, the whole movie was gutsy for him since the character is such an awful guy.
Mainly, though, this with Bernadette Peters is actually, really good dancing.
But it isn't just those two dances. Because not only is there a third, but it's probably the most famous of his dances. (And again, how odd to think of Steve Martin for his dancing.) There's a good chance most of you have seen it – with Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, and is all the more impressive for it being live.
But if you haven't seen it, we add it below to his resume. And it's so worth watching again.
If just for the concept here alone, I would love this video.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has four "Dannys" in it -- Daniel Armstrong, bass; Danny Lai, viola; Daniel Katz, cello, and Daniel Gingrich, associate principal horn.
Bassist Armstrong wrote a duet arrangement of "Londonderry Air" (also and better-known as "Danny Boy") and performed both parts himself. But then he realized that all the CSO Danny Boys should participate, so he did a further jazz-influenced arrangement and they all got together for a Virtual Performance during sheltering-at-home.
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mike Freiberg from Golden Valley, Minnesota. The hidden song is extremely easy, and most people I think will get it about five seconds in, after a very slight introduction. And it's obvious throughout, not especially hidden. As for the composer style, I had a pretty definitive guess early on and was right. So -- I got both, huzzah. I think most have a good chance, as well.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is having another of their Virtual Recitals today. It's a pre-recorded performance from their homesd by CSO Assistant Concertmaster Yuan-Qing Yu and Principal Cello John Sharp. The recital will be followed by a live Q&A hosted by Scholar-in-Residence and Program Annotator Phillip Huscher, though registered may be required.
The event begins at 5 PM in Los Angeles and 7 PM in Chicago. I'll try to stream it below, but if that doesn't work you can reach the recital here.
This is a program --
Wieniawski L'école moderne, Op. 10, No. 7: La Cadenza
Wieniawski L'école moderne, Op. 10, No. 5: Alla saltarella
Bach Selections from Cello Suite No. 1
Bodorová Dža More [for solo violin]
Here's another song from Cantor Azi Schwartz, who I posted here the other day his joyous bat mitzvah version of the sacred prayer Adon Olam sung to the music of "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton. He is a lead cantor at Park Synagogue in New York.
This is his tribute to the Leonard Cohen on the Yahrzeit of his death. Though the music is Cohen's "Hallelujah," the words are Psalm 150 in Hebrew. He wrote for this video --
"The first Yahrzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest Jewish poet-songwriters of the 20th century, will be observed on November 7th 2017.
"As a tribute to his legacy, here is one of his most famous songs, Hallelujah, with the Hebrew lyrics of Psalm 150 which is recited daily in Jewish prayer.
"May the memory of Leonard Cohen be for an eternal blessing."
To help celebrate the first game of the baseball season, we'll start the year as we did last season -- with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti (in a Cubs jersey) playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” I think it was done in honor of the Cubs 2016 World Series, their first in 108 years, since the video was posted on November 6, 2016. And the musicians are in street clothes, but many are wearing Cubs paraphernalia or blue.
It's a wonderful and fun arrangement, too, not trying to overwhelm such a small, charming song with orchestral bombast, but arranged with an almost old-timey feel. And Muti seems to be having a good time with it all.
We have a new song parody from Randy Rainbow, and it's wonderful -- but then the song he chose (and I was absolutely certain what it would be when I saw the title) is made perfectly for not only doing a parody but one with such enthusiastic joy. So, here is "Gee, Anthony Fauci!"
P.S. Be sure to stick around for the very last tag line after the "credits.
This week's contestant is Rob Scheinberg from Hoboken, New Jersey. The good news is that I got the composer style pretty quickly. It's someone that I often toss-up with one other composer, but I guessed the right one here. But I didn't have a clue with the hidden song. However, on the second pass, oddly enough I did think I had an idea of the composer of the hidden song, and was at least right about that. And when host Fred Child gave his first clue I immediately got it. That doesn't count, but it gives me tiny comfort.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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