The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra opens its 2009-2010 season with a concert titled “Global Romance.” Conductor Charles Latshaw begins his third season with the orchestra.
“Actually, as we’ve been rehearsing, I’ve begun to wish that we’d called it “Global Rhythm” instead of “…romance,” Latshaw said. We’re playing music of Ginastera, Schumann and Borodin and each piece offers some wonderfully tricky and intriguing rhythmic features.”
On paper, it’s impossible to truly capture Latshaw’s energetic discussion, because he punctuated the interview with rhythmic demonstrations using his voice, his chest and the table. “The rhythms in the Ginastera Estancia are just delightful as the piece presents the day on an Argentine ranch with mood pieces, dances and interludes. Ginastera drew heavily on dances and it really moves.”
Latshaw went on, “People might think of the Robert Schumann Piano Concerto as just a lush romantic piece. And in the hands of our soloist, Maxim Bernard, it is every bit that. But at the same time, there are some rhythmic elements that may actually have people discretely tapping their feet, especially in some places where one is actually one.”
The concert concludes with the Polovetsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. “I like to call this ‘aha!’ music” said Latshaw. When audience hears these dances, there will be a lot of nodding heads as people say ‘oh, yes, that’s where that came from’ or ‘hey, I recognize that.’”