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We were in town for a concert, one of the Vermont Symphony's Jukebox series featuring its string quartet. On the docket for the evening were several rock music arrangements and other rock-inspired pieces. My favorites among the covers were Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" (arr. Vitamin String Quartet) and the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" (arr. John Reed). Among the originals, I thoroughly enjoyed "Black Run," a solo piece composed by Norwegian cellist Svante Henryson. Imagine virtuosic bluegrass cello and you'll just about have it. "Black Run" is the first of three movements in a larger work entitled Colors in D. Here is the composer himself performing the piece:
"Kashmir" - Vitamin String Quartet
"Paint It Black" - The Hampton String Quartet
The Jukebox series has been a fine supplement to our symphony subscription. I love small ensembles, so much more intimate than a big orchestra. The tickets are relatively cheap and the performances are at a hip restaurant/music venue, ArtsRiot, rather than a big concert hall. Each concert is thoughtfully programmed with a wide variety of music, much of it fairly modern yet also accessible. The audience is much younger than what we see at the symphony, too - great way to build the audience of the future. I'd love it if they did more of these sorts of things. Strings are great but how about brass or woodwind? A wind quintet would be especially appealing for our clarinetist daughter.
Happy, Healthy Squid
As noted in this post, I'm working on amping up my breakfasts as a means of finding better food balance in my day. For years, it's been cinnamon raisin toast and coffee - pretty light. Recently I've added yogurt and granola bars. I'm actually full after breakfast. What a concept! I'm still hungry by lunchtime. It's a crazy busy morning every day at work. Maybe I need to carve out time for a quick snack somewhere.
From my walks: