Mirror Images – Art and Music through The Periods
The music offering for the 2021 festival, “Mirror Images – Art and Music through The Periods,” was held at the Congregational Church of Grafton.
The concert featured a historical retrospective of the musical arts through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern (twentieth century) periods hosted by Paul Surapine, founding executive and artistic director of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and a distinguished faculty member of Apple Tree Arts.
Before each period of music, Mr. Surapine provided insights about the era and music selection, discussing what makes a piece of music different in each era. “Music of the classical time is all about structure. The romantic period is more colorful, emotional and sensational,” he noted. Musicians performed a few of their favorite selections from each period.
For the Baroque period, organist Caleb Collins, a Vassar College student, performed selections of composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck on the church’s majestic pipe organ. The Baroque period includes music created from the 1600s to 1750s.
Selections from a few Classical period composers including Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini were performed by flutist Amy Carroll, a member of Apple Tree Arts faculty and Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Surapine accompanied her on the clarinet for a few selections of the Classical period, too.
Ms. Carroll performed selections of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other works from different composers from the Romantic period. Mr. Surapine performed the “Clarinet Sonate, Op. 167” by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.
The Modern period features music from the early to mid-twentieth century. Apple Tree Arts’ faculty member and accomplished pianist Corbin Calloway Bolton performed “Gargoyles” by American composer Lowell Libermann. Igor Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet” was performed by Mr. Surapine.