September 6: Baton Rouge - LSU and Goldberg / by Nathan Carterette

 the recital hall at LSU - the seats are purple & gold

the recital hall at LSU - the seats are purple & gold

 niloufar iravani (the midnight), me, maestro dinos constantinides (variations on an ancient greek theme), liz knox (three descriptive pieces), and austin franklin (five miniatures)

niloufar iravani (the midnight), me, maestro dinos constantinides (variations on an ancient greek theme), liz knox (three descriptive pieces), and austin franklin (five miniatures)

 posture

posture

 the chimes tower at LSU, and yes i went to chimes bar

the chimes tower at LSU, and yes i went to chimes bar

today was the recital at LSU, featuring music of three students, pictured, and composer and longtime professor Maestro Dinos Constantinides. after intermission was the goldberg variations.. 

i was thrilled to find Dinos' variations on a greek theme, a solo piano piece, written in a totally pianistic, creative, and colorful way. this concert was at his invitation, and with pleasure i learned the music of his advanced students, which i hope to post but do not yet have the recording. 

LSU is a beautiful campus, spanish - inspired architecture, and very homey. i went one day to the music library for some light reading on pavanes and galliards, and the music librarian came to my desk to tell me i had a phone call.  ok then. i was raised to be silent in libraries but i guess this is the south. you answer the phone when they call. it was the music school and it was my rehearsal time. 

the goldbergs are a piece that bring an eccentric and committed audience out of the woodwork, and sort of go with everything and nothing. i hope the composers were inspired by the depths bach traveled, for such a huge range of variety.