Summertime

We began working on this week’s piece two weeks ago – before George Floyd was brutally murdered by a police officer in the US and, while we try to stay apolitical, these events can not and should not be ignored.

We believe that racism in any form is unacceptable and, although we will never really experience the systemic discrimination that minorities face every day, we can be thoughtful of how our actions contribute and try to make that contribution positive.

We thought hard about performing Gershwin’s Summertime – an opera about black men and women written by white people but decided to go ahead with the following caveat.

Porgy and Bess has been called the first great American opera, set in a black American community and performed by black artists. The themes expressed in the opera are human themes. Indeed Gershwin’s aim was to create a unique folk opera to be performed only by black actors and Ira Gershwin, George’s brother and collaborative lyricist, made it a stipulation of all productions around the world that the cast is always overwhelmingly black. In doing this, it allowed opera to move away from an art form overwhelmingly white.

Summertime, from the opera, is doubtless one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook and, we hope you will enjoy it and understand that in our hearts it is our offering of a positive contribution.

Link to You Tube Video

New York Medley

Happy Friday everyone! We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. This week we arranged and performed a medley of New York tunes to say how much we love New York, that we are thinking of all the folks there who are going through so much hardship and how we hope to return there someday.

Video link to YouTube here

Chris Alfano, Clarinet and Katie Legere, Bassoon, #KSOMusiciansAtHome #FormalFridays

Swallowtail Jig

This week, Chris and I have dressed up again for #FormalFridays and made a video of us playing “Swallowtail Jig” for your amusement.

Video link to YouTube here

Chris Alfano, Clarinet and Katie Legere, Bassoon from Kingston, Ontario #KSOMusiciansAtHome #FormalFridays

Stay healthy and be good to each other!

Closer walk / When the Saints

This week, Chris and I have dressed up again for #FormalFridays and made a video of us playing a medley of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” for your amusement.

Video link to YouTube here

Chris Alfano, Soprano sax and Katie Legere, Contrabassoon from Kingston, Ontario #KSOMusiciansAtHome #FormalFridays

Stay healthy and be good to each other!

KSO & Eroica

Members of the Kingston Symphony have discovered a way to maintain social distancing and still unite to play together, in harmony. Recorded in isolation they have come together in a virtual performance of the finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.

We chose the finale of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony for its timely and inspiring themes of heroism and perseverance. Stay well and we look forward to seeing you again in the concert hall very soon!

Here’s a link to the video on YouTube