For Me and My Gal

Happy last-Friday-in-August! For today’s entertainment we bring you (The Bells are Ringing) For Me and My Gal …and.. we’re trying out a new at-home location! What do you think

Here’s the link to the video

If you are a Facebook user, watch out for our Kingston Classic’s Trio concert live-streamed from the Royal Theater in Gananoque next Thursday night and stay tunes for the trio playing live in our back yard (date TBA)!

Bouree

It’s summer and that usually means Wedding season! In honour of those getting married this summer, here’s something we usually play as part of a wedding – the Bouree from Handel’s water Music.

Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/xepgQRnWFeE

Katie Legere, bassoon and Chris Alfano, clarinet (Time for Two)

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