Author Archives: Ryan Libel

Diwali with The Chicago Sinfonietta

A week ago I attended the Chicago Sinfonietta’s most recent concert at Symphony Center, a program entitled Sea of Light timed to coincide with Diwali, the 5 day Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, of knowledge over ignorance.  In Hindu cultures, Diwali is a time for reflection, celebration, family, and starting fresh.  […]

A Matsuev Matinee

Symphony Hall was nearly full yesterday for a matinee recital by Denis Matsuev, the 43-year-old Russian pianist.  I bought a cheaper seat, since I wasn’t previously a fan and I didn’t think the playlist included any of my favorites.  But sometimes programs change – after I bought the ticket, I went online to check the […]

Overdue Housecleaning: Suzuki #MeToo

William Preucil has long been one of Suzuki’s biggest success stories.  Heralding from the first family of American Suzuki, he traveled the world as a young performer.  Early in adulthood, he established himself as a first-rate concertmaster, holding the post with several prominent orchestras.  He settled into the top job at The Cleveland Orchestra in […]

Bach, for Reals

As the pieces In the Suzuki Repertoire get longer and more complex, they take longer to work through.  My most recent piece, Karl Bohm’s Perpetual Motion from Little Suite No. 6, was an exception.  All the pieces that preceded it in Book Four took longer.  Still, I began the Perpetual Motion at the beginning of […]

Aimard and Stefanovich’s Contemporary Playlist for Two Pianos

The season at the CSO includes a series of 10 piano recitals on Sunday afternoons – clearly I’m not the only one who enjoys the format.  Yesterday’s matinee performance packed two pianists and two concert grand Steinways onto the stage – Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, both veteran interpreters of The 20th century and contemporary […]

Musical Me: Five Years of Practice

This month marks the five-year anniversary of Musical Me.  I conceived of beginning to play the violin and of chronicling my musical pursuit via this blog whole-cloth on a dreary Monday afternoon in October 2013 as I mourned a dead cat and too much wasted time in my life.  The writing and my playing were […]

Stradivarius News

The latest chapter in the story of the Ames/Totenberg Stradivarius has just begun.  The Totenberg family sold the instrument after it was recovered from the wife of the man who stole it in 1980 when she had it appraised upon his death in 2015.  The instrument was returned to the Totenberg family, who then sold […]