Takashi Yoshimatsu's Dream Colored Mobile is either extremely beautiful, pensive and meaningful, or extremely beautiful, pensive and absolutely vapid. No matter how you feel about the piece, it was valuable for saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham on Saturday night to have programmed anything by the contemporary Japanese composer, notable for writing the music for the 2003 TV anime remake of Astro Boy, and as rare as hen's teeth in our town.
Constructing a recital of just two pieces might seem to limit the number of chances to take in the whole personality of the performer. But Rachmaninoff's Thirteen Preludes and Schumann's Carnaval are two exceptionally sprawling and varied canvases, and on Wednesday night, Alexandre Moutouzkine proved a pianist exceptionally sensitive to worlds the composers might have hoped for beyond the written page.
Following a molto allegro search process, the Curtis Institute of Music board on Thursday approved a new chairman. Real estate mogul Mark E. Rubenstein will succeed Nina Baroness von Maltzahn on June 1, after the end of the academic year, the school announced.