Grand Rapids Symphony Affiliate Conductor John Varineau retires in Could after three dozen years with the distinguished orchestra. At this time, he reveals albums that helped form his profession, from Stravinsky to CSNY.
SCROLL DOWN FOR A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST, INCLUDING A TRACK FROM GR SYMPHONY
Help our protection of
West Michigan’s music scene
After 36 years with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Affiliate Conductor John Varineau has introduced his retirement, efficient on the finish of its season, Could 16. Throughout his time with the GRSO, Varineau has led the orchestra by means of musical explorations of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky (together with the world premiere of a brand new model of “The Nutcracker,” co-designed by East Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg of “The Polar Specific” fame) to John Williams and Harry Potter. He’s guested with orchestras throughout the state (Lansing, Kalamazoo, Traverse Metropolis) and the nation (San Antonio, Phoenix, Duluth, Indianapolis).
As a clarinetist, Varineau performs solo recitals and performs within the modern music group Ensemble Montage and the woodwind trio ma non troppo. The native of Wyoming (the state, not town) was inspired by a highschool music instructor to enroll at Michigan State College as a result of its clarinet program. After two years at MSU, he returned to his house state, graduating from the College of Wyoming, earlier than ultimately making his means again to the Nice Lakes State. He taught on the school stage for 38 years — at Cornerstone College, Grand Rapids Group School, Aquinas School, Grand Valley State College and Calvin College.
1. The Cleveland Orchestra, “The Ceremony of Spring” – I bear in mind listening as a teen to the massive music of my later highschool years, “Hair!” and “In A Gadda-Da-Vida.” Across the similar time I used to be actually into Sure. There’s a synthesizer model of Brahms (Rick Wakeman’s solo “Cans and Brahms,” derived from the composer’s 4th Symphony in E Minor, Third Motion). The opposite factor I listened to incessantly, on the one stereo in the home, was (Stravinsky’s) “The Ceremony of Spring.” It could drive my dad and mom bonkers. After I received to the purpose of proudly owning my very own stereo, the primary recording I purchased was “The Ceremony of Spring” by the Cleveland Orchestra carried out by Pierre Boulez. It’s nonetheless my prime recording of the piece. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, however it’s visceral. It appealed to a ’60s rock ‘n’ roll man.
Hear: “The Rite of Spring”
2. “Rhapsody in Blue” (no explicit recording) – I’ve such a reminiscence of listening to that as a younger child. I had an argument with my mother. She requested me who I believed was the best composer of the twentieth century. I stated Stravinsky. She stated, “You’re mistaken. It’s Gershwin.” I feel my mother was proper. Consider Hollywood (utilizing it in films). It’s a surefire means for an orchestra to promote out.
Hear: “Rhapsody in Blue”
3. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger, “Déjà Vu” – Particularly “Our Home.” It was between them and Sure. It’s received that concord that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger was identified for. I feel that plucked a nerve with me. I additionally suppose I’ve received a melancholic streak. I feel they simply sing and fall into concord.
Hear: “Our House”
At present Loving: Wayne Siegel, “Salamander” – That is means on the market. I nonetheless play clarinet. I got here throughout a composer named Wayne Siegel, who composes music for traditional devices with electronics. I performed a chunk (of his) a couple of yr in the past known as “Jackdaw” for bass clarinet and electronics. It’s on the market. I received an e mail from him that he’d written a brand new one. It’s weird, modern, very wonky. It’s enjoyable to play and enjoyable to take heed to. He does modern issues with electronics. He strikes his fingers in entrance of a pc display like a twenty first century theremin (it’s truly a motion-tracking system). It’s very cool, means, means on the market, however nonetheless musical.
TUESDAY SOUNDTRACK: JOHN VARINEAU’S PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY
NOTE: The observe by harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the Grand Rapids Symphony was a part of the 2006 recording “Invention & Alchemy” that was nominated for a Grammy Award for greatest classical crossover album.
Copyright 2021, Spins on Music LLC