Now may be a good time to head off to the mysterious, faraway land – and its world of magic, sprites, and spells – that William Shakespeare conjured in his idiosyncratic play The Tempest. In July 2011, Music from Copland House visited the Manhattan studios of WQXR for a “Café Concert” (something of a precursor of NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk Concerts” series). There, the ensemble’s Founding Artists, Nicholas Kitchen (violin), Derek Bermel (clarinet) and Michael Boriskin (piano), along with guest artist Joshua Roman (cello), sampled the opening movement, “Ariel Fantasy,” of Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy, which captures Shakespeare’s whimsy and eloquence. Says Boriskin: “As we hunker down, we can continue to find and enjoy those havens that, as Caliban so elegantly said in Act III, are ‘full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.’”
Click the photo above for the WQXR Café Concert – a live performance of Paul Moravec’s “Ariel Fantasy,” from Tempest Fantasy (2001-02) by Music from Copland House. A version of this article first appeared in the May issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
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