Principal Trumpet Karin Bliznik has already made her way back to the Aspen Music Festival and School from Tanglewood, but she shares last glimpses of what is known as the Stockbridge Bowl, near Tanglewood, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
Bliznik is a member of the artist-faculty at Aspen, as are fellow St. Louis Symphony musicians David Halen, Mark Sparks, Tom Stubbs and Beth Guterman Chu.
I knew the rehearsal schedule for Tuesday morning: first Carmina burana, without chorus; then Steve Reich’s The Four Sections.
But when the music began to come through the office speakers, I immediately took notice. “Is this the Steve Reich piece?” Repetition, pulsation, interlocking rhythmic and harmonic patterns, inventive use of percussion.
Nope. Carmina burana. Take away the chorus and you have American minimalism.
I shared this with Tom Stubbs, who is playing marimba in The Four Sections, while we were shooting an interview for the video blog. He looked at me for a full beat. “I’m speechless,” he said.