...Earth and Air played with entrancing color throughout.
...the group played with an admirable cohesion and rhythmic precision.
The performance was wonderful — Ellis and friends clearly put a lot of work into this fiendishly difficult music. When they bowed close to the bridge, it was delightfully creepy, emphasizing the dissonant soundscape as though with an icy highlighter. The dense, constantly changing texture kept emotions high, even in moments of calm. The overall effect in Berg’s two movements was of a continuous storm, and these musicians buffeted the air beautifully.
Sords was technically brilliant, playing with plenty of panache, while Ellis's phrasing was spot-on.
Ellis was clearly having fun with the piece, and the players responded in kind......
the two soloists performed with a musical sophistication to their performance that many musicians can only hope to achieve.....
The opening movement immediately revealed Earth and Air’s warm, resonant, and unforced tone. They played with lush vibrato — lithe and supple — with just the right amount of sentimentality.
Earth and Air: String Orchestra
April 20 Concert
Earth and Air is so excited to be showcasing Mari Sato and Andrew Sordswith Earth and Air's chamber ensemble performing J.S. Bach's Double Concerto and Joseph Bologne's Sinfonia Concertante.
Recorded in the beautiful and iconic Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland this concert will premier on our youtube channel on April 20, and be available online for a limited time thereafter. Don't miss out on this lovely musical moment. It is with much gratitude to our loyal audience members that we offer this free of charge.
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Notable is that this concert will be our final concert. Earth and Air: String Orchestra is winding down in 2021. It has been a wonderful run of 6 years and we are so grateful to our loyal audience members and patrons. We couldn't have done this without you!
We anticipate there to be other individual and small ensemble projects in the future on a more limited basis. We will keep you posted.
Thank you one and all.
Filmed at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio
Audio Recording Engineer: Paul Eachus
Cinematographers: Mathias Reed
A very special thank you to our generous donors,
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council without whose support this concert would not be possible.