Wednesday night I heard a Jerry Bowles Birthday Concert — well, at least it was in North Carolina, included some Shostakovich and a premiere — but no fried chicken or Puligny Montrachet. The program featured Russian pianist Denis Plutalov playing Shostakovich preludes and fugues, Liszt’s antepostmodern Variations on a Theme of J.S. Bach, and the premiere of the four-movement version of William Robert Stevens’s Insomnia. Hope we didn’t keep you up all night, Jerry.
But I really want to talk about the concert I heard last night. The Carolina Chamber Symphony played at Wake Forest University’s Brendle Hall, an amazing program of Beethoven, Barber and Russell Peck.
Unfortunately, I’ve got a plane to catch, so it will have to wait.