Birge's Picks: Virtual edition

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are featured in an upcoming Schubert Club livestream.Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

March 08, 2021

Nikolai Gogol has been described as "the most musical of all Russian prose writers," and his stories have inspired Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Shostakovich's opera The Nose.

Now, Twin Cities storyteller Kevin Kling and Guthrie-veteran composer Victor Zupanc have teamed up for a new radio/audio play of Gogol's Diary of a Madman, with original music played by cellist Joe Enlgund. Stream it free from Open Eye Theatre. The Schubert Club goes all-out Schubert with two web streamed concerts — "Schubert Revealed" — featuring two of the world's great chamber players, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel. These two run the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and have friends in exalted places to invite for collaboration. This time it's Schubert's Piano Trio No. 2 (with its second-movement guaranteed earworm), and the died-and-gone-to-heaven serenity of the String Quintet. Enjoy them even more with pre-concert talks as well.

And the SPCO was ahead of the game, with a nod to Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla's centennial this Thursday, at last Saturday's Musician Appreciation concert. Look for the next SPCO virtual concert, Lamentations, later this month.