Louis Erard

25 Apr 19
Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder Bach Festival has been delighting fans in the Front Range for 38 seasons. From entrancing performances to community outreach, the longstanding group remains a constant of culture and continues to be a relevant tastemaker by fusing old with new. During the season finale on May 23, award-wining pianist Mina Gajić — who will take on the role of Boulder Bach Festival’s artistic and executive director in July — will perform Chopin’s “Concerto No. 2 in F Minor” on an 1845 Érard piano — an instrument making its Colorado debut. According to Gajić, the instrument with Parisian-roots could have possibly been played by one of the greats. Sebastien Érard’s well-crafted instruments were so renowned that he obtained a license from King Louis XVI to produce pianos for the French Court. Award-wining pianist Mina Gajić will take on the role of Boulder Bach Festival’s artistic and executive director in July. “I appreciate the timelessness of music,” said Gajić, who grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. “A good concert is like a good book, you really have to absorb all of it.”   Her north Boulder home holds several antique pianos, one with eye-catching ornate teal paint and floral designs, an instrument with origins dating back to 1895. For Gajić these extraordinary historic instruments connect her with musicians of the past, while propelling her own artistry forward. Not just inanimate objects, the ancient wooden grand pianos seem to have a presence all their own — holding the ingenuity and dedication of creatives that came before. “Playing on these instruments is very different,” said Gajić. “Exploring practices and instruments from the 19th century and before allows us to explore a new palette of colors. It lets us reinvigorate and refresh some of the music we’ve all heard. We bring a more exotic aspect to very familiar pieces. It’s almost like traveling through time.” The Érard 1845 piano will make its Colorado debut. Next month’s season finale will open with Boulder Bach Festival’s Fellowship Artists Vocal Ensemble delivering a moving rendition of Brahms’ “Motet Op. 29 No. 1.” The Festival orchestra will be joined by principal players of Händel+Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, American Bach Soloists and Smithsonian Chamber Players. Each will play historic instruments, keeping the authenticity and magic of the repertoire intact. “I’m hoping that people who have not heard these pieces will love this music,” said Gajić, who started playing piano at age 4 and by age 6 had enrolled in ongoing lessons. “I’m hoping people that are familiar with work, that maybe have heard Chopin’s ‘Concerto No. 2’ 300 times think, ‘Wow, I never knew it could sound like that’.” As part of Boulder Arts Week, held in early April, the Boulder Bach Festival (BBF) teamed up with 3rd Law Dance to deliver an innovative production blending modern movement with the compelling sounds of electric violin. Never shying away from innovative productions, Gajić wishes to weave more contemporary elements and work of under-the-radar composers into future pieces. While Bach had always been the center point, the heartbeat, soon music from Baroque Mexican composers and other under-the-radar musicians will be heard throughout next season. In addition to switching up song choice, it’s Gajić’s goal to collaborate with different artists both near and far. A Poland-based accordion piano duo already has plans to travel stateside and participate in BBF’s new season. New home base, passing the torch ETown, Boulder’s spot for engaging and intimate productions, will also become the home base for next season. On Wednesday, BBF will officially announce next season’s artists and concerts. “I feel so privileged to be a part of the Boulder scene,” said Gajić who also is the artistic director of The Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Competition. “There’s so much happening in Boulder every day of the year. It’s a really great place to experience music and art.” From libraries to playhouses, the places where BBF has engaged fans is as varied as the group’s musical offerings. “Each venue gives us something new to explore with our music,” said Gajić. “I look forward to exploring more historically-inspired pieces of the 19th and early 20th century. One thing that should be debunked about classical music is that it is intimidating. The purpose of music is to connect people and bring them on a journey.” Boulder Bach Festival’s Zachary Carrettin is passing the artistic and executive director torch in July to Mina Gajic. Carrettin will be taking on the role of music director for the festival. “What I most look forward to in our season finale is the opportunity to share some of the sounds that Haydn and Chopin heard in their lifetimes,” said Zachary Carrettin, current artistic and executive director of BBF, who will conduct and play violin during the May finale. “With natural horns, period oboes, a gut-strung orchestra and an exquisite Érard piano, we will hear some of those special timbres, harmonic sonorities and vivacious characters that are part of the early music experience.” With a crew of skilled musicians offering emotion-filled performances, BBF manages to provide stirring shows on stages both big and small. With community outreach being at the group’s core, they make sure to offer more than 20 free events across Boulder in order to remain accessible and pique the interest of future fans. Talk-back sessions with attendees are also woven into insightful productions. “The most rewarding aspect of being part of Boulder’s creative community has been getting to know our audience,” said Carrettin. “From mountaineers and activists, to scientists, authors and scholars, our audience is comprised of people who make a difference in our region and in our world. They value the universal experience of hearing profound and impactful music in a live concert setting.” While Carrettin will be passing the torch of artistic and executive director to Gajić this summer, he still plans to remain very much engaged in the upcoming ventures of the BBF. “By stepping out of the artistic and executive director position and taking on the role of music director, I’ll be able to focus on our ‘Core’ resident group, Compass Resonance Ensemble,” said Carrettin. “Mina and I have been working on this project for several years and in November the BBF will present this special collective of musical artists for the first time. In addition to performing on the series, Core will present free concerts in Boulder County and beyond, focusing on lesser-known ancient music by Jewish composers, women, and music from South America that features native influences — from 400 years ago.” “Boulder has such a diverse and eclectic art scene,” added Gajić. “There are many people here that appreciate the arts. Support from Boulder residents has allowed us to grow. I’m very excited for the future.” If you go What: Boulder Bach Festival Season Finale: The Sound of Romanticism When: 7:30 p.m. May 23 Where: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder Cost: $20-$38 More info: boulderbachfestival.org/tickets
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25 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
AHEAD of the anticipated Christmas message from the Queen today, an image has been released of her sat at her desk ready to address the nation. Surrounded by grand items, the monarch also has six family photographs – with Meghan and Kate featuring heavily. A number of the items in shot while the Queen records her Christmas message are significant – find out what each one is below They show her husband, father, children and grandchildren, kept close by as she gave her annual festive message, recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room. This new image gives more of an insight into the Queen’s key moments of the year – with Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding and snapshots of Kate and Prince William’s family on display. She filmed the broadcast two weeks ago and is expected to address many of the royal marriages and births this year as well as the political divisions. In 1932, King George V gave the speech as a radio broadcast, with Queen Elizabeth II continuing the tradition, delivering the speech every year since 1952 – apart from in 1969. The Queen’s choice of outfit shows her classic taste and her preferred designer 1. Ivory silk cocktail dress The Queen is wearing an Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress. Designed by her senior dresser, it has blue, white and gold lame overlay. Ms Kelly has whipped up many of the Queen’s memorable outfits. Most recently the lime green hat which the monarch wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May. 2. Scarab brooch from Prince Philip The ‘Scarab’ yellow gold brooch was a personal gift from the prince to the Queen in 1966. It was designed by Andrew Grima and crafted out of yellow gold. It is also adorned with carved ruby and diamond embellishments. This piece is thought to be a favourite of the Queen’s as she is often seen wearing it. [bc_video video_id=”5983385155001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”The Queen and members of the royal family arrive at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate, Norfolk”] 3. Queen Victoria’s gilded piano The piano was bought for the palace in 1856 by Queen Victoria, and was often used by her. It was made by S&P Erard and is made of painted and varnished mahogany, satinwood and pine. It has flowers and monkeys playing musical instruments all over it. The lid is said to look odd because she asked the makers to incorporate the much older lid of a beloved harpsichord she had played as a girl. 4. Prince Charles An adorable picture of a tiny Prince Charles being held by his parents is closest to the Queen. In the black and white shot she beams as little Charles reaches out and touches her neck. It was taken on April 26, 949, three years before the then Princess Elizabeth became Queen. Earlier this year she paid tribute to her son to mark his 70th birthday. The future King George V in his naval uniform 5. The Queen’s father The Queen has a picture of her father as a young man – then Prince Albert. The future King George V is in his naval uniform, around the time he would have served on HMS Collingwood. He took on the role of King after his brother abdicated in 1936. The Queen came to the throne when he died in 1952. 6. Charles and his family Charles is pictured surrounded by his children and their wives, his wife Camilla and his grandchildren. Prince George sat on his grandfather’s knee, Princess Charlotte cuddled next to Camilla, and Prince Louis was held in his mother’s arms. The family gathered for the photo, which was taken by photographer Chris Jackson, on a bench in the gardens of Clarence House. It was part of a series taken to mark his 70th birthday. Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksbank 7. Princess Eugenie’s wedding The Queen has a picture of her granddaughter on her wedding day. Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksband and their page boys and bridesmaids. The image was taken in another White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Amongst the gaggle are Prince George and Prince Charlotte, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall, and Theodora Williams, daughter of singer Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field. This heartwarming snap was taken just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married 8. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding This photograph shows the newlyweds sitting on steps at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry’s arm is protectively around his new wife as they both beam with delight hours after being declared man and wife. The photographs, taken by Alexi Lubomirksi, were taken at a relaxed moment after the world watched them get married. The pair married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. A family portrait of the Cambridge’s also features on the monarchs desk 9. William and Kate’s Christmas card In the Cambridge’s annual holiday picture, it’s smiles all round, as George cavorts in a pair of jeans and Kate cradles baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old. The family grin as they gather around a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk in the sunshine, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte hang happily off their parents. Three-year-old Charlotte stands on the trunk with her arms around her parents’ shoulders, while five-year-old George playfully holds on to his father as he stands one-legged in wellies on the trunk. The major royals all released versions of a Christmas card, but the Queen appears to have rather liked this one. 10. Victorian marble sculpture This marble figure of Sappho, an ancient Greek poet, was the work of William Theed. Many of his sculptures appear throughout Buckingham Palace. He was a favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s. As such his work is also featured in Osborne House, Victoria’s summer retreat in the Isle of Wight. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, thought to be responsible for bringing the tradition of Christmas trees to the UK 11. Christmas trees The Christmas tree coming to Britain’s shores is credited to Queen Charlotte. The Germam-born wife of George III is thought to have brought an evergreen tree for the family in the 1790s, and decorated it. But it was Prince Albert who made it a more common feature. He gave trees to schools and Army barracks after a picture of the family surrounding a decorated tree was published. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”2″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] 12. One of four fireplaces This is just one of four large fireplaces in the white drawing room. Three of the other marble fireplaces are underneath large mirrors. But one other has a portrait of Queen Alexandra hanging over the top of it. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.        
25 Dec 18
The Sun
AHEAD of the anticipated Christmas message from the Queen today, an image has been released of her sat at her desk ready to address the nation. Surrounded by grand items, the monarch also has six family photographs – with Meghan and Kate featuring heavily. A number of the items in shot while the Queen records her Christmas message are significant – find out what each one is below They show her husband, father, children and grandchildren, kept close by as she gave her annual festive message, recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room. This new image gives more of an insight into the Queen’s key moments of the year – with Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding and snapshots of Kate and Prince William’s family on display. She filmed the broadcast two weeks ago and is expected to address many of the royal marriages and births this year as well as the political divisions. In 1932, King George V gave the speech as a radio broadcast, with Queen Elizabeth II continuing the tradition, delivering the speech every year since 1952 – apart from in 1969. The Queen’s choice of outfit shows her classic taste and her preferred designer 1. Ivory silk cocktail dress The Queen is wearing an Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress. Designed by her senior dresser, it has blue, white and gold lame overlay. Ms Kelly has whipped up many of the Queen’s memorable outfits. Most recently the lime green hat which the monarch wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May. 2. Scarab brooch from Prince Philip The ‘Scarab’ yellow gold brooch was a personal gift from the prince to the Queen in 1966. It was designed by Andrew Grima and crafted out of yellow gold. It is also adorned with carved ruby and diamond embellishments. This piece is thought to be a favourite of the Queen’s as she is often seen wearing it. [bc_video video_id=”5983385155001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”The Queen and members of the royal family arrive at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate, Norfolk”] 3. Queen Victoria’s gilded piano The piano was bought for the palace in 1856 by Queen Victoria, and was often used by her. It was made by S&P Erard and is made of painted and varnished mahogany, satinwood and pine. It has flowers and monkeys playing musical instruments all over it. The lid is said to look odd because she asked the makers to incorporate the much older lid of a beloved harpsichord she had played as a girl. 4. Prince Charles An adorable picture of a tiny Prince Charles being held by his parents is closest to the Queen. In the black and white shot she beams as little Charles reaches out and touches her neck. It was taken on April 26, 949, three years before the then Princess Elizabeth became Queen. Earlier this year she paid tribute to her son to mark his 70th birthday. The future King George V in his naval uniform 5. The Queen’s father The Queen has a picture of her father as a young man – then Prince Albert. The future King George V is in his naval uniform, around the time he would have served on HMS Collingwood. He took on the role of King after his brother abdicated in 1936. The Queen came to the throne when he died in 1952. 6. Charles and his family Charles is pictured surrounded by his children and their wives, his wife Camilla and his grandchildren. Prince George sat on his grandfather’s knee, Princess Charlotte cuddled next to Camilla, and Prince Louis was held in his mother’s arms. The family gathered for the photo, which was taken by photographer Chris Jackson, on a bench in the gardens of Clarence House. It was part of a series taken to mark his 70th birthday. Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksbank 7. Princess Eugenie’s wedding The Queen has a picture of her granddaughter on her wedding day. Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksband and their page boys and bridesmaids. The image was taken in another White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Amongst the gaggle are Prince George and Prince Charlotte, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall, and Theodora Williams, daughter of singer Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field. This heartwarming snap was taken just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married 8. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding This photograph shows the newlyweds sitting on steps at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry’s arm is protectively around his new wife as they both beam with delight hours after being declared man and wife. The photographs, taken by Alexi Lubomirksi, were taken at a relaxed moment after the world watched them get married. The pair married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. A family portrait of the Cambridge’s also features on the monarchs desk 9. William and Kate’s Christmas card In the Cambridge’s annual holiday picture, it’s smiles all round, as George cavorts in a pair of jeans and Kate cradles baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old. The family grin as they gather around a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk in the sunshine, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte hang happily off their parents. Three-year-old Charlotte stands on the trunk with her arms around her parents’ shoulders, while five-year-old George playfully holds on to his father as he stands one-legged in wellies on the trunk. The major royals all released versions of a Christmas card, but the Queen appears to have rather liked this one. 10. Victorian marble sculpture This marble figure of Sappho, an ancient Greek poet, was the work of William Theed. Many of his sculptures appear throughout Buckingham Palace. He was a favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s. As such his work is also featured in Osborne House, Victoria’s summer retreat in the Isle of Wight. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, thought to be responsible for bringing the tradition of Christmas trees to the UK 11. Christmas trees The Christmas tree coming to Britain’s shores is credited to Queen Charlotte. The Germam-born wife of George III is thought to have brought an evergreen tree for the family in the 1790s, and decorated it. But it was Prince Albert who made it a more common feature. He gave trees to schools and Army barracks after a picture of the family surrounding a decorated tree was published. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”316″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] 12. One of four fireplaces This is just one of four large fireplaces in the white drawing room. Three of the other marble fireplaces are underneath large mirrors. But one other has a portrait of Queen Alexandra hanging over the top of it. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.        
25 Dec 18
News Archives Uk

The queen is surrounded by portraits of her family while she holds her Christmas speech in the White Salon of Buckingham Palace – but above all, three are prominent. A photo published before her speech reveals the special photo table of the 92-year-old monarch of her grandchildren and their spouses. A photograph next to the […]

25 Dec 18
News Archives Uk

The Queen told the story of her year about photographs and decorations in Buckingham Palace when she recorded her Christmas broadcast. The 92-year-old filmed her annual message two weeks ago and preached a message of "peace on earth and good will to everyone & # 39; amidst the furious political divisions in Britain this year. […]

25 Dec 18
News Exc Celebrity

Article and photos from hienalouca.com

The Queen told the story of her year in pictures and decorations at Buckingham Palace as she recorded her Christmas broadcast. 

The 92-year-old filmed her annual message two weeks ago, preaching a message of ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’ amid rancorous political divisions in Britain this year.  

Photos laid out in the White Drawing Room included pictures from the two royal weddings in 2018 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s ceremony in May and Princess Eugenie’s marriage to J