A Virtual Book Chat

The Trinity Book Chat was cancelled in April, and the book–The Buried, by Peter Hessler, about the lives of ordinary people in the ill-fated revolutions of the Arab spring–will now be discussed via Zoom on May 12 at 7:00 p.m.. A link will be sent prior to the session. Our last meeting before taking a break for the summer will be on June 9, when we’ll talk about a classic: Persuasion, by Jane Austen. To join our email list, please contact Kathy Maher.


How Classical Music Can Help During Social Distancing

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Many people are currently isolating themselves from the outside world. Music helps by bringing us together, raising our hopes, and keeping us positive and calm; here are some ways to use classical music at home (suggested recording artists are in parentheses).

Music helps us concentrate.

Bach: Bourrée from Lute Suite in E, BWV 1006a (Manuel Barrueco, guitar)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerti (Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano)

Bach: Fuga from Sonata #1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Filippo Lattanzi, marimba)

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould, piano)

Music modifies our moods and motivates us.

Handel: Water Music (Trevor Pinnock, English Concert)

Satie: Gymnopédie 3 (Branford Marsalis, soprano saxophone)

Schubert: Nacht und Träume, D. 827 (Kian Soltani, cello)

Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola, violin)

Music helps us settle and ease back into our work.

Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto (Pacho Flores, trumpet)

Mozart: Adagio from Flute Quartet 1 in D, K. 285 (Paula Robison, flute; Tokyo String Quartet)

Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A, K. 488, mvmt. ii (Murray Perahia, piano)

Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448 (Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, pianos)

Music reduces anxiety, combats depression, and helps us to not feel alone.

Bizet: Jeux d’enfants (Quintetto Avant-Garde)

Brahms: Intermezzo in A, opus 118#2 (Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Yuja Wang, piano)

Copland: Simple Gifts (mvmt. vii) from Appalachian Spring (Zubin Mehta, LA Philharmonic)

Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre (Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)

Music helps us to escape for a bit.

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (Pascal Rogé and Cristina Ortiz, pianos)

Shostakovich: Waltz #2 (1956) (Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Tan Dun: Eight Memories in Watercolor (Lang Lang, piano)

Villa Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Anna Moffo, soprano)

Music can make our food taste better.

Debussy: Clair de lune with poulet rôti (Seong-Jin Cho, piano)

Mozart: Laudate Dominum, K. 339 with Chardonnay (Kathleen Battle, soprano)

Puccini: Nessun dorma with cappuccino (Luciano Pavarotti, tenor)

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy with tiramisù (Valery Gergiev,  Mariinsky Orchestra)

Music helps us wind down the day, manage our stress, and invite sleep.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto #1, mvmt. ii (Nicola Hall, guitar)

Chopin: Nocturne opus 9#2 (Maria João Pires, piano)

Massenet: Méditation (Yo Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano)

Ravel: Concerto in G, mvmt. ii (Leonard Bernstein, piano)