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Review: Ronen's 'Journal of Delacroix'

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Ronen Chamber Ensemble opened its 30th season with a richly textured interweaving of Eugene Delacroix' writings about relationships between painting, music, literature, history, modernity, contemporary events, society, politics, economics and culture.

For this program Ingrid Fischer-Bellman concentrated on the friendship between Delacroix and Chopin, both part of Romanticism and whose works have become the foundation of succeeding isms to the present time. Delacroix related as well to other contemporary composers, and the themes and textures of their music.

Thus, along with readings by Kathleen Hacker and Noah Winston from Delacroix' journals and travel sketchbooks clarinetist David Bellman, cellist Fischer-Bellman and pianist Gregory Martin played compositions by Chopin, Donizetti, Beethoven, Cimarosa and near-contemporary Bach and Mozart, and Hacker interpreted arias from operas by Cimarosa and Mozart.

With projections of Delacroix' paintings we were face-to-face with dimensional people and events informing who we are now.

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