Regional Spotlight: Gerth Performs Rota

by Steve Staruch
August 25, 2011

Listen Regional Spotlight: Jennifer Gerth and Timothy Lovelace
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Principal clarinet of the Duluth-Superior Symphony and an active member of the Twin Cities musical community, Jennifer Gerth frequently performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence and the Minnesota Dance Theatre. Jennifer Gerth is on the faculty at Augsburg College, the University of St. Thomas, and teaches and performs at Birch Creek Performance Center in Door County, WI. (Photo courtesy of the Artist)

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Have you ever heard a piece of music that made you feel like you were in an Italian movie? The kind of movie where you and someone special are sitting in the shade of an olive tree enjoying the sun-drenched view as you munch on crusty bread with fresh cheese and a simple glass of chianti?

You will this week's Regional Spotlight. Composer Nino Rota was a master of painting pictures with notes. His simple tune-filled music made the Fellini films of the 1960s even more memorable.

Clarinetist Jennifer Gerth and pianist Timothy Lovelace give a loving and colorful performance the Rota Clarinet Sonata from the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes. Steve Staruch promises fourteen minutes of bliss in this week's Regional Spotlight.

Regional Spotlight airs Thursday at 3 p.m. on Classical MPR stations and web stream.