Meet the Red Hedgehogs of Brahms Fest!
Why the red hedgehog?
Zum Rote Igel, The Red Hedgehog, was Brahms' favorite pub and eatery in Vienna. He was seen there daily, and once puckishly described himself and his pub as "the two prickles." His devotion is captured in a silhouette of the time [at right] showing Brahms ambling along, cigar in mouth, with a little red hedgehog following behind.
What We're Serving
The DSO’s in-house restaurant, Paradise Lounge, will take on a new identity during the festival. Named for the Viennese eatery where Brahms notoriously consumed every single meal, The Red Hedgehog will serve cuisine inspired by his German heritage and career in Vienna. Craft beer made especially for the festival by Detroit-based Batch Brewing Co. will accompany each Red Hedgehog menu, and will be available at all concessions. Keepsake mugs are available for a discounted price with each 750 mL bottle purchased! See our Brahms-inspired menus below!
• February 11 - 18 (opens in new window)
• February 19 - 27 (opens in new window)
Brahms Scholar Jan Swafford
About Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford's music has been played around the country and abroad by ensembles including the symphonies of St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Dutch Radio; Boston's new-music groups Musica Viva, Collage, and Dinosaur Annex; and chamber ensembles including the Peabody Trio, the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Scott Chamber Players of Indianapolis.
Over the years his music has evolved steadily, but in all its avatars his work is forthrightly expressive, individual in voice, and steadily concerned with lucidity of texture and form. Beneath the surface there are contributions from world music, especially Indian and Balinese, and from jazz and blues. The titles of his works—including Landscape with Traveler, From the Shadow of the Mountain, and The Silence at Yuma Point—reveal a steady inspiration from nature. Swafford views his work as a kind of classicism: a concern with clarity and directness, pieces that seem familiar though they are new, that aspire to sound like they wrote themselves.
Also a well-known writer on music, Swafford is author of biographies of Ives, Brahms, and Beethoven. His journalism appears regularly in Slate. He is a long-time program writer and preconcert lecturer for the Boston Symphony and has written notes and essays for the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto. Visit janswafford.com to view the composer's full biography.
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