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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. THREE-A iiiiii ~iiii! i:i!!ii !i~ i!i )~il/i;iil ~iii iiii! iii: When not a that the piano keyboard, David Rhoderick is at the computer keyboard with IBM. Pictures by Ray Ewing The Mathematics of Making Music By SYDNEY BENDER ~i~! David Rhoderick is a professional musician. He is also a mainframe evan- gelist for IBM. These may seem like I. two completely different skills, but to Mr. Rhoderick, both jobs are like chord progressions, they harmonize. Mr. Rhoderick is the organist at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, a job he secured in April after acting as the church's interim music director this past winter. On Sunday June 2 at 4 p.m. the West Tisbury Congregational Church will ...... host a concert featuring Mr. Rhoderick and the church choir. Mr. Rhoderick will play Partita num- ber 6 in E minor by J.S. Bach, and Sonata number 2 in B fiat minor by E Chopin. Additionally, the choir will join him and sing pieces from Bach's Mass in B minor, as well as Sheep May Safely Graze, also by J.S. Bach, and John Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You. Mr. Rhoderick's music background started with piano lessons at the age of seven. David Rhoderick conducts the "My dad played the piano and my mum played the piano and violin. She's still alive and she plays the violin in an orchestra in England," said Mr. Rhoder- ick, who grew up in England. After six years of piano lessons, Mr. Rhoderick began taking organ lessons at the age of 13. He plays a seven-foot Schimmel grand piano at his home m West Tisbury, and the Noack Organ at the West Tisbury Congregational Church, which celebrated its 50th birth- day this past December. 'A lot of people say to me that they wish they hadn't given up playing. It West Tisbury Congregational Church choir. finished. The mainframe evangelist has been studying for his Masters in Musicology through the United King- dom's Open University, as well as for a fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music. For both his masters and fellowship there is one combined exam concert which will take place on June 11 in Boston. Mr. Rhoderick will play Partita number 6 in E minor by J.S. Bach, and Sonata number 2 in B fiat minor by E Chopin. "I'll be playing for them what I play for the church concert on June 2," he them.,' was no option for me. For one, I enjoyed said. ig But also because my.parems veere ........ "Hopefully I witi. succeed in both oflI p}&ty keen on me doing it." "' - SAltSTM VIN[YAR Representing over IOO Island Artists & Artisans State James Streicher Evans 0il Paintings Grange Hall, Road, West Tisbury RAIN OR SHINE His work ethic withi'egard to music also applies to his work in computers. "When I was at university, computer science was a new field," said Mr. Rho- derick, who graduated from the Uni- versity of Cambridge in 1974. "When I graduated I joined IBM, and I still work for them today." As a mainframe evangelist at IBM, his chief responsibility is talking to IBM customers and potential customers about why a mainframe is so important. Primarily owned by government orga- nizations and corporations, mainframe computers store and process critical data such as those used by airline com- puters and bank ATMs. Mr. Rhoderick's job at IBM "involves a fair amount of public speaking," he said. "The performance aspect experience is useful. So in that way the two roles are linked." "There's quite a link between music and mathematics," he added. "There's a close correlation between the two thought processes." "I think music helps you concentrate on things. Music is a great discipline. It can make you stay on task and stay with a thought process. I still enjoy my work. With IBM, everyday I still feel like it's interesting. And the same can be said for music. I enjoy doing what I'm doing. And with playing in church that feeling is turned on just a bit more." And Mr. Rhoderick's education isn't Sundays in June 10 am - 2 pm David Rhoderick plays on June 2 at 4 p.m. at the West Tisbury Congregational Church. Admission is $15. Talking Dance in Edgartown With World Choreography Institute By REMY TUMIN This past weekend the World Chore- Other members of the inaugural ography Institute arrived in Edgartown weekend included Tony Award nomi- to have a conversation about dance. On nee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, former Alvin the final day of the think tank, dance Alley soloist Katrine Plantadit, chore- masters and interested Islanders sat ographer David Dorfman and David on couches and pillows on the floor in Vaughan, archivist for the Merce Cun- the living room of the Noepe Center for ningham Dance Company and one of Literary Arts, formerly the Point Way Mr. Cunningham's first students. Inn. They were dissecting a recording "What did you see?" Ms. Taucher of George Balanchine's ballet, Jewels, in asked the room at large. particular the second movement of the "Quickness," Mr. Dorfman said. piece, known as Rubies. "Quickness with amazing poise." Edward Villella, one of the original "The way he uses shape and space is principal dancers at the New York city fascinating," added Ms. Plantadit. "Us- Ballet and founder of the Miami city ing traditional movements and shaping Ballet, was in the room. Mr. Villella was it differently, and then he comes back to also the original male lead in Rubies and it like it never happened, like you almost he spoke about the origin of the piece, dreamt it." "It's a very unusual work," he said. Carol Walker, former dean of Pur- "It's composed of three different styles, chase College School of the Arts in New Balanchine loved to educate us all." York, said she enjoyed the levity of the The World Choreography Institute is piece. a new organization aimed to broaden "There so many things they are doing the discussion of dance among profes- that we are told never to do in class -- sionals, students and the public. The broken chicken wings, parallel feet," institute was founded by Ms. Taucher, she said. "But he does it with such a former director of the Yard in Chilmark playfulness and total integrity." and longtime opera director and chore- Spoken word choreographer Claire ographer. Porter said she was interested in the Mr. ViUella described the three move- way Mr. Balanchine played off the so- ments of the dance -- emeralds, rubies loist and stillness, and the canons and and diamonds -- and its progression unison work. from French romanticism, American The group then watched the third neoclassicism and Grand Imperial Rus- movement from the ballet La Bayadare, sian. called Kingdom of the Shades. Choreo- "He allows us to see the progression graphed by Marius Petipa in 1877, the of dance and what it was like in various ballet is about a love triangle involving periods of styles and countries," he said. an Indian temple dancer, a temple priest "It's three separate ballets but somehow and a warrior. Kingdom of the Shades connected by the idea of jewels." depicts an opium induced dream by one For example, Mr. VilMla said, one of of the lovers. the inspirations for the work is horses. "The thing about the kingdom of the "The woman is the colt and the guys shades, it does stand alone because it are the grooms. It's those kinds of in- is a separate classical ballet scene," said sights that would have been more help- Mr. Vaughan. "It's minimalist choreog- ful in illuminating the work."raphy because 30 or so corps de ballet Ms. Taucher asked him if Mr. Bal- dancers all come down a ramp repeat- anchine ever provided that insight dur- ing the same phrase and come forward." ing the choreography process. The group sat in stillness and watched "Never," Mr. Villella replied. "He left as the dancers made their way down a you out there and you had to figure it ramp, repeating the same phrase of out yourself... I can't remember him movement in perfect unison. giving us any kind of interior under- "We have unison," Ms. Porter ex- standings." claimed. qndlan 1 me Art intage Fine Art f the Vineyard Opening Show July 5th and 6th .... :,, Visit ....... w 'IndianHillFineArt. corn a visual [S u love in t prtn issue neya azine! Top ten winning photos The Vineyard's dramatic natural beauty is the star in the magazine's fifth annual photo contest. Portraits of Vineyarders Up-and-coming photographer Eli Dagostino turns his lens on some well-loved and less-familiar faces. Welcome signs of spring Naturalist Matt Pelikan teams up with photographer Alison Shaw to look at spring on Martha's Vineyard. www.vine,,ardartisa ns. corn Calling all calamari! Easy to catch and tasty too, squid signal the start of fishing season. Charlotte Perkins Gilman In 1882, the Island beckoned the sn't'be'famus feminist and suffragette. Find all this and much more in the Spring 2013 edition of Martha's Vineyard Magazine, now on sale. Ray Ewing Katrine Plantadit speaks at forum held at the Noepe Center in Edgartown. "If one of our students came to us to meet and develop ideas, Ms. Taucher and said we're going to do a section in said, including hosting another think complete unison we'd say that you can't tank and other seminars. The institute do that," Ms. Walker added, will also be sending out questionnaires Ms. Plantadit said the commitment to dance professionals and the general to the movement was inspiring, public about their feelings on choreog- 'As dancers you don't think of self raphy. A magazine is also in the works as a unit but at this moment it's a that will include scholarly articles, whole," she said raising her arms to the choreography lesson plans, news and side. "There's an elegance of being one, historic features. and the joy of being with an amazing "The big goal is education and ad- amount of people.., it's one thing to vocating and identifying the difference do it together. Its another to transition between movement and choreograph);" together, it's wonderful." Ms. Taucher said. "We want to help The theme for the first year of the the quality of choreography by think- institute is definingchoreography and ing about it and trying to make things dance vocabulary and it will continue easier." Applications available at: daRosa's Oak Bluffs CALLING ARTISTS & VENDORS! 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