Dwett – Laura Falzon and Andrey Tchekmazov, New York-based flutist and cellist
 
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 8:00 pm
 
Saint Peter’s at Citigroup Center
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
 
Program includes:
 
Edgard Varese Density 21.5
Archangelo Corelli Follia Op.5/12
Margarita Zelenaia        Byzantine Chants (selections)
J. S. Bach sonata               Sonata in E major
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6
Reza Vali              Folk Song set No.9 (selections)
 
Program description:
 
Dwett is the Maltese word for duet – a composition for 2 performers.
Featuring works for flute and cello, Laura Falzon (flute) and Andrey Tchekmazov (cello), perform a program framed by Baroque works that include Corelli’s Follia variations and JS Bach’s sonata in E. Villa Lobos’s work pays homage to Bach’s music, whilst Margarita Zelenaia’s “Byzantine Chants” gets its inspiration from Medeival Byzantine Chants. Other works on the program include Edgard Varese’s Density 21.5 and Reza Vali’s Folk Song Set No 9.
 

Tickets: Suggested donation $15; $10 seniors & students with ID

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The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, will present the World Premiere of a major new work by award-winning New York composer Tom Cipullo, in a program which also includes works by Brahms, Bruckner and Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Friday, April 25 at 8:00 PM in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.

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Tom Cipullo’s Credo for a Secular City, commissioned by the Cecilia Chorus of New York, is for full chorus, orchestra and baritone solo. It explores the intersections and tensions between belief and doubt in the modern world, drawing upon texts from great writers and thinkers, including Shakespeare, Descartes, Milton, poets, essayists and preachers, as well as parts of the Latin liturgy.  Mr. Cipullo, the winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House, and the 2013 Arts & Letters Award from the American Academy, is a master at combining music and text, and has received enthusiastic reviews for his abilities with vocal writing. (http://tomcipullo.com/). Rising young American baritone Michael Anthony McGee, the 2010 recipient of the George London award, will be the featured soloist.

Also on the program will be three major choral orchestral works on the theme of musical- spiritual exploration of transcendence: Brahms’s Nänie, on poetry by Schiller; the Te Deum of Anton Bruckner, and Toward the Unknown Region, the breakthrough work by Ralph Vaughan Williams on poetry by Walt Whitman.  Joining Mr. McGee as soloists for the concert will be French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez and American tenor Noah Baetge.

Tickets for the April 25 concert range from $25 to $80, and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/4/25/0800/PM/The-Cecilia-Chorus-of-New-York-with-Orchestra/, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visiting the box office at 57th St. and 7th Ave.

For more information about this concert, visit http://www.ceciliachorusny.org/ or call 646-638-2535.

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QAUnisphereQuintet of the Americas will present Tone and Color, a concert on Thursday, April 24 – 1:00 PM at Community Mediation Services, 89-64 163rd Street in Jamaica, Queens. There will be a pre-concert discussion about the music at 12:30 that day.

Quintet of the Americas, the woodwind quintet widely-known for its performances of music from Latin America, will perform Three Colors by Marcus Redden, Quintet by John Steinmetz (with references to medieval music), Goldfinch Variations by Douglaston-based composer James Cohn, Lejano azul (Distant Blue) by Luis Calvo, Tangos and more.

The April 24 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-230-5189 or visit http://www.quintet.org/concerts.html.

Members of the Quintet are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. They are currently in residence in The Department of Music and Performing Arts in The Steinhardt School at New York University. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/.

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Each year, Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s passionate supporters unite to celebrate the season with lots of fun, food, drink and music.

The Santa Cecilia Orchestra closes the 2013-2014 season with “Celebration of Support” on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:30pm at the Center for the Arts in Los Angeles. The evening begins with a wine and light appetizers reception followed by chamber music performed by the orchestra’s musicians, and concludes with delicious desserts and a silent auction.

For tickets, call the orchestra Office at (323) 259-3011 or purchase online at www.scorchestra.org/201011orderform.html#ticketscelebrationofsupport

The event will take place at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041 on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
SCO is fulfilling its Music is For Everyone mission by offering full orchestra concerts, chamber concerts and its nationally acclaimed Discovering Music Program.

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Meridian Project is pleased to announce the premiere of DARK MATTER, a multimedia performance exploring cutting edge research in dark matter detection.  Dr. Jeremy Chapman, a recent graduate of Brown University’s Particle Astrophysics Group, will discuss the latest developments in dark matter research in combination with new music written and performed by Joshua LantzyJacob Richman, Jamie Topper, and Kirsten Volness, and new video/projections by Caroline Doherty and Jacob Richman complemented by the planetarium’s Zeiss star projector.

Meridian Project presents DARK MATTER
April 25 and 26, 2014

2 pm and 7 pm (doors 6:30)

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Tickets: $3 | Donations accepted in support of the artists
Cash only at the door; first come, first served

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These performances are made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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David Winkler’s Interludes Trio for violin, bass and piano will be given its World Premiere on Thursday, April 24 – 7:00 PM in Benzaquen Hall of The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan, as part of a special concert sponsored by Chamber Players International.

The composer writes about the work, “My short Interludes Trio, is written for violin, double bass and piano. The work will receive its premiere performance on this April 24 concert and is an intimate follow-up to my Piano Quintet with Double Bass which was premiered at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, Switzerland last June, 2013.”

Music by Rossini, Piazzolla, Bottesini, Handel and Donizetti will also be presented on this concert. Performers include bassist Enrico Fagone, soprano Veronique Mercier, violinist Bela Horvath and pianist Svetlana Smolina.

Tickets are $20 and can be ordered by calling 877-444-4488 or visiting http://chamberplayersinternational.org/.

David Winkler has composed over 200 works including four symphonies, six operatic works, two violin concertos, a piano concerto, a Double Concerto for Cello and Piano with Orchestra, various chamber concerti with string orchestra, song cycles, choral works, three string quartets, and many chamber music works including a piano quartet for the New York Philharmonic Ensembles. Naxos has issued a critically acclaimed CD (American Classics No. 8.559383) featuring Mr. Winkler’s Piano Concerto and Elements Concerti. More about the disk at http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559383. Visit David Winkler at http://www.davidwinklermusic.com/.

Visit CPI online at http://chamberplayersinternational.org/.

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Ars Vitalis — the performing wing of the New Jersey New Music Forum — will present its annual spring concert this coming Thursday April 24 at 7:30 PM.

The event will feature music by Matthew Halper, Frank Ezra Levy, Max Lifchitz and Melinda Wagner.

It will take place at the sparkling Enlow Hall on Kean University’s East Campus (215 North Ave, Hillside NJ 07205).

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Performers for the concert will include the Palisades Virtuosi, guitarist Jorge Caballero, as well as the North/South Consonance Duo — flutist Lisa Hansen and pianist Max Lifchitz.
All composers will be in attendance and will meet and greet audience members at the post-concert reception.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $5 for students.

To purchase tickets, please call 908.737.SHOW (7469) or visit

http://www.keanstage.com/ seasontickets/concert.asp.

For directions to the concert hall please click on

http://www.enlowhall.kean.edu/

Complete information about the event at

https://www.facebook.com/events/608747315827572/?ref=22

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brotherbrotherNew York, NY — Experiments in Opera announces the premiere of Brother Brother, the final production of their 2013-14 Season at Abrons Arts Center, with music and libretto by Aaron Siegel. This 90-minute opera, which has been in development with Experiments in Opera for the last two seasons, explores the relationship between Orville and Wilbur Wright following their first flights in 1903. Scored for 2 vibraphones, glockenspiel, strings, flute, vocal soloists, actors and chorus, Brother Brother will be premiered on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3, 8pm in the Playhouse at Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, New York. For tickets ($20 general, $15 student), patrons should call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

This production of Brother Brother will be directed by Mallory Catlett, with scenic design by Obie Award-winning designer Mimi Lien, and musical direction by David Bloom. The involved musicians have been collaborators in the development of Brother Brother over the last four years and include Mantra Percussion, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, soprano Michelle Kennedy, countertenor Patrick Fennig, tenor Marc Day, and actor Julian A Rozzell, Jr.

Prior to each Brother Brother performance, Experiments in Opera will share two “Opera Trailers,” 90-second videos that offer a sneak peek at new opera ideas and characters. Featured artists include Jason Cady, Dave Ruder, Matthew Welch and the partnership of Daniel Kushner, Noelle Evans and Jascha Narveson. Additionally, in partnership with CultureBot.org, composers and collaborators featured on Brother Brother will take part in a free public discussion — Opera in Dialogue #3 on Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:00 PM, at the Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center — exploring the ideas and motivations behind this premiere production.

The Wright Brothers’ fascinating story of family drama, business struggles and legal fights is layered over a secondary story about the fictional characters, Red and Blue, which details the challenges of contemporary brotherhood and the complexities of growing up with an unusual idea of brotherly intimacy. Aaron Siegel drew on his own experiences as a twin while writing the libretto that provides both sets of brothers a range of coded language to express their wonder in the world and in each other. The music for Brother Brother draws on Siegel’s wide range of experiences with percussive minimalism, early music, American shape-note singing, ambient electronic music and improvised jazz. Brother Brother is a timely look at the personal side of innovation and entrepreneurial optimism in America.

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From the Composer:

Aaron_Siegel1_SMALL_(photo_by_Kevin_McGrath)“I’ve always been more drawn to consonance than to dissonance. This musical impulse has dramatic implications as well, and you could say that Brother Brother is really an argument for hopefulness — the kind I have always felt when I am around my brother. I know this sounds sentimental, and that it bucks against the notion that great drama is by its nature more of a downer. The historical period that the Wright Brothers emerged from was defined by a sense of promise and possibility and I think it is a message we need to hear more about nowadays, despite our reservations.

“Rather than try to speak in an authoritative voice about history or ideas, it was very important to me that Brother Brother be a personal story in my own words. For better or for worse, I am eager to share a holistic vision of the sounds I hear and the words I use to create meaning in my life. This ‘auteur’ approach is more common these days in film and indie culture, where a do-it-yourself aesthetic is the norm, but it once was also an important part of opera culture. Why shouldn’t it still be?”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. Brother Brother, his second opera, has been showcased in events produced by Experiments in Opera and at The Industry’s First Take Production in Los Angeles in June 2013. His CD Science is Only a Sometimes Friend for eight glockenspiels and organ was released in May 2011 on LockStep Records and hailed as “one continuous ecstatic sonic event,” and as one of the best records of 2011 by Time Out New York. In the past year, Science is Only a Sometimes Friend has been performed around the country by Mantra Percussion, Tigue, and the UNC-Pembroke and Eastern Kentucky University percussion ensembles. Siegel is currently working on a commission for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City’s Radio Radiance Series. A recording of his solo storytelling project Call Us Your People will be available in Spring 2014 on LockStep Records.

In addition to his work as a composer and organizer, Siegel has performed with Memorize the Sky, Anthony Braxton and Robert Ashley. His work can be found on numerous recordings including Cabinet for solo percussion and Every Morning, a History for chamber ensemble and solo piano. Siegel is manager of secondary school programs at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. For more information visit: aaronsiegel.net.

Mantra Percussion has been featured at festivals, venues, and universities throughout North America including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Carlsbad New Music Festival, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, MIT with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, X Avant Festival, New Music New College, Moving Sounds Festival, Ear Heart Music, Hi Fi Music Festival, and Make Music New York. Mantra co-commissioned Michael Gordon’s recent evening-length percussion sextet Timber, and gave the work’s United States premiere in October 2011 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and its New York premiere of at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in December 2012.

The “commission-crazed” Cadillac Moon Ensemble is one of New York’s most visible new music groups, performing not just in traditional venues such as Roulette and the DiMenna Center, but in non-traditional spaces such as the High Line as well as in collaborations with dance, theater, and cabaret artists. The group strives to present a cross-section of contemporary music styles, tying together both uptown and downtown aesthetics with the creative use of thematic programming. Recent commissions have included works by Timothy Andres, Caleb Burhans, Shawn Allison, Nicholas Deyoe, Rick Burkhardt, Osnat Netzer, and Alex Weiser.

 

 

ABOUT EXPERIMENTS IN OPERA

Co-founded by composers Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, and Aaron Siegel, Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to nurture composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

In its first two programming seasons, Experiments in Opera has presented the work of more than 12 composers in three large-scale presentations aimed at expanding the collective understanding of experimental opera. Venues have included Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, and have featured works by composers Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch, Georges Aperghis, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal and the Cough Button collective. Also featured were performances by pianist Emily Manzo, singer Erin Flannery, drummer Brian Chase, Hotel Elefant, and the performance collective Why Lie?

Experiments in Opera’s 2013-14 season residency at Abrons Arts Center began with Chorus of All Souls in November 2013 featuring choral works by Jessica Pavone, Matthew Welch, Jason Cady and John Zorn. The residency continued with Radio Operas on February 28 and March 1, 2014 featuring works by Jason Cady, Paul Pinto, Aaron Siegel, John King, Jonathan Mitchell and Matthew Welch.

All of the work developed with Experiments in Opera is documented extensively in videos, images and writings that are available in an online catalogue at www.experimentsinopera.com. These insightful looks into the origins of artists’ ideas and their working habits help to support EIO’s mission of building a more robust conversation about how and why opera works the way it does.

The Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, is the performing and visual arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. For more information, call (212) 598-0400 or visit www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

 

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NYCCImage314New York Composers Circle will present Music for Soprano, Strings and Piano, a concert of new works by NYCC members on Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Church at Citigroup Center – Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan.

Works to be performed are Carl Kanter’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, Emiko Hayashi’s Continuous Strand of Twisted Threads for string trio, Jonathan Howard Katz’s Crescit eundo (2012), for violin, viola, cello, and piano, Jacob E. Goodman’s Variationen G-Dur, für Klavier, Violine, und Violoncello, Eugene Marlow’s Undiminshed for string quintet, Matt Weber’s Gemstones for string quartet and Richard D. Russell’s The Rose Cycle for soprano and string quartet. Information about the composers can be found at http://nycomposerscircle.org/category/composer-bios/.

Performers will be the Bleecker String Quartet (Bleecker StQ) – violinists Machiko Ozawa and Lynn Bechtold, violist Edmundo Ramírez and cellist Jisoo Ok (http://bleeckerstringquartet.com/) – with bassist Troy Rinker, soprano Sofia Dimitrova and pianist Yvonne Troxler.

The April 22 concert is free, however, a $20 donation is suggested, payable at the door. For more information, call 212-787-8309 or visit http://nycomposerscircle.org/.

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