BMOP in Concert: Child Alice
When: Friday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at BMOP.org or by telephone at 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at tix.com.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year, ends its 20th anniversary season with the Boston premiere of David Del Tredici’s complete Child Alice (1981) featuring the acclaimed soprano Courtenay Budd. Based on poems prefacing Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this 135-minute evening-length work changed the course of 20th century music.
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PREMIERES of works by THIERRY ESCAICH and DOMINIQUE LEMAÎTRE (Paris), ALASTAIR GREIG (London), CHRISTOPHER LYNDON-GEE (Vilnius/New York), and FERNANDO MAGLIA (Buenos Aires); Music by CLAUDE DEBUSSY
With a rare U.S. appearance by distinguished French cellist MICHEL STRAUSS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 @ 3:30 P.M.
St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (Main Space), New York City
The New York-based new music ensemble ISC, under the direction of cellist Dan Barrett, joins forces with a roster of acclaimed performers to celebrate the Lucca International Music Festival (Accademia d’Estate Internazionale, Lucca, Italy) – a festival founded in 2013 by American flutist Linda DiMartino Wetherill to promote contemporary chamber music from around the world. This concert is presented as part of Composers Now Festival, taking place throughout New York City in February and celebrating the work of living composers.
Dominique Lemaître (Paris):
Stances, hommage à Henri Dutilleux, pour violoncelle et piano (à Dan Barrett) (2015) – PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Jed Distler, piano
Thierry Escaich (Paris):
Sopra La Folia (2014) – U.S. PREMIERE
Michel Strauss, cello; Max Pollak, tap/body percussion
Fernando Maglia (Buenos Aires):
El otro amanecer (2004) – U.S. PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, flute; Fernando Maglia, guitar
Christopher Lyndon-Gee (Vilnius/New York):
Poema per Gaspara Stampa (1981) – U.S. PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, piano
Alastair Greig (London):
Even by Moonlight I have no Peace (2015) – PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, alto flute
Claude Debussy: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1915)
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Michel Strauss, cello; Mary Jo Pagano, piano
Performed by Dan Barrett (cello), Linda DiMartino Wetherill (flute), Jed Distler (piano), Christopher Lyndon-Gee (piano), Fernando Maglia (guitar), Mary Jo Pagano (piano), Max Pollak (tap-/body-percussion), Michel Strauss (cello)
The International Street Cannibal’s concert will take place at the main space of St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30 pm. St Mark’s Church is located at 131 East 10th Street, New York City. Tickets are $20 General Admission/$15 for seniors, students & children at door. For more information, call 212-674-6377.
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The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Judicanti Responsura in concert on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Judicanti Responsura, the duo of percussionist Joseph Mitchell and tubaist William Roper, perform a program of original music entitled Beyond Congo Square – The Month of Our People.
Composer/performers Mitchell and Roper began their musical association in the LAPD Junior Band in the late 1960s. They liked beating drums and blowing loud horns. They did not know that their people were once prohibited from doing so. Once they found out, they formalized their rebellion by founding the tuba and percussion duo Judicanti Responsura in 1984, an ensemble which embraces African American improvising traditions. Mitchell and Roper grew up in Los Angeles’ South Central and Watts communities and were somewhat politicized by the experience. Their compositions reflect that in their inspiration, titles, content, and presentation. Judicanti Responsura has recorded on the Asian Improv, Tomato Sage Consortium, and Heliotrope Dreams labels.
The title for this event refers to the Louisiana slave code that only allowed drumming by African Americans in New Orleans’ Congo Square. February is the month we can officially remember such peculiar institutions and practices. This performance features Joseph Mitchell’s “Birmingham Sunday (September 15, 1963),” a setting of Langston Hughes’ elegy for the four girls killed in an act of race terror during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and William Roper’s “Darkest Night – Balthazar Joins the Sacred Company,” which incorporates live performance and a recorded soundscape, imagining the evening the dark-skinned King Balthazar, bearing gifts, follows a star.
This program is part of the Soundwaves concert series, curated by Daniel Rothbaum and Jeff Schwartz, which features innovative music on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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Yuga Cohler, conductor
Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano
STRAVINSKY – Petrushka
LIGETI – The Mysteries of the Macabre
Esa-Pekka SALONEN – Foreign Bodies
Friday, February 19th, 2016
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
FREE ADMISSION – No Tickets Required
No one is more representative of modernity in classical music than Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and one of the most accomplished living composers, he is an artistic entrepreneur unique to our times. The cool ethos he has cultivated by engaging with technology and popular culture are exactly what YMF is about, and his music is all the more vital for it. To perform his colossally difficult Foreign Bodies is a reflection of both the Debut Orchestra’s virtuosity and its forward-thinking artistic mission.
The middle piece in this program is no less shocking. Employing elements of spoken word and theater, The Mysteries of the Macabre is hilarious, offensive, and deeply fascinating all at the same time. Featuring YMF Concerto Competition Winner Kirsten Ashley Wiest, this performance will feature singer, conductor, and orchestra participating in ways unthinkable to those who view classical music as an artifact of the past. From this perspective, the first half of the program is ancient. Initially written 100 years ago, Petrushka is one of the first examples of modern classical music, with Stravinsky’s characteristic rhythmic drive and harmonic complexity. Performing this work first allows us the opportunity to examine where we have been, where we are, and most importantly, where we are going. The time for modernity is now.
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Composer’s Voice is presenting a unique showcase of contemporary composers at The Firehouse Space on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 pm. This is the beginning of a series of concerts that will happen on the third Thursday of the month at Brooklyn’s Firehouse Space.
The performance will feature the works of contemporary composers: Greg Bartholomew, Fabian Beltran, Douglas Townsend, and Robert Voisey. Also presented on this concert is Composer’s Voice staple Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Beth Griffith including 15 one-minute works by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Christopher Danforth, David Drexler, Abraham Fabella, Daniel Goode, Paolo Longo, Pamela Madsen, Pamela J. Marshall, Luis Menacho, Koka Nikoladze, Brandon J Rolle, Justin Rubin, Naftali Schindler, William Vollinger, and Andrew Walters.
“An extraordinary American soprano, Beth Griffith sang with a focus and presence” –Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
Also performing on this Composer’s Voice is: Walker Beard – trumpet, Allen Fogelsanger – piano, Nicholas Handahl – flute, Tony Park – clarinet, Evan Robinson – trombone, Yumi Suehiro – piano, Josh Vigran – piano, and Hanako Yamagata Greenberg – piano.
The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre. The works are performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music.
The Firehouse Space is a unique event and performance space located in Williamsburg close to the Graham Ave L Stop. The Firehouse Space strives to present music, art, and theatrical performances of both emerging and established artists.
For more information visit: www.composersvoice.com
Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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The Woman at the Window: The Triangle Factory Fire – a powerful, original oratorio based on the horrific 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in which 146 garment workers, mostly young girls from immigrant families, perished in the worst workplace tragedy in American history until the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, with music and lyrics by 85 high school choir students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts – is being premiered by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers in free performances on Thursday, February 4, at noon, and Friday, February 5, 2016, at 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) The haunting, yet inspiring, 45-minute work with compelling arias and emotional choruses, was developed through the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students as they create and perform their own original choral works under the guidance of professional teaching artists. The piece also aligns with the Chorale’s current concert season, which features oratorios by Handel and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.
As the oratorio recounts, there was no escape from the fire that broke out on the 8th floor of the Triangle Factory in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911. Within 20 minutes, the inferno had spread to two more floors, resulting in the death of 146 workers, mostly young girls from Italian and Jewish immigrant communities. The event underscored the unfair labor conditions in America where female workers, in particular, were expected to work long hours for low pay. At that time in American history, building safety standards were overlooked and fire rescue attempts were inadequate to handle high-rise structures; horse-drawn fire trucks did not have ladders tall enough to reach the upper floors. Significantly, the Triangle Fire raised awareness regarding the newfound presence and unequal treatment of women in the workplace. Tragically, the fire is mostly remembered for the horrible manner in which victims perished, plummeting to their deaths from windows and fire escapes as helpless bystanders watched from below. To this day, 105 years later, the anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire continues to be honored in New York City with memorials and tributes. The building, now owned by New York University, still stands, housing the school’s biology and chemistry labs.
An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even seasoned composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy.
The 9th through 12th grade students who composed the piece collaborated over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Michael Alfera, as well as with the school’s choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to write a libretto and create the melodies for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters, propelling the momentum of the plot and painting the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the sixth year the Los Angeles Master Chorale has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.
“Voices Within,” a music education program originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs, has engaged over 25,000 children who have created more than 350 original songs since its launch in 2001. Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the noted visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.
The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Reservations required. Visit LAMC.ORG for details.
Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).
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– Wingjammer –
February 13th, 2015
February 13th @ 8pm
West Park Presbyterian Church
165 West 86th Street
New York, N.Y. 10024
General Admission $15
Early Eventbrite price $11.54
On February 13th at West Park Presbyterian Church, Composers Concordance presents its next ‘Wingjammer’ – a feast of contemporary music featuring improvisation plus an ample reception of buffalo wings. Compositions by Paul Carlon, Dan Cooper, Eleanor Cory, Emily Doolittle, Scott Hoefling, Ryo Noda, Payton MacDonald, Gene Pritsker, Raul Quines, David Sanford, Daniel Schnyder, and Dorian Wallace will be performed by: Gene Pritsker – guitar, Daniel Schnyder – saxophone, and Payton MacDonald – percussion, and by the The Wheatley Quintet: Scott Hoefling – saxophone, Peggy Ho – clarinet, Steve Fitzko – trumpet, Angela Luftig – violin, and Anneke Schaul-Yoder – cello.
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
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Gene & The Violinists
– The Violin Music of Gene Pritsker –
February 18th, 2015 @ LPR Gallery
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
General Admission $10
Composer Gene Pritsker presents a concert of his music for violin; “I noticed that I have many compositions for the violin, including 11 concertos, numerous solo pieces and loads of chamber music. I decided, why not have a concert featuring only the violin?.” Five violinists, some of whom have collaborated with Gene for over 20 years and some for whom this is a first collaboration, will perform solos, duos, works for violin and Samplestra (pre recorded electronics) and compositions for violin and Di.J. (with GP). In addition there will be a premiere of a brand new chamber piece written for solo violin, a five violin ensemble, rapper and Di.J. The violinists are: Peter Krysa, Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda – (Miolina Duo), Gregor Kitzis, Hajnal K. Pivnick & Yuko Naito-Gotay. Besides compositions that have been performed around the world many times such as: ‘Bach Partita ReMix’, ‘Misfortune Has it’s Uses’, ‘Empty Bottles’, ‘Opposite Extreme of Benevolence’, this concert will also feature four premieres, including two movements for the solo violin piece ‘Tango In V’, a new violin and Samplestra composition; ‘Waiting III’, the violin duet ‘No Conviction, a Hope and that is All’ and the aforementioned new chamber piece.
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred fifty compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd’s on Col-legno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. He is also the co-director of Composers’ Concordance, a new music presenting organization with a 30 year history of producing concert in NYC. Other organization he is associate with include the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, which he co founded in 1993 with Kristjan Jarvi and has been a composer in residence and guitarist with ever since. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the The Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camerata, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchester des Pfalztheaters, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie as well as such soloists as Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, Sarah Chang, Kathleen Supové, Martin Kuuskmann and Simone Dinnerstein. He worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including ‘Cloud Atlas’, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ”Cloud Atlas Symphony’.
The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.” Evan Burke writes in ICareIf YouListen: “Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole. This result is almost always more interesting, and representative of how most new music will be born in the 21st century, as genres and barriers begin to vanish, and as styles begin cross-fertilizing in previously unimagined ways.” Classical Music Sentinel writes: “His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man. “
Organizations he is associated with include: Co-director of Composers Concordance & Composers Concordance Records, co-founder/guitarist of Absolute Ensemble and artist-in residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival. Gene Pritsker’s music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music. Recorded on: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova , Composers’ Concordance Records, SONY Classical, and Capstone record labels.sound and composition.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s popular Baroque Conversations spotlights esteemed LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday, celebrating his 40th anniversary season with the Orchestra, as host and featured performer in a diverse program centered on the bassoon and oboe on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes Boismortier’s Rondeau from Suite de Pièces qu’on peut jouer seule; Les Sauvages from Les Gentils Airs by Rameau; and Sonatina in A minor by Telemann. Also presented are Handel’s Trio Sonata in E-flat major; Zachow’s Trio Sonata in F major; and Fasch’s Sonata in D minor. Joining Munday are LACO principals Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, and Allan Vogel, oboe; Claire Brazeau, oboe; and guest artist Edward Meares, bass. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
Munday, appointed to LACO by Sir Neville Marriner in 1976, has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on numerous occasions. On March 19 and 20, he is featured in the world premiere of Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – “The D.A.R.K Knights,” celebrating the Orchestra’s four longest-serving wind principals. Active in chamber music circles and in LA’s recording studios, Munday has performed at the Marlboro, Santa Fe and Chamber Music Northwest music festivals, among others, and can be heard on John Williams’ Star Wars VII soundtrack. For Naxos, he recorded Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XII for solo bassoon, a technically demanding work that requires the performer to circular-breathe for 19 minutes. Impressively, Munday recorded it in two complete takes.
LACO’s highly regarded Baroque Conversations series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each Zipper Hall program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on Thursdays, March 24 and April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $57, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.
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Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library and Los Angeles’s Cold Blue Music record label are proud to present an evening of piano music with works by contemporary composers Daniel Lentz, Michael Jon Fink, Peter Garland, Michael Byron and Jim Fox, on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
The composers presented at this concert have long been associated with Cold Blue, a new music label that has been described as presenting “a distinctive body of music—a virtual Cold Blue ‘school’—forged in the wake of American musical experimentalism” (International Record Review) and “a recognizable and distinctly American compositional outlook, sensual and approachable while also robustly individualistic and aesthetically self-determining” (The Wire magazine).
The event features Los Angeles’s celebrated, Grammy-nominated new music pianist Aron Kallay, whose playing has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “exquisite” and “alive,” along with performances by composers Fink and Fox. Composer Lentz will also be on hand.
Among the pieces performed will be Lentz’s 51 Nocturnes, Fink’s Two Preludes for Piano and Five Pieces for Piano, and brief works by Garland, Byron, and Fox.
This concert is the first of a monthly series: Soundwaves, presenting innovative music on the third Wednesday night. Soundwaves is curated by Daniel Rothman and Jeff Schwartz and sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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