New and Recent Chamber Orchestra Works
CHEN YAO Tangents II
DAVID FARRELL Re-Callings
CHRISTOPHER JAMES Bassoon Concerto
MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 40
Claudia Schaer, violin
Carolyn Beck, bassoon
Ann Ellsworth, French Horn
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.
North/South Consonance, Inc. concludes its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Tuesday evening June 19, 2012 when the acclaimed North/South Chamber Orchestra performs four eclectic works by American composers.
The concert will start at 8 PM and will take place at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between
Broadway and Columbus) in New York City. Admission is free – no tickets needed.
The program will open with the first NY premiere of Tangents II by Chen Yao. Yao studied at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before earning a doctorate in composition at the University of Chicago. He was recently invited to join the composition faculty of the School of Music at Illinois State University. Yao employs timbre, intonation, and pulse to bridge Eastern and Western musical traditions as well as rational logic with irrational mysticism.
A native of Chicago, IL, David E. Farrell was educated at the University of Illinois and at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His teachers included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, Don Freund and Richard Wernick. Last fall he joined the composition faculty of Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Re-Callings for solo violin and large mixed ensemble “bounces freely from one melody to another, tossing one aside in favor of the next, again and again. While this seems chaotic early in the piece, motives are freely recalled in altered states as the music progresses, bringing about a sense of unity and completion by the work’s end.”
Christopher James studied composition with Isaac Nemiroff and David Lewin at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and pursued graduate study under David Diamond and Milton Babbitt at The Juilliard School. Concerning his Bassoon Concerto James explains that “…in writing this work, my aim was above all to deal with the expressive capabilities of the bassoon– I dearly love the instrument, and I hope it shows. But in a concerto you want fireworks, so I threw in some fireworks. And not grudgingly! The composition of this extensive three – movement work spanned the
period when I was an expectant father, and my first year and a half of fatherhood. This definitely explains appearance of the baby rattle in the finale, and very likely the predominantly sunny character of the piece.”
To conclude the program, the North/South Chamber Orchestra will perform a work by Max Lifchitz, its founder and music director. Lifchitz was born and educated in México City but has lived in New York since 1966. His Yellow Ribbons No. 40 belongs to a series of works being written as homage to the former American hostages in Iraq. The work is in four contrasting but inter-connected movements.
North/South Consonance’s 2011-12 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; grants from Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music, the Music Performance Funds from the American Federation of Musicians, and contributions by many generous individuals.
For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org/