*All works are New York premieres commissioned by The Phoenix Concerts.
Nov 20 2012
The Phoenix Concerts
in collaboration with
Beijing New Music Ensemble
The Folk Tale Project
a concert of New York premieres
$10 donation at the door.
FREE admission with student I.D.
Chen Si’ang – Manjusaka (2011)
Daron Hagen – intensive care (2011)
Paula M. Kimper – Elegy for Ebenezer (2011)
Wendy Wan-ki Lee – Piano Trio No. 1 (2011)
Gilda Lyons – La Novia de Tola (2011)
Eli Marshall – Hannah’s Prayer (2011)
Shen Ye – 5 Folk Songs (2011)
Zhou Xu – The Sketching of Xiao Xiang (2011)
Roger Zahab, violin | David Russell, cello | Robert Frankenberry, piano
About The Phoenix Concerts:
THE PHOENIX CONCERTS advocates contemporary concert music of the broadest stylistic range, presenting programs that reflect the evolving nature of music in our time. Building from a core season of four concerts held on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, hosted by the Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, The Phoenix Concerts’ calendar has expanded to include collaborative events through partnerships with: Hudson Opera House; Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Salon Harlem; Seasons Music Festival; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky’s Fine Arts Station, where series events have been re-broadcast to a listener base of over 40,000. The Phoenix Concerts’ ongoing commissioning project, The Phoenix Commissions, has furthered the series’ unwavering commitment to contemporary music. Since 2007, the project has commissioned, premiered, and hosted repeat performances of music by over thirty living composers, both emerging and established. Now celebrating its eighth season, The Phoenix Concerts has enjoyed the overwhelmingly positive support of a growing audience, drawing to its adventurously programmed events a fascinating mix of both new music specialists and uninitiated concertgoers while reaching out to new communities through co-presentations with partnering organizations, radio re-broadcasts, and a strong internet presence. Drawing from its core group of musicians — The Phoenix Players — the series’ widely-varied concert events have established a strong basis for its continuing mission:
To offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range;
to commission new works by emerging and established composers; and
to remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.
For more information about The Phoenix Concerts please visit: www.thephoenixconcerts.org
The Phoenix Concerts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
About Beijing New Music Ensemble
THE BEIJING NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE is the only independent musical ensemble dedicated to new music in China. Since 2005 the ensemble has been “presenting chamber music in a revolutionary way” (Macao Daily). A young, vibrant group of diverse backgrounds, the ensemble has performed across greater China and in South Korea, in concert halls, bars, universities, and art spaces, and was featured on BBC Radio Three in the summer of 2008. Often collaborating with musicians of traditional Chinese backgrounds, BNME has created a grassroots forum for contemporary music in Beijing and, in three years, has presented over three dozen China premières to growing audiences. The debut CD of the ensemble was released in June 2009 by international classical label NAXOS. The ensemble uses a modular organization to allow for both small‐scale chamber music and larger ensemble with conductor. The five core members make programming choices and other artistic decisions collectively, while drawing on a larger group of the best from the cityʹs orchestras and conservatories. The ensemble regularly performs with the most innovated performers on Chinese instruments, including guqin player Wu Na, famed countertenor Jiang Qihu, and guzheng player Chang Jing. In addition, the ensemble also has collaborated with experimental musicians Zhang Shouwang, Bruce Gremo, and electronic music composer Tseng Yu‐chung. In a 2007 concert, BNME worked with Shao Yan, who interpreted the music through real‐time calligraphic art.