Nordic Currents II finalCurated by Thomas Bagwell

Michael Slattery, tenor
Margaret Lancaster, flute and piccolo
Rachel Lee, violin
Thomas Bagwell, piano


Katarina Leyman — Solgatt (1995)
Ms. Lancaster & Mr. Bagwell

Einojuhani Rautavaara — Notturno e Danza (1993)
Ms. Lee & Mr. Bagwell

Kaija Saariaho  — Dolce Tormento (2004)
Ms. Lancaster

Synne Skouen — Give @lice Different Entries (2010)
Ms. Lee

Bent Soresen — The Shadows of Silence (2003-4)
Mr. Bagwell

Andrea Tarrodi — Aftonsanger (2006)
Mr. Slattery & Mr. Bagwell

Andrea Tarrodi — Crystallites (2012)
Mr. Bagwell

About Thomas Bagwell, Nordic Currents II Curator:

THOMAS BAGWELL has partnered in recital such singers as Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Frederica Von Stade, Andrea Rost, Kristine Jepson, James Morris, Roberta Peters, and Lucine Amara. His recital partnerships with the rising generation of singers include Elaine Alvarez, Eric Cutler, Gregory Turay, Rinat Shaham, Thomas Meglioranza, and Jesse Blumberg. In the field of chamber music, Mr. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson, and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD, now available on iTunes, of works by Antonín Dvořák on the Marquis Classics label. Miranda Cuckson and Mr. Bagwell performed the ten Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano in a three part series at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2009.   Thomas Bagwell has received degrees from the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with Warren Jones, Graham Johnson, and Edna Golandsky. After his formal studies, Mr. Bagwell pursued additional training with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen at the Academie Villecroze.  Mr. Bagwell organized and performed several concert series’ in New York at the Austrian Cultural Forum including the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, surveys of Schubert, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky, in additions to many other concerts.   As a teacher of opera and art song, Thomas Bagwell has been on the faculty of Yale University, and currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music where he teaches collaborative piano as well as classes for singers in operatic repertoire.

About The Phoenix Concerts:

Since 2005, THE PHOENIX CONCERTS, New York’s “plucky Upper West Side new-music series” (The New Yorker), has commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and thirty contemporary composers’ works on nearly fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle. Thousands of additional listeners have been reached through streaming videos, visuals, and program notes on its comprehensive website ( as well as rebroadcasts on WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky’s Fine Arts Station.  THE PHOENIX CONCERTS’ unwavering commitment to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. Catered post-concert receptions offer an informal setting where audiences interact with performers and composers. Building from a core season of four concerts presented at Manhattan’s Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, the calendar includes collaborative events hosted in partnership with: American Opera Projects; Beijing New Music Ensemble; Chamber Music America; Hudson Opera House; Kyo-Shin-An Arts; Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Beth Morrison Projects; Salon Harlem; Seasons Music Festival; “Composers Now” Festival at Symphony Space; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Corporation of Yaddo.

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.

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