North/South Consonance, Inc. welcomes the New Year with a special free-admission concert on Sunday afternoon January 12 when the Grammy nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra performs four recent works for string ensemble by composers Ada Gentile, Max Lifchitz, Tudor Dominik Maican and Margarita Zelenaia.
The concert will take place at the acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The concert will start at 3 PM and end at 4:45 PM. No tickets necessary. First come first serve!
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
One of Italy’s most successful living composers, Ada Gentile (b. 1947) studied with Godofredo Petrassi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome before winning the 1982 Gaudeamus Composition Prize in Holland. Her works have been performed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Gentile’s Ho scritto una canzone (“I have written a Song”) is dedicated to the great film composer Ennio Morricone on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Written in 2008, the work affectionate composition is full of lyrical lines clearly based on traditional tonality.
Tudor Dominik Maican was born in Germany in 1989 to Romanian parents and grew up in the Washington DC area. He studied piano and composition under the guidance of his mother Dr. Valerica Maican before attending the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School and Indiana University. In recognition of his creative and academic achievements Maican was honored as a 2007 Presidential Scholar during a special White House ceremony hosted by President George W. Bush. He has served as composer-in-residence for the Dumbarton Oaks Concert Society and has earned top prizes as pianist and composer at many international competitions including the George Enescu Romania International Competition for Composition and the John and Margaret Pierson Award for String Orchestra Compositions.
Written especially for this concert, Maican’s Sinfonietta No. 2 was inspired by Greek Orthodox angel prayers describing the world of heaven with marvelous colors and eternal peace. The young composer explains that his work is “…. intently consonant suggesting the world of heaven, where the Divine brings understanding and serenity to young souls. The work’s entire atmosphere is dominated by a Divine light, which brings together all angels.”
Born in Russia in 1954, Margarita Zelenaia has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance; and the American Composers Forum. The press has commented on that fact that as a composer she “possesses a rare ability to infuse her music with humor and lyrical tenderness, while also producing works of tremendous depth and seriousness.” Her works have been performed at Lincoln Center and the Chicago Cultural Center without as well as the Moscow Autumn Festival; the Young Peoples’ Arts Festival; and the Moscow Spring Festival. Written in 2012, Zelenaia’s Lamentation was inspired by the beloved aria Remember Me from Henry Purcell’s baroque operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas.
The program will conclude with a performance of Max Lifchitz‘s Expressions a four movement work juxtaposing lyrical melodies with innovative contemporary harmonic and rhythmic techniques. Born in Mexico City in 1948, Lifchitz has resided in New York City since 1966 and has appeared as composer and performer throughout Europe and the Americas.
Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers hailing from throughout the Americas and elsewhere and representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are 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. Contributions by many generous individuals are gratefully acknowledged.
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