Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00pm
St. Matthew & St. Timothy
26 West 84th St, NYC 10024 (between CPW & Columbus)
$10 donation at the door. FREE admission with student I.D.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00pm
Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
$20 /$18 members

Gilda Lyons, voice | Daron Hagen, piano

PROGRAM
Ballad of the Bombardier (1946) – Marc Blitzstein
Nickel Under the Foot (1937) – Marc Blitzstein
Ne Me Quitte Pas (1959) – Jacques Brel
La Flor de la Canela (1953) – Chabuca Granda
The Waking Father (1990) – Daron Hagen
A Suite of Appearances (2002) – Daron Hagen
Breaking (1999) – Jennifer Higdon
Morning Opens (1997) – Jennifer Higdon
Hold On (2012) – Gilda Lyons
Seven Times (2002) – Gilda Lyons
XII (2014)*+ – David Macbride
For Poulenc (1963) – Ned Rorem
Thoughts of a Young Girl (1979) – Ned Rorem
Losing My Mind (1971)- Stephen Sondheim
The Marriage (2008) – Ken Steen
Pirate Jenny (1928) – Kurt Weill
Sevdalino, my little one (1987) – Judith Weir
The song of a girl ravished away by fairies in South Uist (1987) – Judith Weir
* world premiere + commissioned by The Phoenix Concerts

About Gilda Lyons:
Gilda Lyons (www.gildalyons.com), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes her “Nahuatl Hymn to the All-Mother” (Clarion CLCD-936), commissioned by The Milwaukee Choral Artists, as “hair-raising, yet elegant [with] slides, dips, yips and yelps amid ceremonial intensity.” Recent premieres in Beijing, Tokyo, Seattle, New York, and Pittsburgh include “walk, run, fly” (voice / pre-recorded sound; The Flea, NYC), “Lady Beetle” (koto solo; Yumi Kurosawa, Toriphony Hall, Tokyo), “Moonlight Suite” (chamber opera; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh), “Coney Run” (voice/piano/pre-recorded sound; Two Sides Sounding, NYC), “Hold On” (voice / piano; Adrienne Danrich, Thomas Bagwell; AIDS Quilt Song Book at Twenty), “La Novia de Tola” (piano trio; Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing; Finisterra Trio, Seattle; Entelechron, NYC) and “Invocations” (voice/shakuhachi; Kyo-Shin-An Arts, NYC). Currently writing a mainstage opera for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh with a libretto by Tammy Ryan, she is also completing large-scale commissions for Mirror Visions Ensemble and IonSound. Composer-in-Residencies include Vermont’s New Music on the Point (2013); Seasons Music Festival in Washington State (2009-2012); and Hartford Women Composers Festival (2011). An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen’s “Shining Brow” (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes “Gilda Lyons’s clear soprano compels admiration.” Dr. Lyons teaches composition at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer and Burning Sled.

About Daron Hagen:
Daron Hagen (www.daronhagen.com) is one of America’s most prominent, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally. Mr. Hagen’s activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Sharon Robinson, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America’s major musical institutions, and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Royal Albert Hall. Mr. Hagen has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, GPR, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman’s Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.

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 (www.thephoenixconcerts.org) 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.

For more information about The Phoenix Concerts please visit: www.thephoenixconcerts.org, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Phoenix-Concerts/74803400447?ref=hl, or on Twitter: @PhoenixNewYork

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