Argentinean bandoneonist/composer Daniel Binelli and Uruguayan-American pianist Polly Ferman will be in concert on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 PM with the Puerto Rico Symphony, Maximiano Valdes, Director, in the Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, Piso 2 Parada 22, Ave. Ponce de León in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This will be the inaugural concert of Festival Interamericano de las Artes. Repertoire will include the World Premiere of the FIA commissioned Contrabando by Daniel Binelli, Robert Sierra’s Symphony No. 3 and Laurence Roman’s Flute Concertino, with soloist Jonathan Figueroa. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/643394995767869/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.
Tickets are $20 and $10. For more information, call 787-792-5000 or visit http://www.tcpr.com/.
Daniel Binelli is an internationally renowned master of the bandoneon, acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla. As a composer, many international orchestras, ensembles, Tango companies and soloists have commissioned and/or performed his works, including the Zurich Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Montevideo Philharmonic, Colombia Symphony, and Buglisi/Foreman Dance Company as well as Osvaldo Pugliese Orquesta Tipica (Argentina) and Tango 7 (Switzerland). Visit his website and the Binelli-Ferman Duo webpage at http://www.danielbinelli.com.
Polly Ferman has been called “musical ambassador of the Americas” by the Japan Times. One of the leading interpreters of the music of the Americas, her extensive tours as a soloist have included performances with the Symphonies of San Francisco, Colorado, Vancouver, and Indianapolis, as well as orchestras in Japan, Ukraine, Philippines, Brazil, in addition to recitals in New York, Tokyo, Washington D.C., London, Munich and Buenos Aires. She has performed in Cuba with the all-female chamber orchestra Camerata Romeu and is the Creator and Music Director of GlamourTango – http://glamourtango.com/home/default.asp. Her recordings are available on 4Tay, Music Masters, Musical Heritage Society, PAMAR, EPSA Music and Sondor. She is a Steinway Artist and Founder/CEO of Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR) and New York City’s Latin American Cultural Week – http://www.lacw.net/. Visit her at http://www.pollyferman.net.
Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, BMOP/sound today announced the August 12th release of two new albums: Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro, featuring Andrew Clark’s hundred-voice Providence Singers and violinist Gabriela Diaz; and Scott Wheeler: Crazy Weather, showcasing the orchestral works of New England-based composer Scott Wheeler. Conductor Gil Rose leads the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) with sparkling clarity and panache.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation’s most in-demand children’s choirs, announces its 2014-15 season, entitled “Celebrating American Song…California and Beyond.” It spotlights the music of American composers, including several with strong California ties, among them John Adams, Philip Glass, Kirk Meechem, Terry Riley, David Montoya, Nick Strimple, Mark Grey, Wayne Brisbee, Abbie Betinis, David Brunner, Charles Ives, Brian Holmes and David Conte. The chorus also appears in a series of high profile engagements, continuing to build upon its longtime partnerships with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Jacaranda and Pasadena Symphony. Further expanding its reach, LACC makes its debut at Stanford University’s recently opened Bing Concert Hall, considered one of Northern California’s most outstanding new venues, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof with Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and hosts Windsbacher Knabenchor, Germany’s famed boys choir. LACC, which serves children ages 6 to 18 from 50 Southland communities, is lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).
Among numerous season highlights, LACC offers its signature Winter Concert (December 7 and 14, 2014) and Spring Concert (May 3 and 10, 2015) at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, featuring works by eminent American composers from Boston’s William Billings, who lived and composed during the nation’s infancy from 1746 to 1800 and is considered America’s first choral conductor, to Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic.” The programs’ a cappella pieces and works with minimal accompaniment provide a special opportunity
to hear the choir’s striking sound in its purest form.
With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the chorus is featured at the Hollywood Bowl this summer in “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” conducted by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams (August 29 and 30, 2014). In the second half of the season, LACC collaborates with the orchestra and guest conductor Susanna Mälkki on the West Coast premiere of a new multi-media production of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin with libretto by David Henry Hwang, crafted from Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, and multi-media component by innovative artist Netia Jones at Walt Disney Concert Hall (February 27, 2015).
LACC also hosts a choral exchange and concert with the illustrious German boys choir Windsbacher Knabenchor, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church (October 26, 2014). It also joins forces with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles’s oldest temple, to celebrate the 50th anniversary the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof (November 16, 2014), and appears with the renowned Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in back-to-back historically informed performances of Bach’s seminal St. Matthew Passion at Walt Disney Concert Hall (January 31 and February 1, 2015). With Jacaranda, the celebrated music series presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, LACC is featured on its “Winter Dreams” program, singing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (December 6, 2014). It also rings in the season as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church (December 13, 2014). Continuing to expand its reach, LACC presents the world premiere of a commission by Mark Gray, with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its highly anticipated debut at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall (April 19, 2015). It is also involved in a number of significant community partnerships with Verdugo Young Musicians Association, Kidspace Children’s Museum and ArtNight Pasadena, among others.
“These incredible artistic collaborations in conjunction with LACC’s own concert series provide a remarkable opportunity for our young singers to perform an extremely broad range of repertoire with some of the world’s leading conductors,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 22nd season with the organization. “These appearances go hand-in-hand with LACC’s comprehensive music education program that encourages a deeper appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music.”
The chorus’s level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC as its members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its premier Concert Choir, elite Chamber Singers and innovative Young Men’s Ensemble.
For children interested in joining LACC’s ranks, open auditions for the renowned chorus take place on June 4-7, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. No previous training in music or singing or audition preparations are required. Auditions for the Young Men’s Ensemble take place in mid-August.
LACC also offers its popular program First Experiences in Singing, eight- to ten-week, non-auditioned, non-performing classes that introduce six- and seven-year-old children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Classes are held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church each fall, spring and summer.
LACC’s 2014-2015 concert season and core educational program are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. LACC is also deeply grateful to generous lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains the chorus’s annual choral music program for children.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and led by Tomlinson since 1995, LACC serves more than 400 children through six choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
For additional information on LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performs free chamber music concerts at neighborhood libraries in each of the five boroughs of New York City during September. Featuring music for wind quintet by Barber, Beach, Ligeti, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Click here for the Subway Series schedule.
Amernet String Quartet Plays the Music of Steven R. Gerber – an evening of his chamber music will be presented on Monday, August 11 at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Doors will open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:30. This event is sponsored by Le Poisson Rouge.
Works to be performed are Spirituals for string quartet, String Quartet #4, String Quartet #5, Norma’s Variations for string quartet, Elegy on the Name “Dmitri Shostakovich” for solo viola and Fantasy, Fugue, and Chaconne for viola and cello.
Tickets for the August 11 concert are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. For tickets and more information, call 212-505-FISH (3474) or visit http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/amernet-quartet-plays-the-music-of-steven-r-gerber-august-11th-2014/.
Gerber’s chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. More about it at http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559618. Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.
Thursday. August 7 at 6:30 PM, Quintet of the Americas will perform Neil Rolnick’s Ambos Mundos, as part of the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference concert, at Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.
Ambos Mundos was written in 2004 for wind quintet and digital processing, and was recorded by the Quintet for Innova Records – http://www.innova.mu/albums/neil-rolnick/shadow-quartet. Visit Neil Rolnick at http://www.neilrolnick.com/.
The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students/seniors. More information at http://subculturenewyork.com/ts_event/idrsconference6/. The concert is ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.
Members of the Quintet are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. They are currently in residence in The Department of Music and Performing Arts in The Steinhardt School at New York University. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/. Quintet photos are available at http://quintet.org/press.html.
Composer JEROME KITZKE Releases The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova Records), His First All-Kitzke Album in 15 Years
Release Date: 07.29.14
Composer: Jerome Kitzke
Performers: Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, Barbara Merjan, ETHEL, The Mad Coyote, Jerome Kitzke
Texts By: Allen Ginsberg, Aeschylus, John Scott, Anonymous, Helen Mackay, Harold Pinter, Walt Whitman, Rumi
American composer/storyteller JEROME KITZKE today announces the July 29th release of his new album The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova Records). Known for creating works that are uniquely and bracingly American, where freedom and ritual converge, Kitzke shares his career-long dedication to social justice in a new recording featuring some of his best work composed over the past 15 years. The composer’s convictions are remarkably interwoven within the music and text of three intensely theatrical pieces that collectively take listeners on a piercing journey brimming with ceremonial power and beauty.
To purchase, visit Innova.mu.
On Tuesday July 29th, 2014, composer Carlos Jose Castro will be in New York for his World premiere performances of his newest works — Nocturno, for alto flute solo, Tres Bagatelas for clarinet and piano, and Concerto Serenata de la Luna for viola (version with piano). The performance will be part of a concert program titled CONCIERTico held at the Somethin’ Jazz Club on East 52nd Street in New York City and organized by the CRNGNYC.
CONCIERTico is curated by Edmundo Ramirez, a Costa Rican-American violist based in New York City. Ramirez is no newcomer to promoting Latin American music. He is the former Artistic Administrator of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Washington DC, as well as the founder and artistic director of Ensamble America in New York City. He continues to promote Costa Rican Classical Music including works by composers Alejandro Cardona, Vinicio Meza and Allen Torres Castillo. Most recently he premiered Castro’s work for solo viola Kerwa and revived and performed Benjamin Gutierrez’s Concerto for viola and Orchestra with the National Orchestra of Costa Rica and other orchestras in Europe. (watch Edmundo Ramirez performing the Russian Premiere of Benjamin Gutierrez’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra ). Ramirez will also be performing the World premiere performance of the version with piano of Castro’s Concerto Serenata de la Luna.
Celebrating Costa Rican music, CONCIERTico features works by renowned Costa Rican composers Carlos Jose Castro and Benjamin Gutierrez.
Castro won the Latin Grammy award in 2008 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition with his Concierto del Sol para guitarra y orquesta and is three times winner (1992, 2002, 2004) of the Premio Nacional de Música de Costa Rica, Aquileo J. Echeverría, which is the highest award given by the Ministry of Culture. Castro’s music has been performed in the US and many countries including Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, England, Spain, Poland, Germany and Portugal. His compositions range from solo guitar, chamber instrumental works, orchestral works and opera. He has also composed and produced numerous scores for dance, theatre, video, film and radio, including collaborations with Radio Nederland for a series of radio dramas and documentaries. As well as teaching at the Instituto Nacional de la Música and the Universidad de Costa Rica, he has featured in Festivals worldwide as a composer and performer including at the Seminario de Composición Musical de Costa Rica, the Festival Latinoamericano de Caracas in Venezuela, the Festival de Compositores del Caribe in Habana, Cuba, the Iberoamericana Guitar Festival in Washington D.C., and the International Guitar Festivals de Costa Rica and Morelia. Castro is also a Board member of the Asociación de compositores y autores musicales de Costa Rica.
Carlos Jose Castro’s works featured in the concert on July 29th include Ascenso, Arrullo, Como brisa de montaña, Recuerdas and Parrandera; his new work for clarinet and piano, Tres Bagatelas (being premiered during the concert); the 2nd movement of his viola Concerto Serenata de la Luna (receiving its premiere of its version with piano); and his newest work for alto flute Nocturno receiving its World premiere performance by flutist Laura Falzon
Castro’s Nocturno was written for flutist Laura Falzon. When asked whether he writes new works with particular musicians in mind as interpreters, Castro explained that, “a composer has to be aware for whom he writes and in what context. That’s essential.”
Described in the London-based Music & Musicians magazine as “an excellent instrumentalist”, Laura Falzon has performed widely across the US and across the globe in countries including England, Scotland, Malta, France, Italy, Greece, Finland, the Jersey Islands and even India. An ardent advocate and passionate performer of contemporary music, Falzon has collaborated with composers from around the world on new works for flute in a variety of combinations, ranging from the conventional flute solo, flute & piano, and flute & orchestra, to works with electroacoustics as well as non-western instruments like the zheng, sitar, tabla, yoruba drums and tanpura. She has commissioned and premiered many flute works including Padma Phool by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway), and works by composers including compositions by Mohammed Fairouz, Bushra El-Turk, Theodore Wiprud, Alice Shields, Jan Gilbert, Shirish Korde, Nickos Harizanos, Dai Fujikura, John Mayer, Geoff Poole, Charles Camilleri. see
To better understand the intentions behind Carlos Jose Castro’s new work, Laura Falzon interviewed the composer and published the conversation on her site (read Interview with Composer – Laura Falzon talks to Carlos Jose Castro). Castro explains that his music “is a voyage of self-discovery,” and that “every piece has to be a window for something beyond music.” For Castro, melody is a very important part of his music and, as he explained to Falzon, he believes that “musical themes are meant to be remembered and treasured” adding that nonetheless “rhythm has to be vital.” The composer tells Falzon that he finds inspiration and ideas from his varied interests and personal experience with nature, literature, arts, drama and other musics. When asked whether there are any particular influences on his music, Castro explained that he “take[s] from everywhere, from Latin popular music, rock, folklore from all over the World, minimalism, expressionism, African tribal music, romanticism, classicism, protest songs, all kinds of jazz, Bach, et al.,” He adds that he does not “believe in barriers, musically speaking, and tries in [his] musical language to integrate as many dialects as possible.” This allows him “to express better the human experience.”
In Castro’s words, “Polyphony is ever present, even in a single line [in his works]. Modality, tonality, atonality, classicism, romanticism, modernism, minimalism, impressionism, all coexist in my music.”
Castro’s other work for woodwind being performed during the evening, Tres Bagatelas, will also receive its World premiere performance by clarinetist Ana Catalina Ramirez, together with pianist Graciela Arguedas who will also perform solo piano works by Benjamin Gutierrez including his Añoranza and Preludio para la Danza de la Pena Negra.
Composer Benjamin Gutierrez, one of the co-founders of the composition school in Costa Rica and winner of many National and International prestigious music awards, studied with Darius Milhaud and Alberto Ginastera. Many of his works reflect literary and historical influences. Divergent tonalities move his music into post-romanticism. Just like Carlos Castro an important characteristic of Gutierrez’s work are the lyrical melodic lines in his music.
Clarinetist Adrian Sandi will perform composer Andres Soto’s Variaciones Patrioticas for bass clarinet and piano and Soto himself, who will be present at the concert, will perform his work Melus Purus for piano solo.
Other performers on the program include Felipe Fournier percussion & composer; Max Esquivel bassist, composer; Andres A. Marín composer, drummer; and, Dani Blau singer/songwriter.
- Photo by Scott Wall.
Opera awakens all the senses with super-human singing, spectacular visuals, dramatic character portrayals, and the thrill of an orchestra all on one stage. These interactive workshops won’t just deepen your appreciation of the art form; they will take you through the journey of creating an opera. From words to music, sets and costumes to staging, newcomers and seasoned opera-goers alike will learn the process from the ground up and experience San Francisco Opera behind the scenes.
The series includes 4 sessions:
September 8: Opera is a Story: From Text to Dialogue to Music
September 15: Performing: What’s It Like to be a Musician?
September 22: Production Elements: What Does It Look Like?
September 29: Putting it All Together: The Director’s Vision
For more information, please visit the San Francisco Opera Overture website.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments beginning at 4:30 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.
Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.
Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.
Among numerous highlights, YME has toured Germany, Austria, Italy and Alaska; performed with Cuba’s celebrated Sine Nomine and the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club; attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music; and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels and world famous tenor Ben Hepner.
Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.