With text by Gertrude Stein
A rare, complete performance of the work
12 singers and instrumentalists performing for five continuous hours
Friday, December 20, 2013, 7 p.m. – midnight @ Paula Cooper Gallery (NYC)
“…like Rothko or Pollock, or Joyce’s Ulysses… subversive epic of the avant-garde.” – BBC Music Magazine (2013 Ostrava Days Festival)
“…a jigsaw puzzle… the most effective setting of Stein to have been attempted.” – New Music Box (2013 Ostrava Days Festival)
For its annual holiday concert, the S.E.M. Ensemble presents Petr Kotik’s complete performance of Many Many Women, “a durable classic of underground music of the 1970s” (Kyle Gann). Running for five to six hours, the work is a setting of Gertrude Stein’s entire 86-page novella of the same name from 1910.
Like other composers such as La Monte Young, John Cage, Glass, and later Morton Feldman, Kotik created extended-duration compositions throughout the 1970s and early 80s, that require multiple hours of continuous performance. Kotik’s works from this period include voices and use texts by Gertrude Stein and R. Buckminster Fuller. Many Many Women marks the culmination of a period during which Kotik began experimenting with the use of parallel perfect intervals (octaves, fifths, and fourths). It is his largest piece to date, divided into 173 sections, with no distinct beginning or ending. Any portion of the score can be performed and listened to as an independent musical event. The audience is invited to enter and exit or remain and listen for the whole duration. Depending on tempos and densities, the performance may last up to six hours.
Musicians include Kamala Sankaram and Sadie Dawkins Rosales (soprano), Patrick Fennig (countertenor), Jefffey Gavett (tenor), Kelvin Chan (baritone), Steven Hrycelak (bass), Petr Kotik and Martha Cargo (flutes), Thomas Verchot and Jason Bitonti (trumpets), William Lang and Jen Baker (trombones).
The S.E.M. Ensemble’s performance of Many Many Women will take place at Paula Cooper Gallery, located at 534 West 21st Street, New York City. Tickets are $15//$10 in advance, $20/12 at the door. The audience is invited to enter and exit or remain and listen for the whole duration. For info and reservations, contact: http://www.semensemble.org/tickets
Bang on a Can’s exhilarating marching band Asphalt Orchestra brings its latest radical performance, Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies: Surfer Rosa (honoring the groundbreaking album’s 25th anniversary) to the stage at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) for a late-night show on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10pm.
Cipher is a genre-bending music work for solo voice and electronics and a journey through a disorienting and visionary sonic landscape. Rooted in the Hindustani classical vocal music tradition called “raga,” and drawing on a contemporary vocabulary, folk and ritual music, jazz and blues, and songs and texts in multiple languages, Cipher channels past and present through the singing body.
Utilizing her practice of “body-sound”—a way of singing that unites voice, physical gesture, language and space into potent articulations from raw utterance to speech to song—vocalist and composer Samita Sinha asks the question: is it possible to create a “native” tongue, a contemporary pidgin that gathers and refracts multiple languages, worldviews and temporalities?
BRIClab marks the first time all of Sinha’s collaborators—including producer and percussionist Dave Sharma, lighting designer Chris Kuhl, and sculptor Dani Leventhal—will come together in one space as they prepare for a fall 2014 premiere. Sharings will include performances and delve into the process of creating and experience of witnessing the work.
Judith Lang Zaimont is the subject of a major cover story in the current issue of the Journal of the International Alliance of Women in Music.
The article, by Susan Cohn Lackman, a Professor at Florida’s Rollins College, is a survey of Ms. Zaimont’s distinguished career as a composer, as well an interview with her about her creative philosophy. It is Part I of a two-part profile of the composer; Part II will deal with a critical overview, and will be published later in 2014. Read the complete Part I at http://www.jamesarts.com/%5Czaimont%5Czaimont-iawm.pdf.
The Journal of the IAWM is published twice a year and is read world-wide. It includes articles about women musicians, both contemporary and historic, interviews, reports on major conferences, congresses, and festivals, information on current research, IAWM news and members’ news, and reviews of books, concerts, CDs, and scores.
Judith Zaimont’s music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been recorded for MSR Classics, Naxos, Navona, Harmonia Mundi, Arabesque, Milken Family Foundation, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda, Northeastern, and 4Tay labels. Her principal publishers are Subito Music (http://www.subitomusic.com/), Galaxy/ ECS, Jeanné, Lauren Keiser Music Publishing and Vivace. She is creator and editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed book series The Musical Woman: An International Perspective. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at http://www.jzaimont.com/.
December 14, 2013, 8pm
at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13 Street, NYC
tickets $15/students $10
On Saturday, December 14, at 8:00pm, music organization Nunc (director, Miranda Cuckson) will present a concert of chamber music at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. The program:
Sofia Gubaidulina: Dancer on a Tightrope, for violin and piano (1995)
Cenk Ergün: Dolce Far Niente, for violin and piano (2013)
Gilad Cohen: Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp (2010)
Alexander Goehr: Manere, Op. 81 for clarinet and violin (2008)
Anton Arensky: Quartet Op. 35 for violin, viola and two cellos (1894)
The superb performers are Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano, Miranda Cuckson, violin; Melissa Reardon, viola; Julia Bruskin, cello; Sophie Shao, cello; Sivan Magen, harp.
In Nunc’s spirit of combining the old with the new, this program presents works by two young composers, both doctoral candidates at Princeton University (Gilad Cohen and Cenk Ergün); two established, eminent figures (Sofia Gubaidulina and Alexander Goehr); and a musician from an earlier era (Anton Arensky). Composers are from Russia, Israel, Turkey and England/Germany. Several threads connect pieces on this program. One is the dramatic characterization of the instruments in the Gubaidulina and Cohen works, with each player taking on a vivid role in the musical scenario. Another is the use of sacred song: the Goehr is based on the Gregorian chant “sic eum volo manere” from the Roman Gradual, and the Arensky features both a Russian Orthodox psalm and Tchaikovsky’s song “Legend: Christ in his Garden” (as a memorial to the elder composer). Styles range from the dark Romanticism of Arensky to the graceful counterpoint of Goehr, the abstract immersion in sonorities of Ergün, and the flamboyant percussion of the Cohen and the Gubaidulina, including clapping and sounds using a glass and thimbles inside the piano.
Nunc is a non-profit music organization, directed by Miranda Cuckson and founded as “Transit Circle” in 2007. Nunc has given acclaimed concerts at well-known venues in New York and Chicago. Nunc concerts in 2014: Feb. 7/8 at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University (music by György Ligeti, Johannes Brahms, David Rakowski and Brian Ferneyhough); June 25 world premiere of a chamber opera by Michael Hersch at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), and Aug 15/17 concerts celebrating Mario Davidovsky’s 80th birthday at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Please see www.nuncmusic.org for more information.
To cap the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale presents two performances of a concert version of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 7 pm, and Sunday, December 22, 2013, 7 pm. Music Director Grant Gershon conducts 48 members of the acclaimed chorus, chamber orchestra and four gifted soloists from among the Chorale’s ranks – Anna Schubert, soprano, Callista Hoffman-Campbell, mezzo soprano, John Russell, tenor, and Abdiel Gonzalez, baritone. The concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – filled with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and luscious orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. Composed in 1741 in a mere 24 days, Handel’s English-language oratorio, may be the most performed classical work of all time. The Baroque masterpiece is set to the libretto by Charles Jennens, who drew texts from the King James and Great Bibles.
“Handel’s Messiah has become a beloved holiday staple, the vocal equivalent of a holiday tree-topper,” says Gershon. “It is a particular treat to hear it performed at Disney Hall with its magnificent acoustics.”
Tickets range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Musical Amoeba will be hosting a concert at Shetler Studios, 244 W 54th St, 12th floor, NY, NY, at 6:30 PM. The concert is a retrospective of Oboe/Clarinet music by William Wheeler, and will also feature music by Bohuslav Martinu and Hans Haug, (played by the talented Samadi-Keene piano guitar duet).
More information on the concert can be found at www.musicalamoeba.com , or https://www.facebook.com/events/603068406399157/ (You do not need to be a facebook user to see the event page). Doors open at 6PM. There is ‘suggested donation’ of 10$. Hope to see you all there. Thanks!
Beth Anderson’s February Swale will be performed by the acclaimed Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble as part of their concert on Sunday, December 8 – 2:00 PM at Gold Coast Public Library, 50 Railroad Ave. in Glen Head, New York.
The composer writes about the work, “It is about walking in snow, waiting and yearning for Spring, having conversations, playing games, parties, church bells, the beauty of the quiet natural world, cabin-fever, anxiety, circular thoughts, and calm.” The piece was commissioned by Canta Libre and premiered by them in May of 2013 as part of Women’s Work 2013. See a video of Canta Libre performing February Swale at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS73XY-LtLA.
Other repertoire for this concert will include Between the Dark and the Daylight, revised specifically by composer Adrienne Albert for Canta Libre’s performance, and a Nutcracker Suite Medley transcribed for harp quintet.
Performers will be Sally Shorrock, flute, Veronica Salas, viola, Bernard Tamosaitis, cello and Karen Lindquist, harp. Special guest will be violinist Janey Choi.
The December 8 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-759-8300 or visit http://www.goldcoastlibrary.org/. For public transit information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/tripplanner.aspx.
For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.
Angelenos are invited to belt out the “Hallelujah” chorus – and all of the other glorious choruses from Handel’s beloved Messiah – at the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 33rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Music Director Grant Gershon conducts the 2,200-member audience, which serves as the choir, a professional chamber orchestra and four professional soloists from the Chorale: Zanaida Robles, soprano, Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano, Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor, and Chung Uk Lee, bass. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all skill levels – even those with absolutely no singing experience – are welcome. Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door.
“The Messiah Sing-Along is one of the highlights of the holiday,” says Gershon, “You can’t help but feel the spirit of the season when you’re literally surrounded by 2,200 people joined together in song.”
Reflecting the global popularity of Handel’s Messiah, Founding Music Director Roger Wagner brought the tradition to Los Angeles in 1980 after learning of the success of the “Do-It-Yourself Messiah” in Chicago. During its 50 year history, the Chorale has presented the Baroque masterpiece a record 70 times since its inception in 1964, with 57 of those performances sung by the community at large as part of the Chorale’s famed Messiah Sing-Along, which FOX-TV calls “the best around” and KABC-TV describes as “comforting and uplifting.”
Tickets range from $29 – $79. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county, spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten and the English choral tradition and also performs a compelling array of music from around the globe at its popular annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 7, 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:30 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons and selections from his extensive collection of folksong settings, as well as a selection of English carols and cathedral anthems from Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter and others.
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steve Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.