The World Premiere of Dan Locklair’s The Cloths of Heaven for SATB chorus, a cappella will be performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir, Brian Gorelick, conductor, on Tuesday, March 4 in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The composer writes, “My The Cloths of Heaven (A Choral Piece for SATB chorus, a cappella) was completed in September 2013 and was composed for and is dedicated to the Wake Forest University Concert Choir (Brian Gorelick, conductor) in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland. This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven. First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, The Wind Among the Reeds, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through both dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.” The score will be published by Subito Music immediately following the World Premiere.
The March 4 program will also include British, Irish, and American music, featuring music of Benjamin Britten, O Nata Lux by Morten Lauridsen, and Irish and American folk songs.
Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10 adults/$5 students. Wake Forest students will be admitted free with ID cards. Reserve tickets by calling 336-758-5026. For more information, visit http://college.wfu.edu/music/.
Dan Locklair’s music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions. More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.
Celebrated violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and guest conductor James Feddeck for the West Coast premiere of Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds on Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Clyne’s work, heralded by the Washington Post as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end,” is a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music. Feddeck, winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013 who is making his Los Angeles debut, also conducts Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture, with its distinctive aquatic theme, and Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 in D major.
Laredo, acclaimed for his “great ability” (The Guardian), and Jennifer Koh, who plays “with consummate skill and passion” (The New York Times) and who was Laredo’s student at the Curtis Institute of Music, perform Clyne’s work as well as the expressive Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, considered one of the seminal works of Bach, whose birthday falls on March 23, the same day as the Royce Hall concert. Feddeck, “a major talent” (Huffington Post) who recently completed four seasons as assistant conductor at The Cleveland Orchestra, has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego and Toledo, among others.
London-born Anna Clyne, Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians worldwide. Clyne’s accolades include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards and a Clutterbuck award from the University of Edinburgh.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. All ticket holders are also invited to celebrate Bach’s birthday with musicians at an after-party in the lobby, which includes complimentary appetizers and drinks.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.
Pitches at an Exhibition II
– The Ides of March –
Rainer Gross, Doneger (2002)
48×48″, oil and pigment on canvas
Pitches at an Exhibition II
– The Ides of March –
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
6:30pm – reception
7pm – concert
549 West 52nd Street (8th floor)
New York, NY 10019
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. On Saturday, March 15th at 7pm, Composers Concordance presents its contemporary music and art event ‘Pitches at an Exhibition II – The Ides of March’ at the innovative Gallery MC in NYC. The program will feature music of composers David Chesky, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Franz Hackl, Gene McBride, Modest Mussorgsky, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dana Richardson, Eric Somers, and David Taylor, together with art by Josef Albers, Jo Brocklehurst, Rainer Gross, Rose Hackl, Carmen Kordas, Gorazd Poposki, Rammellzee, and Ronnie Taylor, among others. Performers include Andrew Borkowski, Nick Cooper, Anne Drummond, Dave Eggar, Taka Kigawa, and Derin Oge, plus featured soloist Gregor Kitzis on violin and musical saw.
Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic co-curate the programs, and lead CCE, the ensemble-in-residence at William Paterson University. Venues in recent seasons have included Bohemian National Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Cutting Room, Dimenna Center, Drom NYC, Gallery MC, LPR, Miller Theater, the Museum of Natural History, and Weill Recital Hall, among many others. Composers Concordance was founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
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Spirals of Light, an afternoon of music by Meira Warshauer, will be presented on Sunday, March 2 – 3:30 PM at Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Rd. in Columbia, S.C., as part of the Light the Way concert series.
The program will include the World Premiere of Figment, a setting of a poem by Jack Burkheimer, performed by Janet Hopkins, mezzo- soprano, Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute, Dusan Vukajlovic, cello and Warshauer at the piano. Mr. Burkheimer will read his poem prior to the performance.
Jack Burkheimer has become a poetic spokesperson for the homeless community in Columbia. His poem, “Figment,” eloquently portrays his experience living on the street, and routinely being ignored by passers-by, as if he were not even there.
The concert includes other chamber music by Ms. Warshauer with the Figment performers as well as pianist Charles Fugo. Also on the program are guitarist Marina Alexander with her violinist son Daniel Rabinovitz, and Cassie Premo-Steele reading Ani Tuzman’s poem, Spirals of Light.
Musicians and artists in Columbia, S.C. are targeting homelessness with a concert series, Light the Way – each concert benefiting a different homeless outreach. The March 2nd Spirals of Light concert benefits Columbia Family Shelter.
For more information or to purchase tickets ($20 adults, $10 students/seniors), call Katie and Irwin Kahn JCC at 803-787-2023 or visit http://www.lightthewaysc.com. The concert is co-sponsored by Tree of Life, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center.
Meira Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes and their universal message and her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. Her music is published by Hildegard, Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications and her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8:00pm
German Evangelical Church of St. Paul’s
315 West 22nd Street, New York City 10011
REQUIEM IN STONE
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ Musikalische Exequien
CALEB BURHANS Requiem in Stone: “Life is Nothing,” “Prepare for Death and Follow Me”
JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN Die mit Tränen säen, Da Jakob vollendet hatte, Ich bin die Wurzel des Geschlechtes David
Andrew Megill (Associate Professor at Westminster Choir College, Chef de choeur for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Masterwork Chorus) guest conducts the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in an imaginative program of two Baroque masterworks and a new composition by New York City’s own Caleb Burhans.
Tickets: $35 Premium Reserved, $25 General, $15 Senior/Student. Purchase at the door or at http://www.manhattanchoralensemble.org.
Joel Feigin’s Variations on Empty Space (2008) will be performed by pianist Margaret Mills on Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 PM in Karl Geiringer Hall on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, 552 University Road in Santa Barbara, CA.
Margaret Mills had commissioned and premiered Variations on Empty Space, which is included on her Cambria Master Recordings CD, Meditations and Overtones, along with Feigin’s Four Meditations from Dogen.
The From East to West: 20th and 21st Century American Piano Music concert will also include music by Beach, Coates, Schober and Schonthal.
The March 1 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 805-893-3230 or visit http://www.music.ucsb.edu/news/event/676-121713.
Margaret Mills enjoys an international reputation, having performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. She has long been associated with the music of Joel Feigin, as well as many other contemporary composers. Ms. Mills has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops, Fort Myers Symphony, Schenectady (NY) Symphony and the Fairfield Orchestra. Visit her at http://www.margaretmills.com/.
Joel Feigin’s commissions include a Fromm Commission for Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, written for Yael Weiss, as well as piano works for Margaret Mills and Leonard Stein, two orchestral works for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and many chamber works. His CDs include the North/South Recordings 2-CD set, Transience, as well as two major piano works performed by Margaret Mills in Meditations and Overtones on Cambria Master Recordings. Feigin’s Lament Amid Silence CD is on the MSR label (MS1413), and features violist Helen Callus. A Professor of composition at the University of California Santa Barbara, Dr. Feigin studied with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau and with Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School. His website is at http://www.joelfeigin.com.
The Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio presents Musical Tales - the second subscription concert of their 2013-2014 season on Saturday, March 1 – 8:00 PM at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The evening will also include a pre-concert composer and performer talk at 7:15.
The March 1 concert repertoire includes the World Premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Kerry Turner, based on Vathek, an early gothic novel. This Arabian tale was written by William Beckford in 1782, during a time when European culture was influenced by Orientalism, as well as great interest in the supernatural.
Other works on the program are The Ugly Duckling set to Saint-Saens Caprice, for trio and narrator, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a PV arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen Rhapsody and a new short story written by a student writing contest winner, inspired by one of PV’s commissioned works.
Special guest narrator will be Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (seen at right). He received the nomination in 2012 for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for his first starring role on Broadway in the musical Chaplin, as Charlie Chaplin.
Kerry Turner, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been writing music since he was ten years old. At the age of 11, he won the San Antonio Music Society Composition Competition and six years later was awarded Baylor University’s first prize at its composition contest. He has been commissioned by, among others, the U.S. Air Force “Heritage of America” band, the Alexander Horn Ensemble Japan, the Brass Ensemble of the Symphony Orchestra of Lyon and the Freden International Music Festival in Germany. Visit him at http://www.kerryturner.com/.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students and $10 for children under 12. For tickets, please call 201-488-1149 or visit http://m.bpt.me/event/520616. A reception with artists and composers will follow the concert.
Funding for this concert is made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Dept. of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
The Palisades Virtuosi, consisting of flutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Donald Mokrynski and pianist Ron Levy, is a 501 (c)(3) organization established to promote and enrich the repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.
Dan Locklair’s PHOENIX for orchestra will be performed by the Charlotte Symphony, Robert Moody conducting, on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 – 8:00 PM both evenings at Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2007, Maestro Moody commissioned Locklair to adapt his piece PHOENIX Fanfare and Processional for orchestra. Like the original PHOENIX Fanfare, a vital element of the piece is an antiphonal brass ensemble (in this case two trumpets and two trombones), which are placed either in the rear or at the sides of the performance space. An antiphonal dialogue develops between this ensemble and an identical one located within the on-stage orchestra. As the opening progresses, the dialoguing quickly grows to include the entire orchestra. The piece then moves to sections involving the brass ensemble, various sections of the orchestra as well as portions involving the full orchestra leading ultimately to a dramatic conclusion. Read the complete program note at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/orchestra/phoenix-for-orchestra.
Other works on the program are Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (with Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano) and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique.
Tickets are $19.50 to $85.50. For tickets and more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit http://www.charlottesymphony.org/.
More information about Dan Locklair, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.
Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for amplified flute and electronics will be performed by flutist Lindsey Goodman as part of her The Information Age Flutist: Made in the USA recital on Friday, February 28 at 12 noon at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia. This is presented as part of the Marshall University Festival of New Music and 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival. Ms. Shatin will be a guest artist and speaker at the Festival.
The composer writes about the work, “Penelope’s Song was inspired by Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, which is about the travails of Odysseus…It also tells of his wife, Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, waiting for him…This piece is a tribute to her, and sings of her own adventures. The electronics were created from a recording I made of local weaver Jan Russell working on wooden looms. I processed and shaped these materials, weaving a new sonic fabric, using RTcmix, running under Linux… The original version of Penelope’s Song was composed for and edited by violist Rozanna Weinberger, who performed the American premiere at the University of Virginia in March, 2004.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/penelopes-song-flute-and-electronics/.
Other composers on the program are Roger Dannenberg, Jeff Nytch, Jessica Melilli-Hand, Grant Cooper, Rob Deemer and Mark Zanter.
Lindsey Goodman is a strong advocate for emerging composers and electroacoustic or multimedia works. She is an active commissioner of new pieces and has given over fifty world premieres, including seventeen solo and chamber compositions written especially for her. Goodman is principle flutist for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is in her twelfth season as solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Visit her at http://www.lindseygoodman.com/.
For more information about the concert, call 304-696-6433 or visit http://www.marshall.edu/cam/.
Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8 at 8:00 p.m., will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. Jacaranda’s inaugural season featured an adventurous young string quartet known as Denali, which played with the series until 2010. Denali was succeeded by Lyris as quartet in residence. This free “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the Lyris Quartet, playing 20th-century American string quartet repertoire spanning 80 years. For the occasion, Lyris will open with their debut performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives (1911-13), followed by a Jacaranda signature work from 1973, String Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass (1991), a Lyris specialty, will be followed with String Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Composed in Los Angeles at the end of WWII, Korngold’s Quartet No. 3 was performed by Denali in its final season, and will also be performed by Lyris for the first time. The quartet was premiered at UCLA Royce Hall in 1946. Fearing that his film music would be forgotten, Korngold recycled themes from “Devotion” (1943) about the Bronte Sisters, the war themed “Between Two Worlds” (1944), and the classic “The Sea Wolf” (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield.
Jacaranda is devoting “Continental Harmony” to the string quartet, for the first time, in recognition of its importance to Jacaranda’s programming.
The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Christine and Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP and for more information, please visit www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
About The Lyris Quartet: The Lyris Quartet, described as “radiant…excellent… and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, was founded in 2008. The founding of Lyris was the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles throughout the Los Angeles area. The individual members of the quartet have won top prizes at such competitions as the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival as well as collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.
They have collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Krystof Penderecki, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerard Schurmann, and Billy Childs.
Lyris has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy-nominated groups Absolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others.
In Los Angeles, Lyris has performed at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, and Disney Hall. They opened the Long Beach Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with a featured performance of the “Intimate Letters” quartet and performed the west coast premiere of David Lang’s “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.” Other performances have included the South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Music Guild, Annenberg Series, and Chamber Music Palisades. This year will mark their fourth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.
The Lyris Quartet also helps to curate the new music series “Hear Now” which helps to promote the music of Los Angeles composers. They have just completed their first album for Toccata Classics which will be released next month.