This month, the Momenta Quartet offers an exciting lineup of three composer portrait concerts: 10/14 at Spectrum (music of Gordon Beeferman), 10/16 at Montclair State University (music of Elizabeth Brown, featuring video art by Lothar Osterburg and various instrumental collaborations with the composer) and 10/23 at the DiMenna Center (Stefan Wolpe retrospective, alongside such new-music powerhouses as flutist Jayn Rosenfeld, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and pianists Cheryl Seltzer and David Holzman).
FOUR PARTS FIVE AND STRING QUARTET:
Music by Gordon Beeferman
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30pm
121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor
(btwn. Rivington and Delancey)
New York, NY 10002
Momenta performs the aggressive, intensely dissonant, and excitingly unpredictable String Quartet (2006) on a double-bill of music by composer and avant-garde improviser Gordon Beeferman. Opening the concert is Four Parts Five (2012), a half-hour quintet tour de force that takes virtuosic rhythmic ensemble playing to the next level, performed by Beeferman and a band of some of NYC’s most talented and creative musicians.
Gordon Beeferman: Four Parts Five (2012), for piano, organ, electric guitar, alto sax, flute, bass clarinet, bass, and drums
Gordon Beeferman: String Quartet (2006)
$15 general, $10 students/seniors; available at the door
JUST VISIBLE IN THE DISTANCE:
Music by Elizabeth Brown
Thursday, October 16, 8pm
Leshowitz Recital Hall
John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Momenta is joined by Montclair State composer-in-residence and performer Elizabeth Brown for a program of her works for string quartet with flute, shakuhachi, theremin, and video art by Lothar Osterburg. Lauded by Chamber Music Magazine for her “elegant, quiet, thoughtful, well-crafted and as bizarre as hell” music, Brown has written many works for Momenta, including Nanotudes (2013), which will receive its world-premiere on this concert.
Piranesi (2007) for theremin, quartet, and video art by Lothar Osterburg *written for Momenta
Mirage (2008) for shakuhachi and quartet
Lost Waltz (2014), for flute and quartet *arranged for Momenta
Just Visible in the Distance (2013), for quartet *written for Momenta
Nanotudes (2013) for quartet *world premiere; written for Momenta
FOUR PORTRAITS OF A VISIONARY
Thursday, October 23, 8pm
Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center
450 W. 37th St.
New York, NY 10018
Momenta performs Wolpe’s rarely heard String Quartet (1969) on a concert hosted by the Stefan Wolpe Society and assisted by the Roger Shapiro fund. The program features music of Wolpe and his circle, including works by Ursula Mamlok and Ralph Shapey. Also performing are Jayn Rosenfeld, flute; Cheryl Seltzer, piano; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; and David Holzman, piano.
Stefan Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts, for flute and piano (1960)
Stefan Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts for Violin Alone (1964)
Stefan Wolpe: Passacaglia for piano (1936)
Ursula Mamlok: Above Clouds for viola and piano (2013-14)
Ralph Shapey: Four Etudes for Violin Solo (1980)
Stefan Wolpe: String Quartet (1969)
Admission: Tickets $20/$10 students, seniors; available at the door or by reserving at (212) 873-3258
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), building upon its long history of presenting other children’s choirs from the U.S. and abroad, hosts the highly anticipated Southern California debut of the illustrious German boys and mens choir Windsbacher Knabenchor on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The exchange is part of Windsbacher’s 13-day U.S. tour, its first in 23 years, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s subsequent reunification. Noted for its distinctive soaring sound and invigorating performances, the choir, which hails from the town of Windsbacher, Germany, is under the direction of Martin Lehman. The concert also features LACC’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. The three choirs perform separately, then combine forces for the finale to sing James Erb’s moving arrangement of Shenandoah. Last summer, LACC’s Concert Choir participated in a workshop and performance with Windsbacher Knabenchor while touring Germany.
Windsbacher Knabenchor’s broad repertoire spans the Baroque era to contemporary music, but for the performance, the choir performs mostly German a cappella sacred and secular music, selecting from such works as Pachelbel’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, Bach’s Ich Lasse Dich Nicht, and Bruckner’s Os justi, as well as German “hiking songs,” love songs and madrigals, among others.
LACC’s Concert Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, highlights the season’s theme Celebrating American Song with performances of Copland’s Ching-a-ring chaw; a haunting setting of the prayer Ave Maria sung in Spanish composed by Bay Area artist, Henry Mollicone; and Guide Me as I Walk Along, a work sung by the Cherokee Nation during their displacement on the Trail of Tears, which the chorus will sing in Cherokee.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steven Kronauer, adds a Germanic touch performing such works as Bach’s Der Herr segne Euch, and Brahms’ Lass Dich nur nichts nicht dauren, as well as Jonah by renowned American composer Henry Leck.
“We are pleased to host this international choral exchange and welcome the esteemed Windsbacher Knabenchor to Southern California for the first time,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “These amazingly talented boys have captivated audiences around the globe.”
Founded in 1946 by Hans Thamm, Windsbacher Knabenchor, a “cultural ambassador“ of Nürnberg’s Metropolitan Region and a “trademark” of Franconia, acheived national and international renown under his successor, Karl-Friedrich Beringer. In 2012, Martin Lehmann was named conductor of the choir. Hailed for its musicality, precision and purity of sound, it regularly performs with such leading orchestras as the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Akademie füralte Musik Berlin, and has appeared at such music festivals as the Rheingau Musikfestiva and the Bachwoche Ansbach. It has also toured Europe, Japan, North and South America, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the Peoples Republic of China. Its numerous CDs, radio broadcasts and television appearances have garnered raves from music critics and audiences alike.
In addition to its Southern California appearance, Windsbacher’s tour this fall includes performances in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA; Groton and Boston, MA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia and Gettysburg, PA; and Washington, D.C. Windsbacher’s tour is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture (“Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur”). The choir previously made its U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 1986, returning there in 1991 for the Center’s German Festival.
The concert is free (suggested donation $10) and reservations are not required. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. For more information about the concert and LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s radiant Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, making his LACO debut, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade and opens the program with At First Light by George Benjamin, considered among Britain’s greatest living composers.
According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.”
Boyd, acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style, is principal conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. Chicago Tribune calls him “a superlative young conductor,” and The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK) proclaims, “He has the born conductor’s ability to make music sound fresh and to detect its inner life and pulse.”
Isserlis, heralded for his “precise, heartfelt performances” (New York Times), is one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Gramophone Magazine states, “The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.” During his illustrious career, the British cellist, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, has given recitals around the globe and performed with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque, to name a few.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians at an after-party featuring complimentary appetizers and drinks in the lobby.
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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or 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 ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.
On Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 PM, Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR), founded and directed by Polly Ferman, presents Viva Piazzolla! at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway in Manhattan.
The concert will feature internationally renowned violinist Eddy Marcano performing music of the legendary Astor Piazzolla, as well as the music of Venezuela, with his ensemble, David Peña, double bass and guitar, José Pepe Saglimbeni, accordion and violinist, Yilmer Vivas, percussionist, Manuel Rangel, maracas and guitarist, Dino Dinelli, pianist and the special participation of Karlo Flores, violinist and conductor. The group is coming to New York especially for this event. More about the artists at http://www.shallwetango.com/artists/index.php.
The October 8 performance will be a featured event of Shall We Tango NYC, an international tango festival from October 7 to 15, with events throughout New York City. This is presented in celebration of PAMAR’s 30th anniversary.
Tickets are $10, available at http://shallwetango.com/events/tickets_141008.php.
Eddy Marcano is a multifaceted Venezuelan violinist with a long list of accomplishments as a concert soloist (including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Smithsonian Institute), chamber musician and ambassador for his country’s folk music. He has toured extensively and performed as a concert soloist with some of Venezuela’s most important orchestras, including the Simon Bolivar Symphony. His folk music performances have been acclaimed in international festivals in Europe and Latin America, promoting traditional Venezuelan music, of which he is one of the leading exponents.
He has been commissioned by UNESCO and Organization of American States to create youth and children’s orchestras as a violin teacher and conductor. He is also a member of the Music Council of Venezuela and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music.
Shall We Tango NYC, with dance events produced by Karina Romero and music events produced by Polly Ferman, will also include other performances, milongas and Tango dance lessons at Dardo Galleto Studios, film screenings at the Shabazz Center, theatrical productions and other events. For a calendar of activities, list of participants, tickets and more, visit http://www.shallwetango.com.
Meira Warshauer’s Dancing Light for flute, cello and piano will be performed by members of the Kaleidoscope Ensemble on Sunday, October 5 – 3:00 PM at Rushmere St. Andrew Church, The Street Rushmere St. Andrew in Ipswich, England.
Dancing Light is the third movement of Ms. Warshauer’s Spirals of Light trio. Written in 1996 and commissioned by Columbia College, the piece’s movements are:
1. Slow whirl into stillness invites the listener into the sacred center, swirling and spiraling into stillness.
2. Inner resonance merges with the mystery of the Infinite.
3. Dancing Light awakens joyous energy flowing into the world.
Ani Tuzman wrote the poem, Spirals of Light, upon hearing the music. More about it at http://meirawarshauer.com/works/spirals-of-light/.
The ensemble will also present French songs and chamber music by Gaubert, Caplet and Roussel, Canadian songs by Leslie Uyeda, and works by Brazil’s Villa-Lobos.
For more about this concert, visit http://www.cdolso.co.uk.
Meira Warshauer’s music is published by Hildegard, Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.
Lawrence Dillon’s The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by members of the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 28 – 3:00 PM at Halle Cultural Art Center, 237 N. Salem Street in Apex, North Carolina.
The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos. It is Dillon’s melancholic, dramatic embellishment of a transcribed aria for a soprano, from his own 2001 opera Buffa.
This Close to Home program will also feature works by Raleigh-based composers Milton Bliss, Daniel Poissant and Lanette Lind.
Tickets for the September 28 event are $12-Adult, $10-seniors/students, free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 919-249-1120 visit http://thehalle.org/.
Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/ and his website is at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.
Los Angeles Master Chorale Launches 51st Season
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, launches the 2014|15 season, its 51st, with a spectacular multi-faceted cinematic and aural event featuring the Walt Disney Concert Hall premiere of Richard Einhorn’s “brilliantly effective” (Washington Post) 1994 work Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, inspired by and performed live to the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Einhorn’s evocative piece, written for orchestra, chorus and soloists, provides a haunting backdrop to the rarely seen restored version of Carl Dreyer’s cinematic masterpiece, considered by many critics to be among the top films ever made.
Thought to have been lost in a warehouse fire, a single print of the film was discovered in a janitor’s closet of a Norwegian mental institution in 1981, which “was digitally restored to pristine condition with 20,320 individual changes” (Bright Lights Film Journal).
“Richard Einhorn’s score to The Passion of Joan of Arc creates a unique and powerful concert experience,” says Gershon. “It seems particularly fitting to present this intense and influential film in the movie capital of the world.”
The film, based on the actual 15th century transcripts of St. Joan’s trial for heresy, portrays her trial and execution. Dressed as a boy, she led French troops in a defeat against British occupiers during the Hundred Years’ War, but was later captured and tried by French clergy loyal to the British and condemned to death by burning at the stake for her belief that she was spurred to action by religious visions. Of actress Renee Maria Falconetti’s role as Joan of Arc, renowned film critic Pauline Kael declared, “It may be the finest performance ever recorded on film.”
Previously performed to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, among other venues, Einhorn’s music “beautifully accompanies the film” (Time) providing “an overwhelming experience” (Chicago Tribune) that is “timeless in its appeal” (Grand Rapids Press) and “cannot soon be forgotten” (Washington Post).
The concert is sponsored in part by The Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
Tickets range from $29 – $129. 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.
Composer Meira Warshauer
Meira Warshauer’s Bracha (A Blessing) will be performed by violinist Rachel Huang and pianist Tatiana Thibodeaux as part of their recital on Sunday, September 28 – 3:00 PM at Boone Recital Hall of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center in Claremont, California.
The composer writes about the piece, “Bracha is a musical interpretation of the Jewish concept of blessing. The Hebrew word, bracha, is related to breicha, which means pool of water, or flowing stream. In this composition, it is interpreted as a stream of Divine goodness flowing downward into the world.” Read her full notes at http://meirawarshauer.com/works/bracha/.
The duo will also perform sonatas by Nikolai Kapustin and Prokofiev. For more about this concert, call 909-607-3266 or visit http://www.scrippscollege.edu/.
More about Rachel Huang at http://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/rachel-vetter-huang and Tatiana Thibodeaux at https://www.facebook.com/tatiana.thibodeaux.
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. The Navona label has released a CD (NV5842) featuring her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. More about the CD at http://www.meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/breathing_earth.html. The most recent Tekeeyah consortium performances were with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, conductor. Albany Records had previously released her acclaimed Streams in the Desert disk of Torah-based choral/orchestral works. Warshauer’s music is published by Hildegard, Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.
On Friday, October 31, 2104 at 8:00 pm, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble will present its first concert, featuring special guest Brave New Works. The concert will include music by David Biedenbender, Joseph Bohigian, Louis Andriessen, Joshua Marquez, Joe Hisaishi, Daniel Adams, Caleb Hugo, and Eric Mandat. Come out and enjoy a night of exciting new music!
Fresno State New Music Ensemble members:
Cassandra Barnes (flute)
Aaron M. Luna (clarinet)
Josh Locher (saxophone)
Lianna Stuart (violin)
Aimee Dockum (cello)
Rebecca Messer (piano)
Joseph Bohigian (percussion)
Friday, October 31st at 8:00 pm
CSU Fresno Music Building Concert Hall
5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA, 93740
On Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 8pm, the bicoastal concert and fundraising series, Permutations, presents a concert of new and recent works performed by the artists for whom the works were written.
RE: You (2011)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for Concert Black
An Index of Possibility (2013)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for TIGUE
Shelter (world premiere)
by Ravi Kittappa, performed by and written for Concert Black and TIGUE
8pm sharp | Saturday, September 27, 2014
The DiMenna Center | Benzaquen Hall
450 W. 37th St. New York, NY 10018
Tickets at the door $15 // $10 for students
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