Exploring the Metropolis and the Bloomingdale School of Music present a workshop performance of Eric Lemmon’s work-in-progress, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. Eric is a 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at Bloomingdale School of Music. Admission is free.
This new work was conceived by observing the many small actions that contribute to greater political success and highlights how this success is not achieved through romanticized individual heroic and iconic moments. These every day acts mobilize and give hope to others, which is the ultimate tale of political power through democratic principles.
Violist and Composer Eric Lemmon’s music has been described as using “a broad range of extended techniques and complex rhythms to create [a] beautifully ethereal nebulousness of sound”. His works have appeared in venues ranging from (le) Poisson Rouge and SubCulture to the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island. They have been reviewed by the New York Times and featured on WQXR’s Q2. Eric has been awarded NYU’s Creative Collaboration Grant, Mannes’ Peter M. Gross Grant, and MetLife’s Creative Connections Grant. Recent commissions include works for Jacqueline LeClaire and the International Double Reed Society, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble.
WATCH A VIDEO of Eric’s EtM Composer Spotlight Interview HERE
Violinist Joseph Swensen
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring special guest violinist Joseph Swensen, and Mozart’s resplendent Flute Concerto No. 1, highlighting LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 in A major, “Times Change,” and LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named for “an addictive car racing video game.”
Swensen, a “gripping” violinist (Herald Scotland), is active as both a soloist and conductor. He is also a passionate chamber musician who performs in recital with pianist Jeffrey Kahane as well as in the recently formed KahaneSwensenBrey Trio with cellist Carter Brey, which has appeared at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among many others.
“Extraordinary, dazzling, world class” and “a musician of the highest order” are words critics have used to describe Shostac’s artistry. This season, the “stalwart of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” (Orange County Register), is celebrating his 40th anniversary as the Orchestra’s Principal Flute.
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 pacesetter 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.
Los Angeles Master Chorale Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner
The 110-member Los Angeles Master Chorale continues its vital role of expanding the choral music repertoire when Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts two highly anticipated world premieres based on the theme of ascension by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and distinguished Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. They include Kirchner’s most ambitious piece to date, Songs of Ascent, a lyrical seven-moment work for voices and strings set to the Psalms pilgrims sang on their journey to Jerusalem. Paik’s work, Succession, written for triple choir, features the Chorale with special guest the Los Angeles Chamber Choir. Paik employs the story of Elijah as a parable for the relationship between first- and second-generation Korean-American immigrants and the tensions, conflicts and hopes for prosperity they share. The program also features Eric Whitacre’s Her Sacred Spirit Soars, set to a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri, and Brahms’ three-movement a cappella piece Fest und Gedenksprüche.
“The Chorale is tremendously excited to present a major new work from our dear friend and colleague Shawn Kirchner,” says Gershon. “Everything he touches turns to musical gold. And we are also so eager to collaborate on a new piece with Nackkum Paik, who is an extremely talented composer.”
Succession is the Chorale’s sixth “LA is the World” commission, an ongoing initiative conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror LA’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric. It is funded in part by the James Irvine Foundation. The concert is sponsored by Wilshire Bank and the Korea Times.
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.
It will be an unforgettable evening of music, glamour and heartfelt tributes when the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) honors President & CEO Terry Knowles, who is stepping down at the conclusion of the season after 15 years of visionary leadership, at its annual gala celebration, “LAMC Gala 2015,” on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A highly regarded arts luminary noted for her key role in bringing the chorus to national prominence, Knowles has led the organization since 2000 through the most phenomenal growth period in its 50-year history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams is the Honorary Gala Chair. The event features champagne and hors d’oeuvres in Disney Hall’s dramatic lobby, a remarkable private performance by the Chorale conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon on stage, a gourmet dinner by Patina in PB Hall, the LAMC’s signature “Surround Sing,” during which Chorale singers encircle gala patrons and shower them in glorious song, irresistible auction items, and dancing to the music of Wayne Foster Entertainment. BNY Mellon is Gala Benefactor. Kiki Ramos Gindler and LAMC Board Chair David Gindler are Platinum Gala Patrons. Gala proceeds help support LAMC’s artistic and education programs throughout the year.
“Under Terry’s exceptional and visionary leadership, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s preeminent professional choirs, enjoying unsurpassed artistic expansion, remarkable fiscal growth, robust community partnerships and a stellar international reputation,” states David Gindler. “We are extremely grateful to her for the incredible impact she has had on the Chorale as well as on the city of Los Angeles and the choral community at large. There is no stronger advocate for choral music than Terry, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale has benefited beyond measure from her unwavering support, shrewd management and deeply felt passion. Through her work, she has touched the lives of so many people, and her legacy will endure long after she steps down.”
The Gala Committee includes Co-Chairs Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Kiki Ramos Gindler, as well as Raymundo Baltazar, Agnes Lew, Marian Niles, Wendy Pylko, Sonia Randazzo and Jann Williams.
Highlights during Knowles’ remarkable tenure with the Chorale include facilitating the choir’s transition to Walt Disney Concert Hall, increasing the Chorale’s operating budget by more than 80% to $5.4 million, and expanding its season and institutional profile significantly while working closely with Artistic Director Grant Gershon to help realize his artistic vision for the past 15 seasons. She has also overseen ambitious commissioning projects, tours to Europe, New York and the Midwest, the release of six commercial CDs, a recording partnership with Decca Classics, the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading Southland music organizations, and the launch of the “Voices Within” education outreach program, inspiring the next generation of composers, singers and music lovers. Under Knowles’ management, the Chorale has twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award.
LAMC Gala 2015 tickets start at $650 per person with tables for 10 patrons starting at $6,000. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. For gala information or to purchase tickets, please call 213-972-3162 or visit www.lamc.org.
Photo by Alex Potemkin
March 28, 2015
Flushing Town Hall
37-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354
Admission is free
Exploring the Metropolis and Flushing Town Hall present Nina Siniakova‘s Spring Mix, a tangy medley of classical hits and contemporary compositions peppered with some beloved jazzy tunes. Nina is a 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at Flushing Town Hall. Admission is free.
Performers: Gregor Kitzis, violin; Thomas Piercy, clarinet; and Nina Siniakova, piano
Born in Minsk, Belarus and now residing in Queens, Nina Siniakova is active as a pianist, composer, and a music manager. Holding the degree of Doctor of Music Arts, Nina received her education at Minsk Music College, St- Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, and Cologne Academy of Music. She also studied acting professionally.
Nina Siniakova’s music has been performed throughout Europe, Japan and in the U.S. She is a recipient of DAAD Stipend, Grant of St-Petersburg Government and a winner of the Melodia Women’s Choir NYC commission competition. In 2013 she launched Metis Music Management, presenting her first project Have a Very Jazzy Christmas! at Carnegie Hall.
When: Thursday, March 5 @ 8:00 p.m. (Pre-concert talk @ 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony
Tickets: Free.Reserved seating; ticket required. To reserve, contact BMOP at bmop.org or 781.324.0396.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, celebrates its continuing relationship with New England Conservatory and the Boston new music community in a concert titled Blizzard Voices. As the New England Conservatory’s affiliate orchestra, BMOP regularly features the talent of NEC students and alumni. The evening includes: the world premiere of Ondine by 2014-15 BMOP/NEC Composition Competition winner Stephanie Ann Boyd; John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol, featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Edwin Barker, and the Boston premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices with the NEC Concert Choir. Thanks to the generosity of the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, this concerts is free to the public.
Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm
WHERE: Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, NYC, 10023
A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer // Presented by Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Concert Hall
Three of today’s top contemporary composer/performers join forces to build on previous collaborations and premiere a new work. It’s a trio unlike any other – a combination of the effusive, white-hot power of America’s premier string quartet ETHEL raw, emotionally charged picking and pounding of guitarist Kaki King; and complex harmonies and structures of composer/guitarist/violist John King. This eclectic program includes world premieres written both individually and collaboratively, as well as some existing pieces, peppered by guitars, dobros, banjos and ouds.
On Monday, March 9th at 8:00 pm, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble will present a free concert of music by living Armenian composers in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The concert will feature music by composers Tigran Mansurian, Charles Amirkhanian, Artur Avanesov, Anna Aidinian, Steven Aprahamian, Eve Beglarian, and Joseph Bohigian.
Fresno State New Music Ensemble members:
Cassandra Barnes (flute)
Katie Winter (clarinet)
Josh Locher (saxophone)
Lianna Stuart (violin)
Aimee Dockum (cello)
Morgan Phillips (guitar)
Nathaniel Musso (piano)
Joseph Bohigian (percussion/piano)
Monday, March 9th at 8:00 pm
CSU Fresno Music Building Concert Hall
2380 E. Keats Ave, Fresno, CA, 93740
Celebrating its 19th year, Sound Liberation, an eclectic chamber ensemble/band, presents a concert re imagining Funk.
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Symphony Number One: Façade
BALTIMORE, MD — Symphony Number One will make their concert debut at Carriage House Baltimore on March 7 & 8, 2015 with the world premiere of Trope by James Chu. Led by conductor Jordan Randall Smith, the program will also feature William Walton’s Façade for chamber orchestra and reciter. Symphony Number One is a unique addition to Baltimore’s contemporary music scene. The group will oversee the commission, performance, and promotion of substantial works by emerging composers and program them alongside carefully selected works of the classical canon.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Façade is a set of “Entertainments” or short musical numbers written between 1926 and 1938 by English composer Sir William Walton (1902-1983). Walton sets nonsense poetry by Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). Soprano Laura Whittenberger, will recite Edith Sitwell’s whimsical verses and Catarina Farreira will perform Walton’s dauntingly virtuosic solo cello part. Façade is scored for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, cello, and reciter.
In the program’s featured World Premiere, tentatively titled Trope, James Chu augments the Walton chamber ensemble with a violin to round out the instrumental/vocal octet. This new work is Chu’s artistic response to Façade and builds on his previous theatrical work at Princeton University and at the Peabody Conservatory. This marks the second collaboration between Chu and Whittenberger; Smith previously conducted Whittenberger in the Peabody Opera Theater‘s 2013 production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
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Carriage House Baltimore
2225 Hargrove Street (alley between N. Calvert and St. Paul) Baltimore, MD 21218
Admission is $0-15 (pay what you want) at symphno1.com
VIP admission by contributing to the orchestra’s crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter.
LATER THIS SPRING
May 8 & 9, 2015: Symphony Number One presents MOZART IN THE [urban] JUNGLE, featuring harpist Jordan Thomas and flutist Raoul Cho. The duo will be joining the orchestra for Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. The program will open with Anton Webern’s one and only Read the rest of this entry »
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