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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale – the renowned resident choir of Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon – and KUSC (91.5 FM) – the largest and most listened to classical public radio station in the country – have announced they are extending their broadcast partnership for two seasons, with 14 of the acclaimed choir’s Disney Hall concerts from the 2012|13, 2013|14 and 2014|15 seasons airing in two seven-week series, entitled “KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night: The LA Master Chorale in Concert.” The first series of seven Sunday evening broadcasts, hosted by KUSC’s Alan Chapman, launches December 21, 2014, and runs through February 1, 2015. The second series runs December 2015 – January 2016. The two-hour weekly radio program, which runs from 7-9 PM, showcases the choir’s versatility and wide-ranging repertoire. KUSC broadcasts of the Los Angeles Master Chorale are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Gershon, who personally selected the slate of concerts to be featured on the broadcast, states, “We greatly value our relationship with KUSC, the country’s leading classical music radio station, which reaches more than 800,000 listeners. Taking our music outside our concert hall and onto KUSC’s airwaves is a key component of the Chorale’s ongoing ‘on the stage, online and on the air’ initiative to expand its reach in the community and beyond.”

The first series opens December 21, 2014, 7 pm, with a broadcast of the Chorale’s holiday concert from last season, with Gershon conducting four seasonal classics – Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Stephen Paulus’s Christmas Dances, and selections from Nine Carols for Men’s Voices arranged by Vaughan Williams. (A full list of concerts to be broadcast this season is included below.)

For information on the Los Angeles Master Chorale broadcast series on KUSC, please visit www.KUSC.org, or www.LAMC.org.

KUSC’S SOCAL SUNDAY NIGHT: THE LA MASTER CHORALE IN CONCERT
2014-15 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm
ARR. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS selections from Nine Carols For Male Voices
OTTORINO RESPIGHI Lauda per la Natività del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols
STEPHEN PAULUS Christmas Dances
(Performed December 8, 2013)

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7 pm
GERALD FINZI God Is Gone Up
NICO MUHLY Bright Mass with Canons
ARVO PÄRT The Beatitudes
PAUL MEALOR Ubi caritas
HUBERT PARRY I Was Glad
conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton
NICO MUHLY A Good Understanding [WEST COAST PREMIERE]
with special guest Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
DAVID WILLCOCKS Psalm 150
performed by Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
conducted by LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson
TARIK O’REGAN Dorchester Canticles
KURT WEILL Kiddush
JUDITH WEIR Ascending Into Heaven [WEST COAST PREMIERE]
(Performed October 21, 2012)

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 7 pm
GIUSEPPE VERDI Te Deum
CARL ORFF Carmina Burana
with special guest Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

(Performed November 3, 2013)

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 7 pm
TRIBUTE TO MORTEN LAURIDSEN
Mid-Winter Songs
Ave Dulcissima Maria
Canticle/O Vos Omnes
Nocturnes
accompanied by Morten Lauridsen
Madrigali: Six ‘Fire Songs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems
Les Chansons des Roses
accompanied by Morten Lauridsen
O Magnum Mysterium
ENCORE: Prayer set to poetry by Dana Gioia
(Performed March 16, 2014)

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 7 pm
PETER LIEBERSON The World in Flower (West Coast Premiere)
JOHANNES BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
(Performed January 27, 2013)

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm
J.S. BACH Mass in B minor, BWV 232
(Performed January 25, 2014)

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7 pm
SAMUEL BARBER Sure on this Shining Night
ABBIE BETINIS Songs of Smaller Creatures
CHARLES IVES General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
SHAWN KIRCHNER Plath Songs (World Premiere)
ELLIOTT CARTER Tarantella
SAMUEL BARBER Agnus Dei
Lesley Leighton, conductor
ERIC WHITACRE Three Songs of Faith
WILLIAM DAWSON Ain’-a That Good News
ARR. JESTER HAIRSTON Hold On!
ARR. ANDRÉ THOMAS Keep Your Lamps!
ARR. MOSES HOGAN The Battle of Jericho
(Performed June 2, 2013)

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BethA612Beth Anderson’s Jasmine Swale will be performed by the Jade String Trio (Claire Chan, violin; Ching Chen Juhl, viola & vocal; Andrea Lee, cello) on Sunday, December 7 @ 3:00 PM at Morningside Gardens Recreation Center. 100 LaSalle Street in Manhattan. This is presented by Art in the Gardens.

The composer writes about the piece, “When the Jade String Trio asked me to compose a piece for them, they also sent me some Chinese folk music to incorporate into this swale. I cut up the songs (Little River and Jasmine Flower) into small pieces and made musical sections based on these cut-ups. Jasmine is a common name for plants that are intensely fragrant…(it) can grow in a swale of many different plants and the swale can simultaneously be 100% jasmine. It is evocative of warm days of bird song and passion, and fragrant, humid nights, full of dancing and romance. Consequently this swale has all these things implied within it, as well as some birds in the vines. All the themes are cut up and weave in and out of each other.” See the Trio’s performance of the work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_B9guNs3MQ.

The program also includes works from Bach, Beethoven and Martinu, as well as Chinese Songs.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information, call 917-653-9630 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1494984200787730/.

For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.

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StevenGerber3Steven R. Gerber’s Fanfare for the Voice of A-M-E-R-I-C-A will be performed by the Filharmonia Dolnoslaska, Piotr Gajewski, conductor, Friday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at Sala Koncertowa im. Stefana Strahla in Jelenia Gora, Poland. This will be part of the orchestra’s American Music Festival. Gerber will be guest composer for the event and will speak about the work.

The piece was written in 2002 and is scored for brass (3-4-3-1), timpani, and percussion (3).  The Fanfare was commissioned to celebrate VOA’s 60th anniversary, and premiered at the VOA auditorium on a 9/11 memorial concert in 2003. The piece has since then been performed by the Wheeling Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Orchestra, and by the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the new Music Center at Strathmore as part of the 2005 ASOL convention. Hear the Fanfare at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7aq2yfxiYA.

Other composers on the program are Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. More about the December 5 concert at http://www.filharmonia.jgora.pl/pl/imprezy/i-dni-muzyki-amerykanskiej-534

New York-based composer Steven R. Gerber’s music has gained international attention as a result of Chandos, Koch and Arabesque CD releases featuring several of his major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 1, Kurt Nikkanen’s performance of the Violin Concerto and Jon Manasse’s performance of the Clarinet Concerto. His orchestral work Music in Dark Times was commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the four World Premiere performances took place in March, 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting the San Francisco Symphony. His 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. His most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.

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Lawrence Dillon, Music Composition Instructor @ NCSA.Lawrence Dillon’s Honey for solo piano will be given its World Premiere by pianist Yael Manor on Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30 PM at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th Street in New York, New York.  This will be part of a program presented by American Composers Alliance, sponsored by Friends of ACA and Alison Nowak.

The composer writes about the piece, “Honey is a meditation on the texture, longevity and adaptability of an 8000-year-old source of sweetness…An eight-minute composition built from a simple rising scale, Honey is in four sections, first treating the main figure fugally, then in a chorale texture, as an aria and as a dance.”

Other works on the program include music from the ACA archives and current works by Lionel Nowak, Otto Luening, Raoul Pleskow, Reinaldo Moya, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, and Karl Kroeger. Other performers include pianists Marc Peloquin and Christopher Oldfather (with Fredrica Wyman).

Tickets are $15; seniors and students $10; ACA members free. For tickets and more event information, visit http://composers.com/node/11604.

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/.

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Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 — 8 pm (doors 7:30)
Meridian Project DARK MATTER Multmedia Album Release Party
with special guests JPA Falzone & Musicians (through-composed new music) and TRUNK (psycho-pop funk)
Southside Cultural Center
393 Broad St., Providence, RI
$5 at the door

Meridian Project is pleased to announce a special performance celebrating the release of “Dark Matter,” a new multimedia album exploring cutting edge research in dark matter detection. Dr. Jeremy Chapman, a recent graduate of Brown University’s Particle Astrophysics Group, will discuss the latest developments in dark matter research in combination with music written and performed by Joshua Lantzy, Jacob Richman, Jamie Topper, and Kirsten Volness, video/projections by Caroline Doherty and Jacob Richman, and set design by Catherine Hood.

Discounted “Dark Matter” albums (multimedia or music EP) and posters will be available for purchase (cash only for admission, bar, and merch). Feel free to bring a pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag and get cozy under the “stars.” The album is also available for pre-order online (to be released December 6).

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At the vanguard of Boston’s classical music scene, Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) present a co-production of the comedic, family opera Fantastic Mr. Fox.  For one performance only, Fantastic Mr. Fox unites Odyssey Opera (a new, Boston-based opera company dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of adventurous repertoire), BMOP (the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music), the Boston Children’s Chorus, and some of today’s top vocal performers including baritone John Brancy and mezzo-soprano Krista River.

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WHEN: Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm (pre-concert talk at 2:00pm)

WHERE: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony

TICKETS: $30 and up/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at bmop.org or 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person.

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NYCEMS1214The New York City Electroacoustic Music Society (NYCEMS) will present A Concert of Electroacoustic Music on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street #2 in Manhattan.

Works presented will be Roland Kuit’s Ruins of Memories, Sheena Hong’s Philosophising, Nancy Bogen’s Textur, Joel Gressel’s Quantitative Easing, Phil Mango’s Carry on Monsieur, Angelo Bello’s Gendyn Variations, Ari Frankel’s inErnest and enCaged, John Bock’s One Nation Under God, Part I, Michael Gogins’ Ladon and Hubert Howe’s Pi.

Tickets for the NYCEMS event are $15 ($10 students and seniors). For more information call 516-586-3433 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/650259678425174/?source=1.

Become a friend of NYCEMS at https://www.facebook.com/groups/241272066034021/.

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Society is dedicated to bringing the finest electroacoustic music from all over the world to New York City, through annual, multi-day festivals and performances in a variety of venues. Programs are designed to expose audiences to current trends in electroacoustic music, to support the innovative nature of the field and to celebrate its music. With participants coming from all over the world, NYCEMS also serves to provide a time and place for composers, performers and engineers to gather, exchange ideas and share their works. More about them at http://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Electroacoustic-Music-Society.

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PVPhoto3910The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi presents their 6th Annual Holiday Gala Concert, the second concert of their 2014-2015 season, on Saturday, December 6 – 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, 150 East Palisades Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.

In addition to holiday favorites, Panis Angelicus and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, PV will present the World Premiere of Chun Cath by young composer Jacob Craig. The piece was commissioned for the group by one of their long-time sponsors. They will also give the World Premiere of Adrienne Albert’s new transcription of Lullaby for Three, created for the ensemble.

Jacob Craig is Director of Music and Arts at First Presb​yterian Church of Vero Beach, Florida and Headmaster of the Primo School of Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Piano Performance degree from Shorter University in Rome, GA before moving on to Tallahassee, FL to receive his M.M. in Choral Conducting and Literature under Dr. Andre Thomas at Florida State University.  As Director of Choral Activities at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, TN, Jacob’s choral groups won numerous awards and competitions both at the local and state levels.

Guest artists for this evening of holiday music will be violinist Xiao Wang, boy soprano Yilan Xu, organist & music director at First Presbyterian, David Macfarlane and the Brass Force Five from Montclair State University. The winner of PV’s 8th Annual Young Artist Recognition Award from Paramus High School will also be presented.

Tickets for the December 6 concert are $25 per person, which includes a post concert reception and a $5 tax-deductible donation to PV’s Mission to Commission. For tickets or more information, call 201-488-4983, visit http://pvholidaygala2014.brownpapertickets.com/ or email palisadesvirtuosi@gmail.com.

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 and present concerts that include existing and newly-commissioned repertoire for this configuration (each of their concerts includes a work commissioned by the ensemble), supplemented by solos, duos and larger works featuring guest artists. Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five of their New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) highlights the beauty and majesty of the harpsichord with an unusual program featuring four harpsichords and chamber orchestra in the first of its Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which repeats on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, when the Orchestra makes its debut at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.  Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, the performance honors LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov and also celebrates the connection between Vivaldi and Bach, who transcribed many of Vivaldi’s works during his career. The repertoire includes the original version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico,” and Bach’s transcription of the piece, the unprecedented and rarely performed Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Kahane also conducts Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2, and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” in keeping with the season. Kahane, a noted keyboardist who is featured on harpsichord, leads a Baroque-size orchestra comprised of LACO musicians and eight featured soloists, including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; LACO principals Josefina Vergara, Sarah Thornblade, violins, Allan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; LACO violinist Jacqueline Brand; and special guests Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichords.  This marks the first collaboration between LACO and the Valley Performing Arts Center.

 

LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. For the December 11 performance at Zipper Hall, a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

 

Subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($250) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for 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.

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

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What: Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID

When: December 4 & 5 , 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost:  $25 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $35 at Door,  Members/Students/Seniors: $20 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $30 at Door, Series Members – $15 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $25 at Doors , FREE for All Access Members

Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn,  NY: Roulette is thrilled to premiere four brand new quintets by Henry Threadgill in a premiere performance December 4 and December 5, 8pm. Each evening will present a different program, both evenings featuring Zooid members plus a selection of soloists. Each evening there will also be a featured short preceding the quintet program.

Tickets range from $35 – 15 and can be purchased at http://roulette.org/events/henry-threadgill-2/

The quintet program,  featuring:  Liberty Ellman (Ceroepic), Jose Davila (Unoepic), Elliot Kavee (Dosepic), Christopher Hoffman (Tresepic), focuses extensively on the each featured instrument and soloist, Threadgill states:  “One important factor for me in writing these pieces was to seek another process which puts each featured soloist in the directorial position.”

Full program:

Dec 4, 2014

In for a penny, in for a pound (short)

Ceroepic—Quintet for guitar

Unoepic—Quintet for trombone/tuba

Dec 5, 2014

Off the prompt box (short)

Dosepic—Quintet for drums/percussion

Tresepic—Quintet for cello

Threadgill, hailed by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom:” is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century – a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music.
ZOOID is based on a  musical language developed by Threadgill. Compositions are organized in blocks and assigned to each musician who in turn can use them independently, throwing in elements of improvisation and utilizing counterpoint. The term Zooid describes an independent organism that works together like a colony, Threadgill has often used this comparison for his music explaining that the music is a group of independent voices coming together to create a whole sound. Threadgill has recorded or performed with many of the legends of the jazz avant-garde, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, David Murray and Bill Laswell.

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