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Inland Pacific Ballet, returns with its spectacular production of The Nutcracker, the classic holiday story danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB) brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets complete with falling snow, an antique original Albany Flyer One Horse Open Sleigh, a 40-foot Chinese Dragon, beautiful costumes handmade in-house at IPB’s costume department, and a cast of 80 dancers. New to this year’s production is a completely re-choreographed Snow Scene for an expanded cast of 20 and a brand new lighting design. IPB’s Nutcracker will have 12 performances (plus five educational outreach performances) in four theaters from November 28 through December 20, 2015 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center, and Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga.
This annual holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family, see it again or for the first time and be swept away in a winter wonderland.
This season’s cast features brilliant young talent from the region, most notably Emily Baggarly, and Lauren Collett alternating in the role of Clara. Both Emily and Lauren continue to receive their training at the IPB Academy. Both attended prestigious Summer Intensive programs in New York City – Emily at American Ballet Theatre and Lauren at New York City Ballet. IPB Principal Dancer, the exquisite Meilu Zhai of Montclair, will reign over the Kingdom of Sweets as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Meilu is a former dancer with the National Ballet of China and returns for her fourth season with IPB. Also returning is IPB Principal Dancer Cameron Schwanz of Corona, who will dance as the Cavalier and the Nutcracker. Cameron is a thrilling dancer who returned to southern California three years ago to join IPB as the Beast for its premiere of Beauty and the Beast. He previously danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Pacifica/Festival Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Ballet, and Ballet San Jose. IPB Principal Dancer Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, returns for a seventh season with IPB and brings an extensive resume of dancing professionally with the Boston and Pennsylvania Ballet companies, and appearances in original casts of five Broadway shows. Jonathan is currently appearing in San Diego’s Old Globe production of In Your Arms.
IPB is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1994. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Their large studio facility in Montclair also includes in-house costume and scenic departments. In addition, through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, IPB strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. For students pre-school through grade 12 enrolled in public, private and home schools, IPB offers “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” connecting the arts to learning through music and movement with five educational outreach performances scheduled for The Nutcracker. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers.
Choreography for The Nutcracker is by Laurence Blake and Victoria Koenig; Scenic Design by Nancy Seruto and Daniel C. Nyiri; Costume Design by Jeanne Nolden; Brand new Lighting Design by Joseph Walls; and Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
IPBs Founders/Artistic Directors/Choreographers Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers, are southern California natives who bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of this young Company. Over the past 21 years they have built IPB into the premiere ballet company and a key creative force in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. Victoria Koenig is a native of Los Angeles now residing in Claremont. After many years as a professional dancer, and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher, Ms. Koenig returned to southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center, and served on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Koenig has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley, one of the fastest growing cultural assets in southern California and is also on the dance faculty at Pomona College. Kevin Myers is a native of Riverside, California. He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created for him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson. Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels. As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Mr. Myers is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.
Performances of The Nutcracker take place at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007, Saturday, November 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 29th at 2pm; Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711, Saturday, December 5 at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday the 6th at 2pm; Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Saturday, December 12th at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday the 13th at 2pm; and Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739, Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm, Saturday the 19th at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, the 20th at 2pm. Tickets start at $38 with senior/child/group discounts available. For more information and tickets, please go to IPBALLET.org.
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On November 29th at Spectrum NYC, Composers Concordance presents the second concert of its fifth annual festival, entitled ‘MultiBand.’ This event is the 7th Annual Composers-Play-Composers Marathon – a concert focusing on the composer-as-performer. This year, in lieu of the festival title, no fewer then twenty composers, embedded with dynamic trios and quartets from NYC’s contemporary music scene, will perform original compositions inspired by the word ‘Band.’ Featuring:
Tenth Intervention Trio:
Hajnal K Pivnick – violin
Dorian Wallace – piano
Elliot Wallace – percussion
Karen Bogardus – flute
Orlando Wells – viola
Matt Castle – piano
Occasional Noise Trio:
Cesare Papetti – percussion
Derin Öge – piano
William Lang – trombone
Licorice Clarinet Trio:
Michiyo Suzuki – clarinet
Akari Yamamoto – clarinet
Yumi Ito – bass clarinet
Compositions by: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Joe Deninzon, Douglas DaSilva, Jed Distler, Vasko Dukovski, Melissa Grey, Franz Hackl, Arthur Kampela, Ginka Mizuki, David Morneau, Gene Pritsker, Charlie Rauh, Bill Schimmel, Robert Voisey, & Ann Warren.
“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. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote 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.
VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. This annual two day festival celebrates composer-performers and ensembles in the vocal arts who stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways.
Erdem Helvacioglu & Sasha Bogdanowitsch
New contemporary works for voice and live electronics with composer/ performers, Erdem Helvacioglu & Sasha Bogdanowitsch.
Singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice
with threads of otherworldly abstract sound. Hill’s musical explorations
span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical
An improvisatory vocal collective – makes its debut, spinning its web of spontaneous harmony over rhythmic grooves. With singers and musicians from diverse traditions and backgrounds – including members of The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation, practitioners of the vocal improvisation techniques of Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon, and classically trained choral singers and composers, Moving Star lights up the air with song. The ensemble will consist of: Thomas Cabaniss, ,Jascha Hoffman, Onome, Sasha Bogdanowitsch , Alec Galambos, Amy Carrigan, Malia Kulp, Nick Demeris, Catherine Brookman, , Jean Rohe, David Rosenmeyer, and Bonita Oliver.
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‘MultiBand‘ is the title of Composers Concordance 5th annual festival, to be held fromNovember 24th through December 12th, 2015. The five festival concerts will focus on a myriad of meanings of the word ‘Band,’ as well as how composers choose to interact with their respective bands. At The Cutting Room, the opening concert will feature the CompCord Big Band, premiering ten new compositions for the standard big band instrumentation. The second concert, to be held at Spectrum NYC, will be the 7th annual ‘Composers-Play-Composers Marathon.’ -In lieu of the festival title, no fewer then twenty-one composers, embedded with dynamic trios and quartets from NYC’s contemporary music scene, will perform original compositions inspired by the word ‘Band.’ The third concert, entitled ‘Bands of Gypsies,’ draws its influence from the epic Jimi Hendrix album. A large group of guitarists and composers will take over the St. Mark’s Church space, to present a performance focusing on the guitar in its various aspects. The fourth concert will showcase a virtuoso fusion band from the west coast: SWARMIUS, at the innovative Gallery MC. The festival will wrap up at the DiMenna Center, with a program entitled ‘Eclectic Bands.’ Three composer-led bands: Ido, Nine Live and Sound Liberation, will set up in the round to present a quick-tandem performance in which the audience will hear a diverse repertoire indeed, including a grand finale in which all three bands will perform together new arrangements of Irving Berlin’s classic song ‘Alexander’s Rag Time Band.’
“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. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote 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.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) and Artistic Director Grant Gershon champion a new generation of choral composers affiliated with the City of Angels with “Made in L.A.,” a major multi-year initiative aimed at branding Los Angeles as the nexus for choral art in the country and around the world, which launches with a concert featuring four Chorale-commissioned works, including three world premieres and a U.S. premiere on Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gershon conducts the world premieres of Ave Maria/Scarborough Fair by Paul Chihara, a prolific composer celebrated for works “sleek and luxuriously colored” (New York Times); In the Desert With You by new-to-the-Chorale “vocal shape-shifter” Moira Smiley; and Filipino-American composer Nilo Alcala’s Mangá Pakalagián, which features special guest Subla, a Filipino kulintang ensemble led by master musician Danny Kalanduyan. Gershon also leads the U.S. premiere of The Salvage Men, the first choral commission by four-time Emmy Award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, which was co-commissioned by LAMC and the Eric Whitacre Singers, and further showcases LA’s deep pool of talented composers with Dale Trumbore’s The Whole Sea in Motion, set to text from the 1907 novel Agnes Grey by British author Anne Brontë; and Matthew Brown’s wistful Another Lullaby for Insomniacs, set to a poem by A. E. Stallings. Bookending the program are works by two former LAMC Composers in Residence: National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen’s richly textured Ave Maria; and Shawn Kirchner’s soaring Memorare, an a cappella setting of the beloved Marian devotional prayer.
“L.A. has become an incredible hotbed for some of the most interesting, creative and exciting composers writing for voice today,” notes Gershon. “Our goal with the ‘Made in L.A.’ initiative is to nurture these composers and closely align the Los Angeles Master Chorale with this emerging choral renaissance. By championing the next wave of creative talents, we can make the strongest possible impact on the future of choral music.”
Alcala’s piece completes the final chapter of the Chorale’s acclaimed LA is the World commissioning series, a multi-year initiative conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror L.A.’s vibrant multicultural fabric. It is funded in part by the James Irvine 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 can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office 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.
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Resident Oboist of Salastina Music Society and Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ariana Ghez, performs some of her favorite chamber works for her instrument
Los Angeles, CA – (October 24, 2015) – The Salastina Music Society presents a program of chamber music works for the oboe, chosen and performed by Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ariana Ghez on November 6-7, 2015.
Ghez was appointed Resident Oboist of the Salastina Music Society for the 2015-2016 season, the sixth year of existence for the chamber music series. Two works on the program, by Elliott Carter and Ilja Hurnik, will feature an ensemble of oboe, flute, cello, and harpsichord. A Trio Sonata by J.S. Bach and a beautiful work for solo oboe, Benjamin Britten’s Metamorphoses, will round out the program.
“Ariana had performed with us on a previous concert, and we really enjoyed her collaborative attitude and stunning oboe playing” says co-director Kevin Kumar. “We enjoy inviting different guest artists for each concerts, but we wanted to try something different this season and appointed two resident musicians. This allows us to feature the artistry of great musicians and build interesting programs around certain instruments. Many people are familiar with Ariana’s playing with the LA Phil, but now they can hear her in a more intimate setting!”
Co-director Maia Jasper continues, “Ariana came to us with a clear idea of pieces she wanted a chance to perform and felt should be heard. It’s a testament to her sincere musicianship that the works she chose weren’t just showpieces for the oboe but fascinating music for four equal partners. We are thrilled to present this program and have her on the roster this year!”
The November 6th and 7th programs will both be:
Elliott Carter: Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord
Ilja Hurnik: Sonata Da Camera
Benjamin Britten: Metamorphoses
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata
Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Oboist Ariana Ghez will be joined by Salastina Music Society co-director Maia Jasper (violin), LA Phil cellist Jason Lippmann, Pacific Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute Benjamin Smolen, and celebrated harpsichordist Steven Beck.
The concerts will take place on November 6, 2015 at 8pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030) and on November 7, 2015 at 8pm at Edye Second Space at the Broad Stage (1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401). Discounted tickets ($28) for each concert can be purchased at www.salastinasociety.org; regular-priced tickets ($35) will be available at the door. Students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10. Tickets can be purchased at: http://salastinasociety.tix.com/ or call (323)332-6874 for more information.
About Salastina Music Society:
The Salastina Music Society enriches minds, hearts, and our greater community through world-class and educational performances of chamber music. Since its founding six years ago, Salastina has earned a national reputation for bringing a fresh approach to the classical concert experience, resulting in innovative performances with broad audience appeal.
Salastina presents between twelve and twenty concerts and educational events annually for audiences of all types — ranging from the classical music cognoscenti to new listeners of all ages. With a repertoire spanning three centuries, including special priority given to premieres by living composers, Salastina curates intimate and informative concert experiences, providing listeners with a field guide to the vast, rich landscape of chamber music.
Mirroring its audience’s diversity, Salastina’s expert musicians of varying ages, cultures, and backgrounds comprise an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every style, instrumentation, and historical period. (Visit salastinasociety.org to learn more about our illustrious roster of guest artists, which includes opera stars, world-renowned chamber musicians, and principal players of the country’s great orchestras.)
Salastina’s annual calendar typically includes over a dozen concert programs and special events, performances throughout California, guest appearances on other highly-regarded concert series, recording activities, and frequent national broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) opens its five-concert Baroque Conversations series with an evening led by Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani featuring works by Bach, Telemann and Erlebach on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Esfahani, lauded by The New York Times for his “soulful flair,” is joined by LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; assistant concertmaster Tereza Stanislav; Victoria Miskolczy, associate principal viola; Robert Brophy, viola; Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello; Peter Lloyd, acting principal bass; Sandy Hughes, flute; and Allan Vogel, principal oboe; and guest musician John Schneiderman, theorbo. The program includes Erlebach’s Ouvertüre IV; Telemann’s Paris Quartet No. 7 in D major; and Bach’s Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord and Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
Esfahani, in demand around the globe, has been hailed as “one of today’s most thrilling harpsichordists” (Gramophone) and proclaimed a “superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed” (The Times). Since making his London debut in 2009, he has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire, including giving the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011.
LACO’s highly regarded Baroque Conversations series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each Zipper Hall program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.
Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on February 4, March 24 and April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.
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.
Single tickets for the concert on November 12 (beginning at $57) and subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($260) are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.
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Two of Boston’s leading musical ensembles—the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera—unite on one stage for a special concert honoring the great Pulitzer-winning composer Gunther Schuller (1925-2015). Thanks to these organizations’ diverse aesthetics, the program offers a new sound as it weaves jazz vernacular into the symphonic and operatic world. Made legible for even the youngest ears, Schuller’s Journey Into Jazz and The Fisherman and His Wife will be performed by members of BMOP, Odyssey Opera, and led by conductor Gil Rose.
When: Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk 2:00 p.m.)
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA,
T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at BMOP.org or by telephone 718.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at tix.com.
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PIANO SPHERES AT REDCAT PRESENTS SATELLITE SERIES ARTIST NADIA SHPACHENKO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 WITH “IN FULL SAIL”
Program of Works for Piano, Toy Piano, Percussion, Electronics, and
Multimedia Featuring Three World Premieres
The Piano Spheres Series at REDCAT opens with Satellite Artist pianist Nadia Shpachenko. Described by critics as “spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she enjoys bringing into the world powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. The program IN FULL SAIL will feature piano, toy piano, percussion, electronics, and multimedia in works composed for Nadia by seven American composers in 2013 and 2015. The composers in the program are Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, and Peter Yates. The Satellite Series is co-presented with REDCAT, with recitals held at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT THEATRE, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets are available at REDCAT or the box office, or for information go to www.pianospheres.org.
The title of the concert IN FULL SAIL is taken from Frank Gehry’s description of the IAC Building in Manhattan as “a tall ship in full sail” with a similar reference from the Los Angeles Times to the Walt Disney Concert Hall as “a galleon in full sail.” Harold Meltzer’s new piano piece, In Full Sail, was written about the first building, but will have its World Premiere at REDCAT – part of the second. This concert presents the world premieres of three architecture-inspired works commissioned by Piano Spheres. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan’sBangladesh conveys the transformative hope of Louis Kahn’s Government Center in Dhaka. The American Academy in Berlin fellow Annie Gosfield’sThe Dybbuk on Second Avenue reflects the changing mix of influences in one theater in the Lower East Side’s “Jewish Rialto” over the years: from Yiddish theater to burlesque, from Chekhov to William Burroughs. Pulitzer Prize finalist Harold Meltzer’sIn Full Sail responds to Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, reflecting the structure and the movement of people around and through it.
This concert also features works from Nadia’s recently released album Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013. Tom Flaherty’s composition Airdancing for piano, toy piano, and electronics “is based on stunning videos of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, the second stage of a rocket falling from edge of space into the ocean, and people jumping off cliffs in wing suits. Many of the musical gestures fall or float, and pitches, rhythms and sounds often turn to frenzied dance,” according to the composer. Peter Yates’ piece Finger Songs uses various means to bring to the keyboard the syllabic accents, timbres and articulations of speech or vocal music. Off-beat dissonances resolve to on-beat pure tones, with syncopations flickering around beats present or implied. Adam Schoenberg’s composition Picture Etudes started as a commission to write a 21st century Pictures at an Exhibition. The composer says of the pieces “Unlike Modest Mussorgsky, who set all of his movements to the work of Viktor Hartmann, my piece brings eight seemingly disparate works of art to musical life. In honor of Mussorgsky and his original work for solo piano, four of the ten movements were conceived in the form of piano etudes and later orchestrated.” James Matheson’sCretic Variations is a virtuosic fantasy on the simple rhythmic motif of long-short-long “which is enormously versatile in music and can be alternately thunderous and playful, melancholy and spirited. There is scarcely a measure in which this rhythm or some closely-related version of it is not sounding somewhere on the instrument.”
In 2016 Nadia will premiere three more new works written for the architecture-inspired program by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, and James Matheson at the New Music Gathering and at Boston Court.
Nadia Shpachenko – “In Full Sail”
October 27, 2015, 8:30pm
Tom Flaherty – Airdancing for piano, toy piano, and electronics (2013)
with Genevieve Feiwen Lee
Peter Yates – Finger Songs (2013)
Adam Schoenberg – Picture Etudes (2013)
James Matheson – Cretic Variations (2013)
Harold Meltzer – In Full Sail – World Premiere, Piano Spheres commission
Annie Gosfield – The Dybbuk on Second Avenue – World Premiere, Piano Spheres commission
Lewis Spratlan – Bangladesh – World Premiere, Piano Spheres commission
Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. She performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often feature recitation, electronics and multimedia.
An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has performed world and national premieres of numerous piano, string piano, and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Yuri Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others.
Nadia’s concerts included solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chamber performances at the Hear Now, Sarasota, and Montecito Music Festivals, and concerto appearances with the Kharkov Philharmonic and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, including Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Justin DeHart, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maja Jasper, Genevieve Lee, Timothy Loo, Jerome Lowenthal, Marek Szpakiewicz, Nick Terry, and the Lyris Quartet.
Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s World Premieres CD Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 was released worldwide on the Reference Recordings label in November 2014. Her upcoming recording project The Poetry of Places will bring together music and architecture in works written for her by Annie Gosfield, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Lewis Spratlan. Nadia currently serves on the faculties of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Born in Ukraine, and now a long time Southern Californian, Nadia Shpachenko resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and twin sons.
On Monday, October, 26, 3:00-4:30pm there will be a free workshop at Boston Court with Nadia and composers Lewis Spratlan and Harold Meltzer, facilitated by Piano Spheres artist Vicki Ray. The workshop allows the audience an opportunity to interact with all the principals. The mentee, mentor, and composers will address the audience to describe the process of creating.
The Satellite Series is a central component of Piano Spheres’ 20th Anniversary Celebration and offers a direct tie to the spirit of the organization’s founding. When the late Leonard Stein launched Piano Spheres in 1993, he did so with four young pianists whom he had mentored at USC. In the two decades since, these four Piano Spheres artists – Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson and Susan Svrcek – have become recognized as among the foremost interpreters of contemporary works for piano. Much as Stein mentored them, they now mentor the next generation of pianists in introducing these emerging artists to a broader audience.
Piano Spheres supports and encourages the composition and performance of major new works for the piano. It expands the piano repertoire by commissioning new music and sustaining a concert series of the highest artistic quality which focuses primarily on pieces by contemporary composers. In its concerts, Piano Spheres provides a context for these new works by including lesser-known music by established composers whose compositions influenced the course of piano music.