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Friday June 12th at 8 pm, at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform “Music for a New B’ak’tun”, a program of new works, all New York Premiers, for solo piano (with toy piano and electronics) by American composers James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Tom Flaherty, and Peter Yates. The compositions are presented on her new album “Woman at the New Piano” released on Fresh! from Reference Recordings (FR-711).
June 12 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series at Bargemusic http://www.bargemusic.org
Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.624.4924
This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers and Ms. Shpachenko offer a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism coinciding with the new B’ak’tun”. That is the world newly reborn after the widely-dreaded Mayan apocalypse of 2012.
Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are out of the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of more than 30 works by composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Annie Gosfield, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, and others. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
Video samplers of Nadia Shpachenko “Woman at the New Piano” —
More information on Nadia Shpachenko and “Woman at the New Piano”—
James Matheson Cretic Variations (2013) (World Premiere)
Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Part Suite-a (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Airdancing (2013) (World Premiere)
Peter Yates Finger Songs (2013) (World Premiere)
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Music by Bay Area composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and
Kamyar Mohajer to be performed
by Ives Quartet
May 9 recital at Campbell Hall on Stanford University campus is free and open to the public
On Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 pm, works by Bay Area composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and Kamyar Mohajer will be performed by the Ives Quartet, soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Laura Dahl. The performance is at Campbell Recital Hall on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, CA. The recital is free and tickets are not required. More information is on Stanford’s website.
Mohajer’s music combines the influences of his Persian homeland with a unique approach to harmony, counterpoint and poly-tonality in his compositions. The result is music that is melodic, unusual and completely accessible.
Mohajer’s works will be presented alongside the music of his composition teacher and mentor, Giancarlo Aquilanti. A prolific composer and award-winning educator, Aquilanti is currently director of the Music Theory Program at Stanford University.
The Ives Quartet has established a reputation for passion, precision, and provocative programming, winning accolades for playing that shows both super-refinement and visceral, rock-and-roll intensity.
Composer Giancarlo Aquilanti
Composer Giancarlo Aquilanti draws profound inspiration from the Italian operatic tradition, as well as his American education, revealing a unique and exotic combination of popular melodies of his native region, jazz rhythms and classical traditions. A prolific composer, Aquilanti has written for orchestra, chorus, band and chamber ensemble. He has been commissioned by the Philharmonic Symphony of the Marche, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Woodwind Quintet of Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley, among others.
Composer Kamyar Mohajer
Mohajer’s music combines the influences of his Persian homeland with a unique approach to harmony, counterpoint and poly-tonality. He has studied composition and orchestration with the celebrated Iranian-American composer Behzad Ranjbaran, as well as with award-winning west coast composer Giancarlo Aquilanti, whose works are heard on this program.
Mohajer’s compositions include Symphony No. 1, Bliss for orchestra (2014), Reminiscence for Concert Band, half a dozen solo piano works, and many chamber works including a string trio commissioned by Ensemble Epomeo.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its vital role of championing and training the next generation of musical talent at its acclaimed High School Choir Festival showcasing some 1,000 choir students from 29 Southland high schools in massed choir in a free concert on Friday, May 1, 2015, 1 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Sharing the podium are LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and special guest conductor Rollo Dilworth, esteemed professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. The program features Dilworth’s compelling arrangement of the spiritual Rockin’ Jerusalem; two selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria – Quoniam tu solus sanctus and Cum Sancto spiritu; Abbie Betinis’s Journey Home; The Lone Wild Bird, arranged by Frank DeWald; the South African freedom song Siyahamba; and Soulspeak by Z. Randall Stroop. In addition, the prestigious 100-voice Festival Honor Choir, comprised of outstanding young singers nominated by their teachers, presents Janger by Budi Susanto Yohanes; The Ground by Ola Gjeilo; and Muié Rendêra by C.A. Pinto Fonseca. Now in its 26th year, the High School Choir Festival is one of the longest and most successful continuously operating music outreach programs in Southern California. The in-depth, yearlong, in-school program presented by the Chorale includes intensive teacher training; classroom rehearsals and master classes for students and choral directors led by members of the LA Master Chorale. At the festival, students also enjoy a performance by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers under the direction of Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton.
“There is nothing like hearing these amazingly talented students perform live in a 1,000-voice massed choir,” says Gershon. “The High School Choir Festival is truly one of the highlights of LA Master Chorale’s season. It also provides a rare opportunity for the public to attend a free concert in the iconic Disney Hall, one of the greatest music venues anywhere.”
Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), Chad Bloom, director; Arleta High School Concert Choir (Arleta), Greg Broadous, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; Birmingham Community Charter High School Chamber Singers (Lake Balboa), Michael Suffolk, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Cortines High School Concert Choir (Los Angeles 90012), Desiree Fowler, director; Culver City High School (Culver City), Dr. Tony Spano, director; Duarte High School Cantabile Singers (Duarte), Claire Hsu, director; East LA Performing Arts Upscale Choir, (Los Angeles 90063), Melissa Rios, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union School Vocal Ensemble (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Glendale High School A Cappella Choir (Glendale), Grace Sheldon-Williams, director; and Glendora High School Royal Stewarts (Glendora), Dr. Brian Trevor, director.
Also featured are Granada Hills Charter School Highlander Choir (Granada Hills), Sarah White, director; Hamilton High School Chamber Singers (Los Angeles 90034), Kelci Hahn, director; Lakewood High School Madrigal Singers (Lakewood), Ralph Siemsen, director; Mira Costa High School Multicultural Choir (Manhattan Beach), Michael Hayden, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Jessie Flasschoen, director; Norwalk High School Singers (Norwalk), Nancy Lanpher, director; Orange County School of the Arts Chamber Singers (Santa Ana), Adriana Manfredi, director; Rancho Cucamonga High School Chamber Singers (Rancho Cucamonga), Kelley Squires, director; Rosemead High School Chamber Singers (Rosemead), Ruth Gray, director; San Gabriel Academy Chorale (San Gabriel), Lilybeth Evardome-Hunt, director; San Gabriel High School Matador Choir (San Gabriel), Cecilia Revilla, director; Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Van Nuys High School Vocal Ensemble (Van Nuys), Brianne Arevajo, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Samoff, director; Wilson High School Chamber Singers (Long Beach), Curtis Heard, director.
The High School Choir Festival is made possible, in part, by grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and Edison International.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival is FREE and seating is first come, first served. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in Los Angeles. For information, please call (213) 972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org/HSCF.
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LA Signal Lab is a composer/performer collective dedicated to exploring new sounds and challenging artificial genre boundaries through community-engaged performances in non-traditional spaces. For its debut performance, LA Signal Lab is pleased to partner with Curve Line Space in Eagle Rock to present “Whisper and Howl,” an evening of world premieres by Los Angeles-based composers Nick DePinna, Dan Marschak, Noah Meites, and Hitomi Oba freely combining jazz, classical, world music, ambient, and early music. Featuring the Aperture Duo (Linnea Powell and Adrianne Pope), bassist/soprano Maggie Hasspacher, and multi-instrumentalist Ross Garren.
Children’s voices raised in glorious song may just be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), considered one of the world’s preeminent children’s choirs, presents the world premiere of Peter Knell’s The Vowel Owl (Roger) set to John Hollander’s poem, and the Los Angeles premiere of composer/sound engineer Mark Grey’s The Plentiful Peach, based on a beloved Persian children’s story with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3, and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Both works were commissioned by LACC, which is noted for its key role in championing new works for treble choir. The program also features a vibrant mix of mostly American songs both contemporary and traditional, including Stephen Sametz’s I Cannot Dance, O Lord; David Lang’s i want to live; Kelley Lange’s Llamame Cuando Puedas; Randall Thompson’s antiphonal a capella work Pueri Hebraeorum; and the Korean folksong Nodle Kangbyon.
LACC premiered The Plentiful Peach just two weeks prior to the concert at its Bing Concert Hall debut at Stanford University in April. The work is adapted from a story by the noted Iranian writer Samad Behrangi (1939-1968). The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her. Grey’s music has been hailed as “addictive” (Los Angeles Times), “revelatory” (All Music) and “full of energy” (Sequenza 21).
Knell, noted for his “splashy” (Class Act) “rhythmic minimalism” (Los Angeles Times), is a Fullbright scholar based in Los Angeles who has earned numerous prizes, including First Prize in the New Music Festival of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony Guild competitions, among others.
The concert showcases five of LACC’s choirs. Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
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Critically acclaimed lute and Baroque guitar virtuoso John Schneiderman showcases his remarkable artistry on Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Baroque Conversations” series with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Kohaut and Falckenhagen on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To open the program, Schneiderman, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian perform Haydn’s Cassation in C major for Lute, Violin and Cello (Brussels Manuscript), a version of Hob.III:6. Violin Julie Gigante joins them for Kohaut’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Cello (Berlin Manuscript), considered an exceptional example of this rare genre, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Basso Continuo, RV 93, among nearly 600 concertos by the Italian master that helped define the style of the late Baroque era concerto. Principal Flute David Shostac teams up with Schneiderman and Ksajikian for Falckenhagen’s Concerto No. 3 in D major for Lute, Flute and Cello (Opera Nuova). Schneiderman, hailed for his “dazzling” and “expressive” artistry and noted for turning “delicate textures into sparkling jewels,” hosts the evening. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
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.
Tickets (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.
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ACO’s 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings are open to the public free of charge, giving audiences a chance to look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. The first day of Readings, a working rehearsal, will be presented from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, May 6; the second day of Readings will take place on Thursday evening, May 7, at 7:30pm, during which all selected pieces will be polished and performed in their entirety. ACO’s Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the readings; George Manahan conducts. Mentor-composers are Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts. Free and open to the public. RSVP recommended.
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Journey, Peri Mauer’s new piece for oboe, will be premiered April 21, 2015 at 7:30PM
St. Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th St.) NYC
Virginia Chang Chien, oboe.
This is a New York Composers Circle concert, which includes music by Richard Brooks, Max Giteck Duykers, Susan J. Fisher, David Picton, Gayther Myers, Eugene Marlow, Orlando Legname. Performers include Margaret Lancaster, Stephen Gosling, Keve Wilson, Oren Fader, Esther Noh, John Popham.
Suggested Donation $20, Students FREE
Reception following concert.
Hailed as an “irrepressibly tuneful composer” by New York Music Daily/Lucid Culture (October 2014), Peri Mauer is delighted to recently have had several world premieres of her music. Topping the list is THOUGHT’S TORSION for flute, viola, cello by Eight Strings & a Whistle at Tenri Cultural Institute, RED SKY for concert band, commissioned by Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and performed by the LaGuardia Junior Band in the school’s 2014 Spring Musicale, A LITTLE NEW YEAR’S FLAIR for piano, by Blair McMillen in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter Festival 2014, ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT for orchestra, commissioned and performed by the New York Repertory Orchestra at St. Mary’s Church, AT HOME WITH ALLEN GINSBERG: Five Songs for Baritone & Piano, by Daniel Neer and Christopher Berg in last winter’s NYCC concert at St. Peter’s Church, and LIFE ON EARTH for chamber ensemble in Music With a View at the Flea Theater, for which she also served as conductor. A recent recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award, she has been awarded grants for her music by New Music USA, Meet the Composer, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Composers Guild of Utah. Also a professional cellist, Ms. Mauer has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, The Chelsea Symphony, American Chamber Opera, among many others, and can be seen playing her cello in the critically acclaimed new Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.