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The North Carolina Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s GPS Lady for clarinet, viola and piano will be a featured work in a music@watson concert by the Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall on the campus of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.
The piece came about through an innovative composer and performer-developed commissioning idea. Read about it at Lawrence Dillon’s An Infinite Number of Curves blog at http://www.sequenza21.com/dillon/?p=1347.
Performers will be Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, Sheila Browne, viola and Dmitri Shteinberg, piano.
Also on the program are trios for clarinet, viola and piano by Mozart, Schumann and Kurtág, a North Carolina Premiere by UNCSA composer Kenneth Frazelle and a US premiere of a work by Daniel Weymouth for clarinet solo. The Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio made a successful debut at the Treetops Chamber Music Society in 2013.
Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
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/.
Arts at The Park is pleased to announce the debut in its series of the renowned Miró Quartet in a concert of masterpieces by Beethoven, Dutilleux and Schubert on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 PM at The Park Avenue Christian Church (known affectionately as “the Park”), 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street in Manhattan. Tickets, available at Smarttix, are $40 Front Orchestra; $25, General Admission; and $20,Students/Seniors. The Quartet is thrilled at the opportunity to play in the acoustically rich neo-Gothic sanctuary of The Park.
Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest‐profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach. For their AATP debut performance, the Quartet will perform well-known works of Beethoven and Schubert alongside a 20th century masterwork of French composer Henri Dutilleux:
- Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, “La Malinconia” – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Ainsi la nuit – Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)
- Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
The Miró Quartet is comprised of:
About the Miró Quartet:
Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, the Miró Quartet has performed throughout the world in important venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Kammermusikaal, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
The Miró Quartet has collaborated with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Eliot Fisk, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker and Pinchas Zukerman. A favorite of numerous summer festivals, the Quartet has appeared regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Summerfest, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and the White Pine Festival.
Concert highlights of recent seasons include a highly anticipated and sold out return to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven’s complete Opus 59 Quartets (which they also recorded); collaborations with award-winning actor Stephen Dillane as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival; and festival appearances at Chamber Music Northwest, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Ottawa ChamberFest.
The Miró Quartet has been heard on numerous national and international radio broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio’s Saint Paul Sunday. In addition, the Quartet has released numerous recordings, most recently the Op. 18 Quartets of Beethoven on the Vanguard Classics label. The Quartet’s recording of George Crumb’s Black Angels won the prestigious French “Diapason d’Or” prize.
Arts at The Park, a component of the Park Avenue Christian Church (known as “The Park”), brings together outstanding performers and ensembles from the greater New York City metropolitan area for programs that enrich and inspire and that touch our shared human story and experience. Arts at The Park include live music, theater, political and theological discourse, and family and holiday events. Artistic Director of Arts at The Park is Paul Vasile.
On Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm, Mexican born pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will host a CD Release Party for his first solo album “Among Songs and Dances” in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 East 59th Street, New York (Directions and Map). “Among Songs and Dances” includes music from Bach to Zyman creating a beautiful journey through original and arranged songs and dances for the piano. Works include those by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro.
The event features a performance by Mr. Horcasitas followed by a conversation with producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, composer Samuel Zyman of The Juilliard School, and Caterina Toscano of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as a CD signing conclude the party.
This CD project is Mr. Horcasitas’s first studio recording. Having performed in many places around the world for the last 15 years, Mr. Horcasitas felt inspired to create a professional CD with some of his favorite pieces in his repertoire.
The eight pieces Mr. Horcasitas selected for recording all relate in some way to “song” or “dance”- hence, the title of the CD. From Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chacone in D minor for solo violin to Heitor Villa-lobos “Festa no sertao” from his Ciclo Brasileiro, featuring the batuca rhythm, this album will portray the way composers from different countries have interpreted these two styles.
In addition to producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, Mr. Horcasitas also collaborated with noted audio engineer Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio. The recording itself was made possible by the support of 83 backers of a Kickstarter campaign.
A portion of the CD sales will benefit Lighthouse International, a beacon of hope for the visually challenged, and where Mr. Horcasitas is a faculty member at the Lighthouse’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (the only community music school in the country for those visually impaired). Mr. Horcasitas recently served as the pianist for the School’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (see the New York Times review). A resident of New York, Mr. Horcasitas received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova. He has an active career as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist.
The March 9th CD Release event is made possible with the support of Lighthouse Guild and the Mexican Consulate General in New York.
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On Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm, pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) will perform her eclectic program Dances and Passions at New York City’s Spectrum, 121 Ludlow (Floor 2, ring bell for 2), New York. In addition to Beethoven’s well-regarded Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata), Faliks will also play the composer’s Polonaise, Op. 89 and Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. Works by Shchedrin and New York City’s Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) complete the program. This will be Faliks’ first appearance at Spectrum.
Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. More information is available at http://spectrumnyc.com/blog/.
A resident of Los Angeles and past New Yorker, Faliks now serves as a tenured professor of piano at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music. She is also the founder of New York’s Music/Words.
Beethoven, Polonaise, Op. 89/Sonata, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
Shchedrin, Basso Ostinato
Ljova, Sirota (with historical recording)
Schumann, Davidsbündler, Op. 6
Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. Since her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.
She recently appeared alongside British actress Lesley Nicol (“Mrs. Patmore” from Downton Abbey) in Nigel Hess’s production of Admission: One Shilling, a staged tribute to the legendary Dame Myra Hess. Her critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library, and her new Beethoven recording will be out this year. Faliks recently joined the illustrious faculty of UCLA,
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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its epic 50th Anniversary Season with a heartfelt two-part tribute to National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, the choir’s Composer In Residence from 1995 to 2001, the composer most closely associated with the renowned chorus and the most frequently performed American choral composer in modern history. The tribute begins with an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” and post-screening conversation with Lauridsen, film director Michael Stillwater and LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 pm, at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The tribute concludes with the Chorale’s highly anticipated all-Lauridsen concert featuring some of his most well known works conducted by Gershon with one work accompanied by composer himself on piano on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lauridsen has been hailed for composing “radiantly beautiful music,” (Wall St. Journal) with “freshness and an affecting emotional pull to it that explains its popularity with singers and audiences across the pond” (Daily Telegraph).
The concert repertoire reflects the extremely fruitful relationship between the composer and the Chorale, which produced such sublime Lauridsen “hits” as O Magnum Mysterium and Lux Aeterna, resulting in the Chorale’s Grammy®-nominated best-selling recording Lux Aeterna (RCM 1998). The Chorale performs O Magnum Mysterium as well as such Lauridsen gems as Mid-Winter Songs, Ave Dulcissima Maria, Canticle/O Vos Omnes, Nocturnes, Madrigali and Les Chansons des Roses.
“Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” documents this LA-based living legend who spends summers composing on the remote Waldron Island in the Pacific Northwest, and features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. Winner of two Best Documentary awards and an Audience Choice Award, the film was praised as ‘a heartening rarity’ by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal.
Concert tickets ($29-$129) and film tickets ($15) are available at www.lamc.org or (213) 972-7282. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203.
The World Premiere of John Bilotta’s Song of the Hermit Thrush, for soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, and cello will be given by soprano Sarita Cannon and the Divisa Ensemble on Saturday, February 22 – 8:00pm at Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, as part of the NACUSA-SF Composers & Friends concert.
This work for soprano and five instruments was commissioned by videographer Nancy Bogen as part of her new work featuring Russell Oberlin reading Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.
Other West Coast composers on the February 22 program are Anne Baldwin, Greg Steinke, Karl Schmidt, Paul Rosas, Simon Bokman, and Sondra Clark.
Admission is $17 general and $12 students/seniors. For tickets and more information, call 408-293-2765 or visit http://www.nacusasf.org/.
John Bilotta’s works have been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world. He co-directs, with Brian Bice and Davide Verotta, San Francisco’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music. Visit him at http://www.johnbilotta.com/.
Nancy Bogen was the founder and Artistic Director of The Lark Ascending, a mixed-media performance organization. She is creating a growing catalog of videos, including Textur, based on the music of Austrian composer Katerina Klement, available for viewing at http://vimeo.com/14526527. More about her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Bogen.
Maya Beiser’s All Vows
Maya Beiser, cello
Films by Bill Morrison
Music by Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, Mohammed Fairouz, Evan Ziporyn, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, and Howlin Wolf
March 21 & 22, 2014 at 8pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door YBCA Members: $25; YBCA:You FREE at 415.978.ARTS or www.ybca.org
Watch Maya’s new NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring music from All Vows:http://bit.ly/NPRTinyDeskMaya Maya Beiser online: www.mayabeiser.com
San Francisco, CA — Cellist Maya Beiser brings her newest production, All Vows, to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission Street) on March 21 and 22, 2014 at 8pm. Featuring performances by Maya with drummer Glenn Kotche and bassist Ryan Brown, All Vows explores the dichotomy between the physical, external world we inhabit and the inner landscape of our secret selves. It includes the Bay Area premieres of Michael Gordon‘s All Vows and Michael Harrison‘s Just Ancient Loops, both with original film by Bill Morrison, as well as world premieres by Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, Mohammed Fairouz, and new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn. [Jherek Bischoff will not be performing, as previously announced.] The first half of All Vows begins with a carefully curated set of “uncovers” crafted by Evan Ziporyn. Maya goes deep inside music by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, and Howlin Wolf to reveal the core of each song as a musical masterpiece – a totem of our collective consciousness forged by our shared, popular culture. Composer and drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco contributes Three Parts Wisdom, a rhythmic and multilayered new work written for Maya that shifts between solo cello and solo cello with multiple pre-recorded cello tracks, evoking the experience of the individual alone and as part of a collective. Composer David T. Little, also a drummer and well-known for his dramatic classical and operatic compositions, has written Hellhound for Maya, a new work based on legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s 1937 song Hellhound On My Trail, which tells the story of a man pursued by demons, unable to rest. The second half of All Vows delves into our inherent desire for ritual and meaning, and begins with Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz’s new Kol Nidrei for cello and prerecorded sounds, in which the full text is sung in Aramaic and also engages echos of ancient cantorial styles. Michael Gordon’s All Vows takes theKol Nidrei as its starting point, and reimagines it entirely. Gordon’s All Vows is paired with original film by acclaimed artist Bill Morrison, who uses archival footage, chemical process, and animation to create a stunning visual tapestry that illustrates, in Morrison’s words, “the implication of an unknowable future as reflected through a dissolving historical document.” Tsmindao Ghmerto (Holy God), arranged by Evan Ziporyn, is based on a 13th century Sanctus from the orthodox Georgian Liturgy. In Ziporyn’s arrangement, Maya’s voice and the voice of her cello weave a double helix of sanctity and intimacy. The text, sung in Hebrew, is Maya’s own adaptation of a poem by the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. Composer Michael Harrison’s Just Ancient Loops, with a film by Morrison that presents a unique view of the heavens, unveils every aspect of the cello – from its most glorious and mysterious harmonics to earthy, rhythmic pizzicatos – all utilizing “just intonation,” an ancient tuning system in which the distances between notes are based upon whole number ratios. Throughout her adventurous and versatile career, Maya Beiser has redefined the concert experience, creating music that transcends genres with large sonic and visual canvases. The Boston Globe declares, “With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.” New Yorkmagazine writes, “Beiser in not the sort of musician who zigzags around the planet playing catalog music for polite and sleepy audiences. She throws down a gauntlet in every program.” Maya has conceived, performed and produced her critically acclaimed multimedia concerts, including World To Come, which premiered as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall; Almost Human, a collaboration with visual artist Shirin Neshat; and Provenance, which forms the basis of her best selling album. Top New York critics have consistently chosen her Carnegie Hall concerts on their “Best Of The Year” lists. Maya’s last production, Elsewhere: a CelloOpera, premiered in October 2012 at Carolina Performing Arts followed by a sold-out run at the BAM Next Wave Festival. Elsewhere is an imaginative retelling of the Biblical legend of Lot’s wife, created by Maya with director Robert Woodruff. About Maya Beiser: Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, surrounded with the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, while studying classical cello repertoire, Maya has dedicated her work to reinventing solo cello performance in the mainstream classical arena. A featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, Maya has appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, London’s Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and South Bank Center, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. She has collaborated with artists across a wide range of musical styles, including Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, James Newton Howard and Carter Burwell, among many others. In 2011, Maya was invited to present at the exclusive TED conference. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by close to one million people and translated to 32 languages. In summer 2013, she was a featured guest alongside such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Isabella Rossellini, and Shirin Neshat at ICASTICA 2013, an international festival celebrating women artists working in all artistic fields in Arezzo, Italy. Highlights of Maya Beiser’s recent US tours include performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Celebrity Series in Boston and International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Other recent performances include major venues and festivals in Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Torino, Tokyo, Taipei, Athens, Mexico City and Bogota. She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras performing new works for the cello including the St. Paul Camber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, China Philharmonic, and Shanghai Philharmonic among many others. Maya’s vast discography, released on Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch (now E1) Innova and Cantaloupe labels, include five solo albums and many studio recordings and film music collaborations. Her 2010 album Provenance topped the classical and world music charts on both Amazon and iTunes. Maya’s latest recording, Time Loops, was selected among NPR’s top 10 recordings of 2012. Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, Maya is the featured soloist on several film’s soundtracks including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond, Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman and M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth. Maya Beiser is a graduate of Yale University. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. Maya was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is managed by Opus 3 Artists. Maya can be found on Twitter, tweeting as @cellogoddess, a moniker bestowed upon her by The New Yorker.www.mayabeiser.com
Featuring the World Premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6
Inspired by Schubert’sString Quartet No.15 in G Major
and Webern’s Langsamersatz and Five Movements for String Quartet
“artistry of uncommon insight & cohesion” – Gramophone
2014 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cypress String Quartet (“artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” Gramophone) presenting Call & Response in the SF Bay Area — 15 years of expanding the chamber music repertoire and inspiring the imaginations of audiences young and old. This year’s Call & Response features the world premiere of award-winning composer George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6, performed alongside the works that inspired it: Schubert’s seminal String Quartet No.15 in G Major and two masterpieces by Webern, his ultra-romantic Langsamersatzand the contrasting Five Movements for String Quartet. A pre-concert talk with George Tsontakis will begin at 7:15pm.
This is the second time George Tsontakis has been commissioned by the Cypress Quartet through the ensemble’s Call & Response program. Tsontakis wrote hisString Quartet No. 5 for the group in 2005, in response to Beethoven’s Late Quartets. It was the first quartet Tsontakis had composed in 20 years, and is written in memory of composer George Rochberg, who died in 2005.
Of his String Quartet No. 6, Tsontakis says, “Even though my sixth quartet was composed seven years after my fifth, can I help but make a degree of my response a reaction to the call of my own fifth quartet? My sixth mirrors my fifth in many ways, but at the same time progresses from it. Most notably, the sixth has truly fast music. In the second part of the sixth, “Blaze,” the gently flowing sixteenth-note patterns of a major second of the fifth quartet now become the driving force of the tautly-wound texture – a relentless scherzo of sorts but always liquid and flowing, as in the treatment in the fifth.”
Through its signature Call & Response program the Cypress Quartet commissions and premieres new string quartets from both emerging and celebrated composers, asking them to write in response to established chamber repertoire. Call & Response creates a dynamic dialogue between the past and present, between performers and composers, and among audiences of all ages. The Cypress Quartet’s annual Call & Response concert has earned a strong West Coast following; the major concert is preceded by performances throughout the Bay Area in community centers, unorthodox spaces, and schools. Since its inception in 2000, Call & Response has reached more than 25,000 Bay Area residents.
As Tsontakis puts it, “The Cypress’ tenacious support of and interest in procuring living music – in the form of living composers – keeps the continued line of concert music both vital and consequential.”
This year, the Cypress will give free, preview performances for the Bay Area community at the Berkeley Public Library on February 27 at 12pm and at the San Francisco Community Music Center on March 1 at 11am. For details visitwww.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/call-response
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8pm
Marines Memorial Theatre | 609 Sutter St. | San Francisco, CA
Preferred Seating: $45 advance/$50 door | General Seating: $35 advance/$40 door | Seniors $20 / Students $15
www.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/call-response or 415.392.4400
Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart.
Created from San Francisco Opera’s performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Advance registration is not required. Seating will be first-come, first-served.
For more information, visit www.sfopera.com/familymovies.
Alex Treger, Music Director of American Youth Symphony
Ukranian-born piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa – heralded for performances of “unexpected depth” (Baltimore Sun) and one of the world’s most watched classical musicians with more than 62 million YouTube views – makes her American Youth Symphony (AYS) debut to perform Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini at the orchestra’s “Springtime in Paris Gala,” which includes a free concert on Sunday, March 9, 2013, 6 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, followed at 8 pm by an optional fundraising soirée and bistro dinner to benefit AYS. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, also conducts Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris, Adam Schoenberg’s Up!, an uplifting fanfare commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and debuted in 2010, and Ravel’s brooding but captivating La Valse. The 106-member American Youth Symphony, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, is attending the post-concert gala as well.
Lisitsa is considered the first classical music “YouTube star” to have converted her Internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. That success, which also includes an exclusive recording contract with Decca, is the direct result of the recognition she received when viewers flocked to the Internet to watch a collection of hundreds of videos of her practicing piano that she posted on YouTube in an effort to jumpstart a once floundering career. Decca and others in the classical music industry took notice of her impassioned playing and extremely large following, which led to the reinvigoration of her career.
“Valentina Lisitsa is a remarkable talent whose playing resonates deeply with both live and YouTube audiences,” says Treger. “We are very pleased to present her in her American Youth Symphony debut.”
AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.
AYS’s 2013/14 season wraps with “The Alumni Project,” where AYS musicians share a stand with celebrated alumni to perform Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale also features gifted young violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster.
Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall, but tickets for the post-concert fundraising gala, which begin at $500 per person, must be reserved in advance. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.