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Meira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for Shofar, Trombone and Orchestra, will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today on Friday, September 6 on public radio stations across the United States.
This will be Tekeeyah‘s second broadcast on Performance Today, this time from a live concert performance. More about this broadcast and Performance Today at http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/.
The broadcast features Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic, with shofar/trombone soloist Haim Avitsur. Tekeeyah will also be available online for 1 week after the initial broadcast at http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/.
You can see an excerpt of the piece on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMpafcGqufg. More excerpts can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/meira1949/videos?view=0.
Read Ms. Warshauer’s complete program notes and other articles about the piece at http://meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/compositions.html.
Shofar and trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur has premiered over 60 new pieces encompassing a broad range of styles from solo trombone to chamber music and orchestra. Visit him at http://www.haimavitsur.com/.
Meira Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes and their universal message and her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. The Navona label has released a CD (NV5842) featuring her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. More about the CD at http://www.meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/breathing_earth.html. Her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.
by Anne Akiko Meyers
Last March, I lost my beloved grandmother…. as I was incredibly pregnant with my second daughter, there was no way I could get on a plane to go to her funeral in Japan. It really hurt me deeply knowing that I could not see her face, kiss her cheek and hold her hand one last time. I was waiting to give birth to my beautiful, healthy 7 pound butterball named Hanako-chan (flower girl).
As I practice Vivaldi these days, I think of this and how Vivaldi died the very year that Guarneri del Gesu made one of his finest violins ever, the Vieuxtemps GDG, that I currently play on. It seems when a soul passes, a new one emerges and takes flight. Practicing the Vivaldi, I cannot believe the amount of joy, happiness and poetry that’s in the music. And likewise, I cannot believe the beauty of the Guarneri. What must have gone through that genius’ mind when he was creating it and what was in the genius soul of Vivaldi, the day he was put to rest…..
Pianist Haskell Small is featured in a new Washington Conservatory video from the TEDMED 2013 conference, held this past April at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. First to appear onstage in a group of 12 Conservatory faculty pianists who performed Monti’s Czardas together on one piano, Mr. Small created the transcription and organizational structure, along with Conservatory Director Kathy Judd, for the performance.
You can also see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS9SdWBzy6Q and visit the webpage at http://www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=103843. More about TEDMED at http://www.tedmed.com/.
Haskell Small has recorded for Naxos, MSR Classics, Museum Music, Orion, Northeastern, Ongaku, Centaur, 4Tay, Albany and Klavier. In recent seasons, Mr. Small has made several tours of Japan and Germany and performed piano recitals in New York, Paris and London. In the next few years, Small will be furthering his fascination with music that is primarily quiet, spacious, and of a mystical nature with a series of concerts in a number of cities that will feature solo and chamber works by himself and other composers. Performances have already been set in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and at Houston’s Rothko Chapel. You can see his videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/haskellsmall.
For more information about Haskell Small, visit his website – http://www.haskellsmall.com/
The North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiere works by Zosha Di Castri, Daniel Kessner, Mei Fang Lin and Jonathan Russell on Thursday June 6 at 8 PM.
Composer Richard Brooks will present The Other Schoenberg, a talk about the life and work of composer Georg Schoenberg, on Wednesday, February 13 at 3:00 PM as part of the Society of Composer’s Inc. National Conference at The Ohio State University School of Music in Columbus.
Georg Schoenberg (1906-74), was the Austrian-born son of Arnold Schoenberg and his first wife, Mathilde von Zemlinsky. He is the composer of the 1959 autobiographical cantata Mein Lebenslauf. Video artist Nancy Bogen has created a video to accompany the music, which can be seen at https://vimeo.com/57700758.
Mein Lebenslauf was never performed in Georg Schoenberg’s lifetime. The piece only existed in a piano-vocal score, so Ms. Bogen had Richard Brooks arrange it for vocal quartet and Pierrot Lunaire instrumental ensemble. Full texts of this work in the original German and English translation and more about Georg Schoenberg at http://schoenbergseuropeanfamily.org/.
For more information about the Society of Composer’s Inc. National Conference, visit http://sci2013.weebly.com/event-schedule.html.
Visit Richard Brooks at http://www.richardbrooksmusic.com/index.html.
Composers must be age 35 or under on January 1 of the present year.
Compositions may be for any instrumentation or length (from solo to full ensemble) that draw upon the Juventas core instrumentation: flute (including piccolo & alto flute), clarinet (including Eb, Bb, and bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion.
For more information, please email Juventas at Info@juventasmusic.com
Application available at www.juventasmusic.com/call-for-scores
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to the Music Guild for an exciting and varied program. Ariana Ghez, Principal Oboe of the LA Phil will be joined by members of the string section. Come hear three centuries of beautiful chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven, Britten, Arthur Bliss and Ennio Morricone.
• Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” (title theme from “The Mission”)
• Benjamin Britten’s Opus 2 Phantasy Quartet
• Arthur Bliss’s Oboe Quintet
• Beethoven’s “Eyeglasses” Duo for Viola and Cello
• Haydn’s “Rider” Quartet
• Ariana Ghez, oboe
• Johnny Lee and Jin Shan-Dai, violin
• Dana Hansen, viola and piano
• Jason Lippman, cello
Visit Catherine Manoukian’s blog to read about her recent recording session with the Staatskapelle Weimar for her next album, which will feature several pieces by Edward Elgar. See below for an excerpt…
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Patricia Caicedo, one of the leading interpreters of the Latin American Art Song repertoire, will present her only New York recital of the season on May 2.
The free-admission concert sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc. will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St, Manhattan). It will commence at 8 PM.
The multi-lingual program will include songs in Catalan, Spanish, Nahautl (the language of the Aztecs), Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Portuguese. Ms. Caicedo will sing songs by among others, Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Salvador Moreno and Sivestre Revueltas; Peruvian composer Theodoro Valcarcel; Colombian composer Jaime Leon; Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera; Catalan composer Edmund Toldra; and Brazilian composers Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Caicedo has resided in Barcelona, Spain for more than 10 years where she is active as both performer and musicologist. She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song, held during the summer and now entering its 6th edition.
Her books The Latin American Art Song: A Critical Anthology and Interpretative Resource for Singers (Ediciones Tritó, 2005) and The Colombian Art Song – Jaime Leon: Analysis and Compilation of his works for voice and piano Vol. 1 & 2 (Mundo Arts Publications, 2009) have become reference books in the field of vocal pedagogy.
She has performed throughout Europe and Latin America and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous American universities.
Her acclaimed albums include: De mi corazón latino – Latin Songs of All time (Mundo Arts, 2010), A mi ciudad Nativa – To My Native City (Mundo Arts, 2005), Lied: Art songs of Latin America (Albert Moraleda, 2001) and La Felicidad, recorded with the Banda Sinfónica Santafé de Bogotá in 1997.
Ms. Caicedo will be accompanied at the piano by the versatile Max Lifchitz. Born in Mexico City. Lifchitz has resided in New York City since 1966 and has appeared on concert stages throughout Latin America, Europe and the US. He has released 9 solo piano albums and appears as conductor and collaborative artists in many more.
Ms. Caicedo will be available for interviews and media events while in New York City. She may be contacted through the North/South Consonance office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about North/South Consonance’s concerts please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org