Beth Anderson’s Greta Garbo’s Waltz for solo piano will be presented with original choreography by Nicole Bugge on Sunday, July 13 – 1:00 PM at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, 51 East 74th St, in New York, NY. This will be part of The Composer’s Voice Concert Series, in collaboration with Vox Novus and Jan Hus Church.
Greta Garbo’s Waltz is a new work, created specifically for this event and performed by the composer.
This Mad Circle Concert includes works from a unique set of composers, which also includes Gary Edwards, Gerardo Gerulewicz, Petri Kuljuntausta, David Morneau, Larry Matthew Gaab, David Jason Snow, and Gay Pearson. The performance also features the work of choreographers Nicole Bugge, Callie Hatchet, Betty Skeen, Maxx Passion, Natalie Kolbo, Jennifer Roit, Carson Reiners, and Nicole Spinelli.
This concert will be curated and directed by Erin Bomboy and Callie Hatchett.
The July 13 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 917-575-2617 or visit http://janhus.org/.
July 13 will also bring a performance of Ms. Anderson’s Kilkenney Cats by soprano Françoise Vanhecke at Spitalkirche in Baden-Baden, Germany as part of her song recital. Music by John Cage, Satie, Klaus Berger, Irma Bilbao and others will also be featured. Kilkenney Cats is part of the composers’ Cat Songs cycle.
MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434 – World Premiere recordings of 11 works. Other recent releases are recordings by Nancy Boston of September Swale as part of American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music and Aleksandra Maslovaric’s recordings of Belgian Tango and Tales #1 & #3 for violin and piano on Feminae in Musica. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.
The World Premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont’s The River, from her Pure, Cool (Water) will be presented by The Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Music Director and Conductor, on Saturday. July 12 – 7:30 PM at the Missouri Theater, 203 South 9th Street in Columbia, Missouri. This will be part of their Orchestral Fireworks concert.
The River was composed in 2012-2013 and is another in a long line of Zaimont pieces for various forces which celebrate the wonders of the natural world. The 13-minute tone poem is for full orchestra and features some novel touches of coloration, such as a tuned crystal bell in G capping its quiet close. The work’s motto is drawn from the word “water”, expressed as a rising or falling small interval or a single pitch repeated in that rhythm, and heard in the very first notes in the basses (where the current begins) supporting the opening trombone melody. Flowing music surrounds an up-tempo scherzo mid-section, all in a constant current periodically welling up and then subsiding in unending cycle.
The River also serves as the first of five movements comprising an entire hour-long symphony – Pure, Cool (Water) – exploring the varieties of water in its several naturally-occurring states. This symphony, the composer’s fourth, was commissioned retrospectively by The Sorel Organization as part of honoring Ms. Zaimont with its 2014 Commissioned Composer award.
Also on the program are Debussy’s La Mer, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor, with soloist Erin Schreiber and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.
Tickets are $11.50 to $28 and may be purchased by calling 573-882-3781 or by visiting http://mosymphonysociety.org/.
Internationally known conductor, recording artist and teacher Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s concert halls. Maestro Trevor became Music Director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Much more about him at http://mosymphonysociety.org/kirk-trevor/.
Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her music’s distinctive style, characterized by emotion, expressive strength and dynamism. In both orchestral and choral works, her creation of inventive and widely varied colors and textures is repeatedly cited. A 2003 Aaron Copland Award winner and 2012 winner of Tempus Continuum and Third Millennium ensemble prize and an American Prize in Orchestral Composition, she has enjoyed a distinguished career as composer of over 120 works with performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Berlin and Czech Radio symphonies, Camerata Bern and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra. Her principal publishers are Subito Music (http://www.subitomusic.com/), Galaxy/ ECS, Jeanné, Lauren Keiser Music Publishing and Vivace. She is creator and editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed book series The Musical Woman: An International Perspective. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at http://www.jzaimont.com/.
Dan Locklair’s Constellations - A Concerto for Organ and One Percussion Player, will be performed by organist Peggy Haas Howell and percussionist Kevin Super on Wednesday, July 9 – 7:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Elmwood Avenue, off Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, Virginia. This will be part of A Star-Spangled Recital.
The composer writes, “A concerto for organ and one percussion player, Constellations was completed in November of 1980 and was composed for percussionist Joe Roma, to whom it is dedicated. The piece explores two of the most potent musical sound sources: percussion and the pipe organ. Constellations‘ four movements are named after stellar constellations – 1. Caput serpentis (The Serpent Head), 2. Cygnus (The Swan), 3. Pegasus (The Winged Horse) and 4. Cauda serpentis (The Serpent Tail).” More about the piece at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/organ/constellations.
St. John’s Organist and Choirmaster Peggy Haas Howell will also play patriotic works by Dudley Buck, James Hewitt, and Charles Ives as well as “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.
The July 9 event is free and open to the public, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call 434-528-1138 or visit http://www.stjohnslynchburg.org/.
MSR Classics has issued Tapestries – The Choral Music of Dan Locklair (MS 1463), a 2-CD set featuring 15 of the composers’ finest choral works in performances by the Bel Canto Company, conducted by David Pegg and The Choral Arts Society, led by Robert Russell. Much more about the release at http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1463. Other recordings of his works are available on Naxos, Ondine, Koch, Albany, Loft, Priory (UK) and other labels. His primary publishers are Ricordi and Subito. Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.
Lawrence Dillon’s String Quartet No. 4: The Infinite Sphere will be presented by the Cassatt Quartet in four Maine locations this week – Wednesday, July 9 at the New Era Gallery, Vinalhaven Island as part of the Seal Bay Festival, Thursday, July 10 at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, again as part of the Seal Bay Festival, Friday, July 11 at the Atlantic Music Festival at Lorimer Chapel, Colby College in Waterville and Saturday, July 12 at The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, also as part of the Seal Bay Festival.
Taking 17th-century philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal’s reference to an “infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere” as a starting point, String Quartet No. 4: The Infinite Sphere taps the potentials of Classical circular forms and techniques – in particular rondo form and canonical rounds – to explore the expressive tension between the coherence of the sphere and the chaos of infinity. The piece was commissioned by the Daedalus Quartet and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and is part of the composer’s Invisible Cities String Quartet Cycle. More about it at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/the-infinite-sphere.php.
Also on the programs are works by Daniel S. Godfrey and Bruce Adolphe.
More about the July 9, 10 and 12 events at 207-863-2230 or http://www.sealbayfestival.org/. More about the July 11 performance at http://www.colby.edu/.
Visit the Cassatt Quartet at http://www.cassattquartet.com/.
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/.
Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau to second oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). The 2014-15 season will mark her first full LACO season with LACO, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, which begins its 46th season in September 2014.
“All of us at LACO are absolutely delighted to welcome Claire to the orchestra,” says Kahane. “She is a superb musician, has a wonderful command of her instrument, and is a strong presence in the woodwind section.”
Among numerous credits, Brazeau, an oboist and English horn player, participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, an intensive three-week long orchestral and chamber music festival devoted to the performance of contemporary music led by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the 2012-13 season, she served as principal oboe in Victor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser Von Atlantis in New York City with new music chamber group Le Train Bleu, in collaboration with Opera Moderne. During the 2011-12 season, Brazeau served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. During her residency in Rome, her engagements included a self-curated concert sponsored by the US Embassy and Roma Tre University, a solo concert for the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Stem Cell Research Conference at the historic Villa Aurora and the collaboration and premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. Brazeau has performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; Santa Barbara, Pasadena and Los Angeles Jewish symphonies; Long Beach Opera; Los Angeles Bach Festival; American Youth Orchestra; and was the principal oboe of the Young Musicians Federation Debut Symphony in 2010-11. She has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Berkshire Bach Society and Commonwealth Opera Company. Brazeau graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance and a BM in Oboe Performance. She received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School in May 2014.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2014-15 music season, which Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 18th and LACO’s 46th. Kahane has programmed a mix of seminal masterpieces and enthralling premieres designed to showcase LACO’s exceptional artistry and a dynamic roster of guest artists both celebrated and rising, with the maestro conducting four of seven orchestral concerts from the podium or keyboard on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both conductor and harpsichordist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” continues at the 344-seat, state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs, which link music to disparate aspects of our culture.
Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series are two world premieres that bookend the season, which opens with a world premiere by Australian composer Cameron Patrick paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on September 20 and 21, 2014, and concludes on May 16 and 17, 2015, with a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, who assumes in the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at USC in the fall. Hearne’s new work is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.
Additionally, the Orchestra presents the West Coast premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes on April 18 and 19, 2015, and the Los Angeles premiere of the Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, on November 15 and 16, 2014, a program which also features Kahane performing and conducting from the keyboard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
LACO showcases Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd on October 18 and 19, 2014, with Boyd, who makes his LACO debut, also conducting Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and At First Light I by George Benjamin.
Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis, also making her LACO debut, does double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) on January 24 and 25, 2015.
Another multi-talented artist and LACO favorite, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and has recently refocused on his career as a violinist, joins the Orchestra as soloist to perform Prokofiev’s athletic Violin Concerto No. 2, on March 14 and 15, 2015. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, in its first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game.”
Both making their LACO debuts, “exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 18 and 19, 2015. In addition, the rising conductor helms Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”
To conclude the season, Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, led by Kahane, who also conducts the Hearne world premiere and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”
LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, a crowning musical statement left unfinished at the time of the composer’s untimely death.
Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman are among the artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. LACO repeats the concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, in its first appearance at the Northridge Center.
Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at New Roads School, features a thought-provoking exploration this season of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert, chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.
Experimental classical music ensemble wild Up begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.
The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.
For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.
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Dan Locklair’s In Memory – H.H.L. for organ will receive its World Premiere performance by the composer on Sunday, June 29 – 7:00 PM at Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller St. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program is part of the Sounds of the Summer concert series.
Mr. Locklair will also perform Celebration (Variations for Organ) and Dance the Joy! (Toccata for Organ). The program will be performed on the church’s Reuter Organ, Op.2219, 2003. Other performers on the June 29 program are Norris Norwood and Regina Pozzi.
Locklair writes, “In Memory – H.H.L., for string orchestra was composed in late Summer 2005. In February 2014, this organ solo version of the piece was created. In Memory – H.H.L. bears the following dedication: In loving memory of my mother, Hester Helms Locklair (1918-2005). The primary musical material for this short, single movement elegiac composition comes from the plagal cadence (IV-I). Since this cadence is often associated with the close of hymns on the word “amen,” it has often been referred to as “the amen cadence.” The finality of the word “amen” seemed to me a most appropriate symbol of musical remembrance for the finality of my mother’s earthly life.”
Conductor Kirk Trevor has said about the orchestral version of the work, “After the first read-through of In Memory – H.H.L. I realized we had found a worthy successor to the Barber Adagio… After recording it, I was even more convinced that [the work] has a real place in the standard…literature.”
In Memory – H.H.L. for string orchestra has been recorded for Naxos by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirk Trevor (Naxos, American Classics, 8.559337 – Dan Locklair: Symphony of Seasons). The organ solo version is published and available through music dealers and the Subito Music Store – http://store.subitomusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6745&zenid=1381819234d900de3d1fe06921aade5d.
The June 29 event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/650098615039767/.
Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.
The Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will present H2O – Water in All Its Forms on Friday, June 27 – 7:30 PM at The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The concert is part of the NJ on Shuffle Concert Series.
The Virtuosi will perform Gary Schocker’s Rain, Donald Reid Womack’s Aina (commissioned by PV), David Sampson’s Undercurrents Redux (also commissioned by PV), Debussy’s The Sunken Cathedral, Handel’s Water Music, Scott Joplin’s The Cascades, Koehler’s Snowflakes, Aubin’s Calme de la Mer and other works.
The June 27 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 732-634-0413 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barron-Arts-Center/182684507691.
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/.
A concert including Meira Warshauer’s Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) for two bass clarinets will be performed by William Hayter and accompanying musicians on Thursday, June 26 – 8:00 PM at the Eduard Flipse Zaal, Concertgebouw Der Doelen in Rotterdam, Holland.
The composer writes about the work, “Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) for two bass clarinets is a response to the troubled relationship between the descendants of half-brothers Yitzchak and Yishmael (sons of Abraham), now Israelis and Palestinians. Written in Fall, 2000, the piece roils with the conflict between the two peoples, expressing both intense animosity and common identification.” Read her complete notes at http://www.meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/Program_notes/Brothers_Dwell_notes.html.
The program will also include music by John Rimmer, Stefan Huecke, Ivana Loudova and an arrangement of San Antonio Rose by Rob van Bavel.
Visit William Hayter at https://www.facebook.com/wmhayter.
The June 26 concert is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.dedoelen.nl/nl/concerten/.
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. The most recent Tekeeyah consortium performances were with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, conductor. Albany Records had previously released her acclaimed Streams in the Desert disk of Torah-based choral/orchestral works. Warshauer’s music is published by Hildegard, Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.
This summer, for the fourth year, The Noguchi Museum is partnering with Bang on a Can on an innovative performance series held in the Museum’s celebrated sculpture garden.
Bang on Ja-Pan will feature music by contemporary Japanese composers Dai Fujikura, Toru Takemitsu, and Somei Satoh, performed by flutists Kelli Kathmann and Jessica Schmitz, and singer Daisy Press, all alumni of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.
Bang on a Can
Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers; performs, presents, and records new work; develops new audiences; and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. For more information, visit www.bangonacan.org
The Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum occupies a renovated industrial building dating from the 1920s. The first museum in America to be founded by a living artist to show his or her work, the Museum comprises ten indoor galleries and an internationally acclaimed outdoor sculpture garden. It exhibits a comprehensive selection of the artist’s works in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and his Akari Light Sculptures. Thought-provoking and frequently changing installations of the permanent collection together with the Museum’s diverse special exhibitions offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s work and illuminate his influential legacy of innovation.
Sunday July 13, 2014 from 3 to 4 p.m.
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, New York
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, free for children ages 12 and under and for all New York City public high school students.