Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. The soloists are Christina Bristow, soprano; Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Composed in a mere 24 days, Handel’s 1741 English-language oratorio continues to be the composer’s most popular work and may be the most performed classical work of all time.
“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon. “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its unparalleled acoustics.”
The Messiah concerts are the last of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December. The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; “Festival of Carols,” December 13, 2 pm; and “Rejoice: A Cappella Christmas,” December 14, 7 pm.
Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except 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.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
The Fire Pink Trio will be in concert, performing music for flute, viola and harp on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 PM at Watson Hall of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.
Repertoire for this On the Edge concert will be Slam Ahead by Don Davis, Divertimento by Paul Hayden (for flute and viola), Tango 99 by Canadian composer Milton Barnes and Trio by Patrick Zimmerli.
Slam Ahead was written by renowned American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator Don Davis. Best known for his work on The Matrix, he has worked on a variety of films, from horror to comedy. Visit him at http://dondavis.net/.
Paul Hayden writes about Divertimento, “The first movement, “Canray’s Dream”, is my little homage to the great Louisiana Creole fiddler, Canray Fontenot. The second movement, “Molto Tranquillo”, is a slow, lyrical movement that uses flute and viola harmonics in the outer sections. The finale, “Cajun Riviera”, make use of some Cajun fiddling techniques along with clashing polyrhythms between the two instruments.” Visit the composer at http://paulhayden.com/index.html.
Acknowledged as one of Canada’s most innovative composers, Milton Barnes’ (1931-2001) prodigious output is performed world-wide by soloists, chamber groups, choruses and symphony orchestras. More about him at http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Milton-Barnes.
Patrick Zimmerli has written about his work, “Like most of what I do, the piece mixes jazz and classical idioms. Formally, with its fast-slow-fast arch, it has much more in common with chamber music of the 18th or 19th century than that of the 20th. But its syncopations, melodic sensibility, and overall emotional tone give it an unmistakably 21st-century sound.” Visit him at http://patrickzimmerli.com/site/.
Tickets for the November 18 event are $18 Regular / $15 Students. For more information, call 336-721-1945 or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/performances/index.htm#!/52592-fire-pink-trio-on-the-edge
The Trio, consisting of Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flutist, Sheila Browne, violist and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harpist, came together in 2008. Each member brings a multitude of accolades including top prizes in international competitions, concerto performances and critically acclaimed recordings. They perform music from Romantic to Contemporary, Latin and Jazz. Fire Pink Trio brings energy, elegance, style and virtuosity to the stage. In addition to recital performances, the Fire Pink Trio offers residencies, master classes, and educational concerts. Their first CD will be released on MSR Classics in January 2015. More about them at http://firepinktrio.com/.
The World Premiere of the revised version of Joel Feigin’s Twelfth Night, an opera in two acts based on the comedy by William Shakespeare, has been rescheduled for performance by the DePaul University Opera Theatre on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM in the University’s Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
Steven Mosteller will conduct this new production, directed by Elizabeth Margolius.
The composer writes about the new work, “Twelfth Night has been a long time in the making. I’ve always loved the play, and already, in 1995, I had set the two songs of the fool, “O Mistress Mine” and “Come away, come away, death”, for baritone, cello and piano. (The first was adapted for the opera; the second was replaced by another setting of the same song.) When, after the success there of my first opera Mysteries of Eleusis, the Opera Studio of the Moscow Sate Conservatory asked me to write another opera, I suggested Twelfth Night and they were delighted. Unfortunately, in the end it proved impossible to present the opera there, but Long Leaf Opera commissioned a chamber orchestra version, which they premiered in 2005.”
The Long Leaf Opera production was praised by the Raleigh News and Observer for “many striking passages, hushed and shimmering for lovers, sparkling and cheeky for the comic figures.” And the Classical Voice of North Carolina summarized their reaction by saying that “Feigin succeeded admirably”. Excerpts from Twelfth Night were presented at the 2003 New York City Opera VOX Workshop (where it was conducted by the company’s music director, George Manahan) as well as at the New Works Presentations at the 2006 Opera America Conference in Seattle.
This performance is free and open to the public. For directions and more information, call 312-362-8000 or visit http://events.depaul.edu/event/depaul_opera_theatre_2750#.VGJl5clz2DQ. More about DePaul Opera Theatre at http://music.depaul.edu/Ensembles/index.asp.
Joel Feigin is a composer whose works have been widely praised for their “very strong impact, as logical in musical design as they are charged with emotion and drama.” (Opera Magazine). His first opera Mysteries of Eleusis was performed at the Moscow Conservatory and the Russian-American Operatic Festival. Commissions include a Fromm Commission for Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, written for Yael Weiss, as well as piano works for Margaret Mills and Leonard Stein, two orchestral works for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and many chamber works. His CDs include the North/South Recordings 2-CD set, Transience, as well as two major piano works performed by Margaret Mills in Meditations and Overtones on Cambria Master Recordings. Feigin’s latest CD, Lament Amid Silence, is on the MSR label (MS1413), and features violist Helen Callus. A Professor of composition at the University of California Santa Barbara, Dr. Feigin studied with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau and with Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School. His website is at http://www.joelfeigin.com.
Known as an extraordinary chamber musician and forceful advocate of new music, Jessica Meyer makes her debut as a daring, sophisticated composer and virtuosic soloist. In Sounds of Being, she evokes a vibrant and visceral energy from the viola while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist.
What: John Zorn’s Cobra
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
When: Saturday, November 29, 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Cost/Info: $35 – $15 / http://roulette.org/events/john-zorns-cobra/
Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents John Zorn’s Cobra, Saturday, November 29th, 8pm. Cobra, a unique composition created by Zorn, is a piece created for multiple improvisors which consists of a system of cues and corresponding rules. Devoid of traditional musical notation, Cobra creates an electrifying environment where the composition can be radically different with each live performance.
This Roulette season highlight event, the 30th anniversary celebration of the highly acclaimed, frequently performed and world traveled composition, will feature Trevor Dunn, bass, Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, Mark Feldman, violin, Erik Friedlander, cello, George Lewis, trombone, Cyro Baptista, percussion, Eyal Maoz, guitar, John Medeski, organ, Ikue Mori, electronics, Marc Ribot, guitar, Kenny Wollesen, drums, John Zorn, prompter.
There will be a pre-concert audience discussion with John Zorn and select musicians.
General Admission tickets are $25 pre-sale, $35 at the door.
Members/students/seniors $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door.
Series Members – $15 Pre-sale, $25 at the door
FREE for All-Access Members
Tickets can be purchased at: http://roulette.org/events/john-zorns-cobra/
Roulette is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of John Zorn‘s Cobra which originally premiered at Roulette in 1984. One of the most often performed compositions in new music, the phenomenon of John Zorn’s Cobra lives on into the 21st Century with continuous monthly performances in Japan, Europe, Australia and the United States. Under the direction of the composer himself this newest performance gives Zorn’s infamous game piece a startling new reading by some of downtown New York’s leading improvisers. Cobra is never really Cobra without Zorn himself at the helm—and here the music takes some surprising turns that even he never expected. A 21st Century update of a 20th Century classic.. Zorn has said of Cobra “deliberately chosen not to publish (or even write down) the rules”.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county – presents its popular annual Winter Concert, celebrating American song, on two consecutive Sundays, December 7 and 14, 2014, 7:30 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The program features works by a number of eminent American composers, including Let every breath, a round in the shape note tradition by William Billings, considered the country’s first choral composer; Aaron Copland’s popular Ching-a-ring Chaw; A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives, one of the nation’s first composers to gain international acclaim; and Knee Play 5 from legendary minimalist composer Philip Glass’s groundbreaking 1967 opera “Einstein on the Beach,” universally hailed as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century. LACC also spotlights works by several Los Angeles-based composers, Nick Strimple’s A Christmas Lullaby, Wayne Bisbee’s A Cuckoo Flew Out of the Wood, David Montoya’s I Heard a Bird Sing, and L’Dor vador by former cantor Meir Finkelstein, among them. Additional highlights include Florida-based David Brunner’s Chauntecleere, based on a poem by William Austin; Be Like the Bird, a haunting round by Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic”; Carol of the Field Mice by the Bay Area’s Brian Holmes, set to the poem “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame; and Spanish Ave Maria by Henry Mollicone, who also hails from the Bay Area.
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy 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.
The critically-acclaimed American Chamber Ensemble will present a concert of music by their Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Russ on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St. (between Columbus Avenue & Broadway) in Manhattan.
This concert will feature the World Premieres of Quintet for piano, two clarinets, violin and cello, Eat Your Vegetables for solo clarinet, and House for violin and piano. Other works performed include the U.S. premiere of Koch-aine for piano, violin, and cello, Through the Window for soprano, cello and piano, and Double Clarinet Sonata for two clarinets and piano. Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano will also be presented.
Performers will be clarinetist Naomi Drucker, pianist Marilyn Lehman, with soprano Karen Lehman DiMartino, violinist Eriko Sato and cellist Laurinel Owen. Guest Artist will be clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Special guest will be composer Jonathan Russ. More about him at http://www.jonathanrussmusic.com/bio/.
More about the performance at https://www.facebook.com/events/297180627155939/.
Suggested donation for the November 16 event is $20. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928156.
For the latest American Chamber Ensemble concert listings, updates and information, log on to http://americanchamberensemble.com/. Follow ACE on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Chamber-Ensemble/150032171984.
On November 16 at 2:30 PM at the St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, the Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s 35-minute chamber orchestra score to the 1906 Alice Guy-Blaché silent film, The Birth, Life and Death of Christ (La naissance, la vie et la mort du Christ) will be given. This original score is for a chamber orchestra of thirteen musicians. The program will be performed live, accompanying the film screening, with Dr. James Richards conducting.
Alice Guy-Blaché was the first woman to direct a motion picture. Born in Paris in 1873, Guy-Blaché was hired as a secretary by Léon Gaumont in 1894, but when he established the Gaumont Film Company two years later, she became the studio’s head of production. Over a 25-year career, Guy-Blaché was responsible for more than 700 works.
For more about the November 16 screening, visit http://cinemastlouis.org/tribute-alice-guy-blach%C3%A9.
MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s critically acclaimed Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (MS1252) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Music, Volume 2 (MS1519), again with the London Philharmonic. The latter CD, conducted by David Angus, is the ninth in a series that showcases World Premiere Recordings of Barbara Harbach’s compositions. For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit http://www.msrcd.com/. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.
The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present Young Composers Concert, the first event of their 2014-15 concert season on Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 PM at Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th St. (btw Broadway and Amsterdam) in Manhattan. This event is co-sponsored by Merkin Concert Hall.
10 Commissions – 10 World Premieres. NYVS has commissioned these recent ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients – Eleanor Bragg, Phillip Golub, Andrew Hsu, Tengku Irfan, Sidarth Jayadev, Molly Joyce, Michael Parsons, Gabriella Smith, Conrad Tao and Jonas Tarm – for their very first compositions for mixed choir. Many of today’s leading composers are recipients of this award. With Brent Funderburk, piano.
This concert is presented in memory of composer Stephen Paulus.
Tickets for the November 15 concert are $25/$20 students/seniors. For tickets or more information, call Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center at 212-501-3330 or visit http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-virtuoso-singers.
All New York Virtuoso Singers Merkin Concert Hall events are ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.
More about the Virtuoso Singers at http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/aboutus.htm. Join their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-York-Virtuoso-Singers/130509011774.
Music of the Americas is thrilled to present São Paulo-based new music group Camerata Aberta for the third time in concert at Americas Society featuring new pieces by Brazilian composers. Their debut album Espelho D’Água (Reflecting Pool, SESC, 2012) won “Prêmio Bravo!” in the Best Classical Music CD category.
|Luis Afonso Montanha
About the ensemble
Made up of sixteen professors from the Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo – Tom Jobim, Camerata Aberta is dedicated to twentieth- and twenty-first-century repertoire. They are committed to not only Brazilian contemporary music but also the perpetuation of newly composed works and the performance of standard contemporary repertoire. The ensemble has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Sala Cecilia Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and the Campos do Jordao Festival. In 2010, they were awarded the APCA prize for excellence in contemporary music.
Admission: FREE for Americas Society Members; $20 for non-members. No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online. $10 student tickets will be available for purchase at the door with ID on the night of the performance.
For more information, visit the event webpage: http://www.as-coa.org/events/concert-brazils-camerata-aberta
Image Courtesy of Heloísa Bortz