Launching its 30th Anniversary Season and celebrating one of its own, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents rising opera star/noted alumna Lauren Libaw (’05) in recital on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall. Libaw, a soprano praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker), performs an array of art songs and arias with accompanist Dan Schlosberg, and also sings Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” from the Vespers, considered one of the most beautiful arias ever written, with members of LACC’s Chamber Singers. The audience is invited to a post-performance reception with Libaw. Proceeds benefit LACC.
Libaw’s recent engagements include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi for Lidal North at the Norwegian National Opera, The Messiah for the Paris Choral Society and recitals in Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Florence, London, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. She made her professional debut at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels and has sung at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she sang leading roles and won the university’s concerto and recital competitions, the Selden, Blake and Bach academic prizes and the Sudler Prize for the Arts. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater Center, the Atélier Lyrique Opéra Fuoco in Paris, the Accademia Lirica di Canto Simone Alaimo in Palermo, the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Libaw is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music, London.
Tickets are $30; $15 children 17 and under. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Zipper Hall is located at The Colburn School at 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
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Queensboro Symphony Orchestra “KING OF THE MASK” world premier! 9/27
NYC Classical Sensation the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra will open their 2015-16 season on Sunday, September 27th at 7pm in grand style at Flushing’s exquisite Mary’s Nativity Church.
Hear the Music!
Acclaimed maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the world premier of Paul Joseph’s symphonic fantasy “The King of the Mask.”
See the Artwork!
This multidisciplinary extravaganza is the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes.
Meet the Artists!
Also on the program will be the New York premier of James Cohn’s Symphony #4. Two premiers by living Queens, N.Y. composers!
Experience the grand illusion!
Date & Time:
Sunday, September 27th at 7pm
Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, NY 11355, (718) 359-5996, 7 train, Q27, Q65 stops 2 blocks away (near Hospital)
Driving: Take LIE to Exit 24, head north on Kissena Blvd., right onto Rose Ave., left onto Parsons Blvd, church on left. Parking lot on Jasmine Ave., handicapped entrance on Holly Ave.
Facebook event: https://goo.gl/Xh66FO
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Thurs, Nov 12 at 7:30pm; Sat, Nov 14 at 2:00pm
St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea: 346 West 20th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
$35 preferred, $30 general admission and $20 students/seniors in advance
($45, $40 and $25 at the door). Active military w/ I.D. – Free
tickets: 866-811-4111 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/950213
info: 212-260-1796 or ChelseaOpera@aol.com
Chelsea Opera revives its 2010 production of Glory Denied, an opera by composer/librettist Tom Cipullo, based on the oral biography of Tom Philpott, tell the true story of the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, Colonel Jim Thompson. During nine years of captivity in Vietnam, he endured unspeakable horrors. He returned home to his wife and life in America, both of which had moved on, leaving him alone and disillusioned. The opera is sung by the younger and older versions of the two characters, Col. Thompson and his wife, Alyce.
Kate Oberjat, Younger Alyce
Martha Guth, Older Alyce
Brandon Snook, Younger Thompson
Peter Kendall Clark, Older Thompson
accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra
Carmine Aufiero, guest conductor
Lynne Hayden-Findlay, stage director/costume design
Leonarda Priore, properties design
Michael Megliola, lighting design
Connor R. Munion, set design based on the original by Sean Tribble
Andrea Calabrese, make up, hair and wig design
Benjamin Grow, Assistant Conductor
Samuel McCoy, music director
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Los Angeles Master Chorale season opening gala evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, October 16, 2011
(Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, opens the 2015-16 season, its 52nd, with “The Russian Evolution,” a program of sublime Russian choral works grand and intimate, including the West Coast premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s seminal The Canticle of the Sun, “a glorious sonic cloudburst” (New Zealand Herald) based on the nature-centric writings of St. Francis of Assisi and composed for chamber choir, percussion and virtuoso cello, featuring the LA Philharmonic’s celebrated principal cellist Robert deMaine, on Saturday, September 26, 2 pm, and Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Gershon contrasts Gubaidulina’s ethereal piece and unleashes the full power of the Chorale’s 120 voices with lush, harmonic, a cappella music composed for large choirs, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil and Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Grechaninov’s Cherubic Hymn and Passion Week as well as Andrei Ilyashenko’s We Should Choose to Love Silence.
Gubaidulina wrote The Canticle of the Sun in 1997 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of virtuosic cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered it in 1998. Paying tribute to “the cellist’s famously sunny disposition” (All Music), Gubaidulina says she made “the choral part very restrained, even secretive, putting all the expression in the hands of the cellist and percussionists.” Gershon describes Gubaidulina, who grew up impoverished during the Soviet era but found refuge in nature and her deeply held spiritualism, as a “mystic who marches to her own drummer, composing deep and profound music.”
Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office 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.
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Composer Derrick Spiva
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) launches its 2015-16 season with celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works seminal and new, featuring the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work by rising Los Angeles-based composer Derrick Spiva, and the highly anticipated West Coast debut of violinist Michael Barenboim, son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, on Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian), performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Spiva, whose work is influenced by Ghanaian polyrhythms and traditional West African drumming, is Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence. Rounding out the program is Schubert’s iconic Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished.”
Barenboim, among the most versatile and exciting artists of his generation, has earned accolades from critics and audiences around the globe for his commanding performances. He has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.
Spiva’s conducting, composing and teaching style reflect the multicultural atmosphere of Los Angeles, where he lives and works. While earning a B.A. and M.F.A at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, respectively, he began integrating world music across many cultures into his musical vocabulary. His musical compositions aim to break down the boundaries between musical genres, using integrative composition techniques that seek common ground between different musical traditions. Spiva is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, instructor for the Community Arts Partnership program at CalArts and conductor for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra.
The residency of Derrick Spiva is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Kahane discusses with Spiva the inspiration and creation of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps and features a short demonstration by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers as well as entertainment by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and 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. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.
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Alexander Treger, YASO Artistic Director
Los Angeles has gained an exciting addition to its classical music scene with the formation of the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO) led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, noted conductor, music educator and former Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The new orchestra, whose mission is to champion, train, mentor and inspire the next generation of outstanding young musicians for professional careers in classical music, launches its inaugural 2015-16 season with four concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the orchestra’s home venue, including an opening night celebratory concert featuring Mahler’s seminal Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection,” hailed as “one of the musical touchstones of our time” (The New York Times), on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7 pm.
“I am extremely proud to serve as the Artistic Director of this remarkable new orchestra,” says Treger. “I am passionate about working with exceptional young musicians on the threshold of their professional careers, and Young Artists Symphony Orchestra will serve a vital role in training the next generation of artists while enriching the community with a series of compelling live concerts presented free to the public at Royce Hall.”
Treger, whose conducting has been hailed as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner), previously served as Music Director of the American Youth Symphony for 17 years. He has been recognized as a “gifted teacher” (Lancer Radio) and applauded for leading “exciting, exuberant performances…that allow the spirited excitement of the players to shine through” (Out West Arts).
“We are very excited to have developed a dedicated team and established a strong infrastructure that has enabled the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra to come to fruition and will foster its success in the years to come,” states YASO Chair Ellen Whittier. “It is truly extraordinary to have an artist of the caliber of Maestro Treger serve as Artistic Director. He is a stellar conductor, violinist and teacher who brings to the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra a wealth of professional experience and leadership. We are deeply honored to have him at the orchestra’s artistic helm.”
The orchestra, comprised of dedicated young artists ages 15 to 26 and drawn from a variety of schools and conservatories around the Southland, adheres to the high standards and protocols of professional orchestras, providing the orchestra members with the same type of experiences they will encounter as professional artists. YASO members, who received a generous stipend for their services, are selected through a rigorous audition process. They perform key works that are an essential part of the core orchestral repertoire and are held to extremely rigorous standards since many of its members will be auditioning directly into professional ensembles.
“Our artists have honed their instrumental skills for years,” states Treger. “But it is also essential for them to have practical experience in an orchestral setting. Our goal is to prepare YASO musicians in a focused and supportive environment for the challenges and rigors of ensemble performance of the highest echelon.”
In addition to the inaugural concert on October 11, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra 2015-16 season includes performances on Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 28, 2016, and Saturday, April 23, 2016, with such featured repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances.
In addition to Whittier, YASO board members include Ethan Brown, the founder of Brown, Neri & Smith LLP, a boutique law firm focused on business litigation, and Amjad Khan, a partner at the law firm. The YASO advisory committee includes esteemed cellist Ronald Leonard and internationally recognized pianist Norman Krieger. Henry Shin is Associate Conductor.
Young Artists Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by the Whittier Educational Foundation, established in 2000 by Ron and Ellen Whittier to support the training and development of young people, leading them to successful professional careers.
For information on Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, including its audition details and concert schedule, please visit YASOLA.org or call (310) 593-9890.
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Machine Language – Bob Belden’s Last Recording
Recorded over three days in the autumn of 2014 at Bill Laswell’s Orange Studios in New Jersey, mixed by James Dellatacoma and mastered by Mike Fossenkemper, Machine Language is the last and possibly most ambitious work by American composer, orchestrator, arranger, saxophonist and all-round conceptualizer Bob Belden with his historical group Animation. Belden died on May 20th this year.
Machine Language is a cyberpunk “opera,” an attempt to answer the question:
“Can a machine have an imagination?”
In order to realize his vision, Bob Belden enlisted Bill Laswell on electric bass and renowned jazz singer Kurt Elling, who acts as narrator. As for the previous album by Animation, Transparent Heart, also released on RareNoiseRecords in 2012, the lineup also comprises Peter Clagett on electrified trumpet, Roberto Verastegui on keyboards and Matt Young on drums.
Machine Language draws inspiration from multiple literary sources (e.g. Philip K. Dick, Iain M. Banks), visual sources (Kubrick’s “2001 Space Odyssey”) and musical sources (Miles Davis’ “Get Up With It,” “Big Fun” and “In A Silent Way”). Belden’s work translates them into a musical weave – electric Jazz, ambient sound, drum’n bass grooves, accompanied with a text addressing the evolution and relationship between the human mind (“The Human Machine”) and the emergent artificial mind (“The Pure Machine”). The arc of the album is developed over 12 compositions, beginning with “Child’s Dream” and ending with “Machine’s Dream.” The dialectic remains unresolved; in Belden’s world, the only constant is the universal power of imagination, which transcends all distinctions.
1. A Child’s Dream
2. Machine Language
4. Consistent Imperfection
5. Soul Of A Machine
6. Genesis Code
7. Evolved Virtual Entity
9. The Evolution Of Machine Culture
10. Dark Matter
12. A Machine’s Dream
Bob Belden’s Animation performed in Tehran, Iran, this year as the first U.S. band since 1979. Among other distinguished publications, the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and NEW YORK TIMES reported extensively.
Bob Belden – Sax/Flute
Peter Clagett – Trumpet
Roberto Verastegui – Keyboards
Bill Laswell – Electric Bass
Matt Young – Drums
Kurt Elling – Spoken Word
AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 AND THROUGH WWW.RARENOISERECORDS.COM AS CD DIGIPACK, DOUBLE VINYL 180 GMS AND MULTIPLE DIGITAL FORMATS.
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True Concord Voices & Orchestra™ was founded in 2004 as Tucson Chamber Artists. True Concord draws upon the first rank of professional choral and instrumental musicians from around the United States in service of its artistic mission: to enrich lives through the transformational power of classical music. It accomplishes this primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America. The ensemble is making its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on September 11 with Mozart’s Requiem and Stephen Paulus’s Prayers and Remembrances, which it commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The group makes its international debut with release the same day of its album, Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, on the Reference Recordings label. With the New York performance and album, True Concord seeks to bring together hearts from Tucson with those from New York and around the world through the power of music by two towering and beloved composers.
The performance: http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/true-concord-voices-orchestra
About True Concord and the Reference Recordings release:
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, at 8 P.M. @ ROULETTE (BROOKLYN)
Launched in 1993 with the idea of expanding the definition of what Jewish music can be, Zorn’s Masada project has become a touchstone of New Jewish Music for the last three decades. This marathon concert will feature the world premiere of many compositions interpreted by four exiting bands from the extended Masada family: Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his quartet Banquet of the Spirits; the psychedelic ambient experimental rock band Cleric; the klezmer trio Nigunim with Frank London (trumpet), Uri Caine (piano) and Lorin Sklamberg (vocals); and guitarist Jon Madof leading the Jewish/Afrobeat ensemble Zion 80, joined by John Zorn and Cyro Baptista. Each ensemble will perform a 30-minute set.
The first decade of Masada (1993-2003) focused on the repertory of Masada Book One. 2004 saw the birth of Masada Book Two, the Book of Angels, which has been mined by over 20 different ensembles across 25 CDs. In March 2014, Zorn performed the first 20 pieces of Masada Book Three, The Book Beriah at Town Hall, NYC, thus launching the third decade of the Masada dynasty. The number of compositions in Book Three is 92, which brings the total number of Masada compositions to 613, an important number in Jewish mysticism.
Performed by some of today’s foremost cutting-edge musicians, this latest addition to The Book Beriah promises to be an unforgettable evening of Radical Jewish Music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences and styles.
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Alexander Treger, YASO Artistic Director
Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, a noted conductor, music educator and former Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is currently accepting online applications for auditions for all orchestral chairs. Auditions take place September 4-6 and 11-13, 2015 (times vary), at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. The newly formed training orchestra seeks talented and dedicated young musicians ages 15 to 26 from across the Southland. YASO, which presents four free concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall this season, adheres to the high standards and protocols of professional orchestras, providing the orchestra members with the same type of experiences they would encounter as professional artists. They perform key works that are an essential part of the core orchestral repertoire and are held to extremely rigorous standards since many of its members will be auditioning directly into professional ensembles. YASO members receive a generous stipend for their services and are selected through a rigorous audition process.
YASO’s 2015-16 season launches with a free celebratory program featuring Mahler’s seminal Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”) with guest artists soprano Amanda Achen, mezzo-soprano Niké St. Clair and the Angeles Chorale on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Other concerts are Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 28, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016, featuring such repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra,
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances. YASO rehearsals take place at the Musician’s Union Local 47 in Hollywood.
“I am extremely proud to serve as the Artistic Director of this remarkable new orchestra,” says Treger. “I am passionate about working with exceptional young musicians, and Young Artists Symphony Orchestra will serve a vital role in training the next generation of artists while enriching the community with a series of compelling live concerts presented free to the public at the beautiful Royce Hall.” Treger’s conducting has been described as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner).
YASO audition applications and repertoire are available online at yasola.org. Auditions are being held at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, 2539 Schoenberg Music Building, Room 1325, Los Angeles, CA 90096. For additional information, please contact Henry Shin at (510) 604-3763 or visit yasola.org.
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