Curated by Thomas Bagwell
Michael Slattery, tenor
Margaret Lancaster, flute and piccolo
Rachel Lee, violin
Thomas Bagwell, piano
Katarina Leyman — Solgatt (1995)
Ms. Lancaster & Mr. Bagwell
Einojuhani Rautavaara — Notturno e Danza (1993)
Ms. Lee & Mr. Bagwell
Kaija Saariaho — Dolce Tormento (2004)
Synne Skouen — Give @lice Different Entries (2010)
Bent Soresen — The Shadows of Silence (2003-4)
Andrea Tarrodi — Aftonsanger (2006)
Mr. Slattery & Mr. Bagwell
Andrea Tarrodi — Crystallites (2012)
About Thomas Bagwell, Nordic Currents II Curator:
THOMAS BAGWELL has partnered in recital such singers as Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Frederica Von Stade, Andrea Rost, Kristine Jepson, James Morris, Roberta Peters, and Lucine Amara. His recital partnerships with the rising generation of singers include Elaine Alvarez, Eric Cutler, Gregory Turay, Rinat Shaham, Thomas Meglioranza, and Jesse Blumberg. In the field of chamber music, Mr. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson, and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD, now available on iTunes, of works by Antonín Dvořák on the Marquis Classics label. Miranda Cuckson and Mr. Bagwell performed the ten Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano in a three part series at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2009. Thomas Bagwell has received degrees from the Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with Warren Jones, Graham Johnson, and Edna Golandsky. After his formal studies, Mr. Bagwell pursued additional training with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen at the Academie Villecroze. Mr. Bagwell organized and performed several concert series’ in New York at the Austrian Cultural Forum including the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, surveys of Schubert, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky, in additions to many other concerts. As a teacher of opera and art song, Thomas Bagwell has been on the faculty of Yale University, and currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music where he teaches collaborative piano as well as classes for singers in operatic repertoire.
About The Phoenix Concerts:
Since 2005, THE PHOENIX CONCERTS, New York’s “plucky Upper West Side new-music series” (The New Yorker), has commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and thirty contemporary composers’ works on nearly fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle. Thousands of additional listeners have been reached through streaming videos, visuals, and program notes on its comprehensive website (www.thephoenixconcerts.org) as well as rebroadcasts on WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky’s Fine Arts Station. THE PHOENIX CONCERTS’ unwavering commitment to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. Catered post-concert receptions offer an informal setting where audiences interact with performers and composers. Building from a core season of four concerts presented at Manhattan’s Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, the calendar includes collaborative events hosted in partnership with: American Opera Projects; Beijing New Music Ensemble; Chamber Music America; Hudson Opera House; Kyo-Shin-An Arts; Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Beth Morrison Projects; Salon Harlem; Seasons Music Festival; “Composers Now” Festival at Symphony Space; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Corporation of Yaddo.
Drawing from its core group of musicians — The Phoenix Players — the series’ widely-varied concert events have established a strong basis for its continuing mission:
To offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range;
to commission new works by emerging and established composers; and
to remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.
For more information about The Phoenix Concerts please visit: www.thephoenixconcerts.org
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Phoenix-Concerts
on Twitter: @PhoenixNewYork
The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, continues its 49th season with “Elfman Project II,” a free concert that is part of a multi-year exploration of the music of four-time Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman, on Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Guest conductor David Newman, himself an Oscar-nominated composer, sought-after conductor and AYS alumnus and Immediate Past President, leads the orchestra in the premieres of two new concert suites, Milk Suite and Oz the Great and Powerful Suite, both assembled by Newman and Max Mueller for the occasion from Elfman’s compelling scores for films directed by Gus Van Sant and Sam Raimi, respectively, and performed to film clips from the movies. In addition, Newman conducts music from Alice in Wonderland and Spiderman, and the Big Fish Suite, composed by Elfman for the Tim Burton films of the same name. The concert opens with AYS Music Director Alexander Treger conducting Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, from his 1934 score for the Russian film based on the novel of the same title by Yur Tynyanov. A chorus comprised of top professional session singers who are volunteering their services for the program joins the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances. The event kicks off with a free symposium, at 4:30 pm, including a performance of Elfman’s Overeager Overture, and a panel discussion moderated by esteemed journalist and author Jon Burlingame, focusing on the nuts and bolts of music’s role in films and how composers work with directors. The symposium is presented in partnership with The Film Music Society.
An optional benefit diner with French bistro fare catered by Barbrix Wine Bar takes place between the symposium and concert, providing an opportunity for continuing conversation with the panelists. Tickets, which are required for the dinner, start at $350 per person with proceeds benefiting AYS.
“It is an honor to conduct Danny’s brilliant music and to work with him and with such an incredibly virtuoso orchestra,” says Newman, who also curated and led the highly acclaimed “Elfman Project I” event in May 2012.
AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s finest orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. The remarkable musicians of the American Youth Symphony and their vibrant music have drawn more than a quarter of a million people to Royce Hall since the free series’ inception in 1964.
This season, AYS also showcases composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2014, featuring pianist and You Tube sensation Valentina Lisitsa; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” in which AYS alumni join current orchestra members to perform Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony on April 13, 2014. Violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster, is the soloist for the season finale concert.
Online Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concerts. 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.
DANNY ELFMAN has established himself as one of the most brilliant and versatile film composers in the industry, collaborating with directors, Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score for Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. Elfman has composed the scores for most of Tim Burton’s writer-director’s films including Dark Shadows, which opens May 11, and the upcoming Frankenweenie. He has earned four Oscar nominations and one Grammy for the theme from Batman. His television work includes writing the main themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives; he won an Emmy for the latter. Elfman fronted the Los Angeles-based theatrical rock band Oingo Boingo, which enjoyed success with such ’80s songs as “Dead Man’s Party,” “Only a Lad,” “Little Girls” and “Weird Science,” the theme from the 1985 film.
DAVID NEWMAN is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored more than100 films, ranging from War of the Roses and Bowfinger to the more recent The Spirit and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; such top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor; and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster and Anastasia, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor and appears with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also an active composer for the concert hall, his works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony and Long Beach Symphony, and at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. Newman has spent considerable time unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall, and headed the Sundance Institute’s music preservation program in the late 1980s. As a tribute to his work in film music preservation, in 2007, he was elected President of the Film Music Society, a nonprofit organization formed by entertainment industry professionals to preserve and restore motion picture and television music. Passionate about mentoring the next generation of musicians, with AYS, he launched the three-year “Jerry Goldsmith Project” and “The Elfman Project,” and has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program. The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, David Newman was born in Los Angeles in 1954. He trained in violin and piano from an early age and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin from the University of Southern California. From 1977-1982 he worked extensively in the motion picture and television industry as a violinist, playing on such films as E.T., Twilight Zone – the Movie, and the original Star Trek film.
Noted violinist, accomplished conductor, and gifted educator, ALEXANDER TREGER is beginning his 16th season as Music Director of AYS. He retired from his role as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in September 2010 after performing with the orchestra for 36 years. He earned critical acclaim for solo appearances in concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recognized for his inspiring work with talented young musicians, Treger also serves as Music Director/Conductor of the Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra and recently joined the Pepperdine University’s Fine Arts Division faculty as an Artist in Residence.
AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY, hailed for its “polish and depth” (Los Angeles Times) and performances that are “nothing short of exhilarating” (Beverly Hills Outlook), is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians. The orchestra serves top players who seek to widen their horizons in a professional environment. Led by Alexander Treger—recently retired Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic—and with the support of world-class guest artists, AYS offers an immersion program of weekend rehearsals and performances at Royce Hall and around the city. Activities are designed to help musicians become professionals of the highest caliber, innovative thinkers and articulate communicators, engaged in the community. The program is tuition-free, and participation is based solely on merit. The orchestra is comprised of 106 students and graduates from 28 high schools and universities in Southern California.
EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
American Youth Symphony “Elfman Project II”
FREE CONCERT AND SYMPOSIUM
American Youth Symphony
Alexander Treger, music director
David Newman, guest conductor
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7 p.m.
Pre-Concert Symposium, 5:30 pm
Featuring Free Panel Discussion moderated by Jon Burlingame – panelists TBA –
and performance of DANNY ELFMAN’s Overeager overture
PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Alexander Treger, conductor
DANNY ELFMAN Alice in Wonderland: Alice’s Theme
DANNY ELFMAN Spiderman – Suite
DANNY ELFMAN Milk Suite – arr. David Newman (premiere) to film
DANNY ELFMAN Big Fish – Suite
DANNY ELFMAN The Great and Powerful Oz – arr. David Newman (premiere) to film
David Newman, conductor
UCLA’s Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive
Westwood, CA 90095
Concert and symposium – FREE
Optional benefit dinner – $350 per person
North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 34th season of advocating on behalf of composers from the Americas on Monday evening November 11 at 8 PM when the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz performs four recently completed works. The free-admission event will be held at the acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Cuban-American guitarist Jose Lezcano will appear as soloist in the first performance of his recently completed Concierto Cubanero. In three movements, the music is a nostalgic tribute to Cuban musical idioms like the Bolero, Cha-cha-chá, and the sounds of Orquesta Típica. Lezcano has performed throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. The New Millennium Guitar Magazine described him as “a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger.”
The concert will open with the premiere performance of Hayg Boyadjian’s Danzas Ocultas (Hidden Dances) based on dance rhythms and melodic turns derived from Eastern and Western folk-music. Born in Paris, Boyadjian grew up in Argentina eventually settling in Massachusetts where he studied at the New England Conservatory and Brandeis University.
diss-FUNK-shun by Roger Wesby will open the second half of the program. A respected choral conductor, for many years Wesby lived and worked in El Salvador and Costa Rica where he conducted the National Youth Symphony and also directed the School of Music of the National University. Wesby’s new work is built around funky cross rhythms, spiky dissonances and exciting instrumental textures.
The program will conclude with a performance of Max Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 42, a work that belongs to a series of compositions written as homage to the former American hostages in Iran. The single movement work juxtaposes quotations from ancient colonial Latin American hymns, North African melodies, and innovative contemporary techniques.
Joelle Wallach’s Lagrimas y Locuras: Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be presented by pianist Ana Cervantes as part of her Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico concert on Friday, November 8 – 6:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW in Washington, DC.
In Lagrimas y Locuras, Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman, Joelle Wallach returns to her interest in music which expresses a specific inner life, a particular psychological landscape. Based on the Mexican folksong La Llorona, and commissioned by Ms. Cervantes from Ms. Wallach as part of her Song of the Monarch project, Lagrimas y Locuras reveals the inner monologue of La Llorona herself as she haunts the banks of Mexican waterways, railing against her fate, the betrayal of her lover and the result of her own impetuous rage.
Also on the DC program are other Song of the Monarch commissioned solo selections from Colombia’s Alba Potes and Mexico’s Mario Lavista, Horacio Uribe, Marcella Rodriguez and Gabriela Ortíz. More about the Song of the Monarch project at http://cantodelamonarca.com/eng.html. For more DC concert information, call 202-728-1628 or visit http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org/.
Also on November 8, Ms. Wallach, the current Composer in the Metropolis, will talk about the very first official Composer for New York City – Antonin Dvorak at 7:00 PM at Turtle Bay Music School, 244 E. 52nd St., New York, NY. This is presented as part of her Con-Edison Music in the Metropolis Composer Residency Turtle Bay Music School for most of Fall 2013. This program is sponsored by Con Edison and administered by Exploring the Metropolis, Inc.
More about the free Turtle Bay Music School program at http://exploringthemetropolis.org/event/dr-joelle-wallach-dvorak-in-new-york/.
As a commissioning and recording artist, Ana Cervantes has inspired major collections of works by eminent composers, including Rumor de Páramo/Murmurs from the Wasteland, and her current international project, Canto de la Monarca: Mujeres en Mexico/Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico, involving 17 composers from six countries: México, Spain, Colombia, Brazil, the USA and Great Britain, each writing a work for solo piano inspired in an important woman in Mexican history. She has performed, taught and been part of residencies throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Much more about Ana Cervantes at http://cervantespiano.com/.
The 4Tay label has released two CDs of Dr. Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a critically acclaimed collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach2. More about her at http://www.joellewallach.com.
Parthenia, New York’s premiere viol consort, will be in concert on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM performing World premieres for viol quartets by the composers of Random Access Music at Benzaquen Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street in Manhattan. The program, part of the ensemble’s 2013-2014 Prisms concert season, will be repeated on Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 PM at Waltz-Astoria, 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens.
Works to be performed are Jonathan Pieslak’s Bhakti (1), Unburdening, for viol consort and recorded chanting, Gilbert Galindo’s Tierra Magnifica, for viol consort, B. Allen Schulz’s Aspects of a Singularity, for viol consort, David Fetherolf’s Atrytone, for treble and bass viol duo and Frances White’s From a Fairy Tale, for viol consort.
The Random Access Music Composers’ Collective is B. Allen Schulz, Gilbert Galindo, Jonathan Pieslak, David Fetherolf and guest composer Frances White. Visit them at http://www.ram-nyc.org.
The concert at Waltz-Astoria is made possible, in part, by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from a re-grant through the New York State Council on the Arts.
Tickets for the November 8 concert are $20 and are available at 800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/411169. There is a $10 table fee for the November 9 event. More information at 718-956-8742 or http://www.waltz-astoria.com.
Visit http://www.parthenia.org for more information about the 2013-2014 season.
Peri Mauer RED SKY, for trumpet (world premiere)
Sandra Coffin, trumpet
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Kupferberg Center for the Arts: LeFrak Concert Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367
Composer Peri Mauer’s new work, RED SKY for solo trumpet, was inspired by photographs taken by trumpet player Sandra Coffin of her summer home on Lake George. The vibrant and peaceful beauty of the red sky is seen as a continuous shift of varied shades of color, enlivened by changing cloud formations throughout the day. The journey of the red sky is reflected on the lake and in the imagination, manifest here in this music composition. This performance is the world premiere.
Complete Concert Program: http://nycomposerscircle.org/events/event/queens-college-concert/
The Fire Pink Trio will be in concert, performing music for harp, flute and viola on Thursday, November 7 at 12:00 noon at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This will be part of the Davis Memorial Chapel Concert Series.
The Trio will present Debussy’s Sonate, and two contemporary American works, Doppler Effect by Adrienne Albert (a sound sample of which is online at http://firepinktrio.com/mediafiles/Albert-DopplerEffect.mp3) and Trio in Four Movements by Libby Larsen.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336-716-4722 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Arts/Events.htm.
The Trio, consisting of Jacquelyn Bartlett, harpist, Sheila Browne, violist and Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flutist 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. More about them at http://firepinktrio.com/.
Judith Shatin’s Sic Transit will be performed by percussionist I-Jen Fang as part of her UVA Chamber Music Series program on Monday, November 4 at 8:00 PM in Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Sic Transit is scored for percussionist and CADI, configurable automatic drumming instrument, which provides 6 computer-controlled mechanical arms. It was commissioned for a performance celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, and premiered there in March 2011. More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/sic-transit/.
Other composers on the program include Toshi Ichiyanagi, Keiko Abe, and more. Fang will play both marimba and vibraphone on Chick Corea’s La Fiesta, with Robert Jospe on drumset. UVA violin faculty Daniel Sender will also join Fang in a violin and marimba duet.
Tickets for the November 4 event are $15 / $8/ free for UVA Students who reserve in advance. More information at 434-924-3052 and http://music.virginia.edu/node/2228.
I-Jen Fang joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in 2005 and as Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. Visit her at http://www.innovativepercussion.com/artists/i-jen_fang.
Judith Shatin is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
RENOWNED AUSTRIAN CONDUCTOR HANS GRAF
MAKES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DEBUT
CONDUCTING HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LOS ANGELES DEBUT OF
ITALIAN PIANO SENSATION ALESSIO BAX
Bax Performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491;
Graf also Conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral,”
and Dutilleux’ Mystère de l’instant
Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, November 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Distinguished international conductor and acclaimed Mozart interpreter Hans Graf, recently named Music Director Laureate of the Houston Symphony after serving as its music director for 12 years, makes his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut conducting the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Italian piano sensation Alessio Bax, whose artistry “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 on Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday, November 17, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also featured is Beethoven’s vivid Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral,” considered among Beethoven’s most exquisitely beautiful and popular works. The program begins with Henri Dutilleux’ Mystère de l’instant for strings, cimbalom (a hammered dulcimer) and percussion, which premiered in 1989.
Graf, hailed for “his cool and elegant performances” (The New York Times) and “solid musicianship” (The Washington Post), is known for his wide-ranging repertoire and creative programming. He served as Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons prior to his appointment in Houston and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. The distinguished Austrian conductor also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994.
Bax, praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility, received the 2009 Avery Fischer Career Grant as well as the 2013 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, of which LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane is a previous recipient, and has appeared as soloist with the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Dallas and Houston symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. LACO General Manager Andrea Laguni interviews conductor Hans Graf.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, 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 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, 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 ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.
ALESSIO BAX, first prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions and 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras worldwide, including London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Houston Symphony and the NHK Symphony in Japan. Recent highlights include performances with St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Yuri Temirkanov), Dallas Symphony (Jaap van Zweden), concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on tour with Joshua Bell. His discography includes Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 491 and K. 595 (2013) and Alessio Bax Plays Brahms (Gramophone “Critic’s Choice”).
Austrian conductor HANS GRAF concluded his decade-long tenure with the Houston Symphony in May 2013. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was the music director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994. Graf is a frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras, and his interna¬tional appearances include the Vienna and London philharmonics, among others. He has participated in such prestigious European festivals as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and appeared at the Salzburg Festival for 12 consecutive seasons.
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 45-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.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Hans Graf, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
DUTILLEUX: Mystère de l’instant
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral”
Saturday, November 16, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
November 17, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tickets start at $25.
to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available; also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concert, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and for all three Westside Connections concerts)
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org.
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders. LACO General Manager Andrea Laguni interviews conductor Hans Graf.
Judith Shatin’s Tape Music (5.1 Surround Sound) and Tape Music∞ (for any number of participants and stereo electronics) will be given their World Premieres on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 AM at Camp Concert Hall in the Booker Hall of Music on the campus of University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the Third Practice Festival.
The composer writes, “Both pieces stem from a meditation on tape, as a collection of materials that are emblematic of our throwaway culture and, yet, can be used to mend items. It is also a nostalgic tribute to the genre of ‘tape music’ from the early days of electronic music, and one that persists despite the ongoing changes in playback media.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/tape-music/. More about her electronic music at http://judithshatin.com/compositions-electronic/. Tape Music∞ will be premiered by 4th-and-5th-grade students from Richmond’s Sabot School, and will be conducted by the composer. She has worked with them over the past several weeks to teach them about music and to prepare the performance.
Other composers on the concert are Christopher Chandler, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Alex Temple and Matthew Burtner. More Third Practice 2013 information at http://www.thirdpractice.org/3p13/index.html.
All Third Practice events are, free and open to the public. For more information on the festival, contact the artistic director, Dr. Benjamin Broening, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.