Piercy playing the Hichiriki at Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by: Masatora Goya
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series presents “Tokyo to New York.”
The “Tokyo to New York” concert on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series will feature premiers composed or arranged for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by one of Japan’s leading classical and contemporary pianists, Noritaka Ito.
The music – in a wide variety of styles – includes premiers by Ned Rorem (Pulitzer- and Grammy-Award), Fernando Otero (Latin-Grammy Award); Toshio Hosokawa (Suntory Music Award), Yuichi Matsumoto (Takemitsu Award), Masatora Goya (Jerome Fund Award), and Senri Oe (major Japanese pop-star, now NYC-based jazz composer). Other premiers on the program are by Japanese composers Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premiers by NYC-based composers Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, Gene Pritsker, and David Wolfson. Many of the composers will be in attendance; pianist Ito and several of the composers will travel from Japan for the concert.
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Tokyo to New York – 東京 と ニューヨーク
THOMAS PIERCY, Clarinet & Hichiriki
NORITAKA ITO, Piano
Premiers by: Bachman, Goya, Hirayama, Hosokawa, Matsumoto, Mauer, Nakahori,
Oe, Otero, Pritsker, Rorem, Wolfson, and Yoshinaka.
September 19, 2014 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
BARGEMUSIC – NYC’s floating concert hall under the Brooklyn Bridge
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
“Piercy’s Richly Diverse Program of Japanese and American Music”
“…a fascinatingly eclectic, virtuosic program of new chamber works which contrast Japanese composers’ views of New York with their New York counterparts’ views of Japan. Although most of the works are relatively short,…the ensemble tackled the music’s wide range of demands with verve, insight and sensitivity.” Lucid Culture Magazine
Selections from Joelle Wallach’s Post-Millennial Love Songs and Love in the Early Morning song cycles will be performed on Thursday, August 28 – 7:30 PM at The Uptown Gallery, 296 Wall St. in Kingston, NY as part of the Kingston Festival of the Arts.
Post-Millennial Love Songs glance and gaze at poems about love. More about the songs at http://joellewallach.com/composition/post-millennial-love-songs/.
Love in the Early Morning: Songs About Making Love to Milkmen is a serio-comic songcycle of lust and longing, sexual fantasy and domestic comedy. Much more about the songs at http://joellewallach.com/composition/love-in-the-early-morning/.
Performers will be Alison Davy, soprano and Gene Rohrer, piano. Other composers on the program are Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lee Hoiby, and Francis Poulenc.
Tickets are $20, and are available at http://kingstonfestival.org/buy-tickets/. For more Festival information, call 845-331-3261 or visit http://kingstonfestival.org/.
The 4Tay label has released two CDs of Joelle Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a 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.
Josefina Vergara, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features representative cuisine complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its sixth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education outreach programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.
“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board vice president Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Gene Shutler, and East West Bank.
“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 pm
In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland
Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. As the featured guest artist, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen offers an intimate recital of sublime solo piano works. Proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), he has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pohjonen is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 21 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
“Australia à la carte”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of the Consul General of Australia
Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their striking Brentwood residence. Authentic Australian fare and wines provide tasty accompaniment to a riveting musical program led by LACO Principal Percussion Wade Culbreath on the marimba. Culbreath, who is also principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has played on nearly 400 motion picture soundtracks, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. More recently, he was principal percussion for Frozen, Godzilla and Transformers, and timpanist for A Million Ways to Die in the West.
“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7 pm
In Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France
The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their beautiful Beverly Hills residence. Illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France, the evening features a program of Baroque works for string ensemble led by LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, who recently toured Europe and Asia with the Uri Caine Ensemble, a noted jazz group, and has also performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Superb French food and fine wine cap the soirée.
“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany
“LACO à la carte” commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the momentous events that ushered in a new era for Europe and the world with a special program hosted by Dr. Bernd Fischer, The Honorable Consul General of Germany, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. With the culinary riches of Germany adding a delicious note to the festivities, LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman leads a performance of Richard Strauss’s rarely played epic masterpiece Metamorphosen, a profound musical elegy for seven virtuosic string players. Los Angeles Times declares Shulman’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” Salt Lake Tribune calls him “fabulously nuanced” and The Times of London praises him for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique.” This is a premium “LACO à la carte” event.
Austria à la carte
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7 pm
in Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria
“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, concludes the 2014 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions. LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, who marks his 35th anniversary with the Orchestra this season and is an internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist, pays homage to Austria’s rich musical heritage, leading an unparalleled program that exemplifies the Viennese classical style and beyond with the music of Mozart, Haydn, Hans Eisler and Ernst Toch. Todd has earned acclaim as one of the world’s finest horn soloists for performances spanning Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, and the Jazz Bakery to Birdland. This is also a premium “LACO à la carte” event.
“LACO à la carte” tickets for September 18 and 27 and October 9 are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Germany à la carte” and “Austria à la carte” are $300 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $750 per person for any three events.
“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” 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 on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at 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.
Argentinean bandoneonist/composer Daniel Binelli and Uruguayan-American pianist Polly Ferman will be in concert on Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 PM with the Puerto Rico Symphony, Maximiano Valdes, Director, in the Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, Piso 2 Parada 22, Ave. Ponce de León in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This will be the inaugural concert of Festival Interamericano de las Artes. Repertoire will include the World Premiere of the FIA commissioned Contrabando by Daniel Binelli, Robert Sierra’s Symphony No. 3 and Laurence Roman’s Flute Concertino, with soloist Jonathan Figueroa. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/643394995767869/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.
Tickets are $20 and $10. For more information, call 787-792-5000 or visit http://www.tcpr.com/.
Daniel Binelli is an internationally renowned master of the bandoneon, acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla. As a composer, many international orchestras, ensembles, Tango companies and soloists have commissioned and/or performed his works, including the Zurich Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Montevideo Philharmonic, Colombia Symphony, and Buglisi/Foreman Dance Company as well as Osvaldo Pugliese Orquesta Tipica (Argentina) and Tango 7 (Switzerland). Visit his website and the Binelli-Ferman Duo webpage at http://www.danielbinelli.com.
Polly Ferman has been called “musical ambassador of the Americas” by the Japan Times. One of the leading interpreters of the music of the Americas, her extensive tours as a soloist have included performances with the Symphonies of San Francisco, Colorado, Vancouver, and Indianapolis, as well as orchestras in Japan, Ukraine, Philippines, Brazil, in addition to recitals in New York, Tokyo, Washington D.C., London, Munich and Buenos Aires. She has performed in Cuba with the all-female chamber orchestra Camerata Romeu and is the Creator and Music Director of GlamourTango – http://glamourtango.com/home/default.asp. Her recordings are available on 4Tay, Music Masters, Musical Heritage Society, PAMAR, EPSA Music and Sondor. She is a Steinway Artist and Founder/CEO of Pan American Musical Art Research (PAMAR) and New York City’s Latin American Cultural Week – http://www.lacw.net/. Visit her at http://www.pollyferman.net.
Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, BMOP/sound today announced the August 12th release of two new albums: Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro, featuring Andrew Clark’s hundred-voice Providence Singers and violinist Gabriela Diaz; and Scott Wheeler: Crazy Weather, showcasing the orchestral works of New England-based composer Scott Wheeler. Conductor Gil Rose leads the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) with sparkling clarity and panache.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation’s most in-demand children’s choirs, announces its 2014-15 season, entitled “Celebrating American Song…California and Beyond.” It spotlights the music of American composers, including several with strong California ties, among them John Adams, Philip Glass, Kirk Meechem, Terry Riley, David Montoya, Nick Strimple, Mark Grey, Wayne Brisbee, Abbie Betinis, David Brunner, Charles Ives, Brian Holmes and David Conte. The chorus also appears in a series of high profile engagements, continuing to build upon its longtime partnerships with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Jacaranda and Pasadena Symphony. Further expanding its reach, LACC makes its debut at Stanford University’s recently opened Bing Concert Hall, considered one of Northern California’s most outstanding new venues, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof with Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and hosts Windsbacher Knabenchor, Germany’s famed boys choir. LACC, which serves children ages 6 to 18 from 50 Southland communities, is lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).
Among numerous season highlights, LACC offers its signature Winter Concert (December 7 and 14, 2014) and Spring Concert (May 3 and 10, 2015) at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, featuring works by eminent American composers from Boston’s William Billings, who lived and composed during the nation’s infancy from 1746 to 1800 and is considered America’s first choral conductor, to Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic.” The programs’ a cappella pieces and works with minimal accompaniment provide a special opportunity
to hear the choir’s striking sound in its purest form.
With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the chorus is featured at the Hollywood Bowl this summer in “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” conducted by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams (August 29 and 30, 2014). In the second half of the season, LACC collaborates with the orchestra and guest conductor Susanna Mälkki on the West Coast premiere of a new multi-media production of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin with libretto by David Henry Hwang, crafted from Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, and multi-media component by innovative artist Netia Jones at Walt Disney Concert Hall (February 27, 2015).
LACC also hosts a choral exchange and concert with the illustrious German boys choir Windsbacher Knabenchor, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church (October 26, 2014). It also joins forces with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles’s oldest temple, to celebrate the 50th anniversary the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof (November 16, 2014), and appears with the renowned Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in back-to-back historically informed performances of Bach’s seminal St. Matthew Passion at Walt Disney Concert Hall (January 31 and February 1, 2015). With Jacaranda, the celebrated music series presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, LACC is featured on its “Winter Dreams” program, singing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (December 6, 2014). It also rings in the season as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church (December 13, 2014). Continuing to expand its reach, LACC presents the world premiere of a commission by Mark Gray, with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its highly anticipated debut at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall (April 19, 2015). It is also involved in a number of significant community partnerships with Verdugo Young Musicians Association, Kidspace Children’s Museum and ArtNight Pasadena, among others.
“These incredible artistic collaborations in conjunction with LACC’s own concert series provide a remarkable opportunity for our young singers to perform an extremely broad range of repertoire with some of the world’s leading conductors,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 22nd season with the organization. “These appearances go hand-in-hand with LACC’s comprehensive music education program that encourages a deeper appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music.”
The chorus’s level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC as its members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its premier Concert Choir, elite Chamber Singers and innovative Young Men’s Ensemble.
For children interested in joining LACC’s ranks, open auditions for the renowned chorus take place on June 4-7, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. No previous training in music or singing or audition preparations are required. Auditions for the Young Men’s Ensemble take place in mid-August.
LACC also offers its popular program First Experiences in Singing, eight- to ten-week, non-auditioned, non-performing classes that introduce six- and seven-year-old children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Classes are held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church each fall, spring and summer.
LACC’s 2014-2015 concert season and core educational program are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. LACC is also deeply grateful to generous lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains the chorus’s annual choral music program for children.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and led by Tomlinson since 1995, LACC serves more than 400 children through six choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
For additional information on LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performs free chamber music concerts at neighborhood libraries in each of the five boroughs of New York City during September. Featuring music for wind quintet by Barber, Beach, Ligeti, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Click here for the Subway Series schedule.
Amernet String Quartet Plays the Music of Steven R. Gerber – an evening of his chamber music will be presented on Monday, August 11 at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Doors will open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:30. This event is sponsored by Le Poisson Rouge.
Works to be performed are Spirituals for string quartet, String Quartet #4, String Quartet #5, Norma’s Variations for string quartet, Elegy on the Name “Dmitri Shostakovich” for solo viola and Fantasy, Fugue, and Chaconne for viola and cello.
Tickets for the August 11 concert are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. For tickets and more information, call 212-505-FISH (3474) or visit http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/amernet-quartet-plays-the-music-of-steven-r-gerber-august-11th-2014/.
Gerber’s chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. More about it at http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559618. Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.
Thursday. August 7 at 6:30 PM, Quintet of the Americas will perform Neil Rolnick’s Ambos Mundos, as part of the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference concert, at Subculture, 45 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.
Ambos Mundos was written in 2004 for wind quintet and digital processing, and was recorded by the Quintet for Innova Records – http://www.innova.mu/albums/neil-rolnick/shadow-quartet. Visit Neil Rolnick at http://www.neilrolnick.com/.
The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students/seniors. More information at http://subculturenewyork.com/ts_event/idrsconference6/. The concert is ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.
Members of the Quintet are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. They are currently in residence in The Department of Music and Performing Arts in The Steinhardt School at New York University. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/. Quintet photos are available at http://quintet.org/press.html.
Composer JEROME KITZKE Releases The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova Records), His First All-Kitzke Album in 15 Years
Release Date: 07.29.14
Composer: Jerome Kitzke
Performers: Jennifer Kathryn Marshall, Barbara Merjan, ETHEL, The Mad Coyote, Jerome Kitzke
Texts By: Allen Ginsberg, Aeschylus, John Scott, Anonymous, Helen Mackay, Harold Pinter, Walt Whitman, Rumi
American composer/storyteller JEROME KITZKE today announces the July 29th release of his new album The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova Records). Known for creating works that are uniquely and bracingly American, where freedom and ritual converge, Kitzke shares his career-long dedication to social justice in a new recording featuring some of his best work composed over the past 15 years. The composer’s convictions are remarkably interwoven within the music and text of three intensely theatrical pieces that collectively take listeners on a piercing journey brimming with ceremonial power and beauty.
To purchase, visit Innova.mu.