Alice Guy-Blaché

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/.

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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.

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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.

Cassia Carrascoza flute            
Luis Afonso Montanha clarinet
Martin Tuksa violin
Dimos Goudaroulis cello
Lidia Bazarian piano
Sérgio Kafejian artistic director
Walter Gentil production director

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

Image Courtesy of Heloísa Bortz

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s holiday offerings continue with “Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas,” showcasing the Chorale’s astonishingly pure sound and exquisite balance in an all a cappella program that celebrates the 20th anniversary of former composer-in-residence/National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen’s monumental O Magnum Mysterium, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Written for and premiered by the Chorale in December 1994, it has since become one of the most frequently performed choral works in modern history. In addition, Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts a wide range of a cappella works from around the globe, including Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna); Poulenc’s exuberant Four Motets for Christmas, which, although written in Paris in 1952, is infused with Renaissance and Baroque spirit; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, the German composer’s best known work; Swedish composer Jan Sandström’s Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, a widely-performed twelve-part a cappella setting written in 1990; and former assistant conductor Ariel Quintana’s richly layered Hodie Christus natus est, Ave maris stella and Quem vidistis pastores, all composed in the past 10 years. Adding a delightful twist to the repertoire is 16th-century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria’s sublime O Magnum Mysterium, as well as a newer setting of the same text by LAMC tenor/composer Matthew Brown.

“Rejoice! A Capella Christmas” is the third 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 two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 17, 7:30 pm, and December 21, 7 pm.

Tickets range from $29 – $119. 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.

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JoelleWSelections from Joelle Wallach’s song cycle The Dream of Now will be performed by baritone Chai-lun Yueh, accompanied by pianist Annette Shapiro, on Friday, November 14 – 5:00 PM in Benzaquen Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street in Manhattan. This will be part of Chai-lun Yueh’s New York Women Composers Grant Recipient Vocal Recital.

More about The Dream of Now at http://joellewallach.com/composition/the-dream-of-now-2/.

The program also includes works from Beth Anderson, Alla Borzova, Jennifer Castellano, Chen Yi, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Joyce Hope Suskind. Visit baritone Chai-lun Yueh at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/Bio.aspx.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for New York Women Composers members, seniors and students, available at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/NYWCGrantConcert.aspx. For more info, call 860-992-8728 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1511375225779172/.

Wallach’s Lagrimas y locuras, Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be performed by Mexican pianist Ana Cervantes on Monday, November 17 – 7 PM at The Américas Society, 680 Park Avenue in Manhattan, as part of her Canto de la Monarca: Mujeres en Mexico concert.

In Lagrimas y locuras, commissioned by Ms. Cervantes from Ms. Wallach as part of her Song of the Monarch, Women in Mexico project, the composer returns to her interest in music which expresses a personal psychological landscape. Based on the Mexican folksong La Llorona, 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.

Admission to the November 17 event is free to Americas Society members; $20 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www.as-coa.org/events.

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BethA612Beth Anderson’s Lullaby and Be Not Forgetful from Angel Songs will be performed by baritone Chai-lun Yueh accompanied by pianist Annette Shapiro, on Friday, November 14 – 5:00 PM in Benzaquen Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street in Manhattan. This will be part of Chai-lun Yueh’s New York Women Composers Grant Recipient Vocal Recital

Lullaby was written in 1998 and is dedicated to Ned Rorem. With a text from W.H. Auden, it’s been recorded on two different Capstone CD releases. Be Not Forgetful from Angel Songs has a text from Hebrews 13:2 in the King James Bible.

The program also includes works from Alla Borzova, Jennifer Castellano, Chen Yi, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, Joyce Hope Suskind and Joelle Wallach. Visit baritone Chai-lun Yueh at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/Bio.aspx.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for New York Women Composers members, seniors and students, available at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/NYWCGrantConcert.aspx. For more information, call 860-992-8728 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1511375225779172/.

Ms. Anderson’s Dark Songs for two sopranos and piano will be performed by the Borzova-Tonna Vocal Duo (Alla Borzova & Anna Tonna), accompanied by pianist Sofya Melikyan, in concert on Saturday, November 15 – 7:00 PM at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 2172 Saw Mill River Road (Rte 9A, corner of Worthington Rd.) in White Plains, New York.

Dark Songs (3 songs with words by Dana Gioia and David Mason) includes Song of the Powers, Alley Cat Love Song, and Sunday Night in Santa Rosa. The composer writes, “The name of the cycle is derived from the fact that these three songs are alternately violent, randy, and sinister. It was commissioned by Gesine van der Grinten/Marcellina van der Grinten/Jorg Ritter from Germany.”

This There is a Magic Made by Melody concert also includes music by Juliana Hall, Lisa A. Hogan, Julie Mandel, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Nailah Nombeko, Hilary Tann, as well as a scene from Alla Borzova’s comic chamber opera “The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny.”

Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, available at http://thereisamagicmadebymelody.brownpapertickets.com/.

Beth Anderson’s music has been described as having “a refreshing simplicity without naiveté” and as “deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful” and “charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism.” MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434 – World Premiere recordings of 11 works. Other recent releases are recordings by Nancy Boston of September Swale as part of American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music and Aleksandra Maslovaric’s recordings of Belgian Tango and Tales #1 & #3 for violin and piano on Feminae in Musica. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale adds a generous dash of yuletide cheer with a matinee performance of its popular “Festival of Carols,” on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. New arrangements of such cherished Christmas carols as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, White Christmas and Silent Night – sung to savory perfection by 100 members of the Chorale under Artistic Director Grant Gershon’s baton – set a joyful tone, making this concert a highlight of the season. Pianist Lisa Edwards and organist John West, who performs on Disney Hall’s iconic pipe organ, add delightful sonic flourish to the concert. The program also features the live performance premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Glow, part of the Grammy Award-winning composer’s innovative “Virtual Choir” series, a global phenomenon in which singers from around the world record themselves singing one of his choral works and upload their videos online, which are synchronized and combined into a single performance. Originally featured as part of Disneyland’s® 2013 World of Color Winter Dreams show at Disney California Adventure® Park, the virtual version of Glow captivated audiences with video projections of a massive choir comprised of self-submitted videos of 1,473 singers from all 50 American States performing the work.

Stage & Cinema calls “Festival of Carols,” the second of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall, “a stocking stuffer of a concert” filled with “nuggets of Noel gold.” The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas, December 14, 7 pm; and two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 17, 7:30 pm, and December 21, 7 pm.

Tickets for Festival of Carols range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. 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.

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Encompass New Opera Theatre presents the second week of New York Premiere performances of Richard Pearson Thomas’ new comic opera A Wake or a Wedding on November 13, 14 and 15 – 8:00 each evening, with a November 16 Sunday matinee at 3:00, at the Rose Nagelberg Theater of Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

The opera, with music and libretto by Thomas, will be performed by an ensemble of eight singers, featuring Joy Hermalyn, and including Marie Anello, Alison Davy, Eapen Leubner, Scott Lindroth, Caroline Bassett Miller, Lindsay Rider and Adrian Rosas.

The chamber orchestra, Ionization New Music Group, will be conducted by Encompass Music Director Mara Waldman.  Director is Nancy Rhodes.

A Wake or a Wedding runs 90 minutes and is performed in English. Following the performances, audiences are invited to a Meet and Greet, where they can chat with the artists and enjoy a piece of wedding cake and other refreshments, in celebration of the Company’s new home at BPAC.

Tickets are $20 to $60, available from Ovation tickets at 866-811-4111 or www.encompassopera.org or at the Baruch box office, 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

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Judith Shatin’s Fantasy on St. Cecilia for solo piano will be performed by Jerome A. Reed (seen at left) on Thursday, November 13 – 8:00 PM at Ward Hall on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, on Monday, November 17 – 8:00 PM at Reynolds Recital Hall of Harding University in Searcy, AR and on Thursday, November 20 – 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.

The composer writes, “Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a solo adaptation of my piano concerto The Passion of St. Cecilia; it was commissioned by and is dedicated to pianist Gayle Martin Henry. St. Cecilia, long revered as the patron saint of music, has been the subjected of numerous works of art in many media…I found her story compelling, as was the idea of musically representing a woman’s martyrdom. Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a three-movement piece. The first, Her Struggle, depicts the antagonism between the larger community and the individual. The second, Her Passion, symbolizes her spiritual journey. The music has the chorale from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion tucked inside it and spread out in ways that some listeners may recognize. The third, Her Martyrdom, depicts Cecilia’s final struggle, her bodily end but her spiritual triumph.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/fantasy-on-st-cecilia-2/.

Other composers on these programs include Victoria Bond, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Lipscomb graduate N. Lincoln Hanks. Visit Jerome Reed at http://www.lipscomb.edu/music/dr-jerome-reed.

More about the November 13 concert at http://www.lipscomb.edu/news/event/detail/5131, info about the November 17 concert at http://www.harding.edu/ and more about November 20 at http://www.acu.edu/events/index.html,

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, 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.

 

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C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present 1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir, the first concerts of its By the Numbers 2014-15 New York season on Thursday, November 13 at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in Brooklyn and Saturday, November 15 at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir will feature performances of Lisa Bielawa’s Lamentations for a City, selections from Christopher Marshall’s Tihei, Mauri Ora!, Bettina Sheppard’s The Day the Saucers Came (on text of Neil Gaiman), Andrea Clearfield’s Shar Ki Ri from Tse Go La Cantata, and World Premieres by C4 composers: Timothy Brown’s Take Me Bach, Bill Heigen’s Bubbles and Lisa Whitson Burns’ Spectrum.

Guest instrumentalists will be Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Karen Birch Blundell, English Horn and Jonathan Singer, vibraphone.

Tickets for the November 13 and 15 concerts are $20 in advance, $25 day of performance, with 10 $4 “Rush” admissions 30 minutes advance at the door. A reception will follow the Saturday evening performance. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.c4ensemble.org/november-2014-concerts.html. Three-Concert Subscription $52.50, available through November 15 at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4266. For more concert information, call 516-586-3433 or email jamesarts@att.net.

All C4 concerts are ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

C4 has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. Their first CD release, Volume 1: Uncaged (http://www.c4ensemble.org/c4-uncaged-release.html), is on the 4Tay label. Visit them at http://www.c4ensemble.org/. Join their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/C4-The-Choral-ComposerConductor-Collective/19242567121.

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