FPT1113The Fire Pink Trio will present Women of Note!, a concert of music by women for harp, flute and viola on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main St. in Winston-Salem. This will be part of the music@watson concert series.

The Trio will present Anna Clyne’s beware of for alto flute, viola, harp, and CD, Trio in 4 Movements by Libby Larsen, Lullaby for 3 by Adrienne Albert, St. Nicholas Suite by Krinio Papastavrou and From the Song of Amergin by Hilary Tann.

Tickets are $15/$13 students. For more information, call 336-721-1945 or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/.

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. Fire Pink Trio brings energy, elegance, style and virtuosity to the stage. In addition to recital performances, the Fire Pink Trio offers residencies, master classes, and educational concerts. Their first CD will be released on MSR Classics in Spring 2014. More about them at http://firepinktrio.com/.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents STRADIVARIUS FIDDLEFEST on Friday, March 28, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, a dazzling once-in-a-lifetime fiddle “face-off” starring five Stradivarius violins played by world-class violinist virtuosos attempting to outplay one another in an acrobatic program of solos, duos, trios and quartets. The event is part of LACO’s STRAD FEST LA, an unprecedented gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA showcases some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”

Trading the exquisite one-of-a-kind Stradivarius instruments throughout FIDDLEFEST’S fun-filled display of edge-of-your-seat one-upmanship are LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin, Philippe Quint and Xiang Yu, joined by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Double Bass Nico Abondolo. The repertoire includes such showpieces as Telemann’s Concerto in D major for Four Violins, TWV 40:202; Moszkowski’s Suite in G minor, Op. 71; Kreisler’s, Mélodie (from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) and Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3; Brahms’s Scherzo in C minor, “Sonatensatz”; John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices; and Franck’s Sonata in A major. Also featured are Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; de Sarasate’s Navarra (“Spanish Dance”), Op. 33; Ravel’s Pièce en Forme de Habanera; Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56; and two works by Piazzolla, Oblivion for Four Violins and Bass, and Libertango for Four Violins and Bass. Tickets begin at $45.

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.

The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.

For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.

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HalSSilenceCD314Pianist Haskell Small will be in concert on Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 PM at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O Street NW in Washington, D.C., presented by Washington International Piano Arts Council.

Mr. Small will perform his The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, which was inspired by the Rothko Room in the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

The program notes say, “The Rothko Room” is subtitled “Journeys in Silence,” and even in a one-movement piece that purports to limn the life of Rothko himself, we begin in the ether and descend back into it at the end…Each of the four sections also evokes the four paintings that resonate off of one another (and incidentally to the visitor) in this secular sacred space. Rothko had one absolute request for this room, that it contain nothing else but one simple wooden bench: a simplicity (and a silence) that speaks volumes.”

“In the final minutes of Haskell Small’s composition we hear the blood drain from the artist as it did in life, a loss that in actual fact occurred on the very day the great Seagram Murals arrived at the old Tate Gallery, February 25, 1970. The work “The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence” was premiered at the Phillips Collection 41 years later, in February 2011.”

The concert also includes pieces by Alan Hovhaness inspired by the spiritual power of mountains, and selections from J.S. Bach. This will be part of Small’s Journeys in Silence project. More about it at http://www.haskellsmall.com/journeys-in-silence.

The March 15 concert is free and open to the public. For more about the performance, call 703 568-5504 or visit http://www.wipac.org/.

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Cypress String Quartet

92Y Debut, Only NYC Concert of the Season

92Y Concerts at SubCulture

Featuring the New York Premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6

Plus Selections from Dvořák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
45 Bleecker Street (downstairs) | NYC
Tickets: $30/$35 at 212.415.5500 or www.92Y.org

“artistry of uncommon insight & cohesion” – Gramophone

Cypress Quartet: www.cypressquartet.com

The Cypress String Quartet will give the New York premiere of award-winning composer George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 as part of the new series “92Y Concerts at SubCulture,” a co-presentation of 92Y and newly opened club SubCulture. The concert, which is the group’s 92Y debut and their only NYC appearance of the season, also includes selections from Dvořák’s set of twelve love songs for string quartet, Cypresses, from which the Quartet takes its name, and Schubert’s seminal String Quartet No. 15 in G Major.  The Cypress Quartet’s recording of Dvořák’s Cypresses was released as part of the quartet’s debut album on AVIE in February 2013.
Tsontakis’ new work was commissioned this year by the Cypress Quartet through its 15th annual Call & Response program. Through Call & Response, the Cypress Quartet commissions and premieres new string quartets from both emerging and celebrated composers. Call & Response creates a dynamic dialogue between the past and present, between performers and composers, and among audiences of all ages. Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 is written in response to Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major plus two masterpieces by Webern – his ultra-romantic Langsamersatz and the contrasting Five Movements for String Quartet.
The Cypress Quartet’s annual Call & Response concert has earned a strong West Coast following; the major concert is preceded by performances throughout the Bay Area in community centers and schools. Call & Response 2014 is supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
This is the second time George Tsontakis has been commissioned by the Cypress Quartet through the ensemble’s Call & Response program. Tsontakis wrote his String Quartet No. 5 for the group in 2005, in response to Beethoven’s Late Quartets. It was the first quartet Tsontakis had composed in 20 years, and is written in memory of composer George Rochberg, who died in 2005.

 

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Pianist Jose Lopez

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi will be presented by pianist Jose Lopez on Sunday, March 16 at 7:00 PM at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Miami, Florida as part of their Living Artists Concert Series.

The composer writes, “Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of “Chai,” which means “life” or “living” in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18; hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and composer (and, for that matter, listener)… It has been recorded by Mary Kathleen Ernst, a major champion of contemporary music, for the Innova label.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/chai-variations-on-eliahu-hanavi/

Other composers on the program include Mana-Zucca, Brahms and Victoria Bond.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call 305-235-1668 or visit http://www.deeringestate.org/pages/Living-Artist-Series-.aspx.

Pianist Jose Lopez has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls and at Summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Visit him at http://joselopezpiano.com/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of 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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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents an evening of baroque music on Thursday, March 27, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown LA as part of its STRAD FEST LA, a remarkable gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA is an unprecedented showcase for some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”

The BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS evening spotlights four Strads in Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins in D major featuring the 1708 “Ruby,” named for its rich, extremely well preserved ruby-tinted varnish and owned by The Stradivari Society, which lends great instruments to leading emerging artists; the “TITIAN,” considered among the finest violins of the maker’s Golden Period and revered for its unusual power, scope and focus, which was named “Titian” by a French dealer who said its orange-red color reminded him of the paintings of the famed artist; the 1716 “MILSTEIN,” played for nearly 40 years by virtuoso Nathan Milstein and currently owned by Southern California philanthropists Jerry and Terri Kohl, who loan it frequently to LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer; and the c. 1720 “BEECHBACK,” whose simple understated dark exterior belies its rich tone and full sound. These remarkable violins are played by critically acclaimed artists Margaret Batjer, LACO’s Concertmaster, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin and Philippe Quint. The program also includes LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, leader and host, soprano Elissa Johnston, bass Steve Pence and LACO musicians who perform three Bach cantatas – “Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke” (“I am content in my good fortune”), from Cantata No. 84; “Es ist vollbracht” (“It is accomplished”), from Cantata No.159; and “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn” (“Walk in the way of faith”), from Cantata No. 152. Tickets begin at $65 and include a complimentary wine reception at 6 pm.

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.

The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.

For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.

LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

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Dan Locklair’s The Cloths of Heaven for SATB chorus, a cappella will be performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir, Brian Gorelick, conductor, on tour in Ireland – Galway on March 9 and 10 and Dublin on March 12 and 13.

The March 9 performance was at Galway Cathedral and March 10 at the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas. The March 12 concert will be at Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral and March 13 at St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.

The composer writes, “My The Cloths of Heaven (A Choral Piece for SATB chorus, a cappella) was completed in September 2013 and was composed for and is dedicated to the Wake Forest University Concert Choir (Brian Gorelick, conductor) in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland. This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven. First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, The Wind Among the Reeds, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through both dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.” The score will be published by Subito Music.

All concerts are free of charge. For more information about the Wake Forest Concert Choir, visit http://college.wfu.edu/music/ensembles/choral-ensembles/.

More information about Dan Locklair, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.

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LDPhoto1012BLawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano and The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by the Atlantic Ensemble as part of their March 10 at 8:00 PM Atlantic Ensemble Celebrates American Composers concert in The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan.

What Happened was commissioned and premiered by the Atlantic Ensemble at the Maison Danoise in Paris, France in May 2005. It consists of three movements – Gathering, Congregation and Scattering, and has been recorded by members of the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman for the Bridge label. More about the piece at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/whathappened.php.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos.

Also on the program are Intimate Recollections by Charles Ruggiero, commissioned by the Atlantic Ensemble and the Piano Quartet by Aaron Copland. More about the March 10 program at 212-864-5400 or online at http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8295/Music/atlantic-ensemble-celebrates-american-composers.

Atlantic Ensemble was formed in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2003 and is comprised of Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola, Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello and Jennifer McGuire, piano. Visit them at http://atlanticensemble.com/.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/ and his website is at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

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JShatinPhoto4Judith Shatin’s Tape Music (Stereo) for stereo electronics will be presented on Friday, March 7 at 4:00 PM in Mary Emery Hall of the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

The composer writes, “Tape Music (Stereo) is 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-stereo/.

For more performance information, call 513-556-4183 or visit http://ccm.uc.edu/.

The film Rotunda, with a score by Ms. Shatin, will be screened on Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 PM as part of Curatorial Incubator, An Architecture of Performance, at Vtape, 401 Richmond St. West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Judith Shatin collaborated with filmmaker Robert Arnold to create Rotunda, a 15-minute film with sound inspired by the Rotunda and the Academical Village that anchor Jefferson’s University, now known as the University of Virginia. She created the computer score for the film, which is available for purchase at http://judithshatin.com/dvds/. On the DVD there are both stereo and 5.1 versions, as well as 2 soundtracks, one with interview excerpts and one with pure musical interpretation. 20% of proceeds from sales go to the Rotunda Restoration Fund. Read her notes about the music at http://judithshatin.com/rotunda/.

More about the screening at 416-351-1317 or http://www.vtape.org/event/curatorial-incubator-v-11-architecture-performance.’

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of 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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AT HOME WITH ALLEN GINSBERG: Five Songs for Baritone and Piano
PERI MAUER, Composer

Daniel Neer baritone, Christopher Berg piano

Also works of John Eaton, Debra Kaye, Jennifer Griffith, Robert Cohen, Patricia Leonard

New York Composers Circle Concert of New Music for Voice and Piano
March 6, 2014
8:00pm
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th St.
NYC

Suggested donation $20 payable at the door; Students free

Reception follows

http://library.newmusicusa.org/directory/performance.aspx?PerformanceID=541

(This concert was originally scheduled for January 21, 2014 but was postponed to March 6, 2014 due to the weather.)

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