Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Award-winning architect Frederick Fisher, who has earned international recognition for his work with spaces such as Bergamot Station & Galleries, Santa Monica’s Annenberg Beach House and Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga Gallery of Art, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for its acclaimed Westside Connections series, which this season pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture, on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater, located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School. During the program, Fisher reflects upon his collaborative approach to architecture, in conversation with special guest, Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. A performance of Brahms’ breathtaking String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111, showcases the close collaboration among LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, LACO Principals Sarah Thornblade, violin, Roland Kato, viola, Victoria Miskolczy, viola, and Andrew Shulman, cello. Batjer is also featured in Kevin Puts’ Arches for solo violin, and Thornblade and Kato join forces for Donald Crockett’s To Be Sung on the Water. The series, which began in February with a guest appearance by Frank Gehry, continues in April with Hawthorne. Fisher has been described as a “maverick architect…with a broad aesthetic” (KCET). His innovative style, and his residential, museum galleries and other buildings reflect his keen interpretation of space, light and material.
The three-part Westside Connections series, now in its seventh season, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. It concludes April 30, 2015, with Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne as special guest and the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies, inspired by downtown LA’s historic Bradbury Building.
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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets (beginning at $60) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.
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Graphicology – A Visual Jazz Score
Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes back the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, an award-winning, world-class orchestra presenting the U.S. premiere of the visual jazz score, “Graphicology.”
For the performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the BJO teams up with illustrator and jazz lover Philip Paquet. Together they create a multimedia project combining big band jazz and a graphic novel. Six composers were commissioned by the BJO to create individual soundtracks to accompany jazz-related stories, comic strip-style. Edited into original videos, Paquet’s illustrated stories will be shown onscreen while the Orchestra performs the soundtracks.
The following stories will be presented:
Sundown – composition by Bert Joris (Instrumental intro)
Bells & Brass – by Lode Mertens (Instrumental intro)
Bird – by Dieter Limbourg
Louis – by Pierre Drevet
Smilin’ – by Michel Herr
The Portrait – by Bert Joris
This will be a special experience for fans of each medium.
About the BJO
Founded in 1993, the BJO is known for its inventive play. All its members are soloists. Their creative projects and forward-thinking approach to multi-media performance have received international recognition. In 2012 the BJO performed the soundtrack from the Academy Award-winning movie The Artist, and contributed to its glorious success. Additionally, it received the South African Music Award for the album “Mama Africa” and the Netherlands’ Zilveren Griffel for the audiobook “Vliegen tot de hemel.” In 2013 the BJO celebrated its 20th anniversary with two Grammy nominations for the album Wild Beauty featuring Joe Lovano (Half Note).
The orchestra is subsidized by the Flemish Government and has been the house orchestra for Flagey, the historic art deco venue in the center of Brussels.
The BJO performed its own productions with Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, deFilharmonie, Tutu Puoane, Brussels Philharmonic, David Linx and Richard Galliano. The orchestra invited and featured international guests, such as Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gustavo Bergalli, Norma Winstone, McCoy Tyner, Maria João, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Toots Thielemans and others. www.brusselsjazzorchestra.com
About Philip Paquet
Philip Paquet is an illustrator, comic book artist, tattoo apprentice, painter and a musician. Above all, he considers himself a storyteller.
He published his first comic, a short story, in 1998. He is best known for his Louis Armstrong graphic novel. Paquet’s unique watercolor style lends an unmistakable sense of nostalgia that evokes the memory of jazz’s seminal founder.
Besides the BJO, Philip Paquet’s clients list includes EMI, Nike, De Morgen, the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, and many more. www.philippaquet.com
Friday, March 20, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Saturday, March 21, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015; 7.30 PM & 9.30 PM
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York City
Fri. $40, Sat. $45, Sun. $35
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What: Guy Klucevsek Concert Residency | 40 Year Composer Retrospective
When: Tuesday 3.17–Sunday 3.22 at 8:00pm
Where: The Stone, Corner of Avenue C/2nd Street, NYC, Train: F/J/M/Z at Delancey-Essex
Tickets: $20. No advanced ticket sales. For more information, visit thestonenyc.com.
John Zorn’s renowned THE STONE presents Guy Klucevsek | A 40 Year Composer Retrospective — a weeklong residency performed and curated by composer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek. For six consecutive nights, some of today’s top artists from both the jazz and new music scene join Klucevsek in performing his pieces written over the past four decades (1972-2014), including three world premieres and seven New York premieres.
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Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works.
Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria.
Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.
Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000. Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.
The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.
Guidelines and application forms, in MS Word and Adobe formats, can be downloaded and printed from the CMA website, www.chamber-music.org. (Applications must be submitted in hard copy.)
Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time.
Chamber Music America
12 West 32nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Contact Susan Dadian, Program Director
(212) 242-2022, ext. 102
The Classical Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
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The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s
the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s
Jin-Shan Dai and Dana Hansen
Join us for a program of astounding masterpiece from the
hands of teenagers, Benjamin Britten, George Walker, and Franz Schubert
St. Matthew’s Music Guild continues its 2014-15 season in Pacific Palisades with a program featuring Britten’s Double Concerto For Violin And Viola, with violinist Jin-Shan Dai and violist Dana Hansen. Dai and Hansen are both member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s string section. The program also includes the Lyric For Strings by George Walker and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.
Single tickets: $35 ($10 students with valid I.D.) Children under 16 are free.
Call for group discounts: (310) 573-7422
Hot cider and baked goods served at intermission.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Performance at 8:00pm.
● Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Violin and Viola,
with Los Angeles Philharmonic members Jin-Shan Dai, violin, and Dana Hansen, viola
● George Walker: Lyric for String Orchestra
● Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat
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San Francisco Opera Guild presents its ninth annual Summer Conservatory July 6-July 24, 2015. This three-week inspirational opera camp for students ages 10–18 features workshops that explore a range of operatic components. Students receive instruction in voice, music theory, movement, improvisation, language, music and theater history, acting, technical theater and much more. The program culminates in the students applying the skills they have learned to the rehearsal and performance of an opera.
Summer Conservatory is held Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Francisco theater company 42nd Street Moon’s headquarters in Civic Center (250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco). In addition to the workshops and performance, the program includes a backstage tour of the War Memorial Opera House and the opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of a main stage production from San Francisco Opera’s 2015 Summer Season.
Tuition for the three-week program is $900, and financial aid is available. Auditions are required but no prior training is necessary. Applications are currently being accepted; early application is encouraged as the class size is limited to 24 people. Application and further information can be found here: www.sfopera.com/conservatory. Or contact 415-565-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
MYSTICAL BEATBOXING from India
With Rhythm Vocalist Loire
Discover the power of our voice as a rhythm instrument. We all know how beautiful the singing voice can be, but not many know about it’s remarkable rhythmic potential.
In this exhilarating group rhythm voice experience Loire will lead you into her magical world of Indian vocal percussion. No experience necessary. All are welcomed.
Watch this video for a glimpse of Loire’s amazing vocal technique
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Monday, March 16, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY (FREE)
Milica Paranosic and guests (BRUKA band) perform in Harlem for the first time. The program will consist of short music and multimedia ParaVignettes, including a premiere of the brand new piece Postcards from India.
The BRUKA band musicians include Margaret Lancaster, Gene Pritsker, Paul James Pouthier, Loire Cotler, Lynn Bechtold, Max Pollak, William Schimmel and others.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 8 pm @ ROULETTE (BROOKLYN)
Roulette put on several shows in honor of composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday last year. Before this member of the 1960’s New York School turns 81, the venue is squeezing in one last celebratory hurrah, showcasing an incredible cast of supporting musicians: Joey Baron (drums), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Thomas Morgan (bass), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), and Nate Wooley (trumpet).
The bill will include Song (for 6) (18 min), originally for and performed at Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s sold-out farewell performances (Armory, 2011); the premiere of a new work titled Brooklyn (for 6 players or more) (15-20 min); Percussionist 5, a duo composed in the 1990s and performed by long-time collaborators Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron; and selections from Exercises (1973-2012) for open instrumentation. “Arguably his finest works to date” (All Music).
“While identifiable by its melodic material and a frequent harmonic parallelism of sixths (major and minor), this music is quite variable,” Christian Wolff writes. “Tempo, dynamics, instrumental combinations (neither “Brooklyn” and nor the Exercises specify instrumentation) are open; are partly planned ad hoc for a given performance and are partly improvised in the actual time of performance. Players with Jazz and improvisation connections are particularly good at this.”
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Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
$30/$25 Roulette Membership/$20 Series Membership/Free for ALL Access Membership. To order tickets, visit roulette.org or call 917-267-0363.
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Exploring the Metropolis and the Bloomingdale School of Music present a workshop performance of Eric Lemmon’s work-in-progress, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. Eric is a 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at Bloomingdale School of Music. Admission is free.
This new work was conceived by observing the many small actions that contribute to greater political success and highlights how this success is not achieved through romanticized individual heroic and iconic moments. These every day acts mobilize and give hope to others, which is the ultimate tale of political power through democratic principles.
Violist and Composer Eric Lemmon’s music has been described as using “a broad range of extended techniques and complex rhythms to create [a] beautifully ethereal nebulousness of sound”. His works have appeared in venues ranging from (le) Poisson Rouge and SubCulture to the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island. They have been reviewed by the New York Times and featured on WQXR’s Q2. Eric has been awarded NYU’s Creative Collaboration Grant, Mannes’ Peter M. Gross Grant, and MetLife’s Creative Connections Grant. Recent commissions include works for Jacqueline LeClaire and the International Double Reed Society, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble.
WATCH A VIDEO of Eric’s EtM Composer Spotlight Interview HERE
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