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Los Angeles Master Chorale Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner

Los Angeles Master Chorale Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner


The 110-member Los Angeles Master Chorale continues its vital role of expanding the choral music repertoire when Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts two highly anticipated world premieres based on the theme of ascension by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and distinguished Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. They include Kirchner’s most ambitious piece to date, Songs of Ascent, a lyrical seven-moment work for voices and strings set to the Psalms pilgrims sang on their journey to Jerusalem. Paik’s work, Succession, written for triple choir, features the Chorale with special guest the Los Angeles Chamber Choir. Paik employs the story of Elijah as a parable for the relationship between first- and second-generation Korean-American immigrants and the tensions, conflicts and hopes for prosperity they share. The program also features Eric Whitacre’s Her Sacred Spirit Soars, set to a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri, and Brahms’ three-movement a cappella piece Fest und Gedenksprüche.

“The Chorale is tremendously excited to present a major new work from our dear friend and colleague Shawn Kirchner,” says Gershon. “Everything he touches turns to musical gold. And we are also so eager to collaborate on a new piece with Nackkum Paik, who is an extremely talented composer.”

Succession is the Chorale’s sixth “LA is the World” commission, an ongoing initiative conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror LA’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric. It is funded in part by the James Irvine Foundation. The concert is sponsored by Wilshire Bank and the Korea Times.

Tickets range from $29 – $129. 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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The New Public York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is pleased to present American-Armenian award winning pianist Sofya Melikyan in a solo concert titled “Fantasies” on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (map and directions). The concert, which represents the American debut of Ms. Melikyan’s Fantasies program, is free and open to the public.

 

Featuring some of the most inspired pages of the Fantasy and reflecting the different esthetics of this genre starting with the 18th century and through the present day, the concert program includes works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Corigliano, and Liszt. The term “Fantasy” was first used in the 16th century to describe an instrumental piece that was improvisatory and spontaneous in character, free of any formal rules or restrictions. This musical journey invites listeners to dive into a universe full of colors and mystery, and in turn, to explore the fascinating world of dreams and the imagination.

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

…”The Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan literally abducted her audience into the land of fantasy… She offered a fascinating panorama of different approaches – baroque, classic, romantic – to the genre of the fantasy, which in its quality and in the pervasion of the compositions would have been worthy of her home town New York”… Frederik Wittenberg in Westfälische Nachrichten  (Germany)

 

Ms. Melikyan possesses this transcendental force to take the listener to her world of deep poetic intuition and her homeland is the source of the wideness and the depth of her artistic work: she grew up in Armenia, a country characterized by a strong relationship to nature, to the mystical, surrounded by mountains, which lead for centuries the way to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Now a resident of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano, École Normale de Musique de Paris with Ramzi Yassa and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan. Ms. Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.  More information is available here.

The full concert program follows:

Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Fantasy in f sharp minor H300

 

Johannes Brahms (1836-1897)

Fantasien Op.116

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Fantasy in g minor Op. 77

John Corigliano (1938- )

Etude–Fantasy

For the left hand

Legato

Fifths to thirds

Ornaments

Melody

 

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata S 161,

de Anées de Pèlegrinage.

Deuxième année: Italia

 

 

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Members of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will host a live-streamed open rehearsal featuring music from the Three Part Inventions Chamber Music Series program, followed by a Q&A for both a live and online audience.

Reservations Required: http://www.oslmusic.org/concerts/free-concerts/osldmc

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Sunday, April 28, Brooklyn Museum
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Morgan Library & Museum
Friday, May 3, 2013, Morgan Library & Museum

St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble traces the evolution and diversity of the trio reimagined over a period of 125 years with key works by Schubert, Brahms, and Bartók.

PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897 (“Notturno”)
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 28 (“Sonatensatz”)
BARTÓK Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano
BRAHMS Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano in A minor, Op. 114

For more information and tickets: http://www.oslmusic.org/concerts/calendar

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October 16 will be the first concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 2nd season. All concerts are held on the fifth Floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 4 – 6 pm one Sunday of every month beginning October 16, 2011 through May 20, 2012. The October 16 concert will present J.Brahms Sonata-Scherzo “ FAE” (Sonatensatz) Opus Posthume and J.Brahms Piano Quintet In F Minor Op 34,  with Phillip Levy & Julie Gigante on Violins, Andrew Duckles on Viola, David Low  on Cello and Rina Dokshitsky on Piano. All performances are accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at www.LeSalondeMusiques.com or by calling (310) 498-0257.

Photo Credit: : Carole Sternicha

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