The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will conclude their fourth season with special guest Cynthia Nixon narrating a new work, plus a newly commissioned chamber arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s towering masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online at Symphony Space Events or (212) 864-5400.
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Apr 04 2013
Apr 01 2013
On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011; www.cjh.org).
Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through http://www.cjh.org/event/2216.
The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the Cleveland-based composer Timothy Beyer.
The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.
This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.
For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at email@example.com.
Mar 29 2013
Sunday, April 28, Brooklyn 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.
For more information and tickets: http://www.oslmusic.org/concerts/calendar
Mar 22 2013
Celebrated author Mona Simpson, whose 2011 novel My Hollywood features a classical composer as protagonist, joins members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Monday, April 15, 2013, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, for the final program in the Orchestra’s innovative “Westside Connections” chamber music series, which this season pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with top authors for a fascinating exploration of the relationship between “Music & Story.” Simpson offers her insights into the Beethoven Violin Sonata that inspired Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which in turn inspired Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, both of which are performed by LACO artists as part of the evening. Janáček confided in a letter to his young muse Kamila Stösslová, “I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata.”
LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, currently celebrating her 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, curates and hosts the series, which showcases the virtuoso talent of LACO musicians and illustrates the myriad ways music touches other artistic disciplines, society and our lives. Joining Batjer on piano for Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata is LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. Principal Second Violin Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Associate Principal Viola Victoria Miskolczy, Associate and Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian are featured in Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1.
Simpson, whose other novels include Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy and Off Keck Road, is a professor of English at UCLA and of Languages and Literature at Bard College. She has received numerous accolades, including a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers award, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and, most recently, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2012-13 season, the Orchestra’s 44th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 16th season as LACO’s music director.
“Westside Connections” tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
Mar 14 2013
On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.
The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.
The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.
Jan 19 2013
On February 15, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu - in his only NYC appearance this season – returns to perform chamber music with clarinetist Jon Manasse, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist/Artistic Director Stephanie Chase.
This program features music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Dvorak that reflects on life and its necessities, friendship, and nationalism. It will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in New York City. The concert will start at 8:15 and is preceded by a talk at 7:30.
BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11
Beethoven’s delightful trio is partly inspired by a popular Viennese song containing the phrase “Before I go to work, I need something to eat.”
Dedicated to his friend Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of Les Six, Poulenc’s Sonata was commissioned by jazz great Benny Goodman, who premiered it (after Poulenc’s sudden death in 1963) with pianist Leonard Bernstein.
The word “Dumky” refers to the dumka, or an epic ballad of a somber nature containing contrasting cheerful sections. Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio” is among his most beloved chamber music compositions and dates from 1891.Admission at door: $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society.
Nov 20 2012
From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!
Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com
Oct 05 2012
The first concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season on October 14 will feature GLINKA’s Serenade for Piano Sextet on Theme from Bellini and LYAPUNOV’s Piano Sextet op 63, which is a US PREMIERE. The concert will be introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and performed by ROGER WILKIE and SARAH THORNBLADE on Violins, BRIAN DEMBOW on Viola, RON LEONARD on Cello, NICO ABONDOLO on Bass and GAVIN MARTIN on Piano. The performance will be followed by a one-hour informal conversation between the musicians and the audience where they can share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed while sipping French Champagne and enjoying a gourmet buffet prepared by Patina.
Tickets: $65.00 per person $45.00 for students
Contact: www.leSalondeMusiques.com or (310) 498--0257
Oct 02 2012
LA Chamber Orchestra Fundraisers Pair Salon Performances, International Cuisine and Spectacular HomesPosted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, Dinner, Fundraiser
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances in the spectacular private homes of the consuls general of the Czech Republic, Armenia and Austria as well as at Pacific Palisades’ historic Villa Aurora and a magnificent private estate in Pasadena.
Adding a special flourish to the season and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each event features a different style of cuisine complimented by a salon performance by LACO musicians and guest artists. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. This season celebrates the milestone LACO anniversaries of Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, in her 15th year with the Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, in her 10th year with the Orchestra.
Czech Republic à la carte
Experience the flavorful cuisine and world famous beer of the Czech Republic at LACO’s season opening à la carte fête hosted by the Czech Republic’s Consul General, the Honorable Michal Sedlacek, and Mrs. Veronika Sedlackova at their beautiful Westwood residence. Musical highlights include a sneak peak of a new violin concerto written by Emmy®-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch for LACO’s Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav on the occasion of her 10th anniversary with the Orchestra. Stanislav’s colleague – and husband – LACO viola Robert Brophy is featured in Brahms’s inimitable Sonata for Viola and Piano, No.1 in F minor.
Germany à la carte
The celebration continues when Concertmaster Margaret Batjer is spotlighted on the occasion of her 15th anniversary with LACO at a cosmopolitan evening showcasing the culinary riches of Germany hosted by Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. This spectacular artists’ residence and historic landmark, set high on a hill overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, is described as a “true castle by the sea” by German novelist and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann, who, along with playwright Bertolt Brecht and filmmaker Fritz Lang, is one of many famed émigrés to have socialized there with such icons as Charlie Chaplin. Batjer performs a selection of works tailored to the enchanted evening.
Armenia à la carte
The Honorable Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian host an à la carte event at their private home in Sherman Oaks. The evening offers the sumptuous cuisine and delicacies of this historically and culturally rich republic, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Performing lively Armenian dances, LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian adds an exotic flavor to the festivities.
Austria à la carte
Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria, hosts an evening at the stately Austrian residence in Brentwood that illuminates the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of Vienna with a lively performance by LACO Principals Josefina Vergara, violin II, and Nico Abondolo, bass, who are also husband and wife. Vienna, with its delightful sidewalk cafes, pastry shops, prized beers and white wines and compelling art, music and architecture, is also celebrated as a haven for gourmands with the emergence of a sophisticated culinary movement, embracing fresh, seasonal and local produce.
China à la carte
East West Bank generously hosts China à la carte, LACO’s final à la carte fundraiser of the season, at a gorgeous private Pasadena estate. The China-inspired evening features a moving musical program and a feast of the distinctive Chinese cuisine.
“LACO à la carte” is generously sponsored by LACO president K. Eugene Shutler and board members Ann Moore Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman; and Ned and Dana Newman.
Tickets are $250 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $600 per person for three events.
“LACO à la carte” events are on sale now and 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, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. LACO presents its Orchestral Series at both the Alex Theatre and Royce Hall, Baroque Conversations at Zipper Hall, Westside Connections chamber music series at The Broad Stage, and an annual Discover concert at Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO’s 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.
May 10 2012
New works by rising composers, including new Playground commissions and Conrad Kehn’s “Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music.”