Posts Tagged “classical”

On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm, the New York City Master Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, opens its eighth season with a “Holiday Concert,” featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and the New York City premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Magnificat. The concert, to be held at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (552 West End Avenue at 87th Street), features organist James Kennerley and phenomenal soloists from the Chorale. Tickets are $35 (general admission) or $25 (student/senior) and can be purchased atwww.nycmasterchorale.org or at the door, space permitting.

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Digital Download & 7” Vinyl Release Date: October 15, 2013
Vinyl Available Exclusively at: www.christopherbono.com

VIDEO: The Inspiration Behind Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra
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On October 15, 2013, composer Christopher Bono releases two new singles, Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra, performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers led by music director Harold Rosenbaum. These choral works will be available on Bono’s label Our Silent Canvas, distributed digitally by Naxos and released on limited edition 7” vinyl. The recordings were made at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Silas Brown.

Visual artist DZO Olivier has created original illustrations for the cover art for Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra recordings, intimately influenced by Bono’s music and the concepts it explores. Videos inspired by these works created by film artists Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Deftones) and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Sigur Rós) will be released on November 5, 2013.

Bono describes Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra as contemplating the search for a modern form of spirituality. He says, “Both works explore a path to transcendence or ‘true being’ through union with the cosmos – The Unexcelled Mantra from a Mahayana Buddhist point of view and Unity from the Western philosophical tradition of Plato.”

Unity is a choral piece based on some of the musical and philosophical concepts of Plato’s Republic. The chosen text was taken from a section of the Republic in which Plato discusses the power of mathematics, but Bono immediately saw it could also be viewed as a metaphor for the phenomenon of meditation. He says, “This multi-dimensional observation was a key inspiration for me when writing the work, both considering the mathematical qualities of music and the esoteric concepts of achieving union with the All.” In addition, Bono experimented with the power Plato claimed existed in the Dorian and Phrygian modes. According to Plato, the Dorian would “fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man who is engaged in warfare,” while the Phrygian was suitable “for a man engaged in works of peace.”

The Unexcelled Mantra is a setting of text from the Heart Sutra, a sacred text in Mahayana Buddhism on understanding Shunyata, or Emptiness, in order to realize Nirvana. The mantra reads “gaté gaté paragaté parasamgaté bodhi svaha,” which can be translated as “Go, go, go beyond, go totally beyond, be rooted in the ground of enlightenment.”

The release of Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra follows Bono’s first classical album, Invocations, a chamber music collection released in fall 2012 and on vinyl in August 2013. The originality and inventiveness of Invocations was noted by composer and writer Frank Oteri in NewMusicBox, who wrote, “While much of 21st-century contemporary composition is not beholden to any rules, to the extent that I could probably claim everyone to be an ‘outsider’ in some ways, Bono’s music sounds as though everything he writes is something he is discovering for the very first time, even if there are clear reference points throughout to the sound worlds of other composers from both our own time and other eras.”

Christopher Bono entered the world of classical music much later than most of his contemporaries. He spent his childhood and teenage years devoted to baseball; in 1999 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but an injury kept him from playing. Filling the void left by the end of his athletic endeavors, Bono began playing the guitar when he was 21, and for several years he toured, recorded, and performed in an alternative roots-rock style. In his mid-20s, he made the choice to learn classical composition techniques in order to more fully realize his music. For seven years, in nearly hermetic isolation, he taught himself to read music, and studied composition independently with Juilliard professor Kendall Briggs and at La Scola Cantorum in Paris.

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The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, launches its 49th season with a free concert featuring the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Timothy Andres’ Bathtub Shrine, Tchaikovsky’s elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme, showcasing rising star Allan Steele, AYS’s Principal Cello, and Berlioz’ epic Symphony fantastique on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, conducts the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances.

Also featured is a free pre-concert screening at 5:30 pm of the film Keeping Score: Symphony fantastique, part of the San Francisco Symphony’s critically applauded Keeping Score film series, which, narrated by Michael Tilson Thomas, tells the story of Berlioz’ purportedly opium-fueled obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson for whom his love, passion and jealousy drove the groundbreaking symphony’s creation. Berlioz’ work was debuted at the Paris Conservatoire in 1830, quickly becoming an audience and orchestra favorite.

“The program is designed to highlight the exceptional talents of the orchestra as well as to provide our musicians with critical training in some of the major orchestral repertoire and contemporary works,” says Treger, who during the 2013-14 season leads a total of five free concerts as well AYS’s annual gala concert.

Andres – hailed by the Los Angeles Times for music that demonstrates “a strong sense of building on classical music tradition, while also moving that tradition into a new and hip place” – composed Bathtub Shrine on a commission by the Yale Symphony Orchestra as a playful response to the widely reverberating acoustics of Yales’ Woosley Hall, which Andre’s describes as having “a staggering 13-second reverberation…the effect of a giant bathroom.” He also wrote the eight-minute piece in homage to the orchestra’s “fierce music-making” and warm “camaraderie”.

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

This season AYS also appears on the “Sundays Live at LACMA” concert series on October 20, 2013; presents “The Elfman Project II,” the continuation of a three-year exploration of the composer’s brilliant music, on November 24, 2013; showcases the irrepressible music of composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2013; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” where fellows will share a stand with celebrated alumni in Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale concert will also feature gifted young violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.

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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant

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Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.

 

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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern

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How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern

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Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.

 

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Ellis Hall

Ellis Hall


MUSE/IQUE, known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, wraps “Summer of Sound” 2013 with “Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall” featuring Hall, Tower of Power’s lead singer and keyboardist who electrifies with his five octave range and tears it up with the Selah Gospel Choir to unchain the soul sounds of great musicians like Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and even Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30 pm, outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena. They join Caltech physicist Sean Carroll and MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, who conducts the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra for a pure out-of the-box adventure that also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” with a world premiere of a dance set to the score of Spike Jonze’ critically acclaimed film adaptation of the beloved children’s book. Gates open at 5:30 pm for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics, with table seating and plentiful free parking.

In signature MUSE/IQUE fashion, Worby adds a twist to the 90-minute concert. “The thrust is pure Motown energy laid down by the master, Ellis Hall, who is blind, like his mentor Ray Charles,” Worby explains. “We are infusing the repertoire with works by some of Ellis’s classical music influences, the hearing impaired Beethoven among them, as we link earlier classical music to the best of American Motown.”

From the vast library of Motown favorites, Ellis performs such Ray Charles hits as Georgia on My Mind, You Don’t Know Me, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Let the Good Times Roll and Hit the Road, Jack, as well as America the Beautiful, Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Stevie Wonder’s My Cheri Amour, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. The Selah Gospel Choir presents an a cappella version of the traditional spiritual Swing Down Chariot, popularized over the years by such diverse artists as Elvis Presley, Randy Travis and Ronnie Milsap, and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi. The evening also pays tribute to Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” which has touched millions of souls around the globe since it was published in 1963, with the world premiere of a new dance commissioned for the occasion and set to Carter Burwell’s score for Spike Jonze’ film adaptation of the fanciful and much-loved work. Finally, Caltech scientist Sean Carroll adds his own spin on the science of soul. A gifted science communicator, Carroll is theoretical cosmologist specializing in dark energy and general relativity who has appeared on such notable television programs as History Channel’s The Universe, Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report,

MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, connects master artists with new voices across a limitless range of styles. Its counter-conventional performances, which feel more like parties than formal concerts, link musicians with great thinkers and compelling visual, cinematic and dance artists. In the two years since MUSE/IQUE was founded by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, it has grown from one performance with a handful of devoted followers to a major cultural presence that reaches vast audiences. Its considerable membership currently numbers more than 500 people. In the fall and spring, MUSE/IQUE presents “Uncorked” evenings at unconventional locations, and in the summer MUSE/IQUE features three outdoor “music parties” at Caltech’s Beckman Mall, all curated by the innovative and visionary Worby. Among MUSE/IQUE’s guest artists are Jessye Norman, Charlie Haden, Patti Austin, Mary Wilson, Flea, Rickie Lee Jones, Ellis Hall, Matt Haimovitz, Angela Bassett, Arturo Sandoval and more. Uncorked’s “pop-up” venues have included Pasadena’s Phoenix Decorating Center (where Rose Parade floats are constructed), Art Center College of Design Sculpture Garden, Castle Press (one of the nation’s largest printing presses), backstage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and others. KIDS/IQUE!, a primary element of the organization, serves boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, in the San Gabriel Valley’s network of foster care services by presenting ongoing interactive experiences with professional musicians and other artists designed to compliment the service goals of the foster care facilities even as they allow MUSE/IQUE to reach otherwise underserved youth. Other outreach programs include free and low-cost tickets for students and community groups, and “Free For All,” a free annual concert featuring a fusion of music with family friendly surprises.

Caltech’s Beckman Mall is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. Pasadena CA 91106. Plentiful parking is free. To reserve a catered dinner that can be picked up on site, please contact Perfect Equation Catering at (626) 529-5585. Concert tickets begin at $10 per person with top tier seating, $96 per person, available to MUSE/IQUE members at the $1,000+ contribution level; students with ID are $10. MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $250 to $2,500, includes a variety of special benefits including priority seating and services. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.

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Diavolo Premieres Fluid Infinities at the Hollywood Bowl

Diavolo Premieres Fluid Infinities at the Hollywood Bowl


Diavolo Dance Theater is an architectural movement company that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip hop. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jacques Heim, the company premieres a major new piece entitled Fluid Infinities, the final installment in L’ Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 5, 2013, 8 pm. The program “Music by Glass – Dance by Diavolo,” features the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey performing Symphony No. 3 composed by Philip Glass. Known for its inventive physical structures and patterned acrobatics, Diavolo is the perfect match for the phase-shifting energies of Glass’ composition.

Fluid Infinities is the final installment in L’Espace du Temps, a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The piece is set on an abstract dome-shaped structure on which the dancers explore the metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and the voyage into the unknown future. The dome’s organic patterns evoke the craters of Mars, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship.

For the first two installments of Diavolo’s collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Foreign Bodies and Fearful Symmetries, Heim’s original inspiration came from a cube. René Descartes, the French mathematician and philosopher, believed that the universe was born from geometric components. Foreign Bodies starts and ends as a cube, as does the cycle of life. Fearful Symmetries starts as a cube and ends on a clear stage with the dancers looking into the future.

Fluid Infinities, the final installment in this trilogy, will represent the future they are looking into. “This future is an alternate reality where life continues in a new and different form, so foreign yet so familiar,” says Heim on this new creative vision. “Foreign because it is difficult to see beyond our limited perceptions, familiar because the greatest mysteries in life can only be explored by looking inside ourselves.”

The structure created for Fluid Infinities is a quarter sphere, a single piece of curving fiberglass with an organic pattern of openings across the face. This partial dome sits on a mirrored floor. “As the dome moves and shifts, the audience will experience dramatic changes of perspective,” says Heim about the new work. “Together with reflections from the floor, the movements will evoke dualities such as internal and external, light and dark, inside and outside, life and death.”

Tickets for Music by Glass – Dance by Diavolo range from $1 to $104. Group rates, subscriptions and single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season are also available. For tickets and information, please call (323) 850-2000, or visit www.HollywoodBowl.com. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068. For more information on Diavolo Dance Theater please visit http://www.diavolo.org.

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Tempus Continuum Ensemble

 

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May 18, 2013, 8:00pm
@the cell
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

The Tempus Continuum Ensemble will be premiering new works by emerging New York composers Anne H. Goldberg, Kevin Baldwin, and Alex Burtzos. Come enjoy works for mixed chamber ensembles at the cell in Chelsea.

Program:
Kevin Baldwin:
-ity (2012) for solo piano**
-aholic (2013) for solo Percussion*
I am Looking for a Sun (2013) for septet*

Anne Goldberg:
Anima Animus (2012) for solo piano*
Elocutions (2011) for flute, guitar, and vibraphone
Burning Bushes (2013) for septet*

Alex Burtzos:
Prince Prospero (2013) for septet*

*Denotes World Premiere    **Denotes New York Premiere

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     Founded by composer/performer Anne H. Goldberg and soprano Corrine Byrne, Tempus Continuum is a New York-based ensemble that strives to bring diverse audiences to contemporary and underperformed music. Through provocative programming, Tempus Continuum seeks to create paths of accessibility for audience members, inviting them to confront music with fresh ears. Tempus Continuum works closely with emerging and established composers, commissioning and premiering innovative works at a diverse variety of venues such as New York City’s the cell theatre, Cornelia Street Café, The Flea Theater, and Philadelphia’s The Salon, and recently the long-established Arts in the Village concert series in Massachusetts. Tempus Continuum holds an annual call for scores to promote and perform innovative works by emerging composers, thus furthering and expanding the genre of new classical music.

     Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and music educator native to Colorado Springs, CO. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and a member of ASCAP. Alex has been on the faculty of the Florentine Music School in New York City since 2011 (theory, piano and percussion), and is currently working towards his doctorate in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the recipient of MSM’ s prestigious teaching fellowship. His compositions have been performed across the United States and abroad. In 2013, Alex was awarded the Jordan Berk Memorial prize for composition for his saxophone quartet, “The Revivalist,” and was profiled as the featured composer on ComposersCircle.com. He’s excited to be collaborating with the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, and hopes that the future will present more opportunities to work with this talented

      Anne H. Goldberg blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer. Founder and artistic director of the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, a collaborative of musicians, dancers, multimedia and spoken word artists, Anne has produced, composed, choreographed and directed a variety of productions,
most recently as Emerging-Artist-in-Residence at The Field. In addition to Synthesis, Anne co-founded the new music ensemble Tempus Continuum Ensemble, premiering and performing both her own music and that of other 20th and 21st Century composers. Touring the east coast and internationally, Anne’s music has been premiered and performed by ensembles such as the Boston New Music Institute, the Novatrio, NeoLit Ensemble, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. Her artistry has been featured in music venues such is Symphony Space, the Kitchen, the Flea Theater, and many others nationally and internationally.
     Anne’s background, although based upon the study of science, mathematics and languages, never strayed far from her passion for the arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with extensive course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received her M.M. of Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marjorie Merryman, and influences of Nils Vigeland, Reiko Füting, and Mark Stambaugh. She is a D.M.A. candidate at MSM under Dr. Reiko Füting. In addition to her musical and choreographic pursuits, Anne is a professional figureskater, holding gold freestyle, artistry and ice dancing titles in the United States and Canada as well as International ice dancing titles.

      Multi-instrumental talent Kevin Baldwin (b. 1986) is an emerging artist creating a name for himself by tackling some of the most experimental and innovative music in New York City. Kevin has sought to push the saxophone by tackling repertoire from composers such as Grisey, Berio, Aperghis, and Hurel.
     As a performer, Kevin has performed all over the world, in places such as Beijing and Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Maccagno, Italy. The New York Times reviewed one of Kevin’s concerts, saying the performance was, “precise and energetic” Since then, Kevin has performed at Symphony Space, Tenri Cultural Institute, Galapgagos Art Space and had his debut solo concert performing a show for saxophone and electronics at the New Music in Queens festival.
     Recently as a composer, Kevin has been receiving commissions and several other premieres for various soloists and ensembles. Such commissions include Transfigured Pulse, commissioned by Columbia University; Solitary Confinement for Tenor Saxophone and Drum Set for the SoundSCAPE new music festival in Italy; and -ity for solo piano for Jess Ryan. Previously, Kevin received an honorable mention in the 2009 National Association of Composers of the USA Young Composers Competition for his piece Meditation for solo Bassoon.

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Kaufman Music Center’s “alt-classical” youth ensemble Face the Music will perform at Lefrak Hall on Sunday, April 28th at 7pmFTMImage6 .

The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Face the Music has been praised by the New York Times for its “stunning performances” of music by contemporary composers and hailed by critics as “polished, exuberant” (New York Times) and one of “New York’s favorite contemporary-classical ensembles” (Time Out New York). Since its founding in 2005, the ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”

Details at http://bit.ly/12r604Q

 

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