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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

 

Tickets may be purchased HERE

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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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 ClevelaMomenta Quartetnd-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 emilie@momentaquartet.com.

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Downtown’s best orchestra will be conducted by guest conductor Pierre Vallet of the Metropolitan Opera and joined by soloist David Heiss, principal cellist of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

Who: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, has captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.

What: All-Tchaikovsky program—Symphony No. 6: Pathétique, Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Where: Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E. 15th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan

When: Sunday, March 10 at 3pm

Ticket information: $15 suggested donation. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gvo.org or at the door on the day of the concert.

Details: www.gvo.org

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The Greenwich Village Orchestra’s annual Family Concert on January 13 is truly fun for the whole family—kids are invited to get up and march and even conduct the orchestra! Afterward, they can try out instruments at at the “Instrument Petting Zoo.” The best part: Kids get in FREE!

WHO: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, has captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.

WHAT: Kid-friendly concert featuring lively music, including excerpts from Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Bizet’s “Carmen Suite.” The theme is “MUSIC CAN . . .” What can music do? It can do so much! It can make us want to dance, sing, march in a parade or conduct an orchestra. It can make us feel excited or quiet—and can even make people howl at the moon.

WHERE: NEW LOCATION! Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E. 15th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan

WHEN: Sunday, January 13 at 3pm

TICKETS: Kids get in FREE. Suggested donation of $15 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gvo.org or at the door on the day of the concert.

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Don’t miss the 1st concert of the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s 2012/2013 season!

WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3pm.

PROGRAM: Concert features Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 2,” Smetana’s “The Moldau,” and Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” with violinist Aaron Boyd. Meet the musicians afterward at a free reception!

ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, is YOUR neighborhood orchestra. We have captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.

TICKET INFORMATION: All GVO concerts are by suggested donation of $15 ($10 for students/seniors). Tickets may be purchased online at www.gvo.org or at the door on the day of the concert.

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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!

Two venues/nights!

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
115 College Ave, Somerville

http://mod-ren.com/

Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton
www.centermakor.org

Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com

Juventas New Music Ensemble

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New works by rising composers, including new Playground commissions and Conrad Kehn’s “Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music.”
Featuring: New Playground commissions by Jeff Ashear and Nicholas Ehlers, Conrad Kehn’s Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music, Greg Simon’s Piano Quintet No. 1 and Christopher Auerbach-Brown’s Pillars of Air.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts,
2344 E. Iliff ave.,
Denver CO, 80208
Tickets $18 adult, $16 seniors, free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID. Ticket prices include free parking at the Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert Line (303) 871-6412

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