Sounds New Concert Series
Baruch Performing Arts Center launches SOUNDS NEW concert series at The Engelman Recital Hall.
Baruch Performing Arts Center announces the launch of a new concert series entitled SOUNDS NEW. This new contemporary classical concert series aims to celebrate and promote contemporary classical music by established as well as up-and-coming composers with performances of 20th century and contemporary music.
SOUNDS NEW is curated by flutist Laura Falzon and produced by John Malatesta, managing director of Baruch Performing Arts Center.
The inaugural season of SOUNDS NEW will kick off on Friday Oct 29th, followed by two further concerts; on Friday November 12th and Friday December 3rd.
Bringing together the haunting memories of Hiroshima (Fujikura), cumulative dimensionality (Babbitt), fiery tension (Saariaho), irregularity (Volans), and regressive memory (Du Yun), the opening concert on Oct 29th presents a compelling program that includes two works with electronics and works for string quartet, flute, cello and piano. This concert features the performance of Du Yun’s work for string quartet, narrator and electronics—A Cockroach tarantella, commissioned through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant with funding generously provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Described by The New York Times as “electrifying“ and “cutting-edge”, Du Yun’s work is an exploration of the physical reality of sound. Dai Fujikura’s work Poison Mushroom for flute and electronics and Kaija Saariaho’s trio Cendres, also probe into diverse realms of sound. The program also features Kevin Volan’s Walking Song and Milton Babbitt’s Dual.
Featured artists include composer Du Yun (narrator), the iO quartet, flutist Laura Falzon, cellist Chris Gross and pianist Steve Beck.
The second concert in SOUNDS NEW’s three-concert inaugural season will be on Friday November 12th. This concert will feature pianist Steve Beck, “one of the city’s most admired young pianists” (The New Yorker). Sought after for his interpretation of contemporary works, Steve Beck will perform an eclectic program of modernist masterworks for piano ranging from Schoenberg and Boulez to Babbitt, Glass and Cage.
The first season of SOUNDS NEW concludes with a concert on Friday December 3rd entitled Voices! Voices! featuring contralto Christina Ascher, who has made an international name for herself as an interpreter of modern music and modern music theatre; flutist Laura Falzon, lauded as an “excellent instrumentalist” by London’s Music & Musicians; and pianist Laura Barger who is very much sought after for her dedication to contemporary music. Voices! Voices! brings together a varied program of works from Berio to Wiprud in a vibrant program of compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries where voices and ever more voices — earthly, ethereal, mythical, narrating, singing, laughing, chirping and always full of life — call to one another, lure, narrate and reflect human and animal experience. Snail meets Siren, Water Spirit meets Sparrow, Voice meets Voice. Featured in this program is the World premiere performance of a new work, Sirens’ Song, based on The Odyssey, written by New York composer Theodore Wiprud for Christina Ascher and Laura Falzon.
Friday Oct 29th, 8pm
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Du Yun narrator
IO string quartet
Laura Falzon flute
Chris Gross cello
Steve Beck piano
Dai Fujikura Poison Mushroom, flute & electronics
Babbitt Dual, cello & piano
Saariaho Cendres trio for flute, cello & piano
Volans Walking Song, flute & piano
Du Yun A Cockroach’s Tarantella*, narrator, string quartet and laptop
About the Artists
iO Quartet is an emerging NYC based ensemble interested in finding a common aesthetic vision between the works of the past and the works of today. They were the 2006 – 2008 Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase, among other fellowships. They have recorded works of Poul Ruders for Bridge Records and will be recording works of Tod Machover for Bridge in December. Recent appearances include performances at Merkin Hall, Monadnock Music, Scandinavia House, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, and throughout Europe. The iO Quartet consists of Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahk, violin; Elizabeth Weisser, viola; and Christopher Gross, cello. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.
Composer Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer and musician. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice’’; “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC) she is equally adept at writing for concert halls, art shows, experimental theatres, modern dances and pop songs. Du Yun has received a myriad of commissions including the Meet the Composer Commissioning/USA, the Jerome Foundation, and many others through the US and Europe. Highlights of recent seasons include international premieres in Switzerland, Finland, France, Canada, Norway, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands, and China. Last season her opera, Zolle, was featured at the VOX by the New York City Opera, among many other works and premieres. www.myspace.com/duyun
Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh. http://www.laurafalzon.com
Following Cellist Chris Gross’s performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II at the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York Times wrote: “…for 20 minutes this skinny young cellist with a punkish hair cut seemed like a musical master of the universe…” Gross has performed numerous solo and chamber performances of contemporary music throughout the US and in Europe. He is a founding member of The iO Quartet, the Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase from 2006-2008. As a soloist, Gross premiered Milton Babbitt’s piece More Melismata for solo cello on the 2006 Focus! Festival. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.
Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.
Friday Nov 12th 2010, 8pm
Pianist Steven Beck plays eclectic modernist masterworks
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Boulez: Incises (1994/2001)
Babbitt: Tutte le Corde (1994)
Glass: Mad Rush (1979)
Cage: Dream (1948)
Cage: Etudes Australes I and VII (1974)
Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, op. 25
About the artist
Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels
Friday Dec 3rd 2010 8pm
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Berio Luciano: Sequenza III for solo voice
Dmitri Smirnov: Six Haiku
Theodore Wiprud: Sirens’ Song*
Mark Carlson: Night Will Blossom
Toru Takemitsu: Voice for solo flute
John Cage: Sonata for two voices
Bojidar Spassov: Otletela preperuga—The Pierides VI
Christina Ascher contralto
Laura Falzon flutist
Laura Barger pianist
About the artists
Contralto Christina Ascher, born in New York, studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard Music School. Opera engagements: Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas Civic Opera, Karlsruhe, Zurich, Bonn, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Graz, Oldenburg. As a singer of contemporary music guest with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Dresdner Tage fuer zeitgenoessische Musik, Bonner Tage fuer Neue Musik, Berliner Festwochen, Berliner Biennale, Frankfurter Feste, Styrian Autumn, Styriarte, Warsaw Autumn, Sofia International New Year’s Festival, Darmstaedter Ferienkurse, Wittener Tage fuer neue Kammermusik, Musica in Strassbourg, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, etc. See also www.VoiceStudioCA <http://www.VoiceStudioCA> .com
Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh.http://www.laurafalzon.com
New York-based pianist Laura Barger has performed internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician including at The Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), The National Gallery of Ireland, Västerås Konserthus (Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music (Germany), The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon at Mass MOCA and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. She has premiered numerous works by composers from around the world, working with composers such as Philippe Leroux, Augusta Read-Thomas, Dai Fujikura, David Lang, and Terry Riley.
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