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On the heels of his Composer of the Year honor from Musical America, BAM presents the latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell a tale of love found yet unfulfilled, performed by the ravishing voices of legendary early music group Anonymous 4.
Assembled from a stunning range of texts—including medieval courtly love narratives by Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Beroul, and Thomas
of Britain, excerpts from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, writings by Lang, and short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia Davis—the words and music distill a single, universal tale about desire’s discontent, made luminous by one of the premiere vocal ensembles of our time.
On the creation of love fail, Lang said, “the first idea for this piece came out of the sound world of Anonymous 4. Their medieval-tinged, pure-toned, close-harmony singing seemed perfect for telling an intimate, emotional story of the way love might work in our lives, and the way it so often doesn’t.” In his first-time as a director, Lang works with a range of collaborators to, as he notes, “heighten the music’s sense of intimacy.”
“From Jennifer Tipton’s warm, environmental glow, to Jim Findlay’s dramatically elemental sets and startling videos, to Jody Elff’s subtly evolving resonances, and Suzanne Bocanegra’s elegant, modern costumes, we have been careful to add just enough theatricality to focus all attention on the singers and their story,” said Lang, “The theater emerges from the music—it becomes a physical manifestation of the interior life of the text.”
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: ballet, Brighton, chamber music, classical, classical music, contemporary music, Experience, Juventas, new music, opera, Somerville, world premiere
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
115 College Ave, Somerville
Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton
Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com
unMET – Opera for the 21st Century
Oct 31, 2012 8:00 pm | Wednesday
Leave your opera glasses at home and forget about that stodgy tenor in 18th-century garb! Juventas New Music Ensemble invites you to experience opera of the future over an evening drink! Scenes from new operas by emerging composers will explore ghosts, extinction, love and magic, all while placing you directly in the middle of the action. This very special Halloween edition of unMET features a costume contest with rockin’ prizes!
$25 for Table Seats; $20 for Stool Seats; $15 for Standing Room.
Tickets available for purchase online here: http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/unmet-opera-21st-century
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Join us for Cantori’s ’12-13 Season Opener!
The US premiere of Felix und Clara by Dutch composer Jacques Bank explores the troubled relationship of Clara Schumann and her son Felix. The chorus sings the voice of Felix, and renowned New York stage actor Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America; Wit) takes the role of Clara. Also on the program: the world premiere of Four Songs by Frank Brickle, setting an unusual collection of texts by four 20th-century American poets within the throbbing soundscape of a string quartet; and Libby Larsen’s Alaska Spring. Featuring the Cassatt String Quartet and saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman.
November 3, 2012
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, NYC
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Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.
A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.
Works by Dan Barrett, Chopin, Dan Cooper, Couperin, Debussy, Ives, Jill Jaffe, Paul Lee, Dary John Mizelle, Red Norvo, Daniel Palkowski, Schubert, and Taj Mahal
Featuring soloists Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Chala Yancy (violin), and Linda Wetherill (flutes)
“Brash new-music ensemble” – The New York Times
The International Street Cannibals (ISC), the multi-genre new music ensemble of seasoned chamber musicians/composers directed by Dan Barrett and co-directed by Dan Cooper and Chala Yancy, will launch their 2012-2013 concert season with a 70-minute mosaic of short works centered around water and fish symbolism. The multi-faceted event will mix classics with new music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers, and will include a dance component directed by Megan Sipe, which serves to “translate” the music, and vice versa.
The evening will feature several works by ISC’s resident composers, including the premiere of Dan Barrett’s Dagon’s Cradle Song – an homage to the Babylonian god-fish Dagon set to a well-known text by German romantic poet Eduard Mörike and scored for soprano (Lynn Norris) and mixed electro-acoustic ensemble – and the premiere of Dan Cooper’s Gelfilte Funk, performed by the ensemble, along with his Anemones (piano, flute and cello). Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa will perform the premiere of Daniel Palkowski’s Paraphrase of Ravel’s “Une Barque sur l’océan,” accompanied by the ensemble; and alto flutist Linda Wetherill will celebrate another water deity in Dary John Mizelle’s solo work, Shakti’s Womb of the World. Paul Lee’s expressionist Duo for Violin and Cello will be played by Chala Yancy (violin) and Tish Edens (cello); and the ensemble will premiere Jill Jaffe’s new composition, Look Sea, She Lives.
Spanning several centuries and modalities, the program will feature a few classics in their original version or in fresh electro-acoustic arrangements. Taka Kigawa is the soloist in Chopin’s “Ocean” Etude, Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor and Debussy’s Poissons d’or. Soprano Lynn Norris will join Kigawa in Ives’ elegiac The Pond and will sing in a novel setting of Schubert’s lied, “Der Fischer.” The ensemble will also present an electro-acoustic arrangement of Couperin’s L’anguille (The Eel) from the 22e Ordre (Pièces de clavecin, Book IV).
Also included in this eclectic program are the jazz vibraphonist Red Norvo’s signature work, Dance of the Octopus, in a new rendering for the ensemble, and the Negro spiritual Wade in the Water, performed by R+B/Gospel singer Robert Solomon, with Chala Yancy on violin and Cesare Papetti on hand drum. The evening will conclude with blues singer Taj Mahal’s paean to angling, Fishin’ Blues, interpreted by Solomon, accompanied by the dance ensemble.
Musicians for Fishy Bizness include Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Dan Barrett (conductor), Rachel Golub, Annette Homann, and Chala Yancy (violin), Jill Jaffe (viola), Tish Edens (cello), Troy Rinker (electric bass guitar), Linda Wetherill (flute, piccolo, and alto flute), Julie Landsman (French Horn), and Cesare Papetti (hand drum).
St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery is located at 131 East 10th Street, NYC. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Students and Seniors). For more information, call 646-431-2818 or go to: http://streetcannibals.com
Juventas New Music Ensemble presents three generations of living Boston composers in the same concert! On Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, Juventas presents Emerge: New Music and Its Origins, an annual exploration of young composers and their influences.
This year, Juventas celebrates its six years of residency at The Boston Conservatory by showcasing works by BoCo affiliates, including recent Boston Conservatory graduate Mischa Salkind-Pearl, current faculty Andy Vores and Curtis Hughes, and Lee Hyla, one of Hughes’ teachers. At Emerge, the audience will hear a musical torch passed from generation to generation, as young composers carry forth and develop existing traditions, while breaking out and starting new ones.
September 21 at 8pm
The First Church of Boston Unitarian
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $15, $10 with a student ID
September 22 at 8pm
Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Tickets: Tickets 15$, free with a student ID
The Boston New Music Initiative will present the final performance of its third concert season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Featuring new chamber works by living composers, the concert will include the world premiere of Michael Lee’s The Sun That Breathes by the Riverside, Charles Halka’s Trio, Emily Cooley’s Variations on a Theme from “Wit”, Aaron Kirschner’s Three Bagatelles, Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! (featuring soprano Margot Rood), and Peter Klatzow’s Dances of Earth and Fire (featuring percussionist Jeff Stern). Music Director Nathan Lofton will conduct.
The concert will begin at 8:00 pm with a pre-concert talk with the composers at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please visit www.bostonnewmusic.org for tickets or more information.
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical, classical music, Colorado, Conrad Kehn, Denver, emerging composers, Jeff Ashear, Music, new composers, new music, Nicholas ehlers, Young Person's Guide
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
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical, classical music, Colorado, colorado new music, composition, Denver, k-12 composers, Metro State, Music, new composers, New composition, new music
Hosted by the Metro State Department of Music on the Auraria Campus, the Playground’s annual CoCoCo showcases chamber music written by residents of Colorado. Now in its 6th year CoCoCo has featured 49 works by 39 different Colorado-based composers including a number of K-12 composers. Each year one composer is selected to receive a commission to compose a new work specifically for the Playground. Watch our web site for the next deadline and be sure to alert any composers you know to this opportunity.
Auraria Campus King Center
855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: Ashley Wang, Carnegie Hall, classical, classical music, composition, contemporary music, Ear to Mind, Inhyun Kim, Jenny Q Chai, Marco Stroppa, new music, new york city, piano, world premiere, Zankel Hall
Performing works by Inhyun Kim, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Marco Stroppa, Kurtag, Messaien, Ligeti, Debussy, and Schumann, pianist Jenny Q. Chai makes her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, at the Carnegie Hall Box office at 57th street and 7th avenue in New York City (which is also the location of the venue), or by calling 212 247 7800.
This concert, featuring two world premieres and one US premiere, is being presented by Ear to Mind (www.eartomind.com), a New York City based arts organization which strives to present innovative programs that allow the public to experience contemporary music in non-traditional contexts, as well as by producing publications that allow the public to gain intimate knowledge of the contemporary music field, simultaneously providing composers and performers with a platform for their work.
The Program includes:
- Inhyun Kim – Parallel Lines (World premiere)
- Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang – “Current”, a newly commissioned work from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project (World premiere)
- Marco Stroppa – “Innige Cavatina” from Miniature Estrose by (US premiere)
- Claude Debussy – Études No.3 ” pour les quartes” and No.6 “pour les huit doigts”
- György Ligeti – Études Book I No. 1 “Désordre” and No. 2 “Cordes à vide”
- Olivier Messiaen – Cantéyodjayâ
- György Kurtág – “Quiet talk with the Devil” and “Les Adieux” from Jatekok
- Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana
Hailed as a “brilliant and fearless young performer,” Jenny Q Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered, most notably, Life Sketches by Nils Vigeland, Exercise in Deism by John Slover, Intimate Rejection by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Blue Inscription by Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall.
Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. In what is already an illustrious career, Chai’s performances have been covered in major media throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, including Time Out New York, Shanghai Culture, and Cologne Daily News, and her performances of contemporary music have been broadcast in Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. Her talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaViva’s New York Love Songs.
For Chai, near-total immersion in the contemporary music world has only enhanced her appreciation of the classical repertoire. “I feel a sense of contentment programming creative concerts, mixing and matching old and new works, so as to highlight what is most special in each piece. After all, nothing comes from nothing, and new music is very much connected to that which came before.” Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai co-directs the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music Association in Shanghai. In an Ear to Mind performance in April 2011, Chai premiered three new works, including Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai) by Nils Vigeland.
Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang is a Taiwanese composer whose work seeks to capture the individual beauty of the fleeting moment, revealing complexity within simplicity. Her music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, pianists Eric Huebner, Vicky Chow, Jenny Q. Chai, conductors David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Paul Chiang, and visual artists Alice Grassi and Takeshi Moro. Her music has been broadcast on WNYC and Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and has been released on the ArpaViva label. Ms. Wang is the winner of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music competition and the Look and Listen Festival Composition Prize, and the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and the ASCAP Foundation. Ms. Wang has been a fellow at the MusicX Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Pacific Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has worked with Robert Beaser, Matthias Pintscher, David Felder, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Lera Auerbach. She has recently studied with Nils Vigeland, Reynold Tharp, and Stephen Taylor.
As a frequent collaborator with choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers, composer Inhyun Kim challenges her audience think in new and unconventional ways about music as a performing art. Ms. Kim has been commissioned by organizations such as White Wave Dance Company, The Actor’s Theatre, Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Brooklyn Independent television, and her works have been performed at the DUMBO dance festival, Wave Rising series, the Joyce Soho theatre, What We Want!!!, The Tompkins Square gallery at the New York Public Library, Dance New Amsterdam, Ceres Gallery as part of 2008 Make Music NY, the Museum of Modern Arthur as part of the 12th annual Art Under the Bridge festival, Galapagos Art Space, and Symphony Space. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Music degrees and studied with Julia Wolfe, Susan Botti and Reiko Fueting. Ms. Kim’s music can be heard on her CD “Music =”, released in 2010 by Carrier Records. Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in composition, Manhattan School of Music president’s award, and was recently awarded a mentorship with composer Vivian Fung, as part of NYFA’s Mentoring program for Immigrant Artists. Ms. Kim is co-director of the contemporary music nonprofit organization, Ear To Mind.
Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona, Italy, and has composed for both acoustical instruments and new media. His repertoire includes works for concerts, one music drama, two radio operas and various special projects. He often groups several works around large cycles exploring specific compositional projects, such as a series of concertos for instrument and a spatialized orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats, a book of Miniature Estrose, seven pieces for solo piano, a cycle of works for solo instrument and chamber electronic music inspired by poems of e. e. cummings, and two string quartets. He has worked as a composer and researcher, teacher at IRCAM, and he founded the composition and computer music workshop at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. He taught composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon and since 1999 he has been full professor of composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He studied at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
This concert is sponsored by The Gurrand Group and FaceArt Music Association.