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February 6 & 7 at Czech Center New York



CassandraC  a  s  s  a  n  d  r  a

by Michael Jarrell

U.S. Premiere of the illustrated production created by Nimrod Opera Zurich and Czech video artist Dalibor Pys

Performed by Argento Ensemble led by conductor Michel Galante and featuring actress Anna Clementi

On February 6 & 7 at 7:00 PM, Actress Anna Clementi, conductor Michel Galante, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble perform Swiss composer Michael Jarrell’s opera Cassandra, at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd Street in New York City.  The performances are free, and are presented by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the Swiss Society in New York, with support from the Swiss Cultural Foundation “Pro Helvetia.” The work will be performed in English.

Michael Jarrell
Composer Michael Jarrell

Cassandra’s libretto, based on Christa Wolf’s 1984 novel of the same name, follows the Trojan priestess as she straddles past and present events in an internal monologue.  The protagonist is the daughter of King Priam, ruler of Troy, during the era of its destruction at the hands of the Greeks. She foretells Troy’s destruction, and is forced to helplessly watch its fall, as no one will believe her premonitions

This production is the US premiere of Pamela Hunter’s live-camera illustration of Jarrell’s monodrama for actress, electronics, and 18-piece chamber orchestra. With a unique use of film and live-camera video, the images in the mind of the prophetess Cassandra appear in flashback, intercut with paintings by the Belgian symbolist, Paul Delvaux, as well as scenes of the story line performed by the contemporary dance ensemble of Nimrod Opera Zurich. The production features the work of Czech video artist Dalibor Pys.

Hunter’s production was proclaimed the highlight of Berlin’s MaerzMusik Festival last year, with praise from the media as it “ideally complemented the diverse, vehement sound visions of Jarrell’s exceptional score.  … Michael Jarrell could hardly have wished for a more ideally suited interpretation than Pamela Hunter’s visualisation.” (Dietrich Bretz of Der Neuer Merker). Performance details are below. More information is at

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(Performed in English)

Monodrama for actress and instrumental ensemble with electronics (1993/1997)

after the epic novel by Christa Wolf in the adaptation by Gerhard Wolf.

Czech Center New York – Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, New York NY 10021

February 6 & 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Video mix 
Anna Clementi 
Argento Chamber Ensemble 
Michel Galante 
Pamela Hunter 
Dalibor Pys 
Michaela Pysova 
Nimrod Opera Zurich 

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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 The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood CA 90068. For more information on Diavolo Dance Theater please visit

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Co-Artistic Directors Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 3 PM in the afternoon
Thayer Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join us at a chamber music concert featuring principal players of some of Southern California’s best orchestras! Complimentary ice cream from Scoops available at the reception.

Maia Jasper & Kevin Kumar, Salastina Artistic Directors & Violinists
Håkan Rosengren, internationally acclaimed Swedish clarinetist
Catherine Ransom Karoly, LA Philharmonic Associate
Principal Flutist
Timoty Landauer, Pacific Symphony Principal Cellist
Julie Ann Smith, San Diego Symphony Principal Harpist
Gregory Cohen, San Diego Symphony Principal Percussionist
Robert Brophy, Violist, formerly of the Enso String Quartet
David Parmeter, Pacific Symphony Double Bass Player

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Antonin Dvorák: Miniatures
Arturo Márquez: Danzon No. 2 (world premiere arrangement)
Mark O’Connor: Appalachia Waltz
Béla Bartók: Romanian Dances (world premiere arrangement)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Movement for String Quartet and Percussion (world premiere)

$18 advance tickets / $25 at the door
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Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born composer and long-time New York City resident — will appear as pianist in a program devoted entirely to his music planned for Saturday afternoon March 12 2011.

The event will be held in the elegant Bruno Walter Auditorium at the recently refurbished NY Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza – Amsterdam Ave at 65th St). It will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is free (no tickets required).

For further information about the event as well as directions please visit

A retrospective program, the concert will feature compositions written during the last four decades.

It will include Five Preludes for Piano (written in 1964); The Blood Orange (for narrator, violin and piano — written in 2006); Mosaico Latinoamericano (for flute and piano —written in 1991); Vignettes for woodwind quintet (written in 2005); as well as Yellow Ribbons No. 10 (for piano – written in 1981) and Yellow Ribbons No. 39 (for solo flute— written in 2005).

Mr. Lifchitz will be joined by several of the distinguished performers who have premiered and recorded his works. They include actress/narrator Norma Fire; flutist Lisa Hansen; violinist Claudia Schaer; and The Sylvan Winds.

Mr. Lifchitz will introduce his works to the public and meet with the audience during intermission and after the concert.

Lifchitz began his musical training in Mexico City under the direction of the Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter. After moving to New York City in 1966 Lifchitz studied composition with Luciano Berio at Juilliard and Leon Kirchner at Harvard. His creative endeavors have been possible with grants from among others, the ASCAP, Ford and Guggenheim Foundations; the NYS Council on the Arts and the National Endowment on the Arts. He was awarded first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. Lifchitz has been active in the New York new music scene since the late 1960’s and has toured throughout Latin America and Europe with grants from the US Artists at International Festivals Fund. He was honored with the 2009 Zethus Fund Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the music by living composers.

Mr. Lifchitz’s compositions and performances are available for streaming and download through the web at

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