Classical Music News of the Week, June 15, 2014
The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 26th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 11–20. In addition to offering students coaching, lectures, master classes, and recitals, the Festival includes four public events at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, in Evanston, featuring guest duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, guest pianist/lecturer Joseph Smith, Festival Founders/Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, and Music Institute piano faculty, all performing duo piano repertoire.
Gala Opening Concert—Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Duo Piano Festival Founders/Directors and Music Institute faculty piano duo in residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem perform a program including Stravinsky's Petrushka.
Lecture and Recital: Joseph Smith—Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m. (lecture), 3 p.m. (recital)
Noted pianist/lecturer Joseph Smith presents a program entitled "Invitation to the Dance: The Four-Hand Music of Carl Maria von Weber," followed by a recital of Weber's four-hand music featuring Festival faculty and students. Joseph Smith is especially known for presenting neglected works through performances, lectures, recordings, articles, broadcasts, and editions. He has edited 11 piano anthologies, recorded 10 CDs, and written for numerous publications. Stuart Isacoff's Natural History of the Piano calls Smith a "walking encyclopedia of the piano."
Faculty Extravaganza Concert—Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
In this popular event, members of the Music Institute and Chicago Duo Piano Festival performance faculty perform a mixed program of duo piano favorites. Performers include Sung Hoon Mo, Inah Chiu, Alexander Djordjevic, Katherine Lee, Soo Young Lee, Elaine Felder, Milana Pavchinskaya, Irene Faliks, Maya Brodotskaya, Amy Tan, Chee-Hang See, Fiona Queen, Mark George, Xiaomin Liang, Jue He, Matthew Hagle , Mio Isoda, and others.
Guest Recital: Anderson & Roe Piano Duo—Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Music Institute alumna Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Anderson, who formed their partnership while attending The Juilliard School, aim to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their 2012 album When Words Fade (Steinway Label) received critical acclaim and spent more than a dozen weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while millions have viewed their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos on YouTube.
For the Chicago Duo Piano Festival, Anderson & Roe perform Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 1, their own Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos, and more of their own classical and crossover transcriptions.
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, artists in residence and faculty members at the Music Institute, enjoy an international career as proponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. The duo has appeared with orchestras internationally, including the Chicago Philharmonic and the Vienna Tonkünstler. They have performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe and are frequent guests on WFMT. Recent concert highlights include a 25th anniversary celebration concert at Merkin Hall in New York, an appearance at the Gina Bachauer Festival in Salt Lake City, and recitals at the Detroit Institute for Arts, the Pitten International Festival in Austria, and in Odessa, Ukraine. Aebersold and Neiweem have commissioned significant new works for the piano duo, including pieces by Joseph Turrin and Patrick Byers. The duo's CDs on the Summit label include Four Hand Reflections and music of Brahms and Schubert.
The Chicago Duo Piano Festival concerts take place July 11, 15, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. Tickets for each concert are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students; the lecture/recital July 13 at 1 p.m. is free. Tickets for all events are available at musicinst.org or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
New Century Chamber Orchestra Announces the Return of Carmen, September 11-14, 2014
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m., Kanbar Performing Arts Center, San Francisco.
Thursday, September 11, 8 p.m., First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Friday, September 12, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
Saturday, September 13, 8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory
Sunday, September 14, 5 p.m., Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Bizet/ Shchedrin: Carmen Suite
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Derek Bermel: A Short History of the Universe for String Quartet and Clarinet, Derek Bermel, clarinet
Derek Bermel: Oct Up for Two String Quartets and Percussion
Derek Bermel: Silvioudades, Derek Bermel, clarinet; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
--Karen Ames Communications
Weill Hall + Lawn Presents 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with Judy Collins
Sonoma State University's Green Music Center hosts Judy Collins, who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy's dreamy and sweetly intimate version of "Send in the Clowns," a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She's garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Gutherie, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
Friday, Jul. 4, 7:30 pm at Weill Hall and Lawn
Price: From $35 indoor | $25 outdoor | Pre-sale 10 a.m. 5/20, On sale 10 a.m. 5/27
For more information, contact the box office at (866) 955-6040 or http://gmc.sonoma.edu/
--Weill Hall at Sonoma State
Tickets on Sale for 2014 Jazz Journalists Association's Jazz Awards NYC Party
Performers announced, media winners celebrated at Blue Note Jazz Club, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, June 11, 2014.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association's New York City Jazz Awards Party at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 3rd St., New York City, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Pianist Elio Villafranca's nine-piece Jass Syncopators, vocalist Sheila Jordan with bassist Cameron Brown and Stephanie Richards' Trumpet Quartet will perform to celebrate nominees and winners of the JJA's 2014 Jazz Awards for music – announced April 15 -- and recipients of Awards for excellence in journalism, to be announced at the party.
Josh Jackson, host of WBGO's "The Checkout" and vice president for content, returns as Master of Ceremonies. JJA Jazz Heroes Cephas Bowles, WBGO's on-leave president and CEO, Meghan Stabile, founder of Revive Music Group, and Trombonist of the Year Roswell Rudd are among the honorees expected to attend. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale will be served.
The JJA's awards for jazz media, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and honors for writing, broadcasting, videography, photography, online and print publications, are the sole such recognitions of excellence in the field. Winners of JJA Jazz Awards for musical achievement – topped by Lifetime Achievement in Jazz recipient Herbie Hancock and Musician of the Year saxophonist Wayne Shorter -- are receiving their engraved statuettes at performances in venues across the U.S.A.
A complete list of those winners, all Jazz Awards nominees and the roster of the JJA's 2014 Jazz Heroes Awards for "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz" are also posted at www.JJAJazzAwards.org.
--Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
Cal Performances Presents the Fourth Annual Ojai North Music Festival, Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21
The festival features the Bay Area première of "The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)," a new comic opera by Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky based on Charles Rosen's classic book.
Plus, there are Cal Performances débuts by the Uri Caine Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider, Timo Andres, Storm Large, and The Knights who join Denk to perform music by Beethoven, Feldman, Haydn, Janác(ek, Ives, Ligeti, Mozart, Schubert, Weill, and more. And just added: Three pre-performance talks featuring the artists
The Ojai Music Festival will be held June 12–15 in Ojai Valley.
Cal Performances' fourth annual Ojai North Music Festival opens Thursday, June 19, with the Bay Area première of the comic opera, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts), based on the eponymous award-winning book by the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, with a libretto by 2014 Ojai Music Director Jeremy Denk and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. Ojai North is Cal Performances' presentation of the highlights of the Ojai Music Festival, considered one of the finest celebrations of music and culture in the world; this is the fourth year of the partnership. The music continues in Berkeley at the end of every annual festival in Ojai Valley.
Five distinct concerts are on the program for Ojai North. Making their debuts at Cal Performances are artistic collaborators who share Denk's musical passions and love of fun, including jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine, the trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, pianist and composer Timo Andres, vocalist Storm Large, contemporary ensemble The Knights, and male a cappella quartet Hudson Shad.
While music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Joseph Haydn will set the framework for The Classical Style, Ojai North features works by Leoš Janácek, Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Franz Schubert, and Kurt Weill, plus the work of the distinctive Palo Alto-born composer and pianist Timo Andres.
Tickets for Ojai North Music Festival, Thursday-Saturday, June 19–21, in Hertz Hall range from $20.00 to $68.00 and are subject to change. A Festival Pass to all five concerts, including The Classical Style, is available for $147.00. Tickets are available through the Cal Performances Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall, at (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org, and at the door. Half-price tickets are available for purchase by UC Berkeley students. UC faculty and staff, senior citizens, other students, and UC Alumni Association members receive a $5.00 discount (Special Events excluded). For more information, call the Ticket Office at (510) 642-9988, or visit www.calperformances.org.
For complete information on the festival, click http://www.ojaifestival.org/festivals/2014-festival/2014-festival-schedule/
--Rusty Barnes, Cal Performances
Stewart Goodyear plays the Beethoven cycle at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NY
The intrepid Canadian pianist will perform all 32 Beethoven sonatas during four concerts on June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 27, all performances at 4pm.
Join Steinway & Sons pianist Stewart Goodyear for a rare performance of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. The program will take place over four concert dates (June 22 & 29 and July 6 & 27) at Bargemusic, New York City's floating music venue docked beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. All four performances will start at 4pm. Tickets cost $15-$35 and can be purchased by calling 718-624-4924 or by visiting Bargemusic.org.
The Bargemusic performances coincide with the release of Goodyear's debut album for Steinway & Sons, available digitally and physically on June 10. The album, which is also the first orchestral release for the Steinway & Sons label, features Goodyear's powerful renditions of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Major with the Czech National Symphony under the direction of Stanislav Bogunia.
Like Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Arrau, to whom Goodyear has frequently been likened, Goodyear has a reputation for getting audiences to jettison their expectations and experience classic repertoire in a new light. "Passion can be quite messy," Goodyear has said of his approach to Beethoven. Of one of his previous 11-hour Beethoven sonata marathons in 2012, Musical Toronto wrote that the performance "yielded a depiction of Beethoven's ideas so vivid that it compels attention." Gramophone praised his recording of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle as "vital, communicative and intelligently stylish."
--Caroline Heaney, BuckleSweet Media
American Opera Projects in the News
And Death Shall Have No Dominion:
It's time to make music, New York! March (and sing) with Pete M. Wyer's event for synchronized headphone choir "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" on Saturday, June 21st. You and other individual singers will begin at 11am in various Manhattan and Brooklyn locations and converge at Rockefeller Park (Battery Park City) at 11:45am to form a large choir accompanied by the Asphalt Orchestra. We want you to join our choir!
Featured AOP Soloists: Soprano Eleanor Taylor, alto Kathryn Krasovec, tenor Glenn Seven Allen, gbritone David Schmidt. Live accompaniment by Asphalt Orchestra.
To register and receive more information, go to http://makemusicny.org/summer-schedule/2014/features/downtown-sound/and-death-shall-have-no-dominion/
New York Pride March:
On June 29th, AOP will be participating in New York's 44th Annual Pride March alongside our friends at the Ackerman Institute for the Family's Gender & Family Project.
In 1998, AOP commissioned Patience & Sarah, the first lesbian-themed opera to receive national attention. As we head toward our premiere of As One, a chamber opera depicting a transgender person's experience, we invite our colleagues, friends and family to join in celebration of the LGBT community. Marchers line up at 11am at 36th St & Fifth Ave and step off at noon.
To register and receive updates on our meet-up location, logistical info, and post-march plans, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-march-2014-tickets-11857643531
--Matthew Gray, AOP
Young People's Chorus of New York City Opens All-Star "Terry Riley and Friends" Concert Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. at Federal Hall, NYC
The all-star program includes performances by Tracy Silverman, Jeffrey Ziegler, and Terry Riley himself.
Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC) joins an all-star lineup of artists performing in "Terry Riley and Friends," part of Original Music Workshop (OMW) and LMCC's "Ex-Situ" series of site-specific concerts in the 2014 "River To River Festival." Composer and OMW Creative Director Paola Prestini has curated the concert, which takes place Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Federal Hall (26 Wall Street). The event is free and open to the public.
"Terry Riley and Friends," a showcase of work created and inspired by "the father of minimalism," opens with Another Secret eQuation, co-commissioned and premiered by the Young People's Chorus of New York City and the Kronos Quartet in 2010. For this performance YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez will conduct the chorus and a quartet of new-music greats formed for just this occasion-violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Jenny Choi, violist Ljova, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.
The program also features a trio including Terry Riley himself; his son, the globe-trotting, Brooklyn-based guitarist Gyan Riley; and Tracy Silverman, whom BBC calls "the greatest living exponent of the electronic violin." The program closes eventfully with new improv by Mr. Riley and an equally legendary composer/performer.
In 2009 the Young People's Chorus of New York City was honored to be invited to be among the "who's who" of music to take part in the Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the 45th anniversary of Terry Riley's "In C," a work that has become enshrined in history and as The New York Times commented "a view of music as a communal action and a key to transcendence."
Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
"Terry Riley and Friends"
Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, NYC
Free and open to the public
--Angela Duryea, YPCNYC
Distinguished Concerts Internaitonal New York Presents "Under the Western Sky"
"Music for Treble Voices" and the world premiere of a Latin American-inspired
"Gloria." Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Singers International, Cristian Grases, Composer and Conductor, and Hometown Praise: Music From Utah, Utah Voices with Music Director Michael Huff.
Sunday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m., Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, NYC
For more information, visit http://www.dciny.org/tickets-venues/carnegie-hall.html
--Shira Gilbert PR
Musicians' Media Works Win at Jazz Journalists Association's Jazz Awards
Pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, vibraphonist Gary Burton and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater were given top honors -- along with veteran author, editor, educator and radio show host W. Royal Stokes, freelance writer Nate Chinen, Spanish photographer Antonio Porcar Cano and videographer John Moultrie -- at the 18th annual Jazz Journalists Association's New York City Jazz Awards party at the Blue Note in Manhattan on June 11, 2014.
Awards were also announced to JazzTimes magazine and AllAboutJazz.com. All winners of the 2014 Jazz Awards, including musician recipients announced on April 15 and the 2014 Jazz Heroes feted in 23 North American cities for their activism, advocacy and altruism" are detailed at JJAJazzAwards.org.
Iverson, Burton and Bridgewater were celebrated not for music but for their work in media. Members of the JJA, a non-profit professional organization with some 300 members, voted Iverson's Do The Math the Best Blog of the Year and Burton's autobiography Learning To Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton (Berklee Press) Best Book of the Year. Bridgewater, on-air host of the NPR series Jazz Set, received the JJA's Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.
Stokes, who has retired to West Virginia after a 60-year-career in and around Washington, D.C., was presented with the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award. Chinen, contributor to the New York Times and JazzTimes, won the Helen Oakley Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in 2013. Cano depicted tenor saxophonist Benny Golson blowing in front of a huge image of Billie Holiday for Photo of the Year. Moultrie's Best Short Form Jazz News Video clip is the very candid "Gary Bartz Talks About Drug Use Among Jazz Greats."
Jazz Heroes Meghan Stabile of Revive Music, Maryland-based music educator John R. Lamkin II and WBGO CEO Cephas Bowles, currently on medical leave, were honored at the cocktails-and-hors d'ouevres party. The event was attended by some 125 music and media luminaries, and featured performances by Stephanie Richards' Trumpet Quartet, singer Sheila Jordan with bassist Cameron Brown, and pianist Eilio Villafranca's Jass Syncopators Septet.
Notable attendees included trombonist Roswell Rudd, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, composer-orchestra leader Maria Schneider, clarinetist Anat Cohen, electronic keyboardist Jason Lindner, JJA member-critics Gary Giddins, Francis Davis, Neil Tesser, Ron Scott and Yvonne Ervin, Motema Music principal Jana Herzen, presenters Mark Morganelli and Todd Barkan, publicists Jana La Sorte, Jim Eigo, Don Lucoff and Carolyn McClair and BMI's Patrick Cook, who toasted "All the nominees."
The JJA's Jazz Awards are the only comprehensive honors for excellence in jazz and jazz journalism presented publicly in the U.S. Sponsors this year include the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, WBGO, the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, BMI, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Berklee College of Music, JazzFM, Century Media Partners, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, Mack Avenue Records, ECM, Motema Music, Columbia Legacy, Resonance Records, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, JazzBoston, MCGJazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival, DeBlaze and Associates, the Jazz Foundation of America, B Sharp's (Tallahassee) and The Jazz Cruise.
--Jazz Promo Services
William (Bill) Heck, Contributing Reviewer
Among my early childhood memories are those of listening to my mother playing records (some even 78 rpm ones!) of both classical music and jazz tunes. I suppose that her love of music was transmitted genetically, and my interest was sustained by years of playing in rock bands – until I realized that this was no way to make a living. The interest in classical music was rekindled in grad school when the university FM station serving as background music for studying happened to play the Brahms First Symphony. As the work came to an end, it struck me forcibly that this was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard, and from that point on, I never looked back. This revelation was to the detriment of my studies, as I subsequently spent way too much time simply listening, but music has remained a significant part of my life. These days, although I still can tell a trumpet from a bassoon and a quarter note from a treble clef, I have to admit that I remain a nonexpert. But I do love music in general and classical music in particular, and I enjoy sharing both information and opinions about it.
The audiophile bug bit about the same time that I returned to that classical music. I’ve gone through plenty of equipment, brands from Audio Research to Yamaha, and the best of it has opened new audio insights. Along the way, I reviewed components, and occasionally recordings, for The $ensible Sound magazine. Recently I’ve rebuilt--I prefer to say reinvigorated--my audio system, with a Sangean FM HD tuner and (for the moment) an ancient Toshiba multi-format disk player serving as a transport, both feeding a NAD C 658 streaming preamp/DAC, which in turn connects to a Legacy Powerbloc2 amplifier driving my trusty Waveform Mach Solo speakers, supplemented by a Hsu Research ULS 15 Mk II subwoofer.