Classical Music News of the Week, May 27, 2017
Saratoga Performing Arts Center is poised to present a wholly transformed audience experience with the August launch of an innovative new programming series, "SPAC on Stage." With a seating capacity of just 300, the series features a unique format that challenges concert hall convention by placing the entire audience onstage with the artists. The series will take place on four consecutive Monday evenings – August 7, 14, 21 and 28 – showcasing acclaimed ensembles whose artistry crosses both classical and contemporary genres, including the Hot Sardines, Time for Three, Black Violin, and Tiempo Libre.
"The success stories of the dynamic groups we've chosen for SPAC on Stage underscore the importance of cross-genre thinking in the performing arts. Today's audiences are craving fresh artistic experiences, not only in content, but also in presentation," said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. "In developing SPAC on Stage, our goal was to meet both of these demands. Positioning audiences onstage for this series will offer them a unique, visceral experience – a connection with the performance unlike anything they have experienced previously."
"We are enthusiastic about presenting a lineup that is artistically vibrant, comprised of musicians who are pushing the boundaries of classical into new directions," she continued. "Black Violin typifies this approach with their stereotype-challenging presence across classical, hip-hop, rock and R&B genres. That no-holds-barred creative energy is also at the core of the other three extraordinary acts on the schedule – the Hot Sardines, Time for Three. and Tiempo Libre."
"With every new season, we have the opportunity to add to SPAC's remarkable story. With SPAC on Stage joining an already exceptional summer lineup, 2017 may be one of the most interesting, exciting chapters yet," she concluded.
Tickets to SPAC on Stage will be $50 or $40, depending on location, and available on spac.org.
--Rebecca Davis Public Relations
Guests Enjoy Music Institute's 87th Anniversary Gala
The Music Institute of Chicago, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most distinguished community music schools, welcomed nearly 300 guests to the 87th Anniversary Gala on Monday, May 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago. The event raised $800,000 from a combination of table sponsorships, ticket sales, and outright contributions.
The evening included a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances took place throughout the evening, representing every area of the Music Institute. Highlights included young musicians from the Community Music School; award-winning students from the renowned Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians; and young students from the Music Institute ArtsLink outreach programs, including performances by students from Joseph Lovett Elementary School and Third Coast Suzuki Strings, a violin program on the Northwest Side of Chicago operated in collaboration with the McCormick-Tribune YMCA.
Guests enjoyed a welcome greeting recorded by renowned opera singer, soprano, and Gala Honorary Chair Renée Fleming. Not once but twice, Dushkin Award recipient Rachel Barton Pine graciously surprised guests with performances alongside Music Institute students, performing Frideric Handel's Bourrée in G Major at the beginning of the evening and closing the event with Vittorio Monti's Czárdás.
For information, visit musicinst.org.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
PBO Introduces "Choose Your Own" Subcription Packages with 50% off Messiah
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is pleased to announce our new "Choose Your Own" subscription packages for new and lapsed subscribers!
Choose any 3, 4 or 5 regular season concerts and get all the benefits of subscribing including free exchanges, discounts on additional tickets, and -- with this package only -- 50% off tickets to Handel's Messiah.
The wonderul 2017/18 season continues to develop. We've just added rising star mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau to our "Beethoven Unleashed" program next April. The New York Times calls Avery "a rarity in music." We'll have more exciting announcements over the summer as well.
Take advantage of this Choose Your Own subscription offer today and grab those extra Messiah tickets at 50% off before the discount expires on June 15, 2017. And bring the entire family. There's no limit to the number of discounted Messiah tickets you can add with this offer.
For complete information, visit https://philharmonia.org/2017-2018-season/choose-your-own/ or call (415) 295-1900 | Mon - Fri, 10am - 5pm.
YPC Spring Concert
Young People's Chorus of New York City Spring Celebration Concert
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder. Elizabeth Núñez, Associate Artistic Director
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Two performances: 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Please note that graduation will take place at the 2:00 p.m. performance
Location: 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC
92nd Street Y Box Office
Ticket prices range from $30-$60
--Shirley Delgado, YPC of NYC
Musica Viva NY Announces 40th Anniversary Season
Musica Viva NY--a chamber choir under the artistic direction of Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez--celebrates its 40th anniversary throughout the 2017-18 season, continuing its commitment to performing beloved as well as rarely heard works from various periods of musical history and from diverse cultures worldwide together with the Aeolus Quartet, quartet in residence. Highlights of the season include Orff's Carmina Burana, a concert featuring pianist and composer Seymour Bernstein, an appearance by Musica Viva NY's founder Walter Klauss, a performance commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Alice Parker; and the world premiere of a work by Elena Ruehr, commissioned by Musica Viva NY. All performances take place at All Souls Church (80th Street and Lexington Avenue).
Musica Viva NY's 40th anniversary season kicks off on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., with a program entitled "The Wheel and the Sphere" featuring Carl Orff's iconic Carmina Burana and Guillaume Connesson's Sphaera together with the Allen-Stevenson School Chorus. These concerts will be followed by "Voices in Motion: Exploring Sound and Space" on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
On Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., Musica Viva NY presents "Infinite Hope," a concert featuring renowned conductor, composer, and writer Alice Parker who joins Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the Musica Viva NY choir, and the Aeolus Quartet for her own A Sermon from the Mountain: Martin Luther King; spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and Alice Parker; and Antonín Dvorák's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American."
Closing its 40th anniversary season, Musica Viva NY presents "Sunrise in the City" on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. featuring a newly- commissioned work by Boston-based composer, Elena Ruehr, together with Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass, and works by Gustav Mahler and Maarten Spruijt.
In addition to the traditional four-concert Sunday evening series at All Souls Church, Musica Viva NY presents one additional benefit concert on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. "Reintroducing Seymour."
Season Subscriptions, priced at $130, and single tickets, priced at $40, for the four-concert series at All Souls Church are available by visiting http://musicaviva.org/tickets/. Single tickets are also available at the door on the evening of the concert.
--Katlyn Morahan, Morahan Arts and Media
Taste of Randolph Announces Additional Artists
Silver Wrapper and Star Events have announced new additions to the 21st Annual Taste of Randolph Festival on Friday-Sunday, June 16-18th, 2017. This iconic celebration features three stages with a variety of talent, including a star-studded list of headliners on the Denver Live on the Rocks Stage, featuring the jaw-dropping scale replica of Red Rocks Amphitheater. The three day event benefits the West Loop Community Organization, which has been working since 1991 to support local businesses and economic development in the West Loop neighborhood.
Experience the Taste of Randolph in style and comfort, with amenities such as reserved viewing stands and lounge seating, private restroom trailers, discounted beer and more! Buy your tickets before they are gone! VIP options are available for all 3 days, or separately for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dawes | Eden | Emancipator Ensemble | Moon Taxi | Here Come The Mummies | Robert Delong | Slow Magic
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) | Son Little | Jerry Folk | ProbCause | Michl | Too Many Zooz | Head For The Hills | Soule Monde | The Blue Stones | Brayton Bowman | Growler | Nasty Snacks | Satsang | Organ Freeman
Naughty Professor | Bassel & The Supernaturals | Wes John Cichosz | Donnie Biggins | Carlile | JJ & Dre | Fletcher Rockwell | Heather Horton | Grood | The North 41 | Nelson Street Revival | Two Filipinos | Yuri Lame | Phillip-Michael Scales | Jonas Friddle
DJ Dance Stage hosted by the West Loop Community Organization:
Psycho B! Valerie | Teri Bristol | David Sabat | Adam Gibbons | Alan King | Jesse De La Peña | DJ set by Echodroides | CZ Boogie | DJ Flx | Bomba Con Buya | Sean Alvarez | David Chavez | Bassment Tapes | Spence Young/Mark Matras | DJ Madrid | Julius the Mad Thinker | Pleasure Prince ft. Russoul | Mario Romay
Location: 900 W. Randolph, Chicago IL
Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 16-18th, 2017
--Rane Abhijeet, Cramer PR
Universal/Decca Music signs pianist Moye Chen
The Universal/Decca record label announced that pianist Moye Chen has been signed by the
as an exclusive recording artist.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Moye Chen has been signed to Universal Music on the Decca Classics label. Mr. Chen has won numerous prizes from world-renowned competitions such as Sydney and Cincinnati. His bravura technique caught the eyes and ears of the judges, while his warm stage persona proved enormously popular with the audiences as well.
For more information, visit http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/news/sipca-2016-success-story-moye-chen-signs-decca
--Classics Alive Artists
Miami Music Festival Summer Program Lineup
Miami Music Festival (MFF), an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians, announces the lineup for the 2017 season from June 6 through July 30, 2017 at various venues in Miami. In its fourth season, MMF will host young artists from around the world selected from top conservatories and universities.
This year, 250 students from over 25 countries will receive instruction from an assembly of world-class faculty while the community benefits from accessible public concerts featuring many of the industry's most talented artists.
New additions to the Miami Music Festival this season include an Independence Day Celebration with the MMF Symphony Orchestra, featuring popular and patriotic symphonic favorites; a residency with composer Jake Heggie and the South Florida premiere of his groundbreaking opera Dead Man Walking; and the highly anticipated return of the MMF Wagner Institute, which will bring MMF to the stage of the incomparable Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for the first time.
For the full schedule, to purchase tickets and more information on Miami Music Festival, please visit www.miamimusicfestival.com.
--Leticia Rivera, Miami Music Festival
Celebrations with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Our upcoming Coro II project is cause for many celebrations. We celebrate our return to Hamburg's iconic new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, with a celebrated programme that we debuted recently with Artistic Partner Teodor Currentzis and his MusicAeterna Choir. We join Festival de Saint-Denis's 50th anniversary celebrations with a three-concert residency – which in turn celebrates our 20th anniversary – beginning with a concert on this tour.
In many ways, this edition of the MCO newsletter is also celebratory: of the exceptional work and character of our Artistic Partner Teodor Currentzis; a new member joining our ranks; the longstanding partnership developed with our Dortmund partner class; a successful recent tour of many firsts; and our venture into the realm of the Instagram takeover.
For complete information about the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, visit http://mahlerchamber.com/.
--Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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.