"Out of the Deep: Russian Choral Music and the Basso Profundo." Sunday, December 9 at 3PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
The Princeton University Glee Club has invited leading oktavists Vladimir Miller (Russia), Adrian Peacock (United Kingdom) and Glenn Miller (United States), to come together in an unprecedented gathering--the first time that three such legends of the basso profundo voice from the western and eastern traditions have combined in concert, in the United States.
The student singers of the Princeton University Glee Club have spent the current semester learning about the Moscow Synodal tradition, mastering the challenges of the 'church slavonic' language, and preparing repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Kastalsky, Chesnokov, Gretchaninoff, and Golovanov. In the first week of December, the three guest vocalists will arrive in Princeton for a week of intensive work with Princeton University students, in which they will lead rehearsals on December 3, 5, 7 and 8. During these rehearsals they will teach members of the Princeton University Glee Club to sing the Church Slavonic language, how to intone Znamenny and Kievan chant, and how to infuse Synodal repertoire with the rich vocal colors it needs to sound authentic. This work will culminate in a collaborative concert staged by the Glee Club, and featuring the three guest oktavists on Sunday, December 9 at 3PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton, NJ.
Tickets: $15 general and $5 students, available at music.princeton.edu; by calling Princeton University Ticketing at 609-258-9220; or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson
Auditorium Box Office.
For more information, visit https://music.princeton.edu/events/out-deep-basso-profundo
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts
The Chelsea Symphony's December 7 Holiday Concert
The Chelsea Symphony, featured in the hit Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle, continues its 2018/19 season, entitled "Resolution," with a holiday concert on December 7 featuring actress and musician Annie Golden, known for her role in Orange is the New Black, as the guest narrator for the orchestra's own special version of The Night Before Christmas by composer Aaron Dai. This concert is conducted by Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto, and Nell Flanders and will be presented at St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street, NYC.
The holiday concert also includes selections from Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, the Christmas Overture by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." As is the tradition, "Sleigh Ride" will be conducted by the winner of the previous year's silent auction, Ray Cerabone.
Clarinetist Erik Jönsson performs as featured soloist on Paul Ben-Haim's Pastorale Variée for clarinet, harp, and string orchestra, clarinetist Christine Todd performs the Adagio movement from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and violinists Nicholas Pappone and E. J. Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker join forces for the string quartet part to Edward Elgar's Introduction and Allegro.
The Chelsea Symphony, conducted by Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto, Nell Flanders, and special guest Ray Cerabone
Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church (315 West 22nd Street), New York, NY
Premium unassigned seating in special reserved areas are $25 on Eventbrite.
Limited day-of tickets available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.
For more information, visit https://chelseasymphony.org/
--Elizabeth Holub, Chelsea Symphony
Viennese Pivot with Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the PBO, Feb 6-10
Come away to Vienna in the dawning decades of the 19th century, as late fruits of Classicism ripen alongside early blossoms of Romanticism. Violin virtuoso and impresario Franz Clement has composed a violin concerto that will inspire Beethoven to pen one of his own for Clement the next year. Guest soloist Rachel Barton Pine was the first in the world to record the Clement Violin Concerto, and will reprise her deeply-researched performance with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a perfect match of historically-informed sensibilities. Delicious works by Mozart and Schubert round out the program.
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Clement: Violin Concerto in D major
Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C major
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Wednesday February 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm | First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, CA
Friday February 8, 2019 @ 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Saturday February 9, 2019 @ 8 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA
Sunday February 10, 2019 @ 4 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA
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For more information, visit https://philharmonia.org/2018-2019-season/viennese-pivot/
--Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale
Indonesia in the National Cathedral - How the Gamelan Changed Classical Music
Gamelan has by far been the non-Western musical genre that has most impacted the Western classical music tradition. On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral, conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) will take listeners on a survey of gamelan, the traditional percussive ensemble music of Indonesia, in "CULTURAL FUSION: The Gamelan Experience."
The concert explores the gamelan's influence on classical music across 120 years, beginning with the 1889 Paris Exposition (World's Fair), where Claude Debussy first experienced the allure of Indonesian music and dance—an introduction that transformed Western music via Debussy and countless other composers. From there, PCE explores other celebrated composers who have incorporated the sound and spirit of gamelan into their work—from Maurice Ravel, François Poulenc, and Olivier Messiaen, to the trailblazing Colin McPhee (the first Western composer to lead an ethnomusicological study of Bali), and Bill Alves and Lou Harrison. Tickets and information are available at www.postclassical.com.
A gamelan is a collection of primarily percussive instruments played by multiple performers at once. Audiences will simultaneously hear a tapestry of metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and voice, as well as bowed and plucked strings. Indonesia boasts two different styles of gamelan, both of which can be heard during "CULTURAL FUSION: The Gamelan Experience." During intermission, audience members can approach the gamelan up-close and enjoy informal demonstrations from the musicians.
The immersive concert will transform the Washington National Cathedral with dancers, archival films, and more. Both a Javanese and Balinese gamelan and accompanying musicians will be assembled in the middle of the Cathedral's nave, with the audience seated around them for a 360-degree viewing experience.
For complete information and tickets, visit https://www.gilordonez.com/performances/2018-2019-season/cultural-fusion-the-gamelan-experience/
--Mike Fila, Bucklesweet
Oberlin Conservatory Performs at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Coca-Cola
For the first time since 2013, musicians from the prestigious Oberlin College Conservatory of Music come to New York in January 2019 performing diverse concerts in two of the city's most celebrated venues. Representing not only the exemplary standard of young artists who study at Oberlin, but the extensive range of opportunities offered to them while studying, these performances include both instrumentalists and vocalists in classical, contemporary, and jazz repertoire ranging from Debussy to 29-year-old Oberlin faculty composer Elizabeth Ogonek. These concerts include the debut of Oberlin's new jazz ensemble initiated by jazz legend Sonny Rollins, made possible by a substantial gift to the conservatory from Mr. Rollins himself, and a large-scale performance with the full Oberlin Orchestra and Choir at Carnegie Hall.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:30PM
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble (performance debut)
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00PM
Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Oberlin College Choir
Gregory Ristow, conductor
Tour website: https://www.oberlin.edu/oberlin-in-nyc
--Hannah Goldshlack-Wolf, Kirshbaum Associates
Ermonela Jaho Returns to Covent Garden
Winner of the 2016 International Opera Readers Award, Ermonela Jaho became a firm favourite with London audiences following her moving portrayal of Suor Angelica in Puccini's Il trittico staged at Covent Garden in 2016. As the London Evening Standard wrote, her performance was "as glorious as ever, investing the character of the traumatised nun with the same combination of gleaming tone and expressive intensity." The following season saw her Cio-Cio San, hailed by The Independent "as the best Madama Butterfly London has seen in years".
Following a one-off concert performance in the autumn at the Royal Festival Hall as Anna in Le Willis--Puccini's first stage work heard for the first time in 120 years in its original one-act version--Jaho returns to Covent Garden in the New Year to sing the role that at the age of 14 made her fall in love with opera--Violetta in Verdi's ever-green La traviata.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
January 14, 17, 21, 23, 26 & 30, 2019
--Moe Faulkner, Macbeth Media Relations