Classical Music News of the Week, June 1, 2019
Midsummer's Music of Door County, Wisconsin, announces its 2019 concert season with Mendelssohn, Mozart and More! Presenting concerts hailed as "exciting, pulse-pounding and riveting," Midsummer's Music provides unique and diverse cultural, historical and scenic musical experiences. The 2019 season, running June 14 through September 2, features 41 concerts performed by world-class musicians. The inspiring concerts, many of which sell out, attract a growing dedicated following every year, plus thousands more via Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasts, and on Live from Chicago's WFMT Radio.
Midsummer's Music offers chamber music for strings, piano and winds performed in distinctive settings throughout Door County, including art galleries, museums, historic venues and private homes.
Programs feature works by Mozart, Schubert and Dvorák, gems from lesser-known composers and world premieres by Midsummer's own award-winning Composer-in-Residence Jacob Beranek. This season will celebrate the premiere of Beranek's Quintet for Winds on July 11. A complete 2019 summer brochure can be found at www.midsummersmusic.com.
--Genevieve Spielberg, GS Artists
Le Grand Chœur du Centre-Sud: Free concert By and For the Community
On June 7, Voies culturelles des faubourgs will present the very first edition of a great citizen concert, Le Grand Choeur du Centre-Sud. This unifying event will begin outside at Espace Pierre-Bourgault (corner of Plessis and Ontario) and will end with a grand concert at Sacré-Coeur Church.
This great collective work, directed by André Pappathomas, composer, musician and winner of the 2017 artist award in the community, will bring together a hundred choristers from the Centre-Sud community. The choir will be accompanied by soloists, musicians and the great organ of the Sacré-Coeur Church.
Le Grand Choeur du Centre-Sud is more than just a choir concert, it's a community and artistic project that aims to break isolation and put the community back at the heart of our lives. "Through this inclusive event, we want to promote social cohesion and generate pride and joy in taking part in a common project," says Claudine Khelil, general coordinator of Voies culturelles des faubourgs.
The goal of the project is to create links between citizens from all horizons and to develop, through musical expression, an unsuspected creative potential. "It is the result of a collective work of creation that will be presented in the form of a big happening to the entire community," says Pappathomas.
When: June 7, 2019, from 5:30 pm
Where: Espace Pierre-Bourgault (park on Plessis Street, south of Ontario street) and Sacré-Coeur Church (Ontario at the corner of Plessis, Montreal)
Information: 514-526-2787; firstname.lastname@example.org or voiesculturelles.qc.ca
--France Gaignard PR
2019 Concours Musical International de Montréal : Semifinalists Announced
On May 29 and 30 was held the First round of the 2019 Violin Edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal. The jury selected twelve semifinalists, from 6 countries. The semifinal will take place on June 1 and 2 at Bourgie Hall.
Presided by Zarin Mehta, le 2019 international jury includes Pierre Amoyal (France), Kim Kashkashian (United States), Boris Kuschnir (Austria), Cho-Liang Lin (United States), Mihaela Martin (Romania), Barry Shiffman (Canada), Dmitry Sitkovetsky (United Kingdom/United States) and Pavel Vernikov (Israel - Switzerland).
2019 CMIM Final
Following the Semifinal round, 6 violinists will proceed to the Final round, which will take place at the Maison Symphonique. Competitors perform a concerto with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Alexander Shelley, on June 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. The jury deliberation and the competition results will be made after the Final round on June 5. $150 000 in prizes and awards will be given during the award ceremony.
For more information, visit www.concoursmontreal.ca
--France Gaignard PR
Schwalbe Artists in June
Bach Virtuosi Festival
Teatro de la Zarzuela
June 3 & 4:
Spoleto Festival USA
June 4, 5, 7 & 8:
The Angel's Share
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco, CA
June 6, 8,13:
June 6 & 9:
Bach Virtuosi Festival
June 8, 10:
Les Talens Lyriques
Dortmund and Halle, Germany
June 9, 12, 14, 16:
Boston Early Music Festival Centerpiece Opera
St. Michaelis Musik
June 21 & 23:
Nicholas McGegan, Thomas Cooley, Sherezade Panthaki, William Berger, Douglas Williams
Boston Early Music Festival
Komische Oper Berlin
Trasimeno Music Festival
June 27 & 29:
Berkshire Choral International
For complete information, visit https://schwalbeandpartners.com/artists/
--Schwalbe and Partners
JACK Quartet Announces 2019 Summer Season
The JACK Quartet is excited to announce their 2019 summer season, which kicks off with a return to Ojai Music Festival June 3–9 where they will perform a variety of works, including Schoenberg's Second String Quartet with Music Director Barbara Hannigan as soloist.
JACK then goes to New Music On The Point June 10–18 and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity July 14–30 to work with young performers and composers. In August and September, JACK will go to Tippet Rise Art Center to perform works by John Luther Adams.
For complete information, visit http://jackquartet.com/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Princeton University Concerts: 2019-20 Season
Subscriptions are on sale and going quickly for Princeton University Concerts's 2019-20 season! The 126th season includes a brand new "Icons of Song" series featuring vocal superstars alongside luminary pianists: Ian Bostridge with Brad Mehldau; Joyce DiDonato, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Matthias Goerne with Jan Lisiecki.
Additional highlights include a special event with the Georgian state vocal Ensemble Basiani, and a new improvisatory spin on the intimate, audience-on-stage Up Close series with the genre-defying Vision String Quartet, pianist and improviser Gabriela Montero, and a groundbreaking collaboration between pianist/composer Conrad Tao and tap dancer Caleb Teicher.
The heralded Concert Classics Series includes performances of two premieres co-commissioned by PUC, a number of highly anticipated debuts including a collaboration between legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the return of violinist Stefan Jackiw, the Calidore String Quartet, and more….
With the lowest ticket prices in the region, subscription packages start at just $16 per concert. Single tickets will go on sale, online only, at noon on July 22.
For complete information, visit http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts
Virtual Singing Virtues
Ground-breaking scientific study shows how singing in virtual choirs is good for mental health. Results show that singing in a Virtual Choir boosts participants' self-esteem, reduces feelings of social isolation and promotes better mental health. Members of Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir and multiple 'live' choirs supply huge data set for compelling comparative research project.
Since ancient times, philosophers have sought to cultivate happiness and well-being. Their intuitions about the benefits of shared creative experiences have now been confirmed by pioneering scientific research conducted by University College London (UCL) in partnership with Eric Whitacre and Music Productions. The detailed study, led by UCL Senior Research Fellow and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr. Daisy Fancourt, shows how singing in a virtual choir delivers significant psychological benefits.
Dr. Fancourt devised an online questionnaire to gather data from global participants in Virtual Choir 5.0. The results were compared with those from diverse 'live' choirs, which were collated and submitted online to the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test. The two cohorts, comprising 2,316 singers, generated a data set that was used for statistical matching and comparative analysis. Daisy Fancourt and her colleagues used the data to focus on the under-explored area of the psychological impact of virtual creative experiences.
Virtual and 'live' choral singers answered questions about social presence, the connections made by individuals through face-to-face or online communication, and how they used singing to help regulate their emotions. Having compared emotion regulation in both a live or 'virtual' choir, the responses are stronger in live choirs, but still present and applicable in those virtual. Both groups reported experiencing improved self-esteem, greater individual confidence and a strong sense of personal agency.
Their responses also suggested that the virtual choir experience can help combat feelings of social isolation and promote a sense of connection to others. The message is clear: choral singing, whether of the traditional or virtual variety, is good for mental health.
For much more on the subject, visit https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00778/full and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGngoGvOSuY#t=280
--Izzy Herschmann Music Productions
Miami Classical Music Festival Summer Program Lineup
Miami Classical Music Festival presents its 2019 season, with all new performance spaces across the Miami Beach area.
Miami Classical Music Festival, an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians, announces the lineup for the 2019 season from June 4 through July 28, 2019 with over 50 performances this summer.
Browse the new season and purchase your tickets: https://miamimusicfestival.com/
--Miami Music Festival
Music Institute Gala Honors Marsalis
The Music Institute of Chicago, one of the nation's most distinguished and respected community music schools, welcomed 300 guests to its 2019 Anniversary Gala on Monday, May 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event raised more than $850,000 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 a New Orleans brass band procession; young musicians from the Community Music School; award-winning students from the Music Institute's renowned Academy, a training center for gifted pre-college musicians; young string students from Third Coast Suzuki Strings, a violin program on Chicago's Northwest Side in collaboration with the YMCA of Metro Chicago; and a surprise finale performance by 2019 Dushkin Award recipient Wynton Marsalis alongside Music Institute students.
The prestigious Dushkin Award, established more than 30 years ago and named for the Music Institute's visionary founders, Dorothy and David Dushkin, recognizes international luminaries in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth. This year's recipient, Wynton Marsalis, is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and leading advocate of American culture. He has created and performed an expansive range of music for groups ranging from quartets to big bands, from chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, and from tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world's finest musicians and composers.
For information, visit musicinst.org
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
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.