Classical Music News of the Week, May 25, 2019
Three works by American composer Gordon Getty will be performed in July 2019 at Festival Napa Valley, an annual 10-day event in California's Napa region attracting more than 12,000 guests.
The performances are as follows:
July 11, time and place to be announced - Kathy, a trio based on themes from Gordon Getty's new opera, Goodbye Mr. Chips, will be performed as part of the Festival Live! chamber music series. Kathy is a short, three-movement piece written in a classical style for piano, violin and cello, named for a character in the opera who plays the cello. The second movement was taken directly from Goodbye Mr. Chips; the first and third were written to accompany it. The trio was given its premiere on March 12, 2019 by members of the Chamber Orchestra of Havana at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba.
July 17, 6:30 p.m., Castello di Amorosa courtyard - Getty's The Fiddler of Ballykeel, for string orchestra and violin, will be performed by British violinist Charlie Siem with the Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra conducted by Joel Revzen. This is the first of Getty's Four Traditional Pieces. About this work, Gordon Getty writes: "Fiddler is a strictly diatonic piece throughout. Since the tunes seemed Irish when they occurred to me, I harmonized them mostly in fourths and fifths. Then I needed a title. My own patronymic ancestors appear to have come from a suburb of Belfast called Ballymoney. Since The Fiddler of Ballymoney by Getty might raise unintended nuances, I moved my ancestors a few miles away to Ballykeel."
July 20, 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Theater - Getty's choral work The Old Man in the Night will be performed as part of "Song to the Moon," a concert commemorating, to the day, the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Festival Orchestra NAPA will be conducted by Joel Revzen. (The program will also include Gustav Holst's The Planets, Antonin Dvorak's aria "Song to the Moon" with Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman, and the opening of Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.)
Festival ticket information can be found by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-888-337-6272, or by visiting https://festivalnapavalley.org/events-calendar-summer/?categoryid=F4C67ABD-C383-7BEB-8C86980C870D79CB.
--Nancy Shear Arts Services
10th Annual ABS Summer Festival, July 28-August 11
In its 10th season, our Summer Festival & Academy now includes an additional weekend of performances and more free public events to bring you closer to the excitement that surrounds our annual Academy along with stunning programs of absolutely sensational musical works and ventures into new and imaginative territory. New this summer: a "Coffee House Concert" featuring our amazing Academy musicians and "Bach Explorations" including "Bach to Bluegrass & Beyond!"
Of course, the focus on major works from the Baroque is still at the core of our Summer Festival. All-time favorites including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Bach's Mass in B Minor will be presented with Handel's Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate and Terpsicore, Lotti's "Mass for Three Choirs," Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (in an important newly researched version), Geminiani's imaginative and picturesque Enchanted Forest, and endearing concertos about frogs and crickets by Telemann.
For the full festival schedule, visit https://americanbach.org/sfbachfestival/schedule.html
--American Bach Soloists
SOLI's Spectacular 25th Anniversary Season Finale
"The Clearing in the Forest": A New Theater of Music about displacement, refuge, and home by American composer Scott Ordway. Sunday, June 2 @ 3:00 PM, Leeper Auditorium, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.
Ordway, whose multidisciplinary work has been called "exquisite" by The New York Times and "a marvel" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, will join forces with Boston-based scenic designer Erica Eliot to create a work that blends chamber music, experimental theater, and visual art installation. The 90-minute piece explores themes of displacement, immigration, refuge, and home through the distinctive medium of staged chamber music.
$25 "Suggested Donation" at the Door
For ticket information, visit https://ordway.brownpapertickets.com/
For more information, visit http://www.solichamberensemble.com/#!thhe-clearing-the-forest/
--SOLI Chamber Ensemble
International Contemporary Ensemble Announces New ICEcommons Composer Residency
The International Contemporary Ensemble announces six composers chosen to be the first ICEcommons Artists-in-Residence: Helga Arias, Kate Gentile, Murat Çolak, Ylva Lund Bergner, Fernanda Navarro, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir. Represented by a diversity of backgrounds and musical styles, the cohort was selected by a panel of ICE musicians and outside experts who, over the course of six weeks, became familiar with more than 700 composers who submitted their creative work for consideration via a new "call for scores" on the ICEcommons web portal.
ICEcommons Artists-in-Residence will receive a paid commission, collaborative workshop opportunities, promotional support, and world premiere and repeat performances, as well as video and audio documentation throughout the entire creative process. The residency will include the support of ensemble musicians, rehearsal time, video and audio documentation, marketing support, and a paid commission all alongside performances of their pieces. Instead of creating a single concert with all six work, instead each work will be integrated into the Esnemble's concert season. The residency program is a continuation of ICE's 2010-2014 ICElab program, which developed new works with exciting emerging composers such as Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and giving promising talent a platform.
Read more at www.iceorg.org
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Box Office Is Open for YPC's Spring Concert
Join Young People's Chorus of New York City for the annual Spring Celebration! In this special performance, 425 outstanding singers and a dynamic orchestra featuring a diverse and vibrant repertoire from around the globe is led by Artistic Director and Founder Francisco Núñez along with Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Núñez, Conductors Sophia Papoulis, Maria Peña, and Sonny Willis, and Choreographer Jacquie Bird. Bring your friends and family for an evening of powerful music and dance that will inspire, ignite, and thrill your mind.
The box office is now open for YPC's spring celebration. June 1, 2019 at the United Palace at 7:30pm
Broadway at 176th Street, NYC.
For more information, visit https://www.unitedpalace.org/product/young-peoples-chorus-of-new-york-city/
--Young People's Chorus of NYC
Music Institute Academy Grads Excel
Seven Chicago-area student musicians enrolled in the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy for gifted pre-college pianists and string players have graduated from high school and are moving on to prestigious institutions to continue their education.
Music Institute of Chicago Academy alumni have gone on to prestigious careers, among them Matthew Lipman, a violist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Hannah Selonick, director of product development at artificial intelligence startup NexLP, who was just named one of Crain's Chicago Business's "20 In Their 20s"; Gabriel Cabezas, a cellist with the yMusic Ensemble, who also recently played backup for Paul Simon; and Leah Ferguson, a violist with the New York Philharmonic.
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago is a nationally recognized training center for highly gifted pre-college pianists and string players that provides a comprehensive music education for students who aspire to be professional musicians. Conveniently located just 30 minutes north of Chicago on the beautiful Ravinia Festival grounds, the Academy is a musical community of faculty, staff, and students who come together for an intensive 30-week program, September through May each Saturday. The program focuses on providing a comprehensive musical education that includes private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a stimulating chamber orchestra experience, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard history and literature, improvisation, and keyboard skills in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is the weekly master class when students perform for and observe acclaimed musicians and educators who share their knowledge. The Academy faculty, members of teaching faculties at some of the most prestigious conservatories and schools of music in the country, are a carefully assembled group with a passion for developing young talent and an established track record of student achievement. Academy students are national prize winners who matriculate to the nation's top conservatories and universities.
For more information, visit musicinst.org
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
An Enchanting Evening in Old Spain!
Celebrating the culture, dance, landscape, and music of Spain and the musicians who were inspired by that beautiful country, the 17th Annual ABS Gala Auction, Concert, and Dinner begins with an exclusive concert featuring soprano Hélène Brunet, hailed by the critics as a "singer of tremendous quality" with "a voice of perfect beauty" and "sincere expression." Hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction—featuring travel, wine, art, concert tickets, and our much sought-after "ABS Exclusives"—are followed by a delicious dinner and live auction that will raise important funds to support American Bach Soloists.
17th Annual Gala Auction, Concert, and Dinner
September 28, 2019, 5 p.m.
James Leary Flood Mansion
2222 Broadway, San Francisco
Concert: 5 p.m.
Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso in D Minor "La Folia"
Purcell: Incidental songs for The Comical History of Don Quixote
Hors d'oeuvres and Silent Auction: 6 p.m.
Dinner and Live Auction: 7:15 p.m.
For more information, visit americanbach.org
--American Bach Soloists
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.