Classical Music News of the Week, October 12, 2019
This winter season, spend time with loved ones while enjoying uplifting, warm-hearted holiday entertainment courtesy of the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC). This year's Winter Holiday Series includes shows that will delight audiences of all ages featuring A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic; Twas the Night Before Christmas; Judy Collins; Masters of Illusion; and Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll. Tickets for each show are on sale now at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; www.vilarpac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
2019 VPAC Winter Holiday Series:
A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. | Starting at $54 Adults/ $20 Students
"Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Monday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. | $48
An Evening with Judy Collins: Holidays & Hits
Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. | Starting at $67
Masters of Illusion – Believe the Impossible
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. | $88 Adults/$68 Children 12 & Under
Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock and Roll
Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. | $68
For complete information, visit www.vilarpac.org
--Ruthie Hamrick, Vail Valley Foundation, Vilar Performing Arts Center
Miller Theatre Presents Vocal Quartet New York Polyphony in Gothic Polyphony
Miller Theatre presents illustrious GRAMMY-nominated vocal quartet New York Polyphony in Gothic Polyphony on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8pm at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, NYC.
The program begins at the dawn of the Renaissance, with selections of the Worcester Fragments. Rescued from the Reformation as recycled book-bindings, these Medieval gems show the mastery of the English style that would influence the next three centuries of composition, such as works by England's first great composer, John Dunstable, as well as John Pyamour, John Plummer, Thomas Byttering, and Leonel Power. The program culminates with music from the Golden Age of the Spanish Renaissance: selections from Francisco de Peñalosa's Missa 'L'homme arme and Sancta Maria, Pedro de Escobar's Stabat mater dolorosa, Francisco Guerrero's Antes que comáis a Dios, and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla's Stabat mater dolorosa.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 West 46th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: Starting at $30
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Schwalbe Artists in October
Crumb: Three Early Songs, for Voice and Piano
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Music
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Oct. 17, 18, 19 & 20:
Shaw: The Listeners
Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley, CA
St. Albans Cathedral
St. Albans, England
Oct. 20, 21:
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Saint-Saëns: La Nuit
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3
Aachen Symphony Orchestra
Love and Revenge: The Baroque Diva
Virtuoso Opera arias by Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Graupner, Clérambault, and more
Yale Choral Artists
New Haven, CT
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1
Muffat: Passacaglia from Sonata No. 5
Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 3 No. 2
Walpurgis: Talestri, Overture
Von Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel: Erwin und Elmire, intermezzo
Haydn: Symphony No. 102
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Guest Artist for PFund Foundation 2019 Moxie Awards
Oct. 25 & 27:
L'Opera de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
"The Coronation of King George"
Theatre of Early Music
Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Oct. 26, 27:
Music by Isabella Leonarda
Oct. 26 & 27:
Rameau: Music from Dardanus
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19
Schubert: Overture from Der Häusliche Krieg
Schubert: Symphony No. 6
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 28 & 29:
Mahler: Rückert Lieder
Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527
Toronto, ON, Canada
--Schwalbe and Partners
ABS Exclusives 2020 Now Available
If you missed American Bach Soloists' wonderful "Sparkle Gala," we now offer the opportunity for you to attend our upcoming "ABS Exclusives" that were offered first to our Gala attendees.
"ABS Exclusives" are opportunities for patrons to meet, greet, and hear ABS musicians and ABS Academy alumni in up-close-and-personal house concert events. Limited to 25 seats or less on each date, "ABS Exclusives" include a concert, hors d'oeuvres, and plenty of wine. Following the concert, audience members have an opportunity to visit with the musicians on a one-on-one basis.
Hélène Brunet, soprano & Steven Bailey, piano
Sunday January 19 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
"Into the Woods"
Sunday February 23 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
Jesse Blumberg, baritone & Steven Bailey, piano
Sunday March 22 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
Tekla Cunningham, violin & Corey Jamason, harpsichord
Sunday May 3 2020 - 4:00 p.m.
"Baroque in the Backyard" with Tatiana & Friends
Sunday June 7 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
For complete information and tickets, visit https://americanbach.org/ and https://americanbach.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=2641&SubCategory=Music&SubCategory=Fundraiser
--American Bach Soloists
SOLI's 2019-2020 Season Blooms Open with a World Premiere
Our 2019-2020 season blooms open with the World Premiere of a new work from San Antonio-raised composer Yvonne Freckmann for SOLI and field recordings.
SOLI has a long-time relationship with Yvonne. We first met her as a student at Trinity University of both SOLI's pianist Carolyn True and clarinetist Stephanie Key. She then became our first intern (studying in the 'school of SOLI' in Yvonne's words) before receiving a Fulbright award to continue her piano and composition studies in Holland. Now living and composing in Europe, Yvonne is a true success story in which SOLI takes great pride in playing a part. Her new work will incorporate field recordings gathered throughout San Antonio and Lytle, Texas, electronics, and SOLI's core ensemble. Yvonne will also be featured as guest performer for a work for live cactus (yes, cactus) and electronics, called Land of the Living by composer Steven Snowden
Also on the program Elliott Cole's arrangement of Bloom, Robert Ceely's Synoecy for solo clarinet and tape, and Mason Bates' exciting Red River, chronicling the long journey of the mighty Colorado River.
For complete information, visit https://www.solichamberensemble.com/naturesvoices/
--SOLI Chamber Ensemble
PBO Mozart's Musings with Guest Conductor Jeannette Sorrell
Grammy award-winning conductor Jeannette Sorrell makes her debut with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in November.
Sorell and PBO present an enchanting Mozartian voyage, featuring works spanning Mozart's life from childhood to prime. Paired with a beautiful suite from Mozart's then-popular contemporary and rarely-heard today, André Grétry, the music is immersed in Mozart's sound world. PBO's own Gonzalo X. Ruiz, one of America's most sought-after woodwind soloists, will star in Mozart's Concerto for Oboe.
For further information, visit philharmonia.org
--Stephanie Li, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Sing with New York City
Sing with us at the second annual Young People's Chorus Big Sing!
Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019.
The YPC Big Sing, our second annual community singalong, is less than two weeks away! Join Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez and Associate Director Elizabeth Núñez, along with special guests a cappella quartet Midtown and musical renegade Nick Demeris, in a program of Broadway, pop, and folk favorites.
Tickets on sale now at TicketCentral.com. $15 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.
For more information, visit https://ypc.org/
--Young People's Chorus of New York City
ROCO's November 2019 Concerts Feature a Newly Commisioned Piece
ROCO's 2019-20 season "Coming of Age" continues with two concerts in November. ROCO's concertmaster, Scott St. John, continues the "Unchambered" series with Morsels on November 2 at MATCH, in a program he has curated including string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Dvorák, and more, as well as a premiere from composer Rob Maggio.
"Hope for Beauty," the second program of ROCO's In Concert series at Houston's Church of St. John the Divine on November 16, will be conducted by Alaistair Wills. The concert will center around the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's I Too Bleed, and Hope for Beauty, a musical tribute to Alma Rose, Gustav Mahler's niece and conductor of the women's orchestra at Auschwitz. Adolphe's piece, which was commissioned by ROCO in conjunction with the reopening of the Holocaust Museum Houston, is a testament to the enduring power of music, and how it can offer hope and beauty even in the worst of circumstances. The program will also include Edwar Elgar's Sospiri, op. 70, Giya Kancheli's A Little Daneliade, and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.
For complete information, visit https://roco.org/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Meet the Staff
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.