Organist Christopher Houlihan Performs at "Vierne at 150" Festival
On October 8th, Organist Christopher Houlihan celebrates the music and life of Louis Vierne on the French composer's 150th birthday.Vierne at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. The concert, web-streamed to a global audience from Christopher Houlihan's website, is the pinnacle of the free “Vierne at 150" festival, presented online October 5-8, 2020 in celebration of Louis Vierne’s 150th birthday.
"Louis Vierne’s organ music reflects the human condition, perhaps because his own life was full of surprising successes and disappointments," shares Mr. Houlihan. "Throughout the symphonies, soaring romantic melodies are juxtaposed with piercing chromaticism. There’s sillyness one moment, followed by languorous angst the next. To me, he makes the organ—perhaps the most inhuman of instruments—come to life."
‘Vierne at 150’ is presented by Trinity College Chapel Music and the Department of Music. It is also an offering of Trinity College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, a series of non-credit-bearing short courses on diverse and stimulating topics.
All events are free and are available at http://www.christopherhoulihan.com/.
--Gail Wein, Classical Music Communications
Lisa Bielawa’s Voters’ Broadcast is a broadly participatory musical performance for an unlimited number of voices and instruments made up of choral and instrumental ensembles. The work is directed, conceived and composed by Rome Prize and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, with text excerpted from celebrated artist Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish to Say.”
Voters’ Broadcast will be premiered in three virtual events hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York on September 30, October 14, and October 28, and one day of outdoor performances presented by Kaufman Music Center and Brooklyn Public Library at BPL’s Central Library on Grand Army Plaza on October 24 at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm, as part of the Library’s crowd-sourced 28th Amendment Project.
All events are free and open to the public. For updates, visit www.lisabielawa.net/voters-broadcast.
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Announces Fall Outdoor Concerts Orpheus Chamber Orchestra announces five outdoor concerts in New York and New Jersey in September and October 2020. Small chamber groups composed of Orpheus members will perform live for limited audiences using marked seating to ensure social distancing with masks required.
Executive Director Alexander Scheirle says, “It’s been such a long spring and summer not being able to do what we love and do best: making music! We are so grateful to have this opportunity to present our musicians in these outdoor chamber music settings. We will be able to perform for you live, keeping musicians and audience socially distanced in a safe and scenic environment.”
For complete information, visit https://orpheusnyc.org/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
For information, visit https://www.deathofclassical.com/angelshare
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
The program includes Beethoven's Trio in B-flat Major for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 11, and his Trio in B-flat Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 97 "Archduke."
A maximum of 20 people may attend in person at PianoForte Studios; audience members must wear masks at all times, and, while family groups may sit together, different audience members/groups will be seated at least six feet apart. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel, which will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.
Limited in-person tickets are $25 available for advance purchase only at 630-628-9591 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual access is free; donations are welcome. The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yVkS6Pp0wzG6HxxXGe1SA
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Held on the rooftop of ESMoA in Downtown El Segundo, one musician will perform for one audience member. There will be a succession of four 1:1 performances, each 15 minutes long played by AYS Principal Cellist, Alex Mansour and AYS violinist, Ani Sinanyan. Please visit https://www.aysymphony.org/1on1/ for more information.
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
Soli Ensemble’s Episode 10 of their Moments of SOLIcitute premiered Septerber 16 and continues on their YouTube channel. Episode 10 features the QUAD Concerto by Texas composer Peter Lieuwen.
This is what Peter says about the origins of the piece "The idea for the QUAD Concerto was hatched in 2011 at an after-concert dinner with the SOLI Chamber Ensemble in San Antonio. SOLI had just performed my composition Overland Dream which was written for the ensemble. As many of my compositions are orchestral, I couldn’t help but envision a new concerto for their colorful instrumental combination."
To see and hear SOLI’s Moments of SOLIcitude, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjltW4tusB8&feature=youtu.be
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Brickyard Broadcast uses technology and interactivity to reinterpret the North Carolina State University Brickyard, the university’s beloved and iconic gathering area outside of D.H. Hill Jr. Library, as a virtual space in which the musical performance will unfold. Hundreds of audio recordings will be integrated, created over the course of the fall 2020 semester by individual student and community musicians playing and singing in isolation under the guidance of Lisa Bielawa; Dr. Peter Askim, Director of Orchestral Studies, NC State Department of Music; and Dr. Nathan Leaf, Director of Choral Activities, NC State Department of Music. Musicians from NC State University choirs, NC State’s Raleigh Civic orchestras, and the Concert Singers of Cary will be participating. Jason Evans Groth, Digital Media Librarian; Colin Keenan, University Libraries Specialist; and Kyle Langdon, University Library Specialist and Audio Engineer, will lead the creation of the VR environment and the online premiere performances.
For more information, visit http://www.lisabielawa.net/brickyard-broadcast
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Orli Shaham's MidWeek Mozart continues this week with the third movement from Sonata No.9, K. 310 - available to stream for free beginning Wednesday, September 16 at https://orlishahammozart.com/.
"This breathless, restless movement continues the turbulence established in the previous movements," says Ms. Shaham. "None of Mozart's usual charm and witticisms, typical of his third movement rondos, are in this whirlpool. So rare for Mozart to mark a tempo “Presto”! Some of my absolute favorite chord progressions in all of Mozart are in this movement."
In addition, Orli Shaham appears in "What Makes it Great" September 21, 7PM. Ms. Shaham performs Beethoven's 'Appassionata' Sonata, and joins NPR & PBS music commentator, conductor, composer, author and pianist Rob Kapilow for a deep-dive into Beethoven's iconic work for piano. Presented by Kaufman Music Center and filmed at Merkin Hall, this online performance is available to view for 48-hours after the performance. Tickets are $15. More details and ticketing here: https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/what-makes-it-great-beethovens-appassionata-sonata/
Also at Merkin Hall, on November 10, 7PM: Piano Dialogues: Orli Shaham performs Mozart and Beethoven. Ms. Shaham reveals the connections between Mozart’s intense Sonata No. 14 in c minor and Beethoven’s moving “Pathétique,” which shows the influence of that particular Mozart work. Presented by Kaufman Music Center and streamed online from Merkin Hall in New York: https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/orli-shaham-piano/
--Gail Wein, Classical Music Communications
Join Apollo Chamber Players for Episode 7 of Virtual Festival 20×2020, featuring ‘Imagenes de Cuba’ by Rice University faculty composer Arthur Gottschalk and guest percussionist Jesús Pacheco. The episode includes a behind-the-scenes look at Apollo’s historic tour to Cuba, as the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba in over 50 years.
"Imagénes de Cuba is the product of Professor Gottschalk’s two decades of musical research in Cuba. The composer’s aim was to incorporate Cuban folk music through various rhythms, styles, and popular songs. Fragments from the famous peanut vendor ‘protest’ song and the well-known Guantanamera color the first and second movements; the third movement, ‘Timba,’ is based on the Cuban music form of the same name, a combination of salsa, funk, rumba, and other popular dance styles." --Matt Detrick, Apollo Chamber Players. Excerpt from: New Project: Apollo Chamber Players in Cuba: https://www.parmarecordings.com/new-project-apollo-chamber-players-in-cuba/?vgo_ee=7b257vUuPkFZfqRpcMiMCIvy7T5YEJ8ohjC9vauJg30%3D
Virtual Festival 20×2020 celebrates the conclusion of Apollo’s expansive initiative to commission 20 new multicultural works by 2020. The Festival has been reimagined in the time of COVID, featuring digital world premieres, new studio performances, and innovative dance collaborations with Houston Ballet artists. St.John Flynn hosts new episodes every Thursday and Sunday from August 27 through Nov. 1.
For more information, visit https://www.parmarecordings.com/event/apollo-chamber-players-live-stream-09-17-20/
--Sara Warner, PARMA Recordings
Each UNDERSCORED program is built around the performance of one important American work, preceded by an introductory conversation with or about the composer, and followed by a live Q&A between viewers and artists.
Access is free, but reserve in advance here: for September 21, for October 13, and October 26. All UNDERSCORED programs will also be streamed free and without reservations on Copland House's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/coplandhouse
--Elizabeth Dworkin, Dworkin & Company
Princeton University Concerts is excited to open its 2020-2021 season with an opening concert unlike any other in its 127 year history: a virtual Watch Party featuring the beloved Takács String Quartet, in a performance live from Colorado. Free of charge and open to all, this Watch Party will feature music by Mozart, Debussy, Bartók, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and will conclude with a live Q&A in which listeners can directly interact with members of the Takács Quartet. The Watch Party will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 8-9PM. The stream will then be available for on-demand viewing through Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11:59PM.
While this free virtual event is non-ticketed, attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance at princetonuniversityconcerts.org for access to special related content leading up to the stream, including a brief video introduction to the evening’s program given by Princeton University Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham who will include the fascinating history of Coleridge-Taylor’s background as a 20th-century English composer and activist of European and African descent.
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts
Performers will include festival favorites of international stature from the Chicago area, including string trio Black Oak Ensemble, cellist David Cunliffe, soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg with harpsichordist Stephen Alltop, plus Boston-based organist and choirmaster Richard Webster, Bach Week’s longtime music director.
Carl Grapentine, veteran WFMT Chicago radio personality and J. S. Bach aficionado, will host the program.
The event title combines the last name of German Baroque composer J. S. Bach, the festival’s namesake, and “bacchanalia,” the ancient Roman festival of entertainment and revelry named for Bacchus, Roman god of wine.
Bach Week Festival is one of the Midwest’s premiere Baroque music festivals. The event enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and other top-tier ensembles, while featuring some of the Chicago area’s finest instrumental and vocal soloists and distinguished guest artists from out of town.
For more information, visit bachweek.org
--Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
Pandemic times prompt imperative measures. AVIE Records is excited to support Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra, who have launched a new global digital platform. ESO Digital's professionally filmed and recorded, socially-distanced virtual concerts feature world-class artists including a soloist giving her first performance since recovering from coronavirus.
24/7 access to previously ‘limited-time’ content, as well as archival material.
Exclusive content for donors such as additional music, interviews, digital receptions, meet-and-greets and behind-the-scenes access.
Opportunities to watch ESO rehearsing or recording live.
Copies of electronic concert programmes.
Discounted tickets for ESO concerts.
Regular newsletters highlighting new ESO Digital content, concert activity and community events.
For complete information, visit https://www.eso.co.uk/digital/