Cahill’s recent and upcoming streaming speaking engagements have included a two-day discussion presented by the Boulanger Initiative, “The Future is Female: In Conversation and Performance” (watch online); a Piano Talk presented by the Ross McKee Foundation titled “Challenging the Canon” (watch online); a panel presented by American Composers Forum on Advocating for Gender Equity; and a webinar presented by the San Francisco Symphony, “Five Composers You Should Know (Who Happen to be Women)” (November 10). Her previous streamed performances this year have included the Bang on a Can Marathon in June, a concert presented by Harrison House in Joshua Tree as part of Cahill’s residency there (watch online), as well as appearances streamed by Musaics of the Bay and Old First Concerts.
In addition, thus far in 2020 Sarah Cahill has commissioned five new works for solo piano by composers Frederic Rzewski, Robert Pollock, Mary Watkins, Regina Harris Baiocchi, and Michelle Li. With violinist Kate Stenberg, she has commissioned composers Pamela Z, Roscoe Mitchell, and Maija Hynninen; and with Regina Myers, she has commissioned Riley Nicholson’s Up for two pianos.
Committed to continuing to reach audiences during these challenging times for live performance, all of Cahill’s fall appearances will be online. Her next scheduled in-person performance is currently March 6, 2021 at the Barbican Centre in London, where she will present a marathon version of her program “The Future is Female,” an immersive listening experience featuring more than sixty compositions by women from around the globe.
Sarah Cahill’s radio show, “Revolutions Per Minute,” can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. The program focuses on the relationships between classical music and new music, encompassing interviews with musicians and composers, historical performances, and recordings outside the mainstream. Cahill is on the piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, video artist John Sanborn, and daughter.
For more information, visit http://www.sarahcahill.com/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
A Platform for Our Voices and Performances Is Here
For the last five months, we at Young People’s Chorus of New York City have been hard at work creating YPC's exciting new multimedia platform. It's called “In the Key of Love,” and I am so excited to share it with you!
“In the Key of Love” will give you an immersive look into the world and talent of YPC, from the voices of our diverse choristers, to amazing projects from our alumni and panel discussions on bringing inclusion to the arts—it will all be showcased and celebrated here.
On this platform, we are premiering our new album Heroes, dedicated to New York City’s essential workers. You will also find “Just Songs,” a project featuring brand new compositions and performances from our alumni surrounding social causes. We are bringing the power of our past performances into your home and inviting guests from different disciplines to take on issues centered on equity and inclusion and reimagining the arts. And that’s just the beginning…
A virtual global stage, a celebration of our diversity, a platform for our choristers' voices, ”In the Key of Love” is all this and more.
For more information, visit https://ypc.org/
--Francisco J. Nunez, Founder and Artistic Director
PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theattre | Now Announces Ninth Annual Festival
PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now, Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s annual festival announces its ninth season, January 8-16 2021.
The season, curated by festival directors Jecca Barry, Kristin Marting, and Beth Morrison, has been completely re-envisioned following the COVID-19 crisis, responding to the seismic events of the present moment in a way that would be impossible under normal circumstances, when works are often created over the course of several years. The result is a series of multi-disciplinary, cross-platform events that expand the technological boundaries of opera-theatre and music-theatre, and offer a new vision for the audience experience.
PROTOTYPE launches January 8, 2021. The multi-screen film and music installation Ocean Body will also premiere on January 9 at HERE. In-person by appointment audiences of eight people at a time will experience an audiovisual experience crafted by composer/vocalists Helga Davis and Shara Nova, director-filmmaker Mark DeChiazza, and visual artist Annica Cuppetelli. The emotionally-charged installation will combine four video screens with surround sound audio, growing from the longstanding musical and personal relationship between Davis and Nova.
Entrance for all shows must be reserved in advance, and can be secured beginning November 16 by visiting http://prototypefestival.org/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
The Washington Chorus: Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Influenced by stories of hope and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on the Black community, The Washington Chorus and Artistic Director Dr. Eugene Rogers commissioned composer Damien Geter and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Bob Berg to produce a short music film. Cantata For A More Hopeful Tomorrow is led by Dr. Rogers and features soprano Aundi Marie Moore, cellist Seth Parker Woods, and over 100 singers of The Washington Chorus. The film premieres via live stream on Saturday November 14 at 7.30pm, on the Vimeo platform via TicketSpice, and will thereafter be available via Vimeo+ on demand and other streaming services.
The 25-minute, heart-rending film portrays a love story of a couple separated by coronavirus. An elderly African American husband, Martin Rogers, has been diagnosed with severe COVID-19. His wife Michelle, fights to save his life by showing him how much he has to live for.
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
World premiere debut online: Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 7:30 pm Eastern.
Tickets: $15 (streaming on Vimeo via the TicketSpice platform).
On-demand streaming through Vimeo+ and other platforms will be available starting Sunday, November 15 – full details at https://thewashingtonchorus.org/.
--Amy Killian, Bucklesweet Media
Lisa Brown Joins Music Institute as Sr. Development Director
The Music Institute of Chicago announces that Lisa Brown will join the institution as Senior Director of Development, effective November 2, 2020. Brown will serve as a member of the organization’s senior management team and be responsible for a broad range of fundraising and donor relations initiatives.
President and CEO Dr. Mark George stated, “I am absolutely thrilled that Lisa has joined our team. Her approach to fundraising is both thoughtful and high-energy, and I know she will advance the mission of our organization as we head toward our 90th anniversary in 2021.”
For more information, visit https://www.musicinst.org/
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Colburn School and Sphinx Organization Form Partnership
The Colburn School, a leader in music and dance education based in Los Angeles, and the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit organization based in Detroit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, have formed a partnership aimed at creating new opportunities on the West Coast for emerging young Black and Latinx musicians and arts professionals.
Beginning in 2021, Colburn will provide full scholarships in its Music Academy program to pre-collegiate musicians who are winners and semi-finalists in the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition; present the Sphinx Virtuosi in a residency that encompasses performance, education, and community engagement; and host the first West Coast retreat for the Sphinx LEAD cohort. Designed as a long-term collaborative partnership, the two organizations will explore additional opportunities to engage, develop, and empower young artists of color.
Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community. Learn more at https://www.colburnschool.edu/.
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 2–8)
Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Jennifer Koh premieres Tyshawn Sorey Violin Concerto with Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Minnesota Orchestra performs music by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Nebojša Jovan Živkovic, and Louis W. Ballard.
Saturday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT (time period for full seminar)
James Conlon discusses pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne, and his opera The Anonymous Lover as part of LA Opera web seminar.
Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Lara Downes premieres Stephanie Ann Boyd's My Grandmother's Garden as part of Festival of New American Music.
Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Jen Shyu’s composition “Jum Jeng Yi (Fortune Teller)” performed by Olivia de Prato as part of Festival of New American Music.
Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET
The Gilmore presents Pierre Laurent-Aimard in recital.
--Shuman Associates News
Heartbeat Opera announces "Breathing Free"
Heartbeat Opera--the radical indie opera company "leading the charge in online opera" (Parterre) with "groundbreaking" virtual content (Operawire) that is "hacking the corporate contours of Zoom into a postmodern proscenium” (Washington Post)--announces Breathing Free, an ambitious six-part virtual series from December 4-12, dedicated to the celebration of Black artistic voices.
Breathing Free builds on Heartbeat's 2018 collaboration with 100 incarcerated singers in six prison choirs, part of a contemporary Fidelio told through the lens of Black Lives Matter—a production that left Alex Ross of The New Yorker "blindsided by its impact." Now, in a year of George Floyd’s murder, a pandemic which ravages our prison population, and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth—Heartbeat curates a song cycle brought to life in vivid music videos, mingling excerpts from Fidelio with songs by Black composers and lyricists, which together manifest a dream of justice and equity.
This 45-minute "visual album" features three singers, three dancers, eight instrumentalists, and a robust creative production team. Rehearsed remotely on Zoom, the cast has recorded their individual audio tracks at home, with the music team then layering the tracks together. Heartbeat's filmmaker Anaiis Cisco collaborates with cinematographers to film the performers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
For complete information, visit https://www.heartbeatopera.org/
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
Orion Performs Brahms, Arutiunian
Following a successful return to the stage in October, The Orion Ensemble performs again this fall for a limited in-person and unlimited virtual audience on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
The program includes Trio No. 1 in B Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms; composed in 1853-4 and revised 35 years later, it is a deep and mature work that nonetheless exudes youthful energy. The Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1992) by Alexander Arutiunian, commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, contains moods ranging from emotionally tense to lyrical. Verdehr members have written that its final movement "contains elements of Armenian dance rhythms with their capricious pulse and unexpected irregularities in a freely improvised melodic style."
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.
The Orion Ensemble performs Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Limited in-person tickets are $25 for advance purchase only at 630-628-9591 or https://www.orionensemble.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
CMS Presents the Work of Contemporary Composers
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is thrilled to present two online series this season dedicated to living composers and their work: New Milestones and Composers in Focus. Both series are being offered for free and include newly-recorded and archival performances of music; interviews and conversations with composers and musicians; documentary film; and online resource guides for audiences. Once again, CMS has moved forward, in the midst of a pandemic, with new approaches to programming, like their intimate online concert series that continue bringing music, musicians, composers and audiences closer, even as they are physically kept apart.
New Milestones, which is primarily a concert experience, supplemented with informational material to provide context, explores and unpacks the work of a wide-ranging selection of international composers: Eleanor Alberga, Andreia Pinto Correia, Patrick Castillo, Zosha Di Castri, Dai Fujikura, Helen Grime, Malika Kishino, Olivier Messiaen, Jessie Montgomery, Juri Seo, Alvin Singleton, Toru Takemitsu, Alejandro Viñao, Thomas Meadowcroft, and Trevor Weston. This group consciously includes women and people of color, but is also diverse in other ways; there are newcomers and standard-bearers; lovers of tonal melody and artists embracing dissonance; and important composers from the U.S. and many representing other parts of the world, notably Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Japan, Portugal, and Scotland.
All events are available for free, beginning Monday, November 16, at https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/.
--Beverly Greenfield, Kirshbaum Associates
The Show Must Go On(line)!
Last spring, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) joined the rest of the nation – and the world – in struggling to meet the new realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the many challenges, NYO Canada was determined not to let down the deserving and gifted young musicians who had worked so hard to earn a place for its 60th anniversary season and international tour.
In just a few short weeks, NYO launched a successful 45-day online musical training and professional development session, providing a much-needed lifeline for these newly-isolated young musicians. Now, for its 61st season, NYO Canada is poised to launch a comprehensive “cancel-proof” training institute, with expanded programs, scholarships for all, and masterclasses with international marquee artists – while preparing musicians to be performance-ready, as soon as it is possible to reunite in person.
Applications for NYO 2021, are open starting November 1st through to January 1st. For more information. visit https://nyoc.org/auditions/2021-preview/.
--Shira Gilbert PR
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein in Six Upcoming Virtual Performances
Committed to continuing to reach audiences during these challenging times for live performance, Simone Dinnerstein announces virtual performance highlights between October 31, 2020 and January 8, 2021, including concerts presented online by Dumbarton Oaks, the Boulder Philharmonic, ArtsRock, Oregon Bach Festival, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and Music Worcester. Dinnerstein’s repertoire for the fall season is wide ranging and includes music by Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour, J.S. Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Satie, and Couperin.
The concerts follow shortly after the release of Dinnerstein’s latest album, A Character of Quiet, by Orange Mountain Music on September 18. The new album includes Philip Glass’s Etudes No. 16, No. 6 and No. 2 paired with Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. Dinnerstein recorded it over the course of two evenings at her home in Brooklyn in June 2020, during the quiet of the New York City lockdown, with her longtime producer and friend Adam Abeshouse. It reached the number one spot on the Billboard Classical Chart, and was described by NPR as, “music that speaks to a sense of the world slowing down,” and by The New Yorker as, “a reminder that quiet can contain multitudes.”
For more information, visit https://www.simonedinnerstein.com/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
Joyce DiDonato: "Sing For Today" Series Launched
Princeton University Concerts, in partnership with University Musical Society (University of Michigan), is excited to announce the launch of "Sing For Today," a new digital initiative conceived by and featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
In the first of what will be a series of videos that respond to global events through song and dialogue, DiDonato--inspired by the patriotic energy of this current moment--sings "This Land Is Your Land," followed by a conversation with Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, and members of the Poll Hero Project Kai Tsurumaki (Princeton University Class of 2023) and Saika Islam (University of Michigan Class of 2021).
There is a trailer for the project circulating on our social media channels; the full song and conversation can be accessed here: http://princetonuniversityconcerts.princeton.edu/blog/entry/sing-for-today
--Dasha Koltunyuk, Princeton University Concerts