Inescapable Spiral, commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble with lead support from Oscar Gerardo and premiered at Ojai Music Festival 2017, is written for open instrumentation and a variable ensemble. Performers can range anywhere from 5 to 20 players. As Nicole mentions, “it’s like a choreography of these little miniature pieces, with the intent of collision.” The variable process in her work extends to a new remote edition of the piece, specifically reimagined for pre-recorded and live performances that are created remotely and mixed live online.
"There are a few possible ways that celestial bodies can orbit the Earth. One is called the ‘spiral impact’ orbit, in which it is inevitable for one celestial body to be pulled towards the greater object in an ‘inescapable spiral’ until they ultimately collide,” says Mitchell.
As the pandemic forced our programming, collaboration, and creation into the virtual sphere, we immediately thought of Nicole Mitchell and her extensive experience with remote Telematic performances. We commissioned her to make a new version of the 2017 Inescapable Spiral that could be workshopped in the context of our online “Ensemble Evolution” program in late June in partnership with the New School’s College of Performing Arts. Six months later, as the final event in our weekly streaming series, TUES@7, we’ll bring thirteen members of the Ensemble into collaboration with over a dozen members of Chicago Civic,” says International Contemporary Ensemble’s Artistic Director Ross Karre.
Nicole Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral Remote
Tuesday, December 15, at 6:00pm CST/7:00pm EST
Tickets: Free with Advanced RSVP
Learn more at https://www.iceorg.org/events/inescapable-spiral-remote
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
People’s Symphony Concerts
Thanks for the great response to our opening concert of our 120th Anniversary Season on Sunday in the Salomon Series with some wonderful music-making from our first ever Resident Ensemble, the super Dover String Quartet, and from our new Resident Artist, the acclaimed pianist, Shai Wosner. From the Quartet, we received a shimmering Haydn Op. 76, No. 2, an autumnal Brahms Intermezzo from Shai, and an absolutely delightful Dvorak Piano Quintet from the five of them.
For those of you who haven't yet ordered your tickets, you can still get a subscription to any of our three great Anniversary Series for less than $10 a ticket (plus whatever you can contribute) - we will send you a link for each concert, even for those that have already taken place. The next concert in the Salomon Series is on December 13th with one of today's leading violinists Gil Shaham in a tribute to the Isaac Stern Centenary. We also will get a Schubertiade on the composer's birthday weekend in January with the great "Trout" Quintet, a concert from the terrific Calidore Quartet, and a recital from PSC favorite pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.
The Arens and Mann series are equally exciting with pianists Emanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlsson, violinists Augustin Hadelich and Pinchas Zukerman, clarinetist Anthony McGill with pianist Anna Polonsky, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Dover Quartet in their Beethoven String Quartet Cycle and the Jack Quartet with Shai Wosner. Wonderful music and music-making in store for us.
You can order here: https://www.pscny.org/seriestickets
Or for more information, click here: https://www.pscny.org/
--Frank Salomon, Frank Salomon Associates
With all the hardships and upheavals this year, the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians is proud to say that our kids are learning and thriving! Our teachers met the challenges, and our students are engaged and growing. Thank you everyone who has made this experience a success. Until we can all meet again, we will keep the music playing. Enjoy the videos below and see for yourself.
Our remote programming would not exist but for the dedication, imagination and determination of our teachers. They make it possible, and our kids are still thriving.
The 2020 Audrey Bush Memorial Scholarship, offered by FAYM, is an opportunity for High School Senior Double Bass players in Southern Nevada to receive a scholarship for college tuition. This year’s Grand Prize winner of the $2,000 scholarship is bassist Sam Morgan who is attending UNLV pursuing a musical future. 2020 also had an honorable mention winner, Aidan Neuman who received $1,000.
Liam Mansfield performed for FAYM students from Munich, Germany. Liam is a recipient of FAYM’s 4 year collegiate scholarship. Stay tuned to the end to hear a special message. Liam performed: Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, 1st Movement and Paganini Caprice #16.
Please join the Family of FAYM. You can donate by mailing your check to FAYM, PO Box 1993, Las Vegas, NV 89125-1993 or directly online: https://www.thefaym.org/donate
Learn more about FAYM: https://www.thefaym.org/
--Foundation to Assist Young Musicians
Celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday with the Northbrook Symphony and Susan Merdinger
The Northbrook Symphony Presents the second performance of the 2020-2021 season with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op.19, featuring Steinway Artist/ Pianist Susan Merdinger and Music Director Mina Zikri.
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:30pm CT
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:30pm CT
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4pm CT
Price: $33.50, includes a service charge of $3.50
Visit https://in.live/upcomingstreams or https://www.northbrooksymphony.org/
Chanticleer Presents "A Chanticleer Christmas"
Chanticleer teams up with Stanford Live to celebrate the holidays with a special virtual screening of “A Chanticleer Christmas: From Darkness to Light” on Tuesday, December 15 at 12 p.m. PST.
In collaboration with Director and Independent Spirit Award-nominee Frazer Bradshaw, this brand-new film was created as a way to capture the magic of one of the Bay Area’s most beloved holiday traditions while concert halls remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Works by Antoine Brumel and Josquin des Prez feature alongside longtime audience favorites and traditional carols, as well as a selection of Armenian liturgical pieces.
Tickets are priced at $25 for individuals and $42 for households and the event will remain available for unlimited viewing beginning December 15 through January 1, 2021.
For complete information, visit http://www.chanticleer.org/
--Breden Guy Media
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of November 30 – December 6)
Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. GMT
Stephen Hough in “Night Under the Stars 2020.”
Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET (available for 7 days)
The Gilmore presents Yefim Bronfman.
Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³): World Premieres--Part 1.
Sunday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET (available for 23 hours)
James Conlon conducts Puccini’s Tosca in The Met: Live in HD encore broadcast.
Minnesota Orchestra at Home
--Shuman Associates News
Oratorio Society of New York Presents Its Annual Messiah
The Oratorio Society of New York, led by Music Director Kent Tritle, continues its tradition of presenting an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah--a yearly occurrence since 1874--with a special, reimagined digital offering. Available to stream at www.osny.org beginning on Monday, December 21 at 8pm ET, the virtual concert features 24 members of the Oratorio Society, performing alongside 12 instrumentalists, and joined by soloists soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Heather Petrie, tenor Joshua Blue, and baritone Sidney Outlaw. The joyful “Hallelujah Chorus” features additional video appearances from across the Oratorio Society’s wider membership, filmed separately.
The concert was filmed outdoors this fall, adhering to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and masking. In addition, participants produced negative Covid tests prior to arriving for the filming and received temperature checks on-site.
Selections from Handel’s Messiah
Presented by Oratorio Society of New York
Premieres Monday, December 21 at 8pm ET
Free to access at: https://www.osny.org/
--Katlyn Morahan, Morahan Arts and Media
2020 Copland House Residency Awards Announced
Copland House is excited to announce that five outstanding composers have been selected to receive its 2020 Residency Awards, a year curtailed by the COVID pandemic. Ranging in age from 28 to 74 and coming from four states and varied artistic and personal backgrounds, these gifted composers have pursued diverse creative interests and idioms, ranging from concert music to jazz, acoustic to electronic, and socially-engaged to abstract.
The awards go to Theo Chandler, 28 (Houston, TX); Flannery Cunningham, 28 (Philadelphia, PA); Tamar Diesendruck, 74 (Arlington, MA); Meg Okura, 47 (New York, NY); and Keane Southard, 33 (Rochester, NY). Chandler and Cunningham were Fellows in CULTIVATE, Copland House’s acclaimed emerging composers institute, and Diesendruck was a 2007 Resident.
For more information, visit http://www.coplandhouse.org/
--Elizabeth Dworkin, Dworkin & Company
The Washington Chorus Goes Virtual with Candelight Christmas Concert
For the first time in its 60-year history, The Washington Chorus (TWC) will present its annual holiday concert “A Candlelight Christmas” as a virtual event. Recorded without an audience at the Music Center at Strathmore and streamed from December 18-20 via Vimeo through the TicketSpice platform. Tickets are $15 and are on sale here: https://thewashingtonchorus.ticketspice.com/tickets
In addition to the streamed “A Candlelight Christmas” concert, The Washington Chorus is offering “Carols on Demand,” a program that includes a personalized video message and carol performance from a Chorus member. Details are available at The Washington Chorus’ website: https://thewashingtonchorus.org/
--Amy Killion, Bucklesweet
“Juxtapositions: Old and New Music for Baroque Instruments”
Five Boroughs Music Festival, in partnership with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Great Arts. Period., presents the world premiere of “Juxtapositions: Old and New Music for Baroque Instruments,” a two-part pre-recorded concert video available starting Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:00pm ET on YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3JCNb05MIvXAFSivyncKSA) and http://5bmf.org/events/juxtapositions/.
5BMF’s original 2020-21 season included a late-fall presentation of the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach, performed by violinist Monica Huggett and keyboardist Elliot Figg. Forced to switch gears due to the pandemic, 5BMF is now proud to present a double-feature of short programs led by Huggett and Figg respectively, recorded on the west and east coasts.
For complete information, visit https://5bmf.org/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Third Angle New Music Premieres John Luther Adams's Noctilucent
Third Angle New Music will present the world premiere performance of John Luther Adams’s (JLA) Noctilucent (2020) during a portrait concert of JLA’s works for string instruments.
The evening will also include Adams’s the place we began (2008), Three High Places (2007), and the third movement, “Sky with Nameless Colors,” from Canticles of the Sky (2015), performed in the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine Revival architecture. The concert is produced by OurConcerts.Live with Third Angle New Music, in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel.
When: Thursday, December 3, 10pm ET / 9pm CT / 7pm CT
Tickets: $25 household / $15 individual / $5 student
For more information, visit https://www.thirdangle.org/the-place-we-began-music-of-john-luther-adams
--Allison van Etten, Ravenscroft PR