Following last week's "sneak-peek" launch to PARMA Artists, today we are pleased to publicly present our Fall 2020 Call for Scores with a variety of recording, release, and performance opportunities. We invite you to submit your scores for our team's review, and we look forward to getting to know your music.
Fall 2020 Call for Scores
We are currently accepting submissions for:
Works for String Orchestra
Performing Artist: Subotica Philharmonic Strings
Studio Recording and Release:
Works for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, or SABRE
Recording Artist: Matthias Müller
Studio Recording and Release:
Works for Piano Trio or Subset
Recording Artist: Trio Casals
Studio Recording and Release:
Works for Orchestra
Recording Artist: Zagreb Festival Orchestra
The deadline for all submissions is December 11, 2020
For more information, guidelines, and submission forms, visit https://www.parmarecordings.com/call-for-scores/
The Crossing Releases New Film, The Forest
The Crossing announces the release of a new film, The Forest, shot live at the ensemble’s October 2020 socially distant, sold-out performances of the same name. In a time when choirs cannot sing and perform together in conventional ways, The Forest featured the 24 singers of The Crossing performing along a trail at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania, situated in the sounds and sights of the woods, while audience members walked, through the soundscape and landscape. The film was created by the Philadelphia-based Four/Ten Media and Crossing in-house sound designer Paul Vazquez, using binaural (360º) audio capture and a single, continuous take in which the camera lens becomes the eye of the audience, moving leisurely through the work.
View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJgok21MXM0
Learn more here: https://www.crossingchoir.org/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Tickets on Sale Now for YPC's Winter Concert
“Once Upon the Holidays”: Join Young People’s Chorus of New York City as they celebrate the season with a two-part musical holiday special you won’t want to miss.
Part 1: Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Part 2: Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m. EST
Get your tickets here: https://www.stellartickets.com/events/young-peoples-chorus-of-new-york-city--2/once-upon-the-holidays-with-the-young-peoples-chorus-of-new-york-city
--Young People’s Chorus of NYC
Gryphon Trio Performs Complete Beethoven Trios Live
The Gryphon Trio will perform Beethoven’s six most celebrated piano trios in a live performance streamed from the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario on December 10 and 11.
The interactive livestream event will be hosted by broadcaster Eric Friesen (CBC and NPR) and will include commentary from composer, conductor, and author Rob Kapilow (“What Makes It Great?”). The event will be presented by a consortium of classical music presenters and brings together chamber music organizations and audiences from all corners of North America, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday.
To purchase tickets and watch live, visit https://ourconcerts.live/gryphon-1
--Allison Van Etten, Ravenscroft PR
Scottish Ensemble Releases New Film, Pardes
Today, the UK’s leading string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble (SE), and Edinburgh’s The Fruitmarket Gallery release the world premiere of Pardes, a film by artist Jyll Bradley in collaboration with composer Anna Clyne and violist Jane Atkins.
Part of SE’s Solo Collaborations, a series of audiovisual works born out of lockdown that celebrates cross-artform collaboration and embraces the unique possibilities of digital, Pardes uses Moses Cordovero’s (1522-1570) Pardes Rimmonim (Orchard of Pomegranates) as a starting point to create a meditation on creative potential, light and growth. Working together closely throughout the process, while adhering to all COVID-19 restrictions, Anna Clyne created new music which was then recorded at home by Scottish Ensemble violist Jane Atkins before artist Jyll Bradley created a filmed visual response.
Watch Pardes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spNR2f0zx88&feature=youtu.be
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
What's Streaming: Classical (Week of December 7–13)
Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. GMT (live only)
Live Q&A with pianist Stephen Hough.
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Op. 13 (Pathétique), Op. 90, and Op. 111.
Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Jen Shyu joins Cory Smythe and Immanuel Wilkins in evening of improvisation titled “Ritual for the Losses.”
Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Davóne Tines hosts panel discussion “Breathing Free: To Decolonize Opera,” presented by Heartbeat Opera.
Saturday, December 12
NPR Music’s AMPLIFY with Lara Downes features Davóne Tines.
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³): World Premieres — Part 2.
Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Wu Man interprets Beethoven on her traditional Chinese instrument.
Minnesota Orchestra at Home
--Shuman Associates News
Robert Spano Receives Georgia Governor's Award
Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp today announced the recipients of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.
“I’m honored to recognize the organizations and individuals whose efforts have preserved and enhanced our culture and stories to create a better Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “When our arts and humanities sectors thrive, we see prosperity and revitalization in communities across our state. I applaud the work of each of our recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and the valuable impacts they have made in our state.”
--Kirshbaum Associates, Inc.
Music Institute Students Excel at Fall Competitions
The Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy for gifted pre-college pianists and string players and Community Music School students have started the school year with several noteworthy virtual competition achievements.
The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, led by Director James Setapen, is a nationally recognized training center for gifted pre-college pianists and string players that provides a comprehensive music education for students who aspire to be professional musicians. Faculty, staff, and students come together for an intensive 30-week program 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, who teach at some of the country’s most prestigious conservatories and music schools, have a passion for developing young talent and an established track record of student achievement.
The 2020–21 Academy roster includes 33 students from Illinois and other Midwest states, a 32% increase from the previous year, selected from the highest number of auditioning students in the past five years. This fall’s program has combined remote and in-person instruction, as have lessons and classes in the Community Music School.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communicaitons
On PBS - “From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2021”
We're ready to bid farewell to 2020 and ring in 2021 with Great Performances – “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2021” premiering Friday, January 1, 2021 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and streaming the following day on http://pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.
The annual concert continues with PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville (Masterpiece: Downton Abbey) returning as host for a fourth year with Riccardo Muti as guest conductor for the sixth time. The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra performs favorite waltzes by Strauss, and the celebration features the Vienna State Ballet dancing on location from notable Vienna landmarks.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Bonneville will host the concert remotely from England on location at Goodwood House, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, located north of Chichester.
--Elizabeth Boone, WNET
West Edge Announces Line-up for Snapshot 2021
Entering its fifth consecutive season, Snapshot is a collaboration between West Edge Opera and Earplay dedicated to getting new operas on their feet and giving audiences a first look at developing works from West Coast composers and librettists. Performances will take place on March 12th and 13th, 2021 and preparations are being made for a socially distant live performance at a large outdoor venue as well as a remotely recorded performance made available for patrons to stream. As the date approaches, depending on the safety measures Covid-19 requires, either the streamed or the live performance may be canceled, but not both.
For the first time, as a service to the creative teams selected for the program, the producers are providing a feedback panel of industry experts. These experts include Snapshot staff as well as composer Jake Heggie, publisher Bill Gorjance, General Director of Opera San Jose Khori Dastoor, Artistic Director of the Oakland Symphony Michael Morgan, and former Dramaturg and Music Administrator of San Francisco Opera Clifford Cranna.
For more information, visit http://www.westedgeopera.org/
--West Edge Opera
Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa’s M³ Initiative
After nearly six months working together as part of the Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) initiative, co-founded by Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa to foster creative partnerships among womxn musicians worldwide, the project’s inaugural group of artists reconvenes virtually for the world premieres of their new, collaborative M³ commissions on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET via the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Hosted by M³ Editor-in-Chief Jordannah Elizabeth, each premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, who will answer questions from the audience about their creative process. The performances are streamed via Zoom and may be accessed for free with RSVP.
Reserve at http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/
--Lisa Jaehnig, Shuman Associates News
Reimagine Beethoven with SOLI on December 8
In 2012, SOLI commissioned four composers to create a call and response to the revolutionary final movement of Beethoven's final string quartet. SOLI revisits this fascinating journey in honor of the composer's 250th birthday - please join us December 8th at 7:30pm CST for the broadcast of Beethoven Reimagined.
This all-Beethoven-influenced SOLI DIGITAL event features the original works by Doug Balliett, Paul Moravec, Xi Wang, and Dan Welcher and arrangement by Trinity University’s Brian Bondari.
We look forward to seeing you online December 8 at 7:30pm CST at SOLI's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLpB_riU947pszI-FIB6iag
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble