Highlights include the Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast with in-depth interviews with artists who collaborated closely with the composer, live radio broadcasts and rebroadcasts of archived performances, live streamed concerts, and a broad presentation of the composer's prolific oeuvre.
Polish Cultural Institute New York's head of music programming, Anna Perzanowska, who worked with Krzysztof Penderecki for over a decade, has been the driving force behind Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam since the composer's death on March 29, 2020, at his home in Kraków, Poland. "The passing of Professor Penderecki was a deeply moving loss and a shock to all who knew him personally as well as to those who admired his work. The loss was especially poignant due to the world's Covid-19 isolation - and I was overwhelmed by the response and eagerness of all the artists who wanted to be involved and honor his memory," comments Perzanowska.
For complete details, visit https://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/02/16/krzysztof-penderecki-in-memoriam-worldwide/
--Melanne Mueller, MusicCo International
Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 Goes Virtual
The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 and the Richmond Symphony announced today that the Competition, originally scheduled to bring 44 of the world’s most talented young violinists to Richmond in May of 2020, will take place virtually from May 14-23, 2021.
The Menuhin Competition distinguishes itself among competitions not only with the high level of playing among participants, but also for creating a festive, nurturing and collegial environment and providing an immersive musical experience for competitors that goes far beyond the competition rounds themselves. The 2021 virtual Competition aims to fulfill that promise by recreating the Competition as an online event that connects competitors, jurors, viewers and guest artists with each other and with Richmond.
For more information, visit https://2021.menuhincompetition.org/competition-2021
--Beverly Greenfield, Kirshbaum Associates
5.5 Million Views and Counting
Our 2019 rehearsal of Leonard Cohen’s timeless classic “Hallelujah” is resonating in a powerful way with people around the world with over 5.5 million views, thanks in part to our friends at Choral Stream for sharing on Facebook. Watch this performance, conducted by YPC founder and artistic director Francisco J. Núñez, and help keep the momentum going.
View here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=847222092826649
Learn more about Young People’s Chorus of New York City: https://ypc.org/
--Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Celebrate the first Moon of Spring on March 28
This month on “Lunar Landscapes” we celebrate the Worm Moon on March 28, 2021 at 9PM EDT with special guest Eve Beglarian. Eve and I have been working away on two new versions of pieces you may have heard before, and we’re super excited to share them with you!
Worms begin to till the earth making ready for Spring and new growth, we are celebrating the inner tilling that we are collectively doing, preparing ourselves for the season of outward growth and prosperity that is Spring. To that end, this month’s cocktail is the Earthworm.
“Lunar Landscapes: Worm Moon”
March 28, 2021 at 9pm EDT
Glass: Metamorphosis 2
Beglarian: A Solemn Shyness
Sandresky: In Short Db
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--Eleonor Sandresky, Strange Energy Report
Beethoven in Beijing
Did you know that the Philadelphia Orchestra was the first orchestra to visit China?
Featuring archival footage and first-person recollections from American and Chinese musicians, “Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing” spotlights the resurgence of classical music in China through the legacy of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Renowned musicians, including Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Philadelphia-trained famed classical pianist Lang Lang, Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and more share their stories of how Beethoven’s music shaped their careers as China’s classical music scene boomed.
“Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing” premieres Friday, April 16 at 9 p.m. on the PBS Video app and PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/.
--Elizabeth Boone, WNET
Bach Week Festival Virtual Benefit
Evanston, Illinois-based Bach Week Festival's virtual spring fundraiser, “Happy Birthday, Bach,” will celebrate German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach with livestreamed performances of chamber music by Bach and two of his contemporaries during a free-to-view webcast at 3 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Bach was born on that date in 1685.
The “Happy Birthday, Bach” performances will be streamed live from the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
Information and video links are available on the festival’s website: https://bachweek.org/
--Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
MUSE/IQUE Announces New Board Members
MUSEI/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering live music organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Barbara Franks Bice, Christine Swanson, and Jonathan Weedman.
The Board, chaired by philanthropist LeeAnn Havner, provides leadership in carrying out MUSE/IQUE’s mission of making music accessible to all through adventurous and meaningful programming, an effort continued throughout the pandemic with drive-in concerts, lawn serenades, and MUSE/IQUE’s “In A Minute! (...or Two!)” video series, which just surpassed 100 episodes.
“To serve as Chair of MUSE/IQUE’s Board of Directors, is to be part of an inspiring and passionate team,” said Havner. “With much enthusiasm, we welcome to the Board our newest members, Barbara Franks Bice, Chirstine Swanson, and Jonathan Weedman, all of whom bring a breadth of experience and expertise that will help bring to fruition MUSE/IQUE’s adventurous plans for the future.”
For more information, visit http://www.muse-ique.com/
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
Nichols Concert Hall Offers Streamed Live Concerts
The Music Institute of Chicago opens its concert home to family homes worldwide through the presentation of “Live from Nichols Concert Hall,” a free chamber music series April 11–May 2 streamed live from its historic Nichols Concert Hall. This series is part of the Music Institute’s 90th anniversary year, which celebrates innovation, access, and excellence in music education, service to the community, and music performance.
President and CEO Mark George described the new series, saying, “One of the Music Institute’s great strengths is our amazing network of professional musicians, so many of whom concertize worldwide. Another is the warm, intimate atmosphere and amazing acoustics of Nichols Concert Hall. Although the pandemic has curtailed our ability to gather in person, we are excited to share this new series of inspiring performances to a much broader audience, no longer limited by location.”
“Live from Nichols Concert Hall" takes place Sundays, April 11–May 2, at 3 p.m. CDT. Performances are free and open to the public and stream live from Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, Illinois. Under current pandemic restrictions, access will be entirely virtual.
For complete information, visit https://www.musicinst.org/nch-live
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
ROCO Closes Their 16th Season on April 24
ROCO’s (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) 16th season, “Color and Light,” comes to a close on April 24 with Flamenco, the final performance of their In Concert series. The performance will be fully virtual, streaming live from The Church of St. John the Divine, without an in-person audience.
The performance closes a remarkable, groundbreaking season for the ensemble, in which they offered 11 livestreamed performances and gave premieres of 10 new works, all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. For the April 24 concert, viewers can tune in for free and interact with the orchestra on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/rocohouston/, YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/user/rocohouston,
and the ROCO website: https://roco.org/live/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Philharmonia Baroque Appoints Tarik O’Regan first Composer-in-Residence
Uniquely focused on both the baroque and the brand new, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) announces the appointment of Tarik O’Regan as the 40-year old organization’s first-ever Composer-in-Residence. In his three-and-a-half-year residency, O’Regan will work closely with Music Director Richard Egarr, the Orchestra, Chorale, and staff, composing new works and establishing immersive relationships within the larger PBO community. This marks the first of two exciting and unprecedented PBO residencies this season.
One of the most played, commissioned, and recorded British-American composers of his generation, Tarik O'Regan's prolific output reflects his love of Renaissance vocal writing (his choral works are especially renowned) and the music of North Africa (his family is from Morocco and Algeria). The Washington Post describes his music as “exquisite and delicate,” while The Philadelphia Inquirer says it evokes “previously unheard sound worlds with astonishing effect.”
For more information, visit https://philharmonia.org/concert/episode-4-tarik-on-tarik/
--Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co.
Safely Singing Together Again: Washington Chorus
The moment that concert halls and other live performance venues begin to re-open will surely be cause for celebration: but we must also proceed with caution. The research we’ve seen shows it will be several years before audiences potentially return to live performance at the same capacity levels they did prior to the onset of COVID-19. And we all know that even before this global health pandemic arrived, audiences for classical music across all genres was in decline. Choral music is a meaningful artistic outlet and art form, but we’ve not listened, advocated, and evolved our art in a way that has meaningfully increased engagement. This changes now.
“Alongside the question of ‘will audiences feel safe to return,’ the larger and perhaps more important question we have to ask is this: how can we fundamentally reimagine who our audience is, both at The Washington Chorus and across the entire industry of classical music and performing arts," noted TWC Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin. "Then how can we create meaningful live and digital arts experiences that cultivate loyalty and connection with these audiences through emotionally rich, high quality, radically inclusive music performance, education, and community?”
For complete information on the Washington Chorus, visit https://ww1.thewashingtonchorus.com/
--Amy Killion, Bucklesweet
SOLI's Electrified Air Premieres March 17th
SOLI Chamber Ensemble continues its season with Grammy award-winning electric guitarist D. J. Sparr in a SOLI DIGITAL event: Electrified Air.
This innovative evening fuses the sounds of diverse music spheres - phasing, loops, and funk meet rock, flavors of jazz, and contemporary classical harmonies to bring electrifying energy to the ear. The program includes the world premieres of three works: “Hammer and Nail” by Anthony Joseph Lanman, “A Singing Planet” by Olivia Kieffer, and the SOLI commissioned work “A Bell Outside a Bell Inside a Bell” by D. J. Sparr.
The broadcast of Electrified Air will be available on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm CDT on SOLI's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLpB_riU947pszI-FIB6iag
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Renée Fleming in Concert on PBS
We're excited to raise the curtain on Season 15 of “Great Performances at the Met with Renée Fleming in Concert” premiering Friday, March 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The acclaimed soprano performs favorite arias by Puccini, Massenet along with selections by Handel and Korngold from the music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. Acclaimed soprano Christine Goerke hosts.
The broadcast is followed by “Great Performances at the Met: Jonas Kauffman in Concert,” which premieres beginning Friday, April 2 (check local listings). This season, “Great Performances at the Met” presents opera stars in concert performing favorite arias and songs in striking locations around the world.
--Elizabeth Boone, WNET
Geneva Lewis Awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant
Concert Artists Guild is very proud to announce that violinist and 2020 CAG Grand Prize Winner Geneva Lewis has been chosen as a 2021 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant! Avery Fisher Career Grants are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented musicians who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Geneva will receive an award of $25,000 to be used for specific needs in advancing a career.
Hear Geneva perform Telemann's Fantasia No. 7 in E-flat Major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4nWYIP5dQ
--Concert Artists Guild
American Bach Soloists’ New Artist Profile
ABS continues with another installment in our Free Artist Profile Series. Get to know the person behind the instrument, what makes them tick, and what happened in their lives that led them to a career in music that brought them to us to hear and enjoy.
Over the course of the next half year, you'll have access to more than a dozen interesting and delightful videos that explore the personal motivations and inspirations of some of your favorite ABS musicians. They're filmed in crystal-clear 4K (Ultra High Definition) video resolution, and we're happy to bring another one to you.
In today's video, ABS harpsichordist Corey Jamason talks about why he loves the harpsichord, his father's record collection, the joys of performing with others, and playing Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto while being cheered on by a squawking bird!
Watch the Artist Profile here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aODYfUXhWk
--American Bach Soloists
Atterbury Sessions Continue with PUBLIQuartet
The Atterbury House Sessions free livestreams continue on Saturday March 13, 5pm EST, with the PUBLIQuartet.
PUBLIQuartet is a collection of four folks who feel very strongly about all music genres. Jazz, classical, improvisation, hip hop, blues, they do it all (as a string quartet!). Great champions of women and minority composers, tomorrow they will perform works by Jessie Montgomery, Jessica Meyer, and themselves, as well as John Corigliano.
Grammy-nominated for their album Freedom and Faith, PUBLIQuartet has also been quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and has received Chamber Music America's Visionary Award.
Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/AncalagonRecords
Or here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxtQKPvPN8scdx2uHYLXlJA
--Lara St. John