Following safety protocol guidelines, American Youth Symphony Music Director Carlos Izcaray will lead AYS musicians at UCLA’s Royce Hall for a recorded performance that will be presented virtually for the gala. AYS is excited to showcase the exceptional playing of its orchestra musicians, who are on the cusp of launching their professional careers. Throughout the pandemic period, AYS has been dedicated in continuing the training of its musicians and offering dynamic performance opportunities, including the 2021 Gala.
“American Youth Symphony’s 56th Annual Gala is a time to not only reflect on the successes and hardship from the past year, but also to celebrate our artistic future with a hopeful return to the concert hall next season” said Izcaray. “I am proud of our musicians who were forced to rehearse and perform mostly in isolation at home, and yet, were still able to premiere three new pieces and play great symphonic works with AYS this season. I am grateful that we can safely enjoy the power of music together in person at Royce Hall, tand continue to share the gift of music virtually with our dedicated supporters.”
For more information, visit the AYS’s website, https://www.aysymphony.org/gala/
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
Orion Performs Mozart, Rabl May 22
Concluding a four-concert season of limited in-person and virtual performances, The Orion Ensemble returns to perform at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, on Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano, K. 493 (which replaces the composer's previously announced Trio in C Major, K. 548) is a jubilant piece, with subtle humor hidden within great beauty. Mozart wrote this second of his two piano quartets in 1786, shortly after his comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Because his publisher, Hoffmeister, had recently released Mozart from a contract to write multiple piano quartets, Mozart wrote this one just for the “fun” of it. Joining Orion for this work is frequent guest violist Stephen Boe.
Also on Orion’s program is Walter Rabl’s (1873–1940) Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 1, which won the 23-year-old Austrian composer and pianist first prize in an important Viennese composition competition.
For a limited time The livestream will be available on Orion’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yVkS6Pp0wzG6HxxXGe1SA
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Washington Chorus Honors “Resilience of the Arts”
The Washington Chorus (TWC) announces a creative digital choral experience to honor the strength and resilience of musicians, artists, creators, and audiences who continued to come together during the pandemic to share powerful artistic experiences and vibrant stories. “Resilience” is a digital, cross disciplinary concert using choral music, filmmaking, and poetry to explore the power of music and the human spirit.
“Resilience” premieres at 8pm ET on Friday, June 11, 2021 and is available on-demand through Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Tickets are $15 and available here: https://thewashingtonchorus.org/concerts-2020-21
--Amy Killion, Bucklesweet
The Summer Festival will take place in venues throughout San Luis Obispo County. This year we will explore all the experiences you expect from Festival Mozaic: chamber music, crossover artists, Notable Encounters, and more.
While there are still some details to be worked out, we look forward to welcoming you back to live performances and events produced safely with your health and well-being in mind.
Mark your calendars. Details here: https://festivalmozaic.org/
Teatro Nuovo Announces Full In-Person Performances of The Barber of Seville
Teatro Nuovo today announced the first full opera performances in New York City in over a year, offering Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on July 27 and 28 on the summer stage at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.
Artistic Director Will Crutchfield said in announcing the production that The Barber was chosen because “it is the longest-lasting and most beloved opera in the whole repertory of Bel Canto.” Verdi called it “the most beautiful comic opera in existence.”
Details here: https://www.teatronuovo.org/
--Andrew Ousley, Unison Media
Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents Oracle Hysterical and Hub New Music
Five Boroughs Music Festival, Brooklyn Public Library, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor present the New York and digital premieres of Terra Nova, a new concert-length song cycle created by the members of composer-collective Oracle Hysterical and performed in collaboration with the contemporary mixed-instrument quartet Hub New Music.
Commissioned by Hub New Music and Five Boroughs Music Festival, Terra Nova is inspired by a range of ambitious, gritty (and sometimes naïve, cruel, and myopic) explorers, comprising songs that are by turns darkly ironic, heartrending, and straight-up fun (and occasionally a confounding mix of all three), coalescing into a powerful experience of both text and music.
The New York premiere takes place outdoors on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:00pm at Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza and the ensemble will record the cycle the next day at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor in Staten Island for digital world premiere co-produced by the Newhouse Center on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:30pm ET.
For more information, visit https://5bmf.org/events/terra-nova/
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
What's Streaming: Classical (May 17-23)
Wednesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET:
Stephen Hough performs the Brahms First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Lionel Bringuier.
Wednesday, May 19 & Friday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT:
Lara Downes presents master classes on music by female BIPOC composers to conclude her University of Oregon virtual residency.
Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET:
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Duo Piano Fest Returns July 9–18
The Music Institute of Chicago announces that its 33rd annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival will take place July 9–18, featuring a combination of in-person and online coaching and performances by renowned piano duos. The concerts, which will be livestreamed, take place Friday, July 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and a student recital takes place Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Registration for the educational component is available at https://www.musicinst.org/cdpf-summer-festival; registration deadline is June 5.
Directed by Festival Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and Music Institute piano faculty Katherine Lee, the Festival will observe all pandemic protocols related to masking and physical distancing for in-person coaching and rehearsals, which will be combined with online coaching.
Chicago Duo Piano Festival concerts take place Friday, July 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; the student recital takes place Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m. All performances are free and will be livestreamed from Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Illinois. To register for educational programs or the concert streams, visit https://www.musicinst.org/chicago-duo-piano-festival.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
Violinist Yevgeny Kutik Makes Solo Debut with Boston Civic Orchestra
On Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 3pm ET, Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, known for his “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), makes his debut as soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Led by Music Director Francisco Noya, the program will be free to watch, broadcast live from the First Church in Cambridge. The program also includes Respighi’s The Birds and Walker’s Lyric for Strings.
More information here: https://yevgenykutik.com/
--Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists
Baritone Jonathon Adams: Summer News Announcement
For the first time, Early Music Vancouver (EMV) will have a dedicated artist-in-residence for the summer. EMV’s newest Artistic & Executive Director, Suzie LeBlanc, selected Cree-Métis Two-Spirit baritone Jonathon Adams, signalling a more diverse future for the organization. Over the course of the summer, Jonathon will be writing a series of essays, produce and participate in a panel talk, and perform in three events for this year’s Vancouver Bach Festival which will take place from July 26 to August 6.
“I am deeply honoured and incredibly excited to be EMV's first official artist-in-residence,” said Adams.
For more information, visit https://schwalbeandpartners.com/jonathon-adams-baritone
--Schwalbe and Partners
What Makes Music Universal?
Some thoughts on how music brings us together to show us how different we are: https://nautil.us/issue/99/universality/what-makes-music-universal
For the End of Time: A New Beginning
SOLI Chamber Ensemble wraps up its season with “For the End of Time: A New Beginning” – a live broadcast from the Malú and Carlos Alvarez Theater at Texas Public Radio’s new studio.
The broadcast performance is anchored by Olivier Messian’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time. Messiaen wrote the work for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano while imprisoned during World War II and this broadcast commemorates the 80th anniversary of its premiere in 1941 in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland). The performance will also include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’s Elegy for those we lost. Originally written as a solo piano work in collaboration with filmmaker Esther Shubinski and released on YouTube as a memorial to victims of COVID-19, Kernis arranged the work for violin and piano for SOLI musicians Ertan Torgul and Carolyn True.
Tune in on Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm to KPAC 88.3 FM or online at https://www.tpr.org/
--Anne Schellenge, SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Winners Announced in CMIM Piano Edition
Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) has unveiled the winners of its 2021 Piano Edition.
First Prize was awarded to South Korean Pianist Su Yeon Kim, who will collect awards and scholarships valued at over $180,000, an unprecedented total sum for the CMIM. The prize also includes a concerto performance with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and a solo album recording on the Steinway & Sons label. The undeniable talent of this young pianist’s technique and musicality, combined with a balanced and daring program, transcended the screen and convinced the international jury.
The Second Prize, the Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Prize, and the Third Prize offered by Stingray Classica were won respectively by Yoichiro Chiba of Japan and Dimitri Malignan of France. A complete listing of prizes and awards can be found below.
From among 225 applicants, 26 semi-finalists and eight finalists representing eleven countries were chosen to participate in the 2021 virtual Piano Edition. Throughout the competition, the CMIM worked in close collaboration with 16 technical teams in as many major cities around the world to ensure all competitors were granted fair and equitable conditions, while maintaining the highest-quality performance standards.
For complete information, visit https://www.concoursmontreal.ca/en/
--Bucklesweet/Rebecca Davis PR