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Monday, May 11, 2009

Concerts Avant-goł¬ts: Le mois de mai au Domaine Forget


Les deux premiers łęvłęnements avant-goł¬ts du Festival International du Domaine Forget auront lieu les 23 et 29 mai łŢ la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier. Le premier concert soulignera le 200e anniversaire de la mort de Joseph Haydn avec la prłęsentation de la version pour quatuor łŢ cordes et rłęcitant d'une ëýuvre d'une grande profondeur, Les sept dernił«res paroles du Christ sur la croix. Le 29 mai aura lieu le Marathon de musique de chambre prłęsentłę par Galaxie, le rłęseau de musique continue de Radio-Canada. Ces concerts Č┤ avant-goł¬ts Ȭ mettent en vedette des musiciens et płędagogues chevronnłęs enseignant łŢ l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget.

Samedi 23 mai Premił«re soirłęe de musique de chambre

Un hommage łŢ Haydn empreint d'łęmotion

Composłę en 1786, le cycle Les sept dernił«res paroles du Christ sur la croix de Joseph Haydn est le fruit d'une importante commande venue d'Espagne destinłęe łŢ un service religieux pendant la semaine sainte. L'ëýuvre consiste en sept mouvements lents illustrant chacune des sept dernił«res paroles du Christ. ł─ ces mouvements s'ajoutent une introduction, un interlude et un seul mouvement rapide, le dramatique Terremoto (Tremblement de terre) final. L'annłęe suivant la crłęation de l'ëýuvre, Haydn rłęalisa la version pour quatuor łŢ cordes qu'interprłęteront les violonistes Mark Fewer et Barry Shiffman, les altistes James Boyd et Steven Dann, les violoncellistes Anssi Karttunen et Kenneth Slowik et les łętudiants du stage de musique de chambre de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget.

Le rłąle du rłęcitant a łętłę confiłę au comłędien Henri Chassłę, que l'on a pu voir dans Le monde de Charlotte, dans de nombreuses productions du Thłęłótre du Nouveau Monde, et qui prendra la relł«ve de Robert Lepage pour la tournłęe europłęenne du Dragon bleu. Afin d'ajouter łŢ l'atmosphł«re de rłęflexion et de recueillement, le comłędien a choisi des textes połętiques d'auteurs qułębłęcois qui seront insłęrłęs entre les diffłęrents mouvements de l'ëýuvre.

vendredi 29 mai Marathon annuel de musique de chambre

Un łęvłęnement festif et sympathique !

Le vendredi 29 mai, les professeurs et leurs stagiaires de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse convient le public au Marathon de musique de chambre. L'łęvłęnement, qui dłębutera łŢ 14 heures pour se terminer en soirłęe, rassemblera les violonistes Mark Fewer et Barry Shiffman, les altistes James Boyd et Steven Dann, les violoncellistes Anssi Karttunen et Kenneth Slowik et les 22 stagiaires en musique de chambre de l'Acadłęmie. Des ëýuvres de Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Bartok et Schoenberg sont au programme.

Les cours de małĂtre de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse

Le trompettiste Michael Sachs ouvrira la słęrie des cours de małĂtres du Domaine Forget le mardi 2 juin łŢ 9 h 30. Au total, 13 cours de małĂtres seront prłęsentłęs gratuitement tout au long de la saison estivale.

Information et Rłęservation

418 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : 418 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com

Les Avants-goł¬ts du Festival

Samedi 23 mai, 20 h

Un hommage łŢ Haydn empreint d'łęmotion

Henri Chassłę, rłęcitant

Mark Fewer et Barry Shiffman, violons

James Boyd et Steven Dann, altos

Anssi Karttunen et Kenneth Slowik, violoncelles

HAYDN Les Sept dernił«res paroles du Christ sur la croix

Coł¬t : adultes : 20 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 17 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 17 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 17 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Vendredi 29 mai, dł«s 14 h

Soirłęe Galaxie

Marathon de musique de chambre

Mark Fewer et Barry Shiffman, violons

James Boyd et Steven Dann, altos

Anssi Karttunen et Kenneth Slowik, violoncelles

et les stagiaires de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget

ëÝuvres de Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Bartok et Schoenberg

Concert de 14 heures :

Concert de 20 h

Coł¬t : adultes : 10 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 10 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 10 $,

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : gratuit; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Music for all Seasons - 20 April 2009


MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS "CONVERSATIONS" SERIES FEATURES

THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

WITH NEW MEMBER NICK EANET,

IN CONVERSATION WITH NANCY SHEAR


MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, 6:30 to 9 P.M. AT STEINWAY HALL


The Juilliard String Quartet, one of the most prominent and revered ensembles of all time, will appear before the public in its newest incarnation -- with new member Nick Eanet as first violinist -- in an interview with Nancy Shear, as part of Music For All Seasons' popular and acclaimed "Conversations" series. The event will be held on Monday, April 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), the magnificent and historic flagship showroom of Steinway & Sons. The members of the Quartet will discuss the inner workings of the ensemble, from achieving instrumental balance to negotiating repertory and issues of interpretation, to the delights and trials of traveling and other rarely-discussed aspects of membership in this renowned ensemble.



The evening's program includes a question-and-answer session and a Meet-the-Artist reception with drinks and substantial hors d'oeuvres for all members of the audience.


Tickets to the Juilliard String Quartet event are $75 ($30 tax deductible). Seating is limited. For information and reservations, please call MFAS at 908-322-6300, or toll-free at 1-866-524-(MFAS).


Music For All Seasons' popular and acclaimed "Conversations" series is an innovative program that has an enthusiastic and devoted following. Guests who have appeared include Andrłę Previn, Lorin Maazel, Andrłę Watts, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, Peter Schickele, Barbara Cook and Marni Nixon. Each of the "Conversations" is held in an attractive, unusual venue in New York City. Current and past locations include Steinway Hall, CFM Gallery, Bond #9, BłĆsendorfer New York, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and BMI.


MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS

Music For All Seasons, now celebrating its 17th season, is active in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California. By bringing live musical performances to a wide range of institutions including children's hospitals, retirement facilities, shelters for victims of domestic violence, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes, medical centers, halfway houses and hospices, MFAS aids the physical, mental and spiritual healing processes. MFAS brings together a wide variety of people and styles of music, provides opportunities for young professional artists to serve special audiences, and creates volunteer opportunities that serve local communities.


The conversations, led by distinguished writer and broadcaster Nancy Shear, provide rare insights into the careers and lives of the guests and offer a behind-the-scenes look into the music world. The interviews benefit Music For All Seasons, which has received support from the NEA, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and donations and grants from corporations, foundations and individuals.


Additional Information


JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET

The Juilliard String Quartet is internationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by a clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers as diverse as Beethoven, Schubert, Bartłäk and Elliott Carter, it has long been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet.


The current season sees the Juilliard String Quartet in performances throughout the U.S., with dates including its annual returns to Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, performing world premieres by Richard Wernick and Melinda Wagner; in concert at the Kennedy Center Baylor University, Cornell, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and at the Mikazaki International Music Festival in Japan. The JSQ also performs in New York City, Phoenix, Cincinnati, New Jersey and elsewhere. Appearances abroad include a tour of Australia and a European tour with dates in Istanbul, Vienna, Haarlem, Madrid, Helsinki and at the Konzerthaus Berlin.


In 2007/08, the Juilliard String Quartet offered special programming in recognition of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday ĺ─ý a composer with whom they have had a long and remarkable collaboration ĺ─ý with special celebrations of his work at the Ravinia Festival and the Juilliard School, where it performed the world premiere of his new Clarinet Quintet with Charles Neidich. As ardent advocates of Carter's complex and visionary string quartets, the Juilliard's landmark recording of Quartets Nos. 1-4 was released by Sony in 1991. The Quartet toured throughout the US, with notable appearances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.; at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the La Jolla Music Society; Chamber Music Society of Detroit; in Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, and elsewhere. A tour of Europe featured performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a performance at the Citłę de la musique in Paris with an accompanying two-day residency at the Conservatoire National Supłęrieur de Musique, and a return to Spain, where they performed, for the second time, on the Royal Family's matched set of inlaid Stradavari at the Palacio Real in Madrid.


In January 2008 Chamber Music America honored the Juilliard String Quartet with its highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service award, in recognition of the Quartet's artistry, dedication and exemplary influence in chamber music.



The 2006/07 season marked the Juilliard Quartet's 60th anniversary, with a year-long celebration distinguished by the Quartet's performance of seven complete Bartłäk cycles (The Juilliard Quartet played the American premiere of the Bartłäk cycle at Tanglewood in 1948) in major cities throughout the U.S. and Japan. The Juilliard Quartet also celebrated Mozart's 250th birthday, performing quartets K. 421, K. 428 and K. 465, newly informed by first-edition parts recently donated to the Juilliard School.


Other recent highlights include a pair of concerts presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall; the world premiere of Ezequiel Vił▒ao's Quartet II, "The Loss and the Silence," commissioned for them by the Juilliard School in honor of its 2006 centennial; and international performances of Bach's "Art of the Fugue."


At Carnegie Hall, the Quartet appeared in Maurizio Pollini's "Perspectives" series with pianist Martha Argerich, and in the Hall's 100th anniversary gala. Annual guests at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Juilliards played in the Hall's opening concert and are the lead-off artists in the recent recording celebrating its 10th anniversary. They are frequent guests at the Miyazaki Festival in Japan, and at festivals in Europe including the Lucerne Festival and the Schubertiade in Feldkirch. In a departure from the classical norm, the Juilliard Quartet has twice been the featured ensemble ĺ─ý comedic and musical ĺ─ý on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion."


As Quartet in Residence at New York City's Juilliard School, the Juilliard String Quartet is widely admired for its seminal influence on aspiring string players around the world. The Quartet continues to play an important role in the formation of new American ensembles, and was instrumental in the formation of the Alexander, American, Concord, Emerson, La Salle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai and Colorado string quartets.


In a momentous occasion at Tanglewood in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet's founder and first violinist Robert Mann retired from the group after fifty years. Earlier that season, Musical America named the Quartet "Musicians of the Year."


In its history, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed a comprehensive repertoire of some 500 works, ranging from the great classical composers to masters of the current century. An ardent champion of contemporary American music, the Quartet has premiered more than 60 compositions of American composers, including works by some of America's finest jazz musicians.


The ensemble has been associated with Sony Classical, in its various incarnations, since 1949. With more than 100 releases to its credit, the ensemble is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time; and its recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and the Debussy and Ravel string quartets have all received Grammy Awards. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its recording of the complete Bartłäk string quartets, the Juilliard Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 1994, its recording of quartets by Ravel, Debussy, and Dutilleux was chosen by the Times of London as one of the 100 best classical CDs ever recorded.


The members of the Juilliard String Quartet are all American-born and trained.


NANCY SHEAR

Nancy Shear is well-known as writer, lecturer, producer, broadcaster and director of a performing arts production and public relations company. She has lectured for the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Caramoor Festival; has hosted broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Frick Collection series and Naumburg Foundation; had her own interview programs on WNYC; and has been a commentator for the American Public Radio Network. Her articles have appeared in major publications such as Musical America, Ovation, the New York Times, Lincoln Center Stagebill and Symphony Magazine. She wrote entries for the 1992 Encyclopedia of New York (co-published by Yale University Press and the New-York Historical Society), and has written a book on the cultural phenomenon of The Three Tenors. Ms. Shear has taught at New York University's School of Continuing Education, NYU's Vernon Center for Foreign Affairs and The New School, and frequently lectures at educational institutions such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music on the business and art of music, and music in an historical context. She has hosted special events including benefits at the Rainbow Room and, with Andrłę Previn, co-hosted a gala at the Caramoor Music Festival. Her rich background includes almost two decades as orchestra librarian, for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, and privately for Leopold Stokowski and other major figures of the current and recent past generations. Ms. Shear has also lectured on the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt and on various travel subjects.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CMBV: Pierre Vachon

French Classical String Quartet of Pierre Vachon newly published by the CMBV


The Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles just published in full scores and set of parts the 6 String Quartet opus 11 by the French classical composer Pierre Vachon.

Pierre Vachon, born in Avignon in 1738, was known as a virtuoso violinist who performed on the most famous European stages, including Paris, London, and Berlin. He became Konzertmeister of the Royal Berlin orchestra in 1786. He was also a brilliant composer, particularly innovative for instrumental music: symphonies, sonatas, duets, trios, as well as about 30th skilfully crafted string quartets, among the best in late 18th century in France.

French music publishers from this time used the label "quatuor concertant" for pieces which maintain the balance between the players: the 2 violins, the viola and the cello. They were sold to the "amateur", from the aristocracy or upper middle-class, usually players of high level, who found in these scores music that they could enjoy playing together.

All the string quartets from this opus 11 begin with a Moderato and include 3 movements, with varied modes and tempi. They last between 10 and 20 minutes, and have no written figured bass, unlike the opus 7, the number 2 of which has been published by the łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. This seems to indicate a performance without harpsichord. They could be played along with Gossec's string quartets, already available.
Each String Quartet is available both as condensed score (for 8 euros each) and set of parts (for 9,50 euros each).

For further information, see : http://editions.cmbv.fr

The Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles are available from:
The website http://editions.cmbv.fr (delivery all over the world)
In New-York at OMI (http://www.omifacsimiles.com)
In California at Theodore Front (http://www.tfront.com)
In England at Jacks Pipe and Hammers (http://www.jackspipesandhammers.com)
And can be ordered in any music shop



Six Quatuors łŢ cordes de Pierre Vachon (1738-1803)

Les Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles viennent de publier en partition et en parties słęparłęes les 6 Quatuors łŢ cordes opus 11 de Pierre Vachon.

Pierre Vachon naquit łŢ Avignon en 1738. Il fut un brillant violoniste qui se produisait sur les plus grandes scł«nes łŢ Paris, Londres et Berlin. Il fut nommłę en 1786 Konzertmeister de l'Orchestre royal de Berlin. C'est łęgalement un compositeur qui excellait dans la musique instrumentale : symphonies, sonates, duettos, trios et surtout une trentaine de quatuors łŢ cordes de trł«s belle facture, parmi les meilleures productions franł▀aises en cette fin de 18e sił«cle.

Les łęditeurs parisiens signalaient sous le terme de Č┤ quatuor concertant Ȭ des ëýuvres plus particulił«rement composłęes dans un souci d'łęquilibre entre les deux violons, l'alto et le violoncelle, comme les 6 quatuors publiłęs ici. Ces ëýuvres mettent en valeur chacune des 4 parties dans une trł«s belle texture contrapuntique. Elles łętaient destinłęs aux Č┤ amateurs Ȭ (terme qui dłęsignait alors des instrumentistes souvent de trł«s bon niveau) qui prenaient plaisir łŢ jouer ensemble.

Les 6 quatuors de l'opus XI sont tous trł«s diffłęrents les uns des autres bien qu'ils soient tous en 3 mouvements faisant alterner les modes et les tempi et s'ouvrent sur un Moderato. Ces ëýuvres durent entre 10 et 20 minutes. Contrairement łŢ l'opus VII, dont le numłęro 2 est publiłę aux łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, ils ne comportent aucun chiffrage łŢ la basse, ce qui semble privilłęgier une interprłętation sans basse continue. On pourra rapprocher ces ëýuvres des quatuors dłęjłŢ publiłęs de Gossec.

Chaque quatuor łŢ cordes est disponible słęparłęment, aussi bien en conducteur (łŢ 8 euros l'exemplaire) qu'en set de parties słęparłęes (łŢ 9,50 euros le set).


Pour plus d'information vous pouvez consulter le site des Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles : http://editions.cmbv.fr


Les publications des łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles peuvent łütre commandłęes sur leur boutique en ligne (http://editions.cmbv.fr) et sont en stock dans le rłęseau des librairies partenaires (liste disponible : http://editions.cmbv.fr/lire/index.php?rubid=1). Elles peuvent par ailleurs łütre commander dans toute librairie musicale.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Poul Ruders 60th Birthday Concert and Celebration

On Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 7:30 pm, the Scandinavia House and Bridge Records will present a concert devoted to the music of the Danish composer, Poul Ruders. The concert will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street. Mr. Ruders will be in attendance and will speak about his music and the works on this program. The program features the world premiere of Pages I-X (2008) performed by guitarist David Starobin, and the US premiere of Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, to be performed by Mikko Luoma, accordion and the iO String Quartet. Also on the program are: Regime (1984) played by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Star Prelude and Love Fugue (1990) performed by Vassily Primakov, piano; and New Rochelle Suite (2005) played by David Starobin, guitar and Daniel Druckman, percussion.

On the eve of his 60th birthday, Poul Ruders is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading composers of his generation. In the last decade Ruders' operas have been acclaimed in productions in England, the USA, Canada, and Denmark, and his orchestral scores have been commissioned and premiered by many of the world's great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic. The next two years will see the world premiere of his 3rd Symphony ĺ─˙Dream Catcherĺ─¨ by the Royal Danish Orchestra, and his 4th Symphony ĺ─˙An Organ Symphonyĺ─¨ by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra. His latest opera, Dancer in the Dark, will have its first production at the Royal Danish Opera, and premieres of new works are scheduled in locales as far flung as Estonia, Munich and Seattle. New recordings are due for release in 2009 on the DaCapo and Bridge labels.

Poul Ruders was born in Ringsted, Denmark on March 27, 1949. His early studies in piano and organ led eventually to studies in orchestration with the Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen. Ruders' first compositions date from the mid-60s. Writing about Ruders, the English critic Stephen Johnson states: "He can be gloriously, explosively extrovert one minute- withdrawn, haunted, intently inward-looking the next. Super-abundant high spirits alternate with pained, almost expressionistic lyricism; simplicity and directness with astringent irony." These extremes have defined the Ruders style, but only begin to touch on the rich variety found in his large catalog. The recent opera Kafka's Trial weaves disparate influences including Klezmer music, into a two-hour tapestry of wildly varying tonal shades; the 9/11-influenced Listening Earth for large orchestra, begins with teeming and optimistic orchestral explosions, only to wind down to a spare and devastatingly desolate conclusion; while the popular Concerto in Pieces riffs on a theme by Henry Purcell, and ends with a triumphant dancing fugue. Though not an "easy" composer, Ruders has managed to find a voice that is communicative, varied, recognizable and profound. More than 40 CDs of his music are currently available including his two grand operas (The Handmaid's Tale and Kafka's Trial), and a 400-plus page study of his work (Acoustical Canvases- The Music of Poul Ruders), published in 2007.
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Tickets for the Ruders Birthday Concert are $15, and $10 for ASF members, please call 212 879 9779 for tickets reservations and sales. For further information contact Becky Starobin, 914 654 9270.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Quatuor Bozzini - Concert 7 Novembre

QUłÔBEC / PAYS-BAS

Quatre compositeurs, quatre voix, du thłęłótre et de l'łęmotion

Le vendredi 7 novembre 2008, 20h

Salle Tanna Schulich ĺ─ý Universitłę McGill

527, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Prix des billets : rłęgulier 25 $ / ałĂnłę 15 $ / łętudiant et artiste 8 $

Billets et renseignements : 514-845-4046

Montrłęal, le 30 octobre 2008 ĺ─ţ Le premier concert de la Słęrie qb du Quatuor Bozzini se dłęroulera łŢ la salle Tanna Schulich de l'universitłę McGill, le vendredi 7 novembre 2008, łŢ 20 h. La soirłęe donnera l'occasion d'entendre des ëýuvres marquantes de quatre compositeurs dont la rłęputation n'est plus łŢ faire dans leur pays respectif : le Qułębłęcois Walter Boudreau, le Nłęerlandais Martijn Voorvelt, le Britannique naturalisłę nłęerlandais Richard Ayres et la Polonaise Hanna Kulenty, qui partage son temps entre Amsterdam et Varsovie. Le but avoułę de cette rencontre est de mieux faire connałĂtre, des deux cłątłęs de l'Atlantique, ces musiques si diffłęrentes, mais łęgalement inspirłęes par des images de l'actualitłę, et livrłęes avec un sens du thłęłótre łęvident. Ici, le quatuor łŢ cordes est utilisłę, de fał▀on traditionnelle ou non, pour raconter des histoires (Ayres, Voorvelt), pour rłęflłęchir sur l'Histoire (Boudreau) ou le Temps (Kulenty). Dans tous les cas, l'łęmotion est au rendez-vous, ainsi qu'un humour finement distillłę. Ce concert sera repris cette annłęe łŢ Amsterdam et łŢ Toronto, dans le cadre de SHIFT, un festival transatlantique des arts favorisant les łęchanges culturels entre le Canada et les Pays-Bas.

NO.38 THREE SMALL PIECES FOR STRING QUARTET ĺ─ý Richard Ayres

Richard Ayres dłęcide de devenir compositeur łŢ plein temps aprł«s avoir suivi un cours d'łętłę, en 1986, avec Morton Feldman, le małĂtre amłęricain du raffinement dans la simplicitłę. Un passage de No38, łęvoque le małĂtre dans blues Č┤ feldmanesque Ȭ łętalłę sur 19 mesures, entre la reprłęsentation d'une comtesse łŢ cheval et un final des plus lyriques. Le compositeur britannique Christopher Fox dit de la musique d'Ayres qu'elle fait rire, sursauter ou grimacer, mais que, dans tous les cas, elle est remarquablement construite. La vue autant que l'oułěe sont sollicitłęes dans la musique de l'artiste, qui est interprłętłęe par de grands orchestres europłęens. Ayres a reł▀u, en 2002, le prix de composition Vermeulen, le plus prestigieux des Pays-Bas. Il est łęgalement un des rares compositeurs qui publie une biographie inventłęe sur son site Web, oł╝ il se prłęsente comme une ex-vedette du criquet.

LE GRAND MłÔRIDIEN ĺ─ý Walter Boudreau

Crłęłęe en janvier 2006 par le Quatuor Bozzini, cette pił«ce de Walter Boudreau avait laissłę une forte impression, notamment par sa Č┤ remarquable efficacitłę Ȭ (Christophe Huss, Le Devoir) et par l'interprłętation lumineuse que le quatuor en avait donnłęe. Tout en citant un rłępons łŢ quatre voix du compositeur Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Boudreau transforme son matłęriau de base pour faire voyager l'auditeur Č┤ par-delłŢ le prisme kalłęidoscopique des rłęfłęrences historiques Ȭ, en route vers le Nirvana, selon un thł«me cher łŢ l'auteur iconoclaste. Pour lui, le quatuor łŢ cordes est la formation Č┤ hard-core/heavy-młętal Ȭ idłęale pour faire Č┤ "bouillir" une riche mixture alchimique, oł╝ la forme et le contenu [ĺ─Â] fusionnent dans l'ivresse psychłędłęlique de l'invention pure. Ȭ

STRING QUARTET NO.3 - TELL ME ABOUT IT ĺ─ý Hanna Kulenty

La Polonaise Hanna Kulenty a łętudiłę la composition avec Louis Andriessen aux Pays-Bas. Depuis 1989, elle a composłę plus de 60 ëýuvres, dont deux opłęras, rłępondant łŢ plusieurs commandes łŢ travers le monde. Elle a łętłę compositrice en rłęsidence (Het Gelders Orkest, Pays-Pas), confłęrencił«re (Other Minds 10 festival, San Francisco), membre d'importants jurys (International Gaudeamus Music Week 2002), et professeur invitłę (Acadłęmie de musique de Barcelone). La circularitłę du temps, qu'elle appelle Č┤ polyphonie des dimensions du Temps Ȭ, la fascine, tout comme la notion de simultanłęitłę de divers łęvłęnements en diffłęrents endroits. Kulenty a trouvłę au thłęłótre un exutoire pour son penchant envers l'łęmotion et l'intensitłę dramatique de la musique. Elle reł▀oit en 2002 le prestigieux premier prix łŢ la Tribune internationale des compositeurs de l'UNESCO.

4/4 ĺ─ý Martijn Voorvelt

Č┤ Magnifique Ȭ. Č┤ Irrłęsistible Ȭ. Č┤ Dłęstabilisante Ȭ. Č┤ Radicale Ȭ. VoilłŢ quelques-uns des termes accolłęs łŢ la musique de ce compositeur, pour qui l'expłęrience musicale se doit d'łütre dramatique, dans le sens thłęłótral du mot. En 2002, une prestation de 4/4 łŢ l'ISCM World Music Day łŢ Hong Kong, lui vaut une commande de la Sociłętłę Internationale pour la Musique Contemporaine (ISCM). Inspirłęe des images des victimes de la guerre du Kosovo, l'ëýuvre met en scł«ne le soliloque d'łęcorchłęs de la vie cherchant łŢ se rejoindre au-delłŢ de leurs souffrances. En 1994, Voorvelt reł▀oit, łŢ sa grande surprise, le prix EOE Optiebeurs pour les jeunes compositeurs europłęens. Il est maintenant joułę partout dans le monde, et s'intłęresse au thłęłótre, łŢ la danse, łŢ la połęsie et au cinłęma. Il est aussi chanteur-compositeur-interprł«te, et ornithologue amateur.

LE QUATUOR BOZZINI

Loułę pour son Č┤ intense musicalitłę et son immense sensibilitłę Ȭ (Musicworks), le Quatuor Bozzini explore autant les possibilitłęs du concert classique que celles d'łęvłęnements plus łęclatłęs, tout en encourageant la collaboration entre crłęateurs de tous horizons. Le groupe se distingue par un rłępertoire diversifiłę, un style de jeu souple et un grand souci du dłętail. Il prłęsente annuellement une słęrie de concerts łŢ Montrłęal, fait des tournłęes internationales, propose łŢ la relł«ve une semaine de laboratoire musical ĺ─ţ le Composer's Kitchen ĺ─ţ et enregistre rłęgulił«rement des disques sous sa propre łętiquette, la collection qb, ou celle des autres (Atma classique, Wandelweiser Records, Wergo). On l'entend rłęgulił«rement sur les ondes de radios europłęennes et canadiennes. Le quatuor a commandłę łŢ ce jour une quarantaine d'ëýuvres, en a crłęłę prł«s d'une centaine et compte plus d'une centaine de compositeurs łŢ son rłępertoire. En 2007, le Quatuor Bozzini recevait le prestigieux FłĆrderpreis de la Fondation Ernst Von Siemens (Allemagne) ainsi que le Prix Opus Č┤ Rayonnement łŢ l'łętranger Ȭ, dłęcernłę par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NEC Celebrates Elliott Carter 100th Birthday: all 5 String Quartets, Music from 8 Decades


NEC Celebrates Elliott Carterĺ─˘s 100th Birthday with Collaborative Performances of the Five String Quartets, World Premiere of Percussion Commission


Centenary Festivities Also Include Performances of Music from Eight Decades of the Composerĺ─˘s Career


ĺ─˙Our time is so much more awesome, frightening and, certainly, energetic. Therefore, its greatest music must be and is more powerful than the classical masterpieces.ĺ─¨ĺ─ţElliott Carter


New England Conservatory will celebrate the 100th birthday of the legendaryĺ─ţand still workingĺ─ţcomposer Elliott Carter with performances of his works from eight decades. The festival, which begins in November and extends throughout the fall, is curated by John Heiss. It will be highlighted by performances of all five String Quartets in an NEC-initiated collaboration between three Conservatory ensembles and the Pacifica and Chiara Quartets. Quartets No. 2 and 3 each won Pulitzer Prizes in 1960 and 1973 respectively.

NEC will also present the world premiere of Tintinnabulation, a new work for percussion ensemble that the Conservatory commissioned from Carter and which was completed last summer. In addition, double bassist Donald Palma will perform the solo work Figment III, written for him earlier this year and for which he remains the first and exclusive performer.


The Conservatoryĺ─˘s events will precede the Boston Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s December 4 premiere of Carterĺ─˘s Interventions for Piano and Orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim as soloist. The 100-year old composer, who expects to be in Boston for the BSO final rehearsals and performances, has promised to attend one or more events at NEC, his health permitting.

Masterminded by NEC faculty cellist Paul Katz, a founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, the Carter quartet retrospective will take place in several venuesĺ─ţNEC, the Gardner Museum, Harvard University (where the Chiaras are Blodgett Artists-in-Residence) and the Longy School of Music (where the Pacifica is in residence). The Conservatory groups include the Borromeo String Quartet, the Ariel Quartet (currently in residence in NECĺ─˘s Professional String Quartet Training Program), and the Laurel Quartet (one of NECĺ─˘s Honors Ensembles).

Carterĺ─˘s Tintinnabulation was inspired by the composerĺ─˘s enthusiastic response to Gunther Schullerĺ─˘s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards, a piece written as part of NECĺ─˘s Endicott percussion commissioning project. Tintinnabulation was commissioned for the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble and director Frank Epstein with support from Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser and the Shrieking Meadow Foundation.
All concerts at NEC are free and open to the public. See individual listings for concerts at other venues for details on ticketing. The complete listing of programs, dates, and venues follows:


November 17, 8 pm, The Longy School of Music,
One Follen St. Cambridge. $30/ $20 students
http://www.longy.edu/concerts/concerts_ticketinfo.htm

Pacifica Quartet performs Carter's String Quartet No. 3, Beethovenĺ─˘s String Quartet, Op. 132, and George Crumb String Quartet No. 3


November 18, 8 pm, NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall

Pianist David Holzman performs Carter's Piano Sonata.


November 30, 1:30 pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=303806

Laurel Quartet performs String Quartet No. 5, as part of an all-Carter program.


December 1, 8 pm, NEC

"First Monday" concert includes Carter's String Quartet No. 1 with the Borromeo String Quartet, NEC quartet-in-residence.


December 2, 4 pm, 7 pm, and 8pm, NEC

4 pm in NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall. Masterclass on Carter's Sonata for cello and piano with cellist Laurence Lesser and pianist Christopher Taylor.

7 pm in NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall. Panel discussion with Elliott Carter's assistant Virgil Blackwell; John Heiss of the NEC faculty, who has coordinated these performances; and Donald Palma of the NEC faculty.

8 pm in NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall. Frank Epstein conducts NEC Percussion Ensemble in world premiere of Tintinnabulation; String Quartet No. 2 with the Ariel Quartet; Asko Concerto with the NEC Chamber Orchestra, Sonata for cello and piano, with cellist Laurence Lesser and pianist Christopher Taylor; Birthday Flourish and Woodwind Quintet, with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble; and Elegy for viola and piano, with students from NEC's Preparatory School.

December 3, 6 pm and 8 pm, NEC

6 pm in Brown Hall. Chiara String Quartet, Harvard University's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence for 2008ĺ─ý2011, performs Carter's String Quartet No. 4.

8 pm in NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall. All-Carter program includes Double Concerto, Canonic Suite, Sonata for flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord; Luimen, Figment III, Harmony of the Spheres, and Musicians Wrestle Everywhere.

December 4, 8 pm, Harvard Universityĺ─˘s Houghton Library
For more information:
http://140.247.118.196/tickets/details.cfm?EVENT_ID=8162

Chiara String Quartet, Harvard University's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence for 2008ĺ─ý2011, performs Carter's String Quartet No. 4. This concert is sold-out.

December 4ĺ─ţ9, Symphony Hall

World premiere of Carter's Interventions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine conducting; Daniel Barenboim, piano.


For further information, check the NEC Website at:
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu/carter/ or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homesĺ─ţthereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NECĺ─˘s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of ĺ─˙From the Top,ĺ─¨ a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

PING!


PING!

CREATING NEW MUSIC FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

A celebration in support of the Norman Burgess Fund

Music, Food & Wine at Gallery 345

Sunday, October 26, 2008 (2-4PM)

TORONTO, ON, October 2, 2008: On Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Gallery 345 in Toronto, the Canadian Music Centre (Ontario Regional Office) proudly presents PING!, a celebration of new music for young musicians. In a rare Toronto appearance The St. Lawrence String Quartet ĺ─ţ ĺ─˙remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection" (The New Yorker) ĺ─ţ performs R. Murray Schafer's notorious and sublime Quartet no. 3. From outbursts of yelling to spell-binding mysticism, the work is a landmark of the contemporary repertoire and a favourite of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Eve Egoyan ĺ─ţ ĺ─˙a player of incredible, often very quiet intensityĺ─¨ (The Wire) and the mesmerizing Gregory Oh perform Linda Smith's entrancing piano duo Velvet. The afternoon features world premieres of the 2007 Fund commissions by Andrew Staniland and Abigail Richardson performed by Daniel Lee (guitar) and the SOCMI orchestra with conductor Michael Schulte. Two young composers going places, Andrew Stanilandĺ─˘s music has been described as ĺ─˙beautiful and terrifyingĺ─¨ by New Yorker magazine while Abigail Richardson won top prize in the under-30 division of the prestigious International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

Norman Burgess: a legacy of creativity and innovation.

Throughout his career Norman Burgess worked passionately to foster innovation, creativity and excellence in music education. As Director of the Conservatory at Mount Royal College he launched the internationally renowned Academy for Gifted Children and the Calgary Fiddlers. At the Royal Conservatory in Toronto he served as Dean and helped found the Centre for Learning Through the Arts.

Musician, educator, administrator and proud advocate of Canadian music, Norman Burgess dreamed of expanding the repertoire for young string players. The Norman Burgess Memorial Fund makes this vision possible. The Fund selects and commissions Canadian composers to work in partnership with professional string educators and their students with the goal of creating enriching new musical works for study and performance.

PING!

Sunday, October 26, 2008 ĺ─ý 2 to 4PM

Gallery 345: 345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto

Reservations: 416.961.6601 x 207 | aayotte@musiccentre.ca

Tickets include performance, delectable local food & wine

Admission: $50 regular; $30 arts worker; $20 (20 years & under); Free for kids under 12

Cash / Visa / Mastercard accepted



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