Ensemble U:, the most renowned Estonian contemporary music ensemble, will present some of the very best Estonian chamber music of recent years – some of it written by American composers. The concert features the NYC premiere of Scott L. Miller's "Raba" and Heather Stebbins' "And Drift;" both have stayed in Estonia on Fulbright Scolarship and the influence of Estonian nature and Nordic light is clearly present in their pieces performed in this program.
The Death of Webern, a new opera by Michael Dellaira, was named "one of the 5 best new works of 2016" by Opera News (January 2017 issue). The work was recorded at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for Albany Records. The cast: Kevin Short; Eric McConnell; Chris O'Connor; Tony Boutté Zaray Rodriguez; Mia Rojas; Ana Collado; Adam Cahill; Mario Almonte; Jeffrey Williams; Maria Fenty Denison; Carl DuPont; Esther Jane Hardenbergh; Frost School of Music Chamber Orchestra; Alan Johnson, conductor.
World champion accordionist Alex Sevastian and clarinetistJulian Milkis performedRay Luedeke'sSerenityon November 25 on the Les Amis concert series in Cobourg, Ontario. In January they will perform the piece again, in St. Peterburg, Russia. Then, on March 10, they will be in New York City to perform Serenity at Symphony Space. Included in the New York program will be Tango Dreamsfor string trio and accordion, also by Ray Luedeke, as well as music by famed Georgian composer Giya Kanceli (Miniatures for clarinet and bayan).
Three-act opera by composer/pianist Scott Joplin, with orchestrations by T. J. Anderson. School performances:Tuesday February 28 - Friday March 3, 2017 Thomas Jefferson School, Arlington VA; Public performance: Saturday March 4, 2017
Robert Carl's new work "What's Underfoot" for 17 players - Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 PM, Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, by Foot in the Door conducted by Edward Cumming. Live stream during concert here.
On January 29, the distinguished mother-daughter duo of Susan and Renee Jolles (harp and violin) will premiere Barcarole Variations, a work they commissioned from the composer last year. This will be part of a concert at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and will also include music by David Liptak. It begins with a pre-concert talk at 2pm followed by the concert at 3pm.
Dreamscape - a new work by Louis Karchin for oboe and violin will be premiered by the Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy. The concert, to be held at the beautiful Sale Apollinee, (the Chamber Recital Hall of La Fenice), will center around musical responses to Mallarme's poem, Apparition. Performing a prior setting of this poem by Debussy on the same concert will be upcoming young soprano, Marisa Karchin.
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