Mark is up to his eyeballs in performances since his Piano Spheres recital January 6. (Read Mark Swed’s review.) February 4th he played the Chausson Concerto for violin, Quartet and Piano and Haydn’ “Lark” Quartet at the Arcadia Public Library. February 6th he performed with oboist Cathy del Russo at Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena. He’ll be at Chapman College on February 12 in a solo piano recital at Salmon Hall at 8 pm. On February 13 he accompanies the Popper Requiem for 3 celli at Boston Court for their “Cellomania” program. February 21 Mark will perform at Jacaranda in Hindemith’s Kammermusik #1, Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite, and 4 solo piano dances by Milhaud from Saudades do Brasil.
Gloria tells us that “The most immediate thing in front of me is the album release on Tuesday, February 10!” This is a studio recording of Montage, her 2013 blockbuster piano recital with mostly Cheng-commissioned works by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman and John Williams, widely known as film composers. Her liner notes say that they are “among today’s most sought-after creators of film music…But when working away from the movie screen, what melodies, harmonies, and cadences might haunt their private dreams?” Get the album and find out!
Furthermore, her CD release party at Boston Court on February 20 in 2 shows at 8 and 9:30 pm are sold out, but no-shows might make some tickets available at the door. And don’t forget her PS recital April 21 with the world premiere of Steven Stucky’s Sonata, a Piano Spheres/New Music USA commission.
No rest for Steven, a PS Satellite Series artist! He’ll have a new album released soon with violinist Guillaume Sutre on the Hortus label in France with violin/piano sonatas written during WWI. The disc includes the WP of a sonata by F.S. Kelly, the Australian composer. He’s also just finished recording a new CD of works by Joseph Woelfl, a rarely performed composer from the classical period, which will be released in spring on the Sonarti label. Watch here for more information on how to purchase. He’s recently performed at the Italian Cultural Institute’s Fazioli Series — a brilliantly programmed series which is now, most unfortunately and quite suddenly, discontinued — in works by R.C. Seeger, Antheil, Ives, Pratella, Casella and Cowell. He performed at the Villa Lobos Festival at UC Riverside giving the world premiere of Gravity and Grace, Mobile I for cello and piano by Paulo Chagas. Upcoming: March 7, a 4handsLA project with Danny Holt in an all-American program in Westwood; March 15 playing a recital with LA Phil’s concert master Martin Chalifour; April 1 he’ll participate in the “Sonnets and Sonatas” project at the Getty Museum; April 3-13 he’ll be in Abu Dhabi at New York University for a weeklong residency including masterclasses, solo recital, and a project on the piano music of Terezin composer Viktor Ullmann; April 17-19 he’s part of the Magnetic Resonator Piano project with our other 3 Satellite series pianists (Gerpe, Kallay, Valitutto) in Pasadena – a commissioned work by Jeremy Cavaterra; May 3 he’s playing 2 solo recitals at the Concertgebouw-Brugge about “Noise in Music”; he’s got a May tour with the Lafayette String Quartet; May 17, he’s performing a cello-piano recital with John Walz featuring the massive Rachmaninov Cello Sonata plus works by Stravinsky at the Dorothy Chandler; June 10 he returns to the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series to be broadcast live on WFMT; in the “next few weeks” (how does he have time?) he’s touring California with several trio programs including a recent work by Adam Schoenberg, Luna Y Mar; and June 2, he rests a moment with us at Piano Spheres Satellite Series concert at REDCAT. Check his website for more details of his peripatetic musical life!
Besides his solo career, Nic is the piano half of the Panic Duo (with violinist Pasha Tseitlin), and Panic Duo gave the premiere of Jeffrey Holmes’ Niflheim, along with works by Muhly, Bansal, Wolfgang and Valitutto at Tuesdays@Monk Space last November, and will perform in that capacity February 12 with bassoonist Judith Farmer at Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM); another Panic Duo date in May (TBA) takes him to Cal State LA giving a guest recital and masterclass. February 15 Nic performs with percussionist Yuri Inoo, cellist Rebecca Merblum, and soprano Ariel Pisturino with Juhi Bansal conducting, featuring works by LA composers Don Crockett, Sara Graef and Juhi Bansal in the series Songs about Place at PCM. On February 21 Nic joins the fabulous wildUp at “First Take” on the wildUp-The Industry opera collaboration at the Wallis. March 29 finds him back at PCM in a joint piano recital with Kathryn Norring sharing Crumb’s Makrokosmos I and II. April 1 Nic gives a solo piano recital at LA Valley College, and April 17-19 on People Inside Electronics Series (PIE) will join our other Satellite artists (Vanhauwaert, Valitutto, and Kallay) in the Magnetic Resonator Piano Project , premiering a new work by Alex Miller. April 21 he gives a guest solo recital and masterclass at CalArts, and MARK YOUR CALENDARS for his Piano Spheres Satellite Series recital on April 28 at REDCAT with the premiere of a new work by Juhi Bansal as well as works by Alexina Louie, Szymanowski, and Crumb. Nic finishes up the season in May by recording Gernot Wolfgang’s Flurry with Judith Farmer to be released on Albany.
Vicki had the Piano Spheres season opener October 28, her “Love Letter to CalArts,” where she’s Head of the Piano Department and on sabbatical leave this semester. But if you think that means R&R, think again. January 23 she gave the premiere of Flowing Waters Caress Fallen Petal, a concerto for piano and orchestra by Bruce Reiprich with the Flagstaff Symphony to glowing reviews. February 7 Vicki and violinist Sarah Thornblade performed works of Tom Flaherty and Mort Subtonick at the Ussachevsky Memorial Electronic Music Festival at the Claremont Colleges, then turned around on February 8 to perform in “A Day with Jani Christou” at REDCAT accompanying soprano Andrea Young in Christou’s T.S. Eliot Songs. February 27-March 1, she’ll be at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh with the Ray-Kallay Duo (Aron Kallay, PS Satellite Artist) in the festival, Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival, playing the music of Poppe, Gann, Oteri and Moe. From there Vicki goes to New York for a solo recital at Spectrum on March 7 with her “Visual Music” concert featuring the new Exquisite Corps(e) piece by 14 CalArts composers she premiered at PS in October. June 11-14 at the Ojai Music Festival, Vicki and PS colleague Gloria Cheng play Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, and pair up with percussionists Steven Schick and Joseph Pereira for the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Then Ojai hits the road (and so do Vicki and Gloria) with its Ojai North project June 18-20 at UC Berkeley repeating their Ojai performances. Advance notice: mark your calendars for October 23 2015 for her solo recital at Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena.
More to come…
…from Susan (PS recital March 17) and our amazing Satellite artists, Aron Kallay, and Richard Valitutto. Watch our web site!
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“Strange times are these in which we live. New classical music has become so fragmented that it is impossible to speak of in terms of a codified style. Post-minimalism, totalism, serialism, neoromanticism, Brooklyn—these are all words used to describe new music. Indeed, the very definition of classical music has become elusive, and hotly debated.”
Aron’s program provides a vast array of new, classical music, including the world premiere of Kate Moore’s Bloodmoon October, a Piano Spheres commission.
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