corporate polo shirt Cayuga Chamber Orchestra continues season
Saturday in Ithaca College’s Ford Hall.
On this program, the orchestra will pair one of Mozart’s most popular symphonies with his clarinet concerto, featuring the CCO’s principal clarinetist, Michael Galvn. to speak about the repertoire. Active as a guest conductor, Maestro Brown received his formal training from Oberlin/Northwestern University and Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, and divides his time between New York City and Massachusetts.
The program will include “March No. 1 in D Major K. 335” (Conductor’s Choice), “Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622,” “Maestoso No. 3 in C Major, K 383f” (Conductor’s Choice) and “Symphony No. 39 in E Flat Major, K.543.”
Tickets are $7 $28. Saturday as part of Community School of Music and Arts’ “Arts for All Marathon.”
The event will feature the Quebecois and Irish influenced band Alt:Escape Tim Ball (fiddle), Gail Blake (guitar), and Peter Blue (button accordion, nyckelharpa, percussion) with Bob Nicholson calling. All are welcome; a beginners’ workshop will be held at 7:30 pm. Bring soft soled shoes to protect the dance floor
“We appreciate being able to rent CSMA’s wonderful dance space for some of our dances, so this is our way to help support a great community asset,” said H4D’s Margaret Shepard.
Admission is $8 for Hands Four members; $10 for nonmembers; children under 12 get in free.
Ariana Kim to showcase solo debut
Violinist Ariana Kim’s debut solo album, “Routes of Evanescence,” will feature six captivating works written by American women composers spanning three generations. The disc will include the world premiere recording of works by Tonia Ko and Jennifer Curtis, iconic sonatas by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and spellbinding solo pieces by Augusta Read Thomas. Sunday at the Carriage House Cafe, Kim and guests Ieva Jokubaviciute (piano), and Jennifer Curtis (mandolin, violin) will perform excerpts from the CD and discuss each piece.
Jennifer Curtis’ 2007 composition, “The Moon in the Sand,” is a duet for violin and mandolin that traverses the virtuosity of each instrument, paying homage to Kim’s and Curtis’s bluegrass roots, incorporating a home spun fiddle tune and interplay reminiscent of a front porch jam session. A bonus track will bookend the album as Kim and Curtis arrange an old bluegrass tune for two violins and pay homage to the great Bill Monroe.
Augusta Read Thomas’ “Incantation” (1995) and “Pulsar” (2003), both written for solo violin, illustrate the breadth of her writing style. Incantation, written as a lament to a dear friend, asks the listener to discover a balance between pain and peaceful resignation with yearning tritones and suspended Phrygian scales; Pulsar is a surging, flickering, virtuosic tour of a sonic galaxy, filled with frenetic passagework and bursts of musical light.
Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1926 violin sonata is powerful and playful,
written in the world of post modernism; her brilliance and musical charm through this work put her on the map as a preeminent composer in a heavily male dominated field. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music, wrote her prize winning violin sonata in 1973, and presents a compact offering of her passionate, thoughtful, and fiery language.
Tonia Ko, a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, wrote this piece expressly for Kim, and it received its premiere on Cornell’s campus in 2012. “Still Life Crumbles” invites the challenge of asking the violin to become a hybrid voice, at times mimicking the plucked action of the harpsichord, and others soaring above with cascading melodic lines. The piece has since been featured at the Tanglewood Festival and earned Ko’s place as a Copland House Fellow. John Greenly, clarinetist and research physicist, will be the guide on these purely musical journeys though time and tonal space. This concert will investigate musical materials and forms that accompany and propel these journeys.
Duos and trios by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and Prokofiev will be performed and explored by Laura Campbell, flute, William Cowdery, piano, Elisa Evett, cello, Rosalind Feinstein, piano, John Greenly, clarinet, William Hurley, violin and Karen Melamed Smith, piano. Refreshments and conversation follow the concert.
Fortepianist Mike Cheng Yu Lee to perform
Awarded Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Westfield International Fortepiano Competition by a jury that included Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood, New Zealand pianist Mike Cheng Yu Lee’s performances have been described as “portraying integrity, purity, complexity and truth with balance and control that are breathtaking.”Performing on pianos that span the eighteenth century to the present, Lee has recently held a weeklong residency with the New World Symphony at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with musicians including Joseph Lin (Juilliard String Quartet), Clancy Newman (Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio), and Tatiana Samouil, among others, and has been invited to the Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, and Mayfest summer music festivals. Recent projects include performances with the Formosa Quartet (winners of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition) and duo recitals with violinist Wayne Lee.