Resurrectio, an uprising @ Carnegie, Weill
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an u p r i s i n g
works by Jonathan Dawe, Anthony Korf,
William Anderson, Nehemiah Luckett
Marsyas Productions f e a t u r i n g SHEER PLUCK GUITAR ORCHESTRA, HEBEL SINGERS Mark Shapiro, conductor soprano Rachel Zevita, mezzo soprano Elizabeth Farnum, baritone Davone Tines, pianist Adam Nielsen, guitarists Oren Fader & Dan Lippel violinist Keats Dieffenbach, violist Mary Rowell, cellist Greg Hesselink The Hebel Singers Rachel Zevita, Elizabeth Smith, Jessica Bowers, Suzanne Schwing, Tim Krol, Alex Guerrero, Perry Townsend, Federico Zegarra Sheer Pluck guitar orchestra Daniel Conant & Kyle Miller, soloists; Pascual Araujo, Jonathan Ramirez, Pablo Sanchez, Ricardo Arias, Charlee Price, John Chang, Liz Hogg
Jonathan Dawe’s cycle of eight songs, Ordinary Dust: Lazarus Lieder, for baritone and piano, not only deals with the death and resurrection of the New-Testament figure, but also contemplates Lazarus’ struggles following his return to life as told in Alastair Boag’s original text, also commissioned for this concert.
Anthony Korf’s cantata, “The Passions”, for mezzo soprano, mandolin, guitars and viola, opens with selected text from J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, moves to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Pieta, Mary Magdalena’s post-crucifixion lamentation on unconsummated love (famously set by Hindemith in Das Marienleben), and concludes with two stanzas from 16thC. theologian and hymn writer Konrad Hubert’s “Allein Zu Dir”, which was set by Bach in Cantata No. 33.
William Anderson’s “Unexpected Reunion”, for chorus and guitar orchestra, is based on a tale of the same name by Johann Peter Hebel. Franz Kafka called it, “the most wonderful story in the world.” Richard Wagner wrote a prose sketch, planning an opera. In Anderson’s treatment, the tale is recast in baby-boomer era Pennsylvania. MORE HERE
Earlier repertory will include the aforementioned chorale from Bach's Canata No. 33, and Kyie, from the Requiem by 16th century (and Konrad Hubert contemporary), Johannes Ockeghem, reimagined by composer/baritone Nehemiah Luckett.
The evening is made possible with thanks to the great generosity of pianist Zaidee Parkinson, through her family foundation, the Cornelius Bliss Fund, in collaboration with Marsyas Productions.
William Anderson Unexpected Reunion
Jonathan Dawe Lazarus
Anthony Korf The Passions
J.S. Bach Chorale from Cantata No. 33 “Allein Zu Dir”
Nehemiah Luckett Kyrie 17, after Johannes Ockeghem
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Davóne Tines, deemed a “…singer of immense power and fervor…” by The Los Angeles Times and a “...charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone...” by The New York Times, is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance. The 2015-16 season offered breakout performances on both sides of The Atlantic: the Dutch National Opera presented his company debut starring opposite French counter tenor Philippe Jaroussky in the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains directed by Peter Sellars and The Los Angeles Times exalted Davóne Tines as “the find of the season,” for performances of Caroline Shaw’s By & By with the Calder Quartet and Kaija Saariaho’s Sombre with members of ICE at the Ojai Music Festival.
Rachel Zevita was a top 24 contestant on the tenth season of American Idol. Before her work with American Idol, Ms. Zevita was active in both new music and early music. She was the featured soloist when excerpts of Anderson’s then unfinished Unexpected Reunion was performed at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 2007, just before the Obama inauguration.
Pianist Adam Nielsen made his debut with the Utah Symphony under Joseph Silverstein at age 16, and is winner of the inaugural Steinway National Collegiate Artist Competition, second-prize winner of the Kingsville International Piano Competition, and winner of the Stony Brook Concerto Competition. He has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.
Vox n Plux combines guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader with noted soprano Elizabeth Farnum. Though newly established, Anderson and Fader have been performing and recording with Ms. Farnum for 2 decades, as members of the two-guitar based Cygnus Ensemble. The Trio has been heard in concerts in New York, New Jersey, California, and other states. Vox n Plux specializes in contemporary music, especially the work of American composers, and also performs music by the early masters (Monteverdi, Dowland, Bach). The ensemble frequently pairs voice with diverse plucked string instruments, including classical and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo and theorbo.
The Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra is comprised of guitarists from all over the New York metro area, under the direction of guitarist William Anderson. The ensemble has been giving sold-out performances at Weill Hall since 2004. In 2015, Sheer Pluck was the featured ensemble at the Wintergarden, in a concert hosted by John Schaefer for New Sounds Live, giving the premiere of David Lang’s questionnaire. The orchestra includes guest guitarists from abroad, this time including Angel Ortega, a young guitarist from Xalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Conductor Mark Shapiro is one of a handful of North American artistic leaders to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, with the unique distinction of having done so with multiple ensembles. His work has been praised by the New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance” and “uncommon polish,” and characterized by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” Active as an opera conductor, Shapiro has been featured with the Juilliard Vocal Arts, American Opera Projects, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Metro Lyric Opera, the Opera Company of Middlebury, and Underworld Opera. He is Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and Cecilia Chorus of New York. Shapiro is also Artistic Director of chamber chorus Cantori New York, and led the Monmouth Civic Chorus for over two decades. Shapiro is Associate Professor of Music at LIU Post, and is on the faculties of Mannes College the New School for Music as well as the Juilliard School.
Marsyas Productions is the production unit of the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music (RSF). Established by composer/pianist Dina Koston, who named the endowment after her husband, psychiatrist Roger Shapiro. The Roger Shapiro Fund is devoted to the commissioning, performance and recording of contemporary classical music with special emphasis given to music in the Western modernist tradition. In 2012, Marsyas Productions presented Sounding Beckett, a sold-out, two-week run at the the Classic Stage Company, under the direction of Joy Zinoman. Sounding Beckett alternated the abstract “ghost plays” of Beckett with original compositions that responded to the plays.
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