Monday, February 26, 2007

Cornell Symphony Orchestra concert

Here is the poster for the upcoming Symphony Orchestra concert.
Program will feature two works by Jean Sibelius. The first movement of his violin concerto with the winner of the Third Annual Cornell Concerto Competition, Charlene Kluegel and Symphony No. 2.
Concert is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Weekend of new music

Here is an invitation from Steven Stucky about this weekend's three new music concerts in Barnes Hall.

Barnes Hall will be the scene of a rich offering of contemporary music this weekend. Please mark your calendars now for all three concerts:

February 24, 8 p.m.

An "Ensemble-X-style" concert with guest composer Fred Lerdahl and many of our favorite Cornell and IC performers. In addition to Lerdahl's classic sextet from 1985, Fantasy Etudes, the program includes Stephen Hartke's violin-duo showpiece Oh Them Rats Is Mean in My Kitchen delivered with panache by Steven Miahky and Rebecca Ansel, and the world premiere of Xi Wang's Three Images (winner of last year's Ensemble X Competition). Rounding out the concert are two folk-influenced works by Lutoslawski from the 1950s: Dance Preludes in the nonet version, and the piano suite Bucolics in the world premiere of a new arrangement for the same nonet complement.

Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
February 25, 3 p.m.

Chris Kim will have reminded most of you of this concert already; let me just stress that the program includes Berio's rarely heard Concertino (1949) with soloists Rick Faria and Steven Miahky.

February 25, 8 p.m.
guest artists:
Daria Binkowski, flute
Elinor Frey, cello

This beautiful program of (mostly) recent music for flute and cello, singly and together, will include the chance to hear a complete performance of Kaija Saariaho's stunning Sept Papillons for solo cello, and of Shirish Korde's celebrated solo flute piece Tenderness of Cranes. Works by Cornell composers Stephen Gorbos and Xi Wang will also be featured, as will Cornell's own Emily Green as pianist. These young musicians are rising stars, and their recital is sure to be a memorable occasion. (I have appended the guest artists' biographies below.)

Hope to see you there,
Steven Stucky

Daria Binkowski, flute, is currently pursuing her master's degree at McGill University in Montreal, where she studies with Timothy Hutchins and performs with the Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Denys Bouliane. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2005 at the Eastman School of Music with Bonita Boyd and also had post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Daria was a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble from 2004 to 2006, working with Sydney Hodkinson, Steven Stucky, Marc-André Dalbavie, and Robert Spano. She is currently performing with the East Coast Composers' Ensemble (ECCE), a new ensemble based in New York. Daria has performed at the Heidelberg College New Music Festival (Tiffin, OH), the Women in New Music Festival (Rochester, NY), and the Music of Japan Today Festival (College Park, MD). In March 2006, she performed with members of the St. Louis Symphony in their Pulitzer Foundation contemporary music series. She has also appeared with members of the St. Louis Symphony at the Pulitzer Foundation for Contemporary Art with conductor Pascal Rophe. An avid devotee of contemporary music, Daria performed extensively with Eastman's new-music ensembles and has premiered works of faculty and students in Rochester, New York, and Aspen. In addition to her contemporary music activities, Daria was a member of the 2006 Spoleto Festival Orchestra and has soloed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Brockport Symphony, and the New Amsterdam Symphony. She was also on the administrative board of Eastman's student-run new-music ensemble, OSSIA, and was recently an intern with National Public Radio's Performance Today in Washington, DC.

Cellist Elinor Frey joined the eclectic virtuoso ensemble Quartetto Gelato in December 2005 after receiving a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School the previous May. A native of Seattle, she has studied in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago with renowned teachers including Bonnie Hampton, Hans Jensen, Orlando Cole, and Barbara Mallow. An active recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher, and an advocate of new music, she served as cellist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in 2004 and 2005. With the New Juilliard Ensemble, she gave the New York premiere of Betsy Jolas' cello concerto Wanderlied in April 2005, and she recorded a CD in London of new chamber works. As winner of the 2006 Contemporary Record Society Competition, she will record Lutoslawski's Sacher-Variation, a work she also played at the Cornell University Lutoslawski conference. in November 2005.
Elinor has attended the Kneisel Hall Music Festival, Yale University's Norfolk Contemporary Session, and the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, and she was a participant in the July 2006 London master classes of Ralph Kirshbaum. Elinor performs on 115-year-old French cello on loan to her as the winner of the Virtu Foundation competition. After winning the prestigious 2004 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle competition, she gave a concert tour of western Washington State in September 2004. As a fully accredited Suzuki cello teacher, Elinor has been on faculty at the Music Institute of Long Island and the Hudson River School of Music and guest faculty at the Suzuki String School of Guelph. She now lives in Toronto.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Bryant Park String Quartet

Bryant Park String Quartet will be joining the Chamber Orchestra performance this Sunday by playing the solo parts of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro. They will also be teaching lessons on Saturday to Chamber Orchestra members. Here is their bio.

Based in New York City, the Bryant Park Quartet (Stephen Miahky and Benjamin Russell, violins, Adam Meyer, viola, Tomoko Fujita) is dedicated to performing in concert halls and bringing chamber music into the community. The BPQ recently completed a weeklong outreach tour of eastern, rural Appalachian Kentucky, performing for more than 3,300 school children. Other highlights from the BPQ's current season include recitals throughout New York City, Massachusetts, Des Moines, a solo performance with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, a recital under the auspices of the Perlman Music Program, and other outreach projects on Long Island. Its members have attended the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and Stony Brook University. In recent summers they have participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Kneisel Hall, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Perlman Music Program, and the Tanglewood Music Center. The Bryant Park Quartet has been coached by Colin Carr, and Kathy Murdock and members of the Brentano, Borromeo, and Emerson String Quartets.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Summer internship

Here is an internship for this coming summer. Sent to us by former CSO member Erica Knight.

Woodwind and String musicians:

UVMC is looking for college and university students in woodwind quintets and string quartets who also enjoy working with young musicians.

University music students as interns, an integral part of our summer music camp, assist in teaching choral and instrumental music at camp. They also perform a concert series in the Upper Valley area. We would ideally like to hire ensembles that are already formed to perform its repertoire and presents children’s concerts.

The Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC), based in Lebanon, NH, operates programs throughout the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont: children’s and youth choruses; three levels of string orchestras; a variety of chamber music ensembles for youth and adults; Suzuki violin and cello lessons and group lessons for string, wind, brass and percussion instruments in elementary schools; and a summer music camp for all ages.

Interns will be paid $2500 for the period June 20 through July 20 for teaching and performing, with an option for a few to continue through August 3 @ Kimball Union

The summer schedule is as follows:

June 21-24 Rehearsals
June 25-29 UVMC Summer Music Camp, Woodstock, VT
July 1-7 * Performances
July 9-13 UVMC Summer Music Camp, Hanover, NH
July 16-20 UVMC Summer Music Camp Hanover, NH
* Concerts will be scheduled throughout the month, primarily the week of July 1-7.

July 22-26 Kimball Union Academy Arts and Technology Camp,
Meriden, NH
July 29-Aug. 3 Kimball Union Academy Arts and Technology Camp,
Meriden, NH

Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, just south of Hanover, will provide housing and kitchen facilities for UVMC performers/interns from June 20 through August 3. Transportation is the responsibility of performers/interns.

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UVMC’s summer day camp operates Monday through Friday, for one week in Woodstock, VT and for two weeks in Hanover, NH, the home of Dartmouth College. Kimball Union Academy, a nearby boarding school, also offers a two-week music, arts and technology camp. UVMC sponsors summer ensembles that perform a concert series in the Upper Valley. These concerts consist of childrens’ programs and performances for recreation departments, libraries, house concerts, cruises as well as concerts on the Dartmouth and Medical Center campuses.

UVMC’s camp serves children from grades one through twelve, divided into three age groups. Children in grades 1-3 learn about music through movement, listening, singing and playing Orff instruments. Campers in grades 4-6 participate in chorus, musical theater, chamber ensembles, orchestra, gamelan, theory and composition class. Additionally these campers select a new instrument to explore. Chamber music ensembles are the focus of campers in grades 7-12. At the end of the week all campers perform in an informal concert for parents.

Kimball Union Academy’s Arts and Technology camp, held on the KUA campus offers campers, ages 8-15, the opportunity to explore fine and performing arts, and technology. Courses such as drawing, painting, choreography, computer programming, gaming, animation, instrumental and vocal classes will be offered.

Please send a CD or DVD of a current performance with a repertoire list to UVMC’s artistic director, Robert Mark, by March 10, 2007.


Susan K. Kinne
Program Coordinator
Upper Valley Music Center
P.O. Box 826
Lebanon, NH 03766

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Cornell University closed due to weather

Cornell University is closed until 5 am Thursday morning due to the 30 inches of expected snow which is falling at a rate of 2-4 inches per hour. Tonight the snow will be accompanied by 30 miles per hour wind with wind chill factor around zero. Symphony rehearsal scheduled for 7-9 pm is canceled.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

poster for Chamber orchestra concert

The poster for the Chamber Orchestra's upcoming February 25th concert is ready.
The program for this concert will be;

Luciano Berio Concertino
CPE Bach Double concerto in Eb major Wq.47
Edward Elgar Introduction and Allegro
R.V. Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Friday, February 09, 2007

Brave New Works concert in Williams College

I have been in Williams College for the past two days rehearsing with Brave New works for a concert tonight. Yesterday we had a recording session for two of the composers from Williams College. We have been welcomed by Williams College and have been treated very well. Everyone is looking forward to our concert tonight. The program will include two pieces by guest composer in residence with us Marilyn Shrude. We will perform her Piano trio and her new violin sonata. The program will also feature an East coast premiere of Andrew Mead's Far Cry and a performance of 2006 call for score winner Peal by Phillippe Bodin. The concert will finish up with 2005 call for score winner Black Bend by Dan Visconti.

And here is the video of the performance of Black Bend by Dan Visconti on Google video.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Brave New Works at University of Puget Sound

Immediately after the Berlin tour, Chris and Steve went on to Tacoma, WA, for a residency at University of Puget Sound. The same trip also included a residency at Western University at Bellingham, WA. In both Universities Brave New Works gave a full length program plus gave masterclasses and composer reading sessions.

Brave New Works at Williams College

Chris will be in Williams College this week from Wednesday to Saturday for a performance and residency with Brave New Works. The program info is included in the link.

Berlin tour photo slide show

Here is a collection of photos taken by CSO members on our recent tour to Berlin, Germany. After the Monday night rehearsal we presented the premiere of the Slide show in B20. Now the same slide show can be enjoyed online.

pictures from the competition

Here are photos from the third annual Cornell Concerto Competition.
The winner was Charlene Kluegel who will play the Sibelius violin concerto with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra on March 4, 2007 in Bailey Hall.