LPO Celebrates Benjamin Britten Centennial This Weekend

Friday through Sunday, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents three performances celebrating 20th century British composer Benjamin Britten. Britten would have been 100 years old this Friday.

The Centennial Concert is Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct the LPO in four pieces that embody the composer’s choral, orchestral, and operatic work. Local dramatic tenor Tyler Smith and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join the LPO for the vocal works. Avery Fisher Grant-recipient Karen Gomyo will solo on Britten’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

A chamber concert follows on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 pm at UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Virtuoso Gomyo will be performing again alongside LPO principals and pianist Brian Hsu. The concert includes two Britten chamber works and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57. Shostakovich and Britten were mutual friends and admirers.

The celebration concludes Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 pm with an interactive family concert at Roussel Hall on Loyola University’s campus. Maestro Prieto will led the LPO and narrate “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This famous work will also be performed Friday.

Britten Centennial Celebration
Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mahalia Jackson Theater
Tickets from $20/Students $10 at the door

Britten Centennial Chamber Concert
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
UNO - Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Tickets from $35/Students $10 at the door

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Sunday, November 24
1:45 p.m. - Interactive Musician Stations
2:30 p.m. - Family Concert
Roussel Hall, Loyola University New Orleans
Children 12 and under FREE / $10 all others

Stay tuned to WTUL for ticket giveaways and visit www.lpomusic.com for complete programming and more information.

Pacifica Quartet with pianist Marc-André Hamelin at Tulane’s Dixon Hall - Thursday, November 14 at 8pm

New Orleans Friends of Music continues with its second concert of its 59th consecutive season on Thursday, November 14, 2013 with Grammy Award-winning Pacifica String Quartet. Joined by virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin on piano, the chamber ensemble will be presenting works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Leo Ornstein, and Antonín Dvořák. This will be their sixth appearance in New Orleans.

A free pre-concert lecture presented by John Joyce is at 7pm. Concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are $30 at the door or online. Admission is free for Tulane students with proper ID.

Thursday’s program:
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
Ornstein: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 92, SO 61
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op 81

Visit www.friendsofmusic.org for more information.

The Lunar Ensemble and Newcomb Department of Music celebrate the centenary of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with performances of the original piece and brand new text settings.

The Lunar Ensemble comes to Dixon Hall on Tulane’s uptown campus, Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s original 21-song cycle Pierrot Lunaire for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, soprano, and percussion, as part of their Pierrot Centenary Project. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Melissa Pausina.

Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 PM, the ensemble will perform brand new Pierrot Lunaire text settings by Tulane student composers.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Visit lunarensemble.com for more info.

Musaica goes Green with works in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, and Verdi’s 200th Birthday!

Musaica Chamber Ensemble is presenting its next concerts in March and April 2013 in a special spring program called “Musaica goes Green.” It will be performed three times between two holidays and an anniversary that are “green” events:  St. Patrick’s Day in March, Earth Day in April, and the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth (his name means “green” in Italian).  

Two performances will take place at venues in New Orleans.  The first will be at Tulane Dixon Annex Recital Hall on March 21, 7:30 p.m.  The second will be at the Community Unitarian Church in Lakeview (6690 Fleur de Lis Drive) on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. 

Musaica will also perform in Covington on March 24, 5 p.m. at Christ Church as part of their “3rd Sunday series” (which because of Easter will actually be on the 4th Sunday of March). 

For the New Orleans concerts admission is free although there is a recommended donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  A reception will follow each perfomance for a chance to meet the musicians.

Pieces will include Lovreglio’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s “La Traviata” for clarinet and piano; the rarely performed nonet by Arnold Bax for string quartet, bass, harp, flute, oboe, and clarinet; (Bax, although officially English, wrote poetry under the Irish pseudonym Dermot O’Byrne, and some of his poetry will be read at the concert as well); and a world premiere by the composer Mollie O’Meara, called “The Air Was Green” for two violins, viola, bass, harp, oboe, and clarinet.  Ms. O’Meara is a New Mexico pianist and composer and whose works have been previously been performed in New Orleans.  She has a special affinity for the city of New Orleans since she has two sons who have played in the Louisiana Philharmonic.  

Antonio Vivaldi:  Spring from ”The Four Seasons”
Donato Lovreglio:
 Fantasia on Themes of Verdi 
for Clarinet and Piano

Mollie O’Meara
: "The Air Was Green - a remembrance" 
for Oboe, Clarinet, Harp, and String Quartet 
(world premiere!)

Arnold Bax:  Nonet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Harp, 
and String Quintet
Christmas Concert December 16 at 5:30 P.M. in the St. Louis Cathedral

Free and open to the public

The St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir will be performing the annual Christmas Concert under the direction of Mr. Dreux Montegut on December 16 at 5:30 P.M. in the Cathedral. 

This year Rabbi Edward Cohn, Cantor Joel Colman and the Temple Sinai Choir will join the Cathedral Choir to celebrate Chanukah and Christmas in a concert titled “Festivals of Light”. 

The combined choirs, soloists, and the St. Louis Cathedral Orchestra will perform excerpts from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and all of Vivaldi’s Gloria.  The concert is free and open to the public.

 

In addition to the St. Louis Cathedral, the Elise M. Cambon Memorial Fund of the St. Louis Cathedral provides funding for this program. 


St. Louis Cathedral to present Samuel Liégeon in Recital

CHRISTMAS ORGAN SPECTACULAR

Thursday, December 13, 6 pm in a free recital

For his “Christmas Organ Spectacular” recital at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France on Thursday, December 13, at 6 pm, Mr. Liégeon has selected an all French repertoire ranging from the 18th- through 20th century.  Included are 18th-century French Christmas carols by Louis-Claud Daquin and Claude Balbastre; music by the ever popular nineteenth-century composer Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély, and the twentieth-century composer Marcel Dupré.  Mr. Liégeon, prize winner of 5 international organ competitions, will also improvise on the Christmas carol “Lo! How a rose e’er blooming.”  He will close the program by improvising a “Petite symphonie” based upon popular Christmas carols.

 

Samuel Liégeon, Young Artist in Residence at the St. Louis Cathedral,  was born in Besançon, France.  He first studied organ, piano and chamber music in the conservatory of that city and later in the conservatory of St-Maur with Eric Lebrun (organ) and Pierre Pincemaille (improvisation) where he finished with honors.  At the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, his studies in improvisation were with Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Jean-François Zygel, Cyrille Lehn and Pierre Pincemaille. He has been a prizewinner at some of Europe’s most prestigious organ competitions, including the Haarlem, Munster, Strasbourg, Leipzig and Chartres competitions.  Since 2009 he has been the Titular Organist of the church Saint Pierre de Chaillot in Paris. Samuel plays recitals throughout France and Europe and also improvises for silent movies at the Cine Balzac of Paris and elsewhere.


Funding for this program is provided by the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Elise M. Cambon Memorial Fund of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Catholic Cultural Heritage Center to Present Joseph Meyer and Samuel Liegeon at Old Ursuline Convent

 1100 CHARTRES St.

Homage to Debussy:

                        Music of Eric Satie, Ernest Guiraud, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy 

Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm in a free recital

For their recital at the Old Ursuline Convent on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm, Meyer and Liégeon has chosen to honor Claude Debussy (1862-1918) on the sesquicentennial of his birthday.  In addition to Debussy’s sonata for violin and piano, they will perform the Caprice for violin and piano of New Orleans native and teacher of Debussy, Ernest Guiraud (1837-1892).  They will also perform the sonata for violin and piano of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) and Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes) of Erik Satie (1866-1925).

 

Samuel Liégeon, Young Artist in Residence at the St. Louis Cathedral,  was born in Besançon, France.  He first studied organ, piano and chamber music in the conservatory of that city and later in the conservatory of St-Maur with Eric Lebrun (organ) and Pierre Pincemaille (improvisation) where he finished with honors.  At the  Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, his studies in improvisation were with Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Jean-François Zygel, Cyrille Lehn and Pierre Pincemaille. He has been a prize winner at some of Europe’s most prestigious organ competitions, including the Haarlem, Munster, Strasbourg, Leipzig and Chartres competitions.  Since 2009 he has been the Titular Organist of the church Saint Pierre de Chaillot in Paris. Samuel plays recitals throughout France and Europe and also improvises for silent movies at the Cine Balzac of Paris and elsewhere.

Joseph Meyer, violin, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who has been garnering critical acclaim throughout the country. He has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “a standout player, both technically brilliant and musically innovative.” The Miami Herald has called his solo playing “exquisite,” while the Boston Globe described his chamber music performance of the Carter first string quartet as “an extraordinary event.”  Currently, Meyer holds positions as concertmaster of the LPO and associate concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival. Recent solo performances with the LPO have included Ravel’s Tzigane, Arvo Part’s Fratres and the Mendelssohn violin concerto.  In the summer of 2012, he performed a series of recitals in France with keyboardist Jean-Baptiste Monnot.

In addition to the St. Louis Cathedral, funding for this program is provided by the Elise M. Cambon Memorial Fund of the St. Louis Cathedral and the Consulate General of France. 

  

Friends of Music Announces Next Concert November 12

NEW ORLEANS FRIENDS OF MUSIC

SEASON CONTINUES WITH

THE KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON PIANO TRIO

November 12, 2012

Tulane University, Dixon Hall.

New Orleans Friends of Music presents the second concert of its 58th season of chamber music on Monday, November 12, 2012 with a performance by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at TulaneUniversity's Dixon Hall. The performance begins at 8 p.m., preceded at 7 p.m. by a free lecture by Dr. John Joyce of the Newcomb Department of Music faculty. Admission is $25 (free for Tulane students). Tickets are sold at the door or in advance atwww.friendsofmusic.org or (504) 895-0690. A six-concert season subscription is currently available for $110, a $60 discount over single-ticket prices. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Stuart Farber, a past president of the Friends of Music.

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson plan a dynamic program of classical and contemporary pieces. Beethoven (Opus Posthumus) and Brahms (Piano Trio Op. 8) are featured alongside living composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Richard Danielpour. Zwilich, the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, wrote her piano trio specifically for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, who premiered the work in 1987. Danielpour’s new work, Inventions on a Marriage, is a special commission by the New Orleans Friends of Music and others. This seven-movement set of duets for violin and cello was written for Laredo and Robinson in celebration of their 35th anniversary.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio are longtime favorites of New Orleans audiences. The three members maintain active solo careers and hold faculty positions at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music and Juilliard School of Music. In 35 seasons performing as a Trio, they have toured around the world and released a variety of successful recordings, including the complete piano trios of Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven. They are also committed advocates for new music, having given premiere performances of works by Arvo Part, Andre Previn, Ned Rorem, and Joan Tower, among others. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio were Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year for 2002 and are the Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center.

NEW ORLEANS FRIENDS OF MUSIC

The 2012-2013 Friends of Music season includes a wide variety of outstanding chamber music performers, including returning appearances by Bach specialist Simone Dinnerstein and the Emerson Quartet as well as local debuts by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Quartet, and Imani Wind Quintet. New Orleans Friends of Music is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the performance and appreciation of fine chamber music. Annual programming includes a mainstage concert season presented by the Friends of Music and Tulane University, a series of masterclasses by visiting artists, and a family concert. For tickets or information, visit www.friendsofmusic.org

Friends of Music presents the Jerusalem Quartet, 10/17/12

New Orleans Friends of Music opens its 58th consecutive season of chamber music on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 when the acclaimed Jerusalem String Quartet takes the stage at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. The performance begins at 8 p.m., preceded at 7 p.m. by a free lecture by Dr. John Joyce of the Newcomb Department of Music faculty. Admission is $25 (free for Tulane students), with sales at the door or in advance at www.friendsofmusic.org. Full season subscriptions are offered at $125 for the entire seven-concert season.
 
The Jerusalem String Quartet makes their local debut with this performance. This dynamic young Israeli chamber group, has developed a coordinated and beautiful sound in almost two decades making music together. Violinists Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler, cellist Kyril Zlotnilov, and new member Ori Kam on viola enjoy excellent international reputations as soloists in addition to their continued acclaim as chamber musicians. The Quartet records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label and has released critically-praised interpretations of Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert.
 
Their New Orleans program includes late Mozart (String Quartet No. 22, the “Prussian No. 2”); one of Hugo Wolf’s only works for chamber ensemble, the Italian Serenade; and Brahms’ third string quartet. The Jerusalem Quartet brings a particularly intense focus to the Brahms, honed by recent European residencies dedicated to that composer’s chamber music. The “Prussian” can be heard on the group’s recent all-Mozart recording, which won them their third BBC Music Magazine Award.
 
In addition to their October 17 concert, the Jerusalem Quartet will present a free masterclass at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 at Roussel Hall on the Loyola University campus. The masterclass is free and open to the public. This event is one of several masterclasses that will be presented in the coming season by Friends of Music performers as a service to students and the community.

Musaica Chamber Ensemble 7th Season First Concerts

Musaica chamber ensemble will perform the first concerts of its 7th Season on October 18, 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street in uptown New Orleans; and on October 22, 7:30 p.m. at Munholland Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Road. 

The program, “Musaica Goes To The Movies” features works by composers who wrote for or acted in film, or whose works were featured prominently in well known movies. 

Included will be pieces by Gershwin, Madeline Dring, Takemitsu, Mozart, Kodaly, Rota, and John Williams.  No tickets are necessary although we have a recommended donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. 

Information can be found at their website, www.musaica.org, or by calling 304-8608.