Visit us at the Opera America conference
in Vancouver, May 7 – 11!
Pianist Laura Leon recently interviewed Peter Schickele about his lifetime study of P.D.Q. Bach, whose 271st birthday was on April 1st. In a video posted on YouTube, Schickele revealed that he will again be touring with P.D.Q.’s music during the 2013-14 season, after a hiatus of a few years.
A side note: 2015 sees not only Peter Schickele’s 80th birthday, but also marks the 50th anniversary of the P.D.Q. Bach concerts.
At the end of April, David Maslanka was Composer-in-Residence at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. During his residence, as part of ASU’s Lecture-Concert Series, there were 5 concerts of his music, culminating in a programme on April 26th by the Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble under Dr. Timothy Oliver, which included Unending Stream of Life (Variations on “All Creatures of our God and King”), Liberation, and Symphony No. 8. Earlier in the week, there were concertsof choral music, 2 chamber concerts (involving faculty and student performers, the Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Singers), and another wind ensemble concert in conjunction with 2 local high school bands.
New York City Ballet features music of Charles Ives on 2 programmes this spring. Calcium Light Night lends its name to a ballet choreographed by Peter Martins, which includes not only the title work, but also Ann Street and At Sea. Performances run May 14th through June 5th (4 dates). This runs concurrently with George Balanchine’s Ivesiana, which includes In the Inn and In the Night, among other works; performances began on April 30th, with 4 more dates this month, finishing on May 24th.
PRISM Saxophone Quartet goes on tour to China this month, and include in their concert repertoire Every Thing Must Go by Martin Bresnick. The performances include an appearance at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, on May 22nd.
The vocal ensemble SongFusion presents 2 concerts in New York at the beginning of May on the subject “Gay Words, Gay Music.” A May 3rd concert, at OPERA America’s National Opera Center, includes the song cycle Fidelity by David Leisner, on texts of love and long-term relationships, performed by Michael Kelly, Baritone, Brenton Ryan, Tenor, and Kathy Tagg, Piano. Two days later, on Sunday 5th, Michael Kelly joins Voxare String Quartet for a performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers at the LGBT Community Center. This much-celebrated autobiographical work deals with the loss of a partner from AIDS.
Elliott Carter Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
(for voices and strings) Eric Ewazen Triple Concerto Lukas Foss Symphony No. 4 (Window to the Past) Richard Wernick Symphony No. 1 Richard Wernick …and a time for peace Richard Wernick Concerto for Piano David Maslanka Concerto for Alto Saxophone
and Wind Ensemble