composer en Britten And Jaeger - Two One-Act Operas At The Bard Fisher Center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bard College Conservatory of Music</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn </span>Upshaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><a href="">The Fisher Center</a> at Bard College is presenting <a href="">two one-act operas</a> performed by the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program singers on March 14 and 16th.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the operas, <em>Payne Hollow</em> by <a href="">Shawn Jaeger</a>, is a world premiere, and the other is Benjamin Britten’s beloved <em>The Turn of the Screw</em>.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85655 at Britten And Jaeger - Two One-Act Operas At The Bard Fisher Center Neil Rolnick: Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Neil Rolnick’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> music has been performed around the world, and appears on 16 CD’s.</span></p><p>Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”</p><p>From 1981-2013 Rolnick was a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the <a href="">iEAR Studios</a>.</p><p>Since 2005 Neil Rolnick has written three large-scale works for piano and computer. On Tuesday, February 18th – a concert at <a href="">The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall</a> will feature the upstate premiere of the third of these pieces - "Dynamic RAM &amp; Concert Grand", commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for <a href="">Bang On A Can All-Stars</a> pianist Vicky Chow.</p><p>The evening will also include the previous two works, each played by the pianist who commissioned it. Kathleen Supove will play "Digits" (2005) and Bob Gluck will play "Faith" (2009). Rolnick will perform the computer part for all three pieces.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 83647 at Neil Rolnick: Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” by Terry Teachout <p>Duke Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century.&nbsp; His songs—he wrote more than 1500 of them—have been recorded by a who’s who of popular music, from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett to Steely Dan.&nbsp;</p><p> The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world’s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. Many of his compositions, like “Mood Indigo” and “Sophisticated Lady,” remain beloved standards. &nbsp;</p><p>In <em>Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington</em>, <a href="">Terry Teachout</a>, drama critic of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, jazz musician, and author of Pops, an acclaimed biography of Louis Armstrong, reveals the many layers of a man as unique and complex as the music he created.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76168 at “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” by Terry Teachout Classical Music According to Yehuda #116 <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3bb31661-c792-63e6-e149-513be0946924"><span style="font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In this week&rsquo;s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the life of composer Maurice Ravel.</span></span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3bb31661-c793-de26-df98-bb39a0cb7f99"><span style="font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This Saturday, October 19 at 6 PM <a href="">Close Encounters with Music</a> presents the <em>Anatomy of a Melody&mdash;Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenfield</em> at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.</span></span></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 75780 at Classical Music According to Yehuda #116 Albany Symphony - Aaron Jay Kernis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Albany Symphony Orchestra&rsquo;s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Maestro David Alan Miller speaks with composer Aaron Jay </span>Kernis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The ASO will premier Kernis&rsquo; piece <em>Three Flavors for Piano &amp; Orchestra </em>on October 19th at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:45:00 +0000 David Alan Miller 75406 at Albany Symphony - Aaron Jay Kernis SPAC - Jamie Bernstein <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As we mentioned earlier, Stéphane Denève will be conducting a Bernstein Extravaganza tomorrow night here at <a href="">SPAC</a>. And Jamie Bernstein will take part in a tribute to her father, Leonard Bernstein, which will feature members of the New York City Ballet.</p><p>The program will include the composer’s “Suite” from “Fancy Free,” and “Something’s Coming” and “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.”</p><p>Jamie Bernstein frequently works with symphonies as a narrator, and she helped develop a school concert program for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Collaborating with Michael Barrett, who worked as an assistant conductor with Leonard Bernstein, she developed a program about her father’s music.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 71038 at SPAC - Jamie Bernstein Saratoga 150 and Richard Danielpour's "Serenade" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">The Saratoga Race Course</a> is 150 years old and the track is being celebrated throughout the city this season and tonight, the party comes here to <a href="">SPAC</a>.</p><p><a href="">Keith Lockhart</a> will conduct the <a href="">Philadelphia Orchestra</a> in a series of “horse” related pieces. "Serenade" by Richard Danielpour is receiving its world premiere performance tonight here at SPAC. The work pays tribute to other aspects of Saratoga, in addition to racing. Over the course of three movements, it visits the arts scene, the mineral waters, and, finally, the track.</p><p>SPAC's commission of Danielpour's "Serenade" was underwritten by Charles and Candace Wait and happens to coincide with Danielpour's 30th anniversary of visiting Saratoga. Charles Wait is the Chairman of <a href="">Saratoga 150</a>.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Alan Chartock & Joe Donahue 71031 at Saratoga 150 and Richard Danielpour's "Serenade" Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with Live Score at MASS MoCA <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The film, <a href=""><em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em></a>, released last year, stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, a young girl living in a southern Louisiana bayou with her father and with the weight of the universe on her small determined shoulders. The film was directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The score is by Zeitlin and Dan Romer.</p><p>This gorgeous and fantastical film was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. The film’s&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">aforementioned&nbsp;star, Quvenzhané Wallis, is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture. </span>Zeitlin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was nominated for Best Director - for this, his first full-length feature film; and he and </span>Alibar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were nominated for best adapted screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.</span></p><p>This Saturday, August 10th, <a href="">MASS MoCA</a> in North Adams, MA will present a screening of <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em> with live score performed by <a href="">Dan Romer</a>, Benh Zeitlin, and the <a href="">Wordless Music Orchestra</a>. This is one of only two scheduled live-score presentations of the film - the first occurring on the 8th at <a href="">Celebrate Brooklyn</a> in Prospect Park.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 70905 at Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with Live Score at MASS MoCA Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Jason Robert Brown’s</a> first musical, <em>Songs for a New World</em> played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. He won the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1999 for <em>Parade</em> and won Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Best Music and Best Lyrics for <em>The Last Five Years</em> - which has been adapted for film by Richard LaGravenese and produced by <a href="">Lucky Monkey Pictures</a>, <a href="">Sh-K-Boom Records</a>, and Grand Peaks Entertainment.</p><p>Jason is the composer and lyricist of the new musical adaptation of <em>The Bridges of Madison County. </em>The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and it's directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.</p><p>The <a href="">Broadway-bound</a> show begins its run on <a href="">The Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> Mainstage this week.</p><p>Jason Robert Brown joins us to discuss the show, working with Marsha Norman, and how it was time for him to write something grand and romantic.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 70228 at Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival American Music Festival Reading Session Composers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival’s Reading Sessions</a> offer a one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the world of music today as up-and-coming composers from a competitive national selection process have their works read by an orchestra for the very first time.</p><p>Two of this year’s composers are <a href="">William Gardiner</a> and <a href="">Katherine Balch</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 65756 at American Music Festival Reading Session Composers