The UW School of Music’s new violin professor will share the stage with pianist Martha Fischer in a demanding program that includes Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, Brahms’ second violin sonata, Ives’ Violin Sonata No. 2 and the soaring “Romance” by Amy Beach. The debut recital will take place during the UW School of Music faculty concert on Nov. 13 at 8pm in Mills Concert Hall of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. The event costs $12.
Music City is about to get another orchestra. This new community ensemble, called the Nashville Citizens Orchestra, will be open to amateurs and professionals of all ages. Performances will begin next year at Gordon Jewish Community Center.
“I know there are a lot of people in Nashville who play instruments but have no outlet for their talents,” the group’s founding conductor, Gabrielle Lewis, tells the Scene. “We’re going to give them an opportunity to play.”
Lewis, a graduate of the University of Michigan who’s now studying with conductor Robin Fountain at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, says the Citizens Orchestra will of course perform a wide selection of European masterpieces. But she says the orchestra will also play the music of such early 20th-century American composers as William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Edward McDowell and Arthur Foote, among many others. “These were significant composers whose music was unfortunately overshadowed by the European composers of the day,” Lewis says.
Auditions for the Citizens Orchestra will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Gordon Jewish Community Center. Interested musicians will need to prepare one short lyrical piece and one short technical piece for the audition. Lewis will also have musicians read through an orchestral excerpt.
Musicians of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply. Interested artists must contact Lewis in advance and indicate their instrument and how long they’ve been playing. Contact Lewis at [email protected] or 629-777-6517.
For more information, see here.
The works of eight composers who contributed to world music while living in New England will be performed by pianist David Pihl on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
The program includes works by Amy Beach, John Alden Carpenter, Edward MacDowell, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Ives, William McKinley, Stephen Peisch and Marc Rossi.
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The Scottish ensemble Vocali3e will present a concert of works in the Scots and Scottish Gaelic languages at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware.
The ensemble, which comprises soprano, flute and piano, will also present works by living composers Thea Musgrave, Lori Laitman and UD’s Jennifer Margaret Barker, professor of music theory and composition in the Department of Music. Additional works on the program will include romantic, classical and baroque settings of Scots and Scottish Gaelic composed by Amy Beach, Joseph Haydn and James Oswald, respectively.
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The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Jonathan Edward Brennand, will be joined by the Farmington High School Women’s Chorus, Katie Tewksbury, Director, in a concert featuring “Women in Music,” Sunday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Connecticut.
The program will feature compositions by three female composers, Gwyneth Walker, Clemence de Grandval and Amy Beach. The program’s major work will be the “Gaelic” by the late 19th and early 20th Century New England composer Amy Beach, who was only 30 years old when the work was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896. The title, “Gaelic,” refers to the Irish, Scottish and English folk tunes she incorporates into her symphony.
The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1981 at Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, rehearses at Porter Memorial Hall, Farmington. Its 80 volunteer musicians represent many walks of life from the Farmington Valley and central Connecticut. Tickets for the Oct. 25 concert are $18 adults, $15 seniors and students. For more information, please visit here.
The piano trio, Trio des Alpes, will be performing three piano trios on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Greifensee, Switzerland. The piano trios include Trio, Op. 150 by Amy Beach, Trio H. 327 by Bohuslav Martinů and Trio, Op. 26 by Antonín Dvořák. Their webpage concerning upcoming concerts is here.
New England Legacy: Sounds of our Heritage
Violin Sonata by Amy Beach, Piano Quartet by Arthur Foote, and arrangements and improvisations on Shaker hymn tunes and American folk songs. Performed by Yi-heng Yang, piano, Tricia Park, violin, Sarah Darling, viola, Steuart Pincombe, ‘cello, Maxwell Zeugner, double bass, and Michelle Pincombe, vocalist.
The concert will take place this Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 pm at the Ashburnham Community Church in Ashburnham, Massachusetts .
Admission: $10.00 per adult. Children and students, free.
More information may be found here.
A voice recital at Austin Peay State University will be featuring soprano Kate Rawls and pianist Mei-En Chou. They will be doing various songs/arias, including music by Amy Beach! The recital will take place on Thursday, September 17th at 7:30pm in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus. More information is available here.