Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The 'A Musical Feast' Spring 2013 concert season begins!

The Center for 21st Century Music will be co-sponsoring two events with 'A Musical Feast' for their Spring 2013 concert season at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 'A Musical Feast' has been putting on high-quality performances and concerts of contemporary music, as well as music from all periods, for many years now at the Burchfield Penney. The press release below offers some great background and information on the first concert, on Sunday, March 10th:

   ‘A Musical Feast’ Sunday March 10 @ 2:00 PM
Snapshot of a Century of Music
      ‘A Musical Feast’ offers a taste of music spanning the last 100 years

On Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m., the independent, cutting-edge musical group known as ‘A Musical Feast’ offers its winter concert, in its home in the acoustically superior Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penny Art Center. Western New York lovers of classical music have come to expect every musical program put on by ‘A Musical Feast’, the chamber music group founded by Charles Haupt, the now retired, longtime concert master of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, to offer something out of the ordinary, an expectation that the group has never failed to fulfill.

The wide-range of represented composers range from Belgian composer Eugène Ysaÿe, whose 1895 romantically elegant Poème élégiaque, will be performed by Eastman School of Music virtuoso violinist Charles Castleman, and Buffalo’s favorite pianist Claudia Hoca, to SUNY at Buffalo distinguished professor David Felder, whose work A Garland (for Bruce) received its premiere just this past September. Also on the program are works by Debussy, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Piazzolla and J.T. Rinker. Charles Castleman and Claudia Hoca will also perform “Minstrels”, a violin and piano version of the 12th and last of the Preludes (Book I) by Claude Debussy. Pianist Claudia Hoca will be joined by UB professor of cello Jonathan Golove in a performance of selections from Stravinsky’s “Suite italienne”, derived from the music for the neo-classical score of his later 1920 ballet Pulcinella. Wildy Zumwalt, professor of saxophone at the Fredonia School of Music will be joined by Diane Hunger, a native of Kiel, Germany, who is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, in a rare concert performance of Hindemith’s 1933 Konzertstück für Zwei Altsaxophone. The late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla can be justly credited with bringing the attention of the classical music world to the tango, the quintessential dance form of his native land. Saxophonist Wildy Zumwalt, pianist Claudia Hoca, and cellist Jonathan Golove will be joined by Moshe Shulman playing the bandoneón, or Argentine concertina, and instrument essential to a tango ensemble, in Three Dances by Piazzolla, including the irresistible “Oblivion”.

Tom Kolor performs J.T. Rinker's Frigate

Moving up to the present, UB professor of percussion Tom Kolor will perform Frigate by J.T. Rinker. The 2008 piece is written for crotales, a percussion instrument made up of small, tuned brass disks, as well as electronic sounds – the delicate filigree of sound produced is pleasantly surprising.

David Felder, coordinator of composition at the UB Department of Music wrote A Garland (for Bruce) in 2012 as, he says, “a small tribute work for cello and electronic sound with photo images shot by Bruce Jackson. It is dedicated to Bruce Jackson in friendship and with admiration!” Cellist Jonathan Golove will perform the piece honoring Jackson, whose works are currently on view in the “Being There: Bruce Jackson, Photographs 1962-2012” exhibit at the Burchfield Penny Art Center.

The full program for the concert follows: 

                   ‘A Musical Feast’ Sunday March 10 @ 2:00 PM

Frigate  (2008)                                                          J.T. Rinker (1974)
Tom Kolor, percussion

Konzertstück für Zwei Altsaxophone (1933)             Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
I. Lebhaft
II. Mäßig langsam   
III. Lebhaft
Diane Hunger, saxophone, Wildy Zumwalt, saxophone

A Garland (For Bruce) (2012)                                  David Felder (1953)
Jonathan Golove, cello

"Minstrels"                                                                 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
From Preludes (December 1919/January 1910)
12 Minstrels
Claudia Hoca, piano, Charles Castleman, violin

Poème élégiaque, Op. 12 (1895)                               Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).
Claudia Hoca, piano, Charles Castleman, violin


"Suite italienne" (from Pulcinella, 1932)                   Igor  Stravinsky (1882- 1971)
Claudia Hoca, piano, Jonathan Golove, cello  

Three Dances                                                            Astor Piazolla (1921 – 1992)
Invierno Porteño
La Muerte del Àngel
Wildy Zumwalt saxophone,  Claudia Hoca piano,
Jonathan Golove cello, Moshe Shulman, bandoneon

David Taylor on the cover of
"Trombone" magazine
The second 'A Musical Feast' concert of the Spring 2013 season, on Friday, April 12th, at 8:00 p.m., will feature long-time friend of the Center David Taylor, a veteran and explosive New York trombonist with over four decades logged into performances, recordings, and tours. This concert will feature original compositions by David Taylor, as well as a piece by recently graduated UB composer John Bacon. The evening will also feature David Taylor's arrangement of Franz Schubert's Der Doppelgänger, arranged for bass trombone. The concert will conclude with Karlheinz Stockhausen's Signs of the Zodiac. The program follows:

                  ‘A Musical Feast’ Friday April 12 @ 8:00 PM                             

Song and Dance                                                           David Taylor (1944)
1. song
2. dance  
David Taylor, bass trombone, Michael McNeill, piano

Waves at Matsushima (2011)                                        John Bacon
Rin Ozaki, marimba  

Der Doppelgänger                                 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)/Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)  
David Taylor, bass trombone                                                 arranged by David Taylor (1944)  


Tierkreis (Signs of the Zodiac) (1975)                           Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
 Rin Ozaki, marimba    CAPRICORN
Dave Taylor, bass trombone   GEMINI
John Bacon, drums, percussion, vibes   AQUARIUS
Michael McNeill, piano   ARIES
Jonathan Golove, cello   LEO

Both concerts will be in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. Look forward to seeing you there!         

'A Musical Feast' Spring 2013 season
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium      
Buffalo State College         
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Tickets: $20; Burchfield Penny members/students: $10.
Phone: 716-878-6011.

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