Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Musical Feast: UB in the Community

The Center for 21st Century Music is delighted to co-sponsor the next concert in the “A Musical Feast” series, featuring UB music performance faculty in virtuosic solo and chamber works by György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, Stuart Saunders Smith, and the Center’s artistic director, David Felder. A highlight of the February concert will be Felder’s Coleccion Nocturna for clarinetist (doubling bass clarinet), piano and 4-channel tape, a work inspired by the composer’s lifelong engagement with the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The February 2 concert continues a long-standing partnership between “A Musical Feast,” the Center for 21st Century Music, and UB’s music department. The concert series has served as an important liaison between the city of Buffalo and UB’s composers and performers. Notable past collaborations include a concert celebrating the birthday of Center artistic director David Felder and a staged reading of a new production of Faust with music by Center PhD alumnus Nathan Heidelberger (the latter sponsored by UB’s Creative Arts Initiative).

Jean Kopperud
The concert features four UB music faculty members—Jean Kopperud (clarinets), Eric Huebner (piano), Tiffany Du Mouchelle (soprano), and Megan Kyle (oboe)—who will be joined by Stephen Solook (percussion). Jean Kopperud is a veteran of the New York City new music scene, where she was a member of The New York New Music Ensemble, Omega, Ensemble 21, and Washington Square Chamber Players. Over the course of her long and distinguished performing career, she has often received rave reviews from the press, being called “absolutely smashing,” “superhuman,” “magnificent,” “unforgettably visual,” “staggering,” “sensational,” “dazzling,” “wonderful,” and “the total clarinetist.”

Pianist Eric Huebner is also active in New York City, in both historical and contemporary art music. In addition to teaching at UB, he currently serves as pianist of the New York Philharmonic and as adjunct faculty at the Juilliard School. In the city, he has played at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls, Miller Theatre, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette, and with ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, New York New Music Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, So Percussion and the American Modern Ensemble; from 2011-12 he was a member of the award-winning chamber ensemble Antares.

Aurora Borealis Duo
The concert also showcases UB’s newest music faculty members. Tiffany Du Mouchelle currently serves on UB’s music faculty, where she serves as director of the voice program. Particularly renowned for her opera and music-theatre work, she has received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant for American Opera singers, and has given world, modern, continental, and regional premieres of works by Stockhausen, Dusapin, Reynolds, Seckendorff, and Botelho.

Du Mouchelle and percussionist Stephen Solook arrived in Buffalo in 2015 following doctoral studies at the University of California San Diego. Together they founded Aurora Borealis Duo, an ensemble committed to performing and commissioning music for soprano and percussion; one or both of them has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Black Bird, the International Contemporary Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Joseph Alessi, Bob Becker, David Krakauer, Steven Schick, and Lucy Shelton. As members of the non-profit organization Cultures in Harmony, they have traveled to perform, teach, and lead workshops in Cameroon, Egypt, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea.

Megan Kyle

Oboist Megan Kyle joined UB’s music faculty this past fall. She has performed with classical ensembles such as Erie Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, Omaha Symphony, and New World Symphony, and new music ensembles such as Null Point, Wooden Cities, and Parvenue. In addition to UB, she also teaches oboe and English horn at Houghton College and SUNY Geneseo.

“A Musical Feast”
Friday, February 2, 2018, 8pm
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Artistic Director: Charles Haupt
General Manager: Irene Haupt

Tickets: $10 members/$20 not yet members/$5 students

Coleccion Nocturna, for clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and 4-channel tape (1983)
David Felder
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Eric Huebner, piano              

The Lilies of the Field (2013)
Stuart Saunders Smith
Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano
Stephen Solook, vibraphone

Dmaathen (1976)
Iannis Xenakis     
Steve Solook, percussion        
Megan Kyle, oboe

Études for Piano (Book 2) (1988-94)
Glamb Borong
Der Zauberlehrling
En Suspens
L’escalier du diable
Coloana infinită
György Ligeti
Eric Huebner, piano                                              

Eric Huebner

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