In Context: Harold Meltzer
In Context Series Featured Acclaimed Composer Harold Meltzer
What: In Context: Harold Meltzer
When: Friday, March 23rd, 7:30PM
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Who: Abigail Fischer, Laura Strickling, soprano; Dominic Armstrong, tenor; Brent Funderburk, Michael Brofman, piano; Ravenna Lipchik, violin; Chris Gross, cello
Program: Gustav Holst: 4 Songs, Op. 35 Harold Metzler: Beautiful, Ohio; 2 Songs from Silas Mariner, New Work (World Premiere), Robert Schumann: Frauen Liebe- und leben Op. 42,
Hugo Wolf: Selected Songs
On Friday, March 23rd Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) presents the 8th installment of its acclaimed new music series In Context. This seasons featured composer is Harold Meltzer, one of the most notable living American composers. Two contemporary masterpieces and a world premiere by Mr. Metlzer are paired alongside works that inspired the composer by Holst, Schumann, and Wolf. BASS favorites soprano Laura Strickling and tenor Dominic Armstrong join soprano Abbey Fischer in her BASS debut. Mr. Meltzer gives a free pre-concert lecture on his works at 7:00PM.
About In Context:
In Context, Brooklyn Art Song Societys hit new music series, presents the works of todays best composers alongside the works that inspired them. Past featured In Context composers include Tom Cipullo, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, and Scott Wheeler.
About Harold Meltzer:
Harold Meltzer is inspired by a wide variety of stimuli, from architectural spaces to postmodern fairy tales and messages inscribed in fortune cookies. In Fanfare Magazine, Robert Carl commented that he seems to write pieces of scrupulous craft and exceptional freshness, which makes each seem like an important contribution. The first recording devoted to his music, released in 2010 by Naxos on its American Classics label, was named one of the CDs of the year in The New York Times; soon there will be new recordings on the Bridge Records and BMOP/Sound labels. A busy 2016 includes performances at Tanglewood during Contemporary Music Week and by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, premieres in March by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and by the Boston Chamber Music Society at Sanders Theatre at Harvard, in May by guitarist Eliot Fisk in Connecticut and by pianist Nadia Shpachenko at Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, and in October by tenor Paul Appleby with pianist Natalia Katyukova and by Music from China with the Talujon Percussion Quartet.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its eighth season of first-rate music making in the Fall of 2017, having earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music.
The New York Times called BASS a company well worth watching and Voce di Meche hailed, as long as BASS is around we do not need to worry about the future of art song in the USA. Opera News writes, Brooklyn Art Song Society keeps the intimate recital alive with innovative programming, and the New Yorker praised BASS as uncompromisingly dedicated to continuing the traditions of classical art song, both old and new.
Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schuberts last year, a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six, and the complete output of Hugo Wolf over six seasons. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Michael Djupstrom, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, Glen Roven, Andrew Staniland, Scott Wheeler and Yehudi Wyner, and many others. In May 2015 BASS released its first album, New Voices on Roven Records, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts.
Highlights from this season include the five-concert series La France, two world premiere commissions by acclaimed composers Harold Meltzer and Kurt Rohde, a west coast tour, including performances on KING FM 98.1, Seattles classical radio station, and an artist residency at University of California- Davis. In addition to monthly concerts in Brooklyn, BASS has traveled to Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, ME and held residencies at University of Notre Dame and University of Chicago. Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to make the Brooklyn Historical Society its primary venue, and also has lasting relationships with National Sawdust and the Brooklyn Public Library. BASSs artist roster features over 40 of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org.
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