The Chamber Music of Dana Dimitri Richardson
The Music of Dana Richardson is syntonal, a system of harmony that supports dramatic narrative and melodic lyricism. The signature piece of the concert, The Mermaid, performed by pianist Craig Ketter, is a tone poem portraying the mermaid in her mythical role as temptress. Craig regularly joins forces with international singers and chamber groups. Venues include NPRs Performance Today series, CBS Sunday Morning, Sirius Satellite Radio, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. Craig will also perform selections from Richardsons Twelve Preludes and Fugues.
The pianist, Simon Mulligan, whose collaborations include performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin and Sting, will perform Dark Light The piece exploits pianistic textures to explore different aspects of light and darkness. It is dedicated to Simon Mulligan.
The Kyrie, performed by the soprano Jacqueline Milena Thompson and Simon Mulligan is a personal statement that references Gregorian chant and the Christe from Bachs B minor Mass. Jacquelines opera roles include: the three heroines in The Tales of Hoffman, Manon in Massenets Manon, Violetta in Verdis La Traviata which she first performed under the baton of Maestro Steven White, Lucia in Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor, Musetta in La Bohéme, Adina in Lelisir damore, and Gilda in Rigoletta
Mark Engebretson will perform Heartbreaker for tenor saxophone solo, which is a take-off on the well-known Led Zeppelin riff. In addition to being a saxophone virtuoso who has recorded for Innova and Albany records, Mark is a composer who is a recipient of a Barlow Commission and commissions from Harvard Universitys Fromm Music Foundation among others. Heartbreaker is dedicated to him.
The concert is anchored by the quintet, The Joy of Being, for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello, performed by the Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble. The piece projects the sunny, extroverted side of Richardsons oeuvre. The performers in Canta Libre are:
Sally Shorrocks (flute) musical appearances include Barge Music, Channel 21 Public Television, and the Musical Festival of the Hamptons.
Karen Lindquist (harp) has been heard as soloist with major orchestras across the United States and in Europe including: the National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Vienna Austria Symphony.
Bradley Bosenbeck (violin) has collaborated with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Charles Dutoit, and John Williams and has performed for President Barack Obama, Dr. James Watson, and other Nobel Prize winners.
Veronica Salas (viola) has performed as a soloist with The Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Westfield Symphony of which she is the principal violist.
Bernard Tamosaitis (cellist) served as the principal cellist of the Bellas Artes orchestra of Mexico City and is currently performing with the Mazlo Trio and Ridgefield Symphony.
Reception following the concert!!!
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