The OutBach® Festival of [Mostly] Womens' Music
Pianist Donna Coleman is joined by her colleagues in The Emerson TrioEndre Balogh, violinist and Antony Cooke, cellistfor a program of solos and duos featuring the music of Clara Wieck and other women composers Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford, Helen Gifford (Australia), Luisa Adolpha LeBeau, and featuring Composers-in-Residence Jane Brockman (Los Angeles CA, who has composed a new work for Donna Coleman for the occasion) and Laura Clayton (Hancock NH), whose new song cycle, Queen of Heaven: Songs to Goddess Inanna, will receive its World Premiere with soprano Constance Barron and pianist Donna Coleman.
The year 2019 marks the two hundredth birthday on 13th September of one of the worlds great but relatively unsung composers, Clara Wieck. A child prodigy, by the time she was a teenager she was already renowned as one of the best pianists in all of Europe, owing to the strict guidance of her father, Friedrich Wieck. When Clara was a mere eleven years of age, she attracted the attention of the already famous Robert Schumann (18111856), and one of the most enduring and passionate love stories of all time began. Years of court battles with Clara's father prevented their marriage until one day short of her twenty-first birthday in 1840. For the next sixteen years, Clara and Robert supported and inspired each other in their creative endeavors, she mostly as concert pianist (and mother to their eight children, only half of whom survived beyond her lifetime) and he mostly as composer (and occasional conductor). Clara nevertheless continued to compose works that stand alongside those of her husband as equal masterpieces. She outlived her unfortunate husband by forty years, during which she pursued a relentless schedule of concertizing, child rearing, and serving as muse, friend, and advisor to illustrious musicians Johannes Brahms, Joseph Joachim, and others.
The Emerson Trio brings together musicians with long established careers on three continents, whose combined mission is to present the music of American composers in its historical and cultural context alongside works from the traditional chamber music repertory. The trios name is an homage to American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson whose philosophy and literary discourses influenced the music of Charles Edward Ives.
Dr DONNA COLEMAN
Donna Colemans performances of American music earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina and the Southern Arts Federations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, Radcliffe College, and Second Prize in the first John F Kennedy Center International American Music Competition, among others. Her recording of Charles Ives's Concord Sonata for Amsterdams prestigious EtCetera label received Frances Diapason dOr and Editors Choice, and Christian Tarting's review for Diapason magazine claims, this Second Pianoforte Sonata . . . finds here its most convincing recorded version, due to its assertion, the assurance in its manner of effectively carrying out each detail, its analytical finesse. James North writing for Fanfare found Donna Coleman's performance of Ives's First Sonata (also on EtCetera) is grand and sweeping, strong and confident, filled with charm and overflowing with joy. It immediately becomes my preferred version. A dual US and Australian citizen, for more than two decades Donna inspired Australia's finest talent as Head of Keyboard in the Victorian College of the Arts, produced dozens of world concert tours and direct broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, and created her OutBach® project that explores relationships between Indigenous, art, and popular music and creates performances in unexpected locations and combinations, including the world-first piano and didgeridoo collaborations. She recorded two compact discs for ABC Classics, Rags to Riches: A Syncopated Century and Havana to Harlem. Her own label OutBach® released Don't Touch Me, the Danzas Cubanas by Ignacio Cervantes (2010), described by Jean-Marc Warszawski, writing for musicologie.org, as a beautiful recording event. . . . a rare musical success, thanks to the serene majesty of the interpretation, the tone color, the presentation, and the interest and curiosity that these compositions arouse, and The Lost Lady (2015). All of Donnas CDs are available at amazon.com and iTunes. She created The Emerson Trio to explore the rich repertory of chamber music by American composers, and the ensemble has performed for the popular Sundays Live series, streamed direct-to-air via internet, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art annually since 2016. In November 2018, she produced and performed in the first OutBach® Festival of [Mostly] American Music in Santa Fe NM that featured her scripted version of Charles Ives's Concord Sonata.
Endre Balogh has performed as violin soloist with orchestras around the world including the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, Frankfurt Symphony, Basel Symphony, the Angeles Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Washington DC, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Honolulu, working with eminent conductors Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart, James de Priest, Lawrence Foster, Milton Katims, and Christoph von Dohnányi. His many concert tours of the United States and Europe have included live televised recitals in Amsterdam and taped performances for the BBC. An accomplished chamber music performer, Endre won several Coleman Chamber Music Awards, and he toured the United States, Canada, and Europe with the Pacific Trio for nearly thirty years. He has also performed with Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Pennario and participated in the acclaimed series of 1993 chamber concerts, André Watts and Friends. On four occasions, Endre joined forces with the renowned theater repertory company A Noise Within to compose and perform music for classic plays. A multiple award-winning photographer and graphic artist, Endre's works are displayed in many prestigious collections. In 2010, Shutterbug Magazine chose one of his photographs to grace the cover of its annual Expert Photo Techniques guide. In 2015, he was designated Number Three among the Top Ten Photographers in California and Nature Photographer of the Year by the California Professional Photographers Association. He was also one of only thirty-five photographers worldwide to receive the prestigious 2015 Diamond Award at the International Photography Competition held by the Professional Photographers of America. Endre's collection of Sacred Geometry artworks are acknowledged worldwide to be among the finest of the genre. All his photos and artworks can be viewed and purchased at EndresArt.com. He lives in Southern California with his wife Mona and daughters, Csilla, Katalin, and Eva. His son, Antal, is in heaven.
Antony Cooke, author, composer, Hollywood studio musician, cellist, composer, conductor, teacher, and astronomer, began life in Australia, trained principally in London, and built a brilliant career as a cellist in Europe and in the United States where he is also a citizen. In 1971, he became Englands youngest principal cellist, performing regularly as concerto soloist with the London Mozart Players under Harry Blech, then Englands premier chamber orchestra; during this time, he also toured Israel with The London Symphony Orchestra. At the age of twenty-six, Antony was appointed Assistant Professor of Cello and Wind Ensemble Conductor at the University of South Florida. Six years later he accepted the Associate Professorship of Cello in the School of Music Northwestern University. In 1984, he relocated to Los Angeles and quickly established himself as one of the luminaries in the Hollywood recording industry, participating in approximately 1500 movie soundtracks, countless television and record productions, and he composed music for primetime television as well. His many recordings may be heard on the Centaur, PROdigital, and Golden Crest labels, and his compositions are published by Kendor, Studio PR, Kjos Music, and CPP Belwin, Inc. An informal, though intensive background in astronomy has long accompanied his music, and he has written five books on the subject, including the acclaimed Astronomy and the Climate Crisis, all published by the second largest science publisher in the world, Springer. He is also the author of three books about Charles Ives: Charles Ives and His Road to the Stars; Charles Ives's Musical Universe (Infinity Publishing, 2015), which features in-depth analyses of a cross-section of Ives's entire output, substantiated by forensic examination of the composers manuscripts; and Charles Ives: The Making of the Composer, is on track for publication in 2019.
See and hear The Emerson Trio's performance of Charles Ives's Trio on YouTube at these links:
Dr JANE BROCKMAN
Jane Brockmans concert music is influenced by her experience composing for dance and film, as well as by the formal structures of academia.
Raised in upstate New York, she was the first woman to earn a Doctorate in Music Composition in the 150-year history of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also studied in Paris with Max Deutsch on a Fulbright / Alliance Française fellowship and in Vienna on a Rackham Prize fellowship. Other honors and fellowships have been awarded by the MacDowell Colony (three years), the State of Connecticut, Meet the Composer, and the Composers Conference (directed by Mario Davidovsky).
Her first orchestra piece won the Sigvald Thompson Prize for orchestral composition. Brockman's mentors include Pulitzer Prize winners Leslie Bassett and Ross Lee Finney, as well as George Balch Wilson, Wallace Berry, and Eugene Kurtz. She was one of four composers selected nationally for a Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab fellowship, working with Henry Mancini, Bruce Broughton, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, and the Utah Symphony.
Brockman taught music theory and composition at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she founded the University's Computer Music Studio and produced electronic music concerts. She has also been on the faculties of the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Michigan. She traded her tenured professorship at the University of Connecticut for life as a freelance composer in the Los Angeles area, scoring films and television, as well as writing concert music.
Today, in Los Angeles, her focus is entirely on concert music. Her music is recorded on the AIX, Leonarda, Opus One, Coronet, Drimala, Centaur, and Capstone labels, and it is published by Arsis Press, Washington, D.C., and Diaphanous Music, which is distributed by Theodore Front Musical Literature Inc. Her music has been in the touring repertoires of Continuum and the New Music Consort in NYC, and of virtuoso clarinetists F. Gerard Errante, William Powell, and Roslyn Dunlop (Australia).
Jane Brockman has served on the Boards of Directors of New Yorks Composers Concordance, Women in Film, the Society of Composers and Lyricists in Los Angeles, and for three years she sat on review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. She has produced concerts with the LoCal Composers Ensemble and is at present the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Music & Conversations, Inc.
Dr LAURA CLAYTON, Composer-in-Residence
Laura Clayton grew up near Lexington KY where she studied piano with Faye Miles and Nat Patch. She began her compositional studies with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Music School in 1968. While completing her Master of Music (1971) at the New England Conservatory of Music, she turned her focus to composition when Gunther Schuller became the Director in the late 1960s. Her principal mentor was Charles Wuorinen, who was a wonderful influence, extremely supportive, and very strict.
For the next three years, Clayton lived and taught in Brazil where she collaborated with a group of musicians, artists, and poets in a series of concerts in Rio de Janeiro. With artist Ana Maiolino, she created two prize-winning films: Construçöes for slides and synchronized music (chosen to represent Brazil at the Paris Biennale in 1973); and In-Haut, an art film on oppression that won First Prize at the Curitiba Film Festival in 1974. Further studies leading to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (1986) took place at the University of Michigan School of Music where she worked with Leslie Bassett, George Balch Wilson, and Visiting Professor Eugene Kurtz.
Among her compositions are Mobile No. 2 for cello and piano; Implosure for two dancers, slide projectors, and tape; Simichai-ya for saxophone, tape, and echo-plex; Passaggio for solo piano; Cree Songs for soprano and chamber ensemble; Panels, a chamber work commissioned by the American Dance Festival; Sagarama for piano and orchestra; Herself the Tide for soprano and piano; Claras Sea for womens choir; Joie for solo piano; Train Azul for solo guitar; Standing in a Field of Stars for flute and piano; and First Daughter of the Moon, a song cycle based upon ancient Sumerian hymns to Inanna (Diana). At present, Clayton is completing her first opera about a family living on the banks of the Amazon River, inspired by a story entitled Third Bank of the River by Brazilian statesman and author Joao Guimaraes Rosa.
In 1978, she was awarded the prestigious International Chamber Music Prize from the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) for Cree Songs, premiered by Constance Barron in Carnegie Hall. This success led to an invitation (one of only two) to represent the United States at the 1980 International Rostrum of Composers / UNESCO in Paris. Cree Songs was further distinguished in 1982 by the Walter B. Hinrichsen Publishing Award from Columbia University and the C.F. Peters Corporation. The songs were recorded in 1983 by soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson with Arthur Weisberg conducting the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble for Composers Recordings Incorporated (CRI #498, 1983).
Clayton is the recipient of many other prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the Charles Ives Prize (1980) and the Goddard Lieberman Prize (1992) from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the MacDowell Colony (1981), the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music (1983), the Jerome Foundation (1983), the University of Michigans Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University (1983), the National Endowment for the Arts (1985 and 1992), the New Hampshire State Arts Council, and she has been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship (1984).
Clayton resides in New Hampshire where she composes and teaches private students in composition and piano. Her music is published by the C.F. Peters Corporation and recorded on CRI and Sony.
Constance Barron, actor and soprano, has a longtime association with Laura Clayton dating back to University of Michigan days. Barron presented the World Premiere performances of Claytons Cree Songs to the Newborn and Herself the Tide at Carnegie Hall. While a concert artist for the Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, National Public Radio featured Barrons Lieder in English program with accompanist Josef Blatt. Favorite roles during those four years include Suzanna in Mozarts The Marriage of Figaro and as soprano soloist at the Bernstein Festival in Amherst MA.
Barrons film and television credits include, most recently, HBOs The Wizard of Lies and Netflixs Mercy, Sex and the City, and Law and Order. Included among 0ff-Broadway credits are Smoke on the Mountain and The Gardens of Frau Hess. Regional Theatre performances include The Light in the Piazza at the Heritage Theatre, Imaginary Friends at The Old Globe, and Wings with Skylight Opera. For four years, Barron performed at Edward Albees Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She can also be heard on the soundtracks of feature films such as Mission to Mars, Hudsucker Proxy, and Michael Collins.
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