In Context: Daron Hagen
In Context Series Features Works by, Daron Hagen, Schubert, Wolf
What: In Context: Daron Hagen
When: Friday, March 20th, 2015 7:30PM
Where: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Who: Justine Aronson, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Joseph Gaines; tenor; Jorell Williams, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano
Program: Daron Hagen: After Words, Larkin Songs, selected cabaret songs; Benjamin Britten: Selections from Cabaret Songs; Franz Schubert: selections from Winterriese; Kurt Weill: Solomon's Song; Hugo Wolf: Michelangelo-Lieder
Brooklyn Art Song Society is proud to announce Daron Hagen as the 2014-2015 In Context featured composer. Mr. Hagen, who has been praised as a "highly gripping and original" composer (Opera Now), curates a program of his own works alongside favorite songs by Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, Kurt Weill, and Hugo Wolf. These works will be performed by some of New York City's finest young interpreters of art song, soprano Justine Aronson, mezzo soprano Kate Maroney, tenor Joseph Gaines (BASS debut) and baritone Jorell Williams (BASS debut).
About In Context:
In Context is Brooklyn Art Song Society's innovative new music series that presents works of living composers of art song alongside works from the standard repertoire. These programs are co-curated by the composers themselves in order to highlight relavent musical relationships between past and present. Past In Context composers include Tom Cipullo, Yehudi Wyner, Libby Larsen, and Lowell Liebermann. The 2014-2015 featured composer is Daron Hagen.
About Daron Hagen:
Daron Hagen is one of America's most prominent, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally. Mr. Hagen's activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist.He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Sharon Robinson, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America's major musical institutions and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Royal Albert Hall. Mr. Hagen has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others. Hagen is the recipient of a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters award that recognizes "outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice." In 2012, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman's Award.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.
About Brooklyn Art Song Society:
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) will enter its fifth season of first-music making in the Fall of 2014, having already earned a reputation as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Critics and audiences alike have praised BASS's innovative programming performed in intimate settings. 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." Past highlights have included performances of the complete songs of Charles Ives and Henri Duparc, a festival of works from Franz Schubert's last year, five concerts dedicated to the iconic love triangle between Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, and an ongoing project to present the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf. Committed to keeping art song relevant in our time BASS has collaborated closely with important living composers such as Tom Cipullo, Herschel Garfein, Daron Hagen, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann, James Matheson, and Yehudi Wyner, and has commissioned works from up-and-coming composers Michael Djupstrom, Marie Incontrera and Michael Rose. The 2014-15 season includes a five-concert survey of the songs of Les Six, Hugo Wolf's complete Goethe-Lieder, and the release of its first album on GPR records featuring world premiere recordings of five song cycles. In addition to a full season of events in Brooklyn, BASS will travel to Boston, Chicago, South Bend, Indiana and Portland, Maine. In the summer BASS is the Fonzaley Resident Ensemble at the Sembrich in Bolton Landing, New York and the ensemble in residence at the Lake George Music Festival. This season features over thirty of the finest young interpreters of art song. For more information visit www.brooklynartsongsociety.org
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43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
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