COPLAND HOUSE AND ITS MUSICAL JOURNEYS ACROSS AMERICA RETURNS FOR THE SPRING 2023 SEASON

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Sonic Adventures with Music from Copland House

"Absorbing concert experiences" (Opera News)

"Redefines what it means to listen to fine music in the 21st century. (District Fray, Washington)

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Monday, February 6, 2023 at 7:30pm

LOST FREEDOM

Kenji Bunch and George Takei: Lost Freedom [NY Premiere]

 


Narrator TBD; Siwoo Kim, violin; Dana Kelley, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion; Michael Boriskin, piano


Who exactly are “enemy aliens? And who determines that?” In a shameful episode in World War II-era American history, Executive Order 9066 changed the lives of over 100,000 Japanese Americans, by ordering their forced relocation into detainment camps. Actor-author-activist George Takei’s unforgettable account of his experience as a 4-year-old child, taken with his family to one such internment center, is the basis for award-winning composer Kenji Bunch’s compelling new musical score that vividly reminds us that liberty isn’t to be taken for granted.


"Bunch’s music is shiningly original.” (The Oregonian) 

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Monday, March 20, 2023 at 7:30pm

PAST AS PROLOGUE

Gabriella Smith: Brandenburg Interstices [NY Premiere]; John Musto: Piano Quintet [NY Premiere]; Robert Xavier Rodriguez: Estampie; Nico Muhly: Motion



Brandon Patrick George, flute; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Siwoo Kim and Stephanie Zyzak, violins; Dana Kelley, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Michael Boriskin, piano


Time-traveling across the generations, growing fresh creative fruit from artistic seeds of the distant past. A riff on J.S. Bach that “morphs fluidly through the centuries and genres.” A memorial tribute tapping into the intricacies of Baroque counterpoint and the passions of Italian opera to symbolize a life intertwined with art, love, and humanity. A contemporary ballet score built on Medieval song and dance, flavored with Wagnerian gestures and Ragtime energy. The virtuosic repurposing of an English Renaissance hymn as the underpinning of a kinetic, stylishly contemporary work. These dazzling works bridge the centuries, embrace and renew artistic ancestry, and affirm the continuing relevance of a rich creative legacy. How can the same 12 notes of the chromatic scale be made to sound so different across six centuries?


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Monday, May 1, 2023 at 7:30pm

LONESOME ROADS, EPIC VISTAS

Juhi Bansal: Thirteen Moons (NY Premiere); Shawn Okpebholo: Fractured Water (NY Premiere); Kevin Puts: Arcana; Stacy Garrop: Postcards from Wyoming; Dan Visconti: Lonesome Roads



Brandon Patrick George, flute; Siwoo Kim and and Stephanie Zyzak, violins; Colin Brookes, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Michael Boriskin, piano


Five brilliant composers on real or imagined journeys across America’s vast, variegated landscape. The California desert’s arid, rocky terrain of sand, howling wind, and hidden life and history. The energy, fragility, and spiritual symbolism of the Chicago River, with water transformed into a musical instrument. The impossible beauty of an immense Hawaiian volcano, ringed with exotic birds and plants, gauzy clouds at the crater’s rim, meteor-like rock, and hardened lava. The mystical allure of the Western flatlands, prairies, native wildlife, and spectacular nightly displays of the stars and heavens in a sky free of city lights. Plus the many sounds encountered on a freewheeling drive across the U.S.


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Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm

CULTIVATE 2023

Closing concert of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, celebrating composers under 40

Program TBA [World Premieres]

 

Moran Katz, clarinet; Pala Garcia, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

 


The future is HERE! A pandemic-delayed 10th Anniversary celebration of Copland House’s acclaimed, annual emerging composers institute (directed by Grammy-nominated composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel), featuring six World Premieres by the 2023 CULTIVATE Fellows, commissioned by Copland House and written especially for this concert.



This program is sponsored by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation at the Graduate Center, CUNY and in partnership with Music from Copland House