The Clarice, University of Maryland – Virtuoso violinist Irina Muresanu will present her highly acclaimed solo recital program Four Strings Around the World at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on February 5, 2017 at 3.00 pm. The program will feature the newly commissioned pieces by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Shirish Korde. These two commissions – as well as an album to be released later this year on the Sono Luminus label – were a result of the 2016 Creative and Performing Arts Award awarded to Muresanu by the University of Maryland.
The recital will be a part of UMD’s 2016-17 Music in Mind concert series which presents premier faculty and guest artists in recital settings. This program’s audio/visual presentation is guest curated by UMD ethnomusicology professor Larry Witzleben.
About Four Strings Around the World:
Muresanu’s Four Strings Around the World is a compelling program celebrating the diversity of cultures around the world through the uniting voice of a single medium: the violin. The journey, designed by Irina Muresanu, starts in Europe with the fiddling buoyancy of pieces by Romanian, Russian and Irish composers (Enescu, Shchedrin and Flynn respectively) and two titanic pillars of the solo violin repertoire: Paganini’s Caprice no. 24 and the Bach Chaconne. The program continues sonic exploration through works of composers with musical roots in Persian (Reza Vali), Chinese (Bright Sheng) and Indian (Shirish Korde) cultures. Each of these pieces uses a different modal system, creating a wide variety of sound effects. After a brief detour in South America (via an Astor Piazzolla ”Tango Etude”), Four Strings visits North American sounds. (Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Mark O’Connor).
Muresanu will continue her endeavors to perform this program around the world, as well as commission new pieces and discover more repertoire for solo violin that evokes the spirit of a certain nation.
“Four Strings Around the World not only extends the superbly talented Muresanu in new directions, but offers a glimpse into variations of violin technique and approach that would only be gleaned by attending concerts in various country fairs, Irish pubs, campfire gatherings and parlors. The only thing these works had in common was a kind of magical virtuosity that Muresanu regaled the audience with in a most facile manner…” Cape Cod Times, July 2014
Boston Symphony members Sheila Fiekowsky, violin, Daniel Getz, viola, Oliver Aldort, cello, and Edwin Barker, double bass, will join Linda Toote, flute, and Catherine Hudgins, clarinet to perform Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s Toklo (Two) for American Indian Flute and Clarinet, Jennifer Higdon’s Soliloquy for Clarinet and String Quartet, Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, Antonín Dvořák’s Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 and Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina in two concerts of chamber music featuring American composers.
The first performance of the West Stockbridge Chamber Players will be held on May 26 at 6 pm at the 1854 Town Hall, a National Historic Register building, in a performance to benefit the West Stockbridge Historical Society. Seating is limited. Second Floor of the 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266. Tickets ($35) can be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org or available at local West Stockbridge merchants after May 1.
A second performance will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Newtons, 1310 Centre St, Newton Centre, MA 02459 on June 4th at 7 PM. Tickets available at www.newtonlutherans.org, $25 for adults $10 for students.
Words&Music, a Northern Virginia-based vocal chamber ensemble, presents innovative programs of classical and contemporary music. The group’s mission encompasses diverse programming, the commissioning of new music, and educational outreach programs. Now in its fifth season,Words&Music has commissioned award-winning Chickasaw Indian composer Jerod Tate to write an original, multimovement work for vocal quartet, piano, and chorus.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. After a performance of his Iholba’ (The Vision) for solo flute, orchestra and chorus, a work commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Tate was lauded by The Washington Post: “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experience was quite apparent in this piece…rarer still is his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” Mr. Tate’s compositions have been performed by leading orchestras throughout the United States.
Found Again, will feature settings of five poems by Joy Harjo. Ms. Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation, has been recognized for her poetry with numerous awards, most recently the academy of american Poets Wallace stevens award. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
The work will be premiered on April 8, 2016, in Loudoun County, Virginia, at a student workshop and performance in partnership with the Park View High School Music Department. Words&Music will present a second public performance of the work on April 9, 2016, at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, Virginia.
This project is made possible in part by funding from the Virginia commission for the arts and the National endowment for the arts.
Post Office Box 248 Great Falls,Virginia 22066-0248
Join composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate for an adventure in American Indian and Māori music. TALOA – which takes its name from the Chickasaw word for song – is a series exploring fascinating connections in the music of contemporary Māori and American Indian composers.
During this series of four sound-and-music-rich 2-hour programs, we’ll hear performances by Kiri Te Kanawa, Hilary Hahn, and the San Francisco Symphony. A collaboration between the WFMT Radio Network and Radio New Zealand Concert, TALOA is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and produced by David Schulman, creator of the award-winning “Musicians in their own Words” series.
This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast between October 26, 2015 and October 26, 2016.
Source: WMFT Radio Network
“Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s “Pisachi (Reveal)” at first juxtaposed musical serenity with aggressive drive as views of unspoiled nature were gradually populated, medicine before giving those working the land lyrical benefit of the doubt.”