Music of Paul Lansky, Hannah Lash, Astor Piazzolla, Geoff Sheil and Béla Bartók
Tangos, Horizons, Peasant Songs and a suite for a Tight Sweater (you’ve got to hear it!) give an eclectic musical treat to your Sunday afternoon!
ART loves presenting unusual instrument combinations that stir the imagination as Shuai Wang, Robert Nicholson, and Luke Rinderknecht present music for piano, cello and percussion.
Reception follows for all to meet and mingle.
~ P R O G R A M ~
Horizons (2009) [17:20]
Paul Lansky (b. 1944)
I. Up Close
II. Rough Edged
15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB79, Sz. 71 (1914-18) [13:21] Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)
Le Grand Tango, for Cello and Piano (1982) [11:25]
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
I. Tempo di Tango
II. Meno mosso
III. Più mosso
Mariel (2014) [10:58] version for cello and marimba
Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
Tight Sweater (2005) [18:00] for piano, cello and marimba
Marc Mellits (b. 1966)
I. Exposed Zipper
II. Trans Fatty Acid’s Rein
III. Mara’s Lullaby
IV. Pickle Trousers
V. Evil Yellow Penguin
VI. Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts
Osvaldo Golijov is known for his musical hybridity in combining the traditions of classical chamber, Jewish liturgical, and klezmer music with hints of the tango of Astor Piazzolla in his compositions, recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and the Vilcek Prize as well as two GRAMMY Awards in 2006: Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Composition for Ainadamar, released on Deutsche Grammophon. Has composed several compositions for soprano Dawn Upshaw over the past decade including the Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, the opera Ainadamar, the cycle Ayre, and a number of arrangements of popular and classical songs. In 2006, Lincoln Center presented a sold out festival entitled “The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov” featuring multiple performances of his works over the course of two months. Composed the soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth and the recently released Tetro, Carnegie Hall Debs Composer Chair, 2012–2013.
Recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Lansky has long been regarded as a revolutionary American composer in the medium of computer-generated sound. Beyond being a widely respected composer, Lansky was also a pioneer in using a technique developed for phone transmission, Linear Predictive Coding, for musical purposes. He also developed a language specifically for creating computer music called Cmix. Lansky’s newest commissions include The Long and Short of it (premiered Oct. 24, 2015), a wind quintet co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Springs (premiered September 16th, 2016), a percussion quartet commissioned for Sō Percussion by Chamber Music America. For Lansky, “Success means creating new ways of listening and hearing.” With his varied and uniquely experimental career, Lansky has reached a wide audience of listeners from all walks of life and has invited us all to pause, and listen intently to the world around us.
Composer Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year, making him one of the most performed living composers in the United States. From Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to prestigious music festivals in Europe and the US, Mellits’ music is a constant mainstay on programs throughout the world. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. Mellits’ music is often described as being visceral, making a deep connection with the audience. “This was music as sensual as it was intelligent; I saw audience members swaying, nodding, making little motions with their hands” (New York Press). He started composing very early, and was writing piano music long before he started formal piano lessons at age 6. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Cornell University, and Tanglewood. Mellits often is a miniaturist, composing works that are comprised of short, contrasting movements or sections. His music is eclectic, all-encompassing, colourful, and always has a sense of forward motion.
Dr. Shuai Wang is an accomplished concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the press for her “astute musical sensibilities”(Washington Times) and “extraordinary finesse” (Huffington Post), she has performed extensively in major venues throughout the United States, China and Europe. Her concert highlights include recitals at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Gardner Museum, Symphony Space, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, PianoForte Series, Phillips Collection and Buffalo Chamber Music Society. Dr. Wang has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China) and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She has given numerous solo recitals and masterclasses in China, Germany and Hungary. Radio broadcasts include WCLV 104.9 and WCPN 90.3 (Cleveland), WQXR 105 (New York), WNED 94.5 (Buffalo) and WKSU 89.7 (Kent State University). She has been featured on the Tianjin Daily Newspaper, Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine and ClevelandClassical.com.
Dr. Wang is an active chamber musician and has shared stages with prominent artists such as Caroline Goulding (Opus3 artist), Nitzan Haron (principal trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra), Stephen Lange (assistant principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony), Joela Jones (principal keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Sachs (principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra) and many others. She is an experienced orchestral keyboardist (has performed with the Canton Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Orchestra). Recently she has substituted with The Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Ton Koopman, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta and Robert Moody of Columbus Symphony.
Born in Tianjin, China, Dr. Wang came with full scholarship to the United States at age fourteen to study piano at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She then continued her training at the Cleveland Institute of Music, eventually earning duel Master’s degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano, an artistic diploma in collaborative piano and a doctorate degree in piano performance. Her teachers and mentors include Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Joela Jones, Anita Pontremoli and Victoria Mushkatkol.
Dr. Wang is founder and artist director for the Ars Futura Ensemble, a mixed-chamber, new music ensemble comprised of strings, winds, piano and percussion. The ensemble has toured Baltimore and Philadelphia, commissioned and premiered new works, conducted outreach programs with ORCHkids (Baltimore) and collaborated with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony. She was also co-founder and former artistic director of Classical Revolution Cleveland.
Dr. Wang is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians. She has given masterclasses at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, Butler University, Washington and Lee University, Chongqing Normal University, Shanghai University and Tianjin Conservatory of Music. She has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and New England Summer Camp. Her music can be heard on Naxos Records. www.pianoshuai.com
Cleveland-based cellist Robert Nicholson holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, teaches privately and as a coach for various school programs, is a member of the Erie Philharmonic and Ohio Valley Symphony, and is in frequent demand by orchestras across the region. Robert is a member of guitar-violin-cello trio Time Canvas (timecanvasensemble.org), which specializes in early music, new music, and improvisation, and lives and performs in the Cleveland area and beyond. Other current and past projects include concerts (and many premieres) with new music ensembles FiveOne Experimental Orchestra and Blue Streak Ensemble; classical piano trio Brahms’s Ghost, which had its inaugural performances last March in Cleveland and Detroit; concerts and lecture recitals with the Mauthe String Quartet, formed with the central purpose of engaging and enriching unreached areas of the Cleveland community; and festival and recital appearances in Austria, Hungary, England, Finland, and Thailand.
Luke Rinderknecht is a percussionist from Cleveland, where he performs with the chamber music groups Ars Futura, No Exit New Music Ensemble, and Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble. He is also Principal Timpanist of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has performed both of Avner Dorman’s double percussion concertos, Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, and Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!. He has performed on four continents with ensembles including Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Qatar Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, St Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Virginia and West Virginia Symphonies, Alarm Will Sound, Metropolis Ensemble, and others. Luke was the chosen percussionist for Lorin Maazel’s production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at his home theater in Castleton, VA, both of the times he produced it there. Luke performed on three recordings for Sony Classical with the chamber orchestra The Knights, and in multiple recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic, including the double grammy award winning recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man. As a high school student he made his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra playing Creston’s Marimba Concerto, thereafter attending The Juilliard School where he received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. He remained at Juilliard for five more years managing the chamber music program and two new music groups: New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM. Since 2010 Luke has been on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he performs and teaches every summer.