12-26 Bang on a Can & Season Highlights

Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival focuses on new and adventurous contemporary music. For three weeks each summer, performers and composers alike head to the industrial heart of the Berkshires collaborate on, create and perform new music pieces. The festival is hosted at the Massachusetts Musuem of Contemporary Art and culminates with an incredible six hour concert in the museum. Known for its spirit of originality and experimentation, the festival concentrates on developing talented young musicians who are not afraid to play outside the box. This year’s festival included classes in improvisation techniques, an Orchestra of Original Instruments by Mark Stewart and an African dancing and drumming rhythm seminar by Nani Agbeli. Guest faculty over the years has included Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and Meredith Monk.  Learn more here: http://bangonacan.org/

We hope you enjoy this unique show which includes various season highlights from the 2012 season of America’s Music Festivals. In addition to the incredible music of Bang on a Can, this show mixes some old music with the new – with beautiful pieces from a Chamber Music Cruise run by Travel Dynamics International. Other highlights from the season include a broadcast of the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor from Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, Susan Graham singing “Ombra Mai Fu” from Eastern Music Festival, and Time for Three playing Ranaan Meyer’s Of Time and Three Rivers at Indiana University’s Summer Music Festival. Enjoy!

More information about the Chamber Music cruise can be found at: http://www.traveldynamicsinternational.com/.


JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2
Telemann: Fantasie No. 2 in A Minor for flute
Golijov: Tenebrae
Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano: 2a, 3c
Ghys: Soli
Twining: Eurydice, tr. 1
Aphex Twin: Four
Glass: Closing
David Lang: For Love is Strong
Gordon: Every Stop on the F Train
Wolfe: Dark Full Ride Part 1
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: I
Handel: Ombra Mai Fu, from Serse
Meyer: Of Time and Three Rivers

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Selected Artist Biographies

Alarm will Sound

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for “the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century.” Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the London Financial Times and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is “the future of classical music” and “the very model of a modern music chamber band.”

The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, arch-modernist to pop-influenced. The group fosters close relationships with contemporary composers and has commissioned and premiered pieces by Steve Reich, David Lang, Anthony Gatto, Cenk Ergün, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, Stefan Freund, Wolfgang Rihm, Payton MacDonald, John Orfe, Gavin Chuck, Dennis DeSantis, and Caleb Burhans.

Alarm Will Sound may be heard on five recordings. a/rhythmia, their latest release on Nonesuch, is an eclectic mix of rhythmically complex music by Benedict Mason, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Mochipet, Johannes Ciconia, Conlon Nancarrow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Josquin des Prez, and Autechre. Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. This unique project taps the diverse talents within the group, from the many composers who made arrangements of the original tracks, to the experimental approaches developed by the performers.

Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz and popular styles, early music, and world musics, they bring intelligence and a sense of adventure to all their performances. Website: www.alarmwillsound.com.

Tara Helen O’Connor
Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a member of the virtuoso woodwind quintet Windscape, the chamber ensemble Andalucian Dogs and is the flute soloist of the Bach Aria Group. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was the first wind player chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society Two program. Her recent performances include collaborations with Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw, David Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has appeared on Live from Lincoln Center and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

Daniel Phillips
Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. Mr. Phillips has performed as soloist with many of the country’s leading symphonies, including Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio and Yakima. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake Music Festival, and the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England. He has also been serving on the summer faculties of the Banff Centre, Heifetz Institute, and the Colorado College Music Festival. He is a member of the renowned Bach Aria Group, and has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY, with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Ida Kavafian
Internationally acclaimed as a violist as well as violinist, Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. She performs as a soloist; in recital with her sister, Ani; as a guest with ensembles such as the Guarneri, Orion, and American string quartets; and as artistic director of music for Angel Fire in New Mexico. She is also on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kavafian has premiered numerous works, including concerti by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty; has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, as well as fiddler/composer Mark O’Connor; and had a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. Cofounder of the group Tashi, Ms. Kavafian also cofounded the piano quartet Opus One.
Born in Istanbul of Armenian parentage, she is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. She made her debut under Young Concert Artists with the pianist Peter Serkin.
Ms. Kavafian joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1998.

Steven Tenenbom
Violist Steven Tenenbom has established a distinguished career as a chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and teacher. He has worked with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artist Chick Corea, and appeared as guest artist with such eminent ensembles as the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trios, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble throughout the United States and Japan. His festival credits include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, June Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado. A recipient of the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music award and a former member of the Galimir Quartet, he is currently a member of the renowned group TASHI and the piano quartet OPUS ONE. Mr. Tenenbom is on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, The Bard College Conservatory of Music and New York’s Mannes College of Music. He has recorded on RCA Records with TASHI and the Guarneri String Quartet, and can also be heard on the Arabesque, Delos, ECM, Marlboro Recording Society and Sony Classical labels.

Eric Kim
Eric Kim has a diverse career performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Middle and Far East as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. Having made his solo debut at age fifteen with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kim was a featured soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on its critically acclaimed tour of the Far East, and has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San Diego. Kim has collaborated with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Paavo Jarvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Sergiu Comissiona, and Lawrence Foster, and has appeared in recital in the cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He served as Principal Cello of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1989-2009, and has also held Principal Cello positions with the San Diego and Denver symphonies.

William Hobbs
Mr. Hobbs has worked at many of the world’s major opera houses in repertoire ranging from Handel to the European avant-garde. He has assisted conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Robert Spano, Richard Bonynge, Donald Runnicles, and many others. He has worked closely with singers such as Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Karita Mattila, Lauren Flanigan, Olga Borodina, Frederica von Stade, Sonia Ganassi, Roberto Alagna, Frank Lopardo, Paul Groves, Placido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sam Ramey and Kurt Moll. Mr. Hobbs devotes a large part of his time to work with young singers. He is a Senior Coach of the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and serves on the coaching staff of the Juilliard Opera Center. He has been invited to perform with the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal in a series of concerts as pianist and harpsichordist. He is currently working in Chicago as Assistant Conductor under Sir Andrew Davis for Lyric Opera’s production of Der Ring des Niebelungen.

Jamie Jordan
Jamie Jordan is a versatile musician from Downers Grove, Illinois who specializes in 20th & 21st century classical music. Miss Jordan earned degrees in Jazz Studies, Opera Performance, & Music Education; she has sung and taught throughout the Midwest, Arizona, Florida, New York & Washington. While living in Arizona, Jamie worked/recorded regularly with renowned jazz pianist/composer Chuck Marohnic. Past performance venues include the Brooklyn Museum (for the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s chamber music series), Bruno Walter Auditorium (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts), Carnegie Hall, The Harvard Club, The Liederkranz Foundation, Miller Theater (Columbia University), & Symphony Space. Miss Jordan has performed one-woman cabaret shows at Rose’s Turn and the role of Romilda (Xerxes) with Lyric Opera (Arizona) and at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Jamie has also sung on numerous pre-concert lectures for the New York Philharmonic. Currently, Jamie is Associate Lecturer in voice for the musical theatre department at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Alejandro Acierto
Alejandro T. Acierto is a clarinetist, composer, and multimedia artist whose innovative work in contemporary music, performance art, and installation has led Time-Out New York to call him a “maverick” of new music. As a composer and sound/installation artist, Acierto embraces a trans-media aesthetic integrating music, sound, performance art, and installation based on historical narratives and people’s stories. His works have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, ThingNY, and Loadbang and his installations have been shown at the Arts in Bushwick SITEFEST. His work stolen synthesis no. 1 has also been published by Trifecta Publishing for their premiere art box edition and he has attended residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Banff Centre in Canada. Acierto is also a founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago) and plays with Loadbang and thingNY in New York, all of whom are committed to performing and creating new works by young emerging composers as well as works by contemporary masters.

Alissa Cheung
Winner of the 2009 Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and runner-up in the 2009 Shean String Competition, Alissa Cheung began playing the violin at the age of four. In Edmonton, she studied with Marian Moody, Ranald Shean and Broderyck Olson. After attaining a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2007, Ms. Cheung began musical studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University with Thomas Williams. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in Violin Performance and began a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ani Kavafian. Ms. Cheung has held principal violin positions in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2001, 2002), the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (2008), and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (2008). She has also served as concertmistress for the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (2010), the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alberta Academy Strings, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and the Opera Nuova Orchestra.

Elizabeth Lee
Originally hailing from New York, cellist Elizabeth Sook-Hee Lee has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Lee is a recent DMA graduate in Cello Performance from the University of Texas -Butler School of Music in Austin, Texas studying with the Miró Quartet cellist Josh Gindele. She began cello studies at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division with Andre Emelianoff. Lee continued her studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (BM) studying with Norman Fischer and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM Chamber Music) studying with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Her principal teachers have also included Timothy Eddy, Hyung-Won Chang, and Michael Kannen. Lee was a prize-winner in the Yonkers Enrico Fermi Concerto Competition resulting in a performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a recent winner of the University of Texas- Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. Lee has also performed as a chamber musician and recitalist in both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Toby Twining Ensemble
Raised in Texas, with family roots in country-swing and gospel, Toby Twining has traveled musically from playing for rock and jazz bands to composing and performing experimental music for voices with a fresh approach to harmony. He moved to New York in 1987, initially writing for modern dance choreographers who wanted the sounds of a new choral music. In 1991 he started Toby Twining Music, which performed in music halls and festivals across the United States and Europe. Twining’s instrumental music has been recorded by pianist Margaret Leng Tan and cellist Matt Haimovitz. He was a 2003 Pew Fellow, co-founder of Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro, and is a 2011 Guggenheim recipient.

Bang on a Can All-Stars
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today.

Ars Nova Copenhagen
Ars Nova Copenhagen is widely recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe. Founded in 1979, the ensemble today is busier than ever. In addition to its annual season of concerts in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the ensemble regularly appears across Europe, and in North and South America. At the heart of Ars Nova Copenhagen’s work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Some programs explore the cross-currents between the two, while others form detailed portraits of individual composers or genres within a given period.

Talujon Percussion Quartet
Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of new works for percussion quartet.


Young People’s Chorus of New York
For more than two decades, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City has provided children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and humanity that enriches the community. Founded by Artistic Director and 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Francisco J. Núñez in 1988, YPC has become one of the most celebrated and influential youth choruses in the world, performing around the globe, releasing acclaimed recordings from across the musical spectrum, and collaborating with many of the most highly regarded composers, performers, and organizations of our time. This February YPC partners with Carnegie Hall in a three-day Transient Glory Symposium, based on its groundbreaking, 10-year commissioning program encompassing more than 60 new works for youth chorus by composers that include Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, and MacArthur “genius” grant winners. It regularly collaborates with countless other artists and institutions, which include American Public Media, American Ballet Theatre, Bang on a Can, the Kronos Quartet, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, and The New York Pops.