MICHAEL LOWENSTERN, bass clarinet [September 29, 2016]
MICHAEL LOWENSTERN, widely considered one of the finest bass clarinetists in the world, has performed, recorded and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety. Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 23-year career. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording "In C Remixed" (featured on NPR's RadioLab), Michael Gordon's video opera "Chaos" and various dance works with David Lang. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including five solo recordings of his own.
He serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School and the Juilliard School. His diverse awards range from a Webby in 2009 for Pepsi's "Dear Mr. President" campaign to Second Prize at the International Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Competition back in 1991.
Lowenstern's time with the NewMusic Initiative will include:
Wednesday, Sept. 28
6pm (rm 105): Michael works with clarinetists in a Master Class setting
Thursday, Sept. 29
1pm (rm 110): "How music school prepares you for almost any career--even a musical one."
7:30pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): CONCERT!
Friday, September 30
11am (Recital Hall): Michael reads and records works-in-progress by student composers
2pm (Rm 200): more about Michael's musical ideas and creative process.
[September 29, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS [October 23-25, 2016]
Words by Gertrude Stein
Music by Virgil Thomson (composed 1927-28; premiered 1934)
Presented with ECU Opera Theatre
James Franklin, conductor
John Kramar, stage director
Eric Stellrecht, musical direction/chorus master
Jeffery Phipps, costume design
Erica Bolick, choreographer
Matthew Scully, set design
Scott Skiba, lighting design
Starring Caroline Miller, Christopher Short, Grace Ashley, Amanda Whitmore, Skylar McKee, Gina Marie Falk, Johnathon Spell, and James Taylor
Tickets $20.00 (General Admission), $15.00 (Faculty/Staff/Seniors), $5.00 (Student) Tickets are available at the door, or by calling the Central Ticket Office: Phone: 1-800-328-2787 (locally 328-4788)
[October 23-25, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm]
tickets available through ECU Arts
JULIA DEN BOER, piano [November 3, 2016]French-American pianist JULIA DEN BOER is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York City, she performs internationally and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has worked with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Ned Rorem, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.
Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation Award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the 9th annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES [November 11, 2016]
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The first of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Can't get here? Access a live stream here. Program to be announced.
[November 11, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
SHARON HARMS, soprano & STEVEN BECK, piano Praised as "superb," "luscious-toned," "extraordinarily precise and expressive," and "dramatically committed and not averse to risk" by the New York Times, SHARON HARMS is known for fearless performances and passionate interpretations of works new and old for the recital, concert, and operatic stage.
[January 26, 2017]
Ms. Harms has appeared as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and at June in Buffalo, L.A. Internat'l New Music Festival, Radcliffe Inst., Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Wellesley Composer's Conference, American Academy in Rome, and Resonant Bodies Festival.
American pianist STEVEN BECK continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists”, a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.
Highlights of the 2012-13 season include the American premiere of a piano etude by Charles Wuorinen, recordings of Carter’s late piano works for Bridge Records’ Carter series, and an appearance as soloist on the New York Philharmonic’s “Symphonic Sondheim” concert this spring. In addition, he again performed on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, and repeated his annual performance of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on Christmas Eve at the Barge; this has become a New York institution.
FREQUENCIES [February 16, 2017]
Frequencies is an ensemble created and directed entirely by students. These remarkable members of the ECU School of Music's community make programming decisions, form ensembles, rehearse and prepare works for performance. Frequencies is music's future blooming before our ears. Come hear what drives the next generation's musical interests and passions!
Program to be announced, and sure to bring wonderful surprises to your ears.
[February 16, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
ECU SYMPHONY [March 4, 2017]
Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring the winner of our 12th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition; as well as Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy, and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, with guest soloist Jami Rhodes.
[March 4, 2017 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]
MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE [March 18, 2017]
The MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE, a sextet comprised of five brass players and a percussionist, is America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Founded in 1987, with nine commercial CD releases, over fifty premieres, and performances on four continents and in forty-nine states, Meridian’s exciting and ambitious musical approach has changed the face of classical music.
Meridian Arts Ensemble has succeeded in bringing classical music to popular audiences. Consistently attracting a diverse audience base, the ensemble has worked tirelessly to keep the traditions of classical music alive, to spread the appeal of these traditions, and to revisit these traditions from a contemporary sensibility.
[March 18, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES [April 1, 2017]
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The second of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Can't get here? Access a live stream here. Program to be announced.
[April 1, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
ECU SINFONIETTA [April 2, 2017]
Directed by Scott Carter, the ECU Sinfonietta was formed to collaborate with, and premiere and record a NewMusic Initiative Commission by JAMES MOBBERLEY. Mobberley was chosen during the fall '14 semester by students who researched hundreds of composers before making their selection. During the spring '15 semester students learned about the commissioning process, and negotiating contract terms. The '15-'16 school year brought Jim to campus in the fall to hear our ensembles, and in the spring to share and hear initial sketches of his work.
We're excited to receive the complete work this fall ('16), and this NewMusic Initiative Commission will be premiered on this April 2 concert, directed by Scott Carter. Other works on the program will soon be announced.
[April 2, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
PREMIERE PERFORMANCES [April 20, 2017]
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The third of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Can't get here? Access a live stream here. Program to be announced.
[April 20, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]