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New York City: Sylvan Winds World Premiere at TENRI on March 29, 2007
By Svjetlana Kabalin | Published  03/9/2007 | Events , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Performance of Sylvan Winds at TENRI
Sylvan Winds World Premiere at TENRI

March 2, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SYLVAN WINDS PREMIERE NEW QUINTET BY COMPOSER ROBERT DICK
AT THE TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE (43A West 13th Street)
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007 at 7:30 PM

The SYLVAN WINDS
Svjetlana KABALIN, flute; Alexandra KNOLL, oboe; Amy ZOLOTO, clarinet; Thomas SEFCOVIC, bassoon; Zohar SCHONDORF, horn

PROTEST AND PASSION

Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
Robert Dick (b.1950)
Robert Martin (b.1952)
Dimitri Shostakovich (1903-1963)
(arr. by M. Popkin)
Ballad
Startling Stories (2007) **
From the Green Mountains, Through the Mist & Summer Quiescence
String Quartet No.8 in c minor, Op.110


Ticket prices for the concert are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

For further program information and reservations, please call or fax 212 / 222-3569.

This program marks the world premire of Robert Dicks STARTLING STORIES, made possible by a consortium commission grant from Meet the Composer. The work will also be performed by Vento Chiaro in Boston and the Sierra Winds in Nevada later this year.

Henry COWELL (1897-1965) Born in California, Cowell was an energetic, eclectic and innovative composer, exploring and incorporating unusual and exotic instruments in traditional and non-traditional forms. An ardent supporter of new music, he was the first American composer to tour the USSR in 1929 and was a friend and champion of Charles Ives. Also an author, he founded the New Music Edition to disseminate modern music. A member of the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Columbia University in New York City, John Cage, Lou Harrison and George Gershwin were among his pupils.

Robert DICK (b. 1950) STARTLING STORIES was commissioned by a Meet the Composer consortium grant. Robert Dick is internationally recognized as a composer, performer and improvisor. The acknowledged master of the contemporary flute, he has revolutionized the soundworld of the instrument. His book, THE OTHER FLUTE, is used by composers and performers worldwide. He has performed solo recitals of his music throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Professionally composing since 1973, he has earned wide recognition and is one of only two Americans ever to be awarded both Composers Fellowships (twice) and a Solo Recitalist Grant by the N.E.A. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the city of Zurich, and the Philharmonie in Cologne among others. His chamber music has been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, Flute Force, New Winds, the A.D.D. Trio, Tambastics and other ensembles in the United States and Europe.

Robert MARTIN (b. 1952) Born in Hagerstown, MD, Robert Martin began composing at age 10 and wrote his first works for orchestra and concert band in high school. A student of Robert Hall Lewis, he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 1976, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Charles Ives Scholarship for outstanding music composition and in 1979 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna. His travels took him to Istanbul and to Israel where he lived in a Kibbutz outside Nahariyha. Returning to New York in 1980, he turned his attention to Wall Street, becoming a Senior Vice President in a leading investment firm, and serving as a financial advisor to the City of New York. His office was on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center. In his career in finance, he worked primarily on financing structures for hospitals and universities. He continued to compose, particularly on long trips and after his retirement in the early nineties, he traveled extensively to Asia. In 1999 he was a recipient of the Japan-U.S. Creative Artist Fellowship and spent six months living and traveling throughout Japan. Robert Martins music is published by the Theodore Presser Company and is recorded on the Furious Artisans and CRI record labels.

Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH
(1903-1963) Perhaps the quartet most often performed, it was composed in 1960 after a visit to the completely devastated city of Dresden. There are many personal allusions and programmatic elements in the music of his 8th String Quartet. The signature motive opening the work is created from the composer's own initials ascribed to German pitch names (d -cb-c-b), that are used imitatively and to close the work. There are no separate movements, but the fourth section is based on a political prisoners' song, "Tortured by Hard Misfortunes" and uses the dreaded triple knocks at the door by the Soviet secret police, the KGB. There are also quotations from Shostakovich's other works: the opera Lady Macbeth of Mzensk District, the First and Fifth Symphonies, while the melody appearing in the second section is a Jewish theme also used in his 1944 Piano Trio. In the composers own words, "I think, if we speak of musical impressions, that Jewish folk music has made a most powerful impression on me. I never tire of delighting in it, its multifaceted, it can appear to be happy while it is tragic. Its always laughter through tears....This quality of Jewish folk music is close to my ideas of what music should be." This version was arranged for wind quintet by Mark Popkin, a member of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and professor of bassoon at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Hailed by the New York Times for "its venturesomeness of programming and stylishness of performance," the ensemble has performed throughout the tri-state area, and has toured both domestically and abroad. The Sylvan Winds has established a reputation as one of the city's most versatile chamber music ensembles and was invitated to perform at the New York Governor's Arts Awards. Dedicated to exploring the entire body of literature for wind instruments, the ensemble has consistently earned audience and critical acclaim. In a concert at Weill Recital Hall, The New York Times wrote, "The work was beautifully executed .... Indeed, throughout the evening the musicians showed themselves able to think, breathe and enter as one."

The final performance by the SYLVAN WINDS this season will take place at Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 8:00 PM with a program of works for "Winds & Brass" including Fedor Kabalin, Divertimento, Op. 7; Chavez, Soli I; Varese, Octandre; and Eugene Bozza, Four Movements for septet.

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