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Da Capo Chamber Players
Crossing the Musical Waters To Italy
May 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20
In a program dedicated to Laura Flax, longtime ensemble member, Da Capo Chamber Players salutes innovative Italian composers, juxtaposing their works with pieces by Americans who have been influenced or intrigued by them or by Italy.
Core Da Capo members Patricia Spencer, flutist, Curtis Macomber, violinist, Meighan Stoops, clarinetist, Chris Gross, cellist and Steven Beck, pianist will be joined by guest soprano Lucy Shelton for this uplifting and memorable performance.
When & where
Monday May 1, 2017 @ 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street
Laura Flax (b. July 27, 1952; d. March 12, 2017) started playing the clarinet in band class and soon found it to be a perfect fit, as she felt its sound to be as close to a human voice as an instrument can be. She began her studies at Juilliard at 16, in Pre-College, and while she was there, she became incredibly dedicated to new and contemporary music, a passion that continued throughout her career. After graduating Juilliard, Flax spent 20 years as a member of the Da Capo Chamber Players, during which time she played more than 100 premieres, including works by Joan Tower, Shulamit Ran, Philip Glass, and Elliott Carter.
This program features two works which were premiered when Laura Flax was a Da Capo Chamber Players member: Di Vivere by Chester Biscardi; and Rilke Song by Stephen Albert. Other works on the program include: O King by Luciano Berio; Lo spazio inverso by Salvatore Sciarrino; Thickly Settled by David Rakowski; Triquetra by Arlene Zallman; To the Spirit Unappeased and Peregrine by Harvey Sollberger; and Secret Ground by Judith Shatin.
Luciano Berio O King (1968)
Salvatore Sciarrino Lo spazio inverso (1985)
Chester Biscardi Di Vivere* (1981)
David Rakowski Thickly Settled (2011)
Arlene Zallman Triquetra (2000)
Harvey Sollberger To the Spirit Unappeased and Peregrine (1998)
Judith Shatin Secret Ground (1991)
Stephen Albert Rilke Song* (1991)
*Written for the Da Capo Chamber Players
Da Capo is an American contemporary music "Pierrot ensemble" founded in 1970. It has been in residence at Bard College for over three decades, and since 2006 has been Ensemble in Residence with the Composition Program of the Bard College Bitό Conservatory of Music. It is also a presenter partner of Composers Now. Through the years, many themes have been a part of Da Capo’s identity, as have been long standing collaborations with many brilliant composers. In tour concerts and mini-residencies across the country, Da Capo works with young composers everywhere, giving them opportunities to try out things with highly experienced virtuoso performers as well as recordings (often award-winning!) of their works. In May 2012, the Naumburg Foundation invited Da Capo to premiere works by their first ever composition winners. National Public Radio named Da Capo’s CD, Chamber Music of Chinary Ung on Bridge Records, as one of the 5 Best Contemporary Classical CDs of the year in 2010.