FOUR PORTRAITS OF A VISIONARY
WORKS BY THE COMPOSER AND HIS CIRCLE
at Cary Hall, DiMenna Center, 450 W. 37th, NYC
Presented by the Stefan Wolpe Society, assisted by the Roger Shapiro Fund
THE VIOLIN IN STEFAN’S LIFEMonday, May 11, 8PM
Wolpe: Second Piece for Violin Alone
Tagore Songs from “Gitanjali”
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Martin Brody: (G) Corona, for piano
Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life 3 (1970)
Andy Laster: String Trio No. 1 (2011)
Raoul Pleskow: Zwei Albumblätter for saxophone
Movses Pogossian, violin; Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello; Andy Laster, saxophone; Anne Chamberlain, Susan Grace, Joel Sachs, Cheryl Seltzer, piano. Commentary by Austin Clarkson.
$20, $10 (Students, Seniors); (212) 873-3258, www.wolpe.org
Monday, May 11 the Stefan Wolpe Society presents the final concert of its 2014-15 series STEFAN WOLPE – Four Portraits of a Visionary. The concert takes place at 8 PM, Cary Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W.37th St.
The series features major works performed by distinguished musicians, some of whom actually had the privilege of performing Wolpe’s music and rehearsing with him before his death in 1972. Works have been selected from all stages of his life, reflecting his unique life saga and his engagement with diverse creative innovators and multiple social and cultural currents.
The title of the May 11 evening borrows from Wolpe’s student Morton Feldman’s “The Viola in my Life” series, of which the third piece will be heard in this concert. For Wolpe the solo violin was what he turned to for landmark works throughout his life. Violinist Movses Pogossian joins us from California to perform the Sonata for Violin and Piano (1949) and Second Piece for Violin Alone (1966), celebrating his recent CD of Wolpe’s violin music issued by Bridge Records. The Sonata is a pinnacle of Wolpe’s first decade in the U.S. and his experimental years working toward a more abstract musical space and language, a counterpart of the work of abstract expressionist painters he befriended.
A very unusual work by Wolpe, Settings from “Gitanjali” of Rabindranath Tagore (1926) for low voice and piano will be given its U.S. Premiere, and part of the work even a world Premiere! The only existing manuscript suffered damage in a fire in
Wolpe’s New York apartment shortly before his death and has recently been reconstructed.
As with the previous Portraits in this series, Wolpe’s influence as mentor and teacher will be reflected in selected students and colleagues. In addition to his student Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life 3 (1970), Wolpe’s disciple and former colleague at C.W. Post College, Raoul Pleskow will be represented by Zwei Albumblätter (2008) for alto saxophone. Martin Brody, President of The Wolpe Society and author of essays on Wolpe, who as a student composer had a life-changing consultation with Wolpe shortly before his death, will be heard in a piano piece, (G) Corona (1998). And as a second-generation legacy, doctoral student of Wolpe’s last student Matthew Greenbaum, Andy Laster has been greatly inspired by Wolpe, and will have his String Trio performed.
Artists are Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Movses Pogossian and Jennifer Choi, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello; Andy Laster, alto saxophone; Anne Chamberlain, Susan Grace, Joel Sachs, Cheryl Seltzer, piano. Commentary will be by Wolpe scholar Austin Clarkson.
Previous Concerts in the Series:
DIZZYING DIALECTICS AND A TOWERING MASTERPIECE
Thursday, October 23, 8PM
Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts for Flute & Piano
Passacaglia, for piano
Piece in Two Parts for Violin Alone
Ursula Mamlok: Above Clouds
Ralph Shapey: Four Etudes
Momenta Quartet; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Jayn Rosenfeld, flute; David Holzman, Cheryl Seltzer, piano; commentary by Austin Clarkson
THE NEW YORK NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE plays Wolpe and Feldman
Monday, December 15, 8:30PM, Tenri, 43 W. 13th, NYC
Wolpe: From Here On Farther, Oboe Quartet.
Feldman: Extensions 1, Why Patterns
$20, $10 (Students, Seniors); (917) 592-4037, www.nynme.org
THE QUEST FOR A NEW LANGUAGE
Wednesday, January 7, 8PM
Wolpe: Suite im Hexachord
Battle Piece, for piano
Award-winning director Jayne Parker’s films of pianist Katharina Wolpe performing her father’s music.
“Thinking Twice” (1997)
Piece of Embittered Music, from Zemach Suite
Displaced spaces, Studies, Part I
Form for Piano
“Stationary Music” (2001)
commentary by Jayne Parker and Austin Clarkson
Matthew Greenbaum: “You Crack Me Up”
Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo-soprano; ToniMarie Marchioni, oboe;
Moran Katz, clarinet; David Holzman, Margaret Kampmeier, piano