2018-19 ...DREAM IN COLOR
Are your dreams vivid and complex? Do they linger or vanish ? Jacaranda’s 16th season …dream in color offers six uniquely curated musical escapes. Some are subtle and nuanced, others bold and brash! With heightened awareness…dream in color.
October 20, 2018
Dylan Mattingly - Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field (2015; LA Premiere)
Kathleen Supové, piano
Making her Jacaranda debut, one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, Kathleen Supové tackles Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field, an epic 24-movement piano cycle by Dylan Mattingly. The cycle interlaces the four seasons with rituals, dances and portraits of the heroes Achilles and Hector, Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. Blogger Patrick Vaz wrote of the premiere, “From the chiming gamelan-like opening Invocation to the final Last Spring, the time actually flew by. It all felt like a single coherent piece, despite the many small sections and the variety of styles... In keeping with the title, much of the music is bounding, athletic, youthful, with moments of quieter reflection and suggested loss.” Known for her innovative Exploding Piano concerts, The New York Times said, "What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed."
Sunday, February 3, 2019 4:00pm
Pavel Haas - String Quartet No. 2 “From the Monkey Mountains” (1925)
Georg Friedrich Haas - String Quartet No. 2 (1998)
Jörg Widmann - String Quartet No. 3 “The Hunt” (2003)
Three quartets will foreshadow the Mahler Sixth Symphony – from the future. Pavel Haas, student of Leos Janacek, died in Auschwitz, but his quartet “From the Monkey Mountains” was inspired by a popular tourist spot in the Twenties. The rarely performed original version with a drum kit tapped into his fascination with Jazz after WWI. Seven decades later, Austria’s Georg Friedrich Haas says of his Second Quartet, “Tradition shines through again and again, but it appears as something lost, distant, clouded poised on the edge of abandon and dread.” In his 2003 quartet “The Hunt,” the Berlin-based German composer Jörg Widmann repeatedly quotes a motif by Schumann that the obsessive Romantic composer often quoted in his works. Founded in 2008, the LA Times described the Lyris Quartet as "radiant…exquisite... and powerfully engaged.” This concert will have no intermission. A dinner break will follow at approximately 5:15. The Sanctuary Series conversation will begin at 6:45
Sunday, February 3, 2019 7:30pm
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" (1904) (4-hands arr. Zemlinsky)
Inna Faliks & Daniel Schlosberg, piano
Gustav Mahler’s compelling Sixth Symphony – like the sprawling Seventh, one of his lesser known – is subtitled “Tragic.” Given his public struggles with anti-Semitism, some think the 1904 symphony sees into the calamitous future –– a premonition. More personally, the promiscuity of his wife Alma is a subtext that anticipates notorious future affairs. He dedicated the rapturous adagio to her. Mahler’s friend, composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (and one of Alma’s lovers), made a piano four hands reduction to increase access to the daring new work. Of their National Gallery of Art debut performance of the work The Washington Post said, Inna Faliks and Daniel Schlossberg “offered a highly personal and subjective reading, full of shifts in color and tempo, with individual passages brimming with character.” Jacaranda will add percussion from the full score: Mahler’s critically important hammer blows and the atmospheric cowbells to enhance the concert hall experience. This 75-minute symphony will be performed without intermission.
March 23, 2019
Florence Price - Piano Sonata (1932)
William Grant Still - Ennanga (1958)
George Walker - Lyric for string quartet (1946)
Duke Ellington - "Single Petal of a Rose" from The Queen’s Suite (1958)
"A New World A-Comin'" (1945; arr. Scott Dunn world premiere)
Lyris Quartet; Althea Waites, Christopher Taylor, piano; Allison Bjorkendal, harp; Mr. Dunn, conductor
Lyris Quartet will play the original version of Lyric, the late 96-year old George Walker’s most often performed work. This haunting music by the first Black composer to receive a Pulitzer Prize will be surrounded by composers who joined his quest for recognition and success. Florence Price (1887-1953) has received extensive favorable ink in The New Yorker and the New York Times. Pianist Althea Waites prepared a performing edition to record the Price Piano Sonata in 1993. She will join the Lyris Quartet and a harpist in William Grant Still’s Ennanga. On her championship of Still’s music, Ann Arbor News hailed her as “a pianist who is blessed with a profound musicality." Waites will perform Ellington’s exquisite tone poem “Single Petal of a Rose’ inspired by his meeting Queen Elizabeth in 1958. A new version of Ellington’s one-movement piano concerto New World A-Comin’ will close the program featuring pianist Christopher Taylor conducted and arranged by Scott Dunn.
April 13, 2019
STAY ON IT!
Lukas Foss - Solo for piano (1982)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973)
James Tenney - Three Pieces for Drum Quartet (1974-75)
1. Wake for Charles Ives
2. Hocket for Henry Cowell
3. Crystal Canon for Edgard Varese
Frederic Rzewski - De Profundis (1994)
Scott Dunn, piano; MB Gordy, Sidney Hopson, Dustin Donohue, TJ Troy, percussion; Adam Tendler, piano; Zanaida Robles, voice
The recent emergence of Julius Eastman (1940-90) has caused a re-thinking the roots of American minimalism and the history of Black classical music, as well as a fresh look at the milieu from which Eastman emerged: the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo. Founded by Lukas Foss, this hotbed of creativity attracted James Tenney from the Fluxus scene in New York, and Frederic Rzewski from Italy. Solo piano music by Foss performed by Scott Dunn, and Rzewski performed by Adam Tendler will bracket ensemble works by Eastman and Tenney. Dunn, a Jacaranda regular since 2005, recorded Foss’s Solo under the composer’s supervision. Celebrating Rzewski’s 80th birthday, Tendler will perform his setting for “speaking pianist” of Oscar Wilde’s open letter from prison to Lord Alfred Douglas. Tendler returns to LA after three sold out John Cage concerts at the Broad Museum.
May 25, 2019
Witold Lutoslawski - Five Dance Preludes (1954)
Mauricio Kagel - Piano Trio No. 3 (2007)
Alban Berg - Four pieces (1913)
Wolfgang Mozart - Quintet in E-flat K 452 (1784)
Gloria Cheng, piano; Michele Zukovsky, clarinet; Alyssa Park, violin; Tim Loo, cello; David Kaplan, piano; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Mauricio Kagel’s last important work condensed his dramatic world to a masterful piano trio. The Argentine-born German poignantly remembered such 18th century composers as Mozart while spinning a dream of farewell. For this valedictory work Lyris Quartet members will join pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, hailed by the LA Times for his “monster technique,” Making his Jacaranda debut, pianist David Kaplan will lead oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in Mozart’s landmark quintet. Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous by The New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire.” The highly acclaimed former LA Phil principal clarinetist Michelle Zukovsky will partner with pianist Gloria Cheng for a classic pair of 20th century duos: Alban Berg’s expressionist Four Pieces, and Witold Lutoslawski’s extrovert Dance Preludes. A Jacaranda perennial since the first season, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng recently added an Emmy award for her local PBS documentary Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano.
Jacaranda’s 15th season, explored conscience and consciousness with six program ideas: environment, power, solidarity, sensuality, science, and identity.
October 21, 2017
Lou Harrison – Varied Quintet for violin, harp, harpsichord, bells, & percussion (1987)
Yuri Inoo, percussion; Aron Kallay, harpsichord; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; T.J. Troy, percussion
Ben Johnston – String Quartet No 9 (1988)
Steven Stucky – Album Leaves (2002)
Gloria Cheng, piano
Stucky – Two Holy Sonnets of John Donne (1982)
Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Carolyn Hove, oboe; Ms. Cheng, piano
Philip Glass – Symphony No. 3 (1995)
Lyris Quartet; Alma Fernandez, viola; Charlie Tyler, cello
Environment: Exotic tunings combatted equal temperament in the season opener. Microtonal pioneers Harrison and Johnston were featured. Lyris Quartet debuted Johnston’s Quartet No. 9. Alto Peabody Southwell, oboist Carolyn Hough, and pianist Gloria Cheng remember Stucky.
November 18, 2017
Noon to Midnight/Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mark Grey – Fantasmagoriana (world premiere)
Sara Andon, flute; Claire Brazeau, oboe; James Sullivan, clarinet; Anthony Parnther, bassoon; Allen Fogle, horn; Steve Suminski, trombone; Sidney Hopson, percussion; Alyssa Park, Sarah Thornblade, violins; Diana Wade, viola; Tim Loo, cello; Eric Shetzen, bass; Don Crockett, conductor
Dylan Mattingly – Three Choruses from The Bakkhai (2013)
Holly Sedillos, Suzanne Waters, Zanaida Robles, sopranos; Luc Kleiner, baritone; Claire Brazeau, Breana Gilcher, oboes; Tim Loo, cello; Eric Shetzen, bass; Aron Kallay, synthesizer; Sidney Hopson, MB Gordy, percussion; Andreas Levisianos, conductor
Power: November 18 at Disney Hall, Greek drama clashed with literature’s original dark universe – by two John Adams protégés: Mark Grey and Dylan Mattingly.
January 20, 2017
Frederick Rzewski – The People United Will Never be Defeated (1975)
Inna Faliks, piano
Julius Eastman – Gay Guerilla (1980)
Daniel Schlosberg, Louise Thomas, Billy Childs & Scott Dunn, piano
Solidarity: The epic protest classic The People United Will Never Be Defeated by Frederick Rzewski, and LA premiere of Gay Guerilla by Julius Eastman were performed by pianist Inna Faliks, and friends, to observe Inauguration Day.
February 24, 2018
Andre Jolivet – Chant de Linos (1944)
Rachel Beetz, flute; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Alyssa Park, violin, Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello
Eric Tanguy – Sonata for Two Violins (1999)
Alyssa Park & Shalini Vijayan, violins
Olivier Messiaen – Oiseaux Exotiques (1956)
Aron Kallay, piano; Jonathan Hepfer, glockenspiel; Dustin Donohue, xylophone
Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra
Messiaen – La Mort du Nombre (1930)
Suzanne Waters, soprano; Tim Gonzalez, tenor; Jessica Guideri, violin; Jack Dettling, piano
Betsy Jolas – Quatour III (1973)
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894, arr. 1920)
Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra
Sensuality: February and March concerts updated Jacaranda’s OM Century – a two-season celebration 2007-2009 of Olivier Messiaen’s centenary – his models, friends, and students. Messiaen’s countryman and contemporary Andre Jolivet (1905-74) shared membership in the so-called Jeune France group. Eric Tanguy (b.1968) studied with Messiaen pupil Gerard Grisey (1946-98); Betsy Jolas (b. 1926) also studied with Messiaen and succeeded him at the Paris Conservatoire. From age 11, Messiaen was obsessed with the music of Debussy, its color, perfume, unique sense of time and advanced harmony. His music was represented with an early work indebted to Debussy, and a classic mid-century masterpiece exploring his love of birds.
March 17, 2018
Olivier Messiaen – Quatre études de rythme (1950)
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Iannis Xenakis – Psappha (1975)
Jonathan Hepfer, percussion
Jean Barraqué – Piano Sonata (1952)
Science: This concert continued Jacaranda’s OM Century redux with an extraordinary turning point in piano composition, the transformational Quatre études de Rhythm. Messiaen’s new work inspired many leading lights including Jean Barraqué (1928-74). His student wrote this rarely performed and legendary Mt. Everest of piano sonatas. Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) began study with Messiaen as a mathematician and architect. He was among the first to reconcile computer science with music. Psappha is his best-known work for percussion and is now a solo classic. The evening was devoted to the mid-century mental energy that intensified an impulse – dating back to Bach and before – to bring a scientific approach to exploring music and sound.
May 19, 2018
Manuel De Falla – Fantasia Baetica (1919)
José Menor, piano
Roberto Gerhard – String Quartet No. 2 (1962)
Gerhard – Three Impromptus for Piano (1950)
Tomas Peire-Serrate – Awake (2013)
Andreas Levisianos, conductor; TBD flute, clarinet, violin, cello & percussion
Peire-Serrate – React (2011)
Jim Sullivan, clarinet; Lyris Quartet
Gerhard – Fantasia (1957)
Michael Kudirka, guitar
De Falla – Homenaje a Debussy & La Vida Breve/Danza No. 1 (1920)
Peire-Serrate – Toccata for Solo Piano (2016)
De Falla – Harpsichord Concerto (1926)
Gloria Cheng, harpsichord; TBD flute, oboe, clarinet, violin & cello
Identity: The season climaxed with a survey of three generations of Spanish/Catalan music. Two thrilling recent works by Tomas Peire-Serrate (b. 1979) living now in Los Angeles; solo piano, guitar, and string quartet music by the mid-century master Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970); plus, by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), a major and astonishing solo piano work, two infectious guitar finds, and his neoclassic treasure the Harpsichord Concerto.