Pianist Carolyn Enger at Tenri Cultural Institute

January 12th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 23, 2011
3:00 pm

Pianist Carolyn Enger will perform at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York on Sunday, January  23rd at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the door: $20.00, students and seniors, $15.00; cash or check. Free admission for Leschetizky Association Members.

Program includes:

  • Robert Starer: Three Israeli Dances
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Venetian Gondola Song No. 6; Song Without Words Op. 19, No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in A flat, Opus 110
  • Franz Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, Op. post., D. 946
  • Paul Ben-Haim: Five Pieces for Piano

American pianist Carolyn Enger is a passionate and distinctive musician whose recitals express her joy of sharing great music with audiences. In an era when musical interpretation has become predictable, Ms. Enger’s memorable concert experiences make an indelible impression on the individuals who hear them. Ms. Enger has appeared in many venues throughout the New York City and New Jersey area including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Piano Centre, Yamaha Artist Services, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and the Puffin Cultural Center.

Her many recitals have also included numerous outreach concerts for libraries, community centers, churches, and synagogues. Ms. Enger presents programs designed to inspire audiences to engage deeply with classical music of all kinds. Her concert repertoire includes piano literature from all periods, ranging from the great masterworks of European history to fresh new discoveries from living composers. Her recital programs are carefully crafted to the venues and performance contexts in which she appears. She has recently created recital programs featuring music by a number of living American and Israeli composers including Ned Rorem, Lowell Liebermann, Avner Dorman, Lior Navok, and Menachem Zur.

Ms. Enger has released a recording entitled In Evening Air, which includes music of Beethoven, Scriabin, Hanson, Copland, Rorem, and Liebermann. She has also recorded a forthcoming CD devoted entirely to piano music of Ned Rorem. Ms. Enger is a graduate of Molloy College. She has furthered her musical study at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, Vassar College, and the Adamant Music School in Vermont. Her teachers have included Marc Silverman, Arkady Aronov, Peter Vinograde, and Robert MacDonald. She has also participated in masterclasses and coaching with Ward Davenny, Golda Tatz, and Jacob Lateiner.

Ms. Enger was a student of the late Freda Rosenblatt, a musical descendant of Theodor Leschetizky, one of the world’s foremost piano teachers (whose students included the famous pianists Ignace Paderewski and Artur Schnabel). Leschetizky himself was a student of Carl Czerny, who in turn was Beethoven’s star pupil. Ms. Enger is honored to be a part of this distinguished tradition.

Furthering her interest in distinctive concert experiences, Ms. Enger is currently working on a multimedia project that will combine music, literature, and images, centering on the lives of Holocaust survivors.

Philip Morehead to conduct Mikado performances at Chicago Lyric

December 30th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 11, 2011toJanuary 21, 2011

Maestro Philip Morehead will conduct performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Lyric Opera of Chicago, January 11-21, 2011.

A veteran of almost thirty years as pianist and conductor at the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, Philip Morehead has extensive experience in the operatic repertory, as well as concert works, and contemporary chamber music. Morehead recently launched his new web site, designed by PerformSites (Peter McDowell and Ari Salomon).

Lyric’s new production of the Mikado stars James Morris and Stephanie Blythe and is directed by Chicago director Gary Griffin.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley to make Carnegie Hall début

December 29th, 2010 by Peter McDowell 1 comment »
January 23, 2011
1:30 pm

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley, who has been selected as a first place winner in the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She will perform at the Winners’ Recital, which will be held Sunday January 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available at www.carnegiehall.org.

The Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition (BAIVC) has been designed as an entrée into the world of vocal performance for those seriously interested in pursuing a professional operatic career. BAIVC is open to students from age fifteen to adults, and divided into four categories.

Elizabeth Buckley, mezzo-soprano, has been praised by critics for possessing a voice of unique warmth and clarity. She is the recipient of the Presser Foundation Award for Outstanding Musician and the Grace Wilson Excellence in Singing Award. Elizabeth is also the winner of the Gunsalus Singing Competition, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Recently she was selected as a semi-finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, and a finalist in the Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition. Elizabeth was also selected as a Regional Finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and a finalist in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed the roles of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Nancy in Albert Herring, Mrs. Splinters in Tender Land, Dafne in L’Euridice, Third Lady and Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, Iolanthe in Iolanthe, Phoebe Meryll in Yeomen of the Guard, Nettie and Julie Jordan in Carousel, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, and Sandy in Grease. In addition, she has an extensive background in recital and oratorio repertoire with an emphasis in Baroque performance practice.

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting @ Chamber Music America National Conference

December 26th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 13, 2011toJanuary 16, 2011

“The Next Generation: Traditions and Trends,” Chamber Music America‘s 33rd Conference, takes place January 13-16 at the Westin New York in Times Square. Focusing on innovation, heritage, synergy, and change, this year’s conference “celebrates the dialogue between chamber music’s seasoned professionals and the newest generation–bringing fresh perspectives to our community while sustaining our greatest traditions.”

Conceived and moderated by Peter McDowell, the panel discussion “A New Generation of Genre-busting Ensembles” will take place on Saturday January 15th at 9am. This session is focused on classically trained musicians who break out of standard molds to create new types of genre-busting ensembles. Attendees will hear the stories of Geremy Schulick and Brett Parnell, two young classical guitarists who together form the unique and energetic Threefifty Duo (who will also perform) and also hear from Katie Scheele of Threeds, a New York City based oboe trio that has been featured at several downtown NYC music venues including Joe’s Pub, the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall and Pete’s Candy Store. Steven Swartz, founder of dotdotdotmusic, and Charles Letourneau (manager of Time for Three) of IMG Artists will round out the panel.

Questions will be asked such as: how do young classical musicians draw on their classical training to create something new, hip, and ultimately marketable to the “indie” crowd while staying true to their roots and integrity? What are some further examples of these new ensembles and how are audiences reacting? Can these artists present advantages to presenters by bringing audiences into classical music in a new an different way? What kind of venues work most ideally for these groups?

Later that day, Steve Hudson will present his own genre-busting Chamber Ensemble as part of the official CMA Showcases. Hudson recently released his CD Galactic Diamonds, drawing praise such as “venturesome yet affable jazz at its best” (Aural States).

Cellist Julia Maclaine and other distinguished musicians featured at Salon Series

December 26th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 6, 2011
7:00 pm

Cellist Julia MacLaine appears along with pianist Ilya Kazantsev and other distinguished musicians as part of the The Golden Key Salon Series, on Thursday January 6, 2011, Thursday at 7 pm at Faust Harrison Pianos, 207 West 58th Street, in New York City.

The series, under the artistic direction of Madeline Bruser, features new and distinguished performers as well as premiere performances and wine receptions. Concerts are held on the first Thursday of the month, October through May.

Program and players are as follows:

Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano – Aron Zelkowicz, cello, and Vanessa Fadial, piano

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz – Akimi Fukuhara, piano

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano – Julia MacLaine, cello, and Ilya Kazantsev, piano

Schubert/Liszt: Soiree de Vienne #6 – Pavel Gintov, piano

Rachmaninoff: Etude Tableau in D major – Pavel Gintov

Moskowski/Horowitz: Etincelles – Pavel Gintov

$20 general admission; $10 for students with ID

Seating is limited; reservations are required – call 646-265-7851