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

A Celebration of composer Patricia Morehead on WFMT

December 20th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 24, 2011
8:00 pm

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting wishes a very happy 70th birthyear to Chicago-based Canadian composer Patricia Morehead (check out her new web site, designed and developed by PerformSites – Peter McDowell and Ari Salomon). In honor of the Pat’s 2010 birthday, in Chicago will feature Pat’s music, performed by the CUBE ensemble, on January 24, 2011 at 8PM  (You can stream the broadcast online).

In other news for Ms. Morehead, her  newest composition –”Un giorno nuovo” — is a song written for soprano Natalie Mann, who will premiere it in Chicago and New York City in February, 2011 (further details to be announced shortly). The work is based on a poem written in Italian by Cathy Ann Elias, who teaches at DePaul University and who has been a finalist in several poetry competitions in Italy. “Un giorno nuovo” is a rather dark poem and Pat reflects this mood in her setting.

Dave Camwell’s new CD Bach-centric — a great holiday gift

December 10th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 1, 2010toDecember 31, 2010

The video you see above describes the making of saxophonist Dave Camwell‘s CD — Bach-centric — a collection of beloved works by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for saxophone, which came out on the Teal Creek label last month and is available on CD Baby. You can read my original post containing all the details about this release.

The CD is currently being played on the Beethoven Satellite Network,  a nationally-syndicated program (through the WFMT Fine Arts Network) of which Peter Van De Graaff is program director and host. The network is carried throughout the country to approximately 150 stations (mostly NPR affiliates).

The praise is starting to roll in about this extraordinary CD:

“I’ve discovered another masterpiece Bach CD recorded, and performed, all by saxophones.” – David J. Gibson, Saxophone Journal

“While doing research for my new documentary BACH & more friends, I came across the Bach-Centric CD. I fell in love with it immediately and knew Dave Camwell had to be a part of my new film. Dave’s playing and the ensemble work of the Oasis group is Bach performed at its highest level.” – Michael R. Lawrence, Director of BACH & friends

Here’s a video featuring a montage of images and audio samples from this recording:


Jean Rohe Trio kicks off new Gowanus family music series

December 10th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 12, 2010
12:00 pm

Singer/composer Jean Rohe and her trio will kick off the first concert of a new music series, the Douglass Street Family Concert Series, at the Douglass Street Music Collective in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Sunday December 12th at noon. A charismatic and versatile musician, Jean sings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The Music Collective is at 295 Douglass St. (between 3rd and 4th Ave.) and suggested donation is $10/children and $15/adults. Concerts will run approximately 75 minutes. Space is limited to 50 people or so, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating.

This new series of monthly family concerts over the next eight months is curated by NYC based composer and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky and will be held at Douglass Street, a musician-run space that is primarily used for rehearsals and performances. Sadigursky says “I’m gearing the concerts towards children of all ages… I’ve always loved the old Leonard Bernstein Concerts for Young People and have long dreamed of putting together something of my own, where music is revealed in way that appeals to both children and adults. Each artist will choose their own format and present the music of their choice, explaining aspects of what they do, opening up dialogues about their music, and encouraging audience participation and questions from the kids (and adults!). I’ve chosen a number of my favorite artists and composers, all of whom have extensive experience working with children, either through teaching music privately, performing in similar concerts or workshops, or having children of their own.”

Future concerts in the series include:
Sunday, January 9th – 2pm – Becca Stevens Band
Sunday, February 6th – 2pm – Dan Loomis
Sunday, March 6th – 2pm – Sebastian Cruz
Sunday, April 10th – 2pm – Ziv Ravitz
Sunday, May 8th – 2pm – Daniel Kelly
Sunday, June 5th – 2pm – Sam Sadigursky

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