Cellist Gabrial Cabezas Appears with Philadelphia Orchestra

January 9th, 2014 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
January 20, 2014
1:30 pm

CUR_4116On Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm, cellist Gabriel Cabezas will debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as part of their annual FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert. Cabezas will perform composer José Bragato’s Graciela y Buenos Aires, for cello and string orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru, conductor, at the Girard College Chapel, 2101 S College Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

Volunteers will be collecting new school supplies in support of the King Day of Service signature project. Patrons are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to local area public schools. Seating is general admission and is first-come, first-served. Limit four tickets per person. Doors will open at 12:30 PM.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.philorch.org.

COMPLETE PROGRAM

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
Coleridge-Taylor, The Bamboula (Rhapsodic Dance)
Spiritual, “Go Down, Moses”
Márquez, Danzón No. 2
Bragato, Graciela y Buenos Aires, for cello and string orchestra
Abels, Outburst
Barber, Adagio for Strings
Smallwood, “Total Praise”
Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at Rubin Museum, NYC

December 3rd, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
January 17, 2014
7:00 pm

brightrushingworldOn Friday January 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble (www.douglasdetrick.com/anywhen/) will present a concert previewing their upcoming album on Navona Recordings, “The Bright and Rushing World.” The performance at New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street. Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 on the day of show; Museum Member Price is $16.20 (available at the door).

AnyWhen Ensemble is: Douglas Detrick, composer and trumpet; Hashem Assadullahi, saxophone; Shirley Hunt, cello; Steve Vacchi, bassoon; and Ryan Biesack, percussion. Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon will perform substitute for Vacchi on 1.17.

The Bright and Rushing World, an ambitious addition to this singular composer’s list of accomplishments, is a 10 movement suite, made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2011 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This extremely competitive grant attracts over 150 applicants every year. The album will be released in March 2013 on the Navona label, an imprint of Parma Records.

From Douglas Detrick:

I composed The Bright and Rushing World over nine difficult months. Persevering in this struggle gave me a sense of ownership over the work — I knew everything there was to know about it. But, after all that time I still didn’t know what the title should be. And I was shocked. At first it seemed like clumsy, ignorant neglect, but soon I realized something important — the piece didn’t need me any more. Now that it was finished, it was ready to go out into the world, and it wasn’t about to wait for me to give it a name. In a moment of clarity that surprised me with its intensity, I wrote this ten line poem from which I drew the title of the piece and of each movement. I had finally given the piece a name, but it had taken that long to give it the right one.

The Bright and Rushing World

the door is open
and you watch as he goes out
a seeker, insubmissive
into the bright and rushing world,
who, over years in your care,
you never thought to give a name.
you gasp and ask aloud
how can you live without a name?
a question so weightless it floats away
on the wind of his leaving.

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About the ensemble:

We believe in the unexpected. Our signature instrumentation sets us apart, but we make our real impact through bold new compositions that integrate chamber music conception with jazz spontaneity. We believe that great music can happen anywhere, anyhow, anywhy, and anywhen — ours is fitting music for this bright and rushing world.

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble (www.douglasdetrick.com/anywhen/has performed at the Jazz Gallery and the Stone in New York, Center for New Music in San Francisco, and on festivals including the Festival of New Trumpet Music curated by Dave Douglas, and the Is That Jazz? Festival in Seattle, WA curated by Tom Baker. The group has also performed and given master classes at colleges across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.

Douglas Detrick is a composer and trumpet player from Portland, Oregon. Equally at home as a performer and a composer, he is a versatile and eclectic musician establishing his reputation as an innovator in jazz, chamber music, electronic music and improvised music. AnyWhen Ensemble is his primary musical project, but his music has also been performed by the NOW Ensemble, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Brian McWhorter’s Beta Collide, and recently conducted the Cherry Blossom Arts Orchestra in his Downbeat Student Music Award-­‐Winning arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Single Petal of a Rose.

 

Showcase: Steal a Pencil for Me

December 1st, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 16, 2014
7:30 pm

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Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak,
STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort.

A private presentation of excerpts from Steal a Pencil for Me will take place at the National Opera Center (at the home of Opera America, on 29th Street and 7th Avenue) on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 pm. The showcase will include 40 minutes of live and video excerpts, as well as a discussion moderated by dramaturg Cori Ellison; features Ilana Davidson and Robert Balonek as Ina and Jaap, as well as vocal soloists Toby Newman and Cherry Duke.  Ari Pelto will conduct, with Lynn Baker as pianist. To request tickets, email Peter McDowell.

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina Polak, whom the composer has known for the last 25 years, and who recently celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. The Polaks, who live in Eastchester, NY, will be in attendance. In 2007, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME was made into a compelling and award-winning documentary feature film by Academy Award® nominee Michèle Ohayon. The Polaks have dedicated their lives to teaching about the Holocaust and fighting prejudice. Jaap was one of the founders of the Anne Frank Center USA, and now serves as Chairman Emeritus.

New York-based composer Gerald Cohen (www.GeraldCohenMusic.com) is equally at home in the composition of chamber music, choral music, opera, and liturgical music, for all of which he has won awards and praise, and for which Gramophone Magazine noted his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift”. His operas Sarah and Hagar, a two-act opera based on the story from the book of Genesis, and Seed, a one-act opera about love and choices for a post-apocalyptic Adam and Eve, have been performed in concert form. Cohen received a B.A in music from Yale University and a D.M.A in composition from Columbia University.

New York-based librettist Deborah Brevoort (www.DeborahBrevoort.com) is formerly from Alaska.  An award-winning playwright and librettistshe moves easily between the worlds of theatre, musical theatre and opera.  Her plays and musicals are produced regularly to enthusiastic reviews, including Time Out London who noted her “gift for high poetry.”  Deborah holds a B.A. from Kent State University and MFA’s from Brown University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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The action of the opera takes place in Amsterdam, at Westerbork Transit camp, and at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp between the years of 1943-1945. Thirty-year old Jaap Polak is unhappily married to Manja, a social butterfly with a sharp tongue. He falls in love with twenty-year old Ina Soep, whose boyfriend, Rudi Acohen, has been seized and deported to Poland by the Nazis. When the husband, his wife, and his new girlfriend are deported to Westerbork, they actually find themselves living in the same barracks. Jaap’s wife objects to the relationship and Jaap and Ina resort to writing secret love letters, which sustain them throughout the horrible circumstances of the war. As Jaap says: “I’m a very special Holocaust survivor. I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend; and believe me, it wasn’t easy.”

Although friends and relatives of theirs, including Rudi, perished in the camps, Jaap and Ina survived the Holocaust. They have been married for over 65 years and now live in Eastchester, NY. A distinguishing feature of their book of letters is how they allowed the story to unfold; unedited; their shortcomings and faults are just as easy to see as their nobility, and their honesty makes the story compelling and real. The Village Voice wrote that their story “offers a corrective to the sentimental prevailing notion that the Shoah only happened to saints.”

 

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas Plays Tchaikovsky with the LA Phil

November 24th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
December 6, 2013
8:00 pm

15th Annual Sphinx CompetitionOn Friday, December 6, at 8:00 pm, twenty-one-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas will perform with the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic  in the magnificent sanctuary of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Fresh off a national tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble, Cabezas will perform as the soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra, the composer’s only piece for cello and orchestra.

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Glazer Campus) is located at 3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are available here or by calling (213) 388-2401. 

 

FULL PROGRAM: 

Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra
Dvorak, Symphony No. 8

program subject to change

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. Cabezas has been portrayed as “…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (David Stabler, The Oregonian) and his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra described as a “…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer).

A passion for chamber music and collaboration has taken him to Marlboro Music, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Bargemusic, and Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents series. His television appearances include performances with Yo-Yo Ma at “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Good Morning America”, and with Béla Fleck in “From The Top – Carnegie Hall.”

2013-14 season highlights include a subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a return to Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival and the annual Sphinx Virtuosi national tour. Cabezas’ 2012-13 engagements included concerts with the Detroit Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and the National Symphony of Costa Rica, as well as appearances with Musicians from Marlboro, at the International Beethoven Festival, and ChamberFest Cleveland.

Formerly a recipient of an Education Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas has supported music outreach and education programs including Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, Costa Rica’s national SINEM music education program, and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey. As a writer, Cabezas has been featured in Teen Strings Magazine and has been a contributing writer for Strings Magazine.

 

Gabriel Cabezas Named Featured Soloist for CSO December Concert

November 15th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
December 10, 2013
7:30 pm

CUR_4056On December 10 at 7:30 pm, twenty-one-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas will join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the featured soloist in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. One of the most popular cello works ever written, the First Cello Concerto is a profound expression of struggle and triumph, its sardonic humor giving way to elegiac beauty. Symphony Hall is located at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets are available here or by calling 312-294-3000.

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. Cabezas has been portrayed as “…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (David Stabler, The Oregonian) and his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra described as a “…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer).

A passion for chamber music and collaboration has taken him to Marlboro Music, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Bargemusic, and Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents series. His television appearances include performances with Yo-Yo Ma at “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Good Morning America”, and with Béla Fleck in “From The Top – Carnegie Hall.”

2013-14 season highlights include a subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a return to Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival and the annual Sphinx Virtuosi national tour. Cabezas’ 2012-13 engagements included concerts with the Detroit Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and the National Symphony of Costa Rica, as well as appearances with Musicians from Marlboro, at the International Beethoven Festival, and ChamberFest Cleveland.

Formerly a recipient of an Education Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas has supported music outreach and education programs including Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, Costa Rica’s national SINEM music education program, and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey. As a writer, Cabezas has been featured in Teen Strings Magazine and has been a contributing writer for Strings Magazine.