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"BY GEORGE!" DA CAPO CHAMBER PLAYERS CELEBRATE COMPOSER GEORGE PERLE'S 85TH BIRTHDAY ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, AT BARD COLLEGE Concert Features World Premiere Birthday Tribute by Paul Lansky
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Da Capo Chamber Players will perform a special concert at Bard College’s Olin Hall on Monday, November 22, at 8:00 p.m. "By George!", presented by the Bard Center, is a birthday tribute to composer George Perle, Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of a MacArthur fellowship. The concert will feature works by George Perle, as well as a world premiere by Paul Lansky. Perle and Lansky will be in attendance at the concert which is free and open to the public.
The evening features several of Perle’s signature works, including Sonata a quattro; Critical Moments; Selections from Thirteen Dickinson Songs; Two Songs on Poems of Rilke; and Lyric Piece. In addition, Paul Lansky’s Odd Moments, composed in honor of his teacher George Perle’s eighty-fifth birthday will be performed.
"The elegant performance revealed why the Da Capo Players are at the head of their class," wrote John Henken in the Los Angeles Times. Da Capo members, flutist Patricia Spencer, violinist Eva Gruesser, and cellist André Emelianoff, will be joined by guest artists soprano Lucy Shelton, clarinetist Allen Blustine, pianist Stephen Gosling, and percussionist Thomas Kolor.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS:
George Perle was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize in music and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1986. His compositions have been included in the programs of, among others, the Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, and BBC symphonies, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Juilliard String Quartet, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His compositions have been recorded on
Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, New World, and Albany records, among other labels. He is the author of Serial Composition and Atonality, which is widely recognized as the standard work on the music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. His other books include The Operas of Alban Berg, Twelve-Tone Tonality, The Listening Composer, The Right Note: 23 Selected Essays on 20th-Century Music, and Style and Idea in the Lyric Suite of Alban Berg. Perle is a member of both the American Academy of Ars and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Paul Lansky is professor and chair of music at Princeton University. His compositions have been recorded on CRI, Nonesuch, Columbia-Odyssey, and New Albion records, among others. He has received fellowships, awards, and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Koussevitsky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is considered one of the pioneers in the field of computer music in which he has worked since the 1960s.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Da Capo, winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1973, is widely acclaimed for its virtuosity, stimulating programs, and openness to a wide spectrum of styles in new music. Its dedication to working with composers is matched by its commitment to rehearsing a piece as a living, moving, breathing entity, rather than a fixed blueprint to be executed precisely and perfectly. The Da Capo Chamber Players are Patricia Spencer, flute; clarinet; Eva Gruesser, violin; and André Emelianoff, cello; with guest artists Allen Blustine, clarinet; Stephen Gosling, piano; and Thomas Kolor, percussion.
Lucy Shelton, soprano, won the Naumburg Prize (with the Jubal Trio) in 1977. She has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, and BBC. She has been a guest artist with the Twentieth Century Consort and the London Sinfonietta and has recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Unicorn-Kanchana, and Smithsonian labels.
For further information about the concert, call 914-758-7425. Funding for the concert is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Chamber Music America.
The concert will also be presented by the Sonic Boom Festival at Cooper Union in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 30.
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