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The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Gala Concert — June 12th at 7:00 pm

Alondra de la Parra will lead the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in a performance at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring Grammy award-winning Cuban saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera as soloist. On Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 pm. Following the concert the POA will hold a Gala-event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, and will honor Paquito D'Rivera and Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhán for their contributions to the art world.

Imagine if you had, basically, a continent (and a half) worth of composers and a century of compositions — plus the potential of major performers as soloists — all to yourself? What would you do?

If you're a young conductor sitting in New York City — you pick up the phone and make an orchestra. Which is what Alondra de la Parra did, starting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) with a note pad and a telephone just over two years ago.

With a great idea that tapped into a vast and neglected field the POA quickly generated a lot of interest and — next in a whirlwind series of montage images — huge press coverage, a series of successful concerts and Ms. de la Parra giving interviews up and down three continents.

Now the summer blockbuster movie part of the narrative is over, it's two years later and and how do you top that opening? As it turns out, you do it by designing a gala evening concert as the culmination event of the POA's second year.

For this concert the orchestra has hit on all of its strong points: First, featuring two major works in the Latin American repertoire, works by Ginastera and Revueltas. Of the two, the Revueltas is a sure antidote to the notion that this might be a typical gala sampler of pleasant music, Sensemayá is basically an eight minute Rite of Spring, and a landmark work for Latin American composition.

Second, reminding the world that Paquito D'Rivera began his musical education as a classical musician and composer, and then inaugurating the POA Young Composers Competition with a work by the 25 year old mexican composer Martin Capella.




The POA moves from strength to strength, the orchestra is now a successful professional ensemble and Music Director de la Parra has an independent conducting career that includes South and Latin American works as well as the bread and butter mainstream repertoire essential for growing conductors.

paquitoPaquito D'Rivera

The POA has a two pronged mission, to correct misconceptions about, and explore the huge legacy of, modern musical composition in Central and South America; and secondly, to showcase Central and South American talent.

To a much greater extent than we have in North America, composers in Central and South American have had to deal with the awareness that classical music is an “import,” as a consequence, through out the 20th century many have wrestled with issues of modernism, tonality, accessibility and assimilation/incorporation of regional idioms and what that means in the creation “art” music.  The question of relevance dealt with by of these composers are similar to issues asked today by those who question classical music's importance in contemporary culture. Particularly as the media and popular music take the intellectual limelight from classical music, issues of populism, dominant popular music forms and musical evolution may give certain Central and South America compositions a resonance unimagined by the composers.

The second point of the POA's mission bears particular relevance to Ms. de la Parra, who is clear on the importance that the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas can play in encouraging great Latin and South American performers early in their career. As Ms. de la Parra put it, if they don't see avenues that can assist them and increase their awareness that they are part of the larger world of classic music then tremendous talent will be discouraged and lost.

The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas is comprised of professional musicians from all parts of the globe and one of Ms. de la Parra's jobs as conductor is to impart a certain latin swing to the orchestra, since dance and rhythm are essential to capturing the essence of many of the compositions the orchestra will perform. Ms. de la Parra does this by encouraging the orchestra to add some physicality to their playing which contributes to their vibrant sound. She also educates the members in essential latin moves and dances, and falls back on You Tube examples for some take home exercises.

The orchestra is a typical New York “melting pot” creation, but one presumes that soon the POA will be know as the New York orchestral rhythm kings.


Tickets are $50 (orchestra), $40 (mezzanine), $20 (balcony) and $15 (students and senior citizens), and will be available for sale starting May 12 by calling Center Charge 212-721-6500, or online at http://tickets.jalc.org. Gala tickets are available by calling (212) 564-0508, or by emailing priscilla@poamericas.org

Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Rose Hall, Lincoln Center
June 12th at 7:00 pm

Alondra de la Parra, conductor   •   Paquito D‘Rivera, saxophone/clarinet


Gershwin:Cuban Overture

Paquito D‘Rivera:
Fantasías Messiaenicas
Memories-Danzón

Martin Capella: Ixbalanqé World Premiere
Ginastera: Suite from the Ballet Estancia Op. 8a
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá



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New York-area residents will experience a rare, and possibly unique treat on Saturday, June 16, as Brooklyn Philharmonic performs Handel's Royal Fireworks Music synchronized to an extensive fireworks show at the South Street Seaport. The display will be the culmination of the Children's Day & Fireworks event at South Street Seaport.

To accomplish this the Brooklyn Philharmonic is working with the famous Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. The Zambelli family has been making fireworks in in Pennsylvania for over one hundred years and has been responsible for some of the major fireworks extravaganzas in the city's history. To present the New York City's only symphony performance in which classical music is accompanied by choreographed fireworks. Fittingly for the Zambellis and us, Handel's music will be the last work on the program and the one that starts the light show, at approximately 9:15.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic concert will start at 8:00 pm. Conductor George Mathew, and the BP will perform selections from Handel's Water Music, and other outdoor favorites by Mendelssohn, Gluck, Bartók, and Rossini.

All of the activities throughout Children's Day & Fireworks, including the concert, are free to the public.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic: Details

Children's Day & Fireworks (sponsored by Target): Details and schedule


The Lautreamont Concert Series, June 8

Steven Zynszajn, and the The Lautreamont Concert Series return to AC Pianocraft and they continue their excellent investigation of French chamber music. Performers include: Fang Tao Jiang, soprano; Francisco Salazar, violin; Andrey Tchekmazov, cello; Michael Fennelly, piano and Maxim Pakhomov, piano

Works by Milhaud, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel

Admission $15, Students & Seniors $10.00
Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert, starting at 7:15 pm.


The Lautreamont Concert Series
Friday, June 8, at 7:00 pm

AC Pianocraft
333 West 52nd Street

Admission $15, Students & Seniors $10.00
Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert, starting at 7:15 pm.

Details


Mannes Beethoven Institute
Concerts, June 4 - 10

The seventh annual Mannes Beethoven Institute, under the direction of Thomas Sauer, offers a one week intensive chamber music performance seminar, the results of which will be available for your enjoyment on in marathon concerts June 9 & 10.

Before these concerts Mannes Beethoven Institute faculty and guests will perform June 4 & 8. In addition to Mr. Sauer, some of the participants will be: June 4, pianists Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Yuri Kim, Thomas Sauer; and members of the Brentano String Quartet. Friday, June 8, pianists Claude Frank, violinist Soovin Kim; cellist Peter Stumpf; the Brentano String Quartet.

Faculty Concerts, Admission $20.00
Monday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Friday, June 8, 8:00 pm

Participant Concerts, Admission Free
Saturday, June 9, 1:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, June 10, 1:00-7:30 pm


Mannes Beethoven Institute
150 West 85th Street, New York City

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Beethoven Sing-a-long! June 24

Speaking of Beethoven and fun, the The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and conductor David Bernard, are lead a sing-a-long Beethoven's Ninth. The concert will take place at the All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunday, June 24, at 3:00 pm.

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

On the evening before, June 23, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony will perform the Ninth, with soloists and chorus at the Riverside Church, starting at 8:00 pm.

The complete program for both concerts:
Works by Beethoven:
Consecration of the House Overture
Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”(Alan Moverman, Piano)
Symphony No. 9

For more information on both concerts: The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

All Saints Episcopal Church
230 East 60th Street

The Riverside Church
Riverside Drive and 120th Street

The Clarion Music Society presents The Eastern Enlightenment: Russian Jewels from the Court of Catherine the Great Conductor Stephen Fox performs music by the first generation classically trained of Russian Court composers at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, May 29th, at 8:00 pm

In the ever growing field of early music where re-discovered composer's are championed continually, there has been a missing historical link, or perhaps a missing branch of the classical music family tree — the music of the Russian court. Steven Fox is on a mission to uncover and promote the the composers neglected in the wake of the Russian romantics (Glinka and those who followed ...). When you think about it it is a huge field, decades worth of music for the court, plus operas, and religious works.

Russian baroque and early classical music was initially imported as a part of a wider “westernization” by the Russian nobility, most notably by Catherine the Great (last seen in a cheesy PBS bio-pic), but the court was also interested in forming a Russian school of composition, and it is these composers that Mr. Fox has spent years uncovering and bringing back to modern audiences.

Catherine was devoted to filling the halls of her palace with music of Europe's greatest composers. Thus she lured to the capital a most illustrious group of European musicians who served as ‘Court Composer’ under her reign: Cimarosa, Manfredini, Galuppi, Paisiello, Sarti and others (Imagine if she looked a little north to Vienna — Mozart in the land of the Tzars!). These foreign composers were engaged not only to compose for the court, but also to instruct the most promising Russian musicians, such as Fomin, Berezovsky and Bortniansky, who in turn became great composers in their own right, and whose works will be heard be in this concert.

Clarion's program in Weill Recital Hall will give the audience a taste of what the musical offerings would have been for Catherine's guests at court — works for the salon, for the cappella and for the theater. Clarion will perform chamber works, opera arias and choral works by both native Russian composers and foreign composers working in the Imperial Court. Editions for all of these works have been prepared by Artistic Director Steven Fox, who has also re-introduced these works to Russian audiences with his pioneering work with his Russian orchestra Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, Russia's first period-instrument orchestra.

The program includes the modern premiere of Sarti's arrangement of Berezovsky's moving setting of Psalm 51, recently discovered in London by Maestro Fox.

Clarion will be joined for this event by violinist Igor Rukhadze, concertmaster of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg (Russia), and harpsichordist Ilya Poletaev.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox discusses The music of Catherine's Court and early music in Russia in an interview with Classical Domain.

Steven Fox Interview

The Period-Instrument Ensemble and Chamber Choir of The Clarion Music Society
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
May 29th, at 8:00 pm

The Eastern Enlightenment: Russian Jewels from the Court of Catherine the Great
Works by Berezovsky, Galuppi, Bortniansky, Fomin, Tietz, Prac, and Pashkevich.


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