Cantata Profana joins forces with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to present Gustav Mahler’s epic song symphony, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). I will be conducting Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn’s chamber orchestra arrangement features fourteen all-star players with two of CP’s favorite singers, Sara Couden (The Lover in Winter) and Thomas Cooley (Henze Kammermusik 1958). The program places this work in the context of its German and Jewish milieu pairing it with short works by Schoenberg, Johann Strauss II, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Louis Lewandowski, as well as a new work by composer Alex Weiser.
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys combines forces with the period instrumentalists of New York Baroque Incorporated, soprano Ellie Dehn, tenor Lawrence Jones and baritone Jesse Blumberg to celebrate Christmas with our much anticipated annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Daniel Hyde conducts."The annual Saint Thomas version (of Messiah) is a king among the innumerable performances in New York, admired for the pure sound of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys…” - The New York Times
A show about disturbing homecomings, urban estrangement, ominous cityscapes, featuring Claude Viviér’s “Et je reverrai cette ville étrange” (and I See this Strange City Again). Rare masterpieces by American composers, including songs by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Morton Feldman’s Routine Investigations, piano works of Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow, and Aaron Copland’s Sextet and his classic, Quiet City.
Amor Artis presents Dietrich Buxtehude's 17th-century masterpiece, Membra Jesu Nostri, with 21st-century responses, including To the Hands by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw; a work by Gregory Spears, whose work has been called "astonishingly beautiful" (New York Times); and a world premiere of a commission by Zachary Wadsworth.
Cantata Profana's spotlight series features our core artists in intimate collaborations. This March our second spotlight features an old duo: the incredible Lee Dionne on piano and harpsichord and me on baroque and modern violin. We'll be returning to the recital hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center for a show of violin and keyboard duos, including Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical masterpiece, Duo Concertante, with works by John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg, Arcangelo Corelli, and more.
From the drama at the core of each piece, Heartbeat Opera grows vivid theatrical worlds through revelatory adaptations, radical rearrangements, and ingenious design. This past season, we created a “radically rethought take” on Puccini’s Butterfly, and a “boldly conceived contemporary interpretation” of Bizet’s Carmen (NYTimes). For our fourth festival, I will be music directing one of two full productions at the Baruch Perfmorming Arts Center, directed by Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske, with new arrangements by Daniel Schlosberg.
Cantata Profana heads to National Sawdust in Brooklyn for two enticing shows of the most theatrical chamber music — George Apherghis’ Sept crimes de l’amour, Simon Steen-Andersen’s Difficulties Putting it into Practice, Mauricio Kagel’s Unguis Incarnatus Est, and Philippe Leroux’s masterpiece for Pierrot ensemble, percussion, and soprano, Voi(Rex). Get ready for a dramatic season finale!
Shows June 2 at 7pm and June 3 at 4pm
So excited to be back at the Staunton Music Festival this year for their amazing series of concert. Ten days of over thirty concerts in historic Virginia with some of the best baroque and modern players and singers from all over the world. It's a thrill to be going for a third year.
August 8-19, Staunton, Virginia
Three years after finishing the residential portion of my doctorate at Yale, I am heading back to Sprague Hall for to give my final recital (and take a big oral exam!). I've decided to go an unusual route and program an entire show for solo violin. Using the four movements of Bach's A minor Sonata as pillars, the program is an odyssey through every part of the solo repertoire. Performed half on modern and half on baroque violin, the show features Bach, Kurtag, Xenakis, Pisendel, Visalmayr, Ysaÿe, Sciarrino, Kander, and some Chieftains. If all goes well, they'll make me a doctor.
And check out the high quality live stream (free!) at http://music.yale.edu/virtual-student-recital-hall/
Don thy codpieces, neck ruffs, and farthingales -- Shakespeare cometh! Heartbeat Opera, “one of the most agile and dynamic companies on New York's indie opera scene” (Opera News) returns to National Sawdust for its fourth annual Drag Extravaganza. Two nights of divalicious coloraturas, eye-popping fashion, and Halloween revelries. Join us in your best Elizabethan finery and watch Shakespeare himself discover the genius of Verdi, Purcell, Bernstein, and more. “Some are born fab, some achieve fabulous, and some have fabulous thrust upon them!”
Shows Oct 30th at 7:30pm and Oct 31st at 7:30 & 9:30pm
For many years, my very good friend and "lyrical tenor" (NY Times) Scott Mello and I have been itching to perform a program exclusively for voice and violin. This month we get the chance to put it together and we're performing it on two recitals in New Jersey. Part of the project involves me figuring out how to be a lute, a piano, a flute, or a continuo band all by myself. We'll be performing Dowland, Schubert, Corigliano, Cage, Ysaÿe, and one of the few pieces originally for this duo, Ralph Vaughan Williams' song cycle Along the Field, set to poems of A.E.Housman.
Two shows: Oct 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Newton, NJ (7:30pm) and Oct 22 at The Oaks at the Macdowell Club in Denville, NJ (3pm)
So excited to be back at the Staunton Music Festival this year for their amazing festival. Ten days of twenty-five concerts in historic Virginia with some of the best baroque and modern players and singers from all over the world. Some highlights this year will be Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon, Varese's Offrandes, concertmaster for Stravinsky's Pulcinella, and Beethoven symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 on classical instruments.
August 11-20, Staunton, Virginia
Cantata Profana is going into the studio for the first time to record an album of some of our greatest hits. I'll be up at Avaloch Farm Music institute for a week working on Webern's arrangement of Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie No. 1, with Lee Dionne, Hannah Collins, Gleb Kanasevich, and Jesse Han. Then we'll be recording at Oktaven studios in NY.
Cantata Profana ends its season with three performances of a rollicking good show at the amazing HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Ancient Groove Music is CP's take on the evolution of dance and groove and beat from the dark ages to the age of minimalism. The show features more than a dozen works from medieval tunes to modern trances, woven into an elaborate narrative. Works by Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki, David Lang, John Adams, and Robert Honstein, with Schubert, Biber, Bartok, and Machaut.
Performances June 23, 24, 25
I'll be joining the wonderful Renaissance ensemble Sonnambula for a novel, re-imagined version of Purcell's The Fairy Queen with Gramercy Opera. Rearranged by classically trained stage director Brittany Goodwin, this production will follow the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The main characters will take their names from Shakespeare's play --performing Purcell’s score infused with the poetry and drama of Shakespeare’s timeless classic.
Performances June 10, 11, 15, 16 at the Mount Vernon Museum and Garden on NY's upper east side. Tickets HERE.
Music director for Heartbeat's BUTTERFLY. Newly-orchestrated by Daniel Schlosberg, this 90-minute adaptation of Puccini's Madama Butterfly illuminates the fetish of the romantic-tragic, self-sacrificing, geisha and digs into the stereotypes, racism, and misogyny embedded in the foundation of this masterpiece. What relationship does Pinkerton have to Trump's America? How do we honor and challenge the seductive sweep of Puccini's score? What if Cio Cio San didn't let go of her Trouble?
Performances May 20-28
Cantata Profana's Spotlight Series returns to Joe's PUB at the Public for some modernist action with an indie form. Clarinetist GLEB KANASEVICH and I embark on a gripping night of duos and solos on NY's finest cabaret stage, featuring music of Kurtag, Cage, Vivier, Bach, Denisov, Dutilleux, and others.
Music and Literature celebrates five years of wonderful publications mixing music and literature, with performances and readings of works by their featured artists. I will perform solo music of Kurtag and Bach amidst readings from great writers and more solo performances.
Opening with Haydn’s Passion Symphony, this program for Lent highlights two works by Bach’s talented son, Carl Philipp Emanuel: Klopstock’s Morning Song of Creation and the St. John Passion (1772). NYBI will join forces with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under the baton of its newly appointed director of music Daniel Hyde.
Traveling to Mexico City to play works by long-time friend Francisco Ladrón de Guevara, including his Variaciones para violin solo, which Jacob commissioned in 2014. Solo recital to include Xenakis' Mikka for solo violin, Susan Kander's Solo Sonata for violin-viola-violin (from upcoming album on MSR records), and a new work by Tostito Pablito, written for Jacob.
It gives me great pleasure to return to Yale to perform a few small pieces in Cantata Profana core artist John Taylor Ward's DMA recital. Some Monteverdi, a few shape-note tunes, and new arrangements of Ives songs by Daniel Schlosberg. I'll be having a similar recital in a year when I graduate the same program.
Don your fabulous space suits! Heartbeat Opera presents its third annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza in Williamsburg's hottest new music venue, National Sawdust, for one spectacular night of eye-popping fashion, divalicious coloraturas, and galactic Halloween revelries. Join us in interstellar-baroque costumes and expect a mind-blowing journey through outer space...with Mozart!
I'm happy to return with Cantata Profana to our favorite residency in beautiful New Hampshire, this year joined by Heartbeat Opera. We'll prepare our spotlight repertoire, scheme future concerts, have admin meetings, play a lot of ping pong, and come home with more dreams, more music, more stories, and a few recordings!