Jacob Ashworth

violinist, conductor, artistic director

Music for Voice and Violin with tenor Scott Mello
Oct
6
to Oct 22

Music for Voice and Violin with tenor Scott Mello

  • The Oaks (at The Macdowell Club of Mountain Lakes) (map)
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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)

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Heartbeat Opera's 4th Annual Drag Extravaganza: All the World's a Drag
Oct
30
to Oct 31

Heartbeat Opera's 4th Annual Drag Extravaganza: All the World's a Drag

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

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Yale DMA Solo Recital
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Yale DMA Solo Recital

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/

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Cantata Profana Mainstage 1: Das Lied von der Erde
Nov
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cantata Profana Mainstage 1: Das Lied von der Erde

  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Cantata Profana Mainstage 2: Strange City
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Cantata Profana Mainstage 2: Strange City

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.

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Amor Artis: Reflection and Refuge
Mar
18
4:00pm 4:00pm

Amor Artis: Reflection and Refuge

  • Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral (map)
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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. 

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Cantata Profana Spotlight: A Stravinsky Salon
Mar
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Cantata Profana Spotlight: A Stravinsky Salon

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.

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Heartbeat Opera: Spring Festival
May
2
to May 13

Heartbeat Opera: Spring Festival

  • Baruch Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Cantata Profana Mainstage 3: Seven Sins of Love
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Cantata Profana Mainstage 3: Seven Sins of Love

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

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Staunton Music Festival
Aug
8
to Aug 20

Staunton Music Festival

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

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Cantata Profana: Ancient Groove Music
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Cantata Profana: Ancient Groove Music

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

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Gramercy Opera: Fairy Queen
Jun
10
to Jun 17

Gramercy Opera: Fairy Queen

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.

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Heartbeat Opera presents: BUTTERFLY
May
20
to May 28

Heartbeat Opera presents: BUTTERFLY

  • Baruch Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Joe's Pub Debut! Two-Part Invention with Cantata Profana
Mar
30
9:30pm 9:30pm

Joe's Pub Debut! Two-Part Invention with Cantata Profana

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.

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New York Baroque Incorporated: CPE Bach's St. John Passion
Mar
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

New York Baroque Incorporated: CPE Bach's St. John Passion

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.

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Mexico City: Solo Recital
Nov
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mexico City: Solo Recital

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.

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DMA RECITAL: JOHN TAYLOR WARD
Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

DMA RECITAL: JOHN TAYLOR WARD

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.

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Heartbeat Opera presents QUEENS OF THE NIGHT: MOZART IN SPACE
Oct
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Heartbeat Opera presents QUEENS OF THE NIGHT: MOZART IN SPACE

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!

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RESIDENCY: AVALOCH FARM
Oct
3
to Oct 13

RESIDENCY: AVALOCH FARM

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!

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