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Rawlins Piano Trio to perform at the National Music Museum!
On Thursday and Friday, November 21-22, we are thrilled to be performing Beethoven Trio in B-flat, Op. 97, "Archduke" at the National Music Museum on an 1876 Broadwood piano from the Museum's collection. While this instrument dates from a time later than Beethoven's time of composition of this trio (1793-94), it still has a sweeter and lighter sound than modern grand pianos. Those performing Beethoven's works nearly a hundred years later than their composition might have used such an instrument.
These concerts will be a special part of the National Music Museum's 40th anniversary celebration. Special commentary about the "Archduke" Trio will be presented by the esteemed and entertaining host of NPR's What Makes it Great? show , Rob Kapilow. "In this performance, Rob Kapilow and The Rawlins Trio contemplate, disassemble, and unlock the mysteries of that crowning achievement of Beethoven’s cycle of piano trios, his Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 97, known as the “The Archduke Trio.” A monumental achievement considered by most to be the greatest work for its instrumentation, “The Archduke” is known for its noble grandeur and its hauntingly beautiful Andante movement. With his gift for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, Rob Kapilow will let his audience peer into the inner workings of this magnificent masterpiece."
Please join us for the full concert on Thursday night or an abbreviated version on Friday at noon!
ATTRACTING OPPOSITES....Our five commissions...
Songs of Light and Darkness by Miguel A. Roig-Francolí (b. 1953). Roig-Francolí tells us that Songs of Light and Darkness was... “Composed at a time in which light was starting to return to my soul after a period of personal darkness, this trio is a musical reflection on light and darkness, both in the inner and outer worlds. Places of light and darkness in Nature represent and reflect parallel places of light and darkness in the soul. In the end, though, there is only Light, as symbolized by the quotation of the complete plainchant antiphon “Lux perpetua” in movement III.”
Emma Lou Diemer wrote Piano Trio, No. 2 in 2008-09. It expresses optimism and hope surrounding the 2008 United States presidential election. Diemer studied composition at the Yale Music School and at the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D., 1960) and in Brussels, Belgium on a Fulbright Scholarship. Early in her career, she was composer-in-residence in the Arlington, VA schools under the Ford Foundation Young Composers Project and was consultant for the MENC Contemporary Music Project. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Maryland and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1991 she became Professor Emeritus at UCSB. She continues to be an active keyboard performer (piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer) and composer.
Three Poems by William Butler Yeats by Timothy Hoekman. Soprano Carla Connors joined us for this work. In January 2003 the Music Teachers National Association selected Timothy Hoekman as the 2002 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. Hoekman’s winning composition, the song cycle To Make a Prairie with texts by Emily Dickinson, was commissioned by the South Dakota Music Teachers Association and is now published by the Theodore Presser Company. He has written extensively for singers. He was chosen as Composer-in-Residence for the 2004 Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival. Other commissions have included the one-act opera Princess Gray Goose, premiered in 1996; Then Swims Up the Great Round Moon (a song cycle for vocal quartet and piano with texts by Walter de la Mare); Harlem Night Songs for SATB chorus and piano with texts by Langston Hughes; and fanfares for Glimmerglass Opera Company’s 2002 and 2008 seasons. Hoekman is Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at The Florida State University.
James Lentini's Opposites Attract.
Award-winning composer and guitarist James Lentini is a recipient of the Segovia International Composition Prize, the McHugh Composition Prize, and the Bluffton University Choral Competition (first prize), in addition to awards from Meet the Composer and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Lentini’s works have been performed by distinguished solo artists such as guitarist William Kanengiser and recorded by ensembles that include the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St. Clair Trio. Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have regularly performed his works, and commissions include those for the Hanson Institute for American Music and the Plymouth Symphony. He has participated as a juror in the Segovia International Guitar Competition in La Herradura, Spain, and he has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Dr. Lentini describes his work:
Stephen Yarbrough began his musical career as a flutist with the Air Force Academy Band outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. After four years of service he returned to his Alma Mater, the University of Oklahoma, and took up the study of composition with Michael Hennagin, a student of Aaron Copland and Jerry Goldsmith. In 1982 he took a teaching position in Theory/Composition at the University of South Dakota, and was awarded his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition in 1983 from the University of Oklahoma. He is now retired after twenty-nine years of teaching music theory/composition at USD, where he was Composer In Residence to the College of Fine Arts. The recipient of four Bush Foundation Grants, Dr. Yarbrough has been commissioned by many schools, churches, and ensembles, and writes for virtually every medium.
The Revelations (of Julian of Norwich) was the first book written in English by a woman. Julian was a fourteenth-century recluse who recounts the subtle and radical insights granted to her through visions of the crucified Christ as she lay on what she believed to be her deathbed. Her subsequent recovery led to twenty more years of reflection and contemplation, and to her writing a detailed account of these mystical experiences. The Julian Trio is a two-movement work existing as a musical meditation on certain strands of thought common in her Revelations.
The first movement, All Shall Be Well , is a comforting, lyric, song of love. It assures us that God, our lover, is always present, in love, through our (the beloved) every experience of well and woe in this earthly life. The second movement All Love Unbounded, is a reflection on her insights of all creation coming into being through God's love...thus a celebration of a God who, out of love, created everything that exists. It sings forth the joy of "being" itself as rooted in the love of an infinitely loving Creator.
Opening paragraph and passages from Julin of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, Fr. John-Julian, OJN, copyright2011, the Order of Julian of Norwich, published by Paraclete Press, Brewster, Massachusetts, www.paracletepress.com.