Time: December 22, 2013 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
Website or Map: http://www.chatterabq.org
Event Type: music, and, poetry
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Dec 22, 2013
Copland Clarinet Concerto and Crumb Christmas piano
James Shields, the Principal clarinet of both the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and the New Mexico Philharmonic, and Chatter Associate Artistic will perform the Copland Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Piano, and Harp. “The Copland was the first concerto I ever performed with an orchestra, when I was 17 at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and I’ve always had a special fondness for the piece,” said Shields.
Copland wrote his Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Piano and Harp between 1947 and 1949 at the request of the legendary jazz clarinetist, Benny Goodman. The 1940's were a big decade for Copland, and he composed most of his best known works during this time, including Fanfare for a Common Man (1942), Rodeo (1942), and Appalachian Spring (1944). Frequently referred to as his "Populist" period, these works, along with the Clarinet Concerto, are some of the most widely performed works of American classical music. The concerto opens with a movement simply titled "Slowly and Expressively", which is typified by a bittersweet and expansive lyricism that Copland does exceeding well. A cadenza follows for the clarinet alone, which serves as a bridge to the more angular and up-tempo second movement, which makes use of the various jazz idioms that Copland frequently utilized throughout his career [beginning with Music for Theatre (1925) and Piano Concerto (1926)].
A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 is by the American composer George Crumb. It is conceptually related to frescoes by Giotto in a chapel in Padua, Italy. The work exhibits a lot of the traits listeners expect from Crumb, for instance: interesting and novel way of producing sounds from the piano, and a skillful mixture of unfamiliar or more "exotic" harmonies, with more "familiar" western harmonies from various time periods of music history. Pianist Jose-Luis Hurtado will perform the piece.
Billy Brown will present the spoken word part of the performance this week. Brown follows many passions. A poet and poetry event organizer, his monthly Fixed and Free poetry reading celebrated five years in August, and his Quarterly poetry open house began eight years ago. With a Dartmouth PhD, Billy teaches mathematics and statistics at UNM and tutors privately. He enjoys singing tenor in two local choruses: Madrigal Singers and Soli Musica. He frequently contributes delicious food from his baking and catering business, Cuisine del Corazón, to support arts events such as theater openings, poetry readings and concerts, including several years of support for Chatter Sunday, New Mexico Philharmonic and Tricklock Theater company. Billy recently published “Poems and Pastries for Sunday Chatter”, a collection of pastry recipes loved by Chatter Sunday patrons and poems written during Chatter performances. Chatter Sunday is the perfect venue for Billy’s passions for music, poetry and baking!
Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website, chatterabq.org.