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Ecstatic Music Festival: Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens & Nathan Koci

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A New Sounds Live Co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer

Praised for his “acute ear” (New York Times) and “stubborn nose” (New Yorker) composer and pianist Timo Andres offers a new song cycle specifically created for fellow rising-star composers and multi-instrumentalists Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Stevens and Nathan Koci. A multi-movement work inspired by old fashioned American parlor songs, Andres has invented his own set of “work songs” set to texts having to do with facets of professions, jobs and labor. The song arrangements are tailored to the unique strengths of the group, with the singers joining in on guitars, keyboards, accordion and banjo. The program will also include individual work by each of the other gifted composers in the collective, all arranged for the quintet to perform together.

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Published March 19, 2014
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Composer Timo Andres goes for the beauty

Star Tribune
Britt Robson

Timo Andres is a fastidious generator of beauty. Most obviously it is musical beauty, as Andres, a composer and pianist who is not yet 30, is a prodigy who was improvising on songs at the age of 6, graduated from Juilliard and Yale, has a full plate of commissioned works, and has released two albums that have provoked comparisons to John Adams and Charles Ives.

His second record, last year’s “Home Stretch,” boldly fills in the absent left hand of Mozart’s “Coronation” Concerto and also offers up a 14-minute “Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno.”

It is a résumé that made Andres a logical choice to be part of Liquid Music, sponsored by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to expand the boundaries of classical music composition and performance. On Friday and Saturday nights, he will unveil his new “Work Songs” cycle, composed for a group of handpicked fellow singer-songwriters, in the Music Room at the SPCO Center. MORE

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One with his violin: Geoffrey Herd ’12 AD to play at Carnegie Hall

Finger Lakes Times
By Jim Miller

GENEVA — When Geoffrey Herd picks up his violin to practice, he focuses on the technical — on finger placement, on how he moves the bow, on where it hits the string.

When he performs, as he will later this month at Carnegie Hall, a different motivation takes over. “You just go after what lies behind the music,” he said.

Classical music moves Herd … has moved him his entire life, actually, since he hummed along to his siblings’ piano and violin practices as he lay in his crib.

It moves him when he directs the Geneva Music Festival, moves him as he performs, moves him as he makes plans to visit remote areas of Thailand this summer to bring classical music to people who have little access to it. MORE

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Brentano String Quartet, incoming quartet-in-residence, performs at Yale April 8

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The Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet in a concert on Tuesday, April 8. This is the ensemble’s first Yale appearance since the announcement that they will succeed the Tokyo Quartet as Yale’s Artists in Residence, beginning with the 2014–15 academic year. The program, which features music from Haydn to Bernstein, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound (and) yearning lyricism,” while the London Independent lauds the group as “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding.” The quartet’s members are Mark Steinberg, first violin; Serena Canin, second violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello.

Their April 8 concert will begin with quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn.  Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 64, No. 3, combines the sparkling wit and charm of Haydn’s courtly compositions with the exuberant brilliance of his later pieces. Mendelssohn’s gregariousness shines through in his graceful String Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1. MORE

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‘Song of Songs: Come into my Garden’ at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments April 13th

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The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the award-winning Tapestry Ensemble on Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm. The program, called “Song of Songs: Come Into My Garden,” weaves together settings of the sensual Old Testament text.

Tapestry features vocalists Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic alongside Shira Kammen, playing vielle and harp, and Takaaki Masuko on percussion. The Boston-based ensemble has won numerous awards, including WQXR and Chamber Music America’s Recording of the Year and, most recently, the prestigious Echo Klassik Prize for their recording Sapphire NightThe Boston Globe calls them a “knockout,” while Gramophone lauds their performances as “utter perfection.”

Song of Songs: Come into my Garden brings together a multitude of interpretations of a 3,000 year-old text that has been described as both an erotic love song and an allegory in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. The program incorporates ancient Hebrew, medieval Latin, and Arabic, as well as new settings of the text. MORE

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