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Review: Matthew Welch Offers Ethereal Chamber Music at the Stone

welch_matt_webThe New York Times | By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

The music of Matthew Welch, who began a weeklong residency at the Stone on Tuesday, draws on a world of influences. His opening set, performed by the ensemble Cantata Profana, packed in references to Highland bagpipes, Balinese funerary rites, Minimalism, Borges, Beckett and Buddha. Yet much of the resulting chamber music is exquisitely ethereal, made up of delicate, transparent textures that hum with expressive tension. If Mr. Welch were a chef, he’d be the kind who pushes the boundaries of molecular gastronomy, transforming earthy ingredients into translucent beads of pure flavor.

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Published December 18, 2015
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New Haven Independent: “Rite” On Time

New Haven Independent
By Robert Heltzl

Spring brings with it birth, creation, change, and a sense of renewal. In Igor Stravinsky’s legendary work, “Rite of Spring,” all such sentiments are undoubtedly present, but his creation is accompanied with the sublime horror and forceful sense of composition that only a master artist can summon. When it debuted in Paris 100 years ago, the piece spawned a riot, to boot.

What a pleasure then that our city could behold RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a powerful tribute in which eight modern composers rendered the original piece in new form, with conducting by the graceful virtuoso Paolo Bartolameolli, the same man who commissioned this updated wonder to begin with. MORE

Published November 19, 2013
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New York Times: An Operatic Monster Mash

By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

A mild-mannered bachelor tried to kiss a zombie on Saturday evening on the Lower East Side. He succumbed to her bite soon after. A group of medical students made earnest attempts to reanimate a corpse. Religious objects were desecrated. There was blood. MORE

Published November 15, 2013
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Zephyrus Project Orchestra’s RiteNow Set for this Sunday

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On Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the 90-piece Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is here.

RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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NH Register: 8 composers’ take on Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ in Yale’s Woolsey Hall

New Haven Register

By Donna Doherty

NEW HAVEN >> One hundred years ago, the riot in the streets that greeted the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” ushered in a work now considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th-century music.

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any rioting outside Woolsey Hall on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., when the 85-member Zephyrus Project Orchestra pays tribute to the work with its only performance of “RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’” Admission is free. MORE

Published November 12, 2013
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New Music New Haven features Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 5 on Feb. 2

Featured performers include TwoSense, pianist Amy J. Yang

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven performance on Thursday, February 2 at 8pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven, corner of Wall St.). The performance will feature the Piano Sonata No. 5 of Yale faculty composer Ezra Laderman. YSM alumna Amy Yang ’10 AD, who has been hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” will perform the sonata.

The piano-cello duo TwoSense, featuring Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate (’07 MM, ’08 AD), cello and Lisa Moore, piano, will also be featured on the program. The “admired performers” (New Yorker) will play Daniel Wohl’s One Piece and Paul KerekesReach.

Stephen Feigenbaum’s Fantasy for oboe and piano explores a new take on the relationship between performer and accompanist, with the piano taking a largely commentary role and the oboe holding together the piece’s groundwork. Collideoscope, a piano quartet by Jordan Kuspa, dramatizes the composer’s interactions with a work of art.

The program will also include Orbis Tertius, a exploration of extra-terrestrial fanfares by Matthew Welch for the unique combination of brass septet and bagpipes. MORE

Published January 13, 2012
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