Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood August 3-7

(Seen above, Fred Ho whose “Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball” was commissioned by the BSO especially for this festival.)

From our News Desk: The Tanglewood Music Center’s 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music, August 3-7, under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Wuorinen will feature three world premieres, by Mr. Wuorinen, John Zorn, and Fred Ho—all three commissions by the Tanglewood Music Center. The 2011 programs will represent a mix of early-, mid-, and late-career composers, with a special emphasis on American composers, as 18 of the 23 featured composers are American. The 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music opens on Wednesday, August 3, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, with the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s It Happens Like This, a dramatic, semi-staged 35-minute cantata for four singers and 12 instrumentalists, set to six selections from James Tate’s Return to the City of White Donkeys. This performance will be preceded by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. featuring Mr. Wuorinen, James Tate, and Ken Schmoll.

Though the 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music will feature performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and guest artists and conductors, several of the featured composers will also take part in performances of their own works. Composer names and birth dates, formal names of the works to be performed, and the instrumentation for those works are in the listing at the end of the document.

“The Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood presents a wide variety of music united by one common thread: the highest artistic aspiration,” said Charles Wuorinen, Director of the 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music. “In general, equal thirds of the Festival have been given over to senior, mid-career, and young composers; among these, many are little known—but all have much to say. An added pleasure in these programs is having so many of the composers with us and participating as performers, conducting, or playing their own works.”

THREE WORLD PREMIERES

In addition to the world premiere by Charles Wuorinen, this year’s festival will also present the world premiere of jazz- and funk-influenced Chinese-American composer Fred Ho’s Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Ho’s work will open the concerts on August 4, at 8 p.m. 6, at 2:30 p.m., and 7, at 10 a.m. in Ozawa Hall, and August 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre.

The third world premiere and TMC commission of the Festival will be John Zorn’s À Rebours, a title inspired by the Huysmans book of the same name. The work will be performed by Fellows of the TMC with guest cellist Fred Sherry and guest conductor and former Fellow Brad Lubman, on Thursday, August 4, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall.

2011 FCM FEATURES MUSIC OF FELIPE LARA, JO KONDO, AND JONATHAN KEREN

Brazilian composer Felipe Lara’s Onda will be the opening work of the final concert of the 2011 Festival, under the direction of Stefan Asbury, Sunday, August 7, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. This year’s Festival will highlight three works of Japanese composer Jo Kondo, including Beginning, Middle and End, on Saturday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre; High Window on Sunday, August 7, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall; and In summer on Sunday, August 7, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Also featured will be works by two British composers: Brian Ferneyhough’s beautifully intricate miniature violin concerto Terrain, will be performed on Thursday, August 4, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, and Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen’s The Girl in My Alphabet, will be performed on Friday, August 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Israeli composer Jonathan Keren’s Multiscala will be performed on Saturday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre.

A SPECIAL FOCUS ON AMERICAN COMPOSERS

The 2011 FCM programs will encompass a mix of works by early-, mid-, and late-career composers, and 18 of the 23 featured composers are American, including Milton Babbitt (August 4 and 7), John Chowning (August 4), Wayne Peterson (August 5), George Flynn (August 6), and Bernard Rands (August 7), representing the late-career composers; Tobias Picker (August 4), John Zorn (August 4), Fred Ho (August 4,5,6, and 7), Eve Beglarian (August 5), Richard Festinger (August 5), Lee Hyla (August 5), Jonathan Dawe (August 7), David Felder (August 7), Louis Karchin (August 7), and Christopher Rouse (August 7), representing mid-career composers; and Jason Eckardt (August 4), David Fulmer (August 7), and Andrew Norman (August 7) representing early-career.

A PRELUDE CONCERT BY URSULA OPPENS ON AUGUST 7

A Prelude concert, on Sunday, August 7, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, will feature guest pianist Ursula Oppens playing Jason Eckardt’s Cuts, Milton Babbitt’s It Takes Twelve to Tango, Bernard Rands’s Tre Espressioni, Jo Kondo’s High Window, and Tobias Picker’s Four Etudes for Ursula.

SEVERAL COMPOSERS TO BE FEATURED IN PERFORMANCES OF THEIR OWN WORKS

In addition, several FCM programs will feature the composers as performers in their own works, including American composers David Fulmer, who will be the soloist in his own violin concerto, and Louis Karchin, who will conduct his Chamber Symphony, both to be performed on Sunday, August 7, at 10 a.m. Pianist Errollyn Wallen will perform his own The Girl in My Alphabet on Friday, August 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. George Flynn will be a featured pianist, along with New Fromm Player Nolan Pearson, in his own Pieces of Night (Three American Nocturnes) on Saturday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre.

Guest cellist Fred Sherry and guest conductor and former TMC Fellow Brad Lubman will be featured along with Fellows of the TMC of John Zorn’s À Rebours on Thursday, August 4, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. That program will also feature guest Ensemble Signal performing English composer Brian Ferneyhough’s Terrain, also featuring guest violinist Christopher Otto, and Tobias Picker’s Sextet No. 2. Avi Avital, on mandolin, will be featured in Jonathan Keren’s Multiscala on Saturday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theatre.

BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER

The Tanglewood Music Center is the Boston Symphony’s prestigious summer music academy, located at the orchestra’s summer home in Tanglewood, situated in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

The 2011 class of 156 Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hail from 15 countries and 34 states. Among the countries represented are South Korea, China, Taiwan, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, and The Netherlands. Admission to the TMC is competitive, with nearly 1,500 musicians competing for about 120 open positions (the remaining slots being filled by Fellows re-invited from the previous season). Those accepted into the program receive fellowships that cover TMC tuition, room, and board.

Founded in 1940 by Serge Koussevitzky (BSO music director, 1924-49), the Tanglewood Music Center is designed to offer advanced music training for experienced young musicians who have completed the majority of their formal training. The program is open to instrumentalists, singers and vocal pianists, composers, and conductors. In addition to high-profile orchestral performances, the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows also participate in chamber music and vocal recital programs, and master classes and coaching sessions led by some of the preeminent artists of our time. More than half the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra also teach at the TMC each summer. The Tanglewood Music Center also offers programs for orchestral librarians, audio engineers, piano technicians, and publications professionals.

The Tanglewood Music Center performance season opens on June 28 and 29 with four full concerts of String Quartets, the culminating events of a week of intensive Seminars, featuring music of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. Tanglewood Music Center Fellows engage in a heavy schedule of rehearsals, master classes, and coaching sessions, and are featured in Chamber Music and Recital Programs throughout the season.

The 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music is made possible by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Fromm Music Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ernst von Seimens Music Foundeation, the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and by the generous support of Dr. Raymond and Hannah H. Schneider.

TMC TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for TMC Orchestra Concerts (July 5, 11, 17, 25, and August 14) and Festival of Contemporary Music events (August 3-7) are available in advance online at www.tanglewood.org or by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or 617-266-1200. For all other TMC concerts, tickets ($11) are available one hour prior to concert start time at the Ozawa Hall Box Office.

2011 Festival of Contemporary Music Listing
All programs and artists are subject to change

Wednesday, August 3 – Sunday, August 7
2011 Festival of Contemporary Music
Directed by Pulitzer-prize winning Charles Wuorinen, the six-program festival will feature two world premiere performances including Mr. Wuorinen’s It Happens Like This, a dramatic, semi-staged 35-minute cantata for four singers and 12 instrumentalists set to six selections from James Tate’s Return to the City of White Donkeys (2004), which will open the Festival on August 3, and will be conducted by Charles Wuorinen.

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Panel Discussion featuring Charles Wuorinen, James Tate, and Ken Schmoll

Wednesday, August 3, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
The New Fromm Players
Tanglewood Music Center Instrumental and Vocal Fellows
Charles Wuorinen, conductor (It Happens Like This)
Ken Schmoll, director
CHARLES WUORINEN (b. 1939) Never Again the Same
(Bass-baritone and tuba)
CHARLES WUORINEN It Happens Like This (world premiere; TMC commission)
(vocalists: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass; bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, harp, and 2
percussionists)

Thursday, August 4, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
The Fromm Concert at Tanglewood
The New Fromm Players
Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
Ensemble Signal, guest ensemble
Brad Lubman, conductor
Christopher Otto, violin
Fred Sherry, cello
FRED HO (b. 1957) Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball
(world premiere; TMC commission)
(2 trumpets and 2 trombones)
TOBIAS PICKER (b. 1954) Sextet No. 2
(performed by Ensemble Signal: oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano)
JASON ECKARDT (b. 1971) Rendition
(performed by Ensemble Signal: bass clarinet and piano)
BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH (b. 1943) Terrain
(performed by Ensemble Signal: solo violin, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tuba, and double bass)
BABBITT (b. 1916) More Melismata
(solo cello)
JOHN CHOWNING (b. 1934) Voices
(soprano and electronics)
JOHN ZORN (b. 1953) À Rebours (world premiere; TMC commission)
(Fred Sherry, solo cello; with flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 3 percussionists, and harp)

Friday, August 5, 2:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
Errollyn Wallen, piano
Stephen Drury, piano
FRED HO (b. 1957) Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball
(2 trumpets and 2 trombones)
EVE BEGLARIAN (b. 1958) Robin Redbreast
(soprano, piccolo, and CD playback)
LEE HYLA (b. 1952) House of Flowers
(mezzo-soprano, bass-clarinet, piano, and double bass)
RICHARD FESTINGER (b. 1948) Peripeteia
(clarinet, violin, and cello)
ERROLLYN WALLEN (b. 1958) The Girl in My Alphabet
(2 piano with 8 hands)
WAYNE PETERSON (b. 1927) Transformations

Saturday, August 6, 2:30 p.m.
Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
George Flynn, piano
Avi Avital, mandolin
FRED HO (b. 1957) Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball
(2 trumpets and 2 trombones)
GEORGE FLYNN (b. 1937) Pieces of Night (Three American Nocturnes)
(solo piano)
JO KONDO (b. 1947) Beginning, Middle, and End
(flute, 2 violins, viola, and cello)
JONATHAN KEREN (b. 1978) Multiscala
(mandolin, violin, viola, and cello)

Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m. Ozawa Hall
Tanglewood Music Center Instrumental and Conducting Fellows
David Fulmer, violin
Louis Karchin, conductor
FRED HO (b. 1957) Fanfare to Stop the Creeping Meatball
(2 trumpets and 2 trombones)
MILTON BABBITT (b. 1916) No Longer Very Clear
(soprano, flute, clarinet, violin,and cello)
DAVID FULMER (b. 1981) Violin Concerto
(David Fulmer, solo violin; with chamber orchestra)
JONATHAN DAWE (b. 1965) Horn Trio
(horn, violin, and piano)
LOUIS KARCHIN (b. 1951) Chamber Symphony

Sunday, August 7, 6 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Prelude Concert
Ursula Oppens, piano
JASON ECKARDT (b. 1971) Cuts
MILTON BABBITT (b. 1916) It Takes Twelve to Tango
BERNARD RANDS ( b. 1934) Tre Espressioni
JO KONDO (b. 1947) High Window
TOBIAS PICKER (b. 1954) Four Etudes for Ursula
(Admission is free, but restricted to that evening’s 8:30 p.m. concert ticket holders.)

Sunday, August 7, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
The Margaret Lee Crofts Concert
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Tanglewood Music Center Conductor Fellows
Stefan Asbury, conductor
ANDREW NORMAN (b. 1979) Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Splatter Splash
JO KONDO (b. 1947) In Summer
FELIPE LARA(b. 1979) Onda
DAVID FELDER (b. 1953) Inner Sky
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE (b. 1949) Phaethon

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