|Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 15:30 - 17:00||Piano Tuesdays||Clara Lichtenstein Hall||
Marina Mdivani, coordinator
|Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 19:30||Dorothy Morton Visiting Artist Series: Piano Masterclass with Boris Slutsky||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wihelm Backhaus Award, at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bem Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, the RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah and Toronto Symphonies. Mr. Slutsky has been heard on recital series’ throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and the Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky’s more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label as well as performances with many renowned artists.
Mr. Slutsky presented master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia and served as a jury member of many international piano competitions.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman.
Mr. Slutsky has joined the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1993, where he currently serves as the Piano Department Chair.
|Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 16:30||Conference: Claire Chase, Chamber Music and New Music: Building an Organization that will thrive.||Clara Lichtenstein Hall|
|Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00||McGill Piano Ensembles||Pollack Hall||
with two pianos. Marina Mdivani, coordinator
|Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 20:00||Claire Chase: "Density," A recital of music for Flute and Electronics||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Claire Chase, flute
Density - A recital of music for Flute and Electronics
Ms. Chase is a 2014 Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist.
In my current daydreams, I muse that I will be 58 years old in 2036, at the 100th anniversary of Density 21.5. I dream that I will have commissioned and premiered the 21st century Density by then, a work that will singularly change the definition of the instrument. What will it look like? What will it sound like? Where will the newest innovations on the flute, humankind’s oldest musical instrument, take us? A generation of flute-players will have devised new tuning systems, discovered volumes of new techniques, written encyclopedias of new performance practices, reached new extremities of virtuosity, discovered groundbreaking new ways of integrating technology with live performance...
There are some days that I am certain that solo flute playing will have pushed itself firmly into the realm of performance art and conceptual art by the mid-21st century, that we will have exhausted the concert form as we know it. Then there are days when I am so moved by the promise of a few notes in the palm of a hand, uttered with the simplicity of an exhalation, that I have faith all over again in melody itself as an agent of change throughout the ages.
Oskar Fischinger once told a young John Cage: “Everything in the world has a spirit that can be released through its sound.” Varèse unleashed this spirit for the flute, for the one all alone, in these staggering four minutes of music. Did he go as far as one could go, metaphorically and otherwise? Of what will the Density of our time be made? Of osmium? Of signal processing? Of wood? Of carbon? Of flesh? Of air?
- Claire Chase, excerpted from John Zorn’s ARCANA VI, Musicians on Music (2012)
About the Artist
Flutist Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, arts entrepreneur and cultural activist. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute, many of them tailor-made for her. Described as a “spectacular flutist” by The New Yorker, “indefatigable” by TimeOut New York, and a “virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity” by the Chicago Tribune, Chase has given critically acclaimed recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. Highlights of the current season include solo performances at the Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou, China), Museu Pinacoteca (São Paolo, Brazil), and debuts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris and London. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums on New Focus Recordings – Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012) – and tonight releases her third, Density.
Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member. ICE has premiered more than 600 works since its inception, and has pioneered a new artist-driven organizational model that earned the company a Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center in 2010.
In 2013, Chase founded The Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century through commissions, community engagement, and interdisciplinary collaborations. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012.
|Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 16:00||Conference: Claire Chase, Flute and Electronics||Clara Lichtenstein Hall|
|Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 18:30||Schulich Masterclass: Claire Chase, flute||Clara Lichtenstein Hall||
Claire Chase is a 2014 Catherine Thornhill Steele Invited Artist.
Claire Chase is a young arts entrepreneur and flutist who is forging a new model for the commissioning, recording, and live performance of contemporary classical music. As artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which she co-founded in 2001, Chase has assembled a cadre of approximately thirty conservatory-trained musicians, including herself, devoted to advancing new music and playing an expansive repertoire and range of styles. Their eclectic programming, often curated by Chase, combines well-known works imaginatively interpreted alongside premieres of exciting contemporary compositions. ICE performs in settings ranging from traditional orchestra venues to art galleries, warehouses, clubs, and public spaces. Through riveting performances, commissioning programs, interdisciplinary collaborations, and educational outreach, Chase and ICE convey a passion for and knowledge of contemporary music that prompts audience members to expand their aesthetic boundaries beyond the familiar canon to include works by young and emerging composers. In addition to her leadership of ICE, Chase is an accomplished solo flutist. Her debut album, Aliento (2009), brings to life new works by young composers with a purity of tone, technical virtuosity, and delicacy of expression. As an entrepreneur, curator, educator, and musician, Chase is engaging audiences in the appreciation of contemporary classical music and opening new avenues of artistic expression for the twenty-first-century musician.
Claire Chase received a B.M. (2001) from the Oberlin Conservatory. She has served as executive (now artistic) director of the International Contemporary Ensemble since co-founding it in 2001. As a soloist and with ICE, she has performed at such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Pinacoteca Museum in Brazil. Her additional recordings include Terrestre (2012) and, with ICE, Complete Crumb Edition, Volume 12 (2008), Undersong(2011), and Bright and Hollow Sky (2011), among others.
|Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 19:30||Schulich Professional Concert Series: Carte-Blanche - Zuk piano duo||Pollack Hall||
Works by Edvard Grieg, Halyna Ovcharenko, Yannis Constantinidis, Yevhen Stankovych, Béla Bartók, George Fiala and Clermont Pépin
|Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 19:30||A Jazz Opera: class of Ranee Lee||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Class of Ranee Lee
|Friday, March 14, 2014 - 17:30||Piano Concert: Class of Tom Davidson||Clara Lichtenstein Hall|
|Friday, March 14, 2014 - 19:30||Schulich Professional Concert Series: Carte-Blanche - Concert of Canadian Music||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Works by Harry Somers, John Weinzweig, John Beckwith, Serge Garant and others
|Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 17:00 - 20:00||Piano Concert: Class of Marina Mdivani||Clara Lichtenstein Hall|
|Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 19:30||Schulich Golden Violin Competition||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Douglas McNabney, coordinator
|Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 15:30||Ladies Morning Musical Club (LMMC): Angela Hewitt, piano||Pollack Hall||
|Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 17:00||Master's Recital: Mathew MacEachern, jazz drums||Tanna Schulich Hall||
Class of Chris McCann