Date - April 14, 2019
455 Byram Lake Road
Mount Kisco, New York, 10549
Join me for a Copland House at Merestead concert – the second in their Spring Season, which includes concerts inspired by 20th & 21st century art. The performance will be followed by a post-concert, meet-the-artists reception with composers Robert Sirota and Viet Cuong.
Kindly RSVP by Thursday, April 11. Guests are welcome to join us!
Tickets available on Copland House website:
$25 – Regular Ticket
$20 – Friends of Copland House
CRUMBLING WALLS: PICASSO’S MUSICAL CANVAS
From the website: coplandhouse.org
Works spanning 100 years reflect Pablo Picasso’s far-reaching influence on the music world. The iconic painter collaborated on many theatrical and dance productions with his contemporaries, and had an enduring impact on successive generations of composers that has lasted to our own time. The freshest example comes with the World Premiere of a new work by Viet Cuong, a former Copland House Resident and CULTIVATE Emerging Composer Fellow. “Inspired by Picasso’s line drawings, with multiple movements responding to different drawings -owl, grasshopper, pig, flamingo,” Cuong explained, “I’ve always loved how these express so much, and so specifically, with very little. The suite Seven Picassos (1987) by Robert Sirota was inspired, he wrote, by seven early paintings “I saw hanging in the National Gallery in Washington. I was so taken by their collective power that I returned … and like an art student sat in the gallery and sketched the basic shape and content of each of these pieces in a single day.” The program also includes Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, adapted from his 1919 Picasso collaboration Pulcinella, and the Dase Espagnole from Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve, which harkens back both to their shared Spanish heritage and their earlier (1904) collaboration, El Sombrero de Tres Picos.
Cuong’s new work also marks the launch of Copland House’s annual HARVEST commissions. Conceived by Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael as a way to further recognize and support gifted young musical creative artist who have participated in Copland House’s coveted CULTIVATE emerging composers institute, one outstanding Fellow will be selected each year to write a work to be premiered by Music from Copland House on its mainstage series. Featured performers at this vivid concert are Beomjae Kim (flute), Romie deGuise-Langlois (clarinet), Curtis Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola), Alexis Pia Gerlach (cello), and Michael Boriskin (piano).
Music From Copland House is the acclaimed resident ensemble at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York, now restored as a unique creative center for American music. Since its triumphant New York debut as the Opening Night of Merkin Hall’s 1999-2000 season, Music from Copland House (MCH) has come to occupy a special place on the U.S. musical scene as perhaps this country’s only wide-ranging American repertory ensemble. Provocatively uniting past and present, American and non-American, it journeys across 150 years of our nation’s rich musical legacy, reaching back deep into the 19th century and forward to just-completed compositions.
Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco, NY