To Schumann with Love
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Concert
Thursday, March 21 8:00pm
$30 General Admission
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s concert To Schumann With Love is a tribute to composer Robert Schumann, presenting his romantic Violin Sonata along with a piece composed by his wife Clara Schumann, Romances for Oboe and Piano, and a another by their dear friend Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo Opus 118, No. 2 in A major, transcribed for oboe, English horn and piano. To complement this trio, two contemporary tributes to the composer will be performed. The first, composed by Olli Kortekangas, is a meditation on Schumann’s workAveux, Hommages à Schumann, for oboe and string quartet. The second is a tribute to Schumann by Left Coast pianist and composer Eric Zivian. Zivian’s new work for two oboes is composed for and dedicated to Andrea Plesnarski and Tom Nugent, Left Coast's married pair of oboists. This piece will receive its world premiere at the concert.
"Being married to another oboe player has been a wonderful journey on many levels,” said Tom Nugent of his wife and fellow LCCE oboist Andrea Plesnarski. “Like any musical couple, we have shared in each other's musical growth and have been a sounding board for ideas and concepts. This interchange keeps us evolving and has been great fun."
In connection to the Schumanns and Zivian’s new piece written for her and Nugent, Plenarski commented, “One analogous thing is the fact that Tom and I are married and play the same instrument, and Robert and Clara did too. When two people are together and share something like playing the same instrument there are some intrinsic things you understand about one another. Yet, even though you share something so similar, your experience with and your strengths and weaknesses often differ, leading to self-discovery and some frustration and jealousy. This new piece gives us the opportunity to explore all of this."
To Schumann With Love also features the West Coast premiere of Ryan Carter’s too many arguments in line 17-- the winner of the LCCE 2012 composition contest. Carter’s work has been praised by the New York Times as "imaginative...like, say, a Martian dance party," and by the Milwaukee Express, for his "...contemporary feel for interesting, driving textures and counterpoint."
About the Contemporary Composers
Ryan Carter is a composer of music for instruments, voices, and computers. Mr. Carter’s music has been performed throughout Europe and North America by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, NOW Ensemble, and many others. Carter has received numerous commissions and major awards. In addition he is an avid computer musician and programmer. His Monkeypants app is an album of algorithmically generated, listener-interactive electronica. Carter also serves on the Board of Directors of SEAMUS (the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.)
Olli Kortekangas, born in 1955, is one of the most famous Finnish composers of his generation, and has composed more than one hundred works, from solo pieces and chamber works to orchestral works, concertos, music for choirs and opera. His latest opera, Daddy's Girl, commissioned jointly by the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Finnish Parliament, was premiered in Savonlinna in 2007. The Finnish National Opera staged a new production in January 2009.
Eric Zivian is a graduate of Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Yale School of Music. He studied composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick, and piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin. Mr. Zivian has performed new music with Earplay and Empyrean Ensemble, and Beethoven and Mozart with Santa Rosa Symphony and Toronto Symphony. Zivian's current project is a program of music showing the history of repertoire written for the modern piano, including Brahms, Schoenberg, Ravel, Debussy, Albeniz, as well as more contemporary works by Andriessen, Christian Baldini and Lee Hyla.
Robert Schumann Violin Sonata in A minor Op. 105
Clara Schumann Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 22
Eric Zivian New Work for Two Oboes World Premiere
Olli Kortekangas Aveux, Hommages a Schumann for Oboe and String Quartet US Premiere
Ryan Carter too many arguments in line 17 for String Quartet, 2012 Left Coast Composition Contest Winner WEST COAST PREMIERE
Founded in 1992, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. By embracing both musics, we enrich the audience’s experience — we reawaken a feeling of immediacy in performances of familiar masterpieces and we reveal the powerful expressive intentions in the music of our time. The ensemble’s twelve musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire.
The group has commissioned over 55 new works, sponsors an annual composition contest that draws over 150 applicants each year, and carries on a tradition of performing the very best that the composers of today (whether established or emerging) have to offer.