MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC announces 2012-2013 Season
ORCHESTRAL, CHORAL and CONTEMPORARY CONCERTS HIGHLIGHTED

ALSO OF NOTE

MANHATTAN-HONG KONG MUSIC FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Gala Orchestra Concert with JOHNNY POON Conducting the MSM Symphony on November 2, Friday

ROBERT MANN STRING QUARTET INSTITUTE – JANUARY 3 & 4, 2013

Concluding Concert on January 6, Sunday

KURT MASUR CONDUCTING SEMINAR –JANUARY 21 – 25, 2013

Concluding Concert with Selected Seminar Conductors Leading the MSM Symphony on January 25, Friday

SHE’S BACK! LAURA KARPMAN’S “ASK YOUR MAMA”
MARCH 23, 2013, Saturday at the APOLLO THEATER

Returns to NYC in Special Collaboration: Apollo Theater and Manhattan School of Music
Original Cast including Jessye Norman and The Roots to Perform with MSM Chamber Sinfonia under the direction of George Manahan
Presented as part of MSM’s “Harlem Nights” Concert Series


This season Manhattan School of Music takes on New York and the world by offering programming that celebrates the music of our own city with the “Harlem Nights” concert series and by hosting a week-long musical exchange with Hong Kong in October.

Manhattan-Hong Kong Music Festival

October 30 – November 3, 2012; Tuesday – Saturday
Manhattan School of Music with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council will be presenting the Manhattan-Hong Kong Music Festival showcasing some of Hong Kong’s finest musicians in concert side-by-side with MSM faculty as well as the School’s contemporary music ensemble, TACTUS performing original compositions by Hong Kong composers. The festival will be comprised of chamber music, an orchestra concert, a master class, and composition forum. Johnny M. Poon, who is the head of the music department at Hong Kong Baptist University, will be leading the Friday night, November 2nd orchestra concert. He is also the festival’s artistic director.

October 30, Tuesday
Hong Kong in Recital: A chamber music concert performed by the guest musicians from Hong Kong. The program includes Brahms’ Trio for Viola, Cello and Piano, op. 114; Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois, op. 3 scored for violin and piano; Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor; Li Zi-Li’s Harvest Song of the Fisherman for violin and piano; Sunshine on Tashkurgan for violin and piano by Chen Gang (b. 1935); and Etudes for marimba by Pius Cheung (b. 1982). The performers include Warren Lee, Mary Wu and Nina Yip, piano; Chuan-yun Li, violin; Andrew Ling, viola and violin; Richard Bamping, cello; and Pius Cheung, marimba
Greenfield Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.


October 31, Wednesday
Master Class with Percussionist Pius Cheung
Miller Recital Hall, 4:00 p.m.

Cutting Edge in Hong Kong: An evening of original compositions by Hong Kong composers performed by TACTUS, MSM’s contemporary music ensemble, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky. The program will include Into Immensity by Wing Wah Chan (b. 1954); Music for Flute, Bass Clarinet and Piano by Victor Chan (b. 1959); Quicksilver Swirls by Joyce Tang (b. 1976); Cage Moved East 20 Grins (Garbage Garden) by Cheung Wai Hui (b. 1963); Lotus Fantasy by Richard Tsang (b. 1952); Remembering Dowland by Fung Lam (b. 1979) and Stars and Moon, Cloud and You by Desmond Yeung-Ping Chen.
TACTUS, Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Greenfield Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

November 1, Thursday
Composition Forum
Greenfield Recital Hall, 3:00 p.m.


Manhattan-Hong Kong Chamber Music: A collaborative concert of piano chamber music. The program will feature Infante’s Danses andalouses; Fauré’s Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 15; and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 44. The performers will include MSM faculty joined by the Hong Kong musicians. Performers will be Daniel Epstein, Warren Lee, Nancy Loo, and Mary Wu, piano; Laurie Carney and Peter Winograd, violin; Andrew Ling and Nicholas Mann, viola; Richard Bamping and David Geber, cello.
Greenfield Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

November 2, Friday
Gala Orchestra Concert, MSM Symphony, Johnny M. Poon, conductor

This concert will celebrate the cultural encounter with works including Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (“Haffner”); Mozart’s Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaide); Illumination by Fung Lam (b. 1979); Stravinsky’s No Word from Tom (from Rake’s Progress), performed by soprano Li Yuki Ip; as well as Chen Gang (b. 1935) and He Zhanhao’s (b. 1933) The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto performed by Chuan-yun. The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, composed in 1959 by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, is one of the most famous works of Chinese music. The work became popular in the late 1970s when China loosened its restriction following the Cultural Revolution and since, has been heard in venues worldwide from skating rinks to concert halls. This concerto, composed for western style orchestra, is written in a traditional 5-note, pentatonic scale employing many Chinese melodies, chord structures and patterns. In addition, the violinist uses some Chinese techniques in performance.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.; Tickets: $20 adults; $12 for seniors and students


November 3, Saturday
Chinoiserie Moderne: Beyond Exoticism: A chamber music concert featuring works by prominent Chinese composers living in the West. Included will be Chou Wenchung’s (b. 1923) work from 1957, The Willows Are New; Eight Memories in Watercolor composed in 1978 by Tan Dun (b. 1949); two works by Bright Sheng (b. 1955) Three Chinese Love Songs (1988) and Seven Tunes Heard in China (1995); Zhou Long’s (b. 1953) Wu Kai (1983), Wild Grass (1993) and Taiping Drum (1983); ending with works by Chen Yi (b. 1953) Du Mu from Tibetan Tunes (2007); Happiness from Tunes from My Home (2007); Romance of Hsiao and Ch’in (1999) and Memory (2010). The performers include Warren Lee, Nancy Loo, Mary Wu, and Nin Yip, piano; Chuan-yun Lie, violin; Andrew Ling, viola and violin; Richard Bamping, cello; Yuki Ip, soprano; and Barbara Fei, narrator.
Carnegie Hall’s Weilll Recital Hall, 2:00 p.m.; For tickets call 212 247 7800

Orchestral and Choral Concerts (performances listed in date order)

Throughout the year more than a dozen orchestral concerts take place at MSM performed by the School’s three orchestras – MSM Symphony, MSM Philharmonia and MSM Chamber Sinfonia. In addition, MSM is represented by its two choral ensembles – the MSM Symphonic Chorus and MSM Chamber Choir. George Manahan is MSM’s Director of Orchestral Activities and Kent Tritle is Director of Choral Activities. Other conductors who will be leading MSM ensembles include Philippe Entremont, David Gilbert, Johnny M. Poon, Jeffrey Milarsky and Todd Reynolds. In January, Kurt Masur will also be on campus to lead the Eighth Annual Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at Manhattan School of Music.

Manhattan School of Music concerto soloists have been selected to perform with orchestras as winners of the School’s annual Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition. This competition held annually each spring by the strings, piano, woodwind, and voice departments (brass auditions alternate years with harp/percussion and guitar), was established by the late Constance Keene, a longtime member of MSM’s piano faculty and former board member who established the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition in memory of her parents, Esther and Joseph Eisenberg, in 1998.

September 28, Friday
MSM Symphony; George Manahan, conductor; Jacqueline Choi, cello

This concert opens the Manhattan School of Music 2012-2013 season of orchestral concerts. Programmed will be Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28, TrV 171; Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps; and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 showcasing cellist Jacqueline Choi, a winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition held last spring at the school.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

October 25, Thursday
MSM Philharmonia; David Gilbert, conductor

David Gilbert will be conducting the MSM Philharmonia offering a program of Haydn’s Symphony No. 73, Hob. 1:73 (“La Chasse”); Dvořak’s Czech Suite, op. 39 and Stravinsky’s Orpheus.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

November 2, Friday * Manhattan-Hong Kong Music Festival (Gala Orchestra Concert)
MSM Symphony; Johnny M. Poon, conductor; Chuan-yun Li, violin; Yuki Ip, soprano

This Gala Orchestra concludes a week-long celebration and musical exchange featuring performers and music from Hong Kong. Johnny M. Poon, visiting guest conductor from Hong Kong’s Baptist University, leads the MSM Symphony in Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (“Haffner”); Mozart’s Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zaide) and Stravinsky’s No Word from Tom (from Rake’s Progress) showcasing Soprano Yuki Ip; as well as Fung Lam’s Illumination and the virtuosic The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao performed by Chuan-yun Li.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets $20; $12 seniors and students

January 25, Friday * Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar Concert
MSM Symphony; Kurt Masur and Selected Seminar Conductors

The repertoire, selected by Maestro Masur for the Eighth Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at MSM, to be studied by the student conductors and performed on the final concert will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”), op. 55 and Weber’s Overture to Oberon
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets $20; $12 seniors and students


February 1, Friday
MSM Philharmonia; George Manahan, conductor; Rebecca Krynski, soprano

George Manahan conducts the MSM Philharmonia in a program that opens with Fathers and Sons, by Nils Vigeland, Chair of MSM’s composition department. Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, op. 65 follows showcasing soprano Rebecca Krynski; and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, op. 36 ends the concert.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

February 8, Friday
MSM Symphony and Symphonic Chorus; Philippe Entremont, conductor; Kent Tritle, organ

This concert will be taking place at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Featured works will include Poulenc’s Gloria and the Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), performed by organist Kent Tritle, who also serves as The Cathedral’s Director of Cathedral Music and organist as well as Director of Choral Activities at Manhattan School of Music.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets $20 adults; $12 seniors and students


February 15, Friday
MSM Symphony; Philippe Entremont, conductor; Wonki Lee, saxophone; Jessica Santiago, horn; MSM Pianist TBA (winner of the Zaslavsky-Koch piano competition)

Showcased in concertos will be MSM student musicians, all winners of school competitions, performing under the baton of Maestro Philippe Entremont. Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila opens the concert followed by Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Major, op. 109 performed by Wonki Lee; the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, op. 11 with Jessica Santiago as horn soloist; concluding with the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18, pianist to be announced as winner of the Zaslavsky-Koch piano competition. Mr. Lee and Ms. Santiago were both winners of the School’s annual Eisenberg-Fried Concerto competition.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

February 27, Wednesday
MSM Symphony and MSM Symphonic Chorus; Kent Tritle, conductor

Kent Tritle leads the MSM Symphony and Symphonic Chorus in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. This concert takes place as the Fourth Annual Elizabeth Beinecke Concert. Elizabeth Beinecke, who passed away on April 14, 2009, was a cherished friend to MSM and her loyal support has made it possible for many talented young musicians to attend Manhattan School of Music.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets $20 adults; $12 seniors and students


April 10, Wednesday
MSM Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble; Kent Tritle, conductor

Manhattan School musicians return to perform at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine when Kent Tritle leads the MSM Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets $20 adults; $12 seniors and students


April 12, Friday
MSM Symphonic Chorus; Kent Tritle, conductor; David Briggs, organ

At The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
This concert taking place at The Cathedral of St. John Divine, will be showcasing David Brigg’s organ transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”) with Mr. Brigg’s as organ soloist. Kent Tritle conducts the MSM Symphony for the performance being presented as part of The Cathedral’s concert series, “Great Music in a Great Space.”
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 7:30 p.m. * For tickets visit
www.stjohndivine.org

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Contemporary Performance Program and Percussion Ensemble Concerts


(listed in date order)

In September 2007 Manhattan School of Music became the first conservatory to offer a graduate program devoted to the performance and study of contemporary music. Students accepted into MSM’s cutting edge Contemporary Performance Program (CPP) engage in the music of our time through expert instruction in contemporary performance technique and training in improvisation and composition. The program offers CPP students the skills necessary for a career in new music performance. The CPP faculty is drawn from New York City’s leading new music interpreters, who share their insight into the great works and composers of our times. Jeffrey Milarsky serves as Artistic Director and Chair and Todd Reynolds as Associate Chair of CPP. TACTUS is the official performing ensemble of the Contemporary Performance Program.

October 4, Thursday
TACTUS; Jeffrey Milarsky, director

The opening concert of the Contemporary Performance Program will showcase Tactus in a program of David Lang’s Stick Figure; Luciano Berio’s Sequenza 1 for Flute; Bun-Ching Lam’s Another Spring (1988) scored for flute, cello and piano; and ending with two works by the 2011 Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Louis Andriessen – Zilver (1994) scored for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and viola, and Workers Union (1975) composed for “any loud sounding group of instruments.”
Greenfield Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

November 7, Wednesday
MSM Percussion Ensemble; Jeffrey Milarsky, music director and conductor

This concert will feature Alexandre Lunsqui’s Entresons.Recreo (2009) written for percussion sextet; Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 5; Iannis Xenakis’ Persephassa (1969), commissioned for the first-ever Shiraz Festival by the Empress of Iran; and Eve Beglarian’s Spherical Music.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

December 6, Thursday
TACTUS; Jeffrey Milarsky, director

Featured will be George Crumb’s Vox balaenae; Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich; Paul Moravec’s B.A.S.S. Variations; Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 1 for Flute and Electronics; and Julia Wolfe’s singing in the dead of night.
Greenfield Recital Hall; 7:30 p.m.

February 12, Tuesday
TACTUS; Todd Reynolds, concert curator

David Lang’s Cheating Lying Stealing opens the program, followed by Michael Gordon’s AC DC; Evan Ziporyn’s Jubilee of Indifference; Robert Morris’s Pari Passu for Vibes/Marimba and Violin; and Steve Reich’s Double Sextet.
Miller Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

March 27, Wednesday

MSM Percussion Ensemble; Jeffrey Milarsky, music director and conductor

Featured will be Jonathan Dawe’s Gibbons, Gongs and Gamelan (2006); James Tenney’s Rune (1988); Charles Wuorinen’s Ringing Changes; and Alfred Schnittke’s Quartet.
Borden Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.


April 3, Wednesday
TACTUS; Jeffrey Milarsky, director

Joseph Schwantner’s Music of Amber opens the program, followed by Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum; Pierre Boulez’s Derive 1; a new work by Marjorie Merryman; and Ligeti’s Kammerkonzert for 13 instruments.
Borden Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.

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ROBERT MANN STRING QUARTET INSTITUTE

January 3 and 4, Thursday and Friday * Master Classes with Robert Mann
January 6, Sunday * Concert featuring participating string quartets

Manhattan School of Music will be hosting the second Robert Mann String Quartet Institute to take place Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4, 2013. Four to six string quartets from North America will be chosen to take part in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. Each quartet will be given the opportunity to study directly with Robert Mann in intensive master classes that will be taking place on January 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm in the School’s Miller Recital Hall. Robert Mann, in addition to serving as a founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet for 51 years, has been a mentor to the majority of today’s professional string quartets including the American, Emerson, Juilliard, Pacifica, and Tokyo, to name a few. The master classes will also be made available to audiences worldwide via web streaming (for information visit www.dl.msmnyc.edu).

In addition to Robert Mann, the string quartets will be given the opportunity to work intensively with David Geber; the members of the American String Quartet – Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Dan Avshalomov and Wolfram Koessel; Nicholas Mann and Clive Greensmith.

Applying quartets must show proof of having performed together for at least one year and are required to submit a recording (CD or DVD) representing 2 to 3 repertoire pieces representing different periods.

The concert on Sunday, January 6th, will feature the participating string quartets performing repertoire studied in the master classes.
Miller Recital Hall, 2:00 p.m. -- Master Classes; Greenfield Recital Hall, 2:00 p.m. – Concert


KURT MASUR CONDUCTING SEMINAR

January 21 – 25, Monday – Friday

Kurt Masur returns to Borden Auditorium for an eighth year to offer student conductors direct instruction, guidance and critique during the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at Manhattan School of Music. The unique program offers an international pool of student conductors, handpicked by Maestro Masur, direct instruction. Each day the seminar conductors are given the opportunity to conduct an orchestra comprised of Manhattan School musicians created especially for the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar. They will be leading the MSM Orchestra in a master class format followed by post rehearsal discussion and critique with Kurt Masur. All of the master class rehearsal sessions are free and open to the public. The post rehearsal discussion between the participating conductors and Maestro Masur is closed to the public. This year’s repertoire will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”), op. 55 and Weber’s Overture to Oberon. A final concert led by the student conductors and Kurt Masur will take place on Friday, January 25.

Open Rehearsals:
January 21, Monday, 9:30 a.m.
January 22, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
January 23, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.
January 24, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
January 25, Friday, 9:30 a.m.
Borden Auditorium
Concert:

January 25, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Borden Auditorium

SHE’S BACK! LAURA KARPMAN’S “ASK YOUR MAMA”
MARCH 23, 2013, Saturday at the APOLLO THEATER

Returns to NYC in Special Collaboration: Apollo Theater and Manhattan School of Music
Original Cast including Jessye Norman and The Roots to Perform with MSM Chamber Sinfonia under the direction of George Manahan
Presented as part of MSM’s “Harlem Nights” Concert Series


Manhattan School of Music and the Apollo Theater will collaborate to present Ask Your Mama, a 90-minute sonic tapestry of music, film, and spoken word by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman based on Langston Hughes’s “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The performance will feature the MSM Chamber Sinfonia conducted by George Manahan, who also conducted the 2009 sold-out world premiere at Carnegie Hall and a subsequent performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Soprano Jessye Norman will lead an all-star cast that includes The Roots with Questlove, Black Thought and Nnenna Freelon.

Langston Hughes conceived his 1961 epic “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” as an interdisciplinary creation, including in the margins suggestions for types of music including jazz, German lieder, cha-cha, patriotic songs, post-bop, and Middle Eastern, as well as songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Karpman’s composition brings these imaginings to life, combining Hughes’s language with sounds that come together to evoke the turbulent flux and flow of American cultural life, making the fifty-year old text startlingly current.

This concert is being presented as part of “Harlem Nights,” MSM’s year-long concert series celebrating Harlem. The series has benn designed to capture the musical spirit and heart of our Harlem community by spotlighting the music, musicians and performance venues that have called Harlem “home,” and have helped define Harlem as a center of the musical and cultural universe. “Harlem Nights” is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $35, $55, $75 and $125 (VIP tickets) and will go on sale Monday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster.


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