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“Syrinx” for Debussy’s Birthday

Today is the 154th birthday of Claude Debussy, and I wish him a bon anniversaire with a special edition of Syrinx Journey. I enlisted the Marquis de Lafayette to join me in the felicitation as I performed Syrinx at the statue of Lafayette by Raoul Josset at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This rendition of Syrinx unites two projects I am passionate about: “Syrinx Journey” and “Music in the Second Capital,” which my Dolce Suono Ensemble will debut this season. “Music in the Second Capital” is an exploration of musical life in late colonial and early republic Philadelphia, when it was the second capital of the United States and the cultural center of the new nation. We will perform music that the Founding Fathers listened to and in some cases played or composed.
The Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer, supported the cause of American independence and played a critical role in the birth of the United States. He fought heroically as a general in the American army and was a close friend of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. Lafayette returned to France, where he applied his experience in America to his service during the French Revolution and throughout his illustrious life, earning the nickname “Hero of Two Worlds.”
Please stay tuned for more of my Syrinx Journey entries, and join Dolce Suono Ensemble throughout our season!

Recent Press

Mimi’s recording “Freedom” with Charles Abramovic, piano and premieres by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, David Finko, and Richard Danielpour (with Yumi Kendall, cello, in the Danielpour) continues to receive fantastic reviews.

Among the recent accolades for the album and Dolce Suono Ensemble:

  • Interview and Review of “Freedom” and Dolce Suono Ensemble in the Huffington Post by Lew Whittington

Stillman and Abramovic, the core players of DSE, have been performing together for 14 years, their stellar artistic clarity and chemistry is palpable onstage and is vividly captured on their recent recording “Freedom” (recorded in Gould Hall) a collection of flute and piano pieces.”

  • Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “The Americas Project / Musica en tus Manos” review in The Philadelphia Inquirer by David Patrick Stearns

“So much of this music simply invites you to enjoy life. But that enjoyment starts with the musicians, who were in the right zone.”

Mimi’s Indiana tour, March 2016

Photos from Mimi’s tour in Indiana. Recital and masterclass at Indiana State University. With Martha Krasnican, piano, Joyce Wilson, flute professor, and Daniel Powers, composer

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Photos from the Music for All Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, where Mimi taught flute masterclasses and chamber music coaching.

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Remembering Steven Stucky

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steven Stucky, my dear friend, colleague, mentor. My Dolce Suono Ensemble musicians and I worked closely with him on his commissioned piece for “Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60” and other projects. Steve gave us so much more than his musical genius and towering intellect – his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and all-encompassing love for music. The things I learned from my discussions with Steve, about music and his beloved literature and poetry, are without number. Yet he wore his many laurels gracefully, always rolling up his sleeves to help the performers (like the time he saved the day helping us put together a stubborn vibraphone right before a concert!). I miss him already, and he will always be a beacon of light and inspiration for me and all the many people whose lives he touched.

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Mimi performs Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s “Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano”

Mimi Stillman, flute, and Charles Abramovic, piano
Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano

I. Andantino sostenuto

II. Lento affettuoso

III. Con anima

IV. Vivace con spirito

New York premiere on the Young Concert Artists Composers Concert at Merkin Concert Hall
February 17, 2015

Commisioned by Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble

For premiere recording by Stillman/Abramovic recording on “Odyssey” (Innova Recordings), click here.

For excellent review of this performance in the New York Times, click here.

To purchase the music, click here.

Mimi Stillman’s article in Flutist Quarterly “Into the Light: Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Five Pieces for Flute and Piano”

Mimi’s article on Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Five Pieces for Flute and Piano has appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the Flutist Quarterly, the journal of the National Flute Association.  She writes about the composer’s narrow escapes from Nazi and Soviet persecution and prolific oeuvre in addition to the excellent Five Pieces for Flute and Piano, of which she gave the U.S. premiere and made the first recording with pianist Charles Abramovic.

Click here to read the article:

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