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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!

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.

“Syrinx” at Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napoleon III

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Feeling grateful for all the good things, including beautiful music.

I performed “Syrinx” while perusing the exhibition right before giving a recital with guitarist Gideon Whitehead at Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. It was part of my Dolce Suono Ensemble’s series of co-presented concerts with the gallery.

Our program explored the themes of Paris in the second empire and travel, with works by Verdi/Genin, Donjon, Paganini, Bosch, Dyens, Robert Maggio, and Lowell Liebermann.

“Syrinx” at the University of Virginia

In honor of Debussy’s birthday on August 22 I performed Syrinx on campus at the University of Virginia, where I’ve just been doing archival research in the music collection of Thomas Jefferson. He founded the university in 1819, planned the curriculum, and designed the core of its campus as an Academical Village, with Georgian and Neoclassical architecture balanced with green spaces.

It was fascinating to be able to handle scores which belonged to this great Founding Father and members of his family, in the planning process for future projects for me and my Dolce Suono Ensemble.

Joyeux anniversaire, Claude Debussy!

I’m here with the score of Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” trio.

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“Syrinx” among Japanese prints at Arthur Ross Gallery

It was fitting to perform Syrinx at the exhibition “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Print” at Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. Among the artworks displayed were works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, artists who inspired Claude Debussy.

This concert, on May 14, 2015, was one of Dolce Suono Ensemble’s series at Arthur Ross Gallery, offered in conjunction with its exhibitions.

New Video: Jennifer Higdon’s “Autumn Reflection”

Performed with Charles Abramovic, piano, in Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, April 12, 2015

From Dolce Suono Ensemble’s performance for Curtis Presents

“This piece by my friend Jennifer Higdon has always been special for me, having given the Philadelphia premiere in 1997 I’ve performed it frequently on tour. The poignancy of the sweeping lines, the brightness of the colors tempered by the melancholy of the passing of time is deeply expressive.” – Mimi Stillman