This rendition of “Syrinx” marks the 101st anniversary of Debussy’s death in Paris on March 25, 1918. I’m in the Chapel of the Four Chaplains at Temple Performing Arts Center.
Here are the live stream videos of Mimi’s performance of the Mozart flute quartet cycle with members of the Jasper String Quartet from Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “Fall for Chamber Music” event on January 30, 2019. After the performance, the artists gave a masterclass ffor chamber ensembles from Temple Music Prep and Haverford College.
To see the concert program, click here.
Video part 1: https://www.facebook.com/dolcesuonoensemble/videos/579324235875535/
Video part 2: https://www.facebook.com/dolcesuonoensemble/videos/923934971136513/
I played Syrinx for Debussy’s birthday while at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, onstage between rehearsals at the University of Rhode Island. I was delighted to return to the festival and honored to be a part of its 30th anniversary celebration this summer. It was exciting to perform the premiere of David Ludwig’s Paganiniana with a wonderful group led by Jasmine Lin, solo violin, Ricardo Morales, clarinet, Noah Geller, violin, Efe Baltacigil, cello, Natalie Zhu, piano and KCMF Artistic Director, and Mari Yoshinaga, percussion. It was like a Curtis reunion with several of my classmates – we had lots of fun!
This year was a special one for my relationship with Debussy’s music, as my Dolce Suono Ensemble presented our “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” marking the centennial of the great composer’s death in 1918. The two concerts are being broadcast on WWFM The Classical Network on August 21 and 23 in celebration of Debussy’s birthday.
It was a pleasure playing Syrinx surrounded by these beautiful bouquets I received for my birthday. As I played, I looked at individual flowers and felt I was responding to the profusion of colors and textures.
I performed Syrinx after viewing the spectacular Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect exhibit in preparation for Dolce Suono Trio’s performance at the Brandywine River Museum on September 9. Here I was playing on the bank of the Brandywine River outside the museum.
Our program will include music by Dvořák, Debussy, Sibelius, Gaubert, Bernstein, Andrea Clearfield, and Jennifer Higdon’s American Canvas for Flute, Cello, and Piano, a DSE-commissioned work with each of three movements devoted to a great American painter: O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Wyeth.
For Debussy’s birthday today, August 22, I performed Syrinx outside during the solar eclipse yesterday. In Philadelphia the eclipse was partial, and while I played Syrinx the moon passed in front of the sun, darkening the mid-afternoon. As I played the music of Debussy during this awe-inspiring phenomenon I thought of tuning myself to the music of the spheres.
This will be a particularly rich season of Debussy, as our Dolce Suono Ensemble will be marking the centennial of his death with a festival of performances in March and April 2018.
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Stillman/Abramovic duo in recital
Confrey, Dizzy Fingers (arr. Bill Holcombe)
Dolce Suono Trio
Jennifer Higdon, American Canvas, excerpt from “Wyeth” movement
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 excellent review of this performance in the New York Times, click here.
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