Recital for Haverford College Concert Artist Series

Mimi and pianist Charles Abramovic were delighted when the Haverford College series asked them to make a virtual recital on video rather than simply postpone their appearance due to Covid. Here is the unusual result, filmed mostly outdoors!

Join Mimi and Charlie for a Franco-American program with music by Debussy, Fauré, Dutilleux, Poulenc, Confrey, Wernick, Jacob, and Hoover, with a conversation about the pieces woven in.

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“Tea with Mimi” #15 with virtual guest composer Samuel Adler

Today’s episode featured celebrated composer Samuel Adler in conjunction with Dolce Suono Ensemble’s fall season of DSE Presents and “Fall for Chamber Music” online initiatives. I performed his Sonata for Solo Flute and gave the world premiere of Alone, Together: A Monologue for Solo Flute, written for me. It also includes my interview with Adler, an excerpt from our work session on the music, and his introductions to the pieces.

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“Tea with Mimi” #13 & #14 + Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” virtual broadcast

To celebrate Claude Debussy’s birthday on August 22, my Dolce Suono Ensemble and I combined “Tea with Mimi” with our first ever online broadcast of an entire DSE concert. We hosted the virtual “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” with both concerts from our 2018 project and my introductions to each concert in “Tea with Mimi”. It was magnifique to revisit these exciting concerts!

“Tea with Mimi” #13 click here

“Pleasure is the Law” concert below

“Tea with Mimi” #14 and “Between the Notes” concert below

Tea with Mimi #12 – American-French Connections

In this episode, I perform solo flute works by Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas and American composer Adolphus Hailstork, who studied with Nadia Boulanger. I was honored to work with him on his piece Yuhwa, which I premiered on this Livestream.

Betsy Jolas, Episode #1 (1964)

Adolphus Hailstork, Yuhwa for solo flute (2019) [world premiere]

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Samples from Olivier Messiaen, Le merle noir and Darius Milhaud, Sonatine

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Tea with Mimi #11 – Vive la France! – Bastille Day

“Tea with Mimi” #11 – Vive la France! – Bastille Day

My mostly French program in honor of Bastille Day picked up where I left off last week, with British music, before crossing the channel to France.

Gordon Jacob, The Pied Piper 

I. Spell

II. The March to the River Weser

Gabriel Fauré, Morceau de Concours with Charles Abramovic, piano on recording

Jacques Ibert, Pièce pour flûte seule

Joseph-Henri Altès, selected Etudes

The Livestream video got cut off, unfortunately, so I re-recorded the next works on the second video.

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Selections in my arrangements

C’est si bon

“Tea with Mimi” #10 – British Music and More – July 7, 2020

William Byrd, La Volta

Malcolm Arnold, Fantasy for Solo Flute, Op. 89

George Frideric Handel, Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E Minor , Op. 1 #1b

Grave – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

(with Mimi Stillman, second flute version of basso part, by recording)

Gustav Mahler, excerpts from Das Lied von der Erde “Der Abschied”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, excerpts from Hiawatha and African Dances

Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn: Hughie Charles and Russ Parker, We’ll Meet Again 

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“Tea with Mimi” #9 – Italian Music and Talk on Music in Dante’s “Commedia” – June 23, 2020

I devoted this week’s episode to Italian music and culture.  I performed selections by Vivaldi, Mercadante, and Genin and discuss music in Dante’s “Commedia,” one of the most fascinating topics I’ve researched and written about.

Genin, Theme and Variations on Carnival of Venice

Vivaldi, Largo from Concerto in C Major for piccolo and orchestra (with my recording of the piano part)

Mercadante, Variations on Rossini’s “Per cara quest’anima” from Armida

Talk on Dante with musical examples

For further reading, here’s the link to my paper “The Music of Dante’s Purgatorio” in Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies

“Tea with Mimi” #8 – Las Américas part 2 – June 16, 2020

The continuation of my “Las Américas” theme explored over two weeks of my Facebook Livestreams. I had to restart the live video so there are two videos, below.

Video 1
Bach, Allemande from Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013

Ricardo Lorenz, Nocturnos de Medianoche (premiere)

Video 2

Marin Marais, Les folies d’Espagne for solo flute

Ana María Gutiérrez Martínez, Sevillanas Rocieras for solo piccolo (premiere)

Pixinguinha, Vou Vivendo

Leonard Bernstein, America from West Side Story

“Tea with Mimi” #7 – Las Américas – Facebook Livestream, June 9, 2020

This week’s “Tea with Mimi” was the start of “Las Américas,” a two-week exploration of music from Latin America, the United States, and Spain from a diverse group of composers.

The program:

D’Rivera: Vals Venezolano y Contradanza

Coleman: Danza de la Mariposa

Piazzolla: Etudes tanguistiques

Zhou: Viaje

Ludwig: Sonata #1

Velázquez, Bésame mucho

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“Tea with Mimi” #6 – American Music – Facebook Livestream, May 26, 2020

I devoted this episode to American music in honor of Memorial Day, which was yesterday.

Here are the pieces I performed, with start times in the video:

:00 America the Beautiful

Aaron Copland, Duo for Flute and Piano selection from I. Flowing

George Gershwin, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Dana Suesse, “My Silent Love”

Daniel Kellogg, Five Sketches for Solo Flute (recorded on my album Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano, Innova Recordings)

Ricky Lombardo, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Vincent Persichetti, Parable for Piccolo XII

Leonard Bernstein, “Maria” and “Tonight” from West Side Story

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More of my and Dolce Suono Ensemble’s recordings and videos of American music:

Dolce Suono Trio “American Canvas”: premieres of Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Tian Andrea Clearfield

Jelly Roll Morton, The Pearls and Shreveport Stomp

Samuel Barber, Canzone

Amy Beach, Romance: two performances – DSE and Virginia Tech

Marion Bauer, Prelude and Fugue

Walter Piston, Sonata for Flute and Piano

Griffes, Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Dana Suesse, Night Sky: two performances – Michigan State University and DSE

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