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2022

September 2022

Cygnus with The Village Trip

Cygnus, with soprano Leah Brzyski
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New works by

Allison Loggins-Hull
Carman Moore
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

and featuring Greenwich Village composer
Akemi Naito

March 2022

Never Ending Artist

Electric guitarist/composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila and visual artist Isabelle Heidl create simultaneously and interactively
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“NEA” is an improvisation Performance by Isabella Heigl (Painting) and Agustín Castilla-Ávila (Electric Guitars) within the research project “Never Ending Artist”, inspired by the Bob Dylan philosophy, through the USA and Mexico, proposing a transdisciplinary classification of our artistic practice. The “NEA” performance (45 min. approx.) consists of an improvisation session of painting and music based of topics, thoughts and quotations by Bob Dylan. Our goal is to present not just a multidisciplinary work but also to explore the transdisciplinary possibilities between painting and music and create a theoretic classification based on these performances. “Never Ending Artist” is a seven-weeks research project funded by the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the International Society of Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria. Isabella Heigl, born in 1989, lives and works in Salzburg as a painter and videomaker. She studied Russian at Paris Lodron University and painting and videoart at Mozarteum Salzburg. She’s a member of the feminist performance collective psysisters and founder of the art collective isibank. In her work she tries to think painting at the intersection of action, performance and poetry . Agustín Castilla-Ávila has worked as a composer in Europe, Asia and America. His music has been directed by D. Russell-Davies, J. Kalitzke, T. Ceccherini, A. Soriano, H. Lintu and H. Schellenberger, among others. He has written solo, chamber, orchestra, theater, choreography and five chamber operas. He has published for Doblinger Verlag, Bergmann Edition, Mackinger Verlag, Da Vinci Edition, Verlag Neue Musik and Joachim Trekel. In 2013 he received the Musik Jahresstipendium from the Salzburg Region.

2012

March 2012

Milton Babbitt Centenary Concert

Milton Babbitt Centenary Concert featuring a major new work by Charles Wuorinen. preconcert talk with Bethany Beardslee Winham and Mimmi Fulmer....Milton Babbitt with friends, colleagues & students who were consequently influenced by his music and thinking.....
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Milton Babbitt Centenary Concert
with a major new work by Charles Wuorinen
--preconcert talk with Bethany Beardslee Winham and Mimmi Fulmer--
....Milton Babbitt with friends, colleagues & students who were consequently influenced by his music and thinking.....

Milton Babbitt is an iconic figure in 20th and early 21st C. music. Cygnus gave Babbitt an 80th Birthday concert, a 90th birthday concert at Merkin, where Bethany Beardley again attended and participated in a pre-concert talk. In 2011, Cygnus envisioned a 95th birthday concert, which became our memorial concert for Milton. Babbitt taught at Princeton University, brought there by his teacher Roger Sessions.

This program includes of Babbitt's great works, along with music by his students and also by two composers who attended Princeton after Babbitt retired from there. The choice of company was selected to demonstrate that being influenced by Babbitt does not have to involve adopting a 20th C. high modernist *sound*. In fact, one can argue that Swan Song No. 1 (2002) is very much a 21st C. piece, particularly in the way it balances diatonic ("tonal" harmonies) with other things that he explored so thoroughly and more exclusively in his earlier career.

From Bethany Beardslee Winham's upcoming memoir:

"I was fully caught up in the excitement . Newsweek came to interview me before the premiere.... The article ran with the title “A Composer’s Singer” and described my particular niche and the difficult work I’d become known for. I was so brazen. In one section they quote me saying: “I don’t think in terms of the public. Music is for musicians. If the public wants to come along and study it, fine. I don’t go and tell a scientist his business because I don’t know anything about it. Music is just the same way. Music is art and not entertainment.” I still stand by what I said but I have to admit that I was just a bit over the top!"

This event will be streamed live worldwide by Livamp

Cygnus

  • James Baker, conductor
  • Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
  • James Austin Smith, oboe
  • Calvin Wiersma, violin
  • Susannah Chapman, 'cello
  • William Anderson & Oren Fader, various plucked string instruments

7:30: Pre Concert Discussion

  • Bethany Beardsley Winham introduces her memoir
  • Mimi Fulmer discusses her performers' guide to *Vision and Prayer*

Milton Babbitt's

  • Swan Song # 1
  • Vision and Prayer
  • featuring soprano Elizabeth Farnum

Charles Wuorinen's Cygnus (first performance)
Paul Lansky's Just Once (first performance) for soprano & guitar
the composer's original text about the ravings of an insomniac at 4 in the morning

Here's Lansky's *Talking Guitars*, from a recent Cygnus show: Talking Guitars
Konrad Kaczmarek's Toggles and Triggers* (first performance)

Jonathan Dawe's
Glass Harmonica (first performance)
for guitar orchestra, with guitar soloist

Frank Brickle
Ab nou cor ...text by Raimbau d'Aurenga (premiere of the new version for guitar & soprano)
Piazza Piece.. text by John Crowe Ransom (premiere)
City of Orgies...text by W. Whitman (premiere)

Here is Elizabeth singing Farai un vers at the Library of Congress:

Elizabeth Farnum , with Cygnus @ Library of Congress, 2012