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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.

2018

April 2018

Cygnus & Cutting Edge Concerts

Cygnus & Cutting Edge Concerts (Hosted by Victoria Bond) present new works by David Del Tredici, Anna Weesner, Morris Rosenzweig, and Richard Festinger--April 30, 7:30pm at Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, featuring soprano Tony Arnold, and baritone Michael Kelly, virtuoso trombonist Felix Del Tredici, pianist Marc Peloquin, and Vox n Plux -- soprano Elizabeth Farnum, with the 2 Cygnus guitarists
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Tickets
Symphony Space

Program

David Del Tredici:
The Last Rose of Summer -- premiere
--- featuring tutti Cygnus, with Del Tredici specialists--baritone Michael Kelly, trombonist Felix Del Tredici, and pianist Marc Peloquin


Morris Rosenzweig:
Drang Nicht --premiere
--tutti Cygnus


Anna Weesner:
My Mother in Love --NY premiere
My Mother in Love is a recent winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters' Virgil Thomson Award Weesner's Virgil Thomson Award
--featuring soprano Tony Arnold & tutti Cygnus

Richard Festinger:
Joyce Settings --premiere
--featuring Vox n Plux -- the Cygnus guitarists with soprano Elizabeth Farnum

March 2018

Sounding Beckett @ U. Wisconsin

In 2012, Cygnus gave a two-week run of shows at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan. Joy Zinoman directed 3 Beckett plays, and Cygnus performed music in response to the plays. At Sarah Lawrence on February 27, and at the University of Wisconsin on March 23, Cygnus will revisit the Beckett music, and record on the two days following the concert.
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Cygnus @ University of Wisconsin
Souding Beckett and more

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Program

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7pm
Pre-concert Panel Discussion
with composers Laura Schwendinger and Chester Biscardi
& hosted by Beckett scholar Patricia Boyette

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Performance at 8pm
Laura Schwendinger: Footfalls (after Beckett); The Garden of Earthy Delights
Chester Biscardi: Footfalls
John Halle: Catastrophe (after Beckett)
Scott Johnson: Last Time Told (after Beckett's Ohio Impromptu)

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Sounding Beckett: Washington Post Review

Sounding Beckett: NY Times Review

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The 2012 Production of Sounding Beckett paired two different musical responses, written for Cygnus, to each of the three plays, as follows:

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Footfalls---Chester Biscardi; Laura Schwendinger
Ohio Impromptu---Scott Johnson, John Halle
Catastrophe---David Glaser, Laura Kaminsky

February 2018

Cygnus Performs & Records Beckett music

In 2012, Cygnus gave a two-week run of shows at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan. Joy Zinoman directed 3 Beckett plays, and Cygnus performed music in response to the plays. At Sarah Lawrence on February 27, and at the University of Wisconsin on March 23, Cygnus will revisit the Beckett music, with two days to record following the concert in Madison.
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Cygnus @ Sarah Lawrence
Tuesday, February 27, 1:30PM
Reisinger Hall

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Program
Chester Biscardi: Footfalls (after the Becket play)
Laura Schwendinger: Footfalls
John Yannelli: The Misalignment of Time
William Anderson: J'Entends le moulin
--featuring the Bowers-Fader Duo

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Sounding Beckett--Washington Post Review

Sounding Beckett: NY Times Review

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The 2012 production of Sounding Beckett followed three of Beckett's ghost plays with original works, for tutti Cygnus, that respond to the plays, on alternating evenings, as follows:

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Footfalls---Chester Biscardi; Laura Schwendinger
Ohio Impromptu---Scott Johnson, John Halle
Catastrophe---David Glaser, Laura Kaminsky