The Phoenix Concerts: Copland and Company
The Phoenix Concerts: Copland and Company
The Phoenix Concerts presents
Copland & Company
20th century American works for solo piano
Robert Frankenberry, piano
Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:00pm
St. Matthew & St. Timothy, 26 West 84th Street, NYC 10024
(between CPW and Col. Ave.)
$10 donation at the door. FREE admission with student I.D.
Aaron Copland Piano Variations (1930)
Miriam Gideon Of Shadows Numberless (Suite) (1966)
Vivian Fine Five Preludes (1939-1941)
Mark Blitzstein Piano Sonata (1927)
Leonard Bernstein Three Anniversaries
Ruth Crawford Seeger Piano Study in Mixed Accents (1932)
Virgil Thomson from Thirteen Portraits: No. 13 "Aaron Copland" (1942)
About the performer:
ROBERT FRANKENBERRY leads a multi-faceted career as a vocalist, pianist, actor, and conductor. At the piano, he performs both standard and contemporary chamber music, and is a member of IonSound, the Music On the Edge Chamber Ensemble, Trio AnimeBOP, the Phoenix Players, and entelechron, and has appeared several times as a guest artist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. This season marks the debut of a newly formed duo for pianist/vocalist and flutist/vocalist with Lindsey Goodman. On stage, he has performed roles ranging from Mozart in Amadeus and John Adams in 1776 to the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Faust, and Don Carlo, and including principal tenor roles in Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rigoletto. He has originated roles in works by Roger Zahab, Jeremy Beck, Seymour Barab, Daron Hagen, and Kieren MacMillan, and sung premieres of song cycles by Eric Moe, Roger Zahab, and David Del Tredici. Frankenberry's credits in musical direction cover the span of opera, including Sweeney Todd, The Tales of Hoffmann, Monteverdi's 8th Book of Madrigals, and Hagen's Vera of Las Vegas. Active as an orchestrator and arranger, Robert has created small ensemble orchestrations of works by Busoni, Satie, and Stravinksy; reduced orchestrations of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder; and new orchestrations of complete operas by Montemezzi (L'Incantesimo) and Gluck (Orpheus and Eurydice). His arrangements have been performed by Bobby McFerrin and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, IonSound, and Alia Musica. He is on the faculty of the Season's Fall Festival's composer's and conductor's seminars. Robert holds a bachelor of music (Piano Performance) from Mercyhurst College, where he studied piano with Sam Rotman and conducting with Walter Hendl, and an master of music (Voice Performance) from Carnegie Mellon, where he was a student of John Shirley-Quirk.
About The Phoenix Concerts:
THE PHOENIX CONCERTS advocates contemporary concert music of the broadest stylistic range, presenting programs that reflect the evolving nature of music in our time. Building from a core season of four concerts held on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hosted by the Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, The Phoenix Concerts' calendar has expanded to include collaborative events through partnerships with: Hudson Opera House; Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Salon Harlem; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky's Fine Arts Station, where series events have been re-broadcast to a listener base of over 40,000. The Phoenix Concerts' ongoing commissioning project, The Phoenix Commissions, has furthered the series' unwavering commitment to contemporary music. Since 2007, the project has commissioned, premiered, and hosted repeat performances of music by over thirty living composers, both emerging and established. Now celebrating its sixth season, The Phoenix Concerts has enjoyed the overwhelmingly positive support of a growing audience, drawing to its adventurously programmed events a fascinating mix of both new music specialists and uninitiated concertgoers while reaching out to new communities through co-presentations with partnering organizations, radio re-broadcasts, and a strong internet presence. Drawing from its core group of musicians — The Phoenix Players — the series' widely-varied concert events have established a strong basis for its continuing mission:
To offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range;
to commission new works by emerging and established composers; and
to remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.
For more information about The Phoenix Concerts please visit: www.thephoenixconcerts.org
The Phoenix Concerts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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