Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo had one guideline when she began painting The Rose in 1958: to create “an idea that had a center.” Her sole focus for eight years, it bloomed into a 12.7 x 8 foot, one foot-thick mixed-media monument, weighing over a ton. Due to its unwieldy proportions and structural fragility, DeFeo was unable to find The Rose a home, and the painting languished in the basement of the San Francisco Institute of Art, entombed and forgotten, for over 25 years. In 1995, six years after DeFeo’s death, The Rose was bought and restored by the Whitney Museum and is now regarded as a seminal work of contemporary art.
When I tell people this story, common responses are “she seems tortured” and “she must have been mentally ill.” When I write music, I adopt a protective, reclusive mindset; I feel that this could be the last thing I ever do in my life. Many writers and composers I know cocoon themselves similarly. Why is it crazy to be passionate about what you are creating, to never let up, until you feel you that you have finished? And then… when do you know you have finished? Would the answer be different if one had no deadlines, no pressing financial obligations, no ‘career’ to think about? If DeFeo were a man, would she instead be looked at as a genius and celebrated for her commitment to her work?
A Point on a Slow Curve is inspired by the creation story of The Rose. Scored for four female voices, violin, clarinet, cello, bassoon, vibraphone, upright bass, and drums, it is presented in eight movements, one for each year that DeFeo worked on The Rose, plus a coda entitled “Removal”, inspired by the removal of the painting from DeFeo’s apartment. This has become one of those situations when life starts to mirror art; I started this endeavor by writing a short piece inspired by The Rose in 2013 for a string trio. Since then, I have tacked more and more onto it, all the while struggling with the instrumentation, orchestration, and direction of the piece. I was finally able to record it in the fall of 2021 and it was released on Feb. 18, 2022, via In a Circle Records. I am so grateful to the musicians who will help me bring this to life on Oct. 18: Patricia Brennan on vibes, Noel Brennan on drums, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Hank Roberts on cello, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Gary Wang on bass, and the gorgeous singing of Danielle Buonaiuto, Catherine Hedberg, Adrienne Pedrotti and Elizabeth Merrill.
Photo credit: Mike Weintraub
Dana Lyn, Patricia Brennan, Noel Brennan, Mike McGinnis, Hank Roberts, Sara Schoenbeck, Gary Wang, Danielle Buonaiuto, Catherine Hedberg, Adrienne Pedrotti, Elizabeth Merrill
Triple threat Tony Yazbeck brings his signature style to the 54 Below stage with a new show, offering a celebration of song and dance weaving together a fresh take on classic and contemporary songs that will bring us together with heartfelt joy and gratitude. Tony Award® nominee Tony Yazbeck has starred in eleven Broadway shows, including On The Town, Gypsy, and Prince of Broadway. He most recently starred as Cary Grant in the new Broadway musical Flying Over Sunset, at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Join Krishna Das and friends for an evening of sacred kirtan music to benefit the Tibetan Home of Hope. The event is co-hosted by the Kirtan Wallah Foundation. Krishna Das is an American vocalist known for his performances of kirtan, a Hindu devotional music. Since 1996 Krishna Das has released sixteen music albums, numerous videos, and published two books. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where his album, Live Ananda (2012), was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age album. Krishna Das tours the world chanting with people from all communities and walks of life. The benefit will support the Tibetan Home of Hope which provides shelter, healthcare and education to Tibetan children; a safe haven where children thrive academically and are able to connect to their culture within a loving community.
Gesù Nato, Thurs., Dec. 14, 2023, 7:00 pm, Corpus Christi Church, W. 121st St. between Broadway and Amsterdam —Antonio Bencini, Gesù Nato, a Christmas oratorio premiered in 1742 in Bologna —Antonio Gianettini, Magnificat Concert collaboration with The Academy of Sacred Drama
Premier coup d'archet (Opening Night), Thurs., Nov. 16, 2023, 7:30 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center —Mozart, Symphony 31 in D Major, 'Paris' —Beethoven, Symphony 6 in F Major, ‘Pastorale’ —Beethoven, Romance in G Major Augusta McKay Lodge, violin
La musica notturna di Madrid, Thurs., Sept. 28, 2023, 7:00 pm, a private salon concert at the historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street —Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in D —Vivaldi Concerti, RV 151 and 157 Adam Cockerham, baroque guitar
COMPLETE BEETHOVEN CELLO AND PIANO SONATAS Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2 Sonata in A Major, Op. 69
Chrystian Dozza Estudo No. 1 Isaac Albeniz Torre Bermeja Sylvius Leopald Weiss Sonata 33 (Dresden Suite No. 1) F. Moreno Torroba Madroños Graeme Koehne A Closed World of Fine Feelings Manuel de Falla The Miller’s Dance Antonio Carlos Jobim Felicidade (arr. R. Dyens)
Handel Violin Sonata in A major (‘Roger’), Op. 1 No.10 Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 Mozart-Kreisler Rondo in G Major / Allegro from “Haffner” Serenade K. 250 Beethoven Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, Op. 30 No. 3 Schubert Rondo brillante in B minor for violin and piano, D. 895
Imaginary Folksongs for Saxophone and Piano Stephen Lias Imaginary Folksongs (Part 1) I Titania’s Bower II High in the Andes III Bonnie Bye Florence Price/Harrison Three Negro Spirituals Stephen Lias Imaginary Folksongs (Part 2) I Magic Island II Song of Light III The Three Jolly Pigeons Lori Laitman Journey Ryota Ishikawa Rhapsody on Japanese Folksongs Jennifer Jolley Lilac Tears
Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 101 Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
Mozart Sonata in E flat Major for violin and piano, K. 380 Janáček Sonata for violin and piano (1913-21) Brahms Sonata in G Major for violin and piano, Op. 78 No. 1
Andrés Soto Inocencias *NY Premiere Juri Seo Three Mini Etudes in C *NY Premiere Scott Wheeler Portrait Gallery *NYPremiere Donovan Stokes Sonatina *NY Premiere Toshi Ichiyanagi Linked Poems of Autumn Richard Thompson 6 Preludes *NY Premiere David Clay Mettens New Work *World Premiere