Musician, educator, and composer, Andrew James Safioleas will be presenting collections of his work which invites the audience to explore the impact that music has on our lives. This program will consist of ensemble & solo works. Safioleas is the author of the juvenile educational work, "The Wonderful Gift of Music."
Andrew J. Safioleas, Amy L. King, Lisa R. Kalajian, Nathan D. Mendonca, Christine Warren, Alycia Barcelou
The much loved, much watched, epic movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is live and in concert at the Radio City Music Hall on Monday, February 6th 2023. This showing helps to celebrate its 21st anniversary of the motion picture’s release in 2001. This is the first of what makes up the Trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. It is ingeniously re-shown on a huge screen with music, performed by choruses, soloists, and symphony orchestra, all performing the appropriate music, in all the right pieces, timed to perfection to harmonize with the movie.
Pink Martini is an American band that was founded in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Group members call it a little orchestra that crosses several styles, such as classical, latin, traditional pop, and jazz. The co-lead vocalists of Pink Martini are China Forbes and Storm Large.
Song of the North is a mesmerizing large-scale, cinematic performance combining the manual art of shadow puppetry with projected animation to tell the courageous tale of Princess Manijeh, a heroine from ancient Persia. Our female hero uses her superpowers to rescue her beloved from a perilous predicament, and to prevent a war. Adapted from the Shahnameh (the national epic of Persia written over 1,000 years ago), Song of the North is created and directed by 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Hamid Rahmanian, and the original score is written and orchestrated by Loga Ramin Torkian, featuring vocalist Azam Ali. This dynamic, family-friendly production involving over 480 handmade puppets and described by Le Monde as bursting with “breathtaking fireworks of creativity” was presented to sold out audiences at Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2022. The ORIGINS series features artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their respective culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies.
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the FINAL FANTASY series with a majestic piano performance in perfect sync with impressive HD game footage projected onto a giant screen! Following the acclaimed PIANO OPERA: music from FINAL FANTASY World Tour in 2015-2016, CRYSTALLINE RESONANCE: FINAL FANTASY Piano Concert takes over with a brand-new concert, revisiting all FINAL FANTASY games. For the first-time in an official piano concert, each concert will feature sublime live performances of beloved titles such as “Heavensward” from FINAL FANTASY XIV, “Somnus” from FINAL FANTASY XV, and “Zanarkand” from FINAL FANTASY X. And classics from FINAL FANTASY I through IX won’t be forgotten, with pieces such as “One-Winged Angel” or “Liberi Fatali”. Emotions will be elevated with music being performed perfectly in sync with HD video projections of the most memorable moments of each game. Gifted pianists will perform a highly entertaining and majestic performance that will make all those famous melodies resonate as never before! © 2022 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
Lucy Yeghiazaryan presents Beside the Golden Door- a collection of thematically matching pairs of Armenian songs and jazz standards. The project juxtaposes native music from two vastly different worlds in an effort to better understand the common threads between different cultures. Lucy Yeghiazaryan leads on vocals with guitarists Eric Zolan and Peter Bernstein with special guest YY Sisters. This concert is made possible through generous funding by Chamber Music America and the Armenia Fund.
For the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season opener, guest conductor Teresa Cheung will return to lead the orchestra in Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony. The symphony begins with a trumpet fanfare, and its luscious fourth movement for strings and harp will be familiar to many from its use in movies and television. Mahler said of this symphony, “There is nothing romantic or mystical about it; it is simply an expression of incredible energy. It is a human being in the full light of day, in the prime of his life.” The program will begin with Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F Major, with concertmaster Urara Mogi as violin soloist. This lyrical work, written fairly early in Beethoven's career, is in a rondo format, with a recurring refrain separating contrasting musical episodes.
Part of TŌN’s Sight & Sound series In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A. During the early- and mid-nineteenth century, Denmark emerged from its imperial traditions and became a modern constitutional democracy. In art, the shift ushered in a focus on the ideal Danish landscape and its northern light. In music, celebrated Danish composer Niels Gade was just beginning his career. His 1842 Symphony No. 1, On Sjøland’s Fair Plains, which incorporates themes from several Danish folk songs, caught the attention of Felix Mendelssohn, sparking a close friendship and kinship between the two giants.
Part of TŌN’s Sight & Sound series In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A. When 18th-century scholars exhumed ancient Greek and Roman sculptures that had spent more than a millennium underground, they assumed that the pieces had been created without color. Based on their observations of those newfound objects, art scholars built an imaginary picture of the classical past; with it came a set, “classical” idea of musical structure and form, cemented by its originator, “Papa” Franz Josef Haydn. A century later, as late romanticism jettisoned fixed forms for passionate expressionism, Johannes Brahms fought to retain classicism as the aesthetic standard—and though musical classicism eventually ran its course, Brahms’s Variations provide a unique look back to its origins.
Part of TŌN’s Sight & Sound series In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now, followed by a full performance and audience Q&A. England was a thriving home for the arts under the volatile Tudor dynasty, where an international community of artists and merchants navigated the lofty demands of royal patrons including England’s first two reigning queens. In 1955, British documentarian John Taylor examined Elizabethan England against a regal score by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. These selections from that score, adapted by Muir Mathieson, focus on three major figures of the Tudor era: Sir Francis Drake, William Shakespeare, and the namesake herself, Queen Elizabeth I.
Part of TŌN’s Carnegie Hall series Conductor and Music Director Leon Botstein highlights four German and Austrian composers of the early 20th century whose music was unfairly ignored or suppressed following World War II. TŌN is partnering with the Hugo Kauder Society to debut a new restoration of the Viennese composer’s First Symphony.
The ASO spotlights Richard Strauss’s seldom heard pastoral opera Daphne. With its lush orchestral palette, endlessly shifting harmonic motion, sumptuous melodies, combined with a diaphanous serenity typical of Strauss’s later style, Daphne reveals to us a composer arguably at the peak of his career, supremely confident in his abilities as both composer and dramatist. In an even rarer presentation, performed along with this opera is its Epilogue, an a capella choral addition written in 1943, a poignant illustration of the affection Strauss had for Daphne. Tickets will be available on November 1, 2022 at carnegiehall.org, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, or visiting the box office at 57th St & 7th Ave.
Participating Groups West Bloomfield High School Choirs Christ Episcopal Church Chancel Choir Kimberly High School Choir