Music From Copland House

"Good news: Copland House concerts now come to Manhattan ... wonderful music, warm performances, full of humanity and empathy, confident and transparent."
         —New York Classical Review


The Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation at The Graduate Center is delighted to present the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble – hailed by The New Yorker as “bold,” “adventurous,” and “superb” – in a provocative new concert series where America’s musical past and future meet. With a unique focus on a century of American musical creativity and imagination, explored within broad historical and societal contexts, these programs offer ear-opening discoveries and surprising cultural journeys. Bringing “all the richness of its offerings” (The New York Times), Music from Copland House’s concerts feature World and New York Premieres, revivals of American classics, brand new pieces written especially for Copland House’s coveted CULTIVATE emerging composers institute, and programs inspired by identity and assimilation, the intersection of music and visual arts, and real, imagined, or spiritual journeys through sound and time. The ensemble will also invite doctoral students from the Music Department at The Graduate Center to perform with the ensemble at several of these concerts.

The series kicked off on November 2 in the handsome, acoustically-superb Elebash Rectial Hall at The Graduate Center in the heart of Manhattan and was recently reviewed in the New York Classical Review by George Grell as performances "full of humanity and empathy."

All remaing performances begin at 7:30pm and include a post-concert, meet-the-artist reception.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2019 – SONIC IMAGES: CHAMBER MUSIC OF AARON COPLAND

Inaugurating this new series at the CUNY Graduate Center with a pre-birthday salute to an artistic icon and Music from Copland House’s namesake – a commanding figure who helped to define the sound and spirit of what he called “a recognizably American musical idiom." 

Major chamber works by Aaron Copland, including the Violin Sonata, Piano Quartet, and Sextet.

Music from Copland House Artists: Derek Bermel, clarinet; Danielle Farina, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano.             

The Graduate Center Artists: Magdalena Filipczak and Pala Garcia, violins.


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DECEMBER 2, 2019 – THE LISTENING EYE

Eye meets ear at the intersection of art and music, with compositions inspired by line drawings and paintings of Pablo Picasso, vibrant color abstracts of Robert Motherwell, stained glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, and ancient ceramics and statuary of the Incas. 

New York Premieres works by Viet Cuong* (Fine Lines) and Karim Al-Zand (Three Bagatelles), plus works by Andrew Norman (Light Screens), Gabriela Lena Frank (Quatro Bosquejos; Four Pre-Inca Sketches), and Robert Sirota (Seven Picassos).

Music from Copland House Artists: Beomjae Kim, flute; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin;  Danielle Farina, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano

* Copland House Commission

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FEBRUARY 3, 2020 – VOYAGE OUT

Magical, mystical journeys – real, imagined, and spiritual – coursing through sound and time, hereditary history and the Scottish highlands, and an ancient Egyptian guide to the after-life (as interpreted through the lens of a Bill Viola video installation).

New York Premieres works by Flannery Cunningham* (Boreal), Sebastian Currier* (Voyage Out), and Kevin Puts (Living Frescoes)

Music from Copland House Artists: Curtis Macomber and Suliman Tekalli, violins;  Danielle Farina, viola; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano. 

The Graduate Center Artist: Igor Begelman, clarinet.

* Copland House Commission.


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MARCH 2, 2020 – MIGRATION TALES

Migration, identity, and assimilation across the generations, heard through a contemporary re-mix of sounds of ancestral homelands, family roots, and ethnic and cultural heritage.

New York Premieres works by Angel Lam8 (Fragrance of the Sea) and Pierre Jalbert* (Crossings), plus works by Reena Esmail* (Tasveer), Saad Haddad (Thulathi), and David Schiff (Scenes from Gimpel the Fool).

Music from Copland House Artists: Beomjae Kim, flute; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano.

* Copland House Commission
 

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APRIL 27, 2020 – SPOTLIGHTS, NEW AND DISTANT

A century of instrumental virtuosity and “star-turns,” animated by gospel singing, Latin rhythms, Baroque chamber music, and French country idylls.

World Premiere by John Musto, plus works by Derek Bermel, Aaron Jay Kernis, Arthur Foote, and Ernest Bloch.

Music from Copland House Artists: Marina Piccinini, flute; Curtis Macomber, violin; Danielle Farina and Paul Neubauer, violas; Thomas Kraines, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano.

The Graduate Center Artists: Magdalena Filipczak, violin; Clare Monfredo, cello.

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JUNE 15, 2020 – CULTIVATE 2020

Tomorrow’s masters today! Journey to concert music’s cutting-edge, with the World Premieres of six brand new works written especially for Copland House’s acclaimed CULTIVATE emerging composers institute.

Music from Copland House Artists: Derek Bermel and Moran Katz, clarinets; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin and Margaret Kampmeier, pianos.

The Graduate Center Artist: Pala Garcia, violin.


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