Tuesday, October 30, 2012

'Ensemble du Monde: SONGS AND SERENADES' Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Dimenna Center for Classical Music, NYC


                                                                                  A WORLD OF MUSIC

Ensemble du Monde: SONGS AND SERENADES
The Dimenna Center for Classical Music / 450 West 37th Street New York, NYC

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Dimenna Center in a spectacular Season Opening Concert Ensemble du Monde and Music Director Marlon Daniel take you on a musical journey throughout Prague and Vienna with some of the most extraordinary works of the late Romantic and 20th century periods.

The Ensemble will be joined by dramatic mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker in Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Alban Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder (Seven Early Songs).

Described   as possessing   a  “luscious   and   full-bodied tone” (Das Opernglas), mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice,  intense  artistry,  and passion.  Her distinguished portrayals of dramatic opera heroines have won critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia   and   the United   States.   Amongst   her many credits, her performances in the roles of Fricka, Erda, and   Waltraute   in the Chinese premiere of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Bejing Opera Festival under maestro Philippe Auguin have garnered exceptional reviews.  Subsequent performances in the Ring Cycle include the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Aix en Provence Festival. This current season she performs again with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.  She has also performed   under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Donald   Runnicles, Sir Charles Mackerras,  Valery Gergiev,  Richard  Hickox, Antonio  Pappano,  Marin Alsop, and Adam  Fischer  to  name  a  few  and  in  prestigious  venues  that  include  Munich National  Theatre, Teatro alla  Scala, The Royal  Albert  Hall,  San Francisco Opera, and  Covent Garden.   

Hailed as “… the future of classical music on stage.” (Time Out), Ensemble du Monde is one of the most dynamic and innovative chamber orchestras on the classical music scene today. Founded in New York City in 2000 and named to reflect the diversity of its members who hail from over fifteen countries, cultures and backgrounds. Led by its Music Director and Conductor, Marlon Daniel, the ensemble performs music from the Baroque era to the Avant-Garde in addition to the standard Classical repertoire. It frequently plays overlooked masterpieces and world premières.

One of the most dynamic conductors of his generation, Marlon Daniel has been described as "a natural and enormous talent"  (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda – Moscow).  The winner of the 2009 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States. Currently, Maestro Daniel is Music Director of Ensemble du Monde, chamber orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta. His new CD “Phoenix Forever” on the MSR Classics label received rave reviews and was a contender for a 2011 GRAMMY.


Marlon Daniel, conductor
Andrea Baker, mezzo-soprano

Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Sieben frühe Lieder

Serenade in E Major, Op. 22

Tickets are $20, $35, $45, $150 may be purchased online at

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