Friday, January 13, 2017

Composers Concordance: Joplin 150, February 12th at 3 PM, Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street #2, New York City, Tickets $15 at Door

Composers Concordance
- Joplin 150 - 
February 12th at 3pm
Spectrum NYC
 'Joplin 150'
February 12th at 3pm
Tickets $15 at door
Spectrum NYC
121 Ludlow Street #2, NYC  

There's a debate about the birth year of Scott Joplin, the great American composer, pianist, and music teacher known as the 'King of Ragtime Writers.' Joplin's tombstone indicates 1868, however many scholars believe it was probably 1867. If the scholars are right, then 2017 marks not only the centennial of Joplin's death in 1917, but also the 150th anniversary of his birth.

In celebration of Joplin's superlative music and its vast influence, Composers Concordance presents the program 'Joplin 150' at Spectrum NYC. On Spectrum's acclaimed Steinway D, renowned pianists Marija Ilic, Tristan Cano, and Jacob Rhodebeck will perform several of Joplin's own compositions, plus contemporary compositions by Bruce Arnold, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Arthur Kampela, Gene Pritsker, Anton Rovner, and Sergio Valenzuela, among others. For a grand finale, the concert will culminate in a newly-composed suite for piano six-hands.

Staying in rotation for thirty-two years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

"For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label."  -The Wall Street Journal. "Enterprising new music organization" -The New York Times. "The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" -Classical-Modern Music Review. "Edgy...boisterous...demanding our attention" -San Diego Story. "These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques." -Asbury Park Press. "There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music."

Pianist MARIJA ILIC is an active performer of the traditional repertoire and new music in New York City and has been praised as a "clear and decisive musician," "compelling," and "poetic", and noted for her "quiet intensity" by The New York Times. Her performances include recitals at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Hall, as well as the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Aldeburgh Festival in England, Musica Viva and Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia University, and Trinity Church. She has been collaborating in recitals with violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, performing numerous concerts at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as in Woodstock, Stamford, and Bronxville. Ms. Ilic has worked with composers Martin Bresnick, George Crumb, Oliver Knussen, Joan Tower, Vykintas Baltakas, Meredith Monk, and John Patitucci, among others. She is the founding principal pianist of Christopher Caines Dance Company, with which she has appeared regularly since 2000, and is a member of Dan Joseph Ensemble. Ms. Ilic has an ongoing collaboration in a piano duo with Milica Jelaca Jovanovic, playing concerts in Europe and the United States. She also regularly performs as a harpsichordist and was a featured soloist in J. S. Bach's Brandenburg 5 at Music at Concordia series. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Ilic holds her undergraduate degree from the Belgrade Music Academy, graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, and a doctorate in piano performance from Rutgers University, with J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue as her doctoral topic. Her piano teachers include Susan Starr, Pavlina Dokovska, Nina Svetlanova, Stephanie Brown, and harpsichord master Kenneth Cooper. She can be heard on New World Records, Mutable Music, Innova, and Silent Treatment Music labels, and is currently working on her solo piano CD, featuring music by J. S. Bach. Ms. Ilic is on the piano faculty of Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, NY, and maintains her private teaching studio in New York City.

JACOB RHODEBECK is a pianist known for his tremendous command of the instrument and his enthusiasm for performing new and little known music. Most recently, Mr. Rhodebeck gave "a searing performance" (-The New York Times) of Michael Hersch's 3-hour solo piano work, 'The Vanishing Pavilions.' Mr. Rhodebeck performed and recorded Morton Gould's 'Chorale and Fugue in Jazz' for two pianos and orchestra with Blair Mcmillen and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded Christopher Bailey's Piano Sonata, Ilari Kaila's piano quartet 'Kellojen Kumarrus' with the Escher Quartet, and a trio by Philippe Bodin with the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble. Jacob was a member of the contemporary piano/percussion ensemble, Yarn/Wire, who released their first CD, 'Tonebuilders,' in 2010. He attended the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and studied with Elizabeth Pridonoff. It was during this time that his interest in performing new music began in earnest. After receiving his Bachelor's degree from CCM, Mr. Rhodebeck went on to Stony Brook University to continue his study with Gilbert Kalish. There he completed both his Master's and Doctoral degrees. He was also a Fellow at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival for two seasons. Currently, Mr. Rhodebeck is the pianist for the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble and is the Choral Accompanist at the Riverdale Country School and at Sarah Lawrence College.

TRISTAN CANO is an emerging artist on the New York music scene, often appearing as a music director of operas and various choral ensembles. He has many mentors from the Bel Canto school of Italian singing, and also mentors throughout the city. Thomas Bo, the conductor of this program, has been his prime mentor for his study of conducting as well as his sense of professionalism. Cano also has a Bachelors degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of music, where he studied with Frank Weinstock, a distinguished professor emeritus.
for more information, please contact:
Composers Concordance
(646) 522-9442
Spectrum NYC is located at 121 Ludlow Street #2, between Rivington and Delancey Streets in Manhattan.
Closest Subway Stations: 
F Delancey Street 
M/J/Z Essex Street 

Comments by email:

1) hi Bill - That's awesome!! Thanks!! -DanC [Dan Cooper]

2) thank you Bill for posting!! g [Gene Pritsker]

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