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Six Ways to Be Alone
SIX WAYS TO BE ALONE THREADS TOGETHER THREE MUSICAL WORKS THAT EXPLORE HEARTBREAK - ITS IMPACT ON PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCE AND ITS EFFECT ON THE HUMAN CONDITION.
The program begins with the world premiere of Herzstück (Heartpiece), written by New York composer John Stulz for The New Philharmonic. Herzstück is incidental music to an imagined performance of a bizarre yet romantic theater work of the same name by the postmodern German playwright, Heiner Müller. We enter the musical narrative at the climax of the play - the point at which a Lover discovers his Beloved’s heart to be a brick. The Beloved’s response: “Yes. But it only beats for you.”
The title work, Six Ways to Be Alone by Los Angeles composer Ben Phelps, is a song cycle that tells the devastating personal story of love found and love lost as experienced personally by the composer and recast to the feminine form. The work draws inspiration from Austrian musical icon, Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece, Pierrot Lunaire, as well as from popular song forms. It tackles the what ifs and what-the-effs that terrorize the psyche of heart break victims in dramatic, poignant and almost operatic fashion.
Finally, the magnum opus of the program, a video opera by Bang on a Can composer, Michael Gordon entitled Van Gogh reads like a minimalist biopic detailing the artistic and emotional chronology of the great Dutch artist as mapped from six letters that he wrote to his brother Theo at six different points of his life and from six different parts of Europe. Gordon’s minimalist music and the abstract video art created by the Uzbek video artist Sukhrob Nazimov engender a profoundly unique operatic experience.
6 Way to Be Alone | The New Philharmonic
Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor Aaron Markley, production Paige Reitz, staging Shawn Hammer, sound Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano Drew Duncan, tenor Jonathan Mueller, baritone Christine Beard, flutes Brian Levels, clarinets Katelyn Kukoly, violin Brian Sherwood, viola Hannah Mayer, cello Max Stehr, bass Ben Eisenberger, guitar Stacey Barelos, piano Zack Bresler, percussion Jared Brown, percussion
The New Philharmonic presents their second unique re-imagination of the concert experience titled “A is for _____.” The event will be hosted by KANEKO on Saturday May 23, 2015.
There will be ANVILS, ANTIPHONIES, ARTIFACTS, AUCTIONS, ATLASES, ANTI-JOKES, and for good measure: APPLES.
Curated by The New Philharmonic’s Vimbayi Kaziboni and New York City-based Composer John Stulz, “A is for _____.” reassesses the ways in which music is consumed and reconceptualizes the concert experience.
Convinced that the accustomed concert experience has become stale and one-dimensional, Kaziboni and Stulz took to task finding as many parameters as possible in which the clichés and conventions of musical display are eliminated and the lens in which music performance is experienced is displaced or even destroyed. And thus new dynamics are created. Post-performance. Post-medium. Post- Aesthetic. Post-taste. The experience becomes relational, polyphonic, interactive, individualized.
And so begins a 26-year project. 26 uniquely differing projects that will happen yearly, organized thematically in alphabetical order from A to Z.
The first event, “A is for _____.” built on the letter “A”, is a mix between going to a concert, a fair, a flea market, an auction, the museum, the circus, the library, the local cafe and entering the rabbit-hole on cyber space. Regardless, it is sure to be a concert experience unlike any other.
ARTISTS: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, voice Mike Prucha, oboe Samuel Bertino, clarinet Jeff McCray, bassoon Katie Cooley, horn Helen Dowd, violin Alexis Nachtigal, violin John Stulz, viola Sophia Potter, cello Max Stehr, bass Tony Batenhorst, percussion Jared Brown, percussion Ed Getzlaff, percussion Ben Hutchinson, percussion Philip Kolbo, percussion Aaron Mathis, percussion April McCloskey Stehr, percussion Ian McCollum, percussion Sam Morgan, percussion Brenna Petersen, percussion Jordan Pullen, percussion Kellen Smith, percussion Stacey Barelos, piano Ben Eisenberger, guitar
The New Philharmonic TEAM: Vimbayi Kaziboni, artistic director Aaron Markley, operations Paige Reitz, communications Hannah Meyer, personnel manager
Film Streams, the New Philharmonic, and the Omaha Symphony will present two showings of a collection of Disney’s Alice Comedies with live scores.
Starting in 1923, while still working at his Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, legendary animator Walt Disney began producing pioneering silent shorts loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice character. Instead of falling into a rabbit hole, Disney’s Alice fell into the world of cartoons. Combining a live-action Alice, first played by Virginia Davis, with animated characters, including Julius the cat, the Alice Comedies were innovative works – and Disney’s first successes.
The New Philharmonic’s Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts musicians from the Omaha Symphony as they performed scores for three of the shorts, all written by German composer Paul Dessau. Omaha-based pianist Dan McCarthy will perform original, solo pieces for two films.