October 26 Fundraiser

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We have a terrific season of music – new and old – planned and in the planning process.  But this month we are working to raise the money to put on our concerts.  The Music Village, our partner in this venture, is accepting tax-deductible donations on our behalf, right HERE – and of course we have some grant applications out, and we are also doing an event!

This month’s highlight will be an event at Merriman’s Playhouse, 1211 Mishawaka Ave, at 2:00 on Sunday, October 26, featuring Chicago’s beloved cabaret pianist, Justin Hayford, in a concert called “Things Are Looking Up: Unsung Gershwin.”

We are thrilled to have him – Justin is a charming performer, and Gershwin can’t be beat.  I’ll be playing at the event, too.  We are excited to be at Merriman’s – if you haven’t visited their performance venue you will be surprised and delighted at the intimate space and cozy environment. Space there is very limited – please arrive early!

We’ll have wine, and light food – you could volunteer to help us out with that, too, right HERE – and the afternoon should be splendid.  Please come, and enjoy!

Save the Date – October 26, 2014

Hello, Everyone! We are back at work, planning our new season, and there will be lots of new information, new non-profit partners, new dates, and new collaborations to share with you soon soon soon.

 

In the meantime, though, please let me introduce Justin Hayford!

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Justin has performed in cabaret clubs around the country, reviving lost tunes from the Great American Songbook.  He’s released three CDs on the LML Music label.  He also contributes regularly to the Chicago Reader.

You may remember Justin’s appearance here in South Bend two years ago, on a recital with MFM founder Jennet Ingle.  He’s a friend of this series and has graciously agreed to return and give a full concert at Musicians for Michiana’s Fall Fundraiser event!

October 26, 2014, 2:00PM.  Location TBD.  Watch this space.

“Unsung Gershwin”

George and Ira Gershwin have earned an indelible place in the history of jazz and popular music, writing some of the best-known and best-loved songs in American history.  But the hits only scratch the surface of their extraordinary catalog.  Join Chicago cabaret performer Justin Hayford as he digs deep into the Gershwin archives and takes you on a guided tour of their rarely heard gems.  You’ll learn the stories behind their unlikely partnership, and hear the Gershwin treasures that have been largely – and inexplicably – forgotten.  

 

This will be an event not to miss.  Many many thanks to Justin for agreeing to appear!

Notes on Steve Ingle’s “Quiet, Please!” for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and sampler:

Quiet, Please was a radio fantasy and horror drama created by Wyllis Cooper and featuring narration by Ernest Chappell. It aired between June 8th, 1947, and June 20th, 1949, and is considered unique in its genre for its creativity and depth, providing the listener a nearly immersive surrealist experience.

This work, by contrast, was directly inspired by the presence of a four-year-old. Distraction is its central theme. With many usable ideas bouncing around inside my head, I sought to create a rather lengthy work, immersive in the same way as the original radio drama. However, a deluge of ideas can be as poisonous to the creative process as no ideas at all. What I had not anticipated was the fact that Ernest Chappell’s deadpan delivery would become my own voice of reason, the voice I heard to quiet my own mind, and what I ended up with was, rather, a brief mockery of the creative process itself. Ideas are, therefore, intentionally underdeveloped and largely unrelated, with only the original motive repeated to provide a fleeting sense of formal cohesion.

For more information on the original radio drama (including information on its current copyright status), I refer you to www.quietplease.org. The episodes are great with headphones on the proverbial dark and stormy night.

The audio samples you will hear on this program come from the episode “Northern Lights.”

 – Steve Ingle
5/1/2014

Our Final Concert is coming up

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event.

And here is all the information you need.  Sunday, May 4, at 2pm, at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St, South Bend.

The Colors of Music

Even a small group of woodwinds can create a huge number of colors and textures. We feature these diverse instruments in an exciting event supporting Girls on the Run.  Composers will include Jenni Brandon and South Bend’s own Steve Ingle.

At its heart, Girls on the Run is about inspiring young girls to grow up as strong, empowered individuals, and to believe in themselves. In this interactive concert we will talk about principals of leadership and teamwork, and allow the audience to determine our program order.

 

As always, there is no set admission fee – you Pay What You Like, and all proceeds go to Girls on the Run Michiana.

We have great woodwind musicians in Martha Councell-Vargas, Jason Kramer, Trevor O’Riordan, and Jennet Ingle.

The concert will be FUN, INTERACTIVE, and SHORT.  There’s nothing not to love.  Please join us!

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere

I’m looking forward to performing this terrific work, by composer Jeremy Gill, on Sunday’s concert.  From my perspective, as an oboist, it’s got everything I like best to play – expressive, expansive solos, quick articulation and fancy technique, adorable little bird peeps in the high register – and this is perhaps unsurprising as I first knew Jeremy as an oboe minor at the Eastman School of Music while I was attending as an oboe major.  He’s not an oboist any more, though, but an impressive and accomplished composer, and I’m honored to present this smart and thoughtful work. 

 

Here are Jeremy Gill’s own program notes, to mull over and to admire. 

 

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere (2009), for oboe and two percussion

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere is a fantasy on the aria “Care soglie” from Alarico (1687) by Agostino Steffani, the first work in Western music to explicitly call for the oboe in its orchestration. “Soglie” (“thresholds”), the first movement of this three-movement work, and “Sfere” (“spheres”), the last, act as bookends to the much longer middle movement, “Serenate” (“songs”), thus recalling the da capo structure of the aria.

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere is also an exploration of the oboe’s pre-history, and reflects on, in “Serenate”, its past rolls in religious rituals (as the Arabic zurna, and paired with cymbals) and warfare (as the zurna, and the shawm in medieval Europe, paired with drums), as well as its bucolic associations (paired with the tambourine). In “Soglie” and “Sfere”, the evocation is again of the outdoors, but in these movements it is the wide open spaces of the outdoors that is of primary interest: the oboe begins at the back of the hall and ends at the front, while the percussion (playing wood blocks and claves, then chimes) begin at the front and end at the back. Heightening this effect is the imitation of bird calls in the oboe and insect sounds in the wood blocks and claves.

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere was premiered by ToniMarie Marchioni, Luke Rinderknecht, and Chihiro Shibayama at the Juilliard School on 31 October 2009.

Concert #3 is Coming!

Percussion!

Have you ever gotten up close and personal with orchestral percussionists?  It is amazing to watch the precision and control and physicality of what they do.  They are not often featured in chamber music, so this concert will be a great opportunity to really stare and admire.

I’m thrilled about the music we’re presenting.  An ambitious and thoughtful work by an old school buddy of mine, Jeremy Gill.  A rollicking active work by renowned composer Libby Larsen.  A peaceful solo marimba showpiece by Christopher Deane.  And a theatrical exploration of the paranormal by South Bend’s own Marjorie Rusche.

The Music Village has been our partner in this venture since the beginning.  We are delighted to be able to give back, by donating all of this concert’s proceeds directly to them with no strings attached.

So please come! Bring your friends! Enjoy!

Claricello TOMORROW

Please join us on Sunday, March 2, at 2pm at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St, South Bend.
This second event will benefit Hannah and Friends, a great local non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.  Our musicians are Claricello, the duo consisting of Jason Gresl on clarinet and Lara Turner on cello.

Here’s what Jason has to say about the program they’ve created:

“In life we struggle to find the balance between the individual and the community. While many times the whole is greater than its parts, maintaining individuality is paramount to staying human.  The first thing that struck me when I went to visit the Hannah and Friends Neighborhood was how the organization provides various options that residents might choose to find their balance.  Some residents get together and cook for themselves, others use assistance. Recreational activities bring residents together and yet any individual can find plenty to do on his/her own. There was a strong sense of community.  And of course like any community, one must find the balance of staying in one’s comfort zone and exposing oneself to new life situations.

“We have come to understand that chamber music deals with this same balancing act.  Two instruments…  Does the composer have them work together to blend their sounds into something new or perhaps does each instrument carve out a musical gesture on its own?  

“The pieces on this program show various ways that composers explore the balancing act of community/individuality both with compositional techniques and source material.  Participatory activities will give audience members an inside look at some ways that composers work and will collectively create a new piece for Claricello to play.”

I don’t know about you, but I am COMPLETELY eager to hear this concert.
 
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