Faculty Opening Recital (40th Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young)

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:30 pm
Rivera Recital Hall, The Rivers School Conservatory
Free, No Ticket Required

Concert Program

Whitman Brown:  Five Pieces
Sandy Hebert, piano

David Conte:  Madrigals for the Seasons (East Coast Premiere)
Poetry by Emily Dickinson, John Clare, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Blake
Ann Moss, guest soprano
Lois Shapiro, piano

Mikhail Burshtin:  Qui
Shogher jan (based on Armenian folk song by Komitas)
Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian, piano

Gwyneth Walker:  Footsteps of Spring
A walk in the woods with Henry David Thoreau
Anne Hooper Webb, violin
Susanne Friedrich, cello
Ana Sorina Popa, piano
David Tierney, narrator

Griffin Candey:  Hard Stones (Premiere)
Poetry by Lisa Siro
Ann Moss, guest soprano
Lois Shapiro, piano

Robert J. Bradshaw:  A Traveler’s Prayer for a safe journey
John Emery, violin
Marla Rubinson, violin
Anne Hooper Webb, viola
Susanne Friedrich, cello
Elizabeth Foulser, bass

Robert Paterson:  Deep Blue Ocean
Yoshiko Kline, piano
Yukiko Shimazaki, guest pianist

Each year, The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA presets a three-day festival of faculty performances, student recitals, and composition workshops all focused on contemporary music.

Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the seminar has presented 3,009 new pieces, representing more than 1,790 composers and 664 premieres, including 190 commissioned pieces. Each seminar’s programming is unique; pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire, composed within the last 25 years, is constantly being explored. The idea of young performers, composers, and audiences interacting with one another in an artistic and creative way has sparked the imagination of educators and has become the model for many such events throughout the United States and the world.

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