The Poulenc Trio Presents: Diaspora - Music and Art
The Poulenc Trio
Irina Kaplan, piano
Vladimir Lande, oboe
Bryan Young, bassoon
with guest artist Anton Lande, violin
and host Jonathan Palevsky
and illustration students of MICA's Warren Linn
Tickets: $15/$10 students
JAKOV JAKOULOV - Yiddish Lexicon (2010)
(featuring MICA student illustrations)
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) - From Porgy and Bess
arranged by Jascha Heifetz
with Anton Lande, violin
-- Summertime/A Woman is a Sometime Thing
-- My Man's Gone Now
-- It Ain't Necessarily So
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974)
arranged by Jonathan Jensen
-- The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy
-- In a Sentimental Mood
PAQUITO D'RIVERA (b. 1948) - Afro-Cuban Suite
-- Preludio y Merengue
JAKOV JAKOULOV - Yiddish Lexicon (2010)
featuring MICA student illustrations
Jakov Jakoulov is an author of three ballets, five instrumental concertos, five string quartets, music for over 20 theatrical, TV and cinema productions and numerous symphonic, chamber and choral works.
In recent years Jakoulov’s music has been presented by London’s New European Strings Orchestra, Boston Symphony Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, “Future Classics” Series with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, among others.
Recipient of six Annual Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Doctor of Music of Boston University, Elected Member of National Honor Music Society, Jakov Jakoulov has international reputation with commissions and performances of his works in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Russia, Israel as well as the United States.
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) - Porgy and Bess
arranged by JASCHA HEIFETZ (1901-1987)
When Gershwin saw DuBose Heyward’s play “Porgy,” depicting Bess’s love for the crippled Porgy, he was inspired to write this opera. Heyward wrote the opera libretto and Gershwin lived for several weeks in a waterfront shack in Charleston, SC to absorb the life style he wanted in the opera. He incorporated impressions of the poignant melodies of Charleston street cries, some of the savage rhythms of the Gullahs (descendants of slaves, who have mainained a distinct language and culture) working or praying, and more than a hint of the reverberating sounds of a sad race. It took Gershwin 11 months to write the opera and an additional nine to complete the orchestration.
Porgy and Bess was Gershwin's longest and most ambitious composition, lasting well over three hours in its complete form. At the time of the premiere (Alvin Theatre, New York, October 10, 1935) Porgy and Bess was not an instant success, although many of the songs became immediately famous. Some criticized it as being merely a collection of hit songs rather than a true opera. However, others praised it as the beginning of a new important folk-opera genre. Porgy and Bess gained in popularity, and at last achieved fame and success on stage in an extensive world tour in the 1950s. Since that time there have been several revivals of the show on Broadway and the show's unquestioned acceptance in the repertory of the world's major opera companies.
This version of the piece was transcribed in 1947 by the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) - The Mooche / Black and Tan Fantasy / In a Sentimental Mood
arranged by Jonathan Jensen
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. A major figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, composing stage musicals, and world tours. He was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.
Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" for Cootie Williams, which later became "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" with Bob Russell's lyrics, and "The Mooche" for Tricky Sam Nanton and Bubber Miley. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his "writing and arranging companion." Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films.
PAQUITO D'RIVERA (born 1948) - Afro-Cuban Songs
Born in Cuba, Paquito D’Rivera began his career as a child prodigy. A restless musical genius during his teen years, D’Rivera created various original and ground-breaking musical ensembles. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premier several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe.
In Afro, a slow introduction is followed by an energetic, rhythmic and modal six-eight dance over an Afro-Cuban ostinato. The Cuban danzón evolved in the 1870s from the contradanza, becoming a distinctive creole blend of African rhythms with melodic elements drawn from the European country-dance. The rubato introduction of Danzón sets a romantic atmosphere followed by the danzón proper in clave, the rhythmic foundation of almost all Cuban music. Preludio y Merengue is an excellent example of Paquito’s unique mix of Latin and modal jazz styles. The colorful and episodic Preludio is followed by an energetic, lilting Merengue in five-eight time.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE - The Poulenc Trio
Hailed by the Washington Post for its “intriguing and beautifully played program . . . convincing elegance . . . [and] near-effortless lightness and grace," the Poulenc Trio brings together three uniquely gifted virtuosos, pianist Irina Kaplan, bassoonist Bryan Young and oboist Vladimir Lande. As the finest of a select few professional wind trios, the Poulenc Trio is committed to expanding the repertoire through the rediscovery of old masterpieces and the commissioning of new works.
The Trio has some particularly adventurous projects in the works, including "A Glass Act," which pairs the music and the wines of four great composers; "Diaspora", a multi-year commissioning project involving a number of contemporary American composers; and commissioned works by the Vietnamese-American composer Viet Cuong and the Spanish composer Octavio Vazquez.
The Trio's tours have brought them to Russia with Hilary Hahn (including the Hermitage State Museum); Italy (including the Ravello and Ville Vesuviane Festivals); Mexico; the Caribbean; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Symphony Space in New York City; and every region of the United States.
Since 2004, the Poulenc Trio has directed Music at the Museum, a unique and highly successful collaboration with great American museums, including the Baltimore Art Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Each entertaining and thought-provoking program is carefully designed to complement a current exhibit or historical artistic concept.
In the press, the Trio has garnered positive attention in recent full-length profiles in Chamber Music Magazine and the Double Reed Journal. The group has been called "virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music" in one profile on Russian television, and reviews from across the USA have praised the Trio’s “new and delicious sounds,” calling them “three virtuosi in complete command of their instruments” who “played with spirit and grace and brought the near-capacity crowd to its feet.”
For more information, visit the trio's web site at www.poulenctrio.org
Bryan Young, a Washington, DC native,has been praised for his "voluptuous sound" by the Double Reed Journal. A prizewinner of the 2002 Gillet International Bassoon Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, as well as in recitals across the United States and around the world. The Washington Post wrote, "Young's music dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument." Bryan is principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis. He trained at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and at Yale University.
Vladimir Lande, principal oboist of the Baltimore Opera, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory with degrees in both oboe and piano. As principal oboist of the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Philharmonic Orchestra, he recorded all the Brahms symphonies as well as symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Shostakovich, and performed with distinguished conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, and Yuri Temirkanov. Recent tours have brought him to New Zealand, Australia, Europe and across most of the United States. Vladimir holds the distinguished appointment as Associate Conductor the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist Irina Kaplan is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Winner of the Baltimore Chamber Music Award and the Montpelier Recital Competition, Irina has appeared in series including the Yale Gordon Concert Series, the Bachanalia Recital Series and the New York Times Young Performers Series. Concerts abroad in Russia, Italy, England, Germany and the Caribbean have led to critical praise of her "beauty and brilliance of sound, astonishing flexibility and penetrating interpretation." Fanfare Magazine hails her as "a strong pianist who doesn't settle for an accompanying role." Irina is on the piano faculty at the Peabody Institute.
Hailed in the Palm Beach Post as “a brilliant young violinist,” Anton Lande is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory, majoring in both violin performance and economics. He has performed in various venues throughout the United States such as the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Flagler Museum Series in Palm Beach, and the St. Croix Candlelight Music Series. Anton attended the Tanglewood Institute Quartet Program on a full scholarship.