Music + Festival Concert I

Oct 17 4:00 PM

Venue

Crowder Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004

Tickets

Free

Fine Arts Box Office
520-621-1162
tickets.arizona.edu

Contact Information

Media:
Ingvi Kallen
520-626-6320
ingvi@email.arizona.edu

Public:
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The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents Concert I of the “Music + Festival 2015: Bernstein, Adams, Berio” featuring the Arizona Wind Quintet; Lauren Roth, violin; Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Stuckey, baritone; Rex Woods, piano and Paula Fan, piano. 

The 2015 Music + Festival: Bernstein, Adams, Berio presents the lives and music of these important composers. Bernstein was a composer, conductor, educator and humanist. He placed his musical activities in the context of what it meant to be an American composer, how to understand the times, humanity’s relation to God and jazz. Adams is a post-minimalist whose music is rhythmically intense and full of the energy of pop music. Berio’s music is delicate and effervescent, sonorous and always in flux. Jeremy Huw Williams, the renowned Welsh baritone, is equally comfortable singing opera or song, and he loves the challenge of new music. Join us. You will be entranced!

 

Program

 

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)

Opus Number Zoo     

Barn Dance
The Fawn
The Grey Mouse
Tom Cats

Arizona Wind Quintet
Brian Luce, flute

Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet

Sara Fraker, oboe

Daniel Katzen, horn

William Dietz, bassoon

John Adams (b.1947)
Road Movies
     
Relaxed Groove
Meditative
40% Swing

JoAnna Park, violin
Ian Houghton, piano

Leonard Bernstein (1918-90)
Arias and Barcarolles

Prelude
Love Duet
Little Smary
The Love of My Life
Greeting
Oif Mayn Khas’ne (At My Wedding)
Dr. and Mrs. Webb Say Goodnight
Nachspiel

Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Stuckey, baritone
Paula Fan and Rex Woods, piano

CONCERT I PROGRAM NOTES
Berio wrote Opus Zoo during his first year of marriage to his first wife, the extraordinary soprano and Armenian-American Fulbright scholar Cathy Berberian, who would become the chief interpreter of his vocal works (they had both been students at the Conservatorio and met when he was assigned to accompany her Fulbright audition). Originally, he wrote Opus Zoo for a Re¬citer (Berberian), two clarinets and two horns. It was first performed in Milan in 1952. In 1951 Berio revised Opus Zoo for woodwind quintet, and in 1970 it was further revised to allow the instrumental players to recite the text.
The poems in Opus Zoo have a folksy tone, but their intent is serious. The Fawn and Tomcats are anti-war, The Grey Mouse is about the inevi¬tability of old age, and Barn Dance perhaps refers to Italy's disastrous affair with Mussoini and fascism.
- Chantry Nelson


The title Road Movies is total whimsy, probably suggested by the "groove" in the piano part, all of which is required to be played in a "swing" mode (second and fourth of every group of four notes are played slightly late). Movement I is a relaxed drive down a not unfamiliar road. Material is re-circulated in a sequence of recalls that suggest a rondo form. Movement II is a simple meditation of several small motives; a solitary figure in an empty desert landscape. Movement III is for four-wheel drives only, a big perpetual motion machine called 40% Swing. On modern MIDI sequencers the desired amount of swing can be adjusted with almost ridiculous accuracy. 40% provides a giddy, bouncy ride, somewhere between an Ives ragtime and a long ride-out by the Goodman Orchestra, circa 1939. It is very difficult for violin and piano to maintain over the seven-minute stretch, especially in the tricky cross-hand style of the piano part. Relax, and leave the driving to us.

-John Adams

Arias and Barcarolles, Bernstein’s final completed composition, is a song cycle for mezzosoprano, baritone and piano four hands. The title stems from an incident in 1960. Bernstein performed piano music of Mozart and Gershwin at the White House. Afterwards, President Dwight D. Eisenhower commented: “You know, I like that last piece you played; it’s got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.” Bernstein described the subject of Arias and Barcarolles as “The politics of love.” Bernstein authored the texts of the songs, with the exception of Little Smary and Oif Mayn Khas’neh (At My Wedding). The former is a bedtime story that Bernstein’s mother, Jennie, used to recite to him. The latter is a setting of a Yiddish poem by Yankev Yitshok Segal, describing the remarkable effect a young musician has on the wedding guests. Bernstein originally composed Greeting in 1955, after the birth of his son, Alexander. Mr. and Mrs. Webb Say Goodnight was inspired by Charles Webb, then Dean of the Indiana School of Music, his wife, Kenda, and their two sons, Malcolm and Kent. Typical of Bernstein’s music, Arias and Barcarolles incorporates a remarkably wide range of musical cultures and styles, both classical and popular. The first performance took place at the Equitable Center Auditorium in New York City on May 9, 1988, with the composer and Michael Tilson-Thomas as pianists.

-Ken Meltzer

 

Festival Highlights:

Opening Symposium with Matthew Mugmon, Mirabel Alvarez, J.C. Mutchler
October 17, Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Room 146, $Free

Concert I: Arizona Wind Quintet; Lauren Roth, violin
Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Stuckey, baritone
Rex Woods, piano; Paula Fan, piano
October 17, Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Crowder Hall, $Free

Concert II: Arizona Symphony Orchestra; Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone
Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano; Hugo Vera, tenor
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble; Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet; UA Wind Ensemble
October 17, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Crowder Hall, $Free
Post-concert reception hosted by the Fred Fox School of Music Advisory Board

Concert III: John Milbauer, piano; Brian Luce, flute; Jerry Kirkbride, clarinet
Kelland Thomas, saxophone; dancers from the UA School of Dance
October 18, Sunday, 2:00 p.m., Crowder Hall, $Free

Concert IV: Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; Paula Fan, piano
Arizona Contemporary Ensemble; Arizona Choir
October 18, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Holsclaw Hall, $Free

  Film: ”On the Waterfront” – Music by Leonard Bernstein
  October 24, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  Fox Tucson Theatre, $7, 5 ($Free for children under 12)
  Fox Tucson Theatre box office: 520-547-3040, foxtucsontheatre.org

 Festival co-sponsors:
 Wesley Green; Christopher Granillo, DDS; Classical 90.5 FM / Arizona Public Media;
 KVOI 1030 AM “The Voice” Radio; Arizona Commission on the Arts;
 National Endowment for the Arts; Hanson Film Institute;
 UA College of Fine Arts Bank One Visiting Artist Professorship Awards