Colorado Music Competition beneath approach with music by dwelling composers

Composer-in-residence John Adams, “Music of Immediately” are featured within the 2022 season

By Peter Alexander July 6 at 10:30 p.m.

The 2022 Colorado Music Competition (CMF), underway at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium, affords some terrific applications, however if you wish to know which of them are most enjoyable, don’t ask Peter Oundjian. The pageant’s music director and conductor loves all of them.

Peter Oundjian at Chautauqua

“Since I designed it, there’s nothing I’m not enthusiastic about,” he says of this 12 months’s pageant. “You’ve bought actually attention-grabbing visitors and fantastic artists, the Takács Quartet and John Adams and Mahler’s Fifth and a fanfare by Wynton Marsalis. It’s filled with thrilling prospects!” (See the whole, up to date program for the pageant under.)

In truth, there’s sufficient pleasure that it’s exhausting to say it multi functional sentence. Different intriguing prospects for the summer season are performances of all 5 Beethoven piano concertos on three concert events, by rising Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki (July 7–10); per week of “Music of Immediately” (July 12–17); world premieres of music by Timo Andres (July 17) and Wang Jie (Aug. 4); visitor performances by pianist Jeremy Denk (July 17), violinist Randall Goosby (July 21–22) and clarinetist Anthony McGill (Aug. 4).

Listed here are nearer seems to be into a number of the headline occasions through the summer season:

Jan Lisiecki. Photograph by Mathias Bothor—DG

Lisiecki’s Beethoven Piano Concerto sequence opens Thursday. “Jan is a younger musician and p pianist, actually outstanding, and he simply recorded the piano concerti of Beethoven for Deutsche Grammophon [record label].” Oundjian says. “He was alleged to play them two years in the past, for Beethoven’s 250th. I actually didn’t wish to lose that concept for the pageant, and he promised that he would come again and play all of them.”

One other anniversary, one this 12 months, supplied the opposite thought for programming the three concert events. The 12 months 2022 is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose works will open the concert events that conclude with Beethoven’s piano concertos. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis open the primary of the Beethoven-Vaughan Williams concert events (July 7), adopted by the Overture to The Wasps (July 8), and the Fifth Symphony (July 10).

“I’ve at all times been an infinite admirer of Vaughan Williams’s music,” Oundjian says. “It’s the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary and I don’t assume anyone on this nation has acknowledged it, in order that’s what we’re doing. The Fifth Symphony is actually extraordinary—it’s so evocative, it’s so stunning and so unhappy and reflective, nevertheless it ends with an important sense of optimism.”

“Music of Immediately” (July 12–17) is central to Oundjian’s idea of the pageant. “I hope to assume it’s vital to everybody, nevertheless it’s actually vital to me,” he says. Music for the week-long mini-festival was chosen by Oundjian along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, who’s the CMF composer-in-residence. Along with his works being featured all through the pageant, Adams personally chosen a number of the composers for the pageant, and he’ll conduct a part of the applications July 14 and 17.

At 75, Adams is likely one of the nation’s most revered composers. He’s maybe greatest recognized for his operas, together with Nixon in China (1987) and Dr. Atomic (2005), however he has additionally written quite a few orchestral, chamber, and solo piano works, a number of of which will probably be heard at CMF. His On the Transmigration of Souls, written in commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assault on the World Commerce Centra in New York, gained the Pulitzer Prize.

John Adams. Photograph by Riccardo Musacchio

All 4 of the “Music of Immediately” live performance embrace music by Adams, however in addition they embrace youthful composers who’re, to this point, much less recognized. The mini-festival opens with the Attacca Quartet (July 12), a younger string quartet who describe themselves as “passionate advocates of up to date repertoire.” 

Along with alternatives from Adams’s John’s Ebook of Alleged Dances, Attacca will carry out music by Flying Lotus, a DJ, producer and rapper from Los Angeles; Anne Müller, a German cellist/composer; American singer-songwriter Louis Cole; Philip Glass; and Caroline Shaw, who at 30 grew to become the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize in composition.

A Competition Orchestra live performance (July 14) will characteristic each Oundjian and Adams conducting. This system includes Adams’s Metropolis Noir, an atmospheric and jazzy symphony impressed by the tradition of Los Angeles and noir movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s; a Chamber Concerto by his son, Samuel Adams; and the world premiere of Darkish Patterns by pianist/composer Timo Andres, a CMF fee. Along with Darkish Patterns, Andres has acquired commissions from Carnegie Corridor for the Takacs Quartet, the Boston Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. 

Certainly a spotlight of “Music for Immediately” would be the “Kaleidoscope” live performance (July 15), with performances by visitor artists Tessa Lark, violin, and Timothy McAllister, saxophone, with members of the CMF orchestra. Utilizing lighting and video to create a theatrical efficiency in addition to a live performance, “Kaleidoscope” options, sure, a kaleidoscopic array of various composers—Adams, Glass, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, and others.

“It’s a lot enjoyable!” Oundjian says. “We put a display screen up, and cameras in every single place, so you may watch the artists usually, or you may watch them at numerous completely different angles. And all of this cool lighting.! It’s like a theater night somewhat than a live performance.”

Gabriella Smith

“Music of Immediately” concludes with one other live performance shared by Oundjian and Adams as conductors of the CMF orchestra, with pianist Jeremy Denk taking part in Adams’s Should the Satan Have All of the Good Tunes? (July 17).Additionally on this system is Tumblebird Contrails by Gabriella Smith, a dedicated environmentalist in addition to composer. The rating was impressed by an expertise Smith had backpacking on the fringe of the ocean at Pt. Reyes, Calif. The title, she writes, “is a Kerouac-inspired nonsense phrase.”

The ultimate piece of the “Music of Immediately” week can be the one piece by a composer who’s not dwelling, the Symphony No. 6 by Christopher Rouse. “John and Christopher knew one another fairly effectively,” Oundjian says. “(Rouse) principally composes his personal remaining moments—when the gong sounds on the finish, that’s the remaining second of life, and it’s very, very shifting. In order that’s why I’m ending the entire week with it.”

Later in  the summer season, former CMF music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni will return to Boulder to steer two applications (July 18–29 and July 31). The primary will characteristic kind of customary repertoire, together with Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero taking part in Tchaikovsky’s every-popular First Piano Concerto. Identified for her good improvising abilities, Montero has appeared in Boulder earlier than, most just lately with the CMF orchestra in July 2019.

Zeitouni’s second program is extra attention-grabbing: Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst for strings, Bizet’s youthful Symphony in C main, and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Evening’s Dream. This very acquainted music is never heard in its supposed context—the play by William Shakespeare. The CMF efficiency will present at the least a style of the unique thought, with musical passages introduced with texts from Shakespeare’s play spoken by actors John de Lancie and Marnie Mosiman. The efficiency will characteristic sopranos Jennifer Hen-Arvidsson and Abigail Nims.

The Competition Finale Live performance (Aug. 7) ends the pageant with a bang: the Colorado premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s fanfare Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! a CMF co-commission, and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Ending the summer season with a Mahler is symphony just isn’t a conference at CMF, however Oundjian wouldn’t thoughts if it had been. 

“I wouldn’t wish to name it a practice but, as a result of we solely did it ‘19.” he says. “There’s nothing fairly like Mahler for an orchestra, for a conductor, for the expertise to listening as a music lover. So I like the thought. We’re going to strive once more for ‘23.”

The pageant’s mixture of viewers favorites—Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto and Mahler’s Fifth, for instance—with attention-grabbing new works by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, and youthful composers together with Carolyn Shaw, Flying Lotus, Gabriella Smith and Timo Andres, brings Oundjian’s imaginative and prescient of the pageant to life.

“You may’t solely program for the field workplace,“ he says. “You need to program for imaginative and prescient, and for perhaps down-the-road field workplace. In case you put attention-grabbing juxtapositions collectively, folks develop a belief in you, and so they’ll purchase stuff they wouldn’t have purchased two years earlier.

“It’s like once you go into an artwork gallery: you don’t have to like every part you see. It’s vital that you just take pleasure in an extremely choose [portion] that’s simply superb.”

With such huge ranging repertoire, this 12 months’s CMF offers the viewers lots of alternatives to find one thing “simply superb.” And maybe to find some new favourite composers within the course of.

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Colorado Music Competition 2022
(Remaining concert events)
All performances at Chautauqua Auditorium

7:30 pm. Thursday, July 7
Peter Oundjian, conductor, with Jan Lisiecki, piano

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C main
    —Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8
Peter Oundjian, conductor, with Jan Lisiecki, piano

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps 
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat main
    —Piano Concerto No. 4 in G main

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10
Peter Oundjian, conductor, with Jan Lisiecki, piano

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D main
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat main (“Emperor”)

——-Music of Immediately——-

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12
Attacca Quartet

  • John Adams: alternatives from John’s Ebook of Alleged Dances 
  • Flying Lotus: Clock Catcher
    Remind U
    Pilgrim Facet Eye
  • Anne Müller: Drifting Circles 
  • Louis Cole: Actual Life
  • Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima”
  • Caroline Shaw: The Evergreen
  • Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution

7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14
Peter Oundjian and John Adams, conductors
With Samuel Adams, composer; Tessa Lark, violin; and Timothy McAllister, saxophone

  • Timo Andres: Darkish Patterns (world premiere fee)
  • Samuel Adams: Chamber Concerto 
  • John Adams: Metropolis Noir

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15: Kaleidoscope
Timo Andres, piano; Tessa Lark, violin; Timothy McAllister, saxophone; and members of the Colorado Music Competition Orchestra

  • David Skidmore: Ritual Music 
  • Stacy Garrop: Reborn in flames (from Phoenix Rising)
  • Osvaldo Golijov: Final Spherical
  • Valerie Coleman: Crimson Clay & Mississippi Delta for Wind Quintet
  • Timo Andres: Trustworthy Labor 
  • Roshanne Etezady: Recurring Goals 
  • John Corigliano: STOMP 
  • Philip Glass: Etude No. 6 
  • John Adams: Street Film

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17
Peter Oundjian and John Adams, conductors, Jeremy Denk, piano

  • Gabriella Smith: Tumblebird Contrails 
  • John Adams: Should the Satan Have All of the Good Tunes? 
  • Christopher Rouse: Symphony No. 6


7:30 Tuesday, July 19: Flavors of Russia
Members of the Colorado Music Competition Orchestra

  • Borodin: String Sextet in D minor
  • Mikhail Glinka: Trio Pathétique in D minor
  • Tchaikovsky: Memento de Florence Sextet in D Minor, op. 70

7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21
6:30 p.m. Friday, July 22
Ryan Bancroft, conductor, with Randall Goosby violin

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in A minor for orchestra
  • Florence Value: Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D main

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24
Ryan Bancroft, conductor, with Albert Cano Smit, piano

  • Mozart: Serenade in C minor for winds, K388 
    —Piano Concerto B-flat main, K595 
    —Symphony No. 39 in E-flat main, K543

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26
Members of the Colorado Music Competition Orchestra

  • Mozart: Flute Quartet in D Main, K285
  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Motion for String Trio
  • Dvořák: Terzetto in C Main, op. 74
  • Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115

7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28
6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor, with Gabriela Montero, piano

  • Mussorgsky, arr. Rimsky-Korsakov: Evening on Bald Mountain
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat main

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor with Jennifer Hen-Arvidsson and Abigail Nims, sopranos; John de Lancie and Marnie Mosiman, actors

  • Jessie Montgomery: Starburst 
  • Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C main 
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Evening’s Dream

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2
Danish String Quartet

  • Henry Purcell, arr. Benjamin Britten: Chacony in G minor
  • Folks Music from the British Isles, arr. Danish String Quartet
  • Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (“Dying and the Maiden”)

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4
Peter Oundjian, conductor, with Anthony McGill, clarinet

  • Wang Jie: Flying On the Scaly Backs of Our Mountains (world premiere)
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor 
  • Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra
  • Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) 

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7: Competition Finale Live performance
Peter Oundjian, conductor

  • Wynton Marsalis: Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! (Colorado premiere, co-commission)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor