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MODERN BEAUTY

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Date(s): 11/01/2020 to 11/15/2020
Day(s): Sunday
Time(s): 3:00 pm
Address: Streaming online
Phone: 626-485-5264
Cost: free

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Pittance Chamber Music, which presents the extraordinary musicians who perform in the pit at the Los Angeles Opera, is pleased to present Modern Beauty with special guest GRAMMY and EMMY-winning pianist Gloria Cheng. Recorded during the pandemic, the programs will now premiere streaming online in three episodes, and will include artist and composer interviews with special tributes to Steven Stucky. One of today's most respected and revered interpreters of contemporary repertoire, Cheng has been lauded in the Washington Post, New York Times and LA Weekly for her "breathtaking", "exhilarating" and "broadly expressive" performances. For this program she joins colleagues from the LA Opera Orchestra, bassoonist Judith Farmer, clarinetist Donald Foster and oboist Jennifer Cullinan, in a program of favorite chamber music pieces by composers with whom Cheng has collaborated – among them Billy Childs, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Harbison, Steven Stucky and Gernot Wolfgang, whose work Decisions .. will receive its World Premiere.

Modern Beauty is a program that reveals the beauty of modern music through masterful performances. The choice of repertoire reflects the artists' personal history with the composers and each other. Originally scheduled for April 2020, the live concert had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Inspired by the musicians' desire to play and complete this project, pianist Cheng and Pittance’s Artistic Director Lisa Sutton (who also happens to be the Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra) decided to forge ahead in the new normal and record the program, with the goal of presenting it in three parts for online viewing. The highly anticipated programs will premiere at pittancechambermusic.org. The first episode premieres on November 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. PST and Episodes 2 and 3 have their premieres on November 8 and 15, respectively, at 3:00 p.m. PST. Each episode will be available for continued viewing on Pittance Chamber Music’s media page.

Episode 1
Sunday, November 1, 3:00 p.m. PST
Interview with Billy Childs, Judith Farmer and Gloria Cheng

BILLY CHILDS
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano

Judith Farmer, Bassoon
Gloria Cheng, Piano

Billy Childs, an icon in the jazz world, is equally accomplished as a composer in the 'classical' realm. Both Cheng and Farmer proposed doing his Sonata for Bassoon and Piano independent of one another – recognizing it to be not only a great piece of music but an important work in the bassoon literature.

Episode 2
Sunday, November 8, 3:00 p.m. PST
Interview with Donald Foster and Gloria Cheng;
special video tributes from Salonen, Taylor, Harbison and Rhie

Garlands for Steven Stucky

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
Iscrizione

STEPHEN ANDREW TAYLOR
Green Trees Are Bending

JOHN HARBISON
Waltz

KAY RHIE
Interlude

Gloria Cheng, Piano

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STEVEN STUCKY
Meditation and Dance

Donald Foster, Clarinet
Gloria Cheng, Piano

This unique program centers around Cheng's friendship with the composer Steven Stucky, who died in 2016. In his memory, Cheng asked over 30 composers to write brief musical memorials, which she recorded and released in an album entitled "Garlands for Steven Stucky". In this program she performs a selection of four, each of which is preceded by video tributes of the composers (Salonen, Taylor, Harbison and Rhie) talking about Stucky and sharing insights about their works.

Episode 3 – World Premiere
Sunday, November 15, 3 pm PST
Interview with Gernot Wolfgang, Jennifer Cullinan and Gloria Cheng

GERNOT WOLFGANG
Decisions ..

Jennifer Cullinan, Oboe
Gloria Cheng, Piano

Pittance has the honor of premiering Gernot Wolfgang's Decisions .. which the composer describes as "a probing piece that raises more questions than it answers." Written for oboist Cullinan in three movements entitled This – Or That?, Where To? and Case Closed?, the work presents a musical exploration of various stages in a decision-making process. There will be a pre-concert conversation where Wolfgang will address some of those questions. Wolfgang is no stranger to Pittance audiences, who loved his work Road Signs (performed during the 2018 season). Pittance is pleased to welcome him back and present this latest opus.



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