2012-2013 Concert Season

UC Davis Residency

Firebird Ensemble recently completed a  performance/ education residency hosted by UC Davis, Sacramento between April 22nd- April 26th, 2013. Events included two public performances featuring works by Rolf Wallin, Eric Moe, Claude Vivier, Andrew Norman, Jonathan Harvery, and C. Bryan Rulon. Firebird Ensemble at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on Monday April 22nd and Friday April 26th. In addition Firebird Ensemble conducted workshops, master-classes and also performed the three world-premieres by UC Davis graduate composers Fang-Wei Luo, Chris Castro and Bryce Cannell.

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Voilà! Viola! BMOP and FIREBIRD ENSEMBLE

On February 152013 the Boston Modern Orchestra Project spotlighted the viola in Voilà! Viola! - a concert of five concertos including Donald Crockett’s Viola Concerto featuring soloist Kate Vincent -Artistic Director and members of Firebird Ensemble as concertino.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, brings the viola to the forefront in five distinct concertos for viola and large ensemble including a world premiere by Donald Crockett. For this premiere, BMOP will be sharing the stage with Firebird Ensemble’s Boston-based Kate Vincent as soloist. “This concert succeeds at letting the viola glow and giving it an opportunity to show its true, vibrant colors,” explains Gil Rose, Artistic Director and Conductor of BMOP.“And, we’ve rounded up the nation’s crème de la crème of violists to join BMOP for this special concert.”

Commissioned for BMOP by the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions (JFNMC), Viola Concerto (2011) by Donald Crockett (b. 1951) is an expansion of the composer’s earlier work entitled “to airy thinness beat” which was written for violist Kate Vincent and Firebird Ensemble as concertino. “TheViola Concerto is a significant addition to the concerto repertoire for the viola,” says Vincent. “It gives the soloist the opportunity to delve deeply into an internal, emotional world while in other parts of the work exploiting the virtuosic, impetuous personality of the instrument.” Based on a poem by John Donne ‘A Valediction Forbidding Mourning’ and an epigraph from the poem, “endure not yet a breach, but an expansion, like gold to airy thinness beat,” Crockett uses this poetic fragment in expressing the musical relationship between the viola and ensemble. BMOP will record this work for a prospective Crockett-centric album to be released on its record label, BMOP/sound. 

Free For All Grantee  Performance

 January 24th, 2012 7pm at Little  Kresge Theatre, MIT

Thread and Fray by Sarah Snider 
Nobody Move by Randy Woolf Performed by Kate Vincent, Rane Moore, Jeffrey Means and Sarah Bob

 

RESIDENCY AT ROCKPORT MUSIC

Between December 2nd and December 6th Firebird Ensemble was the resident ensemble at Rockport Music in Rockport, MA. Activites included a series of public and outreach performances on December 3, 4, 5 and 6 which took place at the state of the art concert venue - The Shaolin Liu Performance Center.

In addition to public performances Firebird Ensemble also presented a series of other activities as part of this residency including masterclasses, lectures, instrument demonstrations and other educational events.

Works performed:

"A Christmas Carol" by Jon Deak featuring highly acclaimed baritone - Aaron Engebreth 
"Eeyore's Birthday" by Jon Deak for Viola, Bass and Piano
"A not-so traditional Christmas Medley" by Cameron Wilson for String Quintet

THE FACE by Donald Crockett & David St. John

EVENTS:
April 23-27, 2012: Residency at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 
April 25, 2012: "Visions and Voices" event, Bovard Auditorium, USC, Los Angeles, CA 
July 23, 2012: Production period begins, Boston, MA 
August 25, 27, 28: World Premiere @ The Japan American Theatre, Los Angeles. 
September 1: FREE concert performance at Boston Conservatory Theater, Boston. 
For more information about The Face please visit the website: www.thefaceopera.com 
(photo: Peter Godfrey Smith)


Set in Venice Beach, The Face tells a deeply compelling story about the price of fame, desire and creativity. A poet (Raphael) struggles with the recent loss of his love and muse - Marina, while juggling the demands of a movie being made about his life and his increasing notoriety. With a narrative that is both passionate and raw in candor, The Face offers insights into the intimate nature of the human condition. The Face is an 80 minute multi-disciplinary chamber opera composed by Donald Crockett and based on the novella in verse by David St. John. The Face was recently featured in the "Visions and Voices" performance series at USC in April and received it’s fully staged World Premiere run between August 25-28, 2012 in Los Angeles and a concert performance on August 31 at the Boston Conservatory Theater.

The Face included an exceptional international cast and artistic team.

CAST: Daniel Norman (United Kingdom) - Tenor as Raphael
Thomas Meglioranza (New York) - Baritone as Memphis 
Janna Baty (New York) - Mezzo Soprano as Infanta 
Jane Sheldon (Australia) - Soprano as Cybele and on film as Marina 
(Covers: Emma-Grace Dunbar and Natalie Ballenger)

ARTISTIC TEAM: Donald Crockett (Los Angeles) - Composer 
David St. John (Los Angeles) - Poet/Libretto 
Gil Rose - (BMOP and Opera Boston) - Music Director and Conductor 
Kate Vincent - Producer and Artistic Director of Firebird Ensemble
Yano Iatrides (Heliotrope - Paris, France) - Stage Director and Choreographer 
MUSICIANS: Members of Firebird Ensemble and special guests

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