The Victory Players in their home! The Victory, a 1,600-seat Broadway-style theatre, opened in 1920. It survived a fire in the 1940s and has been derelict since 1979. MIFA is restoring the iconic theater and it will be returned to its role as a major live theatre for the City of Holyoke, its surrounding communities, and the Connecticut River Valley from the Long Island Sound to the Canadian border.
It was an honor to be hooded by Dr. David Lawton, who happens to be a former clarinetist, symbolizing the completion of my doctorate at Stony Brook University. Dr. Lawton also completes his tenure as the Artistic Director of the Stony Brook Opera at the same time. Thank you to all of my mentors along the way, especially to Alan Kay, and my previous teachers Alex Fiterstein and Melissa Koprowski.
SO proud of these kiddies tonight, who played their final concert of the year for flute class, and also the NEW school band in Soundview, Bronx! They have come so far and might have even taught me a thing or two as well!
Today I passed the 2-hour oral exam for my doctorate! I am especially grateful to my wonderful teacher, Alan Kay, who has given me so much of his time and energy over the past three years. He has encouraged my writing very much, and I now have two articles accepted for publication in September! This is something, as a performer, I never expected would happen. Look out for my writing in:
The Clarinet Journal / The Forgotten Pedagogical History of Multiple Articulation in Review
National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal / A Theoretical Analysis of Bruno Mantovani's Virtuosic Work for Clarinet, "Bug," a Metaphor for the Y2K Dilemma in Music
One last thing - Final DMA Recital, April 30th!
Residency at Universität Mozarteum
July - September 2017
August 7th, 2017
August 10th, 2017
August 12th, 2017
Orchestra - SCHLUSSMATINEE
After studying German at Stony Brook for the past two years, I’m very excited to head to Austria this summer for the Orchestra Academy at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. I will also study with the famous Austrian clarinetist Andreas Schablas of the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, who is joining the faculty of the Mozarteum in the coming academic year. Thank you to my great teacher, Alan Kay, to Perry Goldstein, and also to the German department at Stony Brook for helping me to achieve this goal!
Very excited to perform Beethoven's Septet tomorrow at the Long Island Museum with incredible musicians!
See the facebook event here.
I am very excited to perform in the orchestra for The Full Monty next month at the oldest resident summer theater in America, Peninsula Players Theater. I love when I can do these shows with this incredible company and wonderful people! See you soon Midwest!
Today has been the most incredible recital experience. I am especially honored to have premiered the work of Dr. Chiayu Hsu, who is a brilliant composer, but I am even more gratified by the beautiful connections that were formed tonight. Many people including my own teacher took interest in Chiayu's music and I can't imagine a better consequence of a recital. Thank you so much to everyone who could make it. Thank you my teacher Alan R. Kay, to Howie Kenty (without whom there would have been no electronics), and to my wonderful fellow collaborative musicians Erika Dohi, Sean Hawthorne, and Matthew Lau. I am so grateful for tonight.
Here are the program notes from tonight's recital:
The concept for this recital is to pay homage to the wonderful place that has become my home while I pursue a doctorate at Stony Brook University. I am overwhelmed by this vibrant place and the incredible people I have met here. Reflecting on these characteristics, I chose a series of pieces by living composers, each with a unique connection to New York. I am especially thrilled to premiere two works by Chiayu Hsu, who was once my teacher and is now a great mentor and colleague. I am honored to perform her music.
Born in Taiwan, Chiayu was the winner of Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards, 2013 IAWM Search for New Music, Copland House Award, the Sorel Organization’s 2nd International Composition Competition, the 7th USA International Harp Composition Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Awards, Brown Foundation Fellowship, Camargo Foundation Fellowship among others. Her work has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ciompi Quartet, and Prism Quartet. She has received her Ph.D. at Duke University, Master of Music at Yale University School of Music, and Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music.
More information: www.chiayuhsu.com
John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto, one of his most distinguished works, is the result of a commission by the New York Philharmonic. As a child, Corigliano had the unique experience of attending many rehearsals and meeting the musicians of the Philharmonic, as his father was concertmaster. The Concerto is dedicated to Stanley Drucker and Leonard Bernstein, and the profound second movement is in remembrance of his father, who died two years before this piece was composed.
New York Counterpoint is the staple of minimalism for the clarinetist. The soloist pre-records ten clarinet and bass clarinet parts and performs the final 11th part live against the tape. Steve Reich captures the unyielding energy of Manhattan in three continuous movements which relate to each other in tempo by a ratio of 1:2. The bass clarinet is of particular interest in the third movement, as it functions to alter the listener’s perception of time (meter).
Chiayu Hsu’s Summer Night in a Deep Valley is a brilliant new work for the solo clarinet. The combination of Chinese elements and western techniques is a hallmark of Hsu’s music, and this piece is no exception. In this work, the outer sections depict the meditative and calm emotion of the Chinese literati who play the vertical bamboo flute. The middle section portrays insects as they join the literati and make music together. This occasion at Stony Brook University is the world premiere performance.
Urban Sketches brings new context to the idea of expressing the vitality of Manhattan through music, as in New York Counterpoint. The listener encounters a diversity of styles, as Hsu draws influence from Chinese bamboo flute music, salsa, and jazz. The electronics bring a more literal vernacular to this piece, including whistles, sirens, brakes, and more. Hsu completed this colorful work in residence at the Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, New York.
-Overlooking Prague from the tower in the Prague Castle.
-A night in Václavské náměstí or Wenceslas Square after rehearsal.
-The John Lennon Wall.
-The famous Charles Bridge, as seen from a paddle boat!
-The orchestra's first time at the Estates Theater in Prague, where we will perform our Opera Gala tonight and Don Giovanni all weekend.
-An inside look at the Estates Theater. This is the last standing theater where Mozart himself performed. The scenes in Amadeus of Mozart in Prague were shot at the Estates Theatre for authenticity. Mozart conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni here in 1787, as well as the premiere of La Clemenza di Tito and performances of Le Nozze di Figaro. The Prague Summer Nights Orchestra is so grateful to perform in this incredible and historical venue.
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.