This season, America’s only teen ensemble dedicated to music by living composers will give more than 20 performances throughout NYC and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Queens Museum, Roulette and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris as well as the SONiC Festival, MATA Jr. Festival and Ecstatic Music Festival. The Critical Mass concert at the DiMenna center features Face the Music's largest ensembles: the Face the Music Philharmonic (conducted by David Bloom), the Samurai Mama Big Band (conducted by Aakash Mittal), and the Face the Music Symphony (conducted by Whitney George), premiering her new 4-movement work for youth orchestra titled The Petite Symphony.
Opera on Tap and The Curiosity Cabinet present an evening of tantalizing voyeurism in a surrealist retelling of the shockingly erotic and blisteringly sacrilegious 1833 short story Gamiani, with original music and concept design by Whitney George and libretto by Johnny Call.
The Baron secretly watches the stunning Italian countess Gamiani as she seduces and bewitches another woman. When his voyeurism is revealed, the steamy duo becomes a trio of imaginative erotic storytelling, in three vignettes which appeal to the senses. Prepare to be lured into a world of pleasure…
[ The Curiosity Cabinet: Lindsey Eckenroth, flute; Eric Umble, bass clarinet; Adam von Housen, violin;
Lisa Dowling, double bass; Joe Tucker, percussion; Whitney George, conductor; Daniel Patrick Fay, director;
Johnny Call, librettist; Whitney George, composer & conductor ]
[ Opera on Tap: Joy Jones (The Baron); Heather Michele Meyer (Countess Gamiani);
SoundMind NYC's "Coming Out" program features pieces written for winds by Elliot Carter, Marc Mellits, Whitney George and Paul Kerekes, as well as windswept adaptations of works by J.S. Bach and Carlo Gesualdo. Beverages and baked goods will be provided. Doors at 7:00, concert begins at 8:00.
New Works, Old Questions [Brooklyn Conservatory Performance]
Friday, April 21st at 6:30 pm
...glimpses of relationships that could have been,
specters of the past,
and bridging the unspeakable chasms that separate our hearts...
As performers, we think of concerts as an educational opportunity—sharing music in a welcoming way, engaging audiences on a personal level, explaining the music we’re playing and who we are as musicians, people, and music lovers. Our goal is to make classical music accessible by being ambassadors and advocates for the music we love and designing concert experiences to be informative and interactive.
The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. Each team will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award $2,000 in prize money: $1,000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place. The songSLAM will be M.C.’d by tenor Paul Sperry and composer Tom Cipullo. Composer Whitney George and librettist/author Johnny Call collaborated on a comical new work titled In New York to be premiered by tenor Eric Carey for the competition.
145 Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10013
[ $5 for student |$10 general admission ]
Music, Drugs, and the Altered State of Mind: Drinking In the Drawing Room
Monday, June 26th 2017 — 7:30 pm
In this Olio, we will take a look at music that was composed in an altered state of mind. We'll also explore the altered state of consciousness that develops when music is combined with certain substances. The trend of accessing an altered state to aid in creation is not a new one: Hector Berlioz's historic program symphony of the Romantic era for orchestra ("Symphonie Fantastique") was modeled after the composer's own experience with opium, and his contemporary Lyapunov, wrote the work "Hashish: An Oriental Symphonic Poem" about marijuana.
Composers in the 1960's minimalist movement, highly influenced by the presence of psychedelics and the trance-like and circular rhythms of gamelan music, paid homage to the drug-induced state in works like Terry Riley's "Mescalin Mix" and kaleidoscopic and colorful works of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Other contemporary voices in the modern music scene sought to recreate their fragmented experiences and warped narratives in works in John Cage's Fontana Mix. Cage's affinity for mushrooms and organically achieved altered states were of great interest to him as an artist, which he delves into in both the written word and composition. Join us for an evening of drinks, debauchery, and decadence as we listen to some music that was created "under the influence" and analyze the artist's work in light of our own ideas about drugs and consciousness.
*OlioMuse* An Exploration of the String Quartet Across Time
Friday, August 4th 2017 — 7:00 pm
We'll be hearing a dual lecture/musical performance to bring the history of the string quartet to life in BOTH our ears and our minds. Whitney George, professor at Brooklyn College Conservatory (+conductor +composer), will be walking us through an exploration of the development of the string quartet starting during the late Baroque period and taking us through to the 21st century. She will be dissecting in detail the musical intricacies of each seminal work discussed, to discover the thread that weaves disparate pieces into a cohesive narrative.
Interspersed throughout her lecture will be movements from and fragments of string quartet pieces that musically illustrate the lecture, performed live as we progress along this musical journey together. The string quartet, (from Groupmuse: Chelsea Starbuck Smith, violin; Katherine Liccardo, violin; Matt Consul, viola; Mitch Lyon, 'cello) will be performing pieces by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Bartok, and more. There will be free beer sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery at this event, so come snag a spot on the floor to relax and enjoy the warmth and double stimulation of this live music lecture.
October 13th & 14th 2017 — doors at 7pm, show at 8 pm
New Camerata Opera presents an operatic exploration of the occult, featuring Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium, and a Cabaret Macabre. The evening will delve into the darkest depths of humanity, in a way that only opera can. Grab a drink, (or three), and get lost in a new, demonic dimension. Featuring the operatic voices of the full NCO company, and the instrumental virtuosity of The Curiosity Cabinet.
Directed by Desiree Alejandro, and under the baton of Whitney George.
Production Management by Intuitive Production Management.
[ The Curiosity Cabinet: Adam von Housen, violin; Joe Tucker, percussion;
Nora Bartosik, piano; Whitney George, conductor ]
[ New Camerata Opera: Erik Bagger, Barbara Porto,
Caroline Tye, Alexandra Lang, Scott Lindenroth, Eva Parr, Julia Tang,
Join us for a concert of new music sponsored by Concerts on the Slope featuring works by Bach, Reena Esmail, Drake Andersen, Natalie Dietterich, Robert Sirota, Qin Ding, and the world premiere of Whitney George's "Sleight of Hand".
[ Pieces of Eight: Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute and Benjamin Larsen, 'cello ]
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of OCA Protection Holy Virgin
The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. In each city, teams will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award $2,000 in prize money: $1,000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place. After taking 1st place in their inagural songSLAM in New York last spring, tenor Eric Carey and composer Whitney George return in this Fall's event with the premiere of a new song: "On Dating in New York" with Markus Kaitila on piano.
[ The Curiosity Cabinet: Eric Carey, Tenor; Markus Kaitila, piano & Whitney George, composer ]
Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 (Composer Chat) and 7:30 (Concert Start)
Following the model of the original Five Borough Songbook – commissioned by 5BMF in 2011 for our 5th Anniversary and performed in every borough of the city that season – Volume II features twenty vibrant new works by twenty unique composers. A cast of stellar vocalists and instrumentalists bring the Songbook to life through songs, duets and ensembles, all inspired by New York City places, poetry and themes. Join us 30 minutes before concert start time for a special pre-concert Composer Chat with some of the Songbook creators, who will discuss their experiences and processes of crafting their new songs.
[ SONGBOOK COMPOSERS: Matthew Aucoin, Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Jonathan Dawe, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Whitney George, Marie Incontrera, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Robert Paterson, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Kamala Sankaram, Gregory Spears and Bora Yoon. ]
[ POETS AND LYRICISTS: Raphael Allison, Liza Balkan, Alastair Boag, Mark Campbell, Billy Collins, Rinde Eckert, Joyce Kilmer, Federico García Lorca, Leah Maddrie, Rick Moody, Dennis Nurske, Bimbo Rivas, Anna Świrszczyńska, KC Trommer, William Ross Wallace, Walt Whitman, and more. ]