New York, NY – 01/16/15 – Subculture – Cygnus Ensemble in Five World Premiers

Cygnus Ensemble in Five World Premiers
Friday, January 16, 2015
Subculture (map)
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
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Cygnus, Bridge Records and Marsyas Productions present

Cygnus in Five World Premieres
January 16, 2015 at SubCulture, 7pm, Cygnus hosts an evening of premieres, much of the event centered around the brothers David and Michael Starobin. The concert features the much anticipated premiere of West of the Moon, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner, a sextet composed for and dedicated to David Starobin William Anderson and Cygnus, and here conducted by David Starobin. Other premieres will be David Starobin’s song cycle, From Tchaikovsky’s Letters (2014), for baritone & guitar, based on letters that Tchaikovsky wrote to family members, performed by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and guitarist William Anderson; and the premiere of Michael Starobin’s Blurred — three theatrical songs by William Finn, Tom Kitt, and Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Michael Starobin for the ensemble Vox n Plux. To complete the gala program, two more premieres will be performed: Paul Lansky’s Talking Guitars (2014), a piece dedicated to David and Becky Starobin, and performed by two of David Starobin's students at Curtis Institute, guitarists Jiyeon Kim and Hao Yang; and William Anderson’s Eight Rhythms of Djuna Barnes, for Vox n Plux and guitar orchestra.

The twenty-first century has brought with it new levels of virtuosity in a number of instrumental and vocal categories. No where is it more apparent than with plucked instruments, which have witnessed an explosive growth during the past 30 years. Cygnus's program will showcase both the virtuosic and expressive expansion of the guitar, its players and its composers.

David Starobin, Conductor
Thomas Meglioranza, baritone

Cygnus Ensemble
Barry Crawford, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe/E. hn; Anna Lim, violin; Susannah Chapman, cello; William Anderson, guitar, mandolin, theorbo; Oren Fader, guitar; Elizabeth Farnum, soprano; with the Cygnus guitarists Oren Fader & William Anderson

Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra
John Olson, Jason Sagebiel, Daniel Conant, Liz Hogg, Valentina Savu, Zeke Bardash, Christopher Rispoli, Evan Cordes

Michael Starobin
A Cycle of Theater Songs
1. Losing My Mind
2. Psychopharmacology
3. When The Earth Stopped Turning

Vox n Plux
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano; William Anderson & Oren Fader, guitars

Paul Lansky
Talking Guitars (2014)
Jiyeon Kim and Hao Yang, guitars

William Anderson
Eight Rhythms, Six Songs
Settings of Djuna Barnes
1. Seen From the "L" / Rite of Spring
2. She Passed This Way
3. Crystals
4. The Child Would Be Older
5. Paradise / When the Kissing Flesh Is Gone
6. Pastoral

Vox n Plux, with Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra


From Tchaikovsky's Letters
David Starobin
1. In Paris
2. My Opera
3. Three Hundred Rubles
4. The Villa Richelieu
5. The Weather
6. My Future
7. Waves

William Anderson & Thomas Meglioranza
Yehudi Wyner
West of the Moon

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