Continuing The Solo Workshop’s tradition of original “solo” creation and performance, Assigned Allies features a notable roster of Vermont artists. Five UVM Music Faculty composers/musicians paired with five choreographers will collaborate on a new performance that results in original music and dance. Brought together, these five new works will showcase The Solo Workshop’s knack for producing fascinating, unique approaches to performance and revealing innovative methods for sharing the creative process.
Since its inception in 1992, the BRENTANO STRING QUARTET (named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”) has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The Quartet quickly earned recognition by winning the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and was honored at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut.
Born in Django Reinhart’s home town, French/Dominican jazz singer CYRILLE AIMÉE is making a splash in this country with her smoky, sexy voice and charming stage presence. Winner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival and Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competitions, she was recently cast by Stephen Sondheim in his City Center production of Encores along with Bernadette Peters.
One of the world’s leading piano quartets, the visionary FAURÉ QUARTETT is highly regarded for its experiments and discoveries, from performances with the NDR Big Band, to collaborations with Rufus Wainwright and Sven Helbig, to appearances in clubs such as the Berghain and “Le Poisson Rouge,“ to appearances on children‘s TV shows to get them excited about classical music.
The extraordinary ERIC BIBB is a masterful blues performer with great guitar and harmonica chops and a gorgeous husky baritone voice just right for singing the blues. Son of the legendary singer and entertainer Leon Bibb, Eric grew up steeped in music (Paul Robeson was his godfather) and developed a deep love, appreciation, and heart for this great American genre.
From the Hot Club of San Francisco to Hot Club of Detroit, we love this swinging jazz style and its variations, so it‘s natural for us to present an artist who is the gold standard in the genre. Known as “the US Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz,” the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France.
The New York Times called her “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” but whatever sensational accolades you attach to this virtuosic musician with the smokin’ blue fiddle, an evening in her presence is an unforgettable experience. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, the original musical star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, founding member of Cherish the Ladies.
If you haven’t ever heard the UVM Big Band (they recently performed with Arturo O’Farrill at the Flynn), you are in for an eye-opening treat. They are one hot ensemble. They’ll be joined by DAVE STRYKER, a masterful jazz guitarist known for his scorching fusion of jazz and blues.
Flowing from the rich cultural traditions, geopolitical issues, and the great beauty of the world’s longest river comes the exciting World Music even, THE NILE PROJECT. We launch a three-day residency with this ensemble of musicians and environmental activists from the Nile Region with a spectacular concert on the Flynn Mainstage.
Having amazed the audience with her dynamic performance with the VSO a couple of years ago, pianist NATASHA PAREMSKI returns to Burlington, this time to play on the Lane stage. Born in Moscow, Natasha began her studies at age four at Moscow’s Andreyev School of Music, continued at the San Francisco Conservatory after emigrating to the US at the age of eight, and received a degree from the Mannes College of Music.
The JERUSALEM TRIO has established a major international career based on thoughtful and passionate music making. An award-winning piano trio, the ensemble has thrilled audiences in the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The Jerusalem Trio maintains a steady schedule of recitals, orchestral performances, and festival appearances, and the members are also faculty of the Rubin Music Academy at the Jerusalem Hebrew University.
The Greensboro-based Van Dyke Dance Group showcases Jan Van Dyke’s choreography, known for its dynamic energy and rhythmic precision. Her dances are highly structured and meticulously crafted, while the movement vocabulary is quick, vigorous and driving. Professor emeriti and former Chair of Dance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Van Dyke knows both Paul Besaw (MFA) and Christal Brown (BFA) as former students. Now living, working, and leading their respective dance programs at UVM and Middlebury College, Besaw and Brown contribute the unique artistic approaches they have developed since their days in Greensboro to this rich gathering of dance.
Dedicated to “mining the expressive potential of the human voice,” ROOMFUL OF TEETH is an eight-member mixed choir founded in 2009. Their concerts include such techniques as Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, and Sardinian cantu a tenore styles. In five short years they have achieved some extraordinary accomplishments, including a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber/Small Ensemble Recording. Most impressively, ensemble member Caroline Shaw won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for her piece Partita for Eight Voices, a work of ethereal beauty and surprising twists which they will perform for us on the Lane Series.
The superb American pianist has returned to the concert stage after a seven-year hiatus recovering from a devastating hand injury. Now in fine concert form, he has focused his performances on thematic programming that incorporates elements beyond music. Through his active recording career, he has compiled a mindbogglingly vast and varied repertoire from Renaissance to new music, and including things like all of Beethoven’s and much of Bach’s keyboard output.
The Lane Series is proud to collaborate with the Fleming Museum on a special program to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial. This fall, the Fleming will feature three exhibits focusing on the Civil War from historic and contemporary perspectives, including Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection, Civil War Objects from the Fleming Museum Collections, and Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).
Juno Award-winning Indian-Canadian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia is a unique and inspiring singer with a soaring, exquisite voice and a stage presence that expresses “a deep spirituality and tranquility that borders on the mystic.” (Sing Out Magazine) Her music is centered on the haunting South Asian genre of Ghazel (the sensual and highly literary poetic songs about illicit love) and Punjabi folk song. Backed by the great jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi, plus tabla and more, Kiran transcends boundaries and creates music of timeless beauty in a modern and global context.
Acclaimed for exceptional temperament, personal expressivity and insight, pianist TIEN HSIEH has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. She is a prizewinner of competitions including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Artists International Presentations Auditions in New York, Pacific Piano Competition, and Festival in California and has recently completed a highly successful tour of Budapest, Hungary, where she performed an All-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum.
Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, the SPHINX VIRTUOSI are cultural ambassadors and alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition who reunite each fall to tour the nation. The Virtuosi’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through a variety of repertoire.
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller is a “live documentary” by Academy Award-nominated director SAM GREEN (The Weather Underground) featuring a live score by the legendary indie rock band YO LA TENGO.
After a three-year hiatus in which they were greatly missed by the Lane Series audience, we are delighted to announce the return of the THE ROSE ENSEMBLE. Their program, Il Poverello: The Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi is described as “A journey across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Florence and Rome.
As many of you know, we are huge fans of the brilliant guitarist, singer, and songwriter PETER MULVEY. We’ve also been avidly following the busy careers of singer and multi-instrumentalist KRIS DELMHORST and her husband, JEFFREY FOUCAULT, the acclaimed singer-songwriter of atmospheric bluesy folk, so this collaborative show seemed like something special.
We are pleased to be able to present one of our favorite early music vocal ensembles, ANONYMOUS 4, as they visit us one final time for their 30th anniversary and farewell tour. For our annual Holiday Concert, these talented women will be performing “On Yoolis Night,” one of their first and most beloved holiday programs.
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