GAR presents Da Camera: Sarah Rothenberg, Piano
Friday, October 25th, 2013 - Friday, October 25th, 2013
The Galveston Artist Residency is pleased to present PARIS NOCTURNE: Music of Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Mompou and Satie by Da Camera with Sarah Rothenberg, Piano. The performance will take place on Friday, October 25th beginning at 6pm at the GAR Gallery, 2521 Ships Mechanic Row, Galveston, TX. Admission is $10. To reserve your tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-974-4446 with your name and the number of tickets you would like to be put on hold.
Now in its 26th season, Da Camera has established itself as one of America's leading presenters and producers of ensemble music. The organization is widely acclaimed for its innovative programming, notably Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg's unique concerts connecting music with literature and the visual arts, as well as for its jazz series, featuring a distinctive mix of renowned performers and emerging artists. Da Camera takes its name from the Italian phrase musica da camera, which literally means "music of the room," or "chamber music," and refers to smaller ensemble music with one musician on a part, usually performed without conductor. Da Camera embraces a broad definition of chamber music to include both classical music and jazz. The organization brings leading American and international artists to perform at the Wortham Theater Center and The Menil Collection in a subscription series of curated programs which are often thematically related. Da Camera's goals include connecting music to other art forms; expanding the awareness of American music through the presentation of jazz and the commissioning of new compositions; and developing partnerships with a wide range of cultural institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Da Camera has been involved in the commissioning of more than 25 new works by some of the nation's leading composers. Each season, Da Camera's artist roster includes over 60 musicians, representing distinguished performers from around the world and outstanding musicians based in Houston. The organization's unique chamber music concerts are the result of collaboration between visiting artists, local musicians and Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg. Da Camera has presented such renowned performers as Gidon Kremer, The Juilliard String Quartet, Wayne Shorter, Leon Fleisher, Richard Stoltzman, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, The Brentano Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, McCoy Tyner and countless others. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Special Commendation for Outstanding Programming Concepts from Chamber Music America in 1998, Da Camera of Houston was chosen by its peers to receive the CMAcclaim National Award in 2007, in recognition of the organization's "significant contribution to the cultural life of its region." With its innovative programming, dynamic outreach activities, and artist residencies, Da Camera of Houston brings together musical excellence of uncompromising artistic standards with deeply rooted community programs, striving to make great music accessible to all.
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg has been artistic director of Da Camera since 1994, and expanded her role in 2011 to become Da Camera's artistic and general director. A pianist of "heart, intellect and fabulous technical resources" (Fanfare) and "power and introspection" (The New York Times), Sarah Rothenberg is active as performer, writer, educator and as creator of unique multidisciplinary performances linking music to literature and visual art. The Wall Street Journal recently described her as "a prolific and creative thinker."
In recent seasons, Sarah Rothenberg's live multimedia performance piece, The Blue Rider: Kandinsky and Music commissioned by Works & Process at The Guggenheim, premiered to sold-out houses and critical acclaim at New York's Miller Theater; she performed her original production, Chopin in Paris: Epigraph for a Condemned Book, at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and her newest CD, Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen (with Marilyn Nonken) was released by Bridge Records to rave reviews here and abroad. Sarah Rothenberg's Music and the Literary Imagination, series of concert programs inspired by the writings of Proust, Mann, Kafka, and Akhmatova, was presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center for five consecutive seasons to sold-out houses. Her artistic collaborations reach beyond the music world to include lighting designer Jennifer Tipton; actors Fritz Weaver, Uta Hagen, André Gregory; American poet John Ashbery, Dutch author Cees Nooteboom, and Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. This season, Sarah Rothenberg embarks on a new multi-disciplinary adventure with choreographer/director Martha Clarke, sharing the stage with actress Amy Irving and renowned ballet dancers Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri in Cheri at New York's off-Broadway Signature Theatre.
Committed to performing the music of our time and to the rediscovery of forgotten repertoire of the past, Sarah Rothenberg's recordings for Bridge, Arabesque, GM, Koch, and Naxos include the U.S. premiere recordings of Fanny Mendelssohn's Das Jahr (Independent Record Companies Award for Best Solo Classical Recording 1996); Rediscovering the Russian Avant-Garde: Lourié, Mosolov and Roslavetz (GM); Shadows and Fragments: Piano Works of Brahms and Schoenberg; and works of Wuorinen, Carter, Perle, Ran, Tower, Tsontakis, in collaboration with the composers. She has performed over 80 world premieres and was a member of the New York contemporary music ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, from 1985-94. Recent new music performances include the world premiere of Tobias Picker's Piano Quintet in Houston and New York with the Brentano Quartet and Charles Wuorinen's Ashberyana under the direction of maestro James Levine.
Under her leadership, Da Camera has been a three-time winner of Chamber Music America-ASCAP's Adventurous Programming Award, was awarded the CMAcclaim Award, and received a unique Special Commendation for Outstanding Programming Concepts from Chamber Music America in 1999. Prior to coming to Da Camera, Sarah Rothenberg co-founded the influential Bard Music Festival and was co-artistic director of the Festival for five seasons.