Daily Archives: February 25, 2010

ETA3 to shine in Nyack

The stellar trio ETA3.

ETA3, a hip, young classical trio formed at the The Juilliard School that takes its name from a star-forming nebula in our galaxy. The trio’s name also happens to use the first letter of the first name of each member: flutist Emily Thomas, pianist Tomoko Nakayama and clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky.

They bring their unconventional lineup of flute, clarinet and piano to the stage of GraceMusic this Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. (Full disclosure: Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? recently joined the board of this Nyack-based concert presenter. My only pay for that job, like the job of maintaining this blog, is the satisfaction of fostering the arts.)

Since there’s little repertoire written for their particular instrumentation, the talented trio adapt and arrange music themselves, often distilling pieces from larger orchestral compositions.

Sunday’s program features Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dance and Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance,  as well as Trio in Three Movements by Khachaturian  and Carmen Fantasy, adapted from a famous transcription by Sarasate.

In some vocabularies, ETA also stands for estimated time of arrival. They’ll arrive onstage at GraceMusic at 4 pm this Sunday, Feb. 28. The concert is in the beautiful nave of Grace Church, 130 First  Ave., Nyack, NY. Tickets are $15 at the door ($10 for seniors and $5 for students). For more information about GraceMusic, go here, click on Music in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page and on GraceMusic at the top of the Music Page. Or check out GraceMusic’s facebook page and become a fan.

Missy Mazzoli’s making an uproar

Composer and performer Missy Mazzoli. (Photo by Stephen Taylor)

Composer Missy Mazzoli‘s having a great year — and it’s only February. She’s been working hard to get her music heard, and it’s really coming together.

Tomorrow night and Sunday, her chamber opera Song from the Uproar is being performed by students from the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program, run by the estimable soprano Dawn Upshaw. It’s part of an opera triple bill, which also includes Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, a world premiere by David T. Little, and L’Enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel  in the amazing Sosnoff Theater on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson. For more info about those shows and to buy tickets, priced from $20-$75, click here. If you’re willing to take a randomly assigned seat, you can pay just $10 by clicking here and using the password “triplebill.”

The lyrical piece examines the life of 19th Century Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, with text inspired by and responding to her journals, which Missy set to music for soprano and small ensemble, against a backdrop of film by Stephen Taylor. A 40-minute version of the piece presented last May at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn was enchanting and provocative entertainment.

Missy’s opera will be heard again in New York City in the spring, when it’s presented as part of New York City Opera’s Vox showcase of new operas. Although Vox hasn’t formally announced its season yet, Time Out New York‘s Olivia Giovetti reveals in an interview with Missy that it’ll be held April 30 and May 1 this year. Although the venue has not been announced, Vox has been presented for the past four years at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University.

Missy Mazzoli and her quintet Victoire.

Then, in her rock-club guise as leader of the quintet Victoire, Missy will be performing in March and April with American Composers Orchestra.

The first show is at 4 pm Sunday, March 21, at Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.  Admission is free. Call (718) 230-2100 or click on www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org for more information.

The second show (on a bill also featuring Arp & Anthony Moore) is presented as part of the Wordless Music Series at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 7 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan.  Tickets are  $15. Call (212) 505-FISH or click here.