HK Gruber’s Appealing “Gloria — A Pig Tale” Opens NY Phil Biennial

ny-phil-biennial-logoOn Thursday, May 29, 2014, Alan Gilbert, the young and enterprising maestro of the New York Philharmonic, introduced New York City to the first ever NY Phil Biennial. Modeled after an established tradition typically associated with the world of visual art, the Philharmonic’s effort similarly celebrated contemporary works and their composers in various venues around the city. This connection to the art world made it all the more fitting, therefore, that the kick-off event in this new endeavor occurred deep inside the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the stage of the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The chosen repertoire was Austrian composer HK Gruber’s slapstick, barnyard opera, ‘Gloria — A Pig Tale,’ which uniquely brought together forces comprised of the Juilliard School’s Axiom ensemble (conducted by Gilbert) and visionary production company Giants Are Small, led by director Doug Fitch. To further compliment the first ever NY Phil Biennial, this production was also the first time such a colorful and elaborately staged production was attempted within the lecture hall setting of the Grace Rainey Rogers, a venue that continues to garner attention for progressive and innovative programming under the leadership of Concerts and Lectures General Manager Limor Tomer.

 HK Gruber's Gloria – A Pig Tale, led by Alan Gilbert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Photo by Chris Lee)

HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale, led by Alan Gilbert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Photo by Chris Lee)

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Live Your Values: 3 Steps to Help Music Entrepreneurs Walk the Talk

Live your Values

Photo Kris Krüg/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In my last post, we examined how music entrepreneurs can find their values in order to make empowering career choices. Now, let’s take a look at how to bring values into your life so that you can “walk your talk” and make sure that you are taking actions that manifest your values or your code of principles. This is critical for credibility as a music entrepreneur.

Being in alignment with your values is at the heart of being successful in today’s world (however you define that success). When you know and act in accordance with your values, you are more likely to make choices that feel right. You will also feel more motivated to pursue opportunities that reflect your top values. And the more motivated you are, the more you are likely to create and seize upon the opportunities that will enable you to achieve success.

That is what entrepreneurship is all about: taking charge and making things happen.

How can music entrepreneurs take those values one step further to make sure that they are working towards their success?

Let’s start by learning the 3-step process designed to take those values off the page and make them a vital part of your life. We will then see how those principles play out in the lives of 3 music entrepreneurs.

The 3-step process of implementing your values is very simple:

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Spring for Music Goes Out With a Bang

logo_spring_for_musicEstablished in 2010, Spring for Music brings together orchestras from around the country, presenting works by living composers alongside crowd pleasers over the course of one week at Carnegie Hall. Despite the adventurous programming and the well-attended concerts, the series marked its last season this spring.

Spring for Music, the short-lived dream-come-true for orchestra-loving new music listeners in New York City, did not go out quietly into the night. Rather, the series went out with a bang so loud my ears are still ringing.

Seattle Symphony with Conductor/Music Director Ludovic Morlot

Seattle Symphony with Music Director Ludovic Morlot

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This week: concerts in New York (July 7 – July 13, 2014)

Michael Mizrahi + Alex Sopp at Greenwich House Music School

Troy Herion

Troy Herion

Michael Mizrahi will give the NYC premiere of pieces by Troy Herion, Patrick Burke, and Asha Srinivasan. Michael will also perform works by Mark Dancigers, Beethoven, and Bach. Alex Sopp will perform pieces Nico Muhly, and Colin Jacobson. Michael and Alex will also perform a work by Judd Greenstein.
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $12 students with ID
Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow St, New York, New York
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Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum continue their season-long partnership in presenting Other Primary Structures featuring performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’s Taylor Levine and James Moore. This concert of music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and John Zorn is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Primary Structures.
Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18, $15 seniors/students, $12 members
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY
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The Passenger

Houston Grand Opera performs Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera The Passenger as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.
Thursday, July 10 to Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $75 to $250
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY
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Occupy Snag Harbor | ThingNY

A day of public art programming curated by Second Saturday Staten Island, the island’s only art walk. From 7 to 8 pm, thingNY will present This Takes Place Close By as part of Art Lab After Dark.
Saturday, July 12 from 1 PM to 11 PM
Free and open to the public
Staten Island’s Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
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NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers with ETHEL & Iktus Percussion | Rite of Summer Music Festival

Iktus Percussion

Iktus Percussion

Rite of Summer collaborates with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, in presenting an exhilarating afternoon of world premieres inspired by New York City and its multicultural, multifarious history. Featuring renowned ensembles ETHEL and Iktus Percussion performing seven brand new compositions by children from the Philharmonic’s VYC program, two world premieres by NY Philharmonic teaching artist-composers Justin Hines and Angélica Negrón, and a few other musical surprises along the way.
Sunday, July 13 at 12 PM & 2 PM
Governor’s Island, NYC
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Emotional details in Haas’ Bluthaus at Wiener Festwochen in Vienna

logo_wiener_festwochenIn a pre-concert chat at the Theater an der Wien on Sunday, June 15, composer Georg Friedrich Haas said that classical music written in the 20th century sometimes had a tendency to be emotionless. He kept this in mind when writing Bluthaus (Blood House), which premiered in a revised score at this year’s Wiener Festwochen festival in Vienna. Bluthaus is an experience that is exactly as intense as you would expect from a contemporary opera about incest. But Haas and librettist Händl Klaus handled this emotionally explosive material with subtlety, creating an opera that is neither emotionally overwrought nor completely cold.

Bluthaus - Photo by Ruth Walz

Bluthaus – Photo by Ruth Walz

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