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NEWS

ARTEMISIA productions in New York,

TRINITY WALL STREET - a chamber orchestra vers. (MARCH), SF LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE in a chamber version (JUNE) and preview in NY by

The Center for Contemporary Opera all in 2019

CD QUARTETS RELEASED release featuring the JACK QUARTET from Albany 1/1/18

REVIEWS OUT in MAY FANFARE

For QUARTETS!

"Gestural and yet powerfully organized, Schwendinger’s voice is highly individual. The performance by the JACK Quartet is impeccable, and as a studio recording it is technically more secure than the live Vimeo video. The sheer intensity of both music and performance thereof is spellbinding, as if the passion of the composer for her subject shines through like a light." -Colin Clarke-

ALBANY WEBSITE

Amazon

On Albany Records Youtube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0G7Jx3pubw

Excerpt on Vimeo of Animated Version, premiere, featuring animations by

Pauline Gagniarre

https://vimeo.com/246846582

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master composer

http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/master-artist/laura-schwendinger-composer/

Residency Dates: 06/24/2018 - 07/14/2018

 

ARTEMISIA

NOW ONLINE with SUPERTITLES!

https://vimeo.com/334827356

 

Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS Jan 1 2017/ Fully produced March 7,9 NY

Left Coast June 1,2 SF

Ginger Strand

Made possible by Opera America

Discovery Grant

Workshops with Trinity NOVUS and the amazing Julian Wachner. Featuring Patricia Green, Marnie Breckenridge, Andrew Fuchs, Andrew Garland, Jonathan Woody and Emily Birsan. Libretto by Ginger Strand. An opera of passion,betrayal and art, in 17th century Italy

Workshop/partially produced performance Center for Contemporary Opera, Sara Tarana Jobin, Symphony Space Oct. 8, 2018

FULLY PRODUCED PREMIERES WITH TRINITY WALL STREET

Cast
Heather Buck – Susanna
Augusta Caso – Artemisia Gentileschi
Oliver Mercer – Agostino Tassi/Elder 1
Christopher Burchett – Cosimo di Medici/Elder 2
Richard Troxell – Tomasso/Oculist

Creative Team
Laura Schwendinger – composer
Ginger Strand - librettist
Christopher Alden - stage director
JLidiya Yankovskaya - conductor


LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

With Betany Coffland, Artemisia
Kyle Stegall, Tommaso
Marnie Breckenridge, Susanna
Jonathan Smucker, Elder 1
Igor Vieira, Elder 2
Nikki Einfeld, Abra

Kate Stenberg, violin
Leighton Fong, cello
Stacey Pelinka, flute
Leslie Tagorda, clarinet
Loren Mach, percussion
Constance Koo, harp
Anne Rainwater, piano

Matilda Hofman, conductor
Jenn BeVard, director

See reviews from NY Times, SFCV, and Opera Wire in Header above

OPERA AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF OPERA GRANTS FOR FEMALE COMPOSERS

Supported by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

SEVEN COMPOSERS AND SEVEN OPERA COMPANIES
AWARDED A TOTAL OF $200,000 

The most recent round of Discovery Grants attracted 68 applicants, and an independent adjudication panel selected seven composers to receive a total of $100,000. The recipients are Julia Adolphe for So Donia Speaks, Mary Ellen Childs for On Beyond, Emily Doolittle for Jan Tait and the Bear, Nkeiru Okoye for We’ve Got Our Eye On You, Rene Orth for Machine, Elena Ruehr for Crafting the Bonds and Laura Elise Schwendinger for Artemisia. This is the third round of Discovery Grants to be awarded since the program’s inception. See below for composer biographies and summaries of their operas.

Artemisia is a co-commission from Trinity Wall Street Novus, NY and the Left Coast Ensemble, SF.

http://operaamerica.org/Content/About/PressRoom/2016/04202016.aspx

APR 22: CCO + Chicago Composers’ Consortium

With Océanie  La Mer (Oceania  The Sea),
inspired by Matisse' from the Art Institute of Chicago

http://c3composers.org/wordpress3/?page_id=466

http://www.chicagocomposersorchestra.org/2016-2017-season/apr-22-cco-chicago-composers-consortium/

USF Chamber Music Recital: Patricia Green, Mezzo-soprano

Presented by USF School Of Music at Barness Recital Hall

http://www.artstampabay.com/event/usf-chamber-music-recital-patricia-green-mezzo-soprano/

Guest Artist Patricia Green, Mezzo- soprano, collaborates with Resident Artists violinist Carolyn Stuart, cellist Scott Kluksdahl, and pianist Svetozar Ivanov featuring works by Laura Schwendinger

UW CONCERT CHOIR WITH CELLIST MATT HAIMOVITZ

UW Concert Choir with cellist Matt Haimovitz

April 28 @ 8:00 pm

http://www.music.wisc.edu/event/uw-concert-choir-4-matt-haimovitz/

Presenting “Après moi, le deluge” by composer Luna Pearl Woolf. With Matt Haimovitz, cello.
and “for Paris,” a world premiere for solo viola and choir by UW-Madison composer Laura Schwendinger. With Sally Chisholm, viola.
Beverly Taylor, Conductor

Project  Fusion: MUSIC  in  FLIGHT

Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
Alexis Hedrick, circus arts director

Each year, Juventas' Project Fusions brings you collaborative projects, from live painting and puppets to politics and robots! 

This year, circus artists team up with composers and instrumentalists to create an unparalleled audio-visual experience.

http://www.juventasmusic.com/201617-music-in-flight.html

 

Young Artist Competition Commission

National Flute Association Conference

Summer 2017

http://www.nfaonline.org/Annual-Convention/Competitions/Young-Artist.aspx

http://www.nfaonline.org/PDFS/Annual-Convention/Competitions/2017ConventionCompetitionsRepertoire.pdf

FEATURED REVIEWS

See more reviews at

"Reviews" under "Concerts" in menu bar

ARTIST'S MUSE

for Chameleon Arts Ensemble,

a Koussevitzky Commission

http://www.chameleonarts.org/concerts/may.html

May 20/ 21, 2017

Boston Musical Intelligencer Review; May 21, 2017

Chameleon Paints With Music by Leon Golub

The Artist’s Muse for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion, a world premiere Koussevitsky Commission from Laura Elise Schwendinger, followed. Without the mediation of words, the composer proceeded directly to the inspiration behind the painter’s work, bringing to life the women behind seven famous masterpieces, as though honoring but also contesting the visual surface. Throughout, Boldin’s flute served beautifully as the ongoing voice of the perennial muse, the elusive “Other” constructed by the gaze of male painters. A short introduction took us out of linear time, William Manley’s percussion especially effective in plunging us into vanished realms, from the enigmatic interiority of a 15th-century Young Girl by Petrus Christus, to the concluding gold-patterned swirl of Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer. Picasso’s Jacqueline appeared with all of her modernist angst, Cézanne’s wife moved bodily in a poignant waltz, Leonardo’s Cecilia Gallerani stroked her elegant carnivorous ermine, and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pitcher appeared with staccatos in the piano and pizzicatos in the strings, bathed in the light of percussion as she poured her milk. With a sudden twist of waltz, so to speak, the mood darkened as the eternal muse took the form of Sargent’s Madame X, cosmopolitan and scandalous, high-priestess of intoxication and city lights, followed in conclusion by her more vulnerable sister, gold-shimmering Adele Bloch-Bauer, vestal and victim, muse and mourner. Schwendinger’s delightful piece effectively transformed my own gaze on the Artist’s Muse by introducing a competing muse of flesh and bone, hardship and failure, grievance and glory, behind the painter’s still-life effigy.

 

 

Boston Music Intelligencer

REVIEWS

MAY 9, 2011

BMV’s Gathering of Friends

by ELISA BIRDSEYE

"For the past forty-two years, Boston Musica Viva has distinguished itself by presenting works by living (or recently living) composers with a passion that comes of deep conviction. It would be every composer’s dream to have a work played with the technical precision and emotional commitment that is offered by Richard Pittman and his assembly of musicians, all of whom play at the top of their game. With that kind of performance, a composer’s work stands on its own feet. Or not. Friday night’s performance (May 6, 2011) at the Tsai performance Center was another in this long line of well-conceived and executed excursions.

The title of the program derived from the world premier centerpiece of the evening, Laura Elise Schwendinger’s Mise-en-scene (2011). But it also provided a context for the other pieces on the program. Schwendinger explained before the performance that mise-en-scene refers to all the elements (lighting, sound, props, stagecraft, etc) which create the feel and image seen in either a theater piece or a film. Her work, in nine short, continuously played movements, described a story, and even without program notes, it would have been possible to imagine what was going on onstage. She described her music as “zany,” but perhaps another term would be “looney” in the sense of the fiendishly difficult and evocative music by Carl Stallings that underpinned the familiar Looney Tunes cartoons. Schwendinger’s music was clear, delightful, and descriptive, almost an opera without words."

 

 

​The New York Times

“The chamber works grouped together on this captivating disc show off Laura Elise Schwendinger’s acute ear for unusual textures. In these works, scored for solo violin; nonet; violin and guitar; or a quintet of flute, piano and strings, she sketches musical short stories of somnambulant fragility and purpose. The color palette she draws from these modest forces is varied and expressive — and brilliantly rendered by a fine roster of performers." (Fonseca-Wollheim)

​The Boston Globe

“This was schrewd composing, the genuine article. Onto the 'season's bet list' it goes.” (Richard Buell)

Fanfare

“it evokes a sense of serene mystery and infinite beauty.” ( William Zagorski)

Fanfare

" talent to burn…ballsy, confident music-making in both writing and execution…proves that serious contemporary music does not have to dumb down to be immediately accessible and emotional. Highly recommended.'  (Barnarby Rayfield)

FEATURED APPEARANCES

MASTER ARTIST at the ATLANTIC CENTER for the ARTS

http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/residency-170/

 

TALIS MUSIC FETIVAL, Switzerland

Featured Composer

http://www.talisfestival.com/resident-artists

 

Festival of Contemporary Art Music

Washington State University

FOCAM

Featured Composer

Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Faculty Composer Week 3

http://cmceast.org/composers-forum.php

Irish Composition Summer School 2016

Laura Elise Schwendinger as Guest Director

Presenting seminars of her own work, as well as giving individual tutorials to all students. Martin O'Leary and Gráinne Mulvey will give daily guidance and lectures. Our performers are the Robinson Panoramic Quartet.

http://www.composerssite.com/content/irish-composition-summer-school-2016

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