Lisa Bielawa, Lamentations for a City, Cantori New York, DiMenna Center
Bielawa is currently at work on Airfield Broadcasts, a massive 60-minute work for more than 600 musicians which will be premiered on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin (May 2013) and at Crissy Field in San Francisco (October 2013). Bielawa will turn the former airfields into vast musical canvases, as professional, amateur and student musicians execute a spatialized symphony.
Other upcoming premieres include a Radio France commission for Ensemble Variances - the new 15-minute work will be performed in Paris, Rouen, Metz and Montreal as part of a program called Cri Selon Cri or "Cry by Cry" which explores the idea that the cry is a primary sound shared by animals and humans from all cultures of the world. In addition, Bielawa will compose a piece for the 50-member Finnish male choir Akademiska Sångföreningen on a text from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Both new works will feature Bielawa as the vocal soloist.
Bielawa's discography includes A Handful of World (Tzadik); The Trojan Women on a disc entitled First Takes (TROY); Hildegurls: Electric Ordo Virtutum, (Innova); The Trojan Women in a version for string quartet performed by the Miami on The NYFA Collection (Innova); In medias res (BMOP/sound), a double-disc set of Bielawa's solo and orchestral works; the world premiere recording of Chance Encounter (Orange Mountain Music), and Elegy-Portrait on pianist Bruce Levingston's 2011 album, Heart Shadow (Sono Luminus). For more information, please visit www.lisabielawa.net.
About Cantori New York: Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its "spirit of exploration" and "virtuosity and assurance," celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.
A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori's collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.
Cantori's recordings include The Metamorphoses of Paul Crabtree, Echoes and Shadows (contemporary American choral works), and the first CD recording of Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé, which was an Opera News Editors' Choice. For more information, visit www.cantorinewyork.com.
Saturday, March 9 at 8pm
DiMenna Center's Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street | NYC
Sunday, March 10 at 3pm
Park Avenue Christian Church | 1010 Park Avenue | NYC
Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Seniors; $5 Students at www.cantorinewyork.com or call 212.439.4758.