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SCC Presents Composers Of The East End Concert

Originally Posted: May 09, 2011

Dylan Benson. (Courtesy Photo: SHCC)

Southampton - The Southampton Cultural Center announces the Annual Composers of the East End Concert on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. as part of the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series.

Victoria Bond. (Courtesy Photo: SHCC)

The Annual Composers of the East End welcomes back composers Victoria Bond, Eric Salzman and Steven Dickman and new composer Bruce Wolosoff with music for violin, percussion and piano. With Marc Levine, violin; Gloria Shih, piano; Dylan Benson, percussion.

Victoria Bond - A New Light
Stephen Dickman - Trees and Other Inclinations
Eric Salzman - Suite from The True Last Words of Dutch Schulz
Bruce Wolosoff - Mad Maude, and other tales

Bond has received commissions from American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston, Shanghai, Elgin and Billings Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestras, The Women's Philharmonic, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lake Erie Ballet, Symphony Space, Orion Ensemble, Audubon and Elements String Quartets, Pianofest, Sequitur, Joy in Singing, American Society for Jewish Music, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Radio Telefis Eirann, the Martinu Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. She was recently honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Walter Hinrichsen Award. The first woman awarded a doctorate in conducting from The Juilliard School, Bond was appointed by Andre Previn Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has served as Music Director of the New Amsterdam and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke and the Harrisburg Opera, Music Adviser of the Wuhan Symphony in China and Principal guest Conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago. She has guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. Bond has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC's "Today Show," featured in People Magazine and in the New York Times.

Dickman was commissioned by Mutable Music to compose the chamber opera, "Gilgamesh" for a June 2002 premiere in New York City at La Mama. Dickman has managed The Music Festival of the Hamptons and has produced several concerts of new music for them. Currently he manages Pianofest in the Hamptons and has initiated a yearly commission for a piece for two pianos. Dickman's awards include two BMI Student Composer Awards (1968 and 1969) the Columbia University Joseph H. Bearns Prize (1969), a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (1968) and a Fulbright to Rome (1971-1972). In 1987 Dickman collaborated with librettist Gary Glickman on his second opera "Tibetan Dreams," which received the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist as Producer/New American Works Award in 1989. While traveling Europe and Asia, he wrote "Musical Journeys," four volumes exploring primary musical ideas. A newly revised version of "Gilgamesh" made the semi-finals of the Opera Vista Competition 2009 in Houston. Recordings include New World Records, CRI and Opus One.

Marc Levine. (Courtesy Photo: SHCC)

Composer/writer Salzman, one of the founders of the new music theater, is the creator or co-creator of more than two-dozen music-theater pieces for stage, recordings and media and a major figure world-wide in the field. His work is innovative, involving new vocal techniques and electronic extensions, pluralistic styles and forms, as well as new media technologies. "The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz", text by Valeria Vasilevski, was premiered and toured in Europe in 1997-1998 and later performed by Victoria Bond at her Cutting Edge concert series and at Wall-to-Wall Opera at Symphony Space in 2007; the current instrumental suite was drawn from this music-theater piece. Other recent work includes "The Jukebox in the Tavern of Love" with Vasilevski (commissioned by the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and performed at New York's Flea Theater and Bargemusic in Brooklyn) and "Accord/Discord" for mezzo-soprano and tango ensemble; texts by Bertholt Brecht (produced in 2009 by the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York and toured in Eastern Europe in 2010). "Big Jim & the Small-time Investors" with librettist Ned Jackson, is scheduled for a Center for Contemporary Opera atelier next fall. Salzman's "The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body", with Viennese composer/director Thomas Desi, was published by Oxford in 2008.

A reviewer recently wrote that "Bruce Wolosoff integrates romantic, modern classical, jazz, and blues music together into an authentic American voice, and he is a composer I want to hear more of."

Wolosoff, who began his musical studies on piano at a young age, played in rock, jazz, and fusion bands throughout his teen years while simultaneously pursuing his "serious" studies as a classical pianist. He studied classical piano for 16 years with German Diez, who taught the technique of Claudio Arrau, and later studied with distinguished pianist Richard Goode. He holds degrees from Bard College, where he worked with composer Joan Tower, and the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to his classical studies, Wolosoff studied jazz piano and harmony for many years with the legendary Charlie Banacos, and piano and composition with jazz great Jaki Byard.

Wolosoff has received five commissions to create new works for the Smithsonian, and has also written for the Columbus Symphony, the Minnesota Ballet, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, violinist Charles Wetherbee, and Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, among many others.

The ballet "The White City," with choreography by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos for Thodos Dance Chicago premiered earlier this season to great critical acclaim. He has been commissioned to create a new work with the same team of collaborators for next season.

Wolosoff's chamber opera "Madimi," based on the life of Dr. John Dee, was performed by the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in NYC.

He is currently at work on a new opera "The Great Good Thing," based on the classic young adult novel by Roderick Townley, with librettist Debbie Danielpour.

Steve Color. (Courtesy Photo: SHCC)

Wolosoff's "Songs without Words" (18 divertimenti for string quartet), composed for the Carpe Diem String Quartet, are now available on the Naxos American Classics label.

In addition to his work as a composer and pianist, Wolosoff is an innovative music teacher who spends three weeks each year in residence at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton where he runs a Creative Orchestra of students who compose, conduct, and perform each other's compositions.

Marc Levine's (violin) versatile performances have been described as "eloquent as well as technically superb combining technical mastery with emotional perceptiveness and beautiful sound" (Southampton Press). He is artistic director of the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, has performed at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space, and has been a member of several notable groups including the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and The New Tango Project, with whom he recorded in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera. As a baroque violinist, Levine was a prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin and has performed with top baroque ensembles, including Concert Royal, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Aulos Ensemble, and Early Music New York, a group with which he has served as principal second violin and recorded on the Ex Cathedra label. He is a founding member of the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered "names to watch" (Berkshire Review for the Arts) and "the bright future of early music"(Arthur Haas, harpsichord).

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Shih has subsequently received several awards including First Prize in the Taipei Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Taipei chamber music competition, and First Prize in the Schimmel Piano Competition. Shih earned her Bachelor's degree at Soochow University as a protégé of the renowned Se-Se Chang, and has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances throughout Taiwan. Having earned her Master's degree as a scholarship student under Lilian Kallir at the Mannes College of Music, she received a full scholarship to study with Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University. She received her doctoral degree from Stony Brook University in May, 2005.

Shih, the pianist of GracieuxTrio, has worked with members of the Emerson String Quartet, members of the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and members of the Metropolitan Opera. Her performances have included venues such as Carnegie's Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and Oji Hall in Tokyo. She has received critical acclaim for her performances throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including engagements in Philadelphia, North Carolina, Westchester, California, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, England, Japan, and South Korea. In March 2010, she toured with her trio in Japan and Taiwan, celebrating their second album, which includes the music of Piazzolla, Ravel and Higdon.

Shih serves on the faculty of Montclair State University and Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music.

Active as a percussionist, educator, and composer, Dylan W. Benson completed his Bachelor of Music Degree at Brandon University, where he studied with American National Marimba Competition winner Sylvia Pimentel. He furthered his musical studies by attending the University of Toronto, where his teachers included NEXUS members Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman, marimba soloist Beverley Johnston, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal percussionist John Rudolph.

Benson has appeared as a guest lecturer several times at the University of Toronto, and also held the position of Assistant Coordinator and Conductor of the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble. He graduated with his Master of Music Degree in the spring of 2000.

A participant in festivals across Canada and the United States, Benson has collaborated with such composers George Crumb and Phillip Glass. He has presented recitals at several Canadian universities, and has been featured as a guest lecturer, performer, and instructor.

A recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Award, he completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in percussion at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, where he studied with Raymond DesRoches.

Tickets will be sold online and at the door: $20/$10 students. Credit cards will be accepted online and credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted at the door. Primary Contact: Southampton Cultural Center at 631-287-4377. For series details contact Marc Levine at 646-279-2799; mhlevine@gmail.com.

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