with Steven Sloane
10, 2002 at 3 pm
Anniversary Concert, Part I
Sloane, conductor (Carnegie Hall Debut)
WALLACE: The Book of Five
(World Premiere, ACO/ASCAP Foundation Commission)
KORNGOLD: Symphony in F#, Op. 40
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The concert is
preceded by a discussion, free to ticket-holders, at 1:45pm.
Sloane, ACO Music Director Designate,
Carnegie Hall Debut;
premiere by Stewart Wallace performed with
contemporary ensemble "Icebreaker"
Composers Orchestra Music Director Designate Steven Sloane will make
his ACO and Carnegie Hall debut on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 3:00 pm,
in a program that pairs the world premiere of Stewart Wallace's
Book of Five featuring
the British contemporary art-rock ensemble "Icebreaker,"
with ACO's first performance of Erich Korngold's luxuriant Symphony
in F-Sharp Major. The
concert is the first of two that mark ACO's 25th
anniversary. Mr. Sloane officially assumes ACO's lead conductor
position, taking over from founding conductor Dennis Russell Davies,
after Mr. Davies conducts ACO's concluding concert of this
anniversary season on Sunday, April 14.
For his debut
program, Mr. Sloane, wanted to include new music that would challenge
conventional notions about the orchestra's sound and format. When the
ASCAP Foundation offered to commission a new work to celebrate his
arrival and ACO's anniversary, he turned to Stewart Wallace, a
composer he has known since 1977, when they met in high school. Their
most recent professional collaboration was in 1997 when Mr. Sloane
performed the world premiere of Mr. Wallace's percussion concerto Gorilla
in a Cage
with Evelyn Glennie as soloist with the Bochum (Germany) Symphony.
Both composer and conductor had been admirers of the innovative
amplified British new music group Icebreakeran ensemble
comprised of guitars,
panpipes, saxophones, and other instruments not traditionally found
in a symphony orchestraand the idea of a concerto for that
ensemble and ACO began to develop: one that would meld incompatible
aesthetics and use a non-traditional stage setup. With additional
support of The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, a
fully-collaborative composition for Icebreaker and ACO emerged.
has christened the work The
Book of Five.
Originally, the composer intended that the work's five movements
would be loosely based on those proposed by modern scholars to be the
five writers of the texts comprising the Five Books of Moses. Major
eventsincluding September 11, 2001, and the birth of Mr.
Wallace's son, Lucas, one week laterintervened during the
compositional process and altered the shape of the piece. The five
movements would alternate between music for Icebreaker with
orchestra, Icebreaker without orchestra, and a middle movement for
orchestra only. Mr. Wallace comments, "I wanted to have some
kind of response to September 11, a personal response. I decided to
absent the soloists from the middle movement, which was partially
inspired by the Washington Cathedral service."
In contrast to
the Wallace-Icebreaker premiere, Mr. Sloane has chosen a lush,
romantic, rarely performed mid-20th-century
symphony for the second half of the program. Erich Korngold was
widely acknowledged as one of the greatest child prodigies since
Mozart. When Korngold was only ten years old, Gustav Mahler
proclaimed him a genius. While still in his teens, Korngold produced
two operas, a major ballet, and an immediately successful piano
sonata that was performed around the world by Arthur Schnabel.
Korngold emigrated to the U.S. and to Hollywood after the Anschluss
in 1938. Upon arrival in Hollywood, Korngold immediately became
swept-up into the Hollywood film industry, scoring dozens of movies,
and making him rich and famous, as well as infamous, for his
ubiquitous lush scores. Less well known, is that after the war,
Korngold returned to his concert music roots, writing what is perhaps
his most well-known work, the violin concerto, for Jascha Heifetz.
The Symphony in F-Sharp is Korngold's only symphony, and became the
major focus of his work during the last years of his life. This
sprawling work (nearly 50 minutes in duration) was dedicated to
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and first performed in 1952, though not
recorded until the 1970s. It is, arguably, the single work from
Korngold's later output that most fulfills the promise of his early potential.
Sloane, Conductor & Music Director Designate
Sloane is one of the most adventurous and innovative conductors to
have emerged in recent years. Through his work with orchestras,
festivals, choruses, and opera companies across Europe and in
America, Mr. Sloane has won acclaim for his compelling programming,
theatrical flair, and impressive technique. His passion for unusual
repertoire, interest in eclectic juxtapositions of music of divergent
eras and styles, commitment to contemporary works, and willingness to
challenge convention have established Mr. Sloane as a bold champion
of the future of concert music. In November 2000, Mr. Sloane was
named Music Director Designate of American Composers Orchestra,
succeeding Dennis Russell Davies, who co-founded the orchestra in 1977.
Mr. Sloane is
currently Music Director of Opera North (UK), and General Music
Director of the City of Bochum Symphony (Germany), as well as
Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia. For the
last three years he was also Music Director of the Opera and
Orchestra at the Spoleto Festival (USA).
recent performances include the American premiere of Heiner
at Spoleto. That work, by one of Germany's most provocative
composers, is scored for amplified orchestra, voice, percussion, and
computer sampler. Mr. Sloane presented Surrogate
in a suitably dramatic settingan abandoned theaterin a
performance that The
New York Times
called "a knockout&ldots; it turned the symphony orchestra on
its head." With the Bochum Symphony, Mr. Sloane has offered such
eclectic programming as Monteverdi
Cocteau and his Paris,
(exploring connections between Germany and America), and Assimilation:
Jewish Identity in
earning the prestigious German Publishers Award for Best Programming
of the Year. This season while on tour with the Junge Deutsche
Philharmonie, Mr. Sloane conducted George Crumb's landmark music/performance-art
of Time and the River.
Among the many contemporary composers whose works he has performed
recently are American composers Michael Daugherty, Joan Tower, Steve
Reich, John Adams, Tan Dun, Christopher Rouse, John Corigliano and
Stewart Wallace. He has also championed many of America's early New
England School composers, including George Whitefield Chadwick, John
Knowles Paine, and Edward MacDowell, as well as leading European
composers of today such as Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel, and
Wolfgang Rihm. He has commissioned more than twenty Israeli
composers, including Gil Shohat, Noam Sheriff, Sergiu Natra, and Tzvi Avni.
Born in Los
Angeles in 1958, Mr. Sloane studied viola, musicology, and conducting
at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He continued
his conducting studies with Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary
Bertini. After settling in Israel in 1981, Mr. Sloane conducted all
the leading Israeli orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic,
Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony and the
Israel Sinfonietta. He was also Orchestral and Choral Director of the
Israel Conservatory of Music and Music Director of both the Tel Aviv
Philharmonic Choir and the Tel Aviv Vocal Festival.
In 1988, Mr.
Sloane was offered the position of Principal Resident Conductor of
the Frankfurt Opera, a position he held until 1992. From 1992 to 1994
he served as Music Director of the Long Beach Opera. He has been a
regular guest conductor both with the New York City Opera, where he
conducted a "Live From Lincoln Center" national television
broadcast of Cavalleria
and with the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Recent operatic
engagements have included debuts at the Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap
Opera, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Bonn, Welsh National Opera,
Lausanne, and Stuttgart Opera. He has also led productions at the
Royal Opera House Covent Garden and opened the Hong Kong Festival.
His recent operatic repertoire includes Weill's Mahagonny,
Rape of Lucretia,
and Janácek's Jenufa
Next season he will make his debut with the Houston Grand Opera in a
production of Janacek's The
Sloane's recent orchestral engagements include the Cologne Radio
Symphony Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Utah, New Mexico and
Edmonton, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Cologne and
the Bavarian Radio Orchestras, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the
Orchestre National de Lyon, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the
Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo (Naples), the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra in
London. Next season, he makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony.
Wallace was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Texas,
where the radical mix of jazz, blues, gospel, Tejano, rock, and
classical music profoundly influenced him.
most known for his innovative operatic works. At 28 years old, his
was premiered at the Houston Grand Opera. Like many subsequent
Wallace works, Where's
wrestles with the myth of America and its politics, in this case seen
through a series of comic-book grotesques doing vaudeville turns. Harvey
Wallace's fifth full-length opera and most widely known score, was
commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera and San
Francisco Opera. With a libretto by Michael Korie and directed by
Christopher Alden, the 1995 world premiere played to sold-out houses
and was debated in major American and European newspapers, Time
and on CNN. The term "CNN Opera" was coined for Harvey
by critic Peter G. Davis.
non-operatic works include a trilogy composed for percussionist
Evelyn Glennie. The first, Gorilla
in a Cage,
a concerto for percussion and orchestra, was commissioned by the
Bochum Symphony, Germany, and premiered by Steven Sloane in 1997.
Wallace's first ballet Peter
premiered with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet in April 2000.
season features Mr. Wallace's Supermax,
a new opera with libretto by Michael Korie and directed by Scott
Elliott for the New Group. Other upcoming Wallace works are Yiddisher
his second collaboration with writer-director Richard Foreman; and Skvera
for Electric Guitar and Orchestra composed for Marc Ribot and the
National Symphony with Leonard Slatkin conducting. Mr. Wallace serves
as "Music Alive" Composer-in-Residence with the National
Symphony for 2001-2002.
by James Poke and John Godfrey in 1989 to play at the new Dutch
music festival in York, Icebreaker is a 12-piece group consisting of
panpipes, saxes, electric violin and cello, guitars, percussion and
keyboards. Today, the members of Icebreaker have established
themselves as the United Kingdom's most innovative contemporary music
interpreters. As a group that always plays amplified, Icebreaker
boasts an exciting repertoire that encompasses some of the best known
and most influential names in contemporary music today. Icebreaker is
not easy to categorize; the ensemble creates a music that appeals to
contemporary classical, rock, and alternative music audiences alike.
Given its unusual instrumental combination, Icebreaker represents a
unique voice in contemporary British music.
concert appearances span the whole of the U.K. and Europe, as well as
performances in the U.S. The ensemble has been invited to appear at
most major European contemporary music festivals and venues including
Meltdown, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Aarhus,
Gent, and Budapest festivals, and the NYYD Festival in Estonia. In
1995, Icebreaker the resident ensemble at the Dartington
International Summer School for the advanced composition course led
by Louis Andriessen. In June 1998, Icebreaker appeared as guest
performers with The Royal Ballet. Recent performances include a
festival dedicated to the ensemble at the Wiener Musik Galerie in
Vienna, a concert tour of Holland, and performances in Belgium,
Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the U.K.
recorded for Argo/Decca. Its first complete recording, Terminal
was released to great critical acclaim in 1994. The second album, Trance
by Michael Gordon was released in 1996. Icebreaker's album Rogue's
(NewTone) contains works by Michael Torke, David Lang, Godfrey,
Martland and Andriessen. Its most recent recordings are Diderik Wagenaar
(Composers' Voice) and Extraction
the lines), both due for release in autumn 2002.
Tickets & Information
the March 10, 2002 concert at Carnegie Hall are $47, $36, and $17.
Tickets may be purchased through CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, by
visiting Carnegie Hall's website at www.carnegiehall.org, or at the
Carnegie Hall box office on 57th Street at 7th Ave. The concert is
preceded by a discussion with Stewart Wallace and the Artistic
Director of the ACO, Robert Beaser, at 1:45 p.m. on March 10 at
information about American Composers Orchestra events, call 212-977-8495.
1977, and celebrating its 25th
anniversary in 2002, American Composers Orchestra is the world's only
orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing symphonic works by
American composers. Through its concerts at Carnegie Hall,
recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, Whitaker New
Music Reading sessions, and commissions, ACO identifies today's
brightest emerging composers, champions this country's prominent
established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases
international awareness of the infinite varietiesstylistic,
geographic, and ethnicof American orchestral music. Since its
founding, the Orchestra has programmed 500 works by more than 400
American composers, including over 100 world premieres and
commissions, generating more new American Symphonic works than any
other orchestra. Recordings by the ACO are available on ARGO, CRI,
ECM, Point, MusicMasters, Nonesuch, Tzadik, and New World Records.
Among the honors ACO has received are special awards from the
American Academy of Arts and Letters and Broadcast Music, Inc. The
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has awarded
ACO its prize for adventuresome programming in each of the last 24
years, recognizing ACO as "the orchestra that has done the most
for new American music in the United States."
its 2001-02 season and continues its 25th
Anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 3pm, when Dennis
Russell Davies performs his final concert as Music Director. The
program features world premieres by ACO founder Francis Thorne and
the talented young Kevin Puts. Music by American icons John Cage and
Elliott Carter complete this anniversary program.
Book of Five" is commissioned by ACO and The ASCAP Foundation,
with additional production support from The Rockefeller Foundation
Multi-Arts Production Fund. Major support of the American Composers
Orchestra is from Alliance Capital Management L.P., Americans for the
Arts, Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Mr. Thomas Buckner, the Mary
Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation,
Booth Ferris Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund
for Music, Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, Jean and Louis
Dreyfus Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation,
Fidelity Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwall
Foundation, Christian Humann Foundation, Jephson Educational Trust,
The Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, JPMorgan & Co., National Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Times Co.
Foundation, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, The
Rockefeller Foundation, Virgil Thomson Foundation, and the Helen F.
Whitaker Fund. ACO programs are also made possible with public funds
from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council
on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of
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