The Season Finale of Salem Classical's Inaugural Season - May 22

The Season Finale of Salem Classical's Inaugural Season

In the final event of the 2015-16 Old Town Hall season, Salem Classical presents the Craft Quintet performing Franz Schubert's masterpiece String Quintet in C Major, D. 956.  For Salem Classical's first season, which included the chamber music of Stravinsky, Songs of the Supernatural..

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SALEM CLASSICAL PRESENTS RIVENDELL WITH THE NEW ENGLAND STRING QUARTET

SALEM CLASSICAL PRESENTS The NEW ENGLAND STRING QUARTETS PRESENTATION OF:

JANUARY 16, 2016

OLD TOWN HALL - SALEM MA - 8PM

 

Ben Houge - Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Suite

Arcanum

Villages

Dungeons

Tarant

The Demise of the Zephyr

Caladon

Gustav Holst - Thaxted (from The Planets - Jupiter)

Nikolaï Clavier - Lord of the Rings - Tone Poem for String Quartet

Themes from the Lord of The Rings trilogy by Howard Shore

The Ring Goes South

The Return of the King

Themes from Game of Thrones and The Elder Scrolls Arranged by Nikolaï Clavier and Julia Okrusko

Nikolaï Clavier - John Williams Medley

Star Wars Fanfare, Jaws, E.T., Superman, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and more

New England String Quartet

Julia Okrusko and Nelli Jabotinsky, violins, Dimitar Petkov, viola,

Ming-Hui Lin, cello

Established in Boston in 2007, the New England String Quartet is dedicated to expanding the contemporary chamber music tradition through performances,recordings, educational activities and community outreach projects. The ensemble seeks to develop collaborations with contemporary composers, soloists and other ensembles. Having made their debut at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, the ensemble is featured in concert series across New England including 3rd Sundays @ 3, Menotomy, Bach’s Lunch, Parma Music Festival, and the Chromatic Club of Boston.

The quartet’s discography includes "Quadrants: Modern String Quartets" (2012, Navona Records), "Perceptions: Points of View for Small Ensemble" (2013, Navona Records), “Allusions” (2013, Navona Records), “Unbridled - Chamber Works by Sergio Cervetti” (2014, Navona Records), “Sarah Wallin Huff: Soul of the Machine” (Navona Records), "Scott Pender: 88+12" (Navona Records), "Darkness to Light - The Music of Jeffrey Jacob" (Navona Records). The quartet also collaborates with popular music, soundtrack, and video game producers. In 2014, NESQ recorded soundtracks for Lord of The Rings and Dungeons & Dragons online video games (Warner Bros. Entertainment). www.nestringquartet.com

Nikolai Klavier, composer

Nikolai Clavier is a composer and a viola player from Norway. In 2013 he received his performance degree from the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, and is studying composition with Konrad Ørn at the University of Agder. Nikolai performs with the Artema Quartet and the Film Music Quartet Project. nikolaiclavier.wordpress.com

Ben Houge, composer

Ben Houge (rhymes with "vogue") is an internationally active American artist operating at the nexus of music composition, video games, performance, sound installation, and digital art. Since relocating from Shanghai to the Boston area in 2010, his projects have included a six-channel sound installation based on live subway sounds, algorithmic choral music, and a real-time video piece visualizing data from the Boston Harbor Islands. Recent work has been presented in collaboration with groups such as Boston Cyberarts, Non-event, Eyebeam in New York, Studio Z in Saint Paul, Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, and the San Diego Museum of Art. In 2012, he was a visiting artist at MIT, working with the Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group on the sonification of real-time data from ubiquitous sensor networks. Ben has been developing audio for video games since 1996, and he has contributed to titles including King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity, Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, several Half-Life games, and Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, for which he composed a string quartet soundtrack recently ranked in Forbes as one of the 12 best video game soundtracks of all time. www.benhouge.com

A Classical approach to Haunted Happenings in Salem with Salem Classical

By Chris Ricci

If you’ve stepped foot in Salem this month, you can definitely tell that there’s something spooky going on. Yes, there are the massive lines for local staples, and yes there are fleets of people sporting tiny witch hats. But, outside of some of the more pop-centric scary scenarios in the city, there’s just a very different air in Salem during this time of month.

Few genres of music evoke a stronger sense of emotion then that of the classical genre. It’s safe to say that virtually the entire basis for the way the music industry carries itself today is because of the impact classical music has had for centuries. In more recent years, there’s been a sudden revival of interest in classical music, and Salem’s own Salem Classical is combining this with the eerie air of October to produce their latest performance.

Songs of the Supernatural features local soprano Kate Kostopoulos and pianist Brendon Shapiro reinterpreting some of history’s more hauntingly beautiful classical arrangements. Featuring the works of Schulbert, Liszt, Menotti, Rorhem, and more, the tales woven by these composers feature a wide array of themes; ranging from the classic tale of the siren Lorelei overlooking the river Rhine, to the tale of Princess Danae, who was locked away in a room made of bronze. The efforts behind Songs of the Supernatural are simple: proving that the Witch Trials are not the only instances of persecutions fixated on paranoia surrounding supernatural events.

Kate Kostopoulos is a Boston based performer that has had an illustrious career with vocal performances. Kate recently earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was also featured at this year’s Atlantic Music Festival. Brendon Shapiro is a Boston based pianist, vocal coach, musical director, and conductor. Currently a staff pianist at Boston University, Brendon holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from BU as well as a Bachelor of Music Degree from Ithaca College School of Music.

Salem Classical’s usage of the Old Town Hall as a space for their work has added a more intimate air to the performances over the years, and the central location only adds to the majesty that is the arts-based heritage of Salem. Salem Classical works tirelessly to remove the boundary between those preforming and those attending in an effort to not only make concerts more frequent and enjoyable, but to also serve as a major compliment to all the experiences Salem has to offer.

As the month winds down and the focal holiday marches closer, it’s only natural to have an urge to engross yourself in the haunting air that draws ever closer. Salem Classical’s Songs of the Supernatural promises to be a very deep exploration into the macabre through a timeless genre of music that fits perfectly into Salem’s Halloween air.


Links to photos: http://www.salemclassical.com/gallery.html

Websites: http://salemmainstreets.org/    http://www.salemclassical.com/   

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/Salem-Classical-900912083277389/timeline/

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-the-supernatural-tickets-19200421979

 

Salem, MA, October 25, 2015. Salem Main Streets and Salem Classical present the Salem debut of Songs of the Supernatural at the First Church in Salem, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00pm, featuring dark and haunting pieces by Schubert, Berlioz, Liszt, Menotti, Lees, and Rorem, with soprano Kate Kostopoulos and pianist Brendon Shapiro.

Creative advocates Creative Salere the media partner for this series. Creative Salem fosters all aspects of the local creative economy.

A siren haunts a rock on the river Rhine.

A princess, locked away in a Bronze Room.

A charlatan conducts sham séances.

A teenage girl, driven to suicide by cruel fate...

The Salem Witch Trials are not the only persecutions fixated on the supernatural. Explore dark magic and tragic heroines, set to hauntingly gorgeous music by Schubert, Berlioz, Liszt, Menotti, Lees, and Rorem, with soprano Kate 

Kostopoulond pianist Brendon Shapiro.

Salem Classical Arrives in Salem with the Chamber music of Stravinsky

Salem Main Streets and Salem Classical present the Salem debut of Composer Focus: Stravinsky at Old Town Hall on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:30pm , featuring chamber music transcriptions of Stravinsky’s revolutionary The Rite of Spring (a Salem premiere) and his neoclassical Pulcinella . Also included will be shorter solo and chamber works, and commentary by Composer Focus founder Nick Dinnerstein .

Igor Stravinsky was one of the most influential and accomplished composers of the 20th century. His groundbreaking orchestral work, The Rite of Spring, set the stage for an artistic life of continual reinvention and innovation. His neoclassical phase was just as radical in its own way, spearheaded by his rewriting of baroque music in Pulcinella .

The concert program includes the Salem premiere of the four-hand piano version of The Rite of Spring performed by Paul Jacobs and Yilin You, Suite italienne for violin and piano from Pulcinella , and Three Pieces for String Quartet with violinists Angel Valchinov and Li-Mei Liang, violist Chen Lin, and cellist Nick Dinnerstein.

Salem Classical is the home of classical music located in the heart of the pedestrian zone of historic downtown Salem with the Old Town Hall as its principal venue. This year-round series was created to establish a musical home for local and touring musicians and is designed to provide a constant source of classical music to the residents of Salem and the thousands of visitors to the city. The vision of Salem Classical is to remove the boundary between the public and performers, bringing some of the greatest music ever composed to Salem. Audiences are invited to frequent concerts as a compliment to the overall cultural experience in the city of Salem that includes dozens of award-winning restaurants, shops, and museums.

Composer Focus is a classical concert series, specializing in 20th and 21st century chamber music for piano and strings. The series intends to introduce local audiences to some of the most original and accomplished composers of our time through vibrant performances in Cambridge and in towns throughout New England. Each concert explores the music of a single classical composer and consists of major as well as rarely performed works in a variety of instrumental combinations. The styles represented are broad, from the modernist complexities of Gyorgy Ligeti to the meditative simplicity of Philip Glass. This season, titled “Stravinsky's Reach,” will consist of five concerts with music by Stravinsky, Martinu, Mozart, Webern, and Moondog. Stravinsky is the guiding force behind Composer Focus 2015-16 season, having heavily influenced Martinu, taken Mozart and Webern as influences, and strangely crossed paths with the contemporary composer, Moondog. For more information please visit www.composerfocusconcerts.com .

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Salem Classical is the home of classical music located in the heart of the pedestrian zone of historic downtown Salem with the Old Town Hall as its principle venue. The year-round series was created to establish a musical home for local and touring musicians and is designed to provide a constant source of classical music to the residents of Salem and the thousands of visitors to the city. The mission of Salem Classical is to remove the boundary between the public and performers, bringing some of the greatest music ever composed to Salem. Audiences are invited to frequent concerts as a compliment to the overall cultural experience in the city of Salem that includes dozens of restaurants, shops, and museums. 

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/composer-focus-stravinsky-tickets-18182100151