A Musical Garden: Takemitsu Portrait Concert

Toru Takemitsu

“My music is like a garden, and I am the gardener. Listening to my music can be compared with walking through a garden and experiencing the changes in light, pattern and texture.”
-Toru Takemitsu, from The Guardian’s A guide to Toru Takemitsu’s music

Con Vivo Music is pleased to present a portrait concert of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu is know for incorporating philosophy and musical representations of nature is his compositions. Our performance will be framed as a musical garden, with unique staging, lighting, and arrangements of both performer and audience.

An acclaimed composer and theorist, Takemitsu was influenced by a broad range of music from jazz to Debussy and Schoenberg. Takemitsu was a founding member of the Japanese group “Experimental Workshop”, a varied group of avant-garde artists. He was a professor of composition at Yale University and received a range of awards for his music including the Prix Italia, Glenn Gould Prize, membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Takemitsu is also known for his music for films such as Woman in the Dunes and Ran.

FREE, all ages welcome
Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 7pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
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Program
Toru Takemitsu: And Then I Knew t’was Wind
Toru Takemitsu: Distance
Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight
Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea
Toru Takemitsu: Itinerant

Performed by Dan Lippel (guitar), Laura Cocks (flute), Kallie Ciechomski (viola), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Groove on Grove + grand pianos!

Groove on Grove

CVM returns to Groove on Grove for a special grand piano event! We’ve invited the talented pianist Danica Borisavljevic to perform a program of works by composer giants Béla Bartók, Philipp Glass, George Crumb, and more!

FREE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 6-9pm (CVM at 8pm)
Grove PATH Plaza – 324 Grove Street, Jersey City
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Groove on Grove set list:
6pm – Yukiko Tanaka
7pm – Caberet Sauvignon
8pm – CVM, Danica Borisavljevic
Performing:
Béla Bartók – Romanian dances
Dejan Despić – Nocturno
Philipp Glass: Hours
George Crumb: Makrokosmos 1 (selections)

2016 Cultural Diversity Festival

2016 Cutlural Diversity Festival

We are proud to join JC Families’ 3rd Annual Cultural Diversity Festival! The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.

Swing by our table and say hi, plus catch CVM director Zach Herchen performing tangos on solo saxophone at 12pm.

FREE
Saturday, July 16 @ 10-2pm
Hamilton Park – 25 West Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ
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American Art Song

160709 American Art Song

Explore the art song through American composers in a program featuring vocalists Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson. The concert will span America’s rich heritage of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.

American Art Song
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, July 9 @ 1pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Program
Aaron Copland: Selections from Old American Songs I & II
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me, The Circus Band, The Things Our Fathers Loved, and The New River
Cole Porter: So In Love
George Gershwin: Embraceable You
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers (lyrics by Langston Hughes)
John W. Work This Little Light O’ Mine
Spiritual: Deep River
Henry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches for violin and piano
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue *abridged, arr. by Christopher Cooley
Mazz Swift: Compassion Through LovingKindness Meditation for violin and voice

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Barry L Robinson (baritone), Mazz Swift (violin), and Christopher Cooley (piano).

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Kids Show w/ Toomai String Quintet

Toomai String Quintet web

Join us on Mother’s Day for an interactive kids show with The Toomai String Quintet! Toomai will lead an exploration of how improvisation manifests itself in music of different styles, featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and J.S. Bach.

Kids Show with The Toomai String Quintet
Sunday, May 8 @ 2pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
FREE

Toomai has performed in many capacities throughout the United States, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, and for the Miami Civic Music Association, among others. The quintet was a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, and they continue to perform regularly in schools, hospitals, and alternative care facilities throughout New York City. In addition, the Toomai String Quintet has brought its array of educational programs to students in California, Florida, and across the Northeast, and has presented interactive concerts in collaboration with organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo

RAHA Duo

CVM founder Amelia Hollander Ames returns for the Jersey City debut of her group RAHA Duo (violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni). RAHA will present a wide-ranging program of music by Ginastera, Schumann, and Shostakovich, as well as NYC-based composer Daniel Felsenfeld ​(his “Hooked to the Silver Screen,” based on David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) ​and Miami-based composer Lansing McLoskey​ (“Wild Bells”)​.

The RAHA Duo is violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni. The two met at New England Conservatory, where they collaborated for Amelia’s graduate recital. Flash forward a decade or so: after Amelia returned to Boston, they reunited to play ​a show at Cambridge’s Lilypad Gallery. The show was praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “definitely a quality offering” filled with “poised and accomplished playing.” Now Elaine and Amelia are delighted to bring their program of 20th and 21st century music (along with Robert Schumann’s romantic and whimsical “Fairy Tale Pictures” as a palate cleanser) to Amelia’s hometown of Jersey City, NJ.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo
Sunday, April 17 @ 5pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Free, $15 suggested donation
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Program:
Albert Ginasterao – Suite de Danzas Criolles, Opus 15
Daniel Felsenfeld – Hooked to the Silver Screen
Lansing McLoskey – Wild Bells
Robert Schumann – Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Viola and Piano

Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Elaine Rombola Aveni, piano

Handel’s Messiah

Handel's Messiah

CVM is pleased to partner with St Paul Lutheran Church in a production of Handel’s Messiah. Audiences are treated to the Christmas portions of Messiah every year. The Passion and Easter portions – which happen to be where we find the famous Hallelujah Chorus – not so much. St. Paul’s music director Christopher Greene aims to change that with a performance of these neglected portions of Handel’s majestic work on Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday) at 6pm.

A new 16-voice choir, the St. Paul’s Singers, will be accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra from Con Vivo Music. Vocal soloists are Darlene Southard Wyzga, soprano; Allison Gish, contralto; David Kellett, tenor; and James Splond, bass.

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, March 20 @ 6pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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CVM Presents: A/B Duo and Elspeth Davis

AB Duo and Elspeth Davis web promo

CVM is proud to sponsor an extraordinary double bill event with the flute/percussion ensemble A/B Duo and vocalist Elspeth Davis. A/B Duo will be performing newly commissioned works by Ken Ueno, Brendon Randall-Myers, Brooks Frederickson, and more. Elspeth Davis will perform music for voice and piano by Benjamin Britten, John Harbison, The Beatles arranged by Louis Andriessen, Gabriel Kahane, and Kurt Weill. Join us for innovative performances by these rising artists!

CVM Presents: A/B Duo and Elspeth Davis
Saturday, March 12, 7:00pm-8:30pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
Free, $10 suggested donation
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A/B Duo
Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming (varying wildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. Their programming has been described as “”one of the most charming concerts imaginable… The music was bouncy, strange, interesting and fun. The A/B Duo is worth seeking out…”. A/B Duo is percussionist Christopher G. Jones and flutist Meerenai Shim. http://abduo.net/

Elspeth Davis
Mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis begins her 2015-16 season performing the alto solo in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in South Carolina, followed by Janáček’s masterpiece Zapisnik zmizeleho (The diary of one who disappeared) as part of the SOOFSER concert series at the Czech Center of New York. During the winter, she will be returning to Furman University to perform Steve Reich’s classic Drumming with Sandbox Percussion. She also returns to the Concerts on the Slope chamber music series, performing Reena Esmail’s new work Chuti Hui Jagah (The Space Between) for voice and guitar. As a recitalist, she will be seen on tour in New Jersey and Rhode Island, performing works by Andriessen, Britten, and Harbison. She has performed with Sandbox Percussion at Furman University, The New Chamber Ballet of New York and Opera Moderne, Schülterwerke and the Klangforum Wein in Vienna, Le Train Bleu and Opera Moderne at The Czech Center, The Toccoa Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at William and Mary, and was one of seven singers invited to the inaugural season of Liederfest in Suzhou, China. http://www.elspethdavis.com/

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.