Art Politic on JC Fridays (Sept 8)

Con Vivo Music returns to JC Fridays to present “Art Politic”, a concert of modern chamber music composed in response to socio political issues, including the Attica Prison rebellion, murder rates in Chicago, the Iraq War, a letter by J.S. Bach to his city council, and what it means to be an American. The concert will be performed by a unique 8-person ensemble of voice, violin, cello, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboard, and percussion.

Staged in the Council Chambers of Jersey City’s City Hall, this concert will feature Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, a minimalist beat-driven composition that sets text from a letter by Sam Melville in May of 1971. Melville was a prisoner at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. His letter talks of “the inevitable direction of [his] life”, hinting at things to come. In September of 1971, the Attica Prison rebellion took place, where 1,0000 prisoners took control of the prison, held staff hostage, and demanded better living conditions and political rights. After four days of negotiation (with some demands met), the state police took control of the prison, resulting in at least 43 deaths, including that of Sam Melville.

CVM will also premiere Kevin Clark’s Census Americans, a new piece inspired by Coming Together. Census Americans has an ever-changing text, gathered live during the performance from the twitter bot Census Americans, which tweets descriptions of real Americans every hour using U.S. Census Bureau data. The musical material draws on protest songs written by labor activist Joe Hill, and the structure of Rzewski’s Coming Together. This combination of descriptions of modern Americans and protest song reminds us that a key part of what it means to be American is to constantly strive for positive change.


Art Politic – JC Fridays
Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 7:30pm
City Hall – Council Chambers – 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ
FREE, all ages welcome
Reception to follow the concert
Part of Art House Productions’ JC Fridays

Program:
Dominick Argento – Johann Sebastian Bach from the song cycle Letters from Composers
Tom Flaherty – A Heckuva Job
Kevin Clark – Census Americans
Drew Baker – Age of the Deceased (Six Months in Chicago)
Frederic Rzewski – Coming Together and Attica

Performed by:
Robert Maril (baritone voice), Dan Lippel (guitar), Evan Runyon (electric bass), Adrianna Mateo (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Kevin Cummines (keyboard), and Joe Bergen (percussion).

CVM works to ensure that our concerts are accessible to all. The venues we use are wheelchair accessible with restroom accessibility. If you require a special accommodation, are a wheelchair user attending our venue for the first time, or have specific questions contact us at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

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.

Bach rocked!

We had a blast performing our Bach concert last weekend at Cathedral Hall. Thanks to our incredible performers Sarah Nelson-Craft (mezzo-soprano), Christa Robinson (oboe), Garry Ianco (violin), Lisa Casal-Galietta (violin), Yumi Oshima (viola), Carolyn Jeselsohn (cello), Sean Price (harpsichord), and Kevin Cummines (organ). And of course, THANK YOU for being our fantastic audience!

What’s Next for CVM?

We’re nailing down details for two more concerts this year, so mark your calendars!

September 8 @ 7:30pm – JC Fridays: Art Politic
CVM presents music written to make a statement. Our program is built around Frederic Rzewski’s minimalist beat-driven “Coming Together”, which was written in response to the 1971 Attica Prison Riot. We will also premiere Kevin Clark’s “Census Americans”, which pairs protest songs with text from Census Americans, a twitter bot that briefly describes real Americans based on US census data.

October 6 @ 7pm – CVM String Quartet
Con Vivo’s in house string quartet returns with a concert of incredible music by living composers: Jessie Montgomery, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Julia Wolfe, and more.

CVM’s Bach Concert returns on June 18

Celebrate Father’s Day with the grandfather of modern Western music: Johann Sebastian Bach! Con Vivo Music presents its semi-annual Bach Concert on June 18, featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and oboist Christa Robinson in a concert of Bach’s most intimate chamber music for voice, oboe, string quartet, harpsichord, and organ. The concert will be performed at the gorgeous Cathedral Hall in downtown Jersey City, an acoustically ideal venue for Bach’s masterful compositions.

Johann Sebastian Bach was primarily known for his skills as an organist, as were his relatives. In fact, there were so many members of the Bach family employed as organists that the name Bach became synonymous with being an organist. J.S. Bach who, by some estimates, wrote approximately twenty minutes of music for every day of his life, is most frequently associated today with his large and magnificent cantatas, the Goldberg Variations written for harpsichord, and for music students, his counterpoint exercises, though his ultimate output was far more prolific. A relatively conservative composer in his lifetime, his experiments in the mathematics of musical tones and chromaticism weren’t truly understood for their brilliance until more than a century after his death. For this year’s Bach Concert, Con Vivo presents a wide panoply of Bach’s style and achievements, from the elegance of his intimate keyboard works, to the athleticism of his oboe and string repertoire.

CVM’s 2017 Bach Concert
FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00pm
Cathedral Hall – 380 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ

Program:
JS Bach – Oboe Concerto in F major, BWV 1053R
JS Bach – “Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris” from Mass in B minor
JS Bach – Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12
JS Bach – Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200
plus select works for baroque ensemble and organ

Performed by CVM’s Christa Robinson (oboe) and Sarah Nelson Craft (voice) with string quartet, harpsichord, and organ.

CVM works to ensure that our concerts are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation, are a wheelchair user attending our concerts for the first time, or have specific questions contact us at least two weeks prior to your visit.

CVM’s Bach Concert is sponsored by 4th Street Arts.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

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.

May 6 – Debussy Portrait Concert

CVM presents a pause to Saturday afternoon with an intimate concert celebrating the work of French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy, featuring music for voice, violin, saxophone, and piano.

Debussy is one of the earliest pioneers of Western music crafted from non-traditional tonalities and World Music influences. From his earliest studies, his urge for musical rebellion became the major theme of his creative output, leading him to develop a unique voice that is both consummately beautiful as well as unceasingly refreshing. His artistic philosophy and aesthetic were indelibly linked to those of the Impressionist and Symbolist artists, through the sense of community they built together as they redefined the boundaries of their respective crafts, including Claude Monet, and the symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, both of whom were also close friends with Debussy as well as collaborators. While early criticism of the Impressionists was brutally harsh on the whole, their artistic movement led the Western arts profoundly into the 20th century, and supported the environmental conditions that enabled Debussy to thrive in his musical output. Honoring his contribution to the French arts, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903.

Con Vivo Music – Debussy Portrait Concert
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 2:30pm-3:30pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ

Program:
Claude Debussy – 3 Chansons des Bilitis for mezzo-soprano voice and piano
Claude Debussy – Rapsodie for alto saxophone and piano
Claude Debussy – Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140 for violin and piano
Claude Debussy – Syrinx for flute, arr. for saxophone by Zach Herchen
and select works for solo piano

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano voice), Elena Chernova-Davis (violin), Zach Herchen (saxophone), and Paul Vasile (piano).

Sponsored by The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

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.

April 23 – A musical sunrise!

CVM joins Drawing Rooms to celebrate Earth Day weekend! Join us for a workshop performance of Not Less Than the Good, a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in Walden. Not Less Than the Good is composed for the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 2017).

Not Less Than the Good simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth. Underneath this are sounds recorded during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from Walden, selected as a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment and performed by poet J. D. McClatchy.

FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, April 23, 6-7pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
Not Less Than the Good, composed by David Morneau
New Thread Quartet (saxophones), David Morneau (synthesizer), pre-recorded narration by poet J.D. McClatchy, and field recordings from Walden Pond.
Learn more here

Sponsored by The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.
Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

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.

2017 Spring Gala

Join Con Vivo Music on April 8 for our Spring Gala as we celebrate 10 years of chamber music in Jersey City and launch our 2017 Season!

This year’s Gala features classical pianist Yukiko Tanaka, whose 2005 debut concert at Carnegie Hall was hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a model performance.” Mrs. Tanaka will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, popularly known as the “Moonlight Sonata”, alongside works by Rachmaninov and Chopin. Plus, CVM will give a short preview of our upcoming 2017 concerts.

Come celebrate with Con Vivo as we continue to bring world-class chamber music to Jersey City!

2017 Spring Gala
April 8, 7-10pm
7:00pm door, 7:30pm performance
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
$35 general seating
$75 VIP – reserved seating plus champagne and bowling on Barrow Mansion’s lanes from the early 1900’s
Purchase tickets online
Complimentary drinks and light food, silent auction, and performance

About Yukiko Tanaka:
“In short, a model performance” said New York Concert Review, about Yukiko’s solo debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall held in December 2005. Her concert was totally sold out and passionately acclaimed by the audience. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she has been active as a piano recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and a chamber musician and has performed in the United States, Canada, Spain, Hungary and Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Utah State University, where she was honored as Student of the Year 1998, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Albion College, where she won many honors, scholarships, and the College Concerto Competition. After her graduation, she was honored a distinguished Alumni Award “Top 10 in 10” in year 2010. Yukiko continued her studies with Maestro German Diez after completing her Master’s degree in piano performance at the City University of New York Brooklyn College, where she was a scholarship student. In 2012, she completed Diploma in Spanish Piano at Academia Marshall-Granados in Barcelona, Spain. Yukiko is a pianist of Redeemer Hoboken. More at http://www.snowinthefield.com

Thank you to our 2017 Spring Gala sponsors: SILVERMAN, The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation, Jersey Wine and Spirits, Van Hook Cheese & Grocery, and Downtown Medspa.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Concert Season is 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.

If individual assistance or assistive technology is needed to attend please contact us prior to event.

Happy Holidays and Spring Gala on April 8

2016 Was a Blast for Con Vivo

Over the past 12 months, we performed 11 free concerts across Jersey City, bringing the highest quality chamber music to our vibrant communities. Here are a few highlights:

  • Kids Show about improvisation with Toomai String Quintet
  • a celebration of American art songs for the 4th of July
  • the first grand piano performance at Groove on Grove
  • portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu
  • special JC Fridays performance in the Heights with The Statuary
  • performance at the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour Kickoff Party alongside major Jersey City performing organizations
  • April 8, 2017: Save the Date for Our Spring Gala

    CVM is moving our annual fundraiser to the spring! Join us on April 8 at Barrow Mansion to kick off and help support our 2017 concert season. We will celebrate our mission of bringing the communal spirit of chamber music to Jersey City through free concerts!

    Support Con Vivo Music

    CVM is fortunate to be able to provide free chamber music concerts to hundreds of Jersey City residents each year. This is possible only through the generous support of people like you. As we come to the close of 2016, we ask that you consider making a year-end donation to help CVM continue our mission. Because Con Vivo Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

    Support CVM With a Year-End Donation

    Your Con Vivo

    What do love about Con Vivo? How did you join our family? We’re working to expand our programming and impact next year, and your stories can help propel us forward. Send us an email and tell us your Con Vivo story.

    From everyone at CVM, happy holidays to you and your family! We look forward to creating wonderful music for you in 2017!

    -Zach Herchen (artistic director) and Benjamin Litman (board president)

    #Giving Tuesday!

    CVM 2016 Events

    Today is #GivingTuesday! Here at CVM we hope that you will join in the spirit and celebrate our 2016 concerts with a donation today. Your annual support helps Con Vivo continue our mission to provide world-class chamber music in Jersey City through free concerts open to all.

    This past year we performed 12 free concerts and reached over 700 listeners in Jersey City. Our 2016 events included a celebration of American art song, a production of Handel’s Messiah, a kids show about improvisation, a portrait concert of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, plus concerts on JC Fridays, the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, Groove on Grove, and the Annual Cultural Diversity Festival.

    CVM relies on the generous support of our community to produce these concerts and we hope that you will make a donation today! Con Vivo Music is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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    221 Montgomery Street Apt 1
    Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Con Vivo Quartets at JCAST

    String Quartet

    A homecoming of sorts: four of Con Vivo Music’s most well-known artists, including 3 founding Artistic Board members, come together to play quartets that were foundational in their development as musicians. From Antonin Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet to CVM violinist Mazz Swift’s first work for string quartet, “Fast Stone,” with a stop across the Hudson for Philip Glass’ Quartet #2, “Company,” the program will be an autumnal feast for the senses. Held at JCity Realty Gallery, this event is a collaboration with Drawing Rooms as part of the 2016 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour.

    Con Vivo Quartets
    Sunday, October 9 @ 3:00-4:00pm
    JCity Realty Gallery – 109 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ
    FREE, all ages welcome
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    CVM is pleased to present this concert in collaboration with Drawing Rooms and JCity Realty as part of JCAST. Our performance will be in JCity Reality’s gallery space among artwork curated by Drawing Rooms.

    Music by Dvorak, Glass, and Swift.
    Performed by Mazz Swift (violin), Carmel Raz (violin), Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Julia Biber (cello).

    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.

    Image: Mathew Bajoras on Flickr

    The Statuary at the Historic Holland St

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    CVM joins The Statuary for a special JC Fridays event at the Historic Holland Street! Our string quartet will perform works by Mozart, Haydn, and Joao MacDowell. Come join us for a wonderful FREE evening of music, art, dance and lights.

    The Statuary Moves to the Historic Holland Street – FREE
    Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm
    Historic Holland Street – corner of Bowers St and Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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    Schedule – subject to change:
    7:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
    8:00pm International Brazilian Opera Company presents Plastic Flowers (Act 2)
    8:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
    9:00pm Performance by modern dancer Jordan Marinov to music written and performed by Walter Parks and additional performances w/ special guests Larry Heinemann, Vivian Sessoms and Jagoda

    Visual art & lighting by Jeankarlos Cruz

    Sponsored by JC Fridays/Art House Productions, Riverview Neighborhood Assocation, Jersey City Independent, Farms in the Heights, Palisade Liquors, and Jennifer & Laurent Lisimachio.