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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.

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.
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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
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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.

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

statuary-at-historic-holland-st

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.

VVPA Summer Sendoff

vvpa-2016-summer-sendoff

CVM had a wonderful time at the Van Vorst Park Association’s Summer Sendoff event! Local jazz musicians Nabuki Takamen and Eldad Tarmu provided the perfect music for the evening. Thanks VVPA for inviting us to be involved!

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)