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CVM’s String Quartet returns October 6

Con Vivo Music returns to the beautiful Cathedral Hall with an evocative program of string quartet compositions by living composers. The concert program includes works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork), and “charismatic contemporary bard” (NY Times) Elliot Cole. Paired with these are the world premiere of works by CVM’s own Erin Rogers and Kevin Cummines. This concert will close Con Vivo Music’s 10th season of free and innovative concerts in the Jersey City community.

Sarah Kirkland Snider describes her piece “Ave” as a meditation and response to a polaroid from her own past, and a memory to a lost friend. By contrast, Erin Rogers’ new work for CVM, “Conduire, Camion”, processes traffic noise and inner thoughts. Much the contemplative soundtrack of driving, Rogers dedicates this work to her nephew “whose passion for trucks is boundless” (Rogers). In the same vein, Kevin Cummines new work “Machinatery” is a tonal observation of the frantic nature of our modern reality. And closing the program, Elliot Cole writes about his string quartet “From a cloud of bird cries a song is pulled – at first slowly, with great effort, one note drawn out at a time. From more struggle comes more clarity, and then the music is made incarnate and set free. … After it lives out its destiny, it is pulled from us, disappearing back into the air.”

Con Vivo String Quartet
FREE, all ages welcome
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7-8pm
Cathedral Hall 0 380 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ
http://www.convivomusic.org/events/con-vivo-string-quartet/

Performed by Mazz Swift (violin), Jae Lee (violin), Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), and Julia Biber
(cello).

Program:
Sarah Kirkland Snider – Ave (2002)
Erin Rogers – Conduire, Camion (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Kevin Cummines – Machinatery (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Elliot Cole – String Quartet “Birds” (2005)

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

This concert is sponsored by 4th Street Arts.

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.

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 sociopolitical 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:
Chris Whittaker (conductor), Robert Maril (baritone voice), Dan Lippel (guitar), Joe Bergen (percussion), Evan Runyon (electric bass), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Kevin Cummines (keyboard), Delaney Stöckli (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello)

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.

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.

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
Facebook event page

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
Facebook Event Page

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!