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Alarm Will Sound: a conversation with artistic director Alan Pierson

by Mike Telin

PIERSON-AlanSince forming in 2001, the clever, innovative contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound has gone on to become one of the most successful composer-musician collectives touring today. The group is the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Each year the festival features eight world premieres by emerging composers.

On Monday, March 30 at 8:00 pm in Drinko Recital Hall Cleveland State University, Alarm Will Sound will present a concert featuring works by Charles Wuorinen, Sean Friar, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Andrew Rindfleisch, and Clint Needham. The performance is presented by the Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residency Series at CSU. In addition to Monday’s concert, the ensemble will present two reading sessions of new works by CSU composition students. [Read More…]

Tuesday Musical: Catching up with pianist Wu Han about Beethoven trios

by Daniel Hathaway

photoOn Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm, Tuesday Musical will present pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel in a program of Beethoven piano trios at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. We caught up with the effervescent Wu Han by cell phone to chat about next week’s program.

Daniel Hathaway: I’m guessing from the calendar on your website that you must be somewhere between Georgia and California.

Wu Han: (Laughs) Right now, I’m in downtown San Francisco driving towards the Napa Valley vineyard country.

DH: You have quite a travel schedule. Are you ever home?

WH: Good question! The answer is no.

DH: How do you manage such a busy musical life?

WH: I have a lot of help — people taking care of schedules and reservations for hotels, airlines and cars. All I have to think about is music, music, music, and thank God for that. You have to manage your life. I don’t get bogged down by the details. So you miss your flight? Wow, what’s the big deal? Let’s go have a coffee. Let’s listen to some Spotify.

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Oberlin Artist Recital Series April 2: A conversation with bass-baritone John Relyea

by Mike Telin

RELYEA-John-(Shirley-Suarez)Choosing repertoire for a solo recital is not an easy task when you’re a bass-baritone. “The bass voice is often put into dramatic dark territory, and maybe that’s because of the way people heard the color of the voice lending itself to the mood of the poetry,” bass-baritone John Relyea said during a telephone conversation. “I’m always looking for songs to sing that have more positive, less depressing texts.”

On Thursday, April 2 at 8:00 pm in Oberlin College’s Finney Chapel, opera superstar John Relyea and pianist Warren Jones will present a recital featuring works by Richard Strauss, Jacques Ibert, Samuel Barber, Modest Mussorgsky and Peter Warlock. The concert is presented as part of Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series.

The Canadian-born and 2003 Richard Tucker Award winner John Relyea, has earned critical acclaim for his performances in opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera (where he is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program and a former Adler Fellow), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien, and the Mariinksy Theater. A snapshot of his current opera schedule includes the roles of Henry VIII in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Landgraf in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, both for Lyric Opera of Chicago (January and February). In May, he will perform the title role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the Canadian National Opera. [Read More…]