Commissioned Project:12 by Seven

Happy New Year

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Hello Friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday &  happy new year. Duo Scordatura is very excited about the very busy 2nd half of the season.  We first begin 2011 with the “Commissioned” concert on January 29th. This concert has been an excited project with 6 contemporary works for violin and viola.  4 of the works on the concert are world premieres, and the others were placed on the programmed just because that are too good not to include.  In the next following two weeks we will placing video blogs of each of the composers who they are,  discussing the challenges and process of composing these works. And 5 of the composers will be at the concert for an interactive talkback.

Duo Scordatura & friends have also been invited by Music Director & pianist, Steven Jones to perform for the hit off broadway musical “ The Last Five Years.”  This wonderful musical will be Thursday, Friday, & Saturday starting January 27th – February 27th. As an added bonus Duo Scordatura will perform a Pre-concert before every show on Friday nights  If you have not seen this musical it is a must. here is an abridged synopsis:

                     The Last Five Years is a one-act musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered in Chicago in 2001 and was then      produced off-Broadway in March 2002. Since then it has had numerous productions both in the United States and internationally. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.  The Last Five Years was inspired by Brown’s failed marriage to Theresa O’Neill. O’Neill threatened legal action on the grounds that the story of the musical represented her relationship with Brown too closely, and Brown changed the song “I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You” to “Shiksa Goddess” in order to reduce the similarity between the character Cathy and O’Neill.

 Soon after the closing of the musical, Duo Scordatura & friends have invited composer, Alexandra T.  Bryant as composer in residence for The DSF Austin Tour. Duo Scordatura will be performing a series of concerts which leads us to the capital of Texas.  The program includes: Ms. Bryant’s string quartet, and new work for violin & viola.  Also this program ends with the famous Dvorak piano quintet.  Austin is March 11th-13th.

The most exciting part of Duo Scordatura’s season is “SCORDATURA MUSIC COMPOSERS’ OPEN”  This competition is open to everyone, students, professionals, mothers, fathers, children, toddlers, animals ( except Nora the Cat,) highly skilled percussionist, plumbers, trash men/women, some postal workers, or anyone that would like to write music, and win the amazing Grand prize!!!. ITS A COMPOSERS’ OPEN, SO DIG OUT YOUR WORKS YOU WROTE IN THEORY CLASS AND SUMMIT THEM…HEHE!!!

Finalist Concert and Awards presented April 16th.

Duo Scordatura’s last scheduled concert for the 2010/2011 season is a double concerto performance of the Max Bruch Double Concerto for violin and viola with Conductor,  George Blytas &  the Houston Sinfonietta on  May 15th. Please visit the Houston Sinfonietta’s Website for more details.

Duo Scordatura looks forward seeing everyone at this exciting  events, please join us, post a comment, or email us at scordatura.friends@gmail.com 

All the best & happy new years,

Nicholas Leh Baker

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