Orchestra 2001 presents two contemporary classical masterpieces at the Painted Bride Art Center in its first-ever Fringe Festival event; George Crumb’s virtuoso piano ruminations on Thelonius Monk’s jazz standard, ‘Round Midnight, and an encore performance of baritone Randall Scarlata’s brilliant portrayal of the mad King George III, in the cult classic by Peter Maxwell Davies.


10:00 pm
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

GEORGE CRUMB – Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music) (2001)
            Marcantonio Barone, piano
PETER  MAXWELL  DAVIES – Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)
            Randall Scarlata, baritone; Jayce Ogren, conductor

Philadelphia – In a 30th Anniversary season that looks both to its past and its future, Orchestra 2001 will open and close its season with works by the local composer most closely associated with its 30-year history: Pulitzer Prize-winning George Crumb.

Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music), the composer’s ruminations on the jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk, will feature Orchestra 2001 pianist Marcantonio Barone, chosen by Crumb to record this piece last year. Barone’s dramatic interpretation, with extended techniques both on the keyboard and inside the piano, highlights the nine-movement piece that quotes Debussy, Wagner and Strauss, and includes a dramatic “counting off” of the hours until midnight. 

The one-hour program ends with a staged encore performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic 1969 monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata reprises his theatrical, tour de force role of King George in this rarely heard, cult contemporary music classic.

FOR TIX: http://fringearts.com/event/madness-round-midnight/

Standard Ticket: $20 each
Student & Under 25 (with ID): $15 each

Contact info@orchestra2001.org or call (267) 687-6243 with any questions.

Find more information about upcoming performances at www.orchestra2001.org 

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival 2017: August 26 - September 3, 2017


Token Creek Festival 2017


words & music for our time

August 26 – September 3, 2016

more information at: www.tokencreekfestival.org


Mainly music of Bach, with a little Haydn & a Harbison pre-premiere.

  • Saturday August 26 at 8:00pm
  • Sunday August 27 at 4:00pm

An all-Schubert program anchored by the masterworks Moments Musicaux & Schwanengesang.

  • Wednesday August 30 at 7:30pm

Program III: WALTZ

This familiar form, the waltz, in unexpected explorations by Sur, Crumb, Kreisler, Schubert & Ravel, together with Schumann's splendid Piano Quartet.

  • Saturday September 2 at 8:00pm
  • Sunday September 3 at 4:00pm

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31. WARSAW MUSIC ENCOUNTERS - May, 6-12, 2017

Warsaw Music Encounters is an annual festival of early and new music created in 1986. The Festival, founded and directed by the composer Władysław Słowiński, is organised by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union and co-organised by Polish Radio Programme 2. Since its inception, the Festival has received the most significant financial support from the Capital City of Warsaw. Over the years, WarsawMusic Encounters has become a major element of the Capital’s yearly cultural offer. Besides the festival is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Our partners are: PZU Foundation and ZAiKS Author’s Association. Our Media Partners are: TVP 3 Warszawa, Radio dla Ciebie (Radio for You), Jazz Forum, www.polmic.pl and RMF Classic as an editorial co-operater.

Warsaw Music Encounters is one of the most important festivals of early and new music, but also the first and the only one that has made it a principle to combine these two on a regular basis. Thanks to this principle, the Festival provides an opportunity for many early music enthusiasts to get acquainted with contemporary works and discover that they “don’t bite” after all. The position in the Festival is also confirmed by the ever growing interest of Polish and foreign musicians who submit their programme offers. For many years now, the Festival has featured excellent performers and exciting repertoires.

In accordance with the programme formula contained in the Festival’s subheading "Early Music – "New Music", the Festival presents important early and new music compositions and promotes the most recent works by contemporary composers, written for the large part specially for this Festival, which also contributes to its unique character.

Since 2010, the Festival has also begun to present jazz music. Among the featured jazz artists, there was the legendary String Connection in 2010, the outstanding German Thärichen’s Tentett in 2011, in 2013 spirited jazz pianist Marcin Masecki, who made deconstruction of Scarlatti’s Sonates, in 2014 – We4 band with harmonica and vibraphone at the Forefront and in 2015 Atom String Quartet, the leading Polish jazz group and one of the most interesting string quartets of the world.

The Festival’s programme principles allow for a peculiar “interpenetration of cultures”, as the presented contemporary works frequently reflect some aspects of the early music compositions, whereas the jazz pieces contain influences from both. This can often prove inspiring and creative.

Among the Festival performers we should mention, apart from leading Polish artists, such orchestras like: Lviv's Chamber Orchestra, Kiev's Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Polish Radio Orchestra, Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra or Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra; ensembles as The King’s Singers, Musica Antiqua Köln, Musica Reservata de Barcelona, More Hispano-Vicente Parrilla, Discantus, Alla Francesca, La Morra, Moscow Kremlin's Choir, Concerto Italiano with the cembalist Rinaldi Alessandrini and Musica Nova;  soloists, including the violinist Alena Baeva, pianist Friedrich Hoericke and the cellist Ivan Monighetti and coductors: Agnieszka Duczmal, Krzysztof Słowiński or Jan Stanienda.

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