Sep
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: Appalachian Spring: Creating an American Sound

Mary joins the Chameleon Arts Ensemble for the opening concert of their 20th Anniversary Season, performing works of John Harbison and Charles Ives. 

  • Charles Ives, Songs for soprano & piano
  • Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in f sharp minor, Op. 67 (1908)
  • Arthur Berger, Quartet for Winds in C Major
  • John Harbison, North & South II for soprano & English horn, clarinet, bassoon & strings
  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 players

From breathtaking, open landscapes to the soul of a people, Aaron Copland defined the American Sound with his poignant and enduringly popular Appalachian Spring. Ives, too, embodied a way of life with the hymns, marches, dance music, and parlor songs from New England towns. Back Bay resident Amy Beach became one of America’s first successful composers, and John Harbison brings our journey into the present with his blues-inflected settings of Elizabeth Bishop.

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Oct
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

Collage New Music

Mary appears with Collage New Music to perform Aaron Helgeson's Poems of Sheer Nothingness and the world premiere of James Primosch's song cycle, A Sibyl, for soprano and ensemble.

PROGRAM

Aaron Helgeson: Poems of sheer nothingness (2013, selected movements)
Marti Epstein: Oil and Sugar (2016)
Yi Yiing Chen: The Starry Night (world premiere)
James Primosch: A Sibyl (world premiere)
Fred Lerdahl: Fantasy Etudes (1985)

At the center of Collage's opening program is the world premiere of James Primosch's new song cycle, A Sibyl. This six-movement work for soprano and sextet marries Primosch's eloquent text setting with American poet Susan Stewart's provocative words and was commissioned for Collage New Music. Works of beautiful contrast surround this premiere, with recent music by Marti Epstein(Oil and Sugar) and the Collage classic Fantasy Etudes Fred Lerdahl, balanced with outstanding younger composers Aaron Helgeson (b. 1982) and our former fellow, Yi Yiing Chen.

PERFORMERS

David Hoose, conductor; Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Cathy French, violin; Jennifer Lucht, cello; Chris Kreuger, flute; Gary Gorczyca, clarinet; Chris Oldfather, piano; Nick Tolle, percussion

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Nov
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: of voice and verse

Mary and pianist Vivian Choi perform Aaron Copland's Twelve Dickinson Songs on the second concert of Chameleon's 20th Anniversary season. 

  • Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps for flute & piano (1918)
  • Augusta Read Thomas, Rumi Settings for violin & viola
  • Aaron Copland, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson for soprano & piano
  • Joseph Schwantner, Music of Amber for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio in a minor

Music and poetry are natural companions, following language and cadence to express inner worlds. Copland’s lustrous settings perfectly capture the lyrical rhythms of Emily Dickinson, Augusta Read Thomas channels a 900-year old verse, and Ravel adopts a form of Malaysian poetry for his magnificent Piano Trio.

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Nov
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: of voice and verse

Mary and pianist Vivian Choi perform Aaron Copland's Twelve Dickinson Songs on the second concert of Chameleon's 20th Anniversary season. 

  • Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps for flute & piano (1918)
  • Augusta Read Thomas, Rumi Settings for violin & viola
  • Aaron Copland, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson for soprano & piano
  • Joseph Schwantner, Music of Amber for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio in a minor

Music and poetry are natural companions, following language and cadence to express inner worlds. Copland’s lustrous settings perfectly capture the lyrical rhythms of Emily Dickinson, Augusta Read Thomas channels a 900-year old verse, and Ravel adopts a form of Malaysian poetry for his magnificent Piano Trio.

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Sep
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: Appalachian Spring: Creating an American Sound

Mary joins the Chameleon Arts Ensemble for the opening concert of their 20th Anniversary Season, performing works of John Harbison and Charles Ives. 

  • Charles Ives, Songs for soprano & piano
  • Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in f sharp minor, Op. 67 (1908)
  • Arthur Berger, Quartet for Winds in C Major
  • John Harbison, North & South II for soprano & English horn, clarinet, bassoon & strings
  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 players

From breathtaking, open landscapes to the soul of a people, Aaron Copland defined the American Sound with his poignant and enduringly popular Appalachian Spring. Ives, too, embodied a way of life with the hymns, marches, dance music, and parlor songs from New England towns. Back Bay resident Amy Beach became one of America’s first successful composers, and John Harbison brings our journey into the present with his blues-inflected settings of Elizabeth Bishop.

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Jun
18
5:00pm 5:00pm

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: All B's!

PROGRAM: All B’s!

BEETHOVEN: Variations for cello and piano on Ein Madchen oder Weibchen, Op. 66
BARTÓK: Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano
BERIO: Folksongs for soprano, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, harp and percussion
BLOCH: Quintet No.1 for piano and strings (1923)

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Deborah Boldin, flute | Robyn Bollinger, violin | Vivian Choi, piano | Gary Gorczyca, clarinet | Franziska Huhn, harp  | Mary Mackenzie, soprano | William Manley, percussion | Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello | Kenneth Renshaw, violin | Scott Woolweaver, viola

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Apr
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

LOFT Recital: Season finale

Mary is delighted to reunite with pianist James Barnett for his LOFT Recital series finale, a program exploring 1920's Jazz influence from Paris to NYC, at the Norseman Distillery. Mary and James will be joined by acclaimed Chicago violinist, Rachel Brown.

Program:

  • Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano; his take on 1920s jazz craze
  • Claude Bollings: Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano
  • Georgia Stitt: Alphabet City Cycle
  • John Harbison: selections from Songs from After Hours

LOFTrecital is free and open to the public, but due to limited space an online reservation is required. 

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Mar
22
11:15am11:15am

Situation Object: solo recital

  • Suffolk Country Community College, Southhampton Building (map)
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Mary presents a solo recital of unaccompanied works for soprano.

Program

Cathy Berberian - Stripsody

Richard Wernick - Moonsongs from the Japanese

Judith Weir - King Harald's Saga

Milton Babbitt - Phonemena

Amir Shpilman - Situation Object

Admission: FREE!

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Jan
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Matt Marks: Mata Hari (world premiere)

The Prototype Festival presents Matt Marks Mata Hari, a hybrid opera-theatre piece inspired by the legendary and controversial female mystic dancer Mata Hari, who was executed for espionage during World War One. 

Mary plays the role of Sister Léonide, the head of the Saint Lazare Prison for Women, and friend of Mata Hari during her imprisonment.

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Dec
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

JACK Quartet & Ekmeles: Music of the North

How does climate affect music? As global temperatures continue to rise, Music Mondays presents music from — and inspired by — the cultures and landscapes of Northern climates. The JACK Quartet joins with the vocal ensemble Ekmeles for a program of music by Finnish, Swedish, Icelandic, Canadian, and American composers, both past and present.

PROGRAM

Jean Sibelius — Norden and Fogelfängarn, op. 90 for soprano and piano (Mary Mackenzie & Eric Sedgwick)

John Luther Adams — Canticles of the Sky

Kaija Saariaho — From the Grammar of Dreams

Anna Thorvaldsdoittr —  Hvolf for mezzo soprano and piano (Elisa Sutherland)

Marc Sabat — Jean-Philippe Rameau

Karin Rehnkvist - Davids Nimm (Mary Mackenzie, Charlotte Mundy, Elisa Sutherland) 

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Mar
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Princeton Symphony's Spring Chamber Music Concert

Mary will appear with violinist Marc Uys, and harpist Bridget Kibbey in a program featuring works by composer and former Princeton University professor Edward T. Cone, the Institute's Artist-in-Residence Sebastian Currier, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. 

The performance will take place at the Monroe Public Library (4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ  08831). 

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