Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: Zosha Di Castri's Dear Life

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates its 56th season July 29 – August 12, 2018. The 56th season kicks off with Maestro Cristian Măcelaru leading the Festival Orchestra in works by composers Huang Ruo, Zosha di Castri, Pande Shahov and Dan Dediu.

Receiving its US premiere is award-winning Canadian composer Zosha di Castri’s Dear Life. Featuring the sensational soprano Mary MackenzieDear Life is based on a semi-autobiographical short story by Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro, and is a reflection on memory, childhood, and the formative stages of life. It features recorded narration by legendary actor Martha Henry, who gives a chilling reading of a distilled adaptation of the story by writer Merilyn Simonds.

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Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Oakwood Chamber Players

Mary joins the Oakwood Chamber Players for the opening concert of their 2018-2019 season.

The program will include: 

  • Martin Butler: Dirty Beasts for narrator, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano

  • Byron Adams: Nightingale for soprano, clarinet, cello, and piano

  • Charles Fernandez: Quatuor Parisiennes for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon

  • Andre Previn: Vocalise and Stones for soprano, cello, and piano

  • Endre Szervanszky: Quintet No. 1 for wind quintet

  • Jennifer Higdon: Bentley Roses for soprano, flute, and piano

Ticket information will be available later this summer.

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Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Oakwood Chamber Players

Mary joins the Oakwood Chamber Players for the opening concert of their 2018-2019 season.

The program will include: 

  • Martin Butler: Dirty Beasts for narrator, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano

  • Byron Adams: Nightingale for soprano, clarinet, cello, and piano

  • Charles Fernandez: Quatuor Parisiennes for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon

  • Andre Previn: Vocalise and Stones for soprano, cello, and piano

  • Endre Szervanszky: Quintet No. 1 for wind quintet

  • Jennifer Higdon: Bentley Roses for soprano, flute, and piano

Ticket information will be available later this summer.

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May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Shostakovich Symphony No. 14

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Masterwork V

Mary and bass Timothy Jones join the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for the final program of the 2018-2019 season, performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14. 

Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 14 in 1969 dedicating it to Benjamin Britten.  A chamber symphony in eleven movements set to poetry by Apollinaire, Garcia Lorca and Rilke, he sought to portray the idea of unjust and premature death that aroused deep feelings of protest in him. Shostakovich emphasized, however, that it was not out of pessimism that he turned to this problem but in the name of life on this earth.  In conclusion, the innocence and joy of youth are celebrated in two charming suites by Georges Bizet and Claude Debussy.

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Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Here and Now Series: In celebration of Charles Wuorinen's 80th Birthday

Mary makes her Bargemusic debut, collaborating with pianist Steve Beck, in a program dedicated to Charles Wuorinen on his 80th birthday. Tickets may be purchased HERE

PROGRAM

Wuorinen: The Blue Bamboula

Schoenberg: Drei Lieder, op. 48

Liszt: Scherzo and March, S. 177

Wuorinen: Piano Sonata No. 4

Wuorinen: A Song to Lute In Musicke; Twang; Lightenings VIII; Christes Crosse

 

 

 

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Nov
5
4:00 PM16:00

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
4
8:00 PM20:00

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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Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

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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Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

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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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

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
5:00 PM17:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
11:15 AM11:15

Situation Object: solo recital

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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
7:00 PM19:00

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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