Upcoming Concerts

Boston Musica Viva Emerging Composers Concert

Friday 02, June 2017 ( 8 00 pm )

Boston Musica Viva
Boston Conservatory
Studio 401, Hemenway Bldg,
31 Hemenway Street
Boston MA

Featuring works selected from a call for scores, this free concert gives emerging New England composers an opportunity to have their music performed and recorded by a professional ensemble. The evening will include a reception as well as a discussion with the composers led by BMV Music Director Richard Pittman.

This event is free and open to the public! CLICK HERE to reserve tickets, or call (617) 354-6910

"Three Way", with the American Modern Ensemble

Thursday 15, June 2017 ( 7 30 pm )

with the
American Modern Ensemble
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Three playful one-acts uncover some very private behavior with wit, poignance, and sparkling music!  (Think Sex and the City meets The Twilight Zone.) THE COMPANION, SAFE WORD, and MASQUERADE explore the future of love, sex, and need with a clever balance of humor and drama. Their contemporary characters collide at the intersection of power and desire to reveal the true longings of the human heart, and the score is beguilingly melodic and every bit as complex as they are. Sexy, funny, and a little bit naughty, THREE WAY is a surprising theatrical experience you won’t want to miss! NEW YORK PREMIERE

Music by Robert Paterson • Libretto by David Cote
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions, 2 hours, 45 minutes total
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations.

"Three Way", with the American Modern Ensemble

Friday 16, June 2017 ( 7 30 pm )

with the
American Modern Ensemble
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Three playful one-acts uncover some very private behavior with wit, poignance, and sparkling music!  (Think Sex and the City meets The Twilight Zone.) THE COMPANION, SAFE WORD, and MASQUERADE explore the future of love, sex, and need with a clever balance of humor and drama. Their contemporary characters collide at the intersection of power and desire to reveal the true longings of the human heart, and the score is beguilingly melodic and every bit as complex as they are. Sexy, funny, and a little bit naughty, THREE WAY is a surprising theatrical experience you won’t want to miss! NEW YORK PREMIERE

Music by Robert Paterson • Libretto by David Cote
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions, 2 hours, 45 minutes total
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations.

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Press Reviews

"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

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Artists

Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide

 

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