Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1
Kurt Rohde, Violist
Jared Redmond, piano Kurt Rohde, viola
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde has commissioned six new pieces, which he will perform in May 2018 in Davis, Sacramento, Berkeley, and San Francisco. This is the first year of a multi-year commissioning project, that is modeled after Cher’s decades long Farewell Tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works by the most gifted composers that Rohde feels are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also broadening the repertoire for viola. The project’s anticipated year of completion is 2028, at which time Mr. Rohde will retirefrom playing in performance and donate his instrument to “some talented whipper-snapper who wants to play viola.”
PROGRAM – World Premiere Performances
Martha Horst, Hammer for viola and piano
Jared Redmond, Tongues of Angels for viola and piano
Carl Schimmel, Contemplation on Vanessa in the Boneset for viola and piano
Ramteen Sazegari, Counterpane for amplified solo viola
Laura Schwendinger, Three Movements for solo viola
Mark Winges, The Contemplation of Unknown Islands for viola and piano
May 17, 12:05–1 pm, Davis (partial program)University of California, Davishttp://arts.ucdavis.edu/event/kurt-rohdes-farewell-tour-part-1Ann E. Pitzer Center, Recital HallAdmission is free.
May 18, 7:00 pm, San Francisco (full program)
Center for New Music
Admission: $15 General, $10 Members
May 19, 7:00 pm, Sacramento (fullprogram)
Sacramento Saturday Club
Limited seating; contact Bruce Hubbard <firstname.lastname@example.org> for reservation details.
May 20, 3:00 pm, Berkeley (partial program)
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble House Concert
Extremely limited seating; contact Susan Thieme <email@example.com> for reservation details.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Taimur Sullivan, director
My first work for saxophone ensemble (!) will be premiered at the North American Saxophone Biennial Conference in Cincinnati this March in Cincinnati. The family might have to make a road trip to get some Grady's ice cream!
The wonderful Tuyen Tonnu and Xiaorui Chu will be playing my work Gemini for two pianos in mainland China in 2018. Also will be performing it at the RedNote New Music Festival in March, 2018. The work is comprised solely of intertwining 5th cycles. They are working hard to make this piece of music come alive!
Very excited that our fabulous new wind ensemble director Tony Marinello will premiere Who Has Seen the Wind? for large wind ensemble at Illinois State University's RedNote New Music Festival on March 26th. I wrote this work while in Helsinki and have been dreaming of hearing it ever since. Details to follow!
My work for Straussian Landscapes for wind ensemble, which was premiered by Symphony Number One after winning their Call for Scores competition, was released by their SNO label on November 3, 2017. For more information, visit: https://symphonynumber.one/approaching
After a great premiere of my new work Tidal Rhythms in Illinois and a subsequent performance at the University of Louisville, I am thrilled to announce that Tidal Rhythms will be played in Paraguay and Brazil in June/July 2018. The work may be found via the link under the listen tab.
Thank you to the Chicago Composers Orchestra for a great premiere of my work Cloud Gate on April 22, 2017. I have posted the audio on my Sound cloud account and here on this website. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 30, 2016 • 7:30 pmQuintet Attaccaat Nichols Hall
Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL [map]
Elizabeth Younan • Shoreditch Grind
and the following premières:
Elizabeth Start • Gibbons: Musings on Orlando, Euell, and the Lesser Apes
Lawrence Axelrod • Fits and Starts
Martha Horst • Flicker • première
Timothy Dwight Edwards • Unlikely Suite
Kyong Mee Choi • ever-present
Timothy Ernest Johnson • Searching for Sean Ison
$20 general admission / $10 students and seniors
Coming up in less than two weeks. Straussian Landscapes will be premiered in Baltimore, MD on Friday and then again on Sunday.