May 8 Concert and May 9 Recording Session a Great Success!

Our final concert of Season 41 on May 8, 2016, “All Water Has a Perfect Memory”, was a tremendous success!  Our featured guest composer David Dzubay returned to conduct two of his works, “All Water Has a Perfect Memory” and “Producing for a While”, two amazing pieces which we recorded the following day in a local studio, to be featured on a fabulous new CD available in a few months.  We will announce the debut of this recording here on our website and will make it available to you as soon as it is ready for you to enjoy.

We also held our annual Young Composers symposium before the concert and we performed the music of our four talented finalists.  David and Artistic Director Maria Schleuning led a discussion with the composers after hearing each of the four pieces performed and the performers, along with David and Maria, provided feedback and commentary to each composer about their music.

This was the perfect ending to an incredible season and allowed us to fulfill our serious commitment to provide our loyal patrons (and new patrons!) with the best possible new music in Dallas, and to encourage both young and veteran composers to continue to believe that this is an art form that will continue to flourish.

Maria Schleunig and David Dzubay
Maria Schleunig and David Dzubay
Our Four Finalists!
Our Four Finalists- Quinn Mason, Ryan Ayres, Cody Griffin & Blake Turner (left to right).
David conducting our musicians!
David conducts the ensemble.

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Young Artist Chamber Music Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Chamber Music Competition held on April 2nd, 2016.  Chamber ensembles from around Dallas submitted recordings to VOC.  The winners will receive a coaching session from a VOC ensemble member and a chance to perform at a future VOC pre-concert.  Congratulations to the Rice Middle School Quartet directed by Barbara Fox for their first place win.  Second place went to the quartet from Highland Park High School directed by Peggy Tucker.  Third place went to the quartet from the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas directed by Nicolette Solomon.

First Place - Rice Middle School
First Place – Rice Middle School

 

Second Place - Highland Park High School
Second Place – Highland Park High School

 

Third Place - Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas
Third Place – Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas

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End of Year Support

The Artistic Director and Board of Directors of Voices of Change thank you for your continuing support of new music. The excellent work VOC does requires support from the community and that is why we are asking that you consider making a tax deductible contribution to Voices of Change at this time. We have two main fundraising initiatives going at this time:

– The Voices of Change Annual Operating Fund
– The Ross Powell Memorial Fund

Contributions to The Ross Powell Memorial Fund will be matched by Ross’ own donation and will be used to subsidize concert expenses. Donors to this fund will be listed in future concert programs.

When you are looking at your 2013 income tax projections, please consider an end-of-year gift to Voices of Change. A donation at this time would be instrumental in helping us to start 2014 from a position of financial strength, and continue our outstanding and inspirational programs through the rest of the year. Annual gifts ensure that the organization remains strong and healthy for years to come. Not only do your gifts keep the operations running smoothly, and finance concerts and educational programs, but they are counted by foundations and corporations as evidence of public support that they insist must be in place when they consider a grant donation.

Voices of Change is one of the oldest and best-respected new music organizations in America and deserves your support. Your financial support will help us as we continue to keep new music alive in our community.

 

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Pierre Jalbert

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 6.58.30 PMPierre Jalbert (b. 1967) is one of the most highly regarded American composers of his generation, earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores. Focusing primarily on instrumental works, Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Stoeger Award, given biennially “in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory,” and a 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters award.

Recent orchestral performances include those by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood under Sean Newhouse, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Other major works for orchestra include Shades of Memory (2011), commissioned by the Houston Symphony; Autumn Rhapsody (2008), commissioned by the Vermont Symphony, Fire and Ice (2007), commissioned for the Oakland East Bay, Marin, and Santa Rosa Symphonies through Meet the Composer Foundation’s Magnum Opus Project; big sky (2006), commissioned by the Houston Symphony and performed by the ensemble at Carnegie Hall; Chamber Symphony (2004), commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Symphonia Sacra (2001), written for the California Symphony; and Les espaces infinis (2001), commissioned by the Albany Symphony.

Jalbert has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2002-05), Chicago’s Music in the Loft Chamber Music Series (2003), and the California Symphony under Barry Jekowsky (1999-2002).

Pierre Jalbert is Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, where he has taught since 1996, and he serves as one of the artistic directors of Musiqa, a Houston-based contemporary chamber ensemble. His music is published by Schott Music.

We are deighted to present his Trio for clarinet, piano and violin in our first concert of the 2013-14 season.  Please plan to meet him and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at a reception immediately following the performance.

 

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SoundBites at Chocloate Secrets

Chocolate SecretsWe are excited to hold our first SoundBites of the 2013-14 season at Chocolate Secrets, the fabulous Oak Lawn institution that serves incredible chocolates, wine and other lovely epicurian delights.  We are looking forward to tasting some of the delicious hand made chocolate treats in their elegant cafe setting.

One recent guest wrote, “Where to begin!!?? Relaxing romantic atmosphere, yet a great place for an evening out for wine and chocolates. I work in a restaurant and I know a nice cabernet goes well with chocolate but never tried it myself until this evening. Whoa..delicous. They said their best selling candy is the salted sea carmel. Sooo good!!!! My favorite was the Take Me Now truffle. Dark chocolate covered chocolate ganache. Sooo good!!!! Great for a relaxing evening with a loved one. We happened to go an evening when there was live jazz. A must go!! The staff was also very knowledgable about their chocolate pairings with wine and beer!

An afternoon of gorgeous music, delicious chocolate treats, topped off with a glass of red wine will surely make this a memorable weekend!

At Chocolate Secrets: Jo Boatright and Maria Schleuning for our SoundBites! and concert focusing on the music of Cindy McTee.
At Chocolate Secrets: Jo Boatright and Maria Schleuning for our SoundBites! and concert focusing on the music of Cindy McTee.
Come and join Jo Boatright, Kevin Hanlon and Jonathan Jones, and leave your calorie counter at home!
Kevin Hanlon and Jonathan Jones will perform our SoundBites! in honor of Ross Powell. Jonathan is a member of Hanlon’s Quintet for the End of Time which we featured in our October 13th post.
Jonathan Jones and Gina Browning in their first performance of Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" for Voices of Change in 2008.
Jonathan Jones and Gina Browning in their first performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Orpheus and Euridice” for Voices of Change in 2008.

Jonathan Jones created the role of Orpheus for Voices of Change in our production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s composition, “Orpheus and Euridice,”  a 70 min. musical opera staged for acting and dancing. It is written for a clarinetist as Orpheus played by Jonathan Jones, and a soprano as Euridice sung by Gina Browning, with piano accompaniment played by Joe Illick, the Artistic Director at that time.

The trio went on to perform the European Premiere, “Orpheus and Euridice” in Italy, for the Ft. Worth Opera Season 2008 and in Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater 2008.
Gina Browning and Jonathan Jones in "Orpheus and Euridice."
Gina Browning and Jonathan Jones in “Orpheus and Euridice.”

Also in Italy (Summer 2009) Jonathan’s international Jazz Group “MaTRIOsca” opened for Gramy Award Winning Latin Jazz Pianist, Michele Camilo.  Other Italian performances include a solo recital at the l’Accademia Santoro in 2007, and European Premieres of the music of Kevin Hanlon at the Matese Friend Festival, and World Music Project in 2007.

Also in 2007, Jonathan won the Gold Medal from the President of the Republic of Italy along side the Grand Prize at the International Music Competition “Citta di Valentino,” Castellaneta, Italy.  In Colorado, Jon was the first clarinetist ever in 52 years to win the Grand Prize of the Ft. Collins Symphony International Artist Competition!

For more about Jonathan Jones, go to his website at jjclarinet.com

Joe Illick, piano and Artistic Director for Voices of Change, Gina Browning, soprano, Jonathan Jones, clarinet and Ricky Ian Gordon, composer.
Joe Illick, piano and Artistic Director for Voices of Change, Gina Browning, soprano, Jonathan Jones, clarinet and Ricky Ian Gordon, composer.

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