(non-C4) Composers Featured on Our Programs *UNDER CONSTRUCTION*
is a New Zealand classical music composer who resides in Orlando, Florida, United States. His works include choral works, works for chamber ensemble, orchestral music and works for concert band, specifically wind ensembles, for which he is most notable.
Comments on the C4 performances of his "Tihei, Mauri Ora!" on our Nov. 13 and 15, 2014 "1 On 1" concerts:
November 14, 2014
Reflecting on last night's performance of 'Tihei Mauri Ora! Wow! C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective really knocked it out of the park! A brilliant performance directed by Colin Britt, with Nicholas Gallas making light work of the formidable clarinet part, and a moving solo by Fahad 'Gavião' Siadat in 'He Himene'. And such an enthusiastic audience response! A fascinating program all round! Really enjoyed hearing the works of fellow composers Timothy Brown, Lisa Whitson Burns and Bettina Sheppard and spending time with them afterwards. All in all a most memorable experience - feeling very fortunate! And looking forward to Saturday evening!
November 16, 2014
Finally back in Orlando after an unforgettable four days in New York city, I wanted to update my observations from Thursday.
I would not have thought it possible for C4 to improve on their Thursday performances. But in fact that is what happened in front of a capacity audience at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields. Conductor Colin Britt, the choir and instrumentalists brought even more assurance and intensity to the most enjoyable and imaginative program. When it came to ‘Tihei Mauri Ora!’ each movement was greeted with enthusiastic applause! Such an honour!… And this second hearing of the other works allowed me to appreciate and admire them all the more.
I was thrilled that Frank Albinder who premiered ’Tihei' with the Washington Men's Camerata (not to mention the many other Marshall premieres he has been reponsible for over the years!) was able to travel up to attend this performance.
The opportunity to witness in action, and to spend rehearsal and post-performance time with the extraordinarily gifted and committed musicians of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective was a real joy and privilege. I could not be more grateful for their friendship and support.
is a San Francisco born and vocalist based in New York City who circles the globe for performances of her own compositions.
She is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition and spent a year composing as a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Copy from Lisa Bielawa (to come... we hope)
Carlo Vincetti Frizzo
(2nd Prize Winner in the C4 Composer Commissioning Competition - 2015)
is currently completing his doctoral studies in choral conducting and composition at Indiana University.
A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Frizzo was the recent New Music Assistant for Accent12. He is one of the founders of the New Tertian Composers Collective as well as a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, and SCI.
Hi Karen and Tim,
First of all, I wanted to thank you both for all the incredible work you put into these past concerts. This whole process has just been wonderful from the beginning to the final concerts. It was so clear the amount of dedication that you and the ensemble have for C4, new compositions, and music. I was amazed at the number of people who attended and paid to go to a new music concert. It is comforting to know we still have relevance. I am also certain that it has much to do with the marketing and publicity you all do as well as putting on a consistent and excellent product. I also thank you all for the care and attention you gave us the composers in both accommodations and our music. Tim, thank you for all the care and work you gave my music. You led the ensemble magnificently, and the proof was in the performance.
Also, thank you for not only promoting new music concerts, but the promoting new works through this competition. I applaud you in choosing not to have fees. It is classy but more importantly, it adds legitimacy.
Finally, I would like to just say congratulations. Congratulations for a fantastic ensemble with a great idea. I love the notion of the collective and I love the sense of community it achieves. I think you all have done marvelously in breaking down the barrier between performer and audience members. Something I think is long overdue. And congratulations on a very successful competition and beautiful concerts.
Thank you for a wonderful experience, and I do hope our paths cross again!
(1st Prize Winner in the C4
Composer Commissioning Competition - 2015)
is a Canadian composer currently based in Hannover, Germany.
Gordon studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana), and Dalhousie University.
Recent activities include commissions and performances by RSO Stuttgart, the Swedish Radio Choir, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+ and the Kairos Quartet, as well as residencies at the Centre Récollets in Paris, Künstlerhaus Worpswede, Kunsthof Dahrenstedt and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Awards include a 2014 Schreyahn Residency Scholarship in Germany and was a prize-winner at the 3. Meisterkurs Orchesterkomposition des SWR, grants and artist stipends from the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, the Canada Council for the Arts, young composer awards from both SOCAN and ASCAP as well as being a finalist for the 2009 CBC/Radio-Canada National Young Composers.
It was a thrill and an honor to be able to work with the you this past March in New York! Sitting in Germany for most of the rehearsals for the new piece, I was a bit apprehensive about how the rehearsals would go without the my being there. But I was in touch with Perry Townsend almost every week along the way and was even sent small clips from rehearsals along the way! Never before have I had this level of contact with an ensemble preparing my music, it really put me at ease and in the end I really had no reason for concern: the performances were great and working with the singers in New York was all a composer could hope for.
I should add a few words about the commissioning competition, which I also thought was also really well run. I was very impressed with the thoughtful approach to structuring it (calling first for previous choral works and then later asking the finalists for new pieces), the time and effort that was put into judging the many many submissions and also the lack of application fees. A really, really great job on putting that together so a very special thanks for Karen Siegel and the others for all of their work on the competition.
Thanks for a really great experience and also for showing just what a well run and conceived collective can accomplish. Please keep up this great work, I really look to hearing about the 20th and 30th anniversary seasons!
Tickets are $20 advance purchase, or $25 at the door. The Concert Pass gives one admission to both performances for only $25.$5 tickets for ages 11 to 17, free admission for children 10 and under. Ten $4 "Rush" tickets are available at the door.
Directions to Our Lady Of Mercy
By Subway (15 minute walk from the station):
Take E/F/M/R to Forest Hills-71st Av. It is an express stop, and the E and F run express in Queens, so they should be a faster trip from Manhattan. Exit onto the SOUTH side of Queens Blvd, and walk down Continental Ave for 10 blocks; if you are going in the right direction, you will cross Austin St after one block, then pass under the LIRR train tracks. The cross streets are alphabetical; take a right on Kessell St. The church is on the right at the end of the block.
For dinner beforehand, there are plenty of restaurants on Austin St.
By LIRR (12 minute walk from the station):
Take the train to the Forest Hills stop. Exit onto Continental Ave, and head south (into the residential section, away from the shops) for 8 blocks. The cross streets are alphabetical; take a right on Kessell St. The church is on the right at the end of the block.
See the PDF below for detailed driving directions.