2011


January 18, 2011
The Art of Elan -  San Diego Museum of Art

Soprano Susan Narucki joins San Diego Symphony principal flutist Demarre McGill and musicians from the Art of Elan series in a performance of Nicolas Maw's Roman Canticles for soprano, flute, harp and viola.


January 29, 2011
Da Camera presents Rothenberg's The Blue Rider in Performance - Houston, Texas

Da Camera of Houston presents The Blue Rider in Performance, the reprise of the critically acclaimed program conceived by pianist Sarah Rothenberg, featuring soprano Susan Narucki, the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Sarah Rothenberg. 

See September 23, 2009 for complete description.


March 11, 2011
George Crumb's Madrigals with Ensemble ACJW at Paul Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City

Soprano Susan Narucki joins members of Ensemble ACJW in the first book of George Crumb's Madrigals. The piece is scored for soprano, percussion and contrabass, and features exquisite settings of texts of Lorca.

The Academy is a program of Carnegie Hall, the Julliard School and the Weill Music Institute.


May 3, 2011
Art of Elan - The North Wind was a Woman - West Coast Premiere - San Diego Museum of Art

Soprano Susan Narucki joins the musicians of San Diego's distinguished chamber music series, The Art of Elan, for David Bruce's song cycle, The North Wind was a Woman. The twenty minute piece, with poems by David Bruce and Alasdair Middleton, was commissioned for Dawn Upshaw and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and given its world premiere in 2010. 

The May 3rd performance will be the work's second performance, and its west coast premiere.


May 18, 20 and 21, 2011|
kallisti - "A sound, vast and summerlike..." at Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego

'A sound, vast and summerlike...' juxtaposes the music of two seminal figures of modern music: Eric Satie and Morton Feldman, presenting works for concert performance in a staged setting conceived by Susan Narucki and Aleck Karis. The cornerstone of the production is Eric Satie's masterwork, Socrate. Written in 1918, Socrate is considered to be one of the precursors of minimalism and a turning point toward modernity. Surrounding this is chamber music of Morton Feldman; a composer in whom we see the influence of Satie in its full mid-century flower. His delicate, pulsing works can be compared to the painting of Mark Rothko; multi-layered, with exquisite instrumental and vocal color. Satie and Feldman's songs, at times humorous and ironic, at times serenely beautiful, complete the program.    

"A sound, vast and summerlike..." presents the work of two visionaries, who yearned to create music that was spacious, open and timeless. The cast includes members of kallisti, (UCSD's vocal ensemble dedicated to modern vocal music directed by Susan Narucki), UCSD faculty members, baritone Philip Larson and conductor Aleck Karis, and the musicians of Palimpsest.   


May 28, 2011
Celebrating George Crumb - Ives Ensemble - De Doelen, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

Soprano Susan Narucki joins Holland's acclaimed Ives Ensemble in a celebration of the music of American composer George Crumb, including Madrigals Book 4 and Ancient Voices of Children.


June 11, 2011
Kurtág's Kafka Fragments at Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, Texas

Soprano Susan Narucki and violinist Violaine Melancon perform Gyorgy Kurtág's Kafka Fragments, a seventy minute song cycle for voice and violin.


June 18, 2011
Celebrating Charles Ives: Ives and His Influences - Norfolk Chamber Music Festival at Yale, Norfolk, Connecticut

In the opening concert of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's special series Celebrating Charles Ives Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present Ives and his influences, an evening of songs and works for solo piano. The program explores Ives' relationship to the American landscape and to European lieder which he heard and responded, as well as songs that reflect Ives' spirituality and his relationship to family. Ives and his Influences includes selections from Narucki and Berman's critically acclaimed recording The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives on New World Records, as well as lieder by Johannes Brahms and works for solo piano by Frederic Chopin and Charles Ives.  


June 23, 2011
Kurtág's Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova - London Philharmonia Orchestra - Royal Festival Hall, London, U.K. 

Soprano Susan Narucki joins London's Philharmonia Orchestra for Kurtág's searing song cycle, Messages of the Late R.V. Troussova, under the direction of conductor Baldur Broeninmann.


July 14, 2011
Roger Reynolds' Seasons Cycle II - World Premiere - with Alarm Will Sound at Mizzou New Music Festival, University of Missouri  

Soprano Susan Narucki joins conductor Alan Pierson and members of Alarm will Sound in the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Seasons: Cycle II at the Mizzou New Music Festival, housed at the University of Missouri School of Music in Columbia, MO.

 

November 10, 2011
Rozalie Hirs' Arbre généalogique with ASKO/Schoenberg at Musikgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

Soprano Susan Narucki joins for the the world premiere of Arbre généalogique for soprano, ensemble and electronic sounds by Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs with the ASKO/Schoenberg, under the direction of conductor Pierre Vallade. At the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ,  Amsterdam, Netherlands.


November 13, 2011|
Rozalie Hirs' Arbre généalogique with ASKO/Schoenberg at Festival November Music, Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS

Soprano Susan Narucki joins for the the world premiere of Arbre généalogique for soprano, ensemble and electronic sounds by Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs with the ASKO/Schoenberg, under the direction of conductor Pierre Vallade. At Festival November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. 


November 28, 2011
Dembski's The Show and Glaser's Of Twilight  with New York New Music Ensemble at Center for Jewish History, New York City

Soprano Susan Narucki joins the New York New Music Ensemble for performances of American composers, Stephen Dembski's "The Show" and David Glaser's "Of Twilight" - world premiere - at the Center for Jewish History in New York. (15 West 16th Street, NY, NY)  The text of Glaser's "Of Twilight" (for soprano, violin, piano, percussion and projected images) is drawn from Charles Simic's Dime Store Alchemy, prose poems which find their inspiration in the strange and magical boxes of American artist Joseph Cornell.

Steven Dembski's "The Show" (for soprano, percussion, violin, clarinet and piano) is a tour-de-force setting of the Donald Barthelme prose poem. Alternating between sprechstimme and sung material, the work is imbued with fantasy, humor and violence - in its circus of sadness, we hear a fascinating comment on life in the performing arts.

"It is difficult to keep the public interested. The public demands new wonders piled on new wonders. Often we don't know where our next marvel is coming from. The supply of strange ideas is not endless. The development of new wonders is not like the production of canned goods."
 
- From Donald Barthelme, The Show