Cuatro Corridos, the critically acclaimed chamber opera addressing human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border, has earned a recording grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund, in support of the forthcoming recording on Bridge Records. Featuring music by renowned composers Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra and Hebert Vazquez and libretto by Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi. The recording will be led by Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse and will be the first commercially available release of the opera.
James Primosch's album of vocal works based on religious-themed texts reveals an impressively broad range of approaches to creating sacred music for the twenty-first century. Regardless of style, however, Primrosch's text-setting instincts are seemingly unerring: his vocal lines always convey the words authentically and honestly, while the instrumental accompaniment provides added depth and drama, whether the mood is one of wonder, joy, frustration, reverence, bleakness, or some combination thereof.
The Rilke poems in the first cycle, From a Book of Hours, are searching and inquisitive, trying to comprehend and illuminate the poet's personal relationship to God. Primosch's musical language for setting these German verses is appropriately wide-ranging, sophisticated, and often unsettling: In "Lösch, mir die Augen aus," Primosch matches the grisly imagery of the poem ("Put out my eyes, and I can see you still;") with driving, violent thrashings. By contrast, the next song begins with a Tchaikovsky-like horn solo. Soprano Susan Narucki, who sings three out of the four cycles, has musical intelligence to spare, as well as a clear, ingratiating delivery and sure intonation that guides us easily through some of the denser thickets.
Primosch's affinity for the dark side, and its murkier aspects, comes to the fore in "Dark the Star," a cycle that deftly mixes more Rilke with poems by Susan Stewart. The opening song turns Stewart's poetic image of a star reflected in the depths of a well into something ominously powerful. Baritone William Sharp uses his resonant, authoritative voice to provide a gripping, inexorable build. In "shadow/Shadow," Primosch bleakly and brilliantly illustrates Stewart's "darker shore where no things grow" in the poem's second half — it's creepy and hopeless. The cycle also includes two different settings of Rilke's "Rose"; they have similar melodic contours, but while the first is firmly anchored in minor tonality, in the second, everything is jagged: the vocal intervals, the harmonies and the instrumentation.
Even at his "simplest," Primosch is surprising on the level detail contained in his writing. "Corde Natus Ex Parentis" from the cycle Four Sacred Songs, has a straightforward, attractively contoured, plainchant-style melody, but the composer adorns it with imaginatively layered instrumental counterpoint in subsequent verses. "Christus Factus Est" has another clearly tonal melody, but the subtly dissonant leanings of the accompaniment form a painfully apt depiction of Christ on the cross. Narucki's performance of this quietly devastating number is a delicate marvel.
Another standout is "Deathbeds," the last song of the last cycle (Holy the Firm). Primosch transforms Annie Dillard's poem into something unsparingly grim, even slightly unhinged. Narucki manages to to preserve vocal beauty while giving full dramatic authenticity to Dillard's schizophrenic stream-of-consciousness from the moments right before death. These songs are unfailingly compelling, whether the musical language is complex or seemingly simple. Even listeners with conservative musical tastes will find much to enjoy here. Christopher Kendall skillfully and sensitively leads the 21st Century Consort, which provides superb accompaniment.
- Joshua Rosenblum
I'm happy to be appearing at the Carlsbad Music Festival with San Diego friends Art of Elan in the David Lang's Ark Luggage to text by filmmaker Peter Greenaway. The piece is written for soprano and string quartet and we'll be presenting the North American premiere. The text is evocative and beautiful. Greenaway speculates on the contents of 92 suitcases that Noah took. The suitcases contain items and ideas; some practical, some whimsical - but ultimately seems to be a prayer of hope.
"Founded in 2006, this group has proved itself as dedicated and persuasive an advocate for new music as currently exists in New York. It opens its season with four works written especially for its nimble, passionate forces, by Oscar Bettison, Christopher Trapani, Hans Tutschku and Aaron Helgeson. James Baker conducts, and the sopranos Susan Narucki and Lucy Dhegrae do soloist duty."
- Zachary Woolfe
"James Primosch is in many ways a worthy inheritor of one of his teachers, George Crumb, whose music I have always loved. But Primosch is more direct; Crumb, while colorful and mystically engulfed in the world of pure sound often as an extension of meaning itself, used poetry as an adjunct to the very idea of expressivity. For Primosch, as much as I can ascertain, the texts are more important in terms of direct expression—in other words, he cares very deeply about the words and their plain meaning, but uses his music to surround them as with a comforting and all-encompassing blanket. The style is far from difficult, but I don’t get the impression that he is really concerned with such things. In his interesting short essay in the booklet notes, “Vocal Music in the 21st century: is Anything Sacred?” composer john Harbison asks whether an address to “both mind and heart, a passionate conviction” is what we hope for in music, and seems to lament that what we normally get is “sophistication, attitude, polish, aggression.” Primosch is the antithesis to that, and while his profoundly sacred music is not something saccharine or turgid, it is also airy, thoughtful, and challenging, as any real sacred endeavor should be.
I can’t go through each cycle here, nor would it serve any purpose. Suffice it to say that each of the four is substantial and involved, and must be given the utmost attention in order to participate in the raptness of the subjects. It takes the sacred seriously, and seriously considers the sacred implications of inviting you, the listener, to a new and involved appreciation of subjects that are sometimes dismissed as passé and irrelevant in our day. If such subjects inspire music like this, the point is contraindicated forcefully.
Susan Narucki’s soprano carries the day in most of this recital, her rich and highly perceptive voice completely attuned to Primosch’s art. William Sharp is an old hat at such things and turns in the appropriate performance. Kendall’s 21st Century Consort plays with delicacy and love, in an acoustic of softness and clarity."
- Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition
The August 8 performance of Cuatro Corridos at Zipper Concert Hall received the enthusiastic support of critics and audience members alike. The performance was designated the Critic's Pick of the week by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times (Unflinching 'Cuatro Corridos' opera comes to Zipper Concert Hall). and received overwhelming endorsement in Carolina A. Miranda's Culture High and Low, also in the Los Angeles Times (Stop what you're doing and go see an opera about human trafficking). Her thoughtful article provides context for the project as well as interviews with Narucki, composer Lei Liang and LAFLA Executive Director Silvia Argueta.
The Los Angeles premiere of Cuatro Corridos was a benefit performance for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
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The non-profit organization, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles will present Cuatro Corridos, on August 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The gala benefit will include the performance of the critically acclaimed opera and a post performance reception.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary, The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit, public interest law firms in the USA. It serves more than one million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area and has worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of human trafficking. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for our organization to draw attention to this critical issue.”
Cuatro Corridos had its first performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego in May, 2013, with subsequent performances in Tijuana, Dallas, and Albuquerque. The innovative project seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by offering public forums in conjunction with performances. Cuatro Corridos has been the recipient of support from the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, and most recently, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
American composer Aaron Helgeson, soprano Susan Narucki and the new music ensemble Talea are recipients of a 2014 Aaron Copland Fund Grant. The grant will support the recording of song cycles for soprano and ensemble written by Helgeson, who is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin. One of the cycles, poems of sheer nothingness, was commissioned by Narucki in 2012. The world premiere performances of poems of sheer nothingness will take place in New York and San Diego during Season 14-15. The recording, which also features Helgeson's Sappho Fragments is scheduled for release in 2015 on the Innova label.
Susan Narucki was a guest at the Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, China during May 19-22, 2014. Ms. Narucki gave a lecture on 20th Century American Vocal Music, which focused on the music of Charles Ives John Cage, and George Crumb. She gave a Master Class to the advanced singers of the Vocal Program and presented a recital of works by Anton Webern, Luigi Dallapiccola, György Kurtág, John Cage and Charles Ives, accompanied by pianist Shao Lu.
Preview article by Jim Chute of the San Diego Union Tribune:
Constructing an opera at UCSD: Narucki’s ‘Sino alla morte’ aims to touch the emotions, celebrate the voice
When honoring him with its Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters noted that “A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch… through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion.” Mr. Primosch’s music has been performed by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collage, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Network for New Music. This recording includes four cycles, featuring the leading American singers, soprano Susan Narucki, and baritone William Sharp.
Read the review in Musical America
SAN DIEGO, CA — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Cuatro Corridos Chamber Opera, which was developed and premiered at University of California, San Diego, is one of 36 opera projects nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Cuatro Corridos is recommended for a grant to support an upcoming East Coast tour of Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.. Cuatro Corridos addresses one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking.
Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists. Led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki and renowned Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi, the fully staged production features original music by four internationally recognized contemporary composers and performances by distinguished performers of new music.
In addition, as the opera tours it fosters collaborations and partnerships between cultural, academic, and nonprofit institutions and provides a platform where artists, academics and experts can shed light on the issue of human trafficking. Through this new, hybrid form of presentation for concert music and opera, the organization restructures the traditional concert hall experience. Since its world premiere at UCSD in May 2013, Cuatro Corridos performances and public forums have taken place at Tijuana's Casa de la Cultura, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, and the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The NEA is pleased to announce that the Cuatro Corridos chamber opera project is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."
UCSD professor and Cuatro Corridos artistic director, Susan Narucki says of receiving the NEA grant, “I am honored that our project has been selected to receive support from the NEA. Our goal is to bring the project to new audiences and tell the stories of these women whose voices need to be heard. We believe that the music of our time can be a significant force in raising awareness. Receiving an ArtWorks grant tells us that we are on the right track."
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.
San Diego Union Tribune: “Grant for 12 groups in SD”
For the final night of the Minimalist Jukebox series, Narucki will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic and longtime collaborator conductor Reinbert de Leeuw in the West Coast Premiere of Andrissen's masterwork De Materie. The second act soprano (Hadewijch) is a work which the soprano first sang in 1992, and has recorded for Nonesuch Records with the ASKO/Schoenberg.
LA Times: Review: 'De Materie' a bold Minimalist outing for L.A. Philharmonic
Cuatro Corridos was the centerpiece of the 43rd annual John Donald Robb Trust Composers' Symposium at the University of New Mexico. The conference, entitled Beyond Borders which ran from April 5-7, focused on the role the arts play in southwestern multicultural identity was examined, along with the effectiveness of the arts as a provocation and reflection upon contemporary social issues.
The April 7 performance of Cuatro Corridos was preceded by a panel discussion of the local realities of trafficking with Lynn Sanchez, director of the New Mexico Human Trafficking Victim Services, Maria Sanchez-Gagne, border violence division director for the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and Susan Tiano, director of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute.
Since taking over as artistic directors, UNM faculty Peter Gilbert and Karola Obermüller have made it their goal to find programs with an interdisciplinary scope, and 2014 was a milestone year in that regard. The 2014 symposium was presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque and the Consulate of Mexico, along with UNM’s College of Fine Arts, Latin American & Iberian Institute, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media and Feminist Research Institute, as well as in association with the UNM Chicana & Chicano Studies Department.
Susan Narucki, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Music, is one of six UC San Diego faculty members honored at the 40th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service. Chancellor’s Associates will recognize the outstanding accomplishments of university faculty members with a citation and $2,500 award. Narucki has earned the award for Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts.
Award candidates are nominated by their academic peers, with final selection by a committee comprising Chancellor’s Associates donors. Criteria for selection are based on faculty member achievements, reputation and impact on students and the academic community.
Susan Narucki is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has had a transformative influence on the performing arts at UC San Diego. Trained as an operatic soprano, she is a distinguished interpreter of the music of the past century, and her students benefit from her long, ongoing career of recording and performing in the world’s great venues. Narucki has raised the visibility of the department by developing a chamber opera series, stimulating discussion on diversity and attracting gifted graduate students.
“Susan Narucki has applied her consummate artistry and impeccable musical skills to bringing to life the music of her own time,” said Aleck Karis, professor of music and associate dean, Division of Arts and Humanities. “In her performances in the U.S. and abroad, she is an ambassador for UC San Diego and an embodiment of its reputation for excellence.”
Narucki can be heard next month in Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera that addresses the subject of human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The performance, which includes instrumentalists Aleck Karis, Pablo Gómez Cano and Ayano Kataoka, and music by Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vazquez and Arlene Sierra, will be the featured event at the Robb Composer's Symposium at UNM. Later in April, she joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a performance of Louis Andriessen's De Materie, under the baton of Reinbert de Leeuw.
"The Soundings concert might just as easily made honorable mention in the opera category. Cuatro Corridos is an hourlong, intense opera for one soprano (an amazing Susan Narucki), guitar, percussion, and piano, divided into four scenes, each by one of four composers: Hebert Váquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hilda Paredes. Each also explored a different character: all young girls (between 7 and 18 years old) victimized by the Mexican border gangs. They entice and then enslave them into prostitution to keep equally trapped agricultural workers “satisfied.” It was a shattering experience."
"How often do you hear about an opera written by four different composers? Cuatro Corridos, which got a blazing performance as part of the Soundings series at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Oct. 4, is one of the few examples. It is an hour-long ,very intense, opera for one soprano, guitar, percussion, and piano, and divided into four scenes, each by one of the four composers: Hebert Váquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hilda Paredes. Each also explored a different character.
The libretto, by Mexican author Jorge Volpi, was inspired by the horrific stories of women used as sexual slaves in the equally grim agricultural farms around San Diego."
- Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
"Cuatro Corridos, an hour-long, four-scene opera for soprano, guitar, percussion, and piano, opened the fourth season of the Soundings new music series at the Nasher Sculpture Center Friday night. And as with all previous installments of this innovative series, the performance provided a completely engaging, stimulating, and thought-provoking evening. The streak of quality from Soundings was all the more remarkable considering that, in theory, a one-hour opera by four different composers (Hebert Váquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, and Hilda Paredes) shouldn’t work."
- Wayne Lee Gay
UCSD chamber opera bound for Tijuana Susan Narucki's 'Cuatro Corridos' project will be staged at Tijuana's IMAC
"It’s always an issue with new operas: Is there life after the premiere? Too often, it’s one production and done.
“Cuatro Corridos,” however, the remarkable chamber opera by composers Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra and Hebert Vázquez with text by Jorge Volpi, will live beyond its sold-out premiere last May at UC San Diego.
Conceived by UC San Diego soprano Susan Narucki, the collaborative project focusing on human trafficking will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Tijuana’s IMAC (the Municipal institute for Art and Culture.)"
I'm proud to announce that Cuatro Corridos will be traveling to Tijuana, B.C. Mexico next month at the Casa de la Cultura. I'll be joined by pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gómez Cano and percussionist Ayano Kataoka in a performance of the fully staged production. We've formed a binational partnership with IMAC (the Municipal Institute for Art and Culture) in order to promote a free performance scheduled on September 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the historic Casa de la Cultura Theater. The performance is to be preceded by a Spanish language forum on human trafficking and followed by a post performance reception.
For more information visit cuatrocorridos.com
The UCSD - TV Broadcast of Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor is available for online streaming at: ucsd.tv
Premiered in March, 2013, the opera earned critical acclaim from the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego performing arts journalist Charlene Baldridge. The production featured soprano Susan Narucki, baritone Philip Larson and UCSD graduate students Bonnie Lander, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Sara Perez and Alice Teyssier.
Soprano Susan Narucki, violinist Violaine Melancon, Wai Lau, clarinet and Qing Jiang, pianist, perform Widmann's Sieben Abgesänge auf eine Toten Linden on Yellow Barn radio. From the July 13, 2013 performance in Putney Vermont.
The world premiere performances of Cuatro Corridos took place at UC San Diego in May, 2013. We are proud to say that the opera played to full houses on all three nights, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from audience members. The project earned critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union Tribune, was featured on KPBS. For a complete look at the project's critical reception, visit our website.
Cuatro Corridos' mission extends beyond performance, to awareness about the subject of human trafficking. Read about the forum on human trafficking that was held at UCSD, organized by project leader Susan Narucki at the UC San Diego News Center.
Watch the Cuatro Corridos video trailer and listen to excerpts.
The UCSD TV Broadcast Premiere of "Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human with Susan Narucki -- To Be Musical " takes place on April 1, 2013. The fifty minute lecture, given on February 20, 2013, as part of the University of California at San Diego - Eleanor Roosevelt College's "Making of the Modern World" public lecture series. The theme of the series this year was "What does it mean to be musical?" Susan Narucki serves as Professor of Music at UCSD.
Watch "To Be Musical" on UCSD TV
Soprano Susan Narucki, writer Jorge Volpi, composers Arlene Sierra, Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vazquez and Lei Liang, and musicians Aleck Karis, Ayano Kataoka and Pablo Gómez Cano gather for a week long residency at Yellow Barn, in order to begin work on Cuatro Corridos.
Anthony Davis' new opera Lear on the Second Floor earns critical acclaim from the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego performing arts journalist Charlene Baldridge. The production featured soprano Susan Narucki, baritone Philip Larson and UCSD graduate students Bonnie Lander, Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Sara Perez and Alice Teyssier.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins cellist Carter Brey, percussionist Daniel Druckman, Mark Nuccio, clarinet and Steven, Beck, pianist for a performance of Lukas Foss' classic Time Cycle as part of the New York Philharmonic Ensemble Series at Merkin Hall. Works by Schubert, Hindemith, and Sichel complete the program.
Critical acclaim for soprano Susan Narucki and Opera de Montpellier production of Carter's What Next? and Nitschke's JETZT:
Res Musica "an authoritative Mama."
Anaclase "... we taste the smooth expressivity of soprano Susan Narucki."
ForumOpera.com "...Susan Narucki testified to beautiful vocal health in both operas."
And this from RADIO FRANCE, Concert Classic and WEBThea.com
Soprano Susan Narucki makes her debut with the L'Opèra Naitional de Montpellier in the a double bill which includes the French premiere of Elliott Carter's What Next? and the world premiere of Mathis Nitschke's JETZT. The soprano reprises the role of 'Mama' in Carter's modern classic.
The website for kallisti is now live! I established kallisti at UC San Diego in 2009. The group's mission is: to provide young singers with an opportunity to perform significant and distinctive repertoire including contemporary chamber opera, newly commissioned works, and undiscovered masterworks from all eras, to teach young singers to be advocates for the arts through outreach to the community and to provide audiences in the San Diego region with a chance to hear unusual, beautiful music for voice performed at the highest level.
I welcome you to explore our website as we begin our fourth year.
A collection of praise (including Fanfare, The Guardian, Musicweb International) for Arlene Sierra's stunning debut CD on Bridge, which includes Soprano Susan Narucki in the premiere recording of Two Neruda Odes.
Read more at www.arlenesierra.com
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Salt Bay Chamberfest artistic director, cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Daniel Druckman, Tom Sauer and Burt Hara in a performance of Foss' classic Time Cycle along with songs by Franz Schubert.
Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. in beautiful Damariscotta Maine.
Visit www.saltbaychamberfest.org for more information.
The critically acclaimed production of Ullmann's masterpiece Der Kaiser von Atlantis is now posted on VIMEO. Directed and produced by Susan Narucki at the Department of Music at UC San Diego, it is project of Narucki's ensemble kallisti, dedicated to presenting modern vocal music in a direct, intimate way.
Jeremy Eichler's wonderful Boston Globe article previews this evening's performance of Shostakovich's op 127 at the Yellow Barn.
Soprano Susan Narucki returns to the acclaimed Yellow Barn Music Festival and School during July 1-15, serving as a faculty member alongside some of today's most distinguished chamber musicians. Narucki will be a soloist in four concerts; on the opening night of the festival (Friday, July 6) she will perform an aria from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke. On Saturday, July 7, she will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's Romanzen Suite with Wahnzen Li, violin, Michael Katz, cello and pianist Peter Frankl.
On Thursday, July 12, she will perform Jonathan Harvey's exquisite cycle Song Offerings (1985) performed with Ana Valderrama, violin; Nicholas Mann, violin; DJ Cheek, viola; Christine Lamprea, cello; Samuel S. Suggs, double bass; Ray Furuta, flute; Elinor Rufeizen, clarinet; Marina Radiushina, piano.
And finally, on Saturday, July 14, she will be featured in Alexander Raskatov's Let There Be Night (1989) with Hannah Choi, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola and Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello.
For tickets and more information on the 2012 festival events: www.yellowbarn.org
James Chute of the San Diego Union-Tribune praises the kallisti production of "Der Kaiser von Atlantis"
Check out these amazing photos from our dress rehearsal, courtesy of the magnificent Jim Carmondy of UCSD Theater and Dance.
Spreading the word about our upcoming chamber opera at UCSD, Der Kaiser von Atlantis!
Coming to UC San Diego on May 30, June 1 and June 2 all at 7 p.m.
From KPBS' Weekend Preview in San Diego
La Jolla Light: "UCSD will present ambitious chamber opera in La Jolla this weekend"
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Aleck Karis present an evening of gorgeous works for voice and piano: songs by Alexander Zemlinsky, Anton Webern, op. 4, and Kurtág's, Three Old Inscriptions, op. 25. Also on the program, bass baritone Philip Larson in songs of Brahms, Mahler and Wolf. The program is on the UCSD Department of Music's Concert Series: Weds@7.
For more information
Soprano Susan Narucki, faculty member of the Department of Music at University of California at San Diego has received a generous award from the MAP Fund in support of Cuatro Corridos, a new music theater project to be presented in May 2013.
The Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts presents The Princeton One-Act Opera Project, an evening of three original one-act operas on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. in the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The unique new works, each redefining what opera might be, are by composer Anthony Davis with playwright Allan Havis, composer and librettist and Princeton University Professor Barbara White with choreographer Kate Weare, and Princeton undergraduates James Chu ’13 (composer) and Lily Akerman ’13 (librettist). The disparate operas are unified by the vision of director Mark DeChiazza with Princeton’s Michael Pratt conducting. Sopranos Susan Narucki and Sarah Davis will be featured, and the casts include a range of professional singers and musicians and undergraduate student performers. Both performances will be preceded by a conversation with the artists, moderated by Atelier Director and Princeton Professor of Theater, Stacy Wolf, from 7:15-7:45 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre.
Composed by Davis with a libretto by Havis, Lear on the 2nd Floor is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki portrays Nora Lear, a prominent neuroscience researcher beset with early onset Alzheimer’s. As Nora loses her bearings and her autonomy, she is increasingly at the mercy of her three quarreling daughters. Nora’s dead husband Mortimer is Shakespeare’s fool in this version and is her constant companion as she walks through a world where the past and present blend and reality bends.
Opera News has called Anthony Davis a “National Treasure” for his pioneering work in opera. In his operas X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Tania, and Wakonda's Dream, Davis provides a political and social critique of America with music that embraces a spectrum of influences from Wagner and Berg to Ellington and Mingus to the Indonesian gamelan and South Indian ragas. Davis also composed the music for the Broadway production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. He is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.
On Friday, February 3rd, soprano Susan Narucki joins the renowned Birmhingham Contemporary Music Group and conductor Clement Power for a performance of Gerard Grisey's masterwork Quatre Chants Pour Franchir Le Seuil and the world premiere of BCMG's composer in residence, Irish composer Sean Clancy's Findentotenlieder.
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Christopher Oldfather present the world premiere of Hayes Biggs' song cycle on sacred texts Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs at the Manhattan School of Music on January 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Congratulations to Philadelphia composer Jan Krzywicki on his recent release, Alchemy on Albany Records, which features Krzywicki's elegant chamber music. The recording includes "In Evening's Shadow", a song cycle for soprano, guitar and string trio, featuring soprano Susan Narucki, guitarist Jason Vieaux, violinist Hirono Oka, violist Rachel Ku and cellist Yumi Kendall.
For more information: Alchemy on Albany Records at amazon.com
Soprano Susan Narucki was included in the San Diego Reader's "Top 15 San Diego Jazz Concerts for 2011", singing the music of American composer Anthony Davis at Davis' 60th Birthday celebration at Dizzy's in downtown San Diego. Read more at: www.sandiegoreader.com
Susan will be performing the role of Nora Lear in scenes from Anthony Davis's new opera Lear on the Second Floor in March, 2012, at the Berlind Theater, Princeton University, with conductor Michael Pratt and director Mark DeChiazza.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the New York New Music Ensemble for the opening concert of the 35th Season 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) on November 28, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Rozalie Hirs' new work for soprano Susan Narucki, ASKO/Schoenberg and conductor Pierre-André Valade had its world premiere on November 10, 2011, at Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw.
During Season 2011-12, soprano Susan Narucki will present the world premiere of four works, written by friends old and new - beginining with celebrated Dutch composers Rozalie Hirs' Arbre gènèalogique, with ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble and conductor Pierre-Andrè Vallade. Performances on November 10 (PROMS -Amsterdam Muziekgebouw) and with a repeat on November 13 (Den Bosch Festival November Music.)
For more information: www.askoschoenberg.nl
Kudos to Arlene Sierra for her stunning new release, named WQXR's Pick of the Week, which includes "Two Neruda Odes: for soprano, cello and voice, sung by Susan Narucki.
Read more from New York's WQXR, "Q2 Music Album of the Week."
Kudos also to Eric Ewazen, Marya Martin, soprano Susan Narucki and the musicians of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival for their recording of SeaSkye Songs:
"A Golden Age of Classical Recordings - Recent Recommend Acquisitions" by Art Leonard of New York Law School
"The songs, here sung by the excellent Susan Narucki." more from Art Leonard on SeaSkye Songs.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Alarm Will Sound for the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Seasons: Cycle 2 at Mizzou New Music Festival.
"The performance itself was alive to the music’s extremes of ecstasy and despondency: Susan Narucki (who replaced an indisposed Claire Booth at short notice) evincing all of the technical acuity and expressive sensitivity which have made her so doughty an advocate of contemporary vocal repertoire, while the pool of musicians drawn largely from the Philharmonia Orchestra ensured that the ‘ensemble of soloists’ called for by the composer’s often unsparing demands was more than equal to the task. This is not the place to consider the semantic implications of Rimma Dalos’s verse or Kurtág’s inimitable response to it; better to note that the work’s desperate intensity was palpably conveyed in a fine account directed by Baldur Brönnimann." - From the review by Richard Whitehouse, Classicalsource.com
Read the entire review at: www.classicalsource.com
A lovely article about composer Lisa Bielawa's work and process - including the Chance Encounter project, co-conceived with Susan Narucki.
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.
For more information visit: norfolk.yale.edu
D Magazine's Daily review of the Arts on Kurtag's Kafka Fragments, performed by Soprano Susan Narucki and violinist Violaine Melancon:
Hungarian Masterwork Proves Perfect Capstone to Magnificent First Season of Soundings
Soprano Susan Narucki and violinist Violaine Melancon collaborate on a performance of György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, this Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information: www.nashersculpturecenter.org/Soundings
Susan Narucki joins Holland's acclaimed Ives Ensemble for a performance of George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children and Madrigals, Book IV on Saturday, May 28 at 8:15 in Rotterdam (De Doelen).
A sound, vast and summerlike - an original music-theater work featuring the music Erik Satie and Morton Feldman, conceived and directed by Susan Narucki, will be presented at the Black Box Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center this week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The hour long presentation juxtaposes concert works by Satie and Feldman in a fully staged production. The cornerstone of the production is Satie's Socrate for voices and chamber orchestra. The cast is comprised of members of UCSD's graduate vocal ensemble, kallisti. Aleck Karis conducts palimpsest, UCSD's new music ensemble.
SD.Com on the West Coast premiere of David Bruce's The North Wind Was a Woman, with soprano Susan Narucki and the musicians of the Art of Elan.
Gramophone - The world's authority on classical music since 1923, has reviewed Lisa Bielawa's Chance Encounters. read the review here.
In the front-page edition of the today's NY Times, A.O.Scott of the New York Times profiles Carl Dreyer's classic masterwork The Passion of Joan of Arc. The video profile features the SONY Classical soundtrack by Richard Einhorn, featuring Anonymous 4 and soprano Susan Narucki.
Watch the video: Critics' Picks: 'Passion of Joan of Arc'
“Une seule femme endormie” (a lone woman asleep) is an almost surreal setting of a poem by David Gascoyne involving obsession and love gone wrong. The musical effect is almost a post-Schoenberg sound, like perhaps Berio or Lutaslwaski and the vocalizations by the cellist, sparing but unsettling, do provide for a very beautiful, but eerie, experience. The performance by cellist Paul York and modern music specialist Susan Narucki is stunning. "
To read the entire review:
Audiophile Audition's lovely review of Lisa Bielawa's CD recording Chance Encounter featuring soprano Susan Narucki and The Knights Chamber Orchestra on Orange Mountain.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins members of Ensemble ACJW for George Crumb's Madrigals, Book 1. The performance takes place at Julliard School's Paul Hall on March 10, 2011. The Academy is a program of the Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, and The Weill Music Institute.
For more information and tickets: www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_16241.html
Sarah Rothenberg's visionary concert assemblage, The Blue Rider in Concert, will be performed on the Da Camera of Houston chamber music series on Saturday, January 29th. Soprano Susan Narucki joins Sarah Rothenberg in songs by Webern, Schoenberg, Berg and de Hartmann.
Read more in a preview article in the Houston Chronicle:
SD.com's Christian Herzog on the Art of Elan series's recent concert, which included The Myriad Trio with soprano Susan Narucki in a performance of Nicholas Maw's Two in the Campagna.
Listen to the concert on Instant Encore: www.instantencore.com/music/details.aspx
Chance Encounter, which was released on the Orange Mountain Music label on December 14, earns praise from the contemporary music website Sequenza 21.
Read more at: Sequenza21.com
At 4pm on Sunday, December 19, soprano Susan Narucki and composer Lisa Bielawa will celebrate the release of Chance Encounter (December 14, Orange Mountain Music) with a concert and screening at Galapagos Art Space (16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn). The performance will feature selections from Chance Encounter, peformed by Susan Narucki and members of the The Knights.
In addition, two films about Chance Encounter will be screened. Director Lisa Guidetti’s short was created during the world premiere of Chance Encounter in New York in 2007, and in 2008 won a Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival and was honored by the Cannes Short Film Corner. Director Renato Chiocca’s film documents Chance Encounter as it was presented in partnership with urban placemaker Robert Hammond (co-founder of the High Line in New York) and produced in collaboration with the organization Tevereterno on the Tiber River in Italy in 2010. This is the film’s first screening in the U.S.
On December 14, Orange Mountain Music will release the world premiere recording of Chance Encounter, produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse. A project of Creative Capital, and co-conceived by Bielawa and Narucki, Chance Encounter has captivated audiences in Manhattan parks, at New York's Whitney Museum, outside the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI museum in Rome, on the banks of the Tiber River, in Vancouver, and at the Venice Architectural Biennale. The work comprises songs and arias constructed of speech overheard by Bielawa and Narucki in transient public spaces. These spaces included airports around the world, sidewalks and streets, parks and cafes, and public transportation. It is written for Narucki and a migrating ensemble of 12 instruments and is meant to be performed in a public space.
Album Release Concert & Screening
Chance Encounter (Orange Mountain Music)
Galapagos Art Space
Sunday, December 19, 4-6pm
16 Main Street in Dumbo | Brooklyn, NY | 11201
Tickets: $15 at 718.222.8500 or www.galapagosartspace.com
Performances by Susan Narucki, Carla Kihlstedt, Colin Jacobsen, Eric Jacobsen, members of The Knights, & Boston Modern Orchestra Project members Sarah Bob, Robert Schulz & Ina Zdorovetchi
U.S. premiere screening of Italian director Renato Chiocca’s film documenting Chance Encounter on the Tiber River in Italy. Screening of American director Lisa Guidetti’s award-winning film of the world premiere of Chance Encounter on NYC’s Lower East Side
Sequenza 21, the new music website, review Susan Narucki and Donald Berman's solo CD of Ives songs The Light That is Felt.
On Thursday, November 18, Soprano Susan Narucki joins pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Steven Schick and the members of the redfishbluefish percussion ensemble in George Crumb's forty five minute cycle, "Winds of Destiny". 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall at UC San Diego.
On Friday, November 19, the kallisti project Instant Operas comes to the Black Box Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego. Six world premiere operas with duration of 15 minutes or less, written for and performed by members of the project will be presented. 8 p.m.
Go to music.ucsd.edu for more information.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the American Composer's Orchestra with music director, conductor George Manahan, in the N.Y. Premiere of Claude Vivier's Lonely Child at Zankel Hall, this coming Friday, October 15, 2010.
For more information
Soprano Susan Narucki is featured in three concerts at Vancouver's innovative Music on Main - Modulus Festival. On Friday night, October 1, she presents Kurtág's unaccompanied József Attila Fragments as part of an evening devoted to vocalists across genres. On Saturday afternoon, she sings Ravel: Chanson Madecasses and Lisa Bielawa's Hurry, with members of the Vancouver Symphony. Sunday afternoon sees the Canadian premiere of Chance Encounter, a 35 minute work for soprano and instrument, by Lisa Bielawa.
Soprano Susan Narucki and St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen perform György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments, a seventy minute song cycle for voice and violin on September 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are part of a series presented by the Saint Louis Symphony and curated by its music director, David Robertson, presented at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
For more information: pulitzerarts.org
Soprano Susan Narucki joins flutist Marya Martin and musicians of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival for Eric Erwazen's SeaSkye Songs. August 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins pianist Roger Braun for performances at Holland's Orlando Festival. The duo will collaborate on songs of Hugo Wolf (July 26), Anton Webern (July 29), György Kurtág' (July 30) and Johannes Brahms (July 31) in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. In addition, the soprano will sing Kurtág''s Attila Jozsef Fragments in Heerlen on July 28.
Soprano Susan Narucki presents the American premiere of Arlene Sierra's Two Neruda Odes for voice, cello and piano at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and School.
See yellowbarn.org for more information.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins Yellow Barn faculty colleagues Gil Kalish and young artists in U.S. premiere of Alexander Raskatov's Circle of Singing at the opening concert of the 2010 Yellow Barn Music Festival.
Two opportunities to hear Chance Encounter in Rome on May 30 and 31!
Soprano Susan Narucki, conductor Julian Pellicano and ASL interpreter BillieAnne McLellan talk about Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung on San Diego Public Radio KPBS morning talk show "These Days".
Photos at www.facebook.com/home.php
Pascal Dusapin's haunting chamber opera opens at UCSD tonight at 7 p.m. We are proud to be part of the Sound + Vision Project, sponsored by the Capita Foundation. www.capitafoundation.com/SoundVision.html
Soprano Susan Narucki, Professor of Music at UC San Diego, has established kallisti, an ensemble for new and experimental vocal music.
kallisti makes its debut in the West Coast premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera To Be Sung on May 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus.
Guest conductor Julian Pellicano will lead kallisti, joined by guest artist and UCSD Professor baritone Philip Larson and the instrumentalists of Palimpsest. Narucki (one of the works' original cast members) serves as stage director.
To Be Sung has been described as an exquisite interplay between Dusapin’s tightly woven vocal chamber music (at times, reminiscent of Monteverdi) and Stein’s evocative texts in which “shifting atmospheres and sound and create moments of concentrated emotion, which are constantly transformed, disappearing and melting, over and over again.”
Philomela by James Dillon (2CD Aeon) has been awarded "l'Orphée d'Or du meilleur enregistrement de musique lyrique du XXIème siècle de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique 2010" (best lyric music recording 2010).
The recording features Anu Komsi and Susan Narucki sopranos, and Lionel Peintre, baritone, Jurjen Hempel conductor and the Remix Ensemble.
"Narucki gives Kurtág's aphorisms expressive form."
.... The American soprano Susan Narucki, known here for, amongst other things, Louis Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer, was able to give exceptionally sensitive and expressive form to the musical riches ..... the subtle theatrical ensemble with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya was also splendid - for example the way they challenged each other in the whirlwind movements of 'Die Weissnäherinnen'.
The musical pinnacle was the first fragment 'Zu Spät' from Part IV. Seldom have two people played and sung with such perfect coordination, tenderly and just slightly out of focus, as if they - to use an image from one of the other fragments - were not walking on the ground, but balancing on a thin cord just above it."
**** (Four stars)
Soprano Susan Narucki is interviewed in the April 2010 issue of Preludium, the monthly magazine of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, ('Vechten voor wat je lief is" ), in anticipation of her performance at the Kleine Zaal on April 22.
Soprano Susan Narucki, Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskayja perform Kurtág's monumental song cycle, Kafka Fragments, in collaboration with video artist Lynette Wallworth. Performances take place in the Rotterdam Schouwburg on April 18, in Muziekcentrum Frits Phillips (Eindhoven) April 20, at the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) April 22 and at the Muziekcentrum (Enschede) on April 23.
Soprano Susan Narucki and Violinist Violaine Melancon, faculty members at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, give a week long workshop to singers and violinists on György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments. Co-sponsored by the New England Conservatory of Music, participants present two performances of the work in Brattleboro Vermont (March 13) and in Boston's Jordan Hall (March 14)
Recent news and reviews: James Dillon: Philomela CD Review from U.K. Guardian/Andrew Clements www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/27/james-dillon-philomela
Thomas Ades "Life Story" on San Diego's acclaimed Art of Elan series. www.sandiego.com/arts/bold-and-clever-new-sounds-at-the-museum-of-art
Read KPBS's article on "Sushi's: Fresh Sounds":
Sushi’s ‘Fresh Sound’ Music Series Blends Big Brother And A Golden Voice
New York, NY—The Classical Recording Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce the 2009 winners of its annual Classical Recording Foundation Awards. Four distinct prizes will be presented at the Foundation’s Eighth Annual Awards Ceremony and Benefit at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue). The CRF Awards Ceremony and Benefit, for which the public may purchase tickets, will begin with CRF Young Artist of the Year, Soyeon Lee, performing Bach’s "Chaconne" from the Solo Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, as arranged for piano by Ferruccio Busoni. The program will also include performances by The Loma Mar Quartet (Krista Bennion Feeney and Anca Nicolau, violins, Joanna Hood, viola, and Myron Lutzke, cello) with bassist John Feeney in Domenico Dragonetti’s Quintet No. 18; the Argento Ensemble in Imbrications and Three Diatonic Studies by CRF Composer of the Year Fred Lerdahl; and soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman, recipients of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award, in selected songs by Charles Ives. In addition, the 2006 CRF Young Artists of the Year – the Daedalus String Quartet (Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim, violins, Jessica Thompson, viola, and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello) – will return to perform selections from Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3, their recording of which was supported by the Foundation this year.
The Classical Recording Foundation applies the universal model of philanthropically-supported live concerts to the recording of new classical performances. Since 2002, when it was founded by Grammy-Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, it has supported more than 30 new recordings. CRF does not benefit from record sales or royalties, and depends entirely on support from generous individuals and corporations, as well as merit-based grants from public and private sources. The proceeds from the 2009 Classical Recording Foundation Award Ceremony and Benefit will go toward making the 2010 Awards possible.
Recipients of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award are soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman. They are being awarded this honor for The Light that is Felt – Songs of Charles Ives (New World Records 80680) . This new recording features 27 songs by Charles Ives, beautifully rendered by renowned soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman, who is widely respected as an authority in the interpretation and performance of Ives’ music.
About The Classical Recording Foundation: The Classical Recording Foundation was founded to catalyze and stimulate the classical music recording field by providing seed funding to record labels and artists of merit for recording projects. The projects are intended not only to enhance the classical catalog but to awaken both new and seasoned audiences to the joy of hearing great performances by committed and extraordinary artists. Unlike major labels, which are profit driven and therefore can commit only to a limited number of artists and repertoire, CRF encourages artists to release performances of their choosing, of music about which they are passionate.
Each Award is tied to a fund administered by the Foundation and the participating record company, to accomplish the tasks of recording and promoting the awardee’s recording project. The Award selection process begins with nominations by internationally renowned artists and scholars. Nominees are considered by an anonymous Grant Award Committee. Criteria for Classical Recording Foundation Awards include artistic merit of the project, historic significance, strategic value to the artist’s career, and breadth of interest.
Soprano Susan Narucki, guitarist Jason Vieux and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra present the world premiere of Jan Krzywicki's In Evening's Shadow, at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The 17 minute work is a tribute to the late guitarist Peter Segal.
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present a program of songs of Charles Ives, at UC San Diego's new series Weds@7. The program features a range of Ives's songs from early works to his masterpieces, including Like a Sick Eagle, The Housatonic At Stockbridge, and Tom Sails Away. In addition, Mr. Berman will present works for solo piano and celeste by Ives, Eric Moe and David Rakowski.
The recital will be given in the superb new Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC Campus. Ms. Narucki is on the faculty of the music department at UC San Diego.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins UCSD colleague and La Jolla Symphony conductor Steven Schick in Golijov's haunting Three Songs for soprano and orchestra.
For more information see: lajollasymphony.com
Anthony Tommasini of the NY Times on The Blue Rider in Performance:
Bruce Hodges of Artcritical.com:
The Blue Rider In Performance explores the dynamic interaction of music, light, and visual imagery using materials from Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc's seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912. Rooted in Kandinsky's connections to artists in both Russia and Germany, the Blue Rider Almanac brought together art, music, and writing from avant-garde movements across Europe, capturing a short-lived moment of international experimentalism that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War I.
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Susan Narucki perform music from the era by such composers as Scriabin, Webern, and Berg under a rich blanket of light and projection; world premiere choreography by Karole Armitage further illuminate movements from Arnold Schoenberg’s ground-breaking Second String Quartet, performed by The Brentano String Quartet with Ms. Narucki.
Composer Martin Bresnick and soprano Susan Narucki are featured in an interview in the June/July issue of Chamber Music Magazine, which details the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Virgil Thomson Project. This two week program. led by Brenick and Narucki, along with pianists Lisa Moore and J.J. Penna, brings together composers, singers and instrumentalists, to discuss the influence of Thomson's music, and the fine art of text setting in English. The workshop will culminate in two programs of new works for voice and ensemble, and American Art Songs. As well, Narucki and Penna present a program of American song on June 27, including Thomson's cycle Mostly About Love.
Soprano Susan Narucki joins esteemed colleagues conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and members of the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble for one of Claude Vivier's most complex and beautiful works: Trois Air Pour Un Opera Imaginaire. At Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 3/24 and De Singel in Antwerp on 3/25.
Arlene Sierra's beguiling music received praise from the NY Times. Included in the Composer's Portrait program at Miller Theater, was Neruda Settings, for voice and ensemble, sung by Susan Narucki with members of ICE.
The Light That Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives, has earned more critical acclaim with reviews in The Wire, Diverdi and Fanfare. For complete text go to: susannarucki.net/blog/
Americans In Rome, a four CD set honoring American composers who won the Rome Prize, has received praise from Gramophone magazine: soprano Susan Narucki's contributions were singled out. Go to susannarucki.net/blog/ for more on Americans In Rome.
ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) presents a composer's portrait of young American composer, Arlene Sierra, at Columbia University's Miller Theater. Soprano Susan Narucki joins the group for Sierra's Neruda Settings, for voice and chamber ensemble. The 25 minute work is a setting of four of Neruda's beloved Elemental Odes.
Miller Theater, 116th and Broadway, NYC, 8 p.m.
Alex Ross of The New Yorker on last week's performance of Lisa Bielawa's Chance Encounter, by soprano Susan Narucki and the Knights at the Whitney Museum:
For more info on Chance Encounter go to: susannarucki.net/news-projects.php
The Light that is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives has been chosen as the BBC Music Magazine's North American pick of the month for February 2009.
For the complete review, go to: susannarucki.net/news-latest.php
Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe reviews the January 26, 2009 Collage concert, with guest artist soprano Susan Narucki.
Read on here: www.boston.com
Conductor Lionel Bringuier, soprano Susan Narucki, and members of the LA Master Chorale, earned high praise from Mark Swed, music critic of the LA Times for the January 20 performance of Louis Andriessen's De Stilj at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, as part of the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series.
Read more at the LA Times Culture Monster
The New Yorker's Russell Platt on the best classical CD's of late including "The Light That is Felt" by Soprano Susan Narucki and Pianist Donald Berman
At Amsterdam's Muziekbgebouw, at 20:30 , as part of worldwide concerts celebrating the 100th birthday of the great American composer Elliott Carter, the Nieuw Ensemble performs a program of Carter's chamber music, including the Oboe Quartet and the song cycle Tempo e Tempi, with soprano Susan Narucki as soloist. Garry Walker conducts.
A world premiere recording of Ernst Krenek's comic opera What Price Confidence? featuring sopranos Ilana Davidson and Susan Narucki, tenor Richard Clement, bartione Christopheren Nomura, and pianist Linda Hall has been released on the Phoenix Edition label. Presented in a series of sold out performances at the NYC Austrian Cultural Forum's Mostly Modern Series, What Price Confidence? is an amusing and poignant look at two couples, their loves, and their betrayals. Krenek's music portrays the characters inner lives and outward foibles with equal measures of depth, dash and wit.
This four disc collection on Bridge Records contains works by thirty-seven composers who composed these pieces while in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The earliest work dates from 1920, the most recent from 2003. Composers include the well known: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and Roger Sessions; the largely forgotten: Charles Naginski, Alexander Lang Steinert, Walter Helfer; and many of today's most active voices: Robert Beaser, David Rakowski, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Stephen Hartke and David Lang. Curated by Donald Berman, the disc features performances by many of today's leading performers of contemporary music, including Richard Stoltzman, Yehudi Wyner, Susan Narucki, Tony Arnold, Fred Sherry, Daniel Druckman, and Curtis Macomber.
More on this release at Bridge Records.
The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives is now available on New World Records.
The disc by soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman contains 27 songs of Charles Ives, ranging from his early days as a student at Yale to the works of his maturity, including his masterwork General William Booth Enters Into Heaven.