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The Fifth London Festival of American Music

Celebrating Odaline de la Martinez’s 65th Birthday

7–14 November 2014

Presented by The Mornington Trust in association with Musical Elements

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Lontano’s Biennial Festival — created in 2006 — explored and celebrated the work of major American composers and reflected the diversity of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today. The festival programme was put together by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martinez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Festival Hall. This year’s festival also celebrated Odaline de la Martinez’s 65th Anniversary.

With a wide selection of well-known and successful composers, the festival reflected new music in America today, as well as diversity of gender, generation and geography. Some of the composers — Charles Ives, Virgil Thomson and John Harbison — are Deans of American music. Some of the composers featured such as John Adams are internationally known and others, though well known in the States, are now emerging voices outside their native North America, and were selected specifically to treat UK audiences to a broader spectrum of the best of American music today.

Lontano opened the festival on 7th November with a semi-staged performance of The Crossing, Part II of Odaline de la Martinez’s Slavery Opera Trilogy — a reflection on Liberty. The second and sixth concerts featured some of our guest performers: Clélia Iruzun and Jenna Sherry on the 10th of November, the American ensemble Trio Appasionata on the 13th, with a lunchtime concert by the Canadian violinist Jonathan Chan on the 12th. On the 11th of November Lontano dedicated a whole programme in celebration of English-born American composer Bernard Rands’s 80th Birthday, and on the 12th Lontano presented Boston Beats, featuring some of the top composers living in Boston today. Our last performance on November 14th was titled American Originals with works by the unique voices of Daniel Asia and Fred Lerdahl.

The festival programme included World Premieres from Daniel Thomas Davis, Barbara Jazwinski, Armando Bayolo and Charles Shadle, numerous UK Premieres, and the European Premieres of two Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and John Harbison. Many of the composers featured, including John Harbison and Bernard Rands, attended the festival. Most of the pieces presented were UK or European premieres.

Featured before each evening performance was Meet the Composer or Meet the Artist — a chance for audiences to learn more about the pieces and hear what the composers and performers had to say.


Full Details

Concert I
Friday 7 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Actors Church, Covent Garden, London

7:15 pm Meet the Composer
Raymond Yiu talking to Odaline de la Martinez and Joan Anim-Addo Librettist of The Crossing.

OPERA & MORE

Lontano and Eclectic Voices, Nadine Mortimer-Smith (soprano), John-Colyn Gyeantey (tenor), Conductor Scott Stroman

Caroline Shaw
Jacques Duran on the Beach (UK premiere)
Caroline Shaw
Limestone and Felt (UK premiere)
Gabriela Lena Frank
Adagio para Amantini (UK premiere)
Steven Burke
In Time’s Wake (UK premiere)
Virgil Thomson
Four Poems of Thomas Campion for Choir
Charles Ives
General Booth Enters Heaven for Choir
Odaline de la Martinez
The Crossing semi-staged opera (UK Premiere)

The Crossing, Part II of Odaline de la Martinez’s Slavery Opera Trilogy is based on Aphra Ben’s 17th Century novel Oroonoko: or The Royal Slave, with libretto by the Grenadian poet Joan Anim-Addo. The Crossing depicts “the Middle Way”, the horrible Atlantic journey suffered by every slave to the Americas.

Concert II
Monday 10 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

7:15 pm Meet the Artists
Odaline de la Martinez talking to Clélia Iruzun and Jenna Sherry

CLELIA IRUZUN, JENNA SHERRY

Clélia Iruzun (piano) and Jenna Sherry (violin)

Charles Ives
Sonata No.4 “Children’s Day”
Amy Beach
Romance
Peter Child
Primary Colours-Elementary Shapes for solo piano (UK premiere)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Fantasia on the Brazilian National Anthem for solo piano
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Union Concert Paraphrase on National Airs for solo piano
Jennifer Higdon
Legacy (UK premiere)
John Adams
Road Movies, Relaxed Groove, Meditative, 40% Swing

Concert III
Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

7:15 pm Meet the Composer
Rob Keeley talking to Bernard Rands

BERNARD RANDS 80TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT

Lontano, Alison Wells (mezzo-soprano), Rowland Sutherland (solo flute), Janey Miller (solo oboe), Conductor Odaline de la Martinez

Most of the pieces were UK Premieres

Bernard Rands
Prelude...sans voix parmi les voix... (2004)
Bernard Rands
Memo 4 (1997) for solo flute
Bernard Rands
Walcott Songs (2004) for mezzo and cello
Bernard Rands
Scherzi (2008)
Bernard Rands
Memo 8 (2000) for solo oboe
Bernard Rands
“...in the receding mist...” (1998)

Concert IV
Wednesday 12 November 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Jonathan Chan (solo violin)

Most of the pieces were UK Premieres

William Bolcom
Violin Suite
John Corigliano
Red Violin Caprices
Steven Mackey
Repeated Notes
Odaline de la Martinez
Improvisations
Andrew P. MacDonald
The Great Square of Pegasus

Concert V
Wednesday 12 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

7:15 pm Meet the Composers
Nicola LeFanu talking to John Harbison, Peter Child, Keeril Makan and Charles Shadle

BOSTON'S BEATS

Lontano, Alison Wells (mezzo-soprano), Rowland Sutherland (solo flute), Conductor Odaline de la Martinez

Evan Ziporyn
Speak, At-Man! (UK premiere)
Peter Child
Dialogue for flute (UK premiere)
John Harbison
The Right to Pleasure (European Premiere)
Keeril Makan
Mercury Songbirds (UK premiere)
Charles Shadle
Red Cedar (World premiere)
Peter Child
Seeing the Unseen for ensemble and video (UK premiere)

Concert VI
Thursday 13 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

7:15 pm Meet the Artists
Arlene Sierra talking to Trio Appasionata

TRIO APPASSIONATA

Charles Ives
Piano Trio
Thomas Kotcheff
gone into night are all the eyes (UK premiere)
Chen Yi
Tibetan Tunesca (UK premiere)
Eric Moe
We Happy Few (UK premiere)
Leon Kirchner
Piano Trio (UK premiere)

Concert VII
Friday 14 November 2014 at 8:00 pm at St. James Studio, London

7:15 pm Meet the Composers
Joseph Phibbs talking to Daniel Thomas Davis, Barbara Jazwinski and Daniel Asia

AMERICAN ORIGINALS

Lontano, Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone), Conductor Odaline de la Martinez

Armando Bayolo
Gestos Inútiles (World premiere)
Daniel Thomas Davis
Real Country (World premiere)
Barbara Jazwinski
Shadows in Shades of Blue (World premiere)
Fred Lerdahl
Duo for violin and piano (UK premiere)
Daniel Asia
Amichai Songs (UK premiere)

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