New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

Reframing Classical Music

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, DANCE & ART

SUNDAY JANUARY 11, 2015 3:00PM
     OPENING NIGHT SALON AT ZIMMERLI ART
     MUSEUM
SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015 7:00PM
     SALON AT ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM
FRIDAY MAY 18, 2015 7:00 PM
     SALON AT ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM
SUNDAY JUNE 7, 2015 4:00 PM
     NEW BRUNSWICK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA &
     JOHN SHERIDAN, ORGAN

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY

VISIONS sacred and secular from the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

The sounds of choirs, angels and Shakers will fill historic Christ Church in New Brunswick on Sunday afternoon May 5, when the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra presents VISIONS. This last concert of the season will include “Shaker Loops,” exciting music from America’s greatest living composer, John Adams, as well as Aaron Jay Kernis’ ethereal “Musica Celestis” and Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” in an exploration of musical ecstasy, both sacred and secular. 

Also on the program is a newly commissioned work by Joel Phillips of Westminster Choir College: “Ark of my dreams,” a propulsive song for chorus and string orchestra set to the soaring hopeful poem of the same name by 19th century American poet and musician Sidney Lanier. And the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt’s seldom heard “Angelus,” an impressionistic evocation of the evening call to prayer.

The concert is a joint concert of the NBCO, under the direction of Conductor Mark Hyczko, and the Parish Choir of Christ Church, under its music director John Sheridan. 

VISIONS is also the orchestra’s final collaboration with acclaimed Princeton artist Debra Weier, whose painting “Exit” is the inspiration and focal point of the program. It is part of “Reframing Classical Music,” the NBCO’s initiative to redefine the “norms” of classical music by seeking inspiration through the bold work of visual artists. Ms. Weier will be on hand with her painting to speak with concert-goers.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Christ Church with our muse, Debra Weier,” said Maestro Hyczko. “And we are excited to be exploring this music, which runs the gamut from the energetic fervor of a Shaker revival to Liszt’s prayer to Britten’s passionate but non-religious settings of W.H. Auden’s poetry.”

The concert begins at 4 PM. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are available at the door or here. Christ Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking deck, where parking is free on Sundays.

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Transform A Friend

As our first concert presented under a new artistic vision quickly approaches we would like to encourage our supporters to transform a friend. 

Connect with a friend that has never experienced a classical music concert and invite them to the concert this Saturday. Be their host and guide. Show them that whatever they think of classical music, NBCO is different. 

We've made available the program for TRANSFORMATIONS (download a PDF here) and you can use the program notes to start a conversation about the pieces to be performed. Discuss the fact that violinist Stefani Collins is performing on an instrument older than our country (a rare Guarneri violin built in 1734!) Or how Michi Wiancko has added percussive elements to her arrangement of "La Follia" Variations for String Orchestra. And how Ástor Piazzolla transformed the tango of brothels and nightclubs into something entirely new, the "Nuevo Tango," by infusing it with the forms of classical composition that he adored.  

Introduce a friend to NBCO. Transform a friend. Let's continue to reframe classical music. 

Music of Piazzolla and Art from Princeton

Winter in New Brunswick becomes “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” when the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra performs its next concert, Transformations, on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in historic Christ Church. The concert will present Astor Piazzolla’s tango-infused masterpiece with soloist Stefani Collins, a rising young violin virtuoso.

From Argentina the concert travels to ancient Greece with Pulitzer Prize-winning  composer Paul Moravec’s “Morph”, a retelling of Ovid’s tale of Daphne and Apollo for string orchestra. Then the NBCO visits Italy with “La Follia” Variations for String Orchestra, based on Arcangelo Corelli’s 17th century classic. Finally the orchestra makes a brief stop in Spain with Rutgers-based composer Edgar Girtain’s anthem on a poem by Vicent Andrés Estellés of Valencia.

Transformations will be the first of two concerts in collaboration with New Jersey artist Debra Weier and will feature her painting “Exit”. It is part of “Reframing Classical Music”, the NBCO’s initiative to redefine the “norms” of classical music by seeking inspiration through the bold work of visual artists. Ms. Weier will be on hand with her painting to speak with concert-goers.

“We’re excited to bring together the brilliant music of Astor Piazzolla and the vibrant artwork of Debra Weier, an internationally prominent artist from Princeton,” says Mark Hyczko, music director of the 51-year-old NBCO. “It’s music we think matters and art we love. And we’re delighted to showcase them both in historic Christ Church right in downtown New Brunswick.”

Piazzolla composed his “Four Seasons” after the perpetual classic of Italian Antonia Vivaldi. The mood of the seasons in the Argentine tango master’s version is darker, more driving, like the legendary South American city itself. Collins, concertmaster of Camden’s Symphony in C, is the winner of the 2012 Washington International String Competition.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM.  All tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online at ReframingClassicalMusic.com.  Christ Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking deck.

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Announcing TRANSFORMATIONS

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, under the musical direction of Mark Hyczko, announces their first concert of 2013, TRANSFORMATIONS.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:30 PM
Christ Church
5 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Paul Moravec  Morph
Geminiani/Wiancko  "La Follia" Variations for String Orchestra
Astor Piazzola  Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Stefani Collins, violin

Concert $20

Announcing VISIONS

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, under the musical direction of Mark Hyczko, accompanied by Christ Church Parish Choir, under the musical direction of John Sheridan, conclude the Spring 2013 season with VISIONS.

Sunday, May 5, 2013 4:00 PM
Christ Church
5 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Christopher Theofanidis Visions and Miracles
John Adams Shaker Loops
Franz Liszt Angelus!
Joel Philips Ark of my Dreams
and works by the Christ Church Parish Choir.

Concert $20

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