Pro Musicis artist Juliann Ma performs her Carnegie Hall debut recital, attempting to tell the story of humanity’s relationship with nature: the primal joys of discovery by a Faun, destruction of the environment mourned by Sad Birds, rebirth in The Firebird, and transformations in the human psyche as portrayed by Scriabin, Bach, and Thomas Adès. Ms. Ma’s arts collective, SEAS, dances nature’s reaction to climate change in Ravel’s Sad Birds.
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Gryaznov)
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
RAVEL Oiseaux tristes for Piano
BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences (SEAS) will be working on their music video of Ravel’s “Oiseaux Tristes,” featuring narratives and choreography drawn from current research on birds’ dealings with climate change, pollution, increasing metropolitan glass architecture, and deforestation. I will be directing, with Juilliard dancers working out choreography and a Parsons videographer working out production details and filming. You are all invited to observe this exciting collaborative phenomenon, and welcome!
On Welcome Day, my fellow Alsop award winners and I will present each of our entrepreneurial projects as part of a public launch for our work. Features a roundtable discussion with Marin Alsop and the award winners, and a panel discussion with Marin Alsop, Nick Firth, Margaret Lioi, Leslie Stifelman, and Richard Kessler on innovation in the performing arts.
“Music students today must learn to navigate within an increasingly fractured and complex professional landscape in order to be successful in their careers”, says Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes School of Music and Executive Dean for The College of Performing Arts. “The Alsop Entrepreneurship Award is one way that we prepare students for this new and still shifting paradigm. Conceiving of, pitching, and executing innovative projects in music entrepreneurship helps our students to develop greater agency and encourages them to engage with the larger social, cultural, and artistic questions of our time.”
This year, three winning projects were selected by committee members Margaret Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America; Leslie Stifelman, Peabody Award Winning conductor, pianist, producer and consultant; and Nicholas Firth, businessman and former Chairman and CEO of BMG Music Publishing. Award winners are using their funding to envision new musical solutions to big human problems – changing how audiences hear the science of climate change, making classical music accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, and shining a light on the essential and invisible features of musicianship in the symphony orchestra.
My project is described below as excerpted/ edited from the **press release:
Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences (SEAS):** A performance project combining performing artists and environmental researchers.
SEAS is a new interdisciplinary performance project that combines music, dance and science to tell the story of climate change. Juliann Ma, a candidate for the Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes, envisions this project a means of changing how audiences think about the ways we interact with our environment by making the science of climate change come alive to our senses.
Ma’s SEAS Workshop of the live theatrical performance (anticipated for Fall 2016) will be open to the public and take place at 8 PM on Monday, May 2nd, in the Mannes College’s Stiefel Concert Hall at 55 West 13 Street, New York, NY 10011. Ma’s piano performance will be joined with original choreography created with and portrayed by Juilliard dancers to illustrate a set of data-driven narratives written by Ma based on environmental research conveyed by Stanford University alumnus Jared Brewer.
As part of her Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, Ma will produce a music video of Maurice Ravel’s Oiseaux Tristes (Sad Birds) to engage and attract future partnerships with environmental organizations and sustainable performance venues.
A champagne evening in the beautiful interior of New York City’s oldest private social club designed by Delano & Aldrich, featuring music by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, and Strauss. I will be improvising on Haydn’s Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37.
Max Reger: the man and his music” will feature an entire evening of Max Reger’s music, honoring the 100th year since his death. I will be performing selections of his beautiful Silhouetten for the piano, and a selection from his violin sonata in C with violinist Mengyi Cao. With contributions from our Mannes musicians.
At the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin described his new piano concerto as “an experiment in modern music” – suffusing a classical form with jazz sensibility. It was a huge success, and classical composers quickly followed suit, most notably Ravel in the two concertos he composed at the end of the 1920’s. A more recent take is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery (1996), a delightful set of musical portraits of Snoopy, Lucy, and other characters in the Peanuts comic strip. –J.Y. Song, curator
Blue note: Peanuts Gallery will feature some fun interdisciplinary surprises, featuring Stanford University alumni and Viennese Ball Committee members Peter Bullen & M.J. Ma, as well as actors Calvin Rezen and Michelle Cage from The New School for Drama. Pianist and improviser Chi-Wei Lo (Juilliard) will be joining me in cooking our own special version of the Zwilich’s concerto. Enjoy!
THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED. The success of our concert on April 8th has sparked an encore performance in New York! Featuring the entirety of Jerome Lowenthal’s current piano studio and recent alumni performing variations of Frederic Rzewski, 4-hands, and modern dance.
Join Café Boulud and Steinway & Sons for a very special dinner event, joining excellent food, drink, and music. Featuring creative canapés by Chef Aaron Bludorn, classic dishes by Chef Daniel Boulud, champagne Pierre Paillard, “Cuvée Daniel”, Bouzy Grand Cru, Brut, performances by jazz pianist David Linard on Steinway & Sons White Pops Piano and yours truly on Steinway Hall Limited Edition Piano. Will feature duets, jazz numbers, classical masterpieces, and live improvisations. $420 per person. To reserve, contact Kelly Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 212-981-8540.
An encore of Alexander Liebermann’s Carnegie Hall premieres and other works. I will be performing his Piano Trio Op. 4 as well as his Rondeaux for soprano and piano. If you missed our Carnegie debut, this is the concert to attend! Free.
Savor premieres of new works by Juilliard composer and award winner, Alexander Liebermann. Sponsored by the DAAD. Sold out – however, please call CarnegieCharge at +1 212-247-7800 to reserve a spot on the waiting list for a likely seat assignment.
Featuring the entirety of Jerome Lowenthal’s current piano studio, recent alumni, & friends performing variations of Frederic Rzewski, 4-hands, recitations, and comedic dance.
This event is free and open to the public.