Programs  The New Philharmonic

The New Philharmonic

Jan 10, 2015

KANEKO | 1111 Jones St


KANEKO proudly presents The New Philharmonic, a newly formed contemporary classical music chamber orchestra led by artistic director and conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni in their inaugural performance: Six Ways to be Alone on Saturday,Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated to help finance the activities of The New Philharmonic. Seating is limited and first-come first-served. Arrive early to guarantee a seat. You are encouraged to RSVP HERE.

Six Ways to be Alone is a program comprising of three musical works that explore heartbreak –  it’s impact on personal circumstance and it’s effect on the human condition.

The program begins with the world premiere of Herzstück (Heartpiece), written by New York composer John Stulz for The New Philharmonic precisely for this occasion.  Herzstück is incidental music to an imagined performance of a bizarre yet romantic theater work of the same name by the postmodern German playwright, Heiner Müller.  We enter the musical narrative at the climax of the play – the point at which a Lover discovers his Beloved’s heart to be a brick. The Beloved’s response: “Yes. But it only beats for you.”

Next is the title work, Six Ways to Be Alone by Los Angeles composer, Ben Phelps, a song cycle that tells the devastating personal story of love found and love lost as experienced personally by the composer and and recast to the feminine form. The work draws inspiration from Austrian musical icon, Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece, Pierrot lunaire, as well as from popular song forms.  It tackles the what if’s and what the ef’s that terrorize the psyche of heart break victims in dramatic, poignant and almost operatic fashion.

Finally, the magnum opus of the program, a video opera by Bang on a Can composer, Michael Gordon, entitled Van Gogh reads like a minimalist biopic detailing the artistic and emotional chronology of the great Dutch artist as mapped from six letters that he wrote to his brother Theo at six different points of his life and from six different parts of Europe. Gordon’s minimalist music and the minimalist video art created by the Uzbek video artist Sukhrob Nazimov engender a profoundly unique operatic experience. The work will feature three stellar young opera singers (Amanda DeBoer-Bartlett – soprano, Drew Duncan – tenor, and Jonathan Mueller – Bass) taking on the different emotional facades of a troubled Van Gogh.

* Herzstück (2014 world premiere) – John Stulz
* Six Ways to be Alone – Ben Phelps
* Van Gogh  – Michael Gordon

The New Philharmonic
Vimbayi Kaziboni – Artistic Director/Conductor

Amanda DeBoer-Bartlett – Soprano
Drew Duncan – Tenor
Jonathan Mueller – Bass

The New Philharmonic is a collective of young musicians passionate about contemporary music and art in Omaha, Nebraska.

For more information contact:
Aaron Markley, operations director

Press please contact:
Paige Reitz, communications director

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