upcoming events

2
Oct

2020 Music in Bloom Virtual Festival - Concert #1: FLUX

Clare Longendyke, pianist and artistic director

Online

8:30 pm

Presenting premieres by Nicholas Sokol and Snapshot: An Exquisite Corpse by 13 Indiana composers (including a short new piano piece by me).

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-in-bloom-2020-virtual-festival-tickets-116262096059?aff=erelexpmlt

Click to watch: https://youtu.be/ypnA8FqAMfY

28
Oct

Dialogues with Dominick featuring Melissa Dunphy and Texu Kim

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Creating New Music in the Midst of a Pandemic

Mendelssohn Chorus is thrilled to announce that we have commissioned two incredible composers, Melissa Dunphy and Texu Kim, during our 20-21 season. Join us to hear how these two composers approached the task at hand and learn more about their music making processes.

Born to refugee parents and raised in Australia, Melissa Dunphy immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in vocal, political, and theatrical music. She first came to national attention in 2009 when her large-scale choral work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, National Review, Comedy Central, and on Fox News and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, where host Rachel Maddow described it as “the coolest thing you’ve ever seen on this show.” Dunphy has a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.M. in Theory and Composition from West Chester University, and is a lecturer in composition at Rutgers University.

Much of Texu Kim’s compositional outlook reflects his personal fascination with everyday experiences, as in his piece Bounce!!, inspired by bouncing basketballs and incorporates different aspects of bouncing through bouncy gestures and alternating chords and instruments. As a person with a multicultural background, he also composes music about modern Korea and the interaction between its folk culture and external influences, as in Monastic Sceneries which addresses the integration of American evangelical and indigenous shaman traditions in Korean Christianity. Texu teaches composition and music theory at San Diego State University, after teaching at Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and Syracuse University. He also served as the Composer-in-Residence of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in 2014-18. Having studied with Unsuk Chin, David Dzubay, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, and Sangjick Jun, he received his D.M. from Indiana University and other degrees from Seoul National University.

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30
Oct

musica intima presents: the spirit's dwelling

musica intima

Digital Performance

7:30 pm

The renowned vocal chamber ensemble musica intima gives a digital performance of my work, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass.

More information and digital tickets here.

9
Dec

BIG SING "Celebrate the Season" featuring Rollo Dilworth, Mitos Andaya Hart, and Jeffrey Brillhart

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Singing together is a part of who we are, and at no time is that more true than during the holidays. We welcome some of our Philadelphia community chorus leaders to take part in this heartwarming event together: Jeffrey Brillhart from Singing City, Mitos Andaya Hart leader of PhilHarmonia, and composer-conductor Rollo Dilworth (2020-21 MCP Artist-In-Residence). Together with MCP artistic director Dominick DiOrio, each conductor will share some of their favorite works and invite you to sing-along as we renew our hope and promise for a better world.

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13
Jan

Dialogues with Dominick "Meet the Conductor"

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

During this special Dialogues with Dominick, Dominick will be interviewed by MCP singer Rachele Armstrong about a new work he will write specifically for Mendelssohn Chorus during this moment in history for an upcoming virtual chorus project.

Dominick DiOrio is a conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019). He is the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia.

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24
Feb

Dialogues with Dominick "Beyond the Binary (A Meditation on Humans and Machines): A Listen-In"

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

Online via Zoom

7:30 pm

Featuring the creative team behind the project, join composer Andrea Clearfield, librettist Ellen Frankel, and custom instrument builder David Kontak to talk about a new commission, Beyond the Binary (a meditation on humans and machines).

Beyond the Binary is a multi-media oratorio conceived as a musical sequel to Karel Capek’s enormously influential science fiction play “R.U.R (Rossums Universal Robots),” timed to coincide with its 100th anniversary. R.U.R is perhaps most famous for introducing the word “robot” into our language. Both the original and the proposed sequel addresses the promises and dangers of artificial intelligence, and the question of what it means to be human.

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28
Feb

Off-the-Grid: Bach Motets/New Duets

Baltimore Choral Arts - Anthony Blake Clark

Digital Performance

3:00 pm

Originally their season opener, this virtual concert will survey a number of Bach’s masterful motets, and feature duets between choir and different solo instruments. Featuring my work, All Is. More information and tickets here.