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Performance  |  A Musical Feast and Pre-Concert Talk

Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:30 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Slides about Copernicus.Kepler, Galileo

Pre-concert talk with Roland Martin and Dr.Peter Reczak 7:30 p.m.CONCERT at 8 pm

General admission $20 Burchfield Penney members/students $10
Tickets: 716 876 6011

Founder and Artistic Director: Charles Haupt
Executive Director: Irene Haupt
Program: FEBRUARY 8 th 2019 Celestial Journey

Surge Virgo Isabella Leonarda (b.1620-1704)
Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano Roland Martin, harpsichord
The Freudig Singers of Western New York

Song to the Moon (Rusalka) Antonín Dvoƙák (b.1941-1904)
Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano Roland Martin, piano

Nun ist aber der einzelne Ton beziehungslos (2018)
Ruth Wiesenfeld {b.1972) Commissioned by Paul Simini
The single tone however is unrelated
Warner Iversen, theorbo
With the publication of De Revolutionibus in 1543, Copernicus completely overturned a view of the structure of the universe that existed for over 1000 years. His heliocentric (sun centered} system set the stage for modern astronomy and can also be credited as the very beginning of modern data-driven science. But.Copernicus was a theoretical scientist. He gathered very little data of his own but relied heavily on existing star charts and calendar observations in developing his great theory. About 50 years after Copernicus” death, the great German mathematician and astronomer, Johannes Kepler, using updated scientific equipment, was able to prove Copernicus” structure for the universe and discover his three great laws of planetary motion. These laws set the stage for his observations that became known as the “Music of the Spheres.” For Kepler, the heavenly motions were nothing but a continuous song for several voices, perceived not by the ear, but by the intellect. He found that the angular velocities of planets closely correspond to musical intervals. When he compared the extremes for combined pairs of planets, the results yielded the intervals of a complete scale. Commissioned by Paul Simini to incorporate the ideas of Kepler's outstanding mind into a piece of music I was intrigued by the obsessiveness with which Kepler pursued the force of his vision even in the face of repeated failures and personal tragedies. Thus rather than his musical theories I will put Kepler's restless quest for the discovery of the divine plan of creation into the focus of my musical work. The piece will come into being in close collaboration with theorbist Warner Iversen. He will immerse himself in the proportions, relations and vibrationary patterns of the single intervals, unearthing their complexities and particularities. His performance will resemble the journey through an acoustic universe full of meaning, strange correspondences and grand harmonies.
(from Harmonia Mundi by Johannes Kepler).


Unless Acted Upon (2011) Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975)
I. Newton’s Cradle
II. Friction
III. Gravity
IV. Push
V. Bounce
VI. Magnetism
(Movements played without pause.)
Barry Crawford,flute Kathrein Allenberg, violin Andrew Seigel, clarinet Jonathan Golove, cello Eric Huebner, piano

Unless Acted Upon by Buffalo composer Caroline Mallonee is a sound representation of Newton’s First Law of Motion: A body at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an external, unbalanced force. A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an external, unbalanced force. This piece explores several ways in which forces can affect a body in motion: friction slows a moving object, gravity makes something fall, pushing makes objects go faster, bouncing objects bounce, and a magnetic force draws objects together. The first section, Newton’s Cradle, serves as a prelude. A Newton’s Cradle consists of an odd number of spheres; when one ball is pulled backward and released, the ball on the opposite side moves upon impact.

The piece was commissioned by the Walden School for Firebird Ensemble; it has since been played in Carnegie Hall by the Da Capo Chamber Players, by faculty members at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, by the Guerrilla Composers Guild at the Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco, and by members of the New York Philharmonic on their CONTACT! New Music Series at National Sawdust.

Toucher (1973) Vinko Globokar (b. 1934)
Steve Solook, speaking percussionist with projection of text

The Bird of Dawning (Shakespeare: Hamlet act1, scene1}
Roland Martin (b. 1955)
Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano Kathrein Allenberg, violin Roland Martin, piano

Trio Sonata #1 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (b.1710-1736)
I. Moderato
Kathrein Allenberg, violin Shannon Steigerwald, violin
Roland Martin, harpsichord Jonathan Golove, cello

Tickets: $20 "Not Yet' Members; $10 Burchfield Penney members and students

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