in a concert of new compositions
and some golden oldies.
Joseph Mitchell - has established a career in southern California as performer, teacher, and composer. As a performer he works with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, El Camino College, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. His compositions for mixed ensembles have been performed at the South Bay Center for the Arts, Music in the Chambers (Culver City), Classical Notes at Cal Tech, and Barnsdall Art Park. In 2006, Mr. Mitchell released Songs of the Diaspora, a collection of six of his own works for tuba and percussion.
William Roper, tubaist & composer, has released five recording projects as leader, five as co-leader on various labels. He is represented on over 40 recordings as a side man as well having worked on movie soundtracks. Examples of the range of artists he has worked with include Wadada Leo Smith, L.A. Philharmonic, James Newton, Horace Tapscott, Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Cleveland, Thomas Mapfumo, Bobby Bradford, Michael Vlatkovich, Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Francis Wong, Glenn Horiuchi and numerous others. He composes works for solo instruments and small ensembles as well as stage works of various descriptions.
The program will be:
- Funky Ward Nine - Mitchell
- Bid 'em In/Prayer - Mitchell (premiere)
- Alytes obstetricans - Frieden mein kleines Ei, lasse ich Sie nicht. - Roper (premiere)
- Cygnus olor - Schwanengesangen - Roper
- Southern Mansion - Mitchell (premiere)
- The Perfect Construction of Decisive Moments - Vlatkovich
- Lacri me - Flow My Tears - Roper
Notes on the pieces:
Inspired by the rhythms of the Crescent City, Funky Ward Nine features drums and sousaphone taking license with a variant of a “second line” drum beat. Hurricane Katrina and its’ aftermath is the subject of the middle section with tuba and drum solos respectively.
It is remarkable to note the numbers of art works which have been created as a result of African bondage in the New World. One such piece, recited in the style of an auctioneer, is Bid ‘em In by Oscar Brown, Jr. Bid ‘em In is followed by Prayer for solo marimba.
Alytes obstetricans is the Latin name for the Midwife Toad. It is part of the series Postkarten aus Schwandorf. Common around Schwandorf, the male carries the fertilized eggs around his legs to protect them from predators. When ready to hatch, he wades into shallow water and allows them to leap out of their eggs. This piece is the moment of transition from egg to water.
Cygnus olor also belongs to the series Postkarten aus Schwandorf. Cygnus olor is the Latin name for the Mute Swan. Legend has it that the swan is mute throughout its life. Finally, immediately before it dies, it sings a single, beautiful, extended song. This final song can melt the hardest heart.
Southern Mansion is a setting for tuba and percussion of Arna Bontemps’ poem of the same name. The scene is a plantation below Mason and Dixon’s Line where contrasts are stark between master and servant. The version being performed this evening is a revision inspired by the inauguration of President Obama.
Vlatkovich says of The Perfect Construction of Decisive Moments, "Often the title is the inspiration and source for the composition, however in this case a visual artist living in New York City was the source. The title is the method."Lacri me is a "Swan Song" for the heart. It is an end of love song.
- Sunday, April 26, 2009
- 7:30 PM
- at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291, 310.822.3006
- $15.00 at the door
- contact William Roper at: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Roper is a Miraphone artist and plays Warburton mouthpieces.