The Heisler / Yeh Duo is coming to the Orlando white house on Sunday, November 24th at 7:30pm. Their concert will feature music by local composers such as Thad Anderson, Scott Dickinson, Robby Elfman, Keith Lay, David Nielsen, Sun Mi Ro, and Justin White.
The Heisler / Yeh Duo is an award winning chamber ensemble devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary for the saxophone and piano. Saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler and pianist I-Chen Yeh have performed throughout the world and have worked with notable composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Steven Stucky, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Jeff Weston and Timothy Stulman to create new repertoire for this ensemble. Recent concert appearances include performances at (le) poisson rouge (NYC), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Yamaha Performing Artist Center (Taipei, Taiwan), the Taiwan National Concert Hall, New Music Festivals at Bowling Green State University, Ball State University, Kent State University, and Manchester University, and many other Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States. The Heisler / Yeh Duo is a major proponent for new music, however frequently perform transcriptions, masterpieces of the classical repertoire, and stylized popular music as well.
A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, award-winning pianist I-Chen Yeh enjoys an international career as a solo and collaborative performer. Among her significant accomplishments include competition prizes throughout Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. A performer devoted to contemporary music, Yeh’s solo and collaborative performances strive to highlight a new and exciting repertory. Her passion for new music has led to collaborations with notable composers such as Steven Stucky, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, David Rakowski, Greg Sandow, and Andres Carrizo. Yeh has appeared at many world renowned music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Bowling Green State University’s New Music and Art Festivals, Eastern Music Festival, the Internationale Wiener Musik Seminar, and the Threshold Electroacoustic Festival. Yeh holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Bowling Green State University (DMA). Her primary teachers include Laura Melton, Angela Cheng, and Thomas Schumacher. In addition, she is a member of several professional chamber music ensembles, including the Heisler/Yeh Duo with saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, the Primary Colors Trio (saxophone, piano, and percussion), and an exciting new piano duo with pianist Jiung Yoon. Currently, Dr. Yeh is on the piano faculties of Bowling Green State University (OH) and Oakland University (MI) and teaches her own private studio (Dr. Yeh’s Piano Studio). http://ichenyeh.weebly.com
Award winning saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, has recently been appointed to the faculty of Oakland University (professor of saxophone / associate director of bands). He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine’s Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. In 2007, he collaborated with electronic music composer Morton Subotnick in creating a new version of his In Two Worlds for alto saxophone and interactive computer (MAX/MSP). In 2008, he gave the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Recit (Chemins VII) for alto saxophone and orchestra and performed the world premieres of his composer approved transcriptions of Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, Chen Yi’s Monologue, and Louis Andriessen’s Elegy. In addition, he presented the American premiere Entfuhrung by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in 2009, premiered Double Image, a concerto for saxophone(s) and wind ensemble by David R. Gillingham. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University. http://jeffheisler.weebly.com
New Score Chamber Orchestra is putting on a concert on May 19. If you’re available, please come and hear some wonderful new music and show your support for a terrific organization. Below is the concert information, which can also be found on their Facebook page.
UCF will be hosting their annual Collide Festival on Sunday, February 10. This is a landmark event within the Orlando Arts Community. Let’s all come out and show our support! The guest composer this year is Marc Mellits. See below:
Campus Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall
The Collide Festival is a multifaceted event that brings together composers and percussionists. The day begins with a composition symposium with students presenting works from Stetson University, Rollins College, USF, and UCF, moderated by composition faculty from these institutions. The afternoon features a concert of high school percussion ensemble performances from around Central Florida and the evening program spotlights the music of guest composer Marc Mellits.
Sunday, February 10
9:00 a.m – Composition Symposium (Session I)
11:00 a.m – Lunch Break
12:00 p.m – Composition Symposium (Session II)
4:00 p.m. – High School Percussion Ensemble Showcase
7:00 p.m – Pre-Concert talk with guest composer Marc Mellits
8:00 p.m – Concert featuring the work of Marc Mellits
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At the January Florida Flute Association annual convention in Orlando, Robert Raines will have a concert devoted to his flute music at the Airport Marriot, Saturday January 26th, 5:00-5:45. Admission is free.
Central Florida Composers Forum invites you to a concert that’s sure to be electrifying! Join us for “Ghost in the Machine” on November 10 at 5:30pm at the White House (2000 South Summerlin Avenue, Orlando).
All compositions on the concert contain an electronic element, ranging from interactive computer patches, to surround sound, to recorded ambient noises. The concert will feature several premieres, including Charles Griffin’sEnfold Us Beneath Open Wings, John Alvarez’s Fermions and Gauge Bosons, and a new work by Thomas Owen. Other featured composers are Thad Anderson, Keith Lay, and Timothy Stulman. The concert will also feature the talents of vocalist Michelle Amato and Julie Bateman, saxophonist Timothy Rosenberg, and percussionist Nick Stange.
The concert is part of the Accidental Music Festival, and is free and open to the public; however, you can purchase a ticket to reserve a seat for $10, or a festival pass for $70. As is the White House tradition, audience members are encouraged to bring a beverage or snack to enjoy before or after the concert.