Glendale Noon Concert–August 19, 12:10-12:40 p.m. *Online Only*


On Wednesday,JUNE 17, 2020 at 12:10-12:40 pm join us online for the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concert. This Concert will be available on our YouTube Channel, in-person attendance is prohibited due to COVID-19 (corona virus).
For more information, email glendalesda@gmail.com or call (818) 244-7241.

Program 8/19/20:

Brendan White – piano

Eleanor Alberga

(b. 1949, Jamaican)

It’s Time

 

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

(1942-1988, British)

Nocturne: Djâmî

 

 

ARTIST BIO:

Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), Delta Symphony Orchestra, Crown City Symphony, and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles; www.sunsetchamberfest.com

Local recital appearances include: Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts, Emerging Artist Series Recital at Boston Court, Soundwaves series in Santa Monica.

White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then, the University of Southern California, with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky.

 

PROGRAM NOTES & COMPOSER BIOS:

Eleanor Alberga

(b. 1949, Jamaican)

It’s Time

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Alberga

https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2019/03/theartsdeskcom-eleanor-albergas-its.html

Eleanor Alberga has often worked with dance troupes. That grounding in the ever-shifting drama of rhythm and movement never feels far away in It’s Time – inspired by a poem by Pushkin. Repeated bass figures conjure an immersive, enveloping mood of anticipation, even threat. If the hypnotic and drone-like rumbles and snarls low down hint at some variety of minimalism, ethereal, bell-like harmonies above sometimes conjure the soundscapes of Debussy or even Messiaen. -Boyd Tonkin

Aleksandr Pushkin

“It’s Time, My Friend…”

It’s time, my friend, it’s time! The peace is craved by hearts…

Days flow after days — each hour departs

A bit of life — and both, you and I,

Plan a long life, but could abruptly die.

The world hasn’t happiness, but there is freedom, peace.

And long have I daydreamed the life of bliss —

And long have planned, a tired slave, the flight

To the removed abode of labor and delight.

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

(1942-1988, British)

Nocturne: Djâmî

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaikhosru_Shapurji_Sorabji

Sorabji  Djami

http://www.sorabji-archive.co.uk/compositions/piece.php?pieceid=47

Sorabji wrote Djâmi in 1928; it is the first of his works explicitly designated ‘nocturne’, a genre to which he returned many times later in his career. It is also one of Sorabji’s first works to explicitly evoke Persian culture, something that became increasingly important to Sorabji not only as a source of inspiration for his music (evident in compositions such as Gulistān and the Jāmī Symphony) but as a means of discovering and engaging with his own cultural heritage as a Parsi. Djâmi bears the following quotation from the poem Yusuf and Zuleykhā by the poet Nuru’d-Dīn ‘Abdur-Rahmān Jāmī: “Be thou the thrall of love; make this thine object; For this one thing seemeth to wise men worthy. Be thou love’s thrall, that thou mayst win thy freedom, Bear on thy breast its brand, that thou mayst blithe be. Love’s wine will warm thee and will steal thy senses; All else is soulless stupor and self-seeking” (trans. E.G. Browne).
(notes: Jonathan Powell)

 

The concert will also be available for viewing as a link on the Glendale City Church Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6zEXA-8F7CPOixLDWxGBA/

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