Events - Past

West Road Concert Hall
Cambridge, England
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 1:00 PM
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY WIND ORCHESTRA and conductor Jack Bazalgette will give the UK premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon's new work, ROCKS, as part of a concert at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

ROCKS is a work in five movements for symphonic winds, brass, piano, harp, percussion and double bass, inspired by the textures and sonic implications of five rocks: glassy, volcanic obsidian; dry, crisp slate; luxurious blue lapis; magical amethyst; and intense, burning sulfur.

ROCKS was commissioned by a consortium of 21 universities in the United States and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Presenter: Cambridge University Musical Society
Gordon: ROCKS
Ensemble: Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Conductor: Jack Bazalgette
Morgan Hall, Bailey Performance Center
Kennesaw, Georgia
Monday, 14 November 2016 - 8:00 PM
Featuring KSU Wind Ensemble led by Dr. David Kehler and KSU Wind Symphony led by Dr. Debra Traficante. Tickets for this performance are $10-15. Watch live stream online at musicKSU.com.

ROCKS by Geoffrey Gordon is a work in five movements for symphonic winds, brass, piano, harp, percussion and double bass, inspired by the textures and sonic implications of five rocks: glassy, volcanic obsidian; dry, crisp slate; luxurious blue lapis; magical amethyst; and intense, burning sulfur.

ROCKS was commissioned by a consortium of universities in the United States and the United Kingdom led by Kennesaw State University.
Presenter: Kennesaw State University School of Music
Gordon: ROCKS
Ensemble: Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble
Conductor: David Kehler
Roosevelt University: Ganz Memorial Hall
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 6 March 2016 - 2:00 PM
New York Philharmonic principal clarinet, Anthony McGill, will join the celebrated JACK Quartet for the world premiere performances of Geoffrey Gordon's Clarinet Quintet, commissioned by the American Music Project.
Presenter: American Music Project
Gordon: Clarinet Quintet
Artist: Anthony McGill (Clarinet)
Ensemble: JACK Quartet
Carnegie Hall: Weill Recital Hall
New York, New York
Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 8:00 PM
Toke Moldrup (cello) and Steven Beck (piano) will give the world premiere performance of Geoffrey Gordon's FATHOMS, Five Impressions (with Prelude)of Shakespeare's Tempest. The program will also include Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo and chamber works by Mendelssohn, Gade, and Danish composer Bent Sørensen.
Presenter: Copenhagen Philharmonic
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Artists: Steven Beck (Piano); Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Roulette
New York City, New York
Friday, 20 November 2015 - 7:30 PM
New York Philharmonic principal clarinet, Anthony McGill, will join the celebrated JACK Quartet for the world premiere performances of Geoffrey Gordon's Clarinet Quintet, commissioned by the American Music Project.
Presenter: American Music Project
Gordon: Clarinet Quintet
Artist: Anthony McGill (Clarinet)
Ensemble: JACK Quartet
Hotel Kvarner
Opatija, Croatia
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 8:00 PM
Austria's superb Ensemble Zeitfluss, and soloist Joachim Kelber, to give the European premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Ensemble, in Graz, on November 5, 2015.
Presenter: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Gordon: Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
Artist: Joachim Kelber (Viola)
Ensemble: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Minoritensäle : Großer Minoritensaal
Graz, Austria
Friday, 6 November 2015 - 8:00 PM
Austria's superb Ensemble Zeitfluss, and soloist Joachim Kelber, to give the European premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Ensemble, in Graz, on November 5, 2015.
Presenter: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Gordon: Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
Artist: Joachim Kelber (Viola)
Ensemble: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Riverside Recital Hall
Iowa City, Iowa
Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 3:00 PM
This is the world premiere performance of Geoffrey Gordon's Sonnets from Neruda song cycle, for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano, setting six of the Sonnets of poet Pablo Neruda.
Presenter: University of Iowa Center for New Music
Gordon: Sonnets from Neruda
Artists: Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano); John R. Muriello (Baritone); Kuang-hao Huang (Piano)
North Park University: Anderson Chapel
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 11 September 2015 - 7:30 PM
This is the world premiere performance of Geoffrey Gordon's Sonnets from Neruda song cycle, for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano, setting six of the Sonnets of poet Pablo Neruda.
Presenter: North Park University
Gordon: Sonnets from Neruda
Artists: Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano); John R. Muriello (Baritone); Kuang-hao Huang (Piano)
Zipper Hall
Los Angeles, California
Friday, 7 August 2015 - 5:00 PM
This is the world premiere performance of Geoffrey Gordon's chamber vocal work, Winterleben, commissioned for Los Angeles principal horn Andrew Bain by the Colburn School. Winterleben is scored for mezzo soprano, horn and piano, and sets five texts by German poet (and Mahler favorite) Friedrich Rückert (16 May 1788 – 31 January 1866).
Presenter: The Colburn School
Gordon: Winterleben
Artist: Andrew Bain (French Horn)
Bornholm Music Festival
Bornholm, Denmark
Monday, 20 July 2015 - 7:30 PM
Cellist Toke Moldrup will perform Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo, as part of a recital with pianist Yaron Kohlberg, which will also include works by Brahms and Shostakovich.
Presenter: Bornholm Music Festival
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Dorf Old School
Dorf, Denmark
Sunday, 19 July 2015 - 7:30 PM
Cellist Toke Moldrup will perform Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo, as part of a recital with pianist Yaron Kohlberg, which will also include works by Brahms and Shostakovich.
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Ellevang Church
Aarhus, Denmark
Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 7:30 PM
Cellist Toke Moldrup will perform Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo, as part of a recital with pianist Yaron Kohlberg, which will also include works by Brahms and Shostakovich.
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Vintage Paris Cafe
Branson, Missouri
Monday, 15 June 2015 - 7:00 PM
Flamingo, created by noted American artist Alexander Calder, is a 53 foot (16 m) tall stabile located in the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It was commissioned by the United States General Services Administration and was unveiled in 1974, although Calder's signature
on the sculpture indicates it was constructed in 1973.

Flamingo weighs 50 tons, is composed of steel, and is vermilion in color. Calder gave the stabile its color, which has come to be called "Calder red", to offset it from the black and steel surroundings of nearby office buildings, including the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Kluczynski Federal Building. The stabile is an art form which Calder pioneered. It is an abstract structure that is completely stationary, as opposed to a mobile, which can move with air currents.

Despite the large size of the sculpture, its design is such that viewers can walk underneath and around it, thus enabling one to perceive it in human scale. The shape of Flamingo alludes to the natural and animal realm, which is a stark contrast to more literal interpretations in sculpture from previous decades.

Flamingo, then, serves as the inspiration for this chamber work, comprised of five micro-movements, each describing the sculpture from a different view. Structurally, movements I and III and movements II and IV are related. They share tempos, meters and some musical materials. Some of the phrases from movement IV, for example (The View from Below) are a mirror inversion of the same phrases from movement II (The View from Above). The final movement evokes the sculpture from the distant view of the Willis Tower Skydeck—through its own music and through phrases borrowed from the other movements. The work is intended, in nearly six concise minutes, to provide a sonic portrait of the sublime and elegant stabile—a sculptural masterwork which captures both the natural world and the arching reach of a modern urban landscape.
Presenter: Taneycomo Festival
Gordon: Flamingo
Gordon: Flamingo
Ensemble: What Is Noise
Symphony Hall
Birmingham, England
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 7:30 PM
The celebrated English Symphony Orchestra and soloists Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond give the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Saint Blue, a double concerto for trumpet, piano and strings, as part of the ESO's subscription season, 13 May 2015.
Presenter: English Symphony Orchestra
Gordon: Saint Blue (double concerto for trumpet, piano and strings, after Kandinsky)
Artists: Simon Desbruslais (Trumpet); Clare Hammond (Piano)
Ensemble: English Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
Minoritensäle : Großer Minoritensaal
Graz, Austria
Monday, 9 March 2015 - 7:30 PM
Austria's superb Ensemble Zeitfluss, and soloist Daniel Moser, to give the European premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Ensemble, in Graz, on March 9, 2015.
Presenter: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Gordon: Meditation and Allegro for Viola and Chamber Ensemble
Artist: Daniel Moser (Viola)
Ensemble: Ensemble Zeitfluss
Southern Methodist University: Caruth Auditorium
Dallas, Texas
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 7:30 PM
Voices of Change, the Southwest’s premiere professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of music of our time, celebrating its 40th season, will give the regional premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's chamber work, Bright White Smooth, for flute, viola and harp, as part of their 2014-2015 concert season.
Presenter: Voices of Change
Gordon: Bright White Smooth
Ensemble: Voices of Change
Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts: Helen Bader Concert Hall
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 7:30 PM
French horn soloists Neil Kimel and Greg Flint, with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, give the world premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon's Duo Sonata for two horns and piano--part of the Chamber Music Milwaukee concert series.
Presenter: Chamber Music Milwaukee
Gordon: Duo Sonata
Artists: Gregory Flint (French Horn); Neil Kimel (French Horn); Kuang-hao Huang (Piano)
Buffalo State: Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall
Buffalo, New York
Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 6:00 PM
Cellist Natasha Farny plays Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo on a program dedicated to the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, at Ciminelli Recital Hall, Buffalo State University, Buffalo, New York.
Presenter: Buffalo State
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Natasha Farny (Cello)
Koncerthuset
Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, 31 January 2014 - 7:30 PM
Cellist Toke Møldrup and the Copenhagen Philharmonic to give the World premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, after Thomas Mann’s novel, Doktor Faustus, January 30 and 31, 2014—part of the CPh subscription season!
Presenter: Copenhagen Philharmonic
Gordon: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (after Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus)
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Ensemble: Copenhagen Philharmonic
Conductor: Rory Macdonald
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