Jacaranda Music Presents U.S. Premiere of Eric Tanguy’s New Piano Trio, with the Celebrated French Composer Present
Program Also Honors Claude Debussy 150th Anniversary and Unites Two Acclaimed String Quartets for Georges Enesco’s “Octet”
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 — Jacaranda will present the U.S. premiere of acclaimed French composer Eric Tanguy’s “Trio” on Nov. 17. The concert, titled Seduction, also will feature works by Claude Debussy to honor his sesquicentennial, and a string octet uniting Los Angeles’ two most accomplished classical music foursomes, the Calder Quartet and Lyris Quartet.
Tanguy, the most frequently performed living French composer in Europe, will attend the premiere of his “Trio,” to be performed by the Pantoum Trio: pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, violinist Tereza Stanislav, and principal cellist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Cécilia Tsan, who commissioned the work. It was inspired by Tsan’s family saga: her father, a composer, was assassinated in Paris after fleeing Communist China for Europe, where she prevailed to become a cellist, inspired by her close childhood friend, Yo Yo Ma.
“This work is the result of an intense spiritual dialogue with Cécilia Tsan, whose incredible family story deeply moved me,” says Tanguy, this month awarded the 2012 career achievement Grand Prix by SACEM, the French equivalent of ASCAP. “It is very fondly dedicated to Cécilia, who performed the world premiere on June 26, 2012 at Radio France in Paris.”
Furthering Jacaranda’s Season of Contrasts theme, the 44-year-old Tanguy’s sparkling “Trio” will be preceded by two Debussy works: his famous 1913 flute solo, “Syrinx,” performed by Pamela Vliek-Martchev, and his rarely performed 1901 setting of “Chanson de Bilitis” for récitant, two flutes, two harps and celesta. French actress Clara Bellar (“A.I. Artificial Intelligence,”) will recite a sequence of sensual lesbian love poems, spuriously attributed to the seventh-century Greek poet Bilitis, a contemporary of Sappho, the famous poet from the island of Lesbos.
The program will conclude with the hyper-Romantic string “Octet” written in 1900 by a 19-year old Georges Enesco while a student of Gabriele Faure and classmate of Maurice Ravel in Paris. The Calder Quartet and Lyris Quartet will join forces.
Jacaranda, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, rounds out its current season with several highlights including a three-concert tribute to Benjamin Britten’s centenary featuring the April 27, 2013 performance of “Curlew River.” The Industry’s founding director Yuval Sharon will stage Britten’s rarely performed chamber opera. Jacaranda will partner with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to launch in Santa Monica the L.A. Phil’s weeklong “Focus on Eötvös,” a series celebrating Hungary’s Peter Eötvös. The composer himself will conduct the U.S. premiere of his “Schiller: Energische Schönheit,” a Jacaranda co-commission, on Jan. 12, 2013.
Full 2012-13 season information available at jacarandamusic.org.
Jacaranda’s Nov. 17 concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Concert tickets, $40 general; $20 students: jacarandamusic.org. Information: (213) 483-0216.
Nov. 17, 2012: SEDUCTION, 8 p.m.
- Syrinx (1913), flute
- Chansons de Bilitis (1901), récitant, two flutes, two harps, celesta
Eric Tanguy: Trio (U.S. Premiere), piano, violin, cello
Georges Enesco: Octet for strings (1900) double string quartet
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with a motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) in Santa Monica that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to jacarandamusic.org, or call (213) 483-0216.