JANUARY 2014: FACULTY SOLO RECITAL
On Thursday, January 15th, Stephen Drury gives his annual faculty solo recital in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. On the program is Frederic Rzewski's North American Ballad No. 3 ("Down by the Riverside"), Frederic Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, John Zorn's Carny, Chaya Czernowsin's fardanceCLOSE, and two pieces of Lee Hyla's, Basic Training and Riff and Transfiguration. 8pm, and admission is free.
MARCH 2013, CAGE & RZEWSKI IN EUROPE
Stephen Drury heads first to Lyon to perform a concert dedicated to the works of John Cage: Prelude to Meditation, In a Landscape, selections from Music for Piano, Solo from Concert for Piano and Orchestra, and the Etudes Australes, Book 3 on Thursday evening, March 14, 2013 at the Theatre de la Renaissance, 7:30 pm. On Sunday morning, March 17, Drury heads to Salzburg to perform Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated! at the Universitaet Mozarteum, 11:00 am. Drury's final stop will be Tuesday, March 19 in Athens, where he will perform the Rzewski at the ABOUT Cultural Center at 8:30 pm.
We apologize for the last-minute cancellation of Drury's faculty recital in Jordan Hall last month; due to the winter storm affecting Boston's transport, we were unable to continue with the concert as planned. We will keep you informed on this site should the concert be rescheduled at some point.
FEB 10: STEPHEN DRURY, WEBERN & RZEWSKI, JORDAN HALL
On Sunday, February 10th, Stephen Drury performs Anton Webern's Variations, Op. 27 and Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 36 Variations on "El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido!" in his faculty solo recital at the New England Conservatory.
Drury has been called a "superhuman pianist" who has received "the kind of standing ovation usually heard in opera houses" for his live performance of The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. In 2005, Anne Midgette of the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Drury owns this work. He has recorded it; he has often performed it; and if there were moments when passion trumped cleanness ... they were in the service of major playing of a major piece. Some hours of music drag. This one galloped." In 2007, Jeremy Eichler of the Boston Globe described Drury's live performance of the Rzewski as "superb ... the kind of sweeping act that erases distinctions between brilliant technique and deep musical understanding." Drury's New Albion recording of the Rzewski is a must-have -- but first, experience it live, up close and personal with Stephen Drury this Sunday at 8pm in Jordan Hall.
JAN 18 & 19, EARLE BROWN SYMPOSIUM
This Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19th, Boston celebrates the American avant-garde composer Earle Brown (1926-2002) in the symposium Beyond Notation, hosted at Northeastern University. A native of Massachusetts, Brown studied at Northeastern and Schillinger House (now Berklee College of Music) before establishing his career in New York and Europe as a groundbreaking composer and conductor of graphic notation and "open form" music.
Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort are among the international group of presenters, hailing from music, art, and dance disciplines, who will come together in examining the life and musical legacy of Earle Brown. Presenters include Kyle Gann (Bard College), Richard Toop (Sydney Conservatorium), Susan Sollins Brown (President, Earle Brown Music Foundation), Thomas Fichter (Director, Earle Brown Music Foundation), Carolyn Brown (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Louis Pine, pianist Steffen Schleiermacher (Leipzig, Germany), and Mickey Katz (Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players).
The U.S. premiere of Brown's sound installation, Music for Galerie Stadler (1964) will be hosted by Gallery 360 at Northeastern University alongside a photo exhibit, January 14 - February 26. Events will be held at the Fenway Center of Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, and Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Click here to register for any of the events/performances of Beyond Notation. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended, as seating may be limited. The Art and Music of Earle Brown session on January 18 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be subject to museum admission fees for registrations submitted after January 17.
See the full schedule and register at www.music.neu.edu/earlebrown.
2013: JANUARY 12, JOHN ZORN PORTRAIT W/ BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY
Should you find yourself in Glasgow this weekend, you won't want to miss this free concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, held at City Halls, Candleriggs (G1 1NQ).
This Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 PM is John Zorn: A Portrait, featuring works from 1994 to a simultaneous BBC commission and world premiere. The program consists of Zorn's Orchestra Variations, La Machine de L'etre, Suppots et Supplications (BBC Commission, World Premiere), Kol Nidre, and Aporias. Performers are Stephen Drury, Allison Bell, select choristers from The Choristers of St. Mary's Cathedral (Edinburgh), and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ilan Volkov.
The program will be recorded for broadcast at 10.00 pm on January 12 in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night contemporary music program, Hear and Now. Tickets are free, and limited to 4 tickets per application. For more information, click here to see the event on the web.
Stephen Drury is no stranger to the music of John Zorn; in fact, Zorn's devilishly virtuosic piano solo Carny was written for Drury. If you haven't already, feel free to familiarize yourself with Drury's recordings of Zorn's works, on the releases What Thou Wilt, Aporias, and Madness, Love, and Mysticism, all available on Tzadik.
CAGE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, CONCERTS IN SYDNEY
Having just returned from Seattle, where Stephen Drury performed as soloist in Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, we now look towards the next couple weeks.
Thursday November 15th through Friday the 16th, Drury will be at Northwestern University for Northwestern's Centennial Celebration of John Cage; on the 15th, he will perform Cage's prepared piano music in the "John Cage Festival" concert. The program begins at 7:30 PM in Lutkin Hall at the University. Tickets can be purchased here. The following day, Drury will be a featured speaker as part of “Interpreting Cage,” a two-day symposium, which begins on Friday with sessions on performing Cage’s music and the lasting influence of Cage’s music. Other speakers include Cage scholars David Nicholls, Seth Brodsky, Julia Robinson, and Jason Treuting of So Percussion.
A few days later, Drury is off to Australia to perform in two concerts at Sydney Grammar School. On Wednesday, November 21st at 6:30 PM, Drury performs John Cage's Etudes Australes Book III, John Zorn's Carny, and Charles Ives's Concord Sonata. On Friday, November 23rd at 6:30 PM, Drury performs Australian comoser Nicholas Vines's Terraformation, I - Soletta and Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. Both concerts will be at The New Hall (TNH) at Sydney Grammar School, located at Yurong Street, East Sydney, NSW.
OCT 30, OPEN FOR'M: CHEAP IMITATION
OPEN FOR'M is an immersion, an encounter, a multi-dimensional experience. On Tuesday, October 30, Stephen Drury leads the Callithumpian Consort in focusing on a single piece of music - John Cage's Cheap Imitation - in a free-form event made of equal parts teach-in, demonstration, free-form discussion, open rehearsal, Q & A, pre-concert lecture, and post-concert reception.
The evening will include an open rehearsal of the piece, as well as excerpts from related works (Satie's Socrate), related video footage, commentary from special guest, Laura Kuhn from the John Cage Trust, discussions with the players themselves, and refreshments.
Consider yourself invited to eavesdrop on the ongoing conversation between the music and the musicians (and vice versa). Sit next to and among the performers; experience the music, its history, challenges, and beauties from inside of the group! Join us in exploring John Cage's Cheap Imitation.
The encounter with John Cage's Cheap Imitation for orchestra continues with the performance of the complete work (alongside music of Luigi Nono and Morton Feldman) at the Gardner Museum on November 1st, 2012 as part of Callithumpian Consort’s year-long celebration of the John Cage Centennial.
OCT 14: DRURY AT CAGEFEST, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
Tonight at 7:30 in Brendle Recital Hall at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), Stephen Drury gives an all-Cage piano recital as part of WFU's 2012 CAGEFEST. The festival, which began in late September and continues through November, is full of performances, masterclasses, and guest speakers invited from around the world to share in a very inclusive community, celebrating John Cage's Centennial. CAGEFEST was organized by pianist and WFU faculty member Louis Goldstein, who is also performing during the festival.
From an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal: "Goldstein said he also wants the festival to give the most complete picture possible of all that Cage did. So "Cagefest" will, in addition to performances of music and dance, feature several lectures by experts in disciplines and ideas connected to Cage." Marjorie Perloff, David Patterson, and Kay Larson are among the speakers to present throughout CAGEFEST. Read more in the Winstom-Salem Journal.
The full schedule of events can be found here. Not to be missed!
10.09.12: CAGE CONCERTO FOR PREPARED PIANO AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
You may be familiar with Stephen Drury's Mode recording of the Concerto, with Callithumpian Consort and Charles Peltz conducting. At the time, Cage worked closely in rehearsals with Drury and Peltz for what was (and still is) a major release: the first time that all of Cage's Piano Concertos have been on the same disc.
On Tuesday, October 9th 2012, Stephen Drury reunites with Charles Peltz in performing Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra with the NEC Wind Ensemble in Jordan Hall. Other works on the program include music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Duke Ellington, Richard Strauss, Cherubini, and Jacob Druckman. For complete program information, visit the NEC event link here.
For the Concerto, Drury writes: "... In both Zen philosophy and contemporary theoretical physics, one peels away layers of appearance to discover that at the heart of "reality" lies emptiness. In the Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra, Cage, in stripping away the sounds of the piece and reducing it to silence, shows us the heart of the music. Form is shown to indeed be emptiness." Read Drury's full CD liner notes here.
Please note: the concert begins early -- at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.