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2016 LCCMF Young Composer Seminar Commission

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Recording of Settle for piano quartet by Emily C. Cooley

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

This recording of Emily’s piece was made at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

Performers
Bella Hristova, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, Andrea Casarrubios, cello, and Jeewon Park, piano.

Recorded by GRAMMY-award winner LCCMF Recording Producer and Engineer Alan Bise.

 

Thank you Emily for this wonderful addition to the contemporary chamber music repertoire!

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Great Performance of Settle by Emily Cooley at 2016 LCCMF

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Emily’s piece, Settle for piano quartet, was premiered on August 24 at the FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT. Performers were Bella Hristova, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, Andrea Casarrubios, cello, and Jeewon Park, piano. This piece, funded by New Music USA, was part of a concert of works by composers representing 10 decades of US Composing: in addition to Emily’s work, Nina Young, Pierre Jalbert, and Joan Tower each had works performed. Performances were followed by a panel discussion about writing music as an artist today, hosted by Festival Resident Composer David Ludwig.

Program Note: As a composer, I’ve become interested in pieces that start in a certain musical world and end somewhere very different. In Settle, for violin, viola, cello, and piano, I strove to create an unusual and unexpected transformation of music from beginning to end. Throughout the first half of the piece, I took a chunk of unremarkable material (a chorale-like chord progression) and embedded it intermittently in an otherwise active musical texture. My goal was to make this passage a part of the busy musical collage that forms the first part of the piece, but not to have it necessarily stand out.

Midway through the piece, however, this hushed chorale suddenly asserts itself as being much more important than we might previously have thought. Suddenly, all other musical happenings in the piece are forced to respond to that event. As a result, we end up inhabiting a very different musical landscape from the one in which the piece began. I decided on the title Settle as the most fitting description of how the music transforms over the course of this piece. — 2016 (c)  Emily C. Cooley

Composer Announced for 2016 Festival

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

This year’s commission award will go to Emily C. Cooley, a composer based in Philadelphia, who was an LCCMF Young Composer Seminar participant in 2015. Emily will be writing a piano quartet which will be premiered at the FlynnSpace in Burlington VT on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The performers will be Jeewon Park, piano, Jennifer Frautschi, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, and Andrea Casarrubios, cello.

For more information about Emily, see her website: http://www.emilycooley.com/.

Overview

Each year, the Festival commissions a new piece by an alum of the Young Composers Seminar (YCS). This piece is performed and recorded by Festival artists on one of the main Festival concerts. Alums are selected for commissioning based on where they are in their careers and their potential contribution to the chamber music repertoire. We try to select an alum for whom this commission would be a significant boost to his/her development as a professional composer.

While the 2016 commissioned composer hasn’t yet been selected, examples from our past commissions attest to the importance and quality of this program.

Gabriella Smith (Young Composer Seminar 2010) won the 2014 Leo Kaplan Award awarded to the top ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner) for Brandenburg Interstices, commissioned and performed by the Festival in 2012. Phillip Golub’s (YCS 2012) Fireflies was commissioned for the 2014 Festival and has had performances at the 2015 HearNow Festival in Los Angeles and  Tribeca New Music in New York.

Under the direction of Festival composer-in-residence David Ludwig, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Young Composers Seminar brings together some of the country’s most outstanding young composers. They are immersed in the culture of the Festival, interacting with the Festival staff, musicians, donors and audience members. Admission to the Seminar is by invitation. Each young composer creates a new work for the Festival, which is read by Festival artists at the “Sounding Board.”Students leave the Festival with a professional quality recording of their work, as well as newly acquired skills that will help them in their chosen profession.

 

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Phillip Golub, Fireflies (2014)
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8/29/2014 Performance of LCCMF Young Composers Alum commission, performed by Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, Bella Hristova, violin, Peter Stumpf, cello, and Ellen Hwangbo, piano.
Audio Engineer Alan Bise, Azica Records
Recorded at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Alyssa Weinberg, Contemplations (2013)
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8/25/2013 Performance of LCCMF Young Composers Alum commission, performed by Ricardo Morales, clarinet, Phillip Setzer, violin, and Shai Wosner, piano.
Audio Engineer: Alan Bise
Recorded at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Gabriella Smith, Brandenberg Interstices (2012)
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Gabriella Smith, Brandenberg Interstices (2012) performed at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival on August 19. 2012. Performed by Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, Hye-Jin Kim, violin, Soovin Kim, violin, Burchard Tang, viola, Sophie Shao, cello, Evan Premo, double bass, and Maho Sone Grazzini, harpsichord.
Audio Engineer: Alan Bise
Performed at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

Start and End Dates

08/20/201608/28/2016

Location

Burlington, Vermont

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The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival is founded on the idea that bringing musicians, audiences, and students together makes not only for great music, but also for a rich and rewarding dialog for all.  Now in its 11th year, the Festival aims to inspire and nurture a lifelong appreciation for classical music throughout the community. World-class…

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