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Anna Clyne joins the Berkeley Symphony as composer-in-residence from 2016-2019.

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PRESS RELEASE: Berkeley Symphony opens 2018-19 Season on October 4, featuring Ming Luke, Benjamin Beilman, and Anna Clyne

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Berkeley Symphony

Berkeley Symphony opens its 2018-19 season on Oct 4 with Ming Luke conducting Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry, and Ravel’s La Valse. 

BERKELEY, CA (September 20, 2018) – Berkeley Symphony opens its 2018-19 season with Guest Conductor Ming Luke taking the podium at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley on Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 at 7pm. Following Joana Carneiro’s announcement that she is stepping down as Berkeley Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor as of the end of the 2017-18 season and after nine seasons at its artistic helm, Associate Conductor and Education Director Ming Luke makes his debut leading Berkeley Symphony on the main stage. The Orchestra kicks off the season in an exultant mood with the grand ceremonial fanfare of Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Benjamin Beilman makes his debut performance with Berkeley Symphony as soloist in Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto. The Orchestra performs Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne’s visually stunning Night Ferry. The concert concludes with Ravel’s La Valse.

Berkeley Symphony and Clyne are entering the final year of a three-year collaboration that will give the composer new opportunities while in Berkeley to write and workshop new orchestral music, and engage with the Berkeley community beyond the orchestra hall. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.

Ming Luke, Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the Berkeley Symphony since 2006, has conducted ensembles across the United States and Europe and has been praised for his “pure musicality” and “charisma.” Allan Ulrich at the San Francisco Chronicle stated that “Luke delivered the best live theater performance I’ve ever heard of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.” Luke is also the Principal Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, and Music Director of the Merced Symphony as well as the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. In addition to work with these companies, 2018-19 season highlights include working with Opera San Jose, San Francisco Opera as a teaching artist, San Bernardino Symphony, and Billings Symphony, in addition to tours to the Kennedy Center and London with the San Francisco Ballet, and a tour of the Baltics with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.

American violinist Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.”

In March 2016, Warner Classics released his debut recital CD. Highlights of Mr. Beilman’s 2017-18 season include performances with the Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Orchestra St. Luke’s, as well as a multi-city tour of California play-directing the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a program including Bach, Stravinsky, and Andrew Norman. In recital, he will premiere a new work written for him by Frederic Rzewski and commissioned by Music Accord, presented by Boston Celebrity Series and Shriver Hall Concert Series, and on tour throughout the US in the 17-18 and 18-19 seasons. Abroad, Mr. Beilman will make his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony where he will perform Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and debuts with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony. He will also perform the European premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s new work at the Heidelberg Spring Festival, and return to the Wigmore Hall in recital.

London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide. Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010-15. She also recently served as Composer-in-Residence for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-16 season and for L’Orchestre national d’île-de-France from 2014-16. She has been commissioned by such renowned organizations as American Composers Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Scottish Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and the Southbank Centre, and her work has been championed by such world-renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

ABOUT BERKELEY SYMPHONY

Berkeley Symphony is unique among Bay Area and American orchestras for its commitment to innovation, community, and excellence. Founded in 1971 in the intellectual and artistic nexus of Berkeley, California, the Orchestra is committed to premiering and commissioning new music and champions female composers, sustained by the supportive musical environment of Berkeley, the East Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area. From the outset, the people behind Berkeley Symphony’s culture and programming were attuned to the culturally diverse people and the heady creative climate of their home city.

Thomas Rarick, a protégé of the great English maestro Sir Adrian Boult, founded the orchestra in 1971 as the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra. Reflecting the spirit of the times, musicians performed in street dress and at unusual locations such as the University Art Museum. When Kent Nagano became the music director of the orchestra in 1978, he charted a new course by offering innovative programming that included rarely performed 20th-century works and numerous premieres. The renamed Berkeley Symphony Orchestra gained an international reputation for its adventurous programming, and became known for premiering the music of international composers and showcasing young local talents. Berkeley Symphony entered a new era in January 2009 when Joana Carneiro became the Orchestra’s third Music Director in its 40-year history. Under Carneiro, the Orchestra continued its tradition of presenting the cutting edge of classical music for nine seasons. In 2016, Berkeley Symphony and composer Anna Clyne were awarded a Music Alive grant for a three-year composer residency, designed to immerse Clyne and the Symphony in the creation of new work, collaboration with other Berkeley arts institutions, music education, community outreach and multidisciplinary activities.

Berkeley Symphony has introduced Bay Area audiences to works by upcoming young composers, many of whom have since achieved international prominence. Celebrated British composer George Benjamin, who subsequently became Composer-in-Residence at the San Francisco Symphony, was first introduced to the Bay Area in 1987 when Berkeley Symphony performed his compositions Jubilation and Ringed by the Flat Horizon; as was Thomas Adès, whose opera Powder Her Face was debuted by the Orchestra in a concert version in 1997 before it was fully staged in New York City, London and Chicago.

 

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7p – HIGDON & RAVEL

Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Way, Berkeley

Berkeley Symphony
Ming Luke, Guest Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

Dimitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Jennifer Higdon: Violin Concerto
Anna Clyne: Night Ferry
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

TICKETS: Tickets for the Berkeley Symphony concert on October 4 are priced at $15 to $96 and are available at tickets.berkeleysymphony.org or by phone at (510) 841-2800. Student tickets are available. Doors open at 5:30p.    

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Anna Clyne Presents Second of 3 Performances at BAMPFA

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Berkeley Symphony

In Spring 2018, Berkeley Symphony’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne curates three innovative programs of contemporary music featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians as part of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Full concert series. The performances take place at BAMPFA on nights of the full moon: Saturday, March 31, Sunday, April 29, and Tuesday, May 29, each at 7p.

For the second concert, titled “Symphony and Ballet,” Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows join forces with the choreographers and dancers of Berkeley Ballet Theater to explore what magical results occur when music meets dance. World premieres of small-ensemble pieces written by our Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows are matched with work by choreographers Laura O’Malley, Keon Saghari, and Vanessa Thiessen.

In 2017, these three young composers were selected from a national candidate pool to participate in the inaugural Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows program, receiving mentorship from Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne while developing compositions to be performed by Berkeley Symphony musicians. The goal for participating composers is to develop a composition style that is deeply personal and artistically true, yet designed to enter the standard orchestra repertory.

This concert is also presented for free to families and schoolchildren of all Berkeley Unified School District elementary schools on Saturday, April 28.

ON THE PROGRAM:
Ming LukeConductor

1.  Peter Shin, composer, Scène in E minor (2018) [World Premiere] 
Vanessa Thiessen, choreographer, From the Well of Echoes

Inspired by artwork:
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Dictee [book] 
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Father/Mother [handmade photo book] 
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Mouth to Mouth [film]

Dancers: Mai Corkins, Moses Abrahamson, Shannon Landheer, Zoe Carr, Ashira Bloom

2.  Aiyana Braun, composer, One Horizon (2018) [World Premiere] 
Laura O’Malley, choreographer, Inscape

Inspired by artwork:Laurence Weiner – Art Wall

Dancers: Nina Owen, Georgia Davidson, Elias Coerver, Eugene Bolgatz

3.  Ursula Kwong-Brown, composer, Black and Blue (2018) [World Premiere] 
Keon Saghari, choreographer, Black&Blue

Inspired by artwork:Theresa Hak-Kyung – Black and Blue (8 images)

Dancers: Violet Buxton-Walsh, Elizabeth Inami, Clara Castronovo, Nina Owen, Julie Deleger

Anna Clyne Presents First of 3 Performances at BAMPFA in Berkeley

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Berkeley Symphony

In Spring 2018, Berkeley Symphony’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne curates three innovative programs of contemporary music featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians as part of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Full concert series. The performances take place at BAMPFA on nights of the full moon: Saturday, March 31, Sunday, April 29, and Tuesday, May 29, each at 7p.

In the first concert, titled “Pairs,” Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends play compositions by the Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows paired with pieces written by their mentors: Aiyana Braun with Jennifer Higdon; Ursula Kwong-Brown with Myra Melford; Peter Shin with Ted Hearne; and Anna Clyne with Julia Wolfe.

ON THE PROGRAM:
Jennifer HidgonSong
Aiyana Tedi BraunAbrasions Mvt. III
Ursula Kwong-BrownReflections on Rothko
Myra MelfordThe Whole Tree Gone
Peter ShinScreaming Shapes
Ted HearneNobody’s
Anna ClynePrimula Vulgaris
Julia WolfeEarly That Summer

Visit our Facebook page for photos of the first Full @BAMPFA.

Anna Speaks to UC Berkeley Composition Students

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Berkeley Symphony

“You’ve got to NOT be crippled by it, by history, but inspired by it.” — Anna ClyneNew Music USA MusicAlive Composer-in-Residence.

Earlier this month (February), we had the pleasure of listening in as Anna Clyne described her process of composition at the UC Berkeley Composition Colloquium, hosted by Myra Melford & Ken Ueno. With projections of her exquisitely painted graphic scores and works by her collaborators in the visual arts, she gave a glimpse inside the mind of one of today’s finest composers, a fantastic world where sight and sound blend to produce musical inventions of astonishing power and beauty.

Berkeley Symphony Musicians Perform in BAMPFA’s Full Series Curated by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne, March 31, April 29, & May 29, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Berkeley Symphony

BERKELEY, CA (February 13, 2018) – Berkeley Symphony’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne will curate three programs of contemporary music featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians as part of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Full concert series. The performances will take place at BAMPFA on Saturday, March 31, Sunday, April 29, and Tuesday, May 29, each at 7p. In the first concert, titled “Pairs,” Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends play compositions by the Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows paired with pieces written by their mentors: Aiyana Braun with Jennifer Higdon; Ursula Kwong-Brown with Myra Melford; Peter Shin with Ted Hearne; and Anna Clyne with Julia Wolfe. For the second concert, titled “Symphony and Ballet,” Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows join forces with the choreographers and dancers of Berkeley Ballet Theater to explore what magical results occur when music meets dance. World premieres of small-ensemble pieces written by Aiyana Braun, Peter Shin, and Ursula Kwong-Brown are matched with work by choreographers Laura O’Malley, Keon Saghari, and Vanessa Thiessen. At the final concert, “Cities,” Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends perform six small-ensemble pieces by composers in The Future of Orchestral Culture, an international fellowship program developed by a consortium of musical institutions across the globe: Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Music and Drama Hamburg, Symphoniker Hamburg, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

ABOUT BERKELEY SYMPHONY

Well-established as a presenter of major contemporary orchestral works, Berkeley Symphony continues its steadfast commitment to presenting original and unique programs with new music commissioned by living composers, many of whom have developed an ongoing creative and collaborative relationship with the Symphony. Since its 1979-80 season, Berkeley Symphony has performed 65 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres, and 21 West Coast premieres. In recognition of its leadership in commissioning and creating new music, the Orchestra has received the prestigious ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in 10 of the past 13 seasons. In December, Berkeley Symphony and composer Anna Clyne were awarded a three-year Music Alive grant for a composer residency, beginning in 2017, one of only five U.S. orchestra-composer pairings selected by New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras for the honor. The residency is designed to involve Clyne in a far-reaching, immersive collaboration with Berkeley Symphony, involving the creation of new work, collaboration with other Berkeley arts institutions, music education, community outreach and multidisciplinary activities.

 

ABOUT BERKELEY SOUNDS COMPOSER FELLOWS

Earlier this year, three young composers were selected from a national candidate pool to participate in the inaugural Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellows program. The new Fellows include Aiyana Tedi Braun, currently a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia; Ursula Kwong-Brown of New York City; and Peter Shin of Kansas City. The composers will receive mentorship from Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne while developing two compositions to be performed by Berkeley Symphony. During the first season (2017-18), each composer will develop a new work for chamber ensemble, while in the second season (2018-19) they will produce a new work for chamber orchestra. The 2017-2018 season culminates in a public reading session as part of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Full series, where the composers will have their music rehearsed, performed, and professionally recorded. The first of these sessions will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at BAMPFA. In addition to being mentored by Ms. Clyne, the Fellows receive artistic and career guidance from the Symphony artistic staff, orchestra musicians, and renowned mentor-composers and industry professionals to further develop professional skills. The goal for participating composers is to develop a composition style that is deeply personal and artistically true, yet designed to enter the standard orchestra repertory.

 

Aiyana Tedi Braun (b. 1997) is a pianist and composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Aiyana studies under full scholarship as the Edith Evans Braun Fellow. She is currently in the composition studio of Dr. Jennifer Higdon, and during her time at Curtis, she will also study with Dr. Richard Danielpour, and Dr. David Ludwig. She has had several orchestral works performed by orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic at the age of 15, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony and the De Capo Players. She has worked with members of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, as well as others.

 

Ursula Kwong-Brown (b. 1987) is a composer and media artist from New York City. Her work has been performed in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her awards include the Bowdoin Festival Composition Prize, the Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” prize, the Longfellow Chorus “Director’s Prize,” Columbia University’s Sudler Arts Prize, and UC Berkeley’s George Ladd Prix de Paris and Nicola de Lorenzo Prizes. Ursula received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 2010, graduating with honors in music and biology, and studied abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2012, she started a combined M.A./Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley with support from a Mellon-Berkeley fellowship. After earning a Master of Arts in music composition in 2014, she expanded her focus to include New Media studies and has been experimenting with sound spatialization at the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies, and learning about design and interface aesthetics at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Ursula plans to graduate in 2018 with a Ph.D. in New Media & Music.

 

Peter Shin (b.1991) is currently based in Los Angeles.  In addition to being named a Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellow, Peter’s recent honors include a Carnegie Hall premiere in May 2018 with the New York Youth Symphony/First Music Orchestra Commission; a 2017/18 Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea to compose an orchestral work at Seoul National University; a 2017 Aspen Music Festival composition fellowship; and selection in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, as well as the 2017 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. He was a winner in the graduate division of the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission, a 2017 Cohan Collective residency led by Robert Cohan of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the 2017 USC Jimmy McHugh Endowed Composition Prize. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Peter received his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, studying with Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, and Frank Ticheli; and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying with Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos.

 

ABOUT MUSIC ALIVE COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE ANNA CLYNE

London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide. Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015. She also recently served as Composer-in-Residence for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-2016 season and for L’Orchestre national d’île-de-France from 2014-2016. She has been commissioned by such renowned organizations as American Composers Orchestra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Scottish Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and the Southbank Centre, and her work has been championed by such world-renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

 

ABOUT MUSIC ALIVE

The Residency of Anna Clyne is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their work with composers and new music, capitalizing on the power of composers and their creativity to build new paths for orchestras to heighten their relevancy and deepen their relationships with their communities. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ORCHESTRAL CULTURE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Berkeley Symphony is one of six member organizations in an international consortium to promote innovation in orchestral performance through an international fellowship program titled “The Future of Orchestral Culture.” With the University of Music and Drama Hamburg, Symphoniker Hamburg, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the fellowship program gives eight recent graduates of the participating conservatories the opportunity to spend a full academic year researching and exploring new directions in orchestral management and performance.

 

ABOUT BERKELEY BALLET THEATER

Berkeley Ballet Theater (BBT), founded in 1981, provides rigorous classical ballet training to students of all ages in a diverse and nurturing environment. A place where all can dance, BBT’s commitment to access and equity is reflected in its inclusive community supported by merit-based scholarships, need-based financial aid for Youth Divisions dancers, Work Exchange programs for adult dancers, and free classes for individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease.

 

ABOUT BAMPFA

An internationally recognized arts institution with deep roots in the Bay Area, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is a forum for cultural experiences that transform individuals and advance the local, national, and global discourse on art and film. BAMPFA is UC Berkeley’s premier visual arts venue, presenting more than 450 film screenings, scores of public programs, and up to twenty exhibitions annually. With its vibrant and eclectic programming, BAMPFA inspires the imagination and ignites critical dialogue through art, film, and other forms of creative expression.  

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7p – Full: Pairs

BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

 

Sunday April 29, 2018, 7p – Full: Symphony and Ballet

BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

 

Tuesday May 29, 2018, 7p – Full: Cities

BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

TICKETS: Entrance to the Berkeley Symphony Full concerts is included with BAMPFA admission ($13 general; $11 for non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled; free for BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 & under; one adult per child 13 & under).

Overview

Composer Anna Clyne is the Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Berkeley Symphony. She will be in residence for three years from the 2016-2017 season through the 2018-2019 season. Follow her residency through the updates on this page.

Start and End Dates

09/01/201606/30/2019

Location

Berkeley, California

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