TREEFALLS: NEW MUSIC PRESENTS VICKY CHOW IN CONCERT
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A Wonderful 3 Days in Spartanburg!
On March 26th, NYC-based pianist Vicky Chow traveled to Spartanburg, SC to perform a gorgeous array of new compositions for piano and electronics. The composers represented are young and active in the field, aligning with our mission to show the audience that “classical” music is alive and continually growing. Assisted by the brilliant sound engineer Andrew Cotton (who is based in England), Chow dazzled the 135+ member audience with her extraordinary technique coupled with her profound musicality. Considering she is a world-class, highly sought-after pianist, Chow’s performance was unsurprisingly amazing.
Having a classical performer of her caliber perform in Spartanburg was a special treat for our community. Afterward, she signed CDs and met with members of the audience. The line was about 30 minutes long! – that’s how many people wanted to meet her.
Not just a drop-in performance, Chow and Cotton visited several schools while in town as well. Just prior to the performance, they gave a talk at the University of South Carolina Upstate that was open to the public before meeting with Converse College composition and music technology classes. They discussed the roles of sound engineers, musical interpreters, and musical collaborators. The mostly-student audience was engaged, and reports from students indicated that they learned a lot about putting on concerts with large production values (e.g., big video and audio rigs).
The day before the concert, she visited an Introduction to Music class at USC Upstate which featured guest composer Rachel Whelan as well as Vicky Chow and Andy Cotton.
That evening, we held a masterclass with Chow at Converse College where she worked with students from Furman University, Bob Jones University, Converse College, and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts. Open to the public, the audience consisted of high school students, college students, faculty and community members.
It was a delightful and educational visit that left the community buzzing with excitement and a wonderfully broader view of the music of today.
Chapman Cultural Center Grant!
In addition to the New Music USA grant, we are honored to have received a community grant from the Chapman Cultural Center here in Spartanburg! With these additional funds, we have been able to secure a larger venue for the performance on March 27, and we will be able to include an open Master Class on the evening of Monday, March 26 at Converse College. Very exciting news!
New York-based pianist Vicky Chow will perform a solo concert on Treefalls: New Music’s 2017-18 concert series, tentatively scheduled for February 2018. The repertoire will be chosen by Chow in consultation with the concert series co-curators Peter Kay, Nolan Stolz and Rachel Whelan. We plan to feature her expertise in Minimalist music and her association with Bang on a Can. We plan to livestream the concert on Facebook Live in order to reach a larger audience and for future viewings.
Treefalls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary chamber music written by living, active composers. Through a series of free concerts, Treefalls endeavors to offer the public inventive and creative new works performed by professional musicians who support New Music. Through open Calls for Scores, Commissioning Projects, and active research in the field, the organization presents concerts that are both educational and entertaining.
Since 2014, Treefalls has succeeded in its mission to bring New Chamber Music to Spartanburg from all over the country, giving life to new works, highlighting music by local composers. The community’s reaction has been overwhelmingly positive – audiences regularly number over 120 listeners each concert and many times that tuning in to Facebook Live. And while the goal is to stay true to the intimate nature or Chamber Music, Treefalls also strives to reach and engage, educate, and entertain as many as possible.
In addition to its chamber series, Treefalls has partnered with several different organizations in Spartanburg including Bloomberg Philanthropy’s “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” Southern Methodist College for their recent Presidential Inauguration, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in presenting New Chamber Music and creating more opportunities for young composers and composers from underrepresented groups.
As a non-profit organization, Treefalls includes an educational component to our concerts. For instance, the musicians briefly discuss each piece before it is performed. We also do outreach to the community, offer masterclasses open to high school and college music students, and do round-table discussions with composers and performers about new music to the general public. A part of the Treefalls mission is “to transform current opinion of concert hall music – if only a little – and inspire a new generation of composers and performers in our community.” Thus, Chow will engage the community, working with students in Spartanburg (middle-school, high-school and college aged) during the day and speaking to the general public at the evening concert. We will seek local grants to bus middle and high school students to the University of South Carolina Upstate so that we can gather them in one space, enabling her to present to students from several schools at once. Chow will also speak to composition students from area colleges about new music and writing for the piano.
An example of the pianist we want to perform on our concert series, Vicky Chow
An example of the pianist we want to perform on our concert series, Vicky Chow.
Start and End Dates
03/27/2018 — 03/29/2018
Spartanburg, South Carolina