The music of Gabriela Lena Frank

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 5:30pm

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Monthly Concerts: The music of Gabriela Lena Frank
Carol Wincenc and Demarre McGill play Gabriela Lena Frank (estimated time: 60 minutes)
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The music of Gabriela Lena Frank

Carol Wincenc (Five Andean Improvisations) and Demarre McGill (Kanto Kechua No. 3) with composer Gabriela Lena Frank and pianist Bryan Wagorn. Moderated by Jayn Rosenfeld.
Estimated time: 60 minutes

Related article in the October 2020 NYFC Newsletter is here.

Printable program (pdf) is here.

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Moderator Jayn Rosenfeld introduces flutists Carol Wincenc and Demarre McGill and composer Gabriela Lena Frank

JR queries GLF on the origin of her Quechan and Andean melodies

CW and pianist Brian Wagorn perform Five Andean Improvisations for flute and piano, commissioned by the NYFC for its centennial.
The video was recorded at the work’s world premiere at the NYFC’s Gala Centennial Concert at Merkin Hall on November 17, 2019. 
CW and GLF in live conversation

DM and pianist Jessica Choe perform Kanto Kechua No. 3 for flute and piano, commissioned by DM in 2019 with funds from the Dallas Symphony.
The video will be recorded in October 2020 in Seattle.
DM and GLF in live conversation

Program subject to change

Admission/access is free.

Composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank was included in the Washington Post's 2017 list of the 35 most significant women composers in history. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bartók and Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has traveled extensively throughout South America and her pieces often reflect and refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework.
     Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Frank holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship. She has received commissions from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the King's Singers, the Kronos Quartet, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguinm and the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.

Demarre McGill has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician. The winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Grant Park, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. 
     Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
     As an educator, Demarre has performed, coached and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec, and throughout the United States. In August of 2019, he was named associate professor of flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
     A founding member of the Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has participated in numerous chamber music festivals. He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, Portraits, released in August 2017, has received rave reviews, as has Winged Creatures, his recording with Anthony McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. 
     Media credits include appearances on PBS's "Live from Lincoln Center," A & E Network's "The Gifted Ones," NBC's "Today Show" and "Nightly News," and, with his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."
     A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age seven and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. Demarre received his bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.

Carol Wincenc was first prize winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. She has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit and London Symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Wincenc has premiered numerous works written for her by Christopher Rouse, Henryk Gorecki, Lukas Foss, Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfeld, Tod Machover, Yuko Uebayashi, Thea Musgrave, Andrea Clearfield, Shi-Hui Chen, and Joan Tower. Ms. Wincenc is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of Les Amies with New York Philharmonic principals Nancy Allen, harpist, and Cynthia Phelps, violist. Ms. Wincenc is on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Stony Brook University.

Jayn Rosenfeld is a flutist based in New York City. She was principal flutist in the American Symphony Orchestra when Leopold Stokowski was conductor. She has recorded and performed solo and chamber works of various composers including Albert Roussel, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Leon Kirchner. She has recorded for Bridge, CRI, GM, Naxos,Opus One, Columbia, and Centaur Records. She has been flutist and executive director of the New York New Music Ensemble and has taught at the Julliard School (in the Music Advancement Program) and at Princeton University.

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