August 4, 2016 Newsletter

Voxare String Quartet - Atlantic Brass Quintet - William Kanengiser
PLUS: Happy 35th Birthday, Alexander String Quartet!

In This Issue
Greetings, friends.
This newsletter features programming plans and news for the Voxare String Quartet, Atlantic Brass Quintet, and guitarist William Kanengiser.

AND, I wish a happy 35th Birthday to the Alexander String Quartet today!

Did you miss the last newsletter, featuring the Alexander, the Miami String Quartet, and the Horszowski Trio? You can catch up on that by clicking here:
July 13 Newsletter
Don't forget to visit the newly updated BesenArts website.

I look forward to being in touch.


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Happy Birthday Alexander String Quartet!

On August 4, in 1981, cellist Sandy Wilson, violist Paul Yarbrough, and violinists Peter Sacco and Kate Ransom strode on stage at Connecticut College in New London. Thus began the career of the Alexander String Quartet.

Can you guess what they played? Send me your best guess!

Today, Sandy and Paul are in cahoots with violinists Zakarias Grafilo (since 2002) and Frederick Lifsitz (since 1987).

Forbes seems to have decided to help with the celebration by naming the Alexander's Bartók/Kodály complete quartets recording "Classical CD of the Week." Read the Forbes review.

Voxare String Quartet

The Voxare String Quartet is pleased to announce that Wendy Law is their new cellist.

Ms. Law has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Russian Philharmonic. She has performed throughout North America, appearing in such venues as New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Washington's Kennedy Center; Boston's Jordan Hall; Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Concert Series; and at the Caramoor and Marlboro festivals. Ms. Law has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and performed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. She has collaborated with the Borromeo String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pamela Frank among others, and is founder and Artistic Director of Classical Jam. In 2003, Ms. Law was invited by the office of the United Nations Secretary General to perform at the General Assembly in a memorial ceremony for the staff and family members of those who lost their lives in the attack on the U.N. compound in Baghdad. Ms. Law began her studies with Ge Wu at the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts. At the age of 12, she moved to the United States to study with Mark Churchill at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Ms. Law completed her studies with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and with Joel Krosnick and Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School.

Welcome, Wendy!

The Voxare offer several wonderful theme-based programs in 2017-2018:

The Named Angels - featuring the eponymous work by the extraordinary young composer Mohammed Fairouz, as well as Bach and Mendelssohn

The Bow Bows Out - works by Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Lou Harrison, all prominently featuring playing without bows!

Vocal Romantics - featuring works of Schubert, Ned Rorem, and Daron Hagen

The Rorem Quartets - the complete extant quartets of the composer (Nos. 2-4 - No. 1 is lost.)

Folk Songs - Works of Lou Harrison, Mark Nowakowski, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Bartók

Voxare Meets Man With a Movie Camera
Voxare has selected music of Soviet-era Russian composers - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Mosolov - to accompany a screening of Dziga Vertov's groundbreaking 1929 silent film, Man With a Movie Camera.
The New York Times (July 2010):
"With rustic melodies made edgy through piquant harmonies, and in passages of turbulent mechanical chugging, the music neatly corresponded to Vertov's jumpy barrage of images. The members of the quartet, seated in darkness to one side of the stage, played with precision and passion; Emily Ondracek-Peterson, the first violinist, provided elegant solo work."

Atlantic Brass Quintet

The Atlantic Brass Quintet is in the midst of their annual Summer Seminar in Boston. Interested in getting the short version at your school? Time to learn more about the ABQ Brass Intensive.

The Atlantic's 2017-2018 programs feature signature ABQ transcriptions of Handel, Bach, and Shostakovich; original works for brass by Victor Ewald and David Maslanka; ABQ commissions from Catherine LikhutaKevin Walczyk, and ABQ trumpeter Andrew Sorg; and fasten your seatbelts for their program-concluding "Balkan Party."
Here's a link to some new Atlantic Brass video:

William Kanengiser, guitar
William Kanengiser offers three projects in 2017-2018: Spain Through the Ages, Global Guitar, and GrooveTune. Each project is one-half of a full-length program, with "Spain" serving as the first half of a program and either "Global" OR "GrooveTune" as the second half. However, there is also the option of a full-length "Global" program.

Spain Through the Ages
The rich tradition of Spanish music is intimately bound to the guitar. Throughout its history, some of Spain's finest composers wrote for plucked string instruments. Tracing this arc, the "Spain Through the Ages" will include Moorish o'ud melodies from the Middle Ages, Renaissance vihuela masterworks for by Luís de Narvaez and Luís de Milan, a Baroque sonata by Santiago de Murcia, Romantic pieces of the great Francisco Tárrega, and Flamenco-inspired works by Joaquin Turina and de Manuel de Falla.
Global Guitar:  A World Tour on Six Strings
Following the explorations he is famous for with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser will take listeners on a journey across the musical landscapes that reflect the universality of the plucked string. Highlighting his talent for coaxing exotic sounds out of his classical guitar, this project includes pieces inspired by music of Africa, China, Hungary, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Japan, the Caribbean, and others. 
GrooveTune: Classical Fingerstyle
In his acclaimed recording "Classical Cool," William Kanengiser took a new look at jazz styles through a classical lens.  His newest project, GrooveTune, shows his love for other American guitar styles, including fingerstyle, bluegrass, country, and rock. With his sensitive touch and driving energy, he explores the sweet lyricism and rhythmic power of these uniquely American guitar expressions. The project includes pieces inspired by Chet Atkins, Ralph Towner, Alex DeGrassi, Michael Hedges, Jimi Hendix, Pat Metheny, Doc Watson, and others.
Listen to William Kanengiser:

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