The Trout Variations
Oct
26
3:00 pm15:00

The Trout Variations

  • Spectrum

The Colonials take a new look at an old favorite of the chamber music repertoire: Franz Schubert's famous Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 ("The Trout").  Six composers have been commissioned to write new variations on the fourth and most famous movement.  This full performance of "The Trout" quintet will include premieres of new variations by celebrated composers Brad Balliett, Lembit Beecher, Jonathan Dawe, Paul Epstein, Molly Joyce, and Gity Razaz. Joining us are special guests Elizabeth Derham on violin, and baritone Michael Weyandt. The show will take place at Spectrum, an intimate hotspot for musical innovation and creativity on the Lower East Side.

Tickets $15 / $10 (students) at door.

Program:

Franz Schubert: "Die Forelle" for voice and piano

 Schubert: Quintet in A Major, D. 667 ("The Trout")

with new variations on the Trout theme composed by:

Brad Balliett, Lembit Beecher, Jonathan Dawe, Paul Epstein, Molly Joyce, and Gity Razaz 

 


The Sequenza Dialogues
Apr
2
7:00 pm19:00

The Sequenza Dialogues

  • Meisel Art Gallery

Tickets: $32/ advance;  $40/ door

Buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/589453

Join THE COLONIALS for a unique and edgy gala performance in SoHo on Wednesday, April 2!  We will pair five of Luciano Berio's Sequenzas (virtuosic pieces written for solo instruments) with musical selections from the Baroque period and new compositions written by our own members. This is a rare chance to hear the unique colors of a few of Berio's most celebrated and difficult works, alongside contrasting pieces that will surely illuminate and inspire conversation and thought.

The event is being hosted by the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, which showcases photorealism art in the heart of SoHo.  In addition to a knockout program, here are some more great reasons to come:

Four sets of thrilling solo performances by THE COLONIALS will be paired with wine tastings, selected by Sommelier Yannick Benjamin of Le Du's Wines (Zagat's #1 ranked wine store of NYC). The wines will be paired to reflect each musical set, resulting in a wonderful sensory experience of taste and sound. Catering provided by bittergreen will compliment each wine tasting.

Have you ever wanted to sit in on a WXRR radio show or host a concert in your home? Bid for these and other great items such as music lessons, artwork by our own members, and a basket of wines from Le Du's! Between sets, enjoy light refreshments while browsing our silent auction, which will help fund our 2014-15 season.

This show is also a preview to next year's full production of The Sequenza Show, when our esteemed colleagues will join us to perform all fourteen of Berio's Sequenzas!  Money raised from the tickets and silent auction at this gala fundraiser will help to fund The Sequenza Show and other concerts for next year's season.

 

PROGRAM 

Sequenza IV (Piano)

--Comment piece: Harpsichord Solo by Elliot Figg

Sequenza VIII (Violin) 

--Comment piece: Chaconne  from the d Partita in d minor for solo violin, by J. S. Bach

Sequenza VI (Viola)

--Comment piece:  "Baroque Mouse Party or Dance Suite for Earthworms or Ballet for a Star-Nosed Mole"  by Doug Balliett

Sequenza XIV (Violoncello) 

--Comment piece: Sequenza XIV(b) for double bass

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
29
8:00 pm20:00

Classical Cabaret

  • The Gershwin Hotel

The Colonials host a cabaret-style evening of short vocal chamber works!  Come in your most glamorous, show-stopping attire.  Guest accordionist and composer William Schimmel joins us to premiere his new chamber opera, "Sceantic Josephine".  

PROGRAM:

Doug Balliett: "The Flood", a rap cantata

Kelly Waddle: new work for violin, gamba, harpsichord

William Schimmel: "Sceantic Josephine"

 

 

 

Stony Brook University Presents THE COLONIALS
Oct
20
3:00 pm15:00

Stony Brook University Presents THE COLONIALS

  • Staller Recital Hall

The Colonials have been invited to SUNY Stony Brook to present a "mostly baroque" program as part of the Baroque Sundays at Three series.  The program will feature period performances of baroque and classical chamber music in dialogue with exciting new chamber pieces on baroque and modern instruments.  Free and open to the public.

Pieter Hellendaal-   Cello Sonata, Op. 5 No. 5  Ashkan Behzadi-  <<az hoosh mi>>  Johannes SpergerSonata for Bass and Viola  Elliot FiggViolin Sonata    Francesco Maria VeraciniViolin Sonata, Op. 2, no. 12   Doug Balliett- Erysichthon   Tarquinio Merula- Ciaccona

Tour of the Centuries
Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

Tour of the Centuries

  • Spectrum

The Colonials take you on a musical tour of the centuries, beginning in Renaissance Italy and ending in present day Italy and New York.  In salon-style time travel at its finest, each musical selection is played on period instruments, and accompanied by historical anecdotes.

PROGRAM: 

  Claudio Monteverdi-  Tempro la cetra,  Tarquinio MerulaCiaconna,  Johannes SpergerSonata for Bass and Viola,   Johannes Brahms-Piano Quartet no. 1,  Bela BartokDuets,   William Schimmelgran torino

Tickets $15;  $10/students. Sold at door. 

 

 

Apr
13
8:00 pm20:00

THE COLONIALS @ The Mansion

Private location on Manhattan's upper west side.   Please contact us to RSVP. 

Program: "Erysichthon" by Doug Balliett, "Canzona" by Elliott Figg, Brahms Piano Quartet no. 1 in g minor