Diagenesis: Cutting-Edge New Works for Soprano



Diagenesis: Cutting-Edge New Works for Soprano
 Diagenesis: Cutting-Edge
New Works for Soprano and Cello
September 12, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
Barness Recital Hall
USF School of Music
Tampa, FL
Hands and Lips of Wind ............................. Mischa Salkind-Pearl
In the Lodi Gardens
Con Los Ojos Cerrados
Madrugada al Raso/Daybreak
Excerpts from
Eleven Songs On Poems Of Anne Bradstreet ... James Kallembach
Recit. “It pleased God to keep me a long time without a child”
Upon My Son Samuel His Going for England, Nov. 6, 1657
On My Son’s Return Out of England, July 17, 1661
Recit. and Song Here Follows Some Verses Upon the
Burning of our House July 10th, 1666. Copied Out of a
Loose Paper.
10. “While on the stealing stream I fixt mine eye,”
The Diagenesis American Folksong Project ........ Scott Ordway
Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair
- Pause The Owl and the Pussycat .................................... Igor Stravinsky
Two Songs From Silas Marner ............................... Harold Meltzer
At Night Came His Revelry
The Bewilderment of Waking
9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker ........................ Harrison Birtwistle
9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker
Poetry by Lorine Niedecker
No. 1
There’s a better shine
on the pendulum
than is on my hair
and many times
.. ..
I’ve seen it there.
No. 2
My friend tree
I sawed you down
but I [must] attend an older friend
the sun
No. 3
Along the river
wild sunflowers
over my head
the dead
who gave me life
give me this
our relative the air
our rich friend
No. 4
Where her snow-grave is
the You
ah you
of mourning doves
No. 5
How white the gulls
In grey weather
Soon April
the little
No. 6
My life
By water –
first frog
or board
No. 6 continued
out on the cold
to wild green
arts and letters
my lettuce
One boat
Two –
pointed toward
my shore
thru birdstart
of the soft
and serious –
No. 7
when the leaves
from their stems
that lie thick
on the walk
in the light
of the full note
the moon
to leaves
when they leave
the little
thin things
No. 8
O late fall
marsh –
raped by the dry
weed stalk
No. 9
Sleeps’ dream
the nerve-flash in the blood
The sense
of what’s seen
‘I took cold
on my nerves’ – my mother
tall, tormented
Diagenesis (d ī ' əә - j ĕ n ' ĭ - s ĭ s)
1. The process of chemical and physical change in deposited
sediment during its conversion to rock.
2. A duo of Heather Barnes, a soprano in Helena, MT, and
Jennifer Bewerse, a cellist in San Diego, CA. They facilitate the
process of musical change during its conversion from imagined
art into live performance. They also rock.
Diagenesis was formed when Heather and Jennifer met in July
2010, during the soundSCAPE Performance and Composition
Exchange in Maccagno, Italy. Their 2011 season included the
world premieres of Eleven Songs On Poems Of Anne Bradstreet,
for Soprano and Cello by James Kallembach, Four Songs by Lynn
Petersen, and Hands and Lips of Wind by Mischa Salkind-Pearl,
and concerts in Helena, MT, St.Paul, MN, Chicago, IL, and Boston,
MA. In June of 2012 they were invited to the Banff Centre in
Canada to participate in the Chamber Music Residency for PreFormed Ensembles. The remainder of their 2012 season includes a
state-wide tour of Florida, a Montana performance Arnold
Schoenberg’s seminal 20th century work Pierrot Lunaire, and the
world premiere of a new work by Steven Lewis at the University of
California in San Diego.
Passionate about promoting music of their time and the unique
texture of soprano and cello, Diagenesis Duo's mission is to bring
high quality music to audiences of every shape, size, and
Soprano Heather Barnes is active in recital, oratorio, and
opera. Ms. Barnes has appeared with the Helena Symphony
Orchestra, the University of Montana Symphony Orchestra,
Soulpepper Theater, Musikanten Montanathe University of Toronto
Contemporary Ensemble, Montana Lyric Opera, University of
Montana Opera Theatre, and the University of Toronto Opera
Chorus. As a solo concert artist, her performances include Mahler
Symphony No. 8, Fauré’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade
to Music, Stravinsky’s Three Japanese Lyrics, Beethoven’s Fantasia
for Piano, Chorus, and, Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s
Gloria, and Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di Anima e Corpo.
A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Barnes frequently works
with composers to perform their pieces. In 2009, she performed
the world premiere of Lynn Petersen’s song cycle, Patterned for
Thee (performed with Artisan Dance). In July 2010, she
participated in the soundSCAPE composition and performance
exchange in Maccagno, Italy, performing Jake Heggie’s scene
for soprano and piano, At the Statue of Venus, and the world
premiere of three arias from Brian Hulse’s forthcoming opera, Age
of Innocence.
Ms. Barnes is also interested in Early Music and in August 2008, she
completed the Vancouver Early Music Programme’s Compleat
Singer Programme. She was also a soloist for the Montana Early
Music Festival in 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008.
Ms. Barnes is the winner of 2010-2011 University of Montana
Concerto Aria Competition. In January 2011 she received an
honorable mention at the Coeur D’Alene Symphony’s Young
Artist Competition and in the spring of 2010 she was a National
Finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, where she placed
In Helena, Montana, Heather maintains an active private music
studio as well as teaching at Helena College University of
Montana. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Vocal
Performance from the University of Montana.
A native of Florida, Jennifer Bewerse received her Bachelors of
Music magna cum laude from the University of South Florida and
her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she
is pursuing her Doctorate in Contemporary Performance at the
University of California in San Diego with a full scholarship. Her
principal teachers include Joan Markstein, Scott Kluksdahl,
Charles Curtis, and Rhonda Rider, founding member of the Lydian
String Quartet.
Jennifer is a devoted champion of the music of our generation
and is involved in the work of many emerging young
composers. As a result of her collaborations, she has premiered
many works including Drew Cutler’s Authentic Interruption for
cello and percussion (2007), Daniel Frantz’s Sech Kleine Tanze for
solo cello (2008), and Mischa Salkind-Pearl’s In the Morning Light
Gathered at My Window for solo cello (2010). Other composers
she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read
Thomas, Michael Sydney Timpson, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen
Goss, Chaya Czernowin, Kenji Bunch, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan
Harvey, and David Del Tredici.
She has also participated in Sound Encounters, SICPP, Oregon
Bach Festival: Composer’s Symposium, and Music from Salem: the
Cello Seminar modern music festivals, as a guest soloist for the
Robert Helps Festival and International Composition Competition,
and was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE
festival in Italy.
Jennifer is an enthusiastic chamber musician. She is currently the
cellist of Diagenesis Duo with vocalist Heather Barnes and was
recently invited to be the cellist of San Diego’s Quartet Nouveau.
She is also founding member of the Bricolage Quartet, formerly in
residence as the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet.
Recently, she was awarded a residency in the Banff Centre’s
Chamber Music Program and where she had the opportunity to
work with esteemed cellist Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet.
She is an advocate of “adventurous concert going” and her fresh
and genuine sound focuses on inviting her audience to open their
minds to a new experience, no matter how established or
unknown the repertoire.
For more information about the musicians and composers on
this program, please visit www.diagenesisduo.com
Upcoming School of Music Events:
USF Faculty Recital: John Robison, Lute
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 4:00 pm, Barness Recital Hall
Free Event
USF music professor John Robison will present a program of solo music for
the Renaissance lute, the Baroque theorbo, and the Baroque archlute; he
will be joined by guest artist Maggie Coleman for some English and Italian
lute songs.
Monday Night Jazz
Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 7:30 pm, USF Concert Hall
Advance Tickets: $8 Students/Seniors, $12 Adults
Day of Performance: $10 Students/Seniors, $15 Adults
USF Jazz from Italy - Come and celebrate the USF Jazz Program’s
successful tour of 2012 Italian Jazz Festivals. Hear the exciting concert
music from the all-star student Jazz groups that performed on the tour,
plus Italian-inspired originals from the USF Jazz Faculty.
The evening will be also a celebration of the International outreach and
Study Abroad experiences that USF Education Abroad and the President’s
international outreach scholarship program are making possible for USF
students. Come enjoy an evening of outstanding jazz music, with slide
shows of the USF Italian Jazz Tour 2012.
USF Faculty Recital: Tubacellolicious!
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 7:30 pm, USF Concert Hall
Advance Tickets: $8 Students/Seniors, $12 Adults
Day of Performance: $10 Students/Seniors, $15 Adults
Veteran performers Jay Hunsberger (tuba), Scott Kluksdahl (cello) and
Dharshini Tambiah (piano) team up to present duo and trio works for this
unusual and beautiful combination of instruments, marking the beginning
of a long-term collaboration to search for existing works and commission
new works for possibly the most soulful of brass and stringed instruments.
For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit music.arts.usf.edu
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