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Boston, 2011-12: ALEA III concerts

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From: "HR-Net News Distribution Manager" <dist@hri.org>

Originally From: Alexandros Kalogeras <kalogeras at earthlink.net>

ALEA III will present 5 concerts this season.

1/ The first one, on October 9, is the annual International Composition Competition. This year, out of 208 submissions, 6 pieces were chosen to compete in the final round. Theodore Antoniou will be conducting.

2/ On November 16, Gunther Schuller will be conducting about a dozen of Ives' works, which he found unfinished in the Library of Congress and which he finished and edited.

3/ On February 1, 2012, Boston University Composition and Performance Professors will conduct and/or perform each other's works.

4/ On March 26, will be the final stage of the Composers Workshop, a ten-month long project in which composers from around the world are asked to compose new pieces for large ensemble.

5/ Finally on April 24, we will be presenting a salute to the great violinist, colleague and friend Roman Totenberg.

We hope to see you to several of the above events. Please find attached this season's brochure.

Alex Kalogeras

ALEA III

Theodore Antoniou, one of the most eminent and prolific contemporary artists, leads a distinguished career as composer, conductor, and professor of composition. He studied violin, voice, and composition at the National Conservatory and the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens, with further studies in conducting and composition at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich and the International Music Center in Darmstadt. After holding teaching positions at Stanford University, the University of Utah, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he became professor of composition at Boston University in 1978.

As a conductor, Professor Antoniou has been engaged by several major orchestras and ensembles, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin and Paris, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra (Zurich), the National Opera of Greece, and the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra. In 1974 he became assistant director of contemporary activities at Tanglewood, a position he held until 1985. An ardent proponent of new music, Professor Antoniou has founded various contemporary music ensembles, including ALEA II at Stanford University; ALEA III, in residence at Boston University; the Philadelphia New Music Group; and the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music. He is also director of the ALEA III International Composition Competition, president of the Greek Composers’ Union since 1989, and director of the Experimental Stage of National Opera of Greece.

Many of Professor Antoniou’s compositions have been commissioned by major orchestras around the world, and approximately three hundred of his works have been published by Barenreiter Verlag (Germany), G. Schirmer (USA), and Philippos Nakas (Greece). He has received many awards and prizes, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship grants and the Richard Strauss Prize, as well as commissions from the Fromm, Guggenheim, and Koussevitzky Foundations, and from the city of Munich for the 1972 Olympic Games. He has been recognized with ASCAP Awards for several years, and in 1991 he was awarded the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching by Boston University. In December 1997 he was presented with the Music Award from the Greek Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious awards and the highest academic distinction in music; and in January 2000, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation awarded him the Dimitri Mitropoulos Award for his lifelong contribution to music. In 2004 the University of Vienna and the Alfred Topfer Foundation of Hamburg, Germany, awarded him the prestigious Herder Prize, in recognition of his contribution to mutual cultural understanding and peace among the countries of southeastern Europe. Kodaly, Lutoslawski, and Penderecki are among the personalities awarded this prize. In January 2005 the Ionian University conferred upon him an honorary doctorate, while in December 2005 the CFA faculty of Boston University awarded him with The Distinguished Faculty Award, which is presented to honor CFA faculty members for their outstanding achievements, contributions to the arts, and distinguished service to the community.

Theodore Antoniou’s works are numerous and varied in nature, ranging from operas and choral works to chamber music, from fi lm and theatre music to solo instrumental pieces—his scores for theatre and fi lm music alone number more than a hundred and fifty compositions. Among his works, the opera Bacchae premiered in the Athens Festival in Greece. His newest opera, Oedipus at Colonus, commissioned by the SWF (Sued-West Funk), Baden-Baden, in Germany, received the prestigious Music Award presented by the Hellenic Union of Music and Theatre Critics. For his theatre music, he has also been awarded with the Karolos Koun Award (he was the first one to receive it in 1988) and the Dimitris Mitropoulos Award (for 2006) by the Museum and Study Centre of the Greek Theatre and the Judging Committee for Distinguished Awards awarded to stage artists, in appreciation of his prominent presence in that area. His most recent distinctions are the Commander of the Order of Honor, presented by the President of the Hellenic Republic (February 2007), Professor Emeritus at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University (October 2008) and an honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (March 2009).

—Eftychia Papanikolaou

Alea III is the contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University, a group devoted to promoting, playing, and teaching music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded in 1978, Alea III is the third such group organized by Music Director Theodore Antoniou. The ensemble is consistent with the music it embraces—flexible in size, open to experimentation and exploration. Over the years, Alea III has offered world-premiere opportunities for dozens of contemporary composers, often under the composer’s direction and with extended program notes or comments. The group has performed 1,321 works by 762 composers, most of them living. Frequent international touring has enhanced the relationships of American performers with their colleagues and composers from other parts of the world. With its inspiration, several other contemporary groups have been formed, offering growing opportunity to young composers and musicians to play and comprehend contemporary music.

The Greek word “alea” taken from Homer, means “to wander.” In Latin, it refers to “dice used for playing at games of chance.” The term aleatoric music indicates music based upon the principles of indeterminacy as evidenced by certain random and/or statistical procedures of composition. In regard to the ensemble, aleatoric is concerned with the expression of a multiplicity of musical directions, historical styles, and performance practices.

—Theodore Antoniou

ALEA III was conceived by Boston University faculty and has been operating in affiliation with and with major intellectual, artistic and financial contributions from Boston University faculty, students, and alumni.

Board of Directors
President George Demeter
Chair Andre de Quadros
Treasurer Samuel Headrick
Ilias Fotopoulos, Consul General of Greece
Electra Cardona
Catherine Economou-Demeter, Vice Consul of Greece
Wilbur Fullbright
Konstantinos Kapetanakis
Marilyn Kapetanakis
Marjorie Merryman
Panos Voukydis

Board of Advisors Mario Davidovsky Hans Werner Henze Milko Kelemen Oliver Knussen Krzysztof Penderecki Gunther Schuller Roman Totenberg

Office 855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 617-353-3340

Production Alex Kalogeras 10 Country Lane Sharon, MA 02067 Email: aleaiii at bu.edu

1| Charles Ives: The Astonishing Pioneer Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 8 p.m. Free admission

Alea III celebrates the life and work of Charles Ives, an astonishing pioneer, with an evening devoted to his music.

The Unanswered Question
Tone Roads #3
Steeples and Mountains
Chromatimelodtune
Scherzo All the Way Around and Back
Plus almost a dozen more of Ives’s works, which Gunther Schuller found unfinished in the Library of Congress, and which he completed and edited, rescuing them from oblivion.

Gunther Schuller, conductor

2| BU Composers Conduct Their Own Works

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 8 p.m.

Free admission

Boston University faculty composers conduct and perform their own pieces.

Martin Amlin Invention and Pantoum
Richard Cornell Scherzo and New Work
Joshua Fineberg Tremors
Samuel Headrick Music for Eight Double Basses
Rodney Lister Songs from Delmore Schwartz
Ketty Nez rumelian songs of love and rain
John H. Wallace New work
Soloists include: Elissa Alvarez, soprano, Edwin Barker, double bass, Mark Berger, viola, Ketty Nez, piano, Linda Toote, flute

Conductors: Richard Cornell, Samuel Headrick, Davide Ianni, Rodney Lister, John H. Wallace

3| The 2012 Alea III Composers Workshop

Monday, March 26, 2012, 8 p.m.

Free admission

A 10-month-long project leading to rehearsals and a public performance of new works by talented young composers from around the world, written for ALEA III.

Ioannis Angelakis
Anteo Fabris
Igor Iwanek
Dylan Mattingly
Heather Stebbins
Adria Stolk
Alexander Trampas
Benjamin Warsaw
Theodore Antoniou, conductor

4| An International Salute to Roman Totenberg

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 8 p.m.

Free admission

An evening of music for strings to salute the great violinist, colleague, and friend, Roman Totenberg.

John Adams (USA) Shaker Loops (I)
Federico Ermirio (Italy) Ode 1959
Witold Lutoslawski (Poland) Partita
Theodore Antoniou (Greece) Celebration VII
Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil) Suite for Strings (I & III)
Giya Kancheli (Georgia) A Little Daneliade

Soloists include: Dana Mazurkevich and Yevgeny Kutik, violin, Timothy Bozarth, piano

Special guests: Boston University Strings

Andreas Tselikas, conductor


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