The Louisiana Sinfonietta in its 4th concert of the year will present works by Purcell, Berlioz, Mozart, and LSU composers. The program will include two premieres of two LSU student composers, one from America and one from China. Both students are extremely talented and the audience will be delighted to hear their works. On the same program the distinguished soprano Sandra Moon will perform the Romance from The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz and the Midnight Song by Dinos Constantinides, and the two very talented cellists Isaac Casal and Paul Christopher will perform a double concerto by Constantinides as well. Also, the outstanding pianist Michael Gurt will present the Piano Concerto no. 27 K. 595 by W.A. Mozart. We hope to see you there on Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 at the LSU Recital Hall.
Chacony for String Orchestra…………………………………….. Henry Purcell
Sound from the Dream………………………………………………………. Xing Li
Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra LRC175…. Dinos Constantinides
Isaac Casal and Paul Christopher, cellos
Fantasy for Chamber Orchestra……………………………….. Wyatt Newman
D’amour l’ardente flamme (romance)……………………….. Hector Berlioz
From The Damnation of Faust
Sandra Moon, soprano
Midnight Song LRC112a…………………………………. Dinos Constantinides
for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Sandra Moon, soprano
Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb Major K595……………………… W.A Mozart
Michael Gurt, piano
CONSTANTINIDES Violin Concertos No. 1,1 2,2 33 • 1Simos Papanas, 2Espen Lilleslåtten, 3Yova Milanova (vn); 1, 2Dinos Constantinides, 3Carlos Riazuelo, cond; 1, 2Louisiana Snf; 3LSU Philharmonia • MAGNI 21004 (50:14)
Several discs of the music of Dinos Constantinides have brought forth positive critical comment from the present writer: This one is no exception. The First Violin Concerto (premiered in 1995) holds an expressive first movement, (“Patterns I”) with long cantabile lines given with passion and beauty of tone by Simos Papanas. This movement was composed for the 1989–90 Promenade Concert Series by the Montgomery Performing Arts Company; the finale (“Patterns II”) was composed in 1995, the central “Idyll” in 1994. Intentionally of Romantic bent, the concerto appears gratefully written for the soloist. Thessaloniki-born violinist Papanas shows his mettle in the “Idyll,” where he is very aware that this is no mere pastoral scene. There are distinct threatening undercurrents, held in check perhaps but always there, and it is this friction that gives the music its effectiveness. The shadows become more explicit in “Patterns II.” There seems a close connection between Papanas and the composer/conductor. The ensemble, especially in the finale, is notably tight. A recording of this piece by these participants listed as “live” in Fanfare 34:4; this is a studio recording made at Louisiana State University (the present disc was put down during 2012–13).
Continue reading Reviews of Constantinides Violin Concertos by Fanfare Magazine
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents “The Oracle at Delphi”: The Music of Dinos Constantinides in Review
DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK (DCINY) PRESENTS “THE ORACLE AT DELPHI”: THE MUSIC OF DINOS CONSTANTINIDES
MARGARET O’CONNELL, MEZZO-SOPRANO; LIN HE, VIOLIN; ROBERT DILUTIS, CLARINET; MICHAEL GURT, PIANO
WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK, NY
NOVEMBER 22, 2014If my Greek philosophy serves me right, the inscription over the entrance to the oracle at Delphi proclaimed its most important maxim before the seeker even entered to ask his real question. That saying, “Know thyself,” aptly describes Greek-American composer Dinos Constantinides. He knows his heritage, style, and compositional craft very well. In this all-Constantinides program, he was privileged to have four extremely capable, committed, and evidently enthusiastically involved artists to bring his works to life. They are all faculty members of Louisiana State University, where he is Boyd Professor, the highest academic rank.
Constantinides’ work is conservative, approachable, and generally tonal. He exemplifies Hindemith’s saying “There are only twelve tones, we must treat them with care.” It is gratifying to find a composer in academia who is not writing serially, but is mining the simple expressive power of the twelve half-tones of our traditional chromatic scale. His hallmarks are: motific unity and good, audible counterpoint, pleasing instrumental sonorities, and a mix of lyricism and jauntiness, even humor. The novice listener can follow the discourse immediately without disorientation.
Continue reading Review of Constantinides’ ‘The Oracle at Delphi’ by New York Concert Review
LSU composition students had a good year:
LSU PHD composition candidate Nick Hwang had a premiere of his work Sunset with the Verspiel New Music concert series in New Orleans.
Samuel Stokes, recent PHD in composition at LSU, was offered a $1500 commission by the Louisiana Music Teacher’s Association to compose and perform a piano piece at their annual conference next year.
Also, his extended technique flute piece miniature was selected as one of the fifteen pieces that Robert Dick will be performing in his Fifteen Minutes of Fame concert in New York City.
LSU PHD composition recipient Liduino Pitombeira, former MTNA composer of the year, recently had the premiere of his Saxophone Concerto with LSU Symphony Orchestra and soloist Griffin Campbell at LSU.
LSU PHD composition candidate Harold Mims received from the Dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts Todd Queen a commission to compose a new piece. This will open the LSU school of music spectacular in January, 2015.
LSU PHD composition candidate Timothy Beattie was awarded first place in the LSU Wind Ensemble Competition for new works. The premiere of the winning work will take place April 21, 2015.