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Louisiana Sinfonietta 2017-2018 Season

The Louisiana Sinfonietta in conjunction with the LSU Composers Forum
LSU School of Music Recital Hall
Thirty-Fifth Season

1. September 17, 2017 Concert with Great Soloists from New York and LSU – Sunday @2 pm

Patterns for Violin and String Orchestra……………………………………Dinos Constantinides

             Kurt Nikkanen, violin

Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra………………………………….Felix Mendelssohn

             Kurt Nikkanen, violin – Maria Asteriadou, piano

Encore II for Violin, Piano, and String Orchestra……………………….Dinos Constantinides

             Kurt Nikkanen, violin – Maria Asteriadou, piano

Brightness Aloft……………………………………………………………………….Max Lifchitz

Gretchen and Serenade, Op. 2…………………………………………………..Franz Schubert

              Cara Waring, soprano

Percussion Quartet No. 2………………………………………………………….Dinos Constantinides

             Hamiruge, The LSU Percussion Group

2. October 8, 2017 – Mostly Vivaldi – Sunday @2 pm

Concerto in C Major in The Style of Vivaldi………………………………..Fritz Kreisler

             Mariana Krewer, violin

Little Suite for Strings, Op. 27…………………………………………………..Christopher Lowry

The Five for Strings…………………………………………………………………Yassaman Behbahani

La Farfalletta for Soprano and Strings……………………………………….Antonio Vivaldi
     (Arr. Dinos Constantinides)

              Cara Waring, soprano

Evangeline II for Voice and String Quartet…………………………………Dinos Constantinides

             Cara Waring, soprano – Sinfonietta String Quartet

That Which Was Lost……………………………………………………………….Mitchell Kerns

Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 8……………………..Antonio Vivaldi

              Deborah Ribeiro – Chia-Shan Hsu – Xinyu Yang – Bingqing Xia

3. November 13, 2017 – LSU Composers Forum – Monday @4:30 pm

Music of Dinos Constantinides and his students

Mutability for Voice and String Quartet…………………………………….Dinos Constantinides

              McKenzie Miller, soprano

Five Piano Miniatures……………………………………………………………..Austin Franklin
Two Preludes for Piano……………………………………………………………Dinos Constantinides

              Chaoi Chou, piano

The Chase for String Quartet……………………………………………………Terrell Jones

Daydreams for Solo Cello…………………………………………………………J. Corey Knoll

             Susannah Montandon, cello

Deep Sea, String Sextet……………………………………………………………Niloufar IIravani

Encore II for Double Bass, Piano, and String Orchestra………………Dinos Constantinides

             Yung-Chiao Wei, double bass – Chaoi Chou, piano

4. February 4, 2018 – Story for Children and String Quartets – Sunday @2 pm

Five Melodies for Strings………………………………………………………….Witold Lutoslawski

Five Short Pieces for Strings……………………………………………………..Ernst Krenek

Shadows in Chase, String Quartet No. 1……………………………………..Niloufar Iravani

Encore for Piano and String Orchestra………………………………………Dinos Constantinides

              Amalia Sagona, piano

Four Folk Songs from Yugoslavia for String Orchestra………………..Folk Tunes
Three Greek Songs for Soprano and Strings……………………………….Folk Tunes
     (Arr. Dinos Constantinides)

              Cara Waring, soprano

Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15………………………………………………….Robert Schumann

No Room! for Reader and String Quartet……………………………………Dinos Constantinides
     (Adapted from a Yiddish folk tale by Judy Constantinides)

              Judy Constantinides, reader

5. April 16, 2018 – LSU Composers Forum  – Monday @7:30 pm
Music for Small Ensembles

String Quartet in D Major………………………………………………………….Arnold Schoenberg

              Sinfonietta String Quartet

Trio in Eb Major (Slow Movement) ……………………………………………Franz F. Schubert
     (Arranged for string orchestra by Dinos Constantinides)

Encore for Piano Trio and String Orchestra…………………………………Dinos Constantinides

              The Caladian Trio

Piano Quartet…………………………………………………………………………..Alfred Schnittke

Reviews of Constantinides Violin Concertos by Fanfare Magazine

CONSTANTINIDES Violin Concertos No. 1,1 2,2 331Simos 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).

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Review of Constantinides’ ‘The Oracle at Delphi’ by New York Concert Review

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.

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Achievements of LSU Composers

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.