‘Everything Changes’ by 6Degrees Composers concert

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Ann Ward

6Degrees Composers recently announced plans for the concert, “Everything Changes,” which will be an afternoon of music with a wide range of colors and styles. It will feature the Lincoln Trio and Vocalist Dee Alexander on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Ganz Hall of Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Among the featured performers are Chicago’s Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio: violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe and pianist Marta Aznavoorian. The ensemble will perform “Sketches for Piano Trio,” by Regina Harris Baiocchi, commissioned by St. Mary’s Church in Philadelphia, and “Rippled Pond” by Kyong Mee Choi, a piece which has musical depictions of the images of a pond at different times of day, and representations of several aspects of nature.

Also headlining the program are Chicago’s premiere jazz vocalist, Dee Alexander, in a performance of Baiocchi’s songs, “Ask Him,” “Dream Weaver,” and “Lovers & Friends,” with Edwin Daugherty, alto sax, and Thomas Wade Jefferson, piano.

Patricia Morehead will have a U.S. premiere of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 128, “How oft, when thou, my music play’st” for four singers and piano, featuring members of Chamber Opera Chicago, and pianist Anatoliy Torchinskiy. Flutist Caroline Pittman will play a movement of Morehead’s “Design Two,” for alto flute, and pianist Abraham Stokman will perform Morehead’s “Episode in the Life of a Proton,” for solo piano. Janice Misurell-Mitchell will perform as vocalist and flutist in her work, “Everything Changes,” for flute/voice and percussion. Based on the poem, “Alles wandelt sich” by Bertolt Brecht, the work tackles questions of free will and determinism in a succinct and ironic text, while the music contains echoes of “Threepenny Opera” and warnings from Ecclesiastes; the composer will be joined by John Corkill on percussion.

Members of Chicago Opera Theater performing in this concert are Christine Steyer, soprano; Barbara Landis, mezzo; Garrett Johannsen, tenor; and Brian Burkhardt, baritone.

In 2010, Regina Harris Baiocchi founded 6Degrees Composers to inspire and promote music by women of many different traditions. The composers wish to thank the Chicago College of Musical Arts and Roosevelt University for their support for this concert.

The concert is free and open to the public with a reception following. For information call 773-510-5448 or email jmisurell@aol.com.

 

 

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