Visiting the studio of composition professor Christopher Trapani at UT Austin, reading students’ works for voice and presenting on modern uses of voice in notated music.
Attending the Women in Classical Music Symposium hosted by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where my longtime teacher and mentor Dawn Upshaw will be honored.
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Father, My Father
Canadian composer David Adamcyk’s new composition, Father, My Father, is an evening-length concert music reflection on how the #MeToo movement has impacted him as a father. It features a selection of poems, texts, and musical quotations, amongst which are interspersed interviews with individuals of different ages on the subjects of parenthood, gender, relationships, and power. An array of loudspeakers placed around Americas Society’s unique concert space play back these materials and immerse the audience in an audio-collage that alternates with original music, performed by five instrumentalists from Talea Ensemble and vocalist/collaborator Lucy Dhegrae. The result is a tightly woven musical experience that considers the changing roles, attitudes, and interpersonal dynamics of gender in society and family contexts, and contemplates how parenthood, among many other avenues, can affect positive change in the future. Father, My Father is made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.
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Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The series continues with Philharmonic musicians joining vocalists in World Premieres by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée, and Paola Prestini — commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of Project 19 — alongside works by Crumb and Berio in a concert hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.
Project 19 is a multiyear New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Lucy Dhegrae & Charlotte Mundy, voices
Talea Ensemble, conducted by James Baker
Into the Little Hill (2006) by George Benjamin
“INTO THE LITTLE HILL was commissioned by the Festival d'Automne à Paris, with contributions from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foudation; Opéra National de Paris; and Ensemble Modern, with contributions from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation Martin and I wanted to tell our lyric tale in the most direct and authentic way possible, not an easy task in the age of TV and cinema. Our solution - where the story-telling as well as the multiple roles are shared between just two singers - acknowledges at all times the artificial nature of sung drama, while still permitting dialogue and characterisation. Occasionally, particularly in heated moments, it approaches the naturalistic. Martin’s text remains faithful to the traditional myth of the Ratcatcher of Hamelin, though it evokes disturbing contemporary resonances too. It also reflects upon the power of music as well as its exploitation in today’s world. … The orchestration employs some highly unusual timbres, ranging from bass flute and cimbalom to banjo and basset-horns. The resultant sonority is often discreet and always, I hope, transparent, so that the vocal lines can occupy the foreground without struggle. Above all I wanted to embed these lines as clearly as possible into the harmonic environment that surrounds them. In this fusion, I believe, lies a crucial expressive resource on the lyric stage.”
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Performing with MSU’s new music ensemble, Musique 21.
Performing new works by composers Juri Seo, Christopher Douthitt, Nick DiBerardino, and others.
Dogs of Desire premieres Sing Out, New York!, a collection of new works inspired by Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, and the 1969 Stonewall uprising. New works by Loren Loiacono, Rachel Peters, Andre Myers, and Clarice Assad. Free outdoor concerts in Schuylerville, Albany, and Schenektady. Read More —
Friday, May 31, 2019
7:30 PM 9:30 PM
EMPAC Theatre (map)
David Alan Miller, conductor
Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
The Albany Symphony's acclaimed ensemble, Dogs of Desire, perform innovative new works by today's most adventurous composers. Hear the Dogs perform new works by Viet Cuong, composer and inventive vocalist Clarice Assad, Water Music NY composer Loren Loiacono, and 2018 Sundance Fellow Composer, Carlos Simon.
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— wild new music with Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Acromusical —
In this groundbreaking collaboration between Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical, disparate traditions of string instruments collide in an explosion of radical new music that draws from diverse traditions of ancient string instruments. The program builds a musical atlas of the ubiquitous and eclectic history of music for strings, from the kora to the harp to the cello to the berimbau.
In world premiere works written for Contemporaneous and Projeto Arcomusical, visionary composers Elliot Cole and Ian Gottlieb reimagine the sound of the berimbau (the one-string Afro-Brazilian percussion instrument known for its use in capoeira) to stretch its expressive possibilities in a new context. Cole’s piece Roda takes its title and its physical energy from the circular formation that audiences form around capoeira martial art performers. Gottlieb draws on his longtime study of Brazilian music and his time in São Paulo for his new work for both ensembles.
New arrangements map the mold-shattering string playing of revered Gabian kora player Alhaji Bai Konte and psychedelic folk singer/harpist Joanna Newsom onto the whole of Contemporaneous. RODA gives us the chance to imagine the past and future of our world, bound together across time and space by strings across a resonator.
Alhaji Bai Konte (1920-1983), arr David Bloom (b. 1990): Alla L’aa Ke (1973, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement
Elliot Cole (b. 1984): Roda (2017, rev. 2019) — world premiere, chamber concerto version
Ian Gottlieb (b. 1990): New work (2019) — world premiere, Contemporaneous commission
Joanna Newsom (b. 1982), arr. Dylan Mattingly (b. 1991): Cosmia (2006, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement
As part of its 2018 Stanford Residency, Ensemble Dal Niente performs new works by graduate composers at Stanford University, including Hassan Ali Estakhrian, Utku Asuroglu, Davor Branimir Vincze, Julie Herndon, Charlie Sdraulig, Andrew Watts, and Nicholas Anthony Virsi.
Places We Know is a collection of pieces for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors. Written by Shawn Jaeger for Longleash (Pala Garcia, John Popham, Renate Rohlfing), Places references waterways close to the homes, both past and present, of the artists, exploring the significance of the memory and presence of a place. Using field recordings of Muscota Marsh (Inwood) Red Hook Channel (Brooklyn), Beargrass Creek (Louisville, KY), Coleman Run (Nerinx, KY), and Chenoweth Run (Louisville, KY), Places invokes a specificity of “musical place,” with both direct references to distinct sonic objects (a car horn, cicadas) as well as more abstract sonic metaphors (microtonal tuning systems generated by the original soundscapes themselves). The premiere of Places on March 15 will also feature artist-created field recordings and videos, a sensory library of found objects from each location, and a brief chat with the artists about the process of creating the work.
Places We Know will be introduced by a special guest performance by mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae.
Places We Know was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Music of Anthony Braxton: Syntactical Ghost Trance // Echo Echo Mirror House
Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
The 11-person Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble perform works from Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Music system—demonstrating the unique sonic tapestry of the compositions and the possibilities of the vocal choir—in celebration of the release of GTM (Syntax) 2017: an album documenting all twelve compositions of his system recorded under the guidance of Anthony Braxton himself.
The evening closes with a performance of another Braxton music system: Echo Echo Mirror House Music, by the duo of Carl Testa on electronics and Cory Smythe on piano.
Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble (voices):
Carl Testa/Cory Smythe Duo
Carl Testa (electronics)
Cory Smythe (piano)
The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career. This event is part of Braxton75, an initiative of the Tri-Centric Foundation leading up to the composer’s 75th birthday in 2020, funded in part by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Lucy sings two world premieres by composers Will Kim and Joseph Lee, winners of the Andrew Park Foundation Composition Prize. With Yezu Woo (violin), Michael Nicolas (cello), Stuart Breczinski (oboe), Yoonah Kim (clarinet), Beomjae Kim (flute), Mélanie Genin (harp), and Tomoki Park (piano).
Lucy joins Talea Ensemble for a concert featuring a world premiere by David Adamcyk, and Kate Soper's Voices from the Killing Jar.
"In Voices from the Killing Jar, which was written between 2010 and 2012 for the Wet Ink Ensemble ... women in fraught circumstances take the focus in an eight-movement work that is dark, wild, and captivating.
In her 98-page dissertation on the work, Soper explains 'a killing jar is a tool used by entomologists to kill butterflies and other insects without damaging their bodies.' Through Soper's acrobatic soprano solo, accompanied by athletic instrumental parts and plenty of electronics, the piece lets us in on seven women – each in their own killing jars of various types ('hopeless situations, impossible fantasies...') – as well as the keepers of those jars. We see a Murakami character, Lady Macduff and Daisy Buchannan, to name just a few embattled heroines. 'We don't know how all their stories end,' says the composer, but 'four will eventually die violently.' " Read more here
Lucy receives one of three Emerging Artist awards from University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The 2018 SMTD Alumni Society Awards recipients are as follows:
Hall of Fame Awards
Jessye Norman (MM ‘68 voice; Sc.D.Hon ’87)
Frank Ticheli (MM '83, trumpet and composition; DMA '87, music composition)
Emerging Artist Awards
Lucy Dhegrae (BM ’08, voice)
Stephen Siercks (BFA ’07, design and production)
Dee Tomasetta (BFA ’14, dance)
Paul Boylan Award
Janai Brugger (MM ’09, voice)
Christopher Kendall Award
Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago
SMTD Alumni Society Awards Ceremony and Reception
Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Building, 1100 Baits Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Friday, October 5, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The following distinguished alumni will be honored as 2018 award recipients: Jessye Norman (MM '68 voice; Sc.D.Hon '87), Frank Ticheli (MM '83, trumpet and composition; DMA '87, music composition), Lucy Head Dhegrae (BM '08, voice), Stephen Siercks (BFA '07, design and production), Dee Tomasetta (BFA '14, dance), Janai Brugger (MM '09, voice), and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. A reception immediately follows the awards ceremony in the Soderquist Atrium to celebrate the award recipients and the milestone reunion classes. This event is free; online registration required below.
$10 suggested donation
Un lieu verdoyant: hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999) by Philippe Leroux (b. 1959)
with Casey Grev (soprano saxophone)
Excerpt from Le lay de bonne espérance, No. 13 by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
Since 1500 (2011) by Matthew Schickele (b. 1969)
Letter Piece 1: Arsenal, Bahrain, Chihuahua, Darjeeling and Eisenhower (2008) by Matthew Shlomowitz (b. 1975)
with Ariadne Greif (Dhegrae & Digressions)
Check out these fab performers on night 2, Sept 26: Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, Ashley Fure, and So Percussion.
Sō Percussion will perform works by Angelica Negron, Eric Bradley Cha-Beach, and more!
Ashley Fure will jam on some sub-audible subwoofers with some friends.
Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, composer-performers each with a particular fondness for text, ballad tradition, and the power of song, present a set with the talents of Sonya Belaya and Nicole Patrick.
Lucy joins International Contemporary Ensemble in six performances of Ashley Fure's opera The Force of Things presented at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.
August 6, 7, 8 at 6:30 and 8:30pm
Lucy joins esteemed faculty to perform and work with participants at the first Resonant Bodies event at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.
Lucy joins the faculty at SoundSCAPE Festival in Cesena, Italy, working with festival participants and performing with the students and faculty in Salvatore Sciarrino's masterwork Vanitas as well as Lukas Foss's classic Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.
Jeffrey Brooks' Passion with Contemporaneous at 5:30pm; marathon begins at 10:00am. Free!
MUSIC BY Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Alex Weiser, Julia Wolfe, Aleksandra Vrebalov and MORE!
PERFORMANCES BY Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley, Contemporaneous, Eliza Bagg, David Friend, ETHEL, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol, Flux Quartet, Maya Beiser and Kate Valk, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas, Robert Osborne, Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin, Vicky Chow, Xenia Rubinos, So Percussion and MORE!