What’s underway for 2017 – 2018
initiated by Board of Directors member Gloria Weissman
December 9, 2017, Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring, MD
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Concerts at Renée Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House:
November 3, 2017 and April 20, 2018 – save the dates!
We will also present repertory from these concerts for the Greenwich House Settlement community
Farm to Table Music:
a collaboration with Glynwood Farms (Hudson Valley, NY) – pairing chamber music and farmer chefs from the Hudson Valley; at venues in NYC and the Hudson Valley. We will see what great ideas and actions can emanate from the alchemy of bringing together great music, great food, and like-minded people.
Concerts at sites connected to the Oglala aquifers in Nebraska, one of the world’s largest natural water repositories, under threat by the oil pipeline construction. This is being organized with assistance from the Romero Institute.
A fundraiser for Vista Lirica and Greenwich House, featuring Norm Lewis singing from the American Songbook, and chamber music of Schönberg, Bernstein and others – the wonderful mix of music from the of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Broadway and affiliated classical composers.
of repertory from past concerts and Neoromantic works including Steven Burke’s Quintet for clarinet and strings. This new work will be a monumental addition to the chamber music repertory, dedicated to Vista Lirica and initiated by the composer.
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Vista Lirica is a New York based chamber music ensemble. In Italian, vista lirica means lyric view or lyric perspective.
Our perspective embraces the spirit of Romanticism ~
its lyricism as rapturous, unbridled expression through music and art,
as brought forth in a time of revolution and exploration.
Published on YouTube Dec 30, 2013
Neil Rynston: Cantorial Aria no. 1 for solo clarinet
Neil Rynston, clarinet
“Based on cantorial aria ‘Habin yakir’ of Zavel Kwartin (1874-1952) and rewoven for solo clarinet, the cantorial arias for solo clarinet were inspired by the soulful essence of Middle Eastern music and of the great tradition of Jewish cantorial singing.
This is one of a set of four pieces I composed and performed for special events at B’nai Jeshurun, NYC. They were not meant to be additions to the klezmer repertory nor direct imitations of cantorial singing. They mark an important part of a personal spiritual journey, and as alluded to by the visuals, it was an important segment what continues to be a variegated exploration.”
— Neil Rynston
Pezzo elegiaico (part 1), Live performance – Apr. 2011, Tenri Institute, NY
Beth Levin, Eric Grossman, Lawrence Zoernig
photos by Joel Graham (musicians) and Adrian Per (Russia)
Published on YouTube Jan 26, 2011
Johannes Brahms: Quintet in b-minor for clarinet and string quartet, Op. 115
Vista Lirica: Neil Rynston, clarinet; Eric Grossman & Itamar Zorman, violin; Frank Foerster, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, ’cello
Published on YouTube Dec 26, 2013
Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock
Vista Lirica: Emily Howard, mezzo; Neil Rynston, clarinet; Beth Levin, piano
“This piece, usually sung by a light lyric soprano, was written for Anna Milder-Hauptmann. Milder was also the first to perform the role of Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio, which hits the extremes as a hefty dramatic part.
Thus with dramatic mezzo diva Emily Howard, we took this historic bit of info and took things one step further, perhaps bringing out different angles of this piece with slightly slower tempi and darker colors, especially, in the 1st and 2nd sections.”
— Neil Rynston