This month Tobias Picker's Suite for Cello and Piano receives its choreographic premiere on April 26 and 27 at New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre. The new Ballet, entitled Seguiti (Moving On), features choreography by rising choreographer Dario Vaccaro who remarks, "Seguiti reveals the moments when change becomes a necessity. The dancers disengage themselves from reality to unveil the lonely truth of desire." The music to the suite will be performed by cellist Caroline Stinson and pianist Simon Mulligan.
Commissioned for Lynn Harrell by a consortium including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and San Francisco Performances, the Suite for Cello and Piano received its world premiere by Lynn Harrell and Simon Mulligan at San Francisco's Herbst Theater as part of the music series San Francisco Performances in 1998. Picker then adapted the music from the suite for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, commissioned by the BBC Proms and premiered at Royal Albert Hall in 2001 by the conductor David Robertson with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and cellist Paul Watkins. TheSuite for Cello and Piano will be available at music stores everywhere this summer in a new Edition Schottversion, edited by Lynn Harrell and Simon Mulligan (ED 30004).
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Tobias Picker Suite for Cello and Piano (1998)
On Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 PM New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre presents The Music of Tobias Picker: a full evening of selected scenes and arias from the composer's acclaimed operas Emmeline,Fantastic Mr. Fox, Therese Raquin and An American Tragedy.
Following a successful run of Therese Raquin in its chamber version last February, Picker was appointed to the position of Artistic Advisor to Dicapo. The Music of Tobias Picker is Dicapo's first presentation of Picker's music since his appointment. The scenes and arias will be performed by the young singers in Dicapo's Resident Artists program. In addition to his counsel on repertoire and artistic planning, Mr. Picker has been actively working with the Resident Artists in developing their craft. For the February 2 program, Mr. Picker selected each of the singers and has personally coached them for this performance. Accompanying the singers on February 2 will be British pianist and composer Simon Mulligan.
In other Picker happenings, the composer's lush orchestral tone poem Old and Lost Rivers will be performed by the Redwood Symphony of Belmont, California, under conductor Eric Kujawsky on Wednesday, February 9 and his Suite, for cello and piano, can be heard at Temple University's Rock Hall in Philadelphia with cellist Jeffrey Solow and pianist Charles Abramovic on Tuesday, February 5.
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Tobias Picker Suite (1998)
for cello and piano
Old and Lost Rivers (1986)
In his new book Musicophilia, renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks provides detailed accounts of people with peculiar aural afflictions in an effort to contribute to our understanding of music and further illustrate the workings of the human mind. One such case he uses to illustrate this purpose involves our own Tobias Picker. Though he lives with Tourette's Syndrome, Dr. Sacks notes that Mr. Picker can still write in every mode, and can shift between compositional styles with consummate ease. Mr. Picker tells Dr. Sacks that the syndrome has shaped his imagination, "I live my life controlled by Tourette's but use music to control it. I have harnessed its energy - I play with it, manipulate it, trick it, mimic it, taunt it, explore it, exploit it, in every possible way."
Please visit www.nytimes.com to read Michiko Kakutani's review of Musicophilia.
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Tobias Picker joins pianist Ursula Oppens on stage this month as the duo perform the New York premiere of Picker's Keys to the City in its two piano version. Originally composed for piano and orchestra in 1983, Keys to the City was commissioned by the City of New York in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Picker performed as the pianist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at its festive world premiere after which the New York Times remarked that, "Keys to the City is an exuberant, celebratory evocation... eighteen minutes of irrepressible energy and cosmopolitan eclecticism." The performance is part of Ms. Oppens' recital at Steinway Hall which also includes works of Milhaud and Mozart.
Picker and Oppens have been working behind the scenes on another collaboration this year as Ms. Oppens performs all of the composer's solo piano works on a recording for the Wergo label, set for release in spring of 2008. A new publication from Schott of the composer's complete solo piano music will be available at the same time.
The New York Premiere of the two-piano version of Keys to the City will take place in New York's Steinway Hall, on October 15 at 6:30 PM.
Tobias Picker Keys to the City (1983)
for two pianos
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