Sunday, January 13, 2019

MUSIC SECTION TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE FWC

Welcome to the continuation of the FWC Centennial Year!

The Faculty Women's Club MUSIC SECTION will feature several special programs to celebrate our One Hundred Years.

The first program in 2019 will feature Janice Foy, who will perform music from around the world which you can enjoy without leaving your comfortable chair! Janice is both a cellist and pianist
More details to come this Wednesday after the live performance.

Janice Foy to perform January 16th 2019


Janice Foy earned her BA and MA
in Music from California State University, Northridge, and in 1990, she received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.












Janice Foy pre-concert social -- we have to have you again, Janice, BRAVO
From left: Mary Ann, Amelita, June, Glorya, Maria, Shirley, Marina (invited guest), Helen,
Jarka (hostess), Janice (performer, cello), Debby, Zorana (Music Section Chair), Joy


The stories Janice told us about her cello, tours, and music pieces were as interesting as her performance.

Wonderful afternoon in the intimate setting in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

THANK YOU!


A special tribute was given to two dear friends:

Anne Bodenheimer (1914-2017)

Dorothea Frederking (1929-2018)








Our Music Section continues to explore different ensembles and venues. Tesserae is now one the must list of early music chamber ensembles specializing in the 16th through 18th century music.

January 20th program included pieces by Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Heinrich Schutz, Giovanni Gabrieli, and other 16th to 17th century composers.

We heard Tresler (tenor), Joel Nesvadba (bass-baritone), McIntosh (baroque violine), Zeller-Townson (dulcian), sackbut (by three performers), and Alex Opsahl on cornet and recorder.





Alex Opsahl is showing us the cornet, an early wind instrument that was especially popular in the repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque composers. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and at the Scholastic's Cantorum Basiliensis.

We will be again listening to Concerti Ecclesiastici on April 6th and June 1st.

They perform at the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.

Our next Music Section meeting is February 20th at 12:30 featuring WOMAN COMPOSERS. Zorana Ercegovac is presenter. We will gather at Jarka and Tom's home.
Barbara Strozzi, one among the composers, was born in Venice, an illegitimate and unwanted child. She attracted a prominent Venetian intellectual and artist Giulio Strozzi, who adopted her.

His palace was a gathering place for "humanists" such as philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, musicians, and writers.

Women were not encouraged to participate in "non-feminine" academic studies. However, Barbara Strozzi became actively involved in these meetings and discussions. She wrote books of arias, cantatas, madrigals, and duets. We will learn about her will hear her compositions!


April 17th 2019 is our next music section gathering. We will have the opportunity to hear other women composers, including Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Wieck Schumann. Joy Frank will be focusing on Felix Mendelssohn's young sister.

Zorana will be selecting representative works composed by Clara Wieck Schumann. She will perform R. Schumann's several short pieces.
We may also have another surprise guest, TBA.

On March 9th, we will be at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. We will be treated to The ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS which celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of the world's greatest chamber orchestras.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Their home venue is at the Trafalgar Square in London. The cathedral's stained glass windows, facing the audience, project opaque light, just right for the music performed daily in this beautiful venue. They post their daily music programs on the steps just outside the Church. 

The concerts are free and fill fast.

The ensemble in Santa Monica on March 9th will be joined by pianist Jeremy Denk. for the Mozart's piano concerto and Britten's piece.




P R O G R A M

Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751): Concert a Cinque No. 5 in A minor, op. 5
Carl P E BACH (1714-1788): Symphony in E-flat major, H 654
Wolgang A MOZART (1756-1791): Piano concerto No. 12 in A major, K 414
Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976): Young Apollo, op. 16
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No. 44 in E minor

BROAD STAGE, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


SAINT CECILIA,  Roman saint, martyr, and patroness of musicians. 

It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she "sang in her heart to the Lord." 

Died Jan 1, 176, Sicily


Each Music Section gathering starts off with a social and some refreshments brought by the attendees of the Music Section.

Our Music Section group enjoyed the outstanding performance and we gathered before the concert as well as during  the intermission.

Here are Rochelle and Joy in the lively discussion. Ross, Gerry, Milos, Debby, June, Jaime, and Zorana were all there.
IT WAS ANOTHER GREAT OUTING on March 9th 2019.
Rochelle Caballero with Joy Frank at the Broad Stage 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the FWC Centennial Celebration -- The MUSIC SECTION

Section Chairs Meeting: October 3rd 2018 at the UCLA's Faculty Center

Zorana Ercegovac, FWC Vice President for Sections, held the kickoff 2018-2019 meeting welcoming old and new sections chairs. The photo below shows those of us in attendance.

Shirley Ho (President Elect), Elisabeth Furster, Zorana Ercegovac (FWC VP Sections)
Sandy Spolsky, Marjorie Friedlander, Dorothea Frederking, Diane Childs, Phyllis Amboss
Dianne Homsher, Simone King, Marianne Tereszcuk, Helene desRuisseaux, Marianne Afifi

Summer and Fall 2018 MUSIC SECTION_BUZZ

We continue with unique events and programs for this FWC Centennial Year.
"Evolution of the Argentine tango music," presented by Jaime Bulkacz started off the 2018-2019 Season (October 17, 2018).
Zorana Ercegovac, Chair of the Music Section
with our presenter Jaime Bulkacz

The topic attracted many of our Section members as well as other listeners; the event was hosted again by Jarka and Tom Wilcox.

As we move forward into the HOLIDAYS 2018, we look forward to celebrate our Centennial year together with FWC diverse members from several sections (e.g., Music home section, book section, the executive board) along with husbands and partners. As in earlier years, we will gather on December 19th at Jarka and Tom's home for the HOLIDAY SING ALONG POTLUCK PARTY. Be festive, merry, bring regional delicacies to sample, and be ready to sing holiday carols from your own country. Zorana will be at piano and a photographer on site.

Our dear Music Section member Roma King (see a photo of her below), has made an amazing personal and professional achievement, and we wish to share this with all of you.

I invited Roma  invited Roma for an afternoon coffee in her neighborhood coffee place in Santa Monica and chatted about her forthcoming event: the book is now available on the screen, and she will be traveling to Poland for the premiere of her film: "Footsteps in the Snow."
Roma King with a copy of her book:
 "Footsteps in the Snow: A true story of one family's journey out of Siberia"
Photo credits: Zorana Ercegovac
August 30th 2018
The premiere was held at the DWOR WILKOWICE, about 70 km away from Warsaw, where she will show her documentary 60 minute film to a group of guests (September 8th) followed by an official premiere at a large theater in Warsaw (September 18th).
Roma shared the invitation to her film premiere, and I wish to share the copy with you.
Many of us were fortunate to view Roma's story on the big screen on October 21st at 3 pm and at 5 pm (The Laemmle's Film Center in Santa Monica, 1332 2nd street).
It tells the story of the Michniewicz family and childhood memories, but most of all it is the story of the family's escape from Siberia during WWII.

Roma, who earned her master's in education, has been our FWC member since 1981 with varied interests in sections on music, cooking, bridge, writing, and theater. She joined the FWC as a UCLA faculty wife. Now that she is retired, she is as busy as she was prior to her retirement. What an achievement! Congratulations!

Besides our own programs, we seek local music events and programs performed in concert halls, libraries, museums, private residences, churches, historical sites, and street corners. Here's one led by Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezov with their students of the Balkan Ensemble (UCLA Ethnomusicology).


Our next meeting is "Leonard Bernstein at 100": November 17, Schoenberg Hall at 8 PM
See you all at our HOLIDAY SING ALONG: December 19, at 12:00 noon.

We post numerous performances held at the following local venues, including:
>The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
>The Da Camera Society (at historic sites including The Doheny Mansion, Greystone Mansion, The Bradbury Building, etc.
>The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (Beverly Hills)
>UCLA's Royce Hall, Schoenberg Hall, The Hammer Museum, and other theaters.

The UCLA Faculty Women's Club Centennial Celebration started off earlier, in December of 2017. However, I want to share with you another celebratory Music Section event and program that was held yesterday, February 21, 2018. Varied and rich program and the inclusive makeup of our attendees celebrated the 2018 Lunar New Year at the home of Shirley Ho.
Below is the photo of the FWC members who participated in the event and this unique and festive, interdisciplinary program.

 
From left: Rochelle, Marianne, Debby, Joy, June, Olga, Zorana, Roma, Shirley
Helen, Maria, Mary Ann, Dorothea, Bette, Jarka (Jo attended, not in the photo)
Photo credit: Kelli Yang
Shirley, our hostess and vocalist, introduced us in the meanings of the Lunar New Year with various symbolic representations for longevity, prosperity, and healthy foods. Notice the posters each of us holds as well as the fortune cookies beautifully wrapped below.


The program included a live performance by Ceri Hui on the Chinese instrument ERHU.

Ceri Hui explaining the instrument and performing:
Full of Joy, and Fengyang Flower Drum

The attendees enjoyed selected readings of poems by Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring, read by Zorana, Shakespeare's Sonnet 98, read by Mary Ann, Dorothea recited a poem in English and German, and Debby read verses in Italian.

Joy brought a CD for us to listen to La Primavera concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 by Antonio Vivaldi (in three movements: Allegro, Largo, Allegro). Earlier in the year, Debby Kennel, our Music Section productive member, presented the entire session on Vivaldi.
Scroll down this blog to see that session.


As the program shows, Shirley, our hostess and vocalist, treated us with a delicious and healthy luncheon.

Shirley Ho about to perform Chinese folk songs:
I Love You
the Snow That Comes from Beyond the Great Wall
Sing Jiang Folk Song
At the Ho's residence, on May 9th 2018, the Birthday Section celebrated a double birthday of Joyce Glantz and of Mary Lou Ward (neither of whom was in attendance). However, Zorana Ercegovac, VP Sections, stopped by to capture special moments, below:
B-day Section members: (from left standing)
Simone, June, Mireya, Shirley (the hostess), Elisabeth, Maria, Dagmar, Sandy
Helen and Patti are sitting
A closer look at that beautifully decorated cake was recorded, and here is the frosting with the inscribed names of Joyce and Mary Lou. We missed you, hope you feel better soon !!


The BIRTHDAY Cake for Joyce and Mary Lou

We attend excellent concerts like the one honoring Hindustani (North Indian) music tradition:
Students performing sitar and tabla in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG POTLUCK GATHERING -- December 20th 2017
We are starting off with our traditional Sing-Along holiday potluck music program. This year we invited, besides all music section members, the "bookies," play-readers, FWC board members, as well as husbands and/or partners.

Our vocalists accompanied by Zorana at the piano (home of Jarka and Tom Wilcox)

Shirley Ho introduced the "Sing-Along" program with two traditional Christmas songs

Shirley Ho, FWC Music Section vocalist-in-residence

Joy and Gerry Frank, this time we invited the husbands. The event was very successful!

A subset of the Music Section membership
From left: Glorya, Mireya, Helen, Simone, Rochelle, Joy, Zorana (Chair),
Jarka (hostess), Jo (guest), Olga, Debby (presenter: Purcell), June (newest member)

Tomorrow (March 21st 2018) is our special treat at Jaka's home with her own presentation of a Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (1828-1884). Will hear his great music pieces from the well known symphonic cycle Ma Vlast (My Homeland), and selections from his equally well know opera The Bartered Bride.


For those of you who would like to read about
Smetana's biographical details and hear his music, visit our many local and UCLA libraries.

See you all tomorrow.
















For those of you who would like to be ahead of our next program, titled "Chopin -- Master Pianists, Pride of Poland (1810-1849)," visit numerous sources to listen and learn.

There are numerous good sources to get you started. Start with
music, mostly for the piano (some of the works you might like:
ballads, etudes, impromptus, mazurkas, nocturnes, polonaises,
preludes, scherzos, sonatas, waltzes), as well as concertos, songs,
and more. The son of a Polish mother and a French father, Chopin was brought up in Warsaw, graduated from the Warsaw
Conservatory, and 21, he arrived in Paris. There, he met writers such as Victor Hugo, Balzac, and Heine, became close friends with Delacroix, Liszt, and Berlioz.

He divided his time between performing, composing, and
a teaching.

Listen to many of the great CDs, DVDs, youtube, and above, live performances.

Looking forward to our January 17th Music Section gathering at Joy's house. The presenters are Joy and Rochelle.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Welcome to The FWC MUSIC SECTION 2017-2018

Welcome to the 2017-2018 FWC Centennial Celebration Year!
For us in the Music Section, we start our 4th year with strong programs and enthusiastic members of the Section. More members are participating in the programming, we have more diverse programs, and some new members will be joining us.

Jo Knopoff, our regular guest resident, with Zorana (Music Section chair)
and our newest Music Section member June Bulkacz
Photo credits: Milos Ercegovac (explains why I hold two glasses of wine)
Last night, October 1, 2017, we started off celebrating the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, known as LACO @ 50 with Joshua Bell performing Bernstein's Serenade (inspired by Plato's text on love in his Symposium). Leonard Bernstein who would be 100 in 2018 wrote the piece in 1940, dedicating it to his mentor Serge Koussevitzky and his wife Natalie.
From program Notes: "The fugue-like beginning of the first movement represents the speech of Phaedrus, who praises Eros, the god of love."

Joshua Bell with visiting conductor Jaime Martin and LACO
Photo: Zorana Ercegovac

Our October 2017 Music Section meeting is hosted by Jarka Wilcox and programmed by our own Debby Kennel. She selected Henry Purcell (1659-1695), an English composer of the middle Baroque period for our October 18th music section meeting.
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 

In addition, we wish to make this year special. Some of our wonderful and talented members have decided to share music events with the FWC Board, guests, and with sister sections, such as Play-Reading, Book Section, and Creative Writing. We will again share our Holiday Sing-Along (December 20th) at Jarka and Tom Wilcox home. We are grateful to Shirley Ho who will be our hostess and vocalist, February 21st at her house. We will celebrate Chinese New Year and fellowship with music and delicious dishes!

We continue to enjoy various local concert hall and museum venues where arts intersect and empower us. Examples include Shagall: Fantasies for the Stage at LACMA where Chagall's stage designs and costumes work together with Stravinsky's Firebird, with Mozart's Magic Flute, or with Ravel's Daphne and Chloe.






Monday, April 24, 2017

Dmitri Shostakovich in April and Shirley Ho in May 2017

During the months of April and May, our Music Section friends will explore various musical genres, styles, venues, and cultural eras.

Being at UCLA, the only problem is to make choices between performances, artists, and amazing venues we have around us.

On Sunday April 23 at 4-6 PM, The UCLA Alpert School of Music presented "A Poet's Cabaret," at Schoenberg Hall. Jack Perla was the featured composer and pianist, with an amazing group of UCLA opera and voice students. In addition, Jeffrey Ho performed Perla's (2010) beautiful sonatina, "Wait Here" in 4 movements (with some improv) accompanied by Mr. Perla. "Betty Box Office (2008) was performed by talented Julia Stuart, Thomas Hollow, and Christopher Hunter.

Jack Perla, Victoria Kirsch, with wonderful UCLA students after the performance
of THE WORLD (2012)
If possible, please attend the concert by UCLA Philharmonia on April 27th at 8 PM. The program includes the performance of the Eleventh Symphony in G minor (1957) also known as "The Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The symphony draws its material from popular urban revolutionary song of the 19th and early 20th centuries. You may feel the influence of G. Mahler with percussive march imagery and epic scale of this symphonic work.
General admission.
See you at the concert!! Looking forward to it.

To prep for the concert, you may want to hear Shostakovich's works at NPR:

May 17th at 12:30 AM is reserved for the vocal performance of our own Shirley Ho at her residence in Brentwood. Directions will be given by Shirley. We will need two volunteers of that Music Section event.

Fowler Musem, photo below, is truly one among UCLA's many treasure; currently, it is featuring Indian jewelry, African print fashion, spectacular masquerade from Sierra Leone, as well as lectures, regional music ensembles, and affordable items in their gift shop.
Fowler Museum at UCLA

Enduring splendor: Jewelry of India
African-print fashion


Thursday, January 19, 2017

In the SPOTLIGHT: Victor Shlyakhtenko

SAVE the DATES for February and March 2017:
The month of February will take us to UCLA's Freud Playhouse for "Cendrillon" by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Henri Cain, based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault. This opera is co-produced with the Department of Theater.
Based on a well know fairy tale Cinderella, this opera in 4 acts, was first performed in 1899 at the Theatre National de l'Opera Comique.
For a full libretto, main characters, dance numbers, and music, go to OPERATODAY and search for titles of specific operas, like Jules Massenet's Cendrillon.
WHEN: Sunday February 19th at 2 PM. $25.00, tickets at 310.825.2101

One more outstanding event:
WATCH THE MOSTER STORM splashes down on LA today from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Friday February 17th at Royce Hall (8:00 pm)
Bamberg Symphony with its origins as the German Philharmonia, goes back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, premiered 29 October 1787 in Prague by the National Theater (of Bohemia); Mozart entered the work in his catalog as an opera buffa.

Max Bruch composed his violin concerto (No. 1 op. 26 in G minor) in 1886; the work was dedicated to violinist virtuoso Joseph Joachim. Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in 1885-1886. The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas produced an excellent presentation in KEEPING SCORE (PBS).

The following text is taken given below from Wikipedia:
The first movement (of the Bruch's violin concerto) is unusual in that it is a Vorspiel, a prelude, to the second movement and is directly linked to it. The piece starts off slowly, with the melody first taken by the flutes, and then the solo violin becomes audible with a short cadenza. This repeats again, serving as an introduction to the main portion of the movement, which contains a strong first theme and a very melodic, and generally slower, second theme. The movement ends as it began, with the two short cadenzas more virtuosic than before, and the orchestra's final tutti flows into the second movement, connected by a single low note from the first violins.
The slow second movement is often admired for its melody, and is generally considered to be the heart of the concerto. The themes, presented by the violin, are underscored by a constantly moving orchestra part, keeping the movement alive and helping it flow from one part to the next.
The third movement, the finale, opens with an intense, yet quiet, orchestral introduction that yields to the soloist's statement of the energetic theme in brilliant double stops. It is very much like a dance that moves at a comfortably fast and energetic tempo. The second subject is a fine example of Romantic lyricism, a slower melody which cuts into the movement several times, before the dance theme returns with its fireworks. The piece ends with a huge accelerando, leading to a fiery finish that gets higher as it gets faster and louder and eventually concludes with two short, yet grand, chords.
Tonight's concert closes with L. van Beethoven's Third Symphony "EROICA" We as a Music Section group had the entire session dedicated to this Symphony in 2016.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major "EROICA"


Check UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance CAP UCLA for calendar of programs.

Bamberg Symphony
The Bamberg Symphony, founded in 1946, was formed from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia.

MARCH 2017

This month brings old masters and new multi-sensory musical experiences. Jocelyn Ho, in the photo below, will perform six piano pieces at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall on Friday, March 2-3, 2017.
Jocelyn Ho, Assistant Professor, UCLA
Another interesting avant-gard experience is the UCLA Game Lab, which strives to develop new modes of expression and form through gaming. Take a look at some of the "disruptive borderlands" by Prof. Eddo Stern and other projects by faculty and students.

Get ready for a special treat on March 15th at 12:30 PM.
The Program: We will enjoy music by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Our hostess and the lead will be Jarka Wilcox
To prepare you for this event, you may want to explore some among numerous excellent sources on Dvorak. I offer just a few links for biography, photos, and discography.
RSVP and volunteer with refreshments for March 15.

Antonin Leopold Dvorak (1841-1904)


Faculty Women's Club MUSIC SECTION has started off the New Year 2017, and our Centennial Year (1918-2018) with a brilliant young pianist Victor Shlyakhtenko, 14, who has been studying piano since the age of five.
Victor Shlyakhtenko
THE PROGRAM :
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 by J.S. Bach
Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli by Franz Liszt
Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52 by F. J. Haydn
Chorphantasie Op. 80 by L. van Beethoven
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Liszt
 Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 by W. A. Mozart
Sonata, Op. 26 by S. Barber
The intimate setting of the piano recital afforded the opportunity to interact with Victor, and the audience took advantage of our event: to ask questions, network, and listen to the great music.

Music Section group with Victor in the center of the photo, January 18, 2017
Thank You, Victor, for taking the time to perform for us !

QA time: our attendees had lots of questions, and Victor had so much to offer ranging from a masterful interpretation of his repertory to anecdotes, and brief commentaries.

Victor in the spotlight: too many important questions to ask
From left: Francois and Arlene, our hostesses converse with Victor


Victor with Zorana, founder and chair of the FWC Music Section

In the intimate setting of the private residence in Santa Monica, Victor gave generous time to chat with many members of the Music Section as well as invited guests.
Music Section member Olga Merkurev and Victor: old friends
Kudos to Olga who presented Victor to the Music Section attendees

Victor talks with Milos Ercegovac during the concert intermission
ART MEETS COMPUTER SCIENCE