International Arts, Cultural & Educational Festival
American Tour 2006
Soun Youn Yoon (Korea, Oboe)
Sharon Eng (USA, Viola)
Ary Sutedja David (Indonesia, Piano)
With guest artists: Nanang Hape (Indonesia, puppeteer)
and Mikhail David (Greece, Lighting/Visual Director)
the Indonesian Missions to the United States of America
Supported and co-organized by
Towson University (Baltimore, MD)
and the JakArt Foundation (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Dates of Performances
April 14, 2006 JAKARTA at the Teater Kecil (studio)-Taman Ismail Marzuki Arts Center, Jl. Cikini Raya 73, Jakarta, Indonesia 10330, at 7:00 p.m.
April 21, 2006 NEW YORK at the United Nations Auditorium in New York, (presented by the Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations), Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters, First Avenue and 42ndStreet, New York, NY 10017, at 7.00 pm
BY INVITATION ONLY
April 24, 2006 BALTIMORE at Towson University Performing Arts Center, (supported and organized by Towson University), 8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252, at 8.15 pm
April 25, 2006 BALTIMORE Master Classes, Towson University Dept. of Music(supported and organized by Towson University)
April 26, 2006 WASHINGTON DC at the Embassy of Indonesia, (presented by the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C.), 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, at 8.00 pm
April 28, 2006 LOS ANGELES at the Goethe Institute Auditorium, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, at 7:00 pm (presented by the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles)
CLASSICAL NUANCES is a chamber ensemble of rare distinction, consisting of a unique combination of instruments: oboe, viola and piano. Formed in 1995 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the trio performs regularly worldwide, spanning four continents with performance locations ranging from Bangkok to Seoul; Los Angeles to New York City; Athens to London; Canberra to Kuwait. CLASSICAL NUANCES has attracted the attention of a number of composers whom have written works for this ensemble, including Michael Marsh-Edwards (England); Trisutji Kamal (Indonesia); Choi Chun Hee (Korea); and Gennadi Belov (Russia).
The particularly expressive qualities of oboe, viola and piano are made evident in the works featured tonight. The plaintive, reedy oboe in contrast to the dark, voluptuous resonance of the viola, along with the wide array of textures provided by the piano invoke a tonal palette of primarily treble, alto and tenor sonorities that is unique to the world of chamber music. Tonight’s concert pieces celebrate the juxtaposition and transformation of Eastern and Western classical and folk genres. The addition of nuances enhanced by shadow puppetry by Indonesian dalang (shadow puppeter) Mr. Nanang Hape integrates a centuries-old Indonesian cultural artistic tradition with a musical event, thus adding an exciting visual interpretative element in this multicultural and multimedia event that spans Western and Eastern artistic forms.
Korean oboist, SOUN-YOUN YOON holds many respected positions in Korea where she is a graduate of the Faculty of Music at Seoul National University. Honors include principal oboist, Seoul Symphony Orchestra; Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Women’s Woodwind Quintet, first prize winner of two prestigious national competitions and more. Mrs. Yoon, who is a distinguished Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, is currently lecturer of oboe at Samyuk University, and principal oboist with the Korean Senior Orchestra. She is the first woman ever to hold a position on the honorary committee of the Korean Senior Orchestra, a prestigious professional orchestra comprising first chair players and highest ranking music professors of the major orchestras and universities in Korea.
American violist, SHARON ENG is active worldwide as a music educator, clinician, conductor and chamber recitalist, playing premieres of solo works and giving chamber music concerts and master classes in 12 countries. Dr. Eng received her Bachelor and Master degrees in viola performance at the Juilliard School in New York City, while garnering a host of honors (fellowships to Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, U.S. representative to von Karajan’s international youth orchestra in Berlin…). Director of the strings program at Jakarta International School since 1996, her orchestras have performed in Budapest, Manila, Vienna/Salzburg, Shanghai and elsewhere. Dr. Eng appears as faculty-artist in residence at the summer International Music Institute and Festival at Mt. Saint Mary’s University in Maryland).
Indonesian pianist, ARY SUTEDJA DAVID is renown as one of Indonesia’s finest classical pianists and accompanists. She took her Masters in piano in the United States, studying with Reynaldo Reyes, and receiving prestigious awards and scholarships while at Towson University. Ary did postgraduate studies at St. Petersburg Conservatory. She toured as accompanist for the Bremen Opera Company in Germany. With her husband, Mikhail David, Ary organized and managed the JakArt International Arts, Culture and Educational Festival that, over the years, hosted hundreds of events and thousands of artists–both locally and from abroad–in venues throughout Indonesia, and more recently, in 14 cities in Greece during the celebration of the 2004 Cultural Olympiad.
NANANG HAPE is an Indonesian puppeteer. Born in Ponorogo, Indonesia in 1975, he graduated from the Indonesian School of Performing Arts in Surakarta (Solo, Central Java), majoring in traditional classical puppetry (Wayang). He has conducted research throughout Indonesia on Wayang, and performs Wayang in many different styles. Recently, he has collaborated with classical and jazz musicians around the world, including performances of music and Wayang in Portugal, Netherlands and Greece. He recently performed in six universities in Central Java and is currently writing essays and scripts for Wayang and a novel, while giving Wayang workshops for children.
MIKHAIL DAVID designed the lighting and visual presentation that accompanies the Wayang performances. Founder and Artistic Director of ProSeni and JakArt Foundation’s International Arts Festivals since 2001, Mikhail David brings long experience and wide ranging creativity to the art of stagecraft. He has held one-man shows and collaborated with many artists in Europe, Asia and the Americas, works that have included painting, sculpture, design art, installations and performance art ‘happenings.’
Michael Head is known as one of a group of 20th Century English light music composers, whose great gift for melody and ballad-like compositions have held their place in the English vocal repertoire. Schooled at the Royal Academy of Music, Head was both an accomplished pianist and singer, often combining both roles in performances and broadcasts. His works are generally regarded as conservative in style with a quality of song that enjoys popular appeal. Gavotte and Elegiac Dancecomes from a suite of three pieces for oboe and piano that evoke the English country garden with its lush study in English folk melodies and modalities.
Trisutji Kamal is Indonesia’s most prolific and active composer today, with works spanning symphonic, chamber, opera, ballet, piano concerti and music for film. Born in Jakarta in 1936, she studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, graduating from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome in Piano and Composition. Since 1984, her compositions have been inspired by Islamic idioms, the combining of musical elements with the rhythms of Tajwid or “correct pronounciation” of the reading of the Holy Qur’an. Kamal’s unique musical language is manifest in a set of three prayers for solo viola that she wrote in response to Sharon Eng’s commission for solo viola music. Marked ad lib throughout, her deeply personal and profoundly spiritual Prayers are unmetered, harmonically complex, while retaining Western classical forms. Ilir-ilur and Kicur-kicur are Kamal’s piano transcriptions of beloved Indonesian folk songs.
August Klughardt’s (born in Kothen) romantic Schilflieder (Reed Songs) are five Fantasiestucke pieces set to poems by Lenau, that were composed in 1872 for piano, oboe and viola. Klughardt’s music was inspired by his association with Franz Liszt whom he met when working at the court theatre in Weimar, and by the music of Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. Klughardt, who died suddenly at the relatively young age of 54, held many distinctions, among them member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, conferral of an honorary doctorate by the University of Erlangen, chief conductor in Neustrelitz, and court director of music in Dessau, during which time he conducted Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. The music of Schilflieder is highly programmatic, with Lenau’s text telling the story of grief of a lost lover:
Charles Martin Loeffler was born in Alsace in 1861 and died in Massachusetts in 1935. A composer and violinist, his childhood was spent in Russia, Hungary and Switzerland. He studied violin in Berlin and Paris, and composition with Ernest Guiraud of the Paris Conservatory. In 1881 he moved to Boston to become deputy leader of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His musical compositions generally reflect French Impressionist techniques, including tonight’s Two Rhapsodies, a brooding tour-de-force masterpiece based on a set of surrealist poems by French poet, Maurice Rollinat: “Oh! His bagpipe, near the crossroads of the crucifix! . . . Under cold skies…down deep in my soul, there in the nook of …fears, I hear his bagpipe groaning as of yore.” Rollinat’s text, which inspired Loeffler’s first movement, “L’Etang” (The Pool) shares in common Lenau’s text, which at inspired Klughardt’s last movement, with their pool/pond, moonbeams, storms and reeds/rushes serving as metaphors for sorrow, death and despair.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart originally wrote the famous “Kegelstat” Trio in E-Flat, K.498 for clarinet, viola and piano, another unusual combination that lends itself nicely to an oboe-viola-piano treatment. In three movements, this composition was written in 1786 when Mozart was writing at the height of his powers, a year that produced his two piano quartets, the “Prague” Symphony, three piano concerti, his fourth violin concerto and two great operas, The Marriage of Figaro (1785-86) and Don Giovanni (1786-87).
Alan Richardson (born in Edinburgh in 1904) was a student of Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). He toured Australia and New Zealand in 1931, was Carl Flesch’s accompanist from 1936-1939, and married Craxton’s daughter, Janet, an oboist who inspired many important works. Richardson’s music is regarded as concise, melodious and polished. He was professor of piano at RAM until his death in 1978. Three Pieces for Oboe, Viola and Piano is neo-classical in form and structure, and characteristically dry, witty and rhythmic.
Amir Pasasribu (born in Tapanuli, Sumatra in 1915) and Jaya Suprana, born in Bali in 1949 , are two of Indonesia’s most beloved composers. They both compose music that reflect the rich and diverse folk heritage of Indonesia. Pasaribu’s transcription of the popular Petruk, Gareng dan Bagong was rescored for Classical Nuancesby Joko Lemazh from Pasaribu’s piano version. The music is based on a popular Javanese folk tale from the Wayang puppet theatre called Punokawan that follows the comic antics of three retainers of a local Javanese king. Jaya Suprana received his musical training at the Musik-hochschule Muenster and Folkwanghochschule Essen. His works are imbued with Indonesian ethnic elements. Tembang Alit opens with a soft Javanese melody in a slow tempo that abruptly changes into a spirited Balinese dance full of rhythmic vitality, and new colors and textures. His music is generally characterized by their simple, gentle, transparent, clear and flowing lines.
Tonight’s performance, which will be announced from the stage consists of movements from these works:
- Michael Head (1990-1976)
Gavotte and Elegiac Dance for Oboe and Piano
●Trisutji Kamal (1936 – )
Doa Syukur (Prayer of Gratitude) for Solo Viola
arrangement of Indonesian folk melodies Ilir-Ilir (for Solo Piano)
- August Klughardt Schilflieder, (1847-1902)
Op. 28 for Piano, Oboe and Viola
1.Langsam, traumerisch; 2.Leidenschaftlich erregt;
3.Zart, in ruhiger bewegung; 4.Feurig; 5.Sehr ruhig
●C.M. Loeffler (1861-1935)
Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano
I. L’Etang (The Pool); II. La Cornemuse (The Bagpipe)
●W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Trio in E-flat, K.498 for piano, oboe (clarinet) and viola
I. Andante; II. Minuet-Trio; III. Allegretto
●Amir Pasaribu (1915- )
Petruk, Gareng dan Bagong (arr. J. Lemazh for Classical Nuances
●Alan Richardson (1904-1978)
Three Pieces for Oboe, Viola and Piano
1. Alla Marcia; 2. Variations; 3. Graziana
●Jaya Suprana (1949 – )
Tembang Alit (A little Song) for Solo Piano
His Excellency Mr. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat,
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States;
Mr. Rezlan Ishar Jenie
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
New York, New York
Professor Cecylia Barczyk,
Towson University Department of Music;
Consular-General of the Republic of Indonesia
Los Angeles, California
Board of Directors, JakArt Foundation,
The Management of the Jakarta Arts Center
●April 14-Jakarta (Pre-Concert Tour) ●April 21-New York City ●April 24-25-Towson University, Baltimore
●April 26-Wash. DC ●April 28-Los Angeles