- 2015-2016 Season
Moods and Dreams -Vivaldi and Mozart
Miranda Liu - violin, Maria Alu - soprano, Stanley Alexandrowicz - guitar
November 1, 2015 - 3:00 PM
Antonio Vivaldi - nulla in mundo pas sincera - Soloist Soprano Maria Alu
Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Soloist Violinist Miranda Liu
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro & Queen of the Night's Aria from The Magic Flute
oprano Maria Alu has been an audience favorite with BONJ on several occasions. She has sung roles in productions, oratorios and recitals around the New York/New Jersey area as well as across the country. Among her many great appearances with the orchestra were her unfortgettable performances as Cleopatra in Giulio Ceasre and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She was also acclaimed for her moving performance of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera at Florham. In Baroque repertoire, she excelled in the virtuosic showpiece cantata Jauchzett Gott in Allen Landen by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Violinist Miranda Liu: Praised by audiences and critics alike for her “perfect” (Oberbayerisches Volksblatt) and “brilliant” (Salzburger Nachrichten) technique, as well as for her mature and compelling interpretations, Miranda Liu is among the most important young violinists today. Her extensive musical knowledge and emotional intensity can be heard i n her performances of master works - from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras to the fresh new works of present day composers.Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist,Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the USA, Austria, Germany and Hungary, as well as on concert stages in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland. She performs regularly in prestigious concert halls such as: New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Providence's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Miami Beach's New World Center, Zagreb's Croatian Music Institute, Bucharest's Radio Society Concert Hall, Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music, Vienna's Konzerthaus-Mozartsaal, Salzburg's Wiener Saal, Solitär, and Carabinierisaal, among many other venues. Her solo performances have been televised and/or broadcasted on the radio in the USA, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium and Czech Republic. Her prodigious talent has resulted in her winning numerous first and top prizes at music competitions around the world. Since her first solo appearance with orchestra at age eight, she has gone on to solo with ensembles such as the New World Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Budweis, the Danube Symphony Orchestra Budapest, Miranda Liu began early musical studies on the piano with her mother and made her first stage appearance at the age of three, before receiving violin lessons a year later. The California native began studying at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg at age ten in the class of Prof. Paul Roczek, as a member of the Leopold Mozart Institute. She was admitted into the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program (Violin Performance) there at age 14. She has also been working with the renowned violin pedagogue Prof. Eszter Perényi in Budapest since 2011, and began studying at the Liszt Academy of Music in 2013 as a scholarship holder in the Erasmus exchange Programme. She currently divides her time between Europe and the USA.
Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Latin America. A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA), and, the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK). In addition to his work as an international soloist, he collaborates regularly in chamber music performances with some of the world’s leading musicians ― including internationally renowned soprano Dominika Zamara ― bringing together the worlds of opera, lieder, song, and contemporary music in realizations of unmatched sonic beauty and deep musical intelligence. Their duo debut CD “Ivan Padovec: Music for Guitar and Soprano” was issued on SHEVA Collection Recordings Italy (http://www.shevacollection.it), summer, 2015. Performance highlights during recent concert seasons include London, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Venice, Boston, Baltimore, and Princeton, and include the U.S. premiere of Vácav Kučera’s Concierto Imaginativo-Homenaje a Salvador Dali for guitar and string orchestra (Baltimore) in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday year. Dr. Alexandrowicz is currently Artistic Director of the New York Classical Music Society (NYCMS), and Professor of Guitar at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He has served as Director of the Bronx House Music School (New York), and has been on the faculty of Mercy College, New York (where he additionally taught music history, theory, form and analysis, and ear-training skills). A world-renowned pedagogue and “master teacher” he is an expert on guitar ergonomics (http://guitarergonomics.com)
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez has been rescheduled for June 5 2016. Stanley Alexandrowicz will perform solo works by de Visee and Cortes at the concert. We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience but look forward to being able to present this great work later in the season.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) composed his set of 4 concerti called The Four Seasons in 1729, They remain among the most original and popular compositions of all time. Each is divided into three movements and relates stories of Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter as related in accompanying sonnets most likely written by Vivaldi himself. The cantata nulla in mundo pas sincera is a rarely heard work for soprano soloist and orchestra, edited by Maestro Robert W. Butts.
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