SibA/RAM Study Day
Oct
25
9:00 AM09:00

SibA/RAM Study Day

On Friday October 25, I will be presenting at the Royal Academy of Music in London for the third edition of the SibA (Sibelius Academy) + RAM (Royal Academy of Music) study day. I will present for discussion my second doctoral concert, Elollinen, and play selected work(s) from the program.

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D-vitamiinia! Konserti - Kerava
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

D-vitamiinia! Konserti - Kerava

On Sunday October 27, I will be playing on the D-vitamiinia! (D-Vitamin!) series concert of Iryna Gorkun-Silén (flute). In preparation for Iryna’s DocMus concert on November 23 2019 (Organo), she and I will be performing Jolivet Duo for Flute and Clarinet and Saint-Saen’s Adagio and Tarantella for flute, clarinet and piano. Additionally, I will be performing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody on this concert. We are joined by pianist Kirill Kozlovski.

More information and tickets coming soon.

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SAAR - Summer Academy for Artistic Research
Aug
12
to Aug 18

SAAR - Summer Academy for Artistic Research

For the week of Monday August 12 through Sunday August 18, I will be participating in the SAAR Summer Academy for Artistic Research. This yearly summer research event is jointly hosted by Aalto University, University of the Arts Helsinki, Stockholm University of the Arts, University of Gothenburg, and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (DIKU).

During the week, selected researchers from participating universities meet to discuss current issues in artistic research as well as present their own doctoral projects. This years faculty supervisors include film and media professor Ellen Røed, choreographer Frank Bock, artist Denise Ziegler, artist/writer/curator Daniel Jewesburg, and artistic research pioneer Rolf Hughes.

For more information, visit https://artisticresearch.fi/saar/.

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RAM + SibA Study Day!
May
13
to May 14

RAM + SibA Study Day!

RAM and SibA Study Day

S7115, Musiikkitalo, Sibelius Academy

Joint study day with doctoral students from the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Sibelius Academy presenting their works. Presenters include Lucy Abrams (SibA, clarinet), Amy Jolly (RAM, cello), Ville Raasakka (SibA, composition), Freya Waley-Cohen (RAM, composition), Thomas Kivistö (SibA, piano) and Nick Smart (RAM, jazz trumpet).

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10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research
Mar
22
to Mar 23

10th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research

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Conference Presentation: Hitting the right notes: the artistic role of accuracy in the performance of unaccompanied solo clarinet repertoire

Society for Artistic Research (SAR) 10th Annual International Conference

Hosted by the Zurich University of the Arts, March 21-23 2019

For more information, please visit: https://sar2019.zhdk.ch

Abstract:

Note accuracy in classical music performance - playing the right notes at the right time in tune - is valued almost above all else from beginning instrumental music instruction to professional performance. As a clarinetist, accuracy is what will advance a musician from round-to-round in an orchestral audition, or grant admission to a prestigious competition. Accuracy will not, necessarily, win you the job or the top prize, but without it, you will definitely achieve neither. As a result, note accuracy has become a standard by which many musicians, myself included, judge failure in a performance. But is this an valid measure of failure, and more importantly, what is artistically lost by perpetuating this view?

Using unaccompanied solos from my own artistic research, I will demonstrate the role that accuracy plays in the way I prepare a piece, perform it, and reflect on the performance afterwards. The goal is to establish whether focusing on accuracy hinders or aids both the generation of musical ideas in the preparation of a solo unaccompanied work and the performer’s capabilities during a performance. I propose that while note accuracy plays a crucial role in the preparation of piece, the focus on accuracy must be abandoned in the later stages of preparation and in performance. While doing so might encourage ‘failure’ in a performance, i.e. a less notationally accurate performance, it opens the possibility for greater artistic development and experimentation.

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Cello Enchantment
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Cello Enchantment

Cello Enchantment

Pori Sinfonietta

Tibor Bogányi, conductor and cello
Tuomas Ylinen, cello

Promenadisali, Pori, 7pm

Program:

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto, op. 129
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos
Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes

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National Romantics
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

National Romantics

National Romantics

Pori Sinfonietta

Mladen Tarbuk, conductor

Anton Chausovskii, violin


Promenadisali, Pori, 7pm

Program:

Mladen Tarbuk: Twist
Pjotr Tshaikovski: Violin Concerto, op. 35
Edward Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite, nro 1
I Morning Mood
II Death of Åse
III Anitra’s Dance
Blagoje Bersa: Idyll
Jean Sibelius: Belsazar’s Feast

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Surun pilarit / Pillars of Sorrow
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Surun pilarit / Pillars of Sorrow

Surun pilarit / Pillars of Sorrow

Helsinki Sinfonietta

Leif Segerstam, conductor

Heini Kärkkäinen, piano

Anna Danik-Ehrström, soprano

Monday February 11, 7pm

Temppeliaukion Kirkko, Helsinki

Program:

Brahms: Tragic Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto 4, mvt 2

Sibelius: Norden, Vardet en dröm ja Svarta rosor

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

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Opera Gala
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Opera Gala

Opera Gala

Pori Sinfonietta, in collaboration with the Satakunta Opera Association

Tibor Bogányi, conductor

Promenadisali, Pori, 7pm

Program:

Mozart – Verdi – Puccini – Händel

Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, sopraano

Katja Vaahtera, sopraano

Sari Nordqvist, mezzosopraano

Jasper Leppänen, tenori 

Johannes Pessi, baritoni

Aapo Kilpelä, bassobaritoni

Niina Lindholm, viulu

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Sinfonia Lahti: Sibelius-päivän konsertti
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Sinfonia Lahti: Sibelius-päivän konsertti

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SINFONIA LAHTI / LAHTI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Sibelius-päivän konsertti

Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Truls Mørk, cello

Program:

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Towards the Horizon*
Jean Sibelius: Cantique ja Devotion
Lotta Wennäkoski: Flounce
Jean Sibelius: Sinfonia nro 7
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

For more information, please visit: https://www.verkatehdas.fi/tapahtumat/730

For tickets, please visit: https://www.ticketmaster.fi/event/sinfonia-lahti-lippuja/227347

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ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVÄN JUHLAKONSERTTI
Dec
6
3:00 PM15:00

ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVÄN JUHLAKONSERTTI

SINFONIA LAHTI / LAHTI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Itsenäisyyspäivan Juhlakonsertti

Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Truls Mørk, cello

Program:

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Towards the Horizon*
Jean Sibelius: Cantique ja Devotion
Lotta Wennäkoski: Flounce
Jean Sibelius: Sinfonia nro 7
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

For more information, please visit: https://www.sinfonialahti.fi/konsertit-ja-liput-arkisto/itsenaisyyspaivan-juhlakonsertti-2/

For tickets, please visit: https://www.lippu.fi

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Finland - Russia
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Finland - Russia

Finland - Russia

Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:

Sauli Zinovjev: Batteria 
Erkki Melartin: Symphony no. 5 in A minor op. 90 ‘Sinfonia brevis’
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5 in D minor op. 47

From TFO.fi:

“Klaus Mäkelä pits Finland against Russia in this programme. Zinovjev is one of the most interesting names in the field of Finnish contemporary music. He writes music of grand emotions, and Batteria is no exception. Melartin’s Fifth Symphony has its roots in Finnish National Romanticism. Both Zinovjev and Melartin were influenced by Russian music, and it is thus appropriate that the concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which has been a favourite with audiences ever since being rapturously received at its premiere in Leningrad.”

For more information, and tickets: http://www.tfo.fi/en/event/finland-russia

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Finland - Russia
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Finland - Russia

Finland - Russia

Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:

Sauli Zinovjev: Batteria 
Erkki Melartin: Symphony no. 5 in A minor op. 90 ‘Sinfonia brevis’
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5 in D minor op. 47

From TFO.fi:

“Klaus Mäkelä pits Finland against Russia in this programme. Zinovjev is one of the most interesting names in the field of Finnish contemporary music. He writes music of grand emotions, and Batteria is no exception. Melartin’s Fifth Symphony has its roots in Finnish National Romanticism. Both Zinovjev and Melartin were influenced by Russian music, and it is thus appropriate that the concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which has been a favourite with audiences ever since being rapturously received at its premiere in Leningrad.”

For more information, and tickets: http://www.tfo.fi/en/event/finland-russia



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Imagined Models
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Imagined Models

Imagined Models invites the audience to experience contemporary music for clarinet and bass clarinet through an accessible and eclectic program of works by Finnish and American composers.  In her first postgraduate concert, Lucy Abrams explores how contemporary composers use a variety of influences to create new musical forms in a program featuring recital works by Uljas Pulkkis, Markku Klami and Kirmo Lintinen and the unique chamber masterwork "Gnarly Buttons" by John Adams.

This is the first post graduate recital of Lucy Abrams.  

Program:

Uljas Pulkkis Aria for Solo Clarinet and Piano (2002) 10'

Markku Klami Twirl for Solo Clarinet (2008) 7'

Kirmo Lintinen Rieha for Bb Clarinet and Piano (2009) 8' 

John Adams Gnarly Buttons for Solo Clarinet and Small Ensemble (1996) 25'

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Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker

Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

From TFO.fi:

“The darker original version of the story underlying Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Nutcracker is brought to life by the Turku Philharmonic and the Aura of Puppets. In the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a girl named Clara has a wonderful dream on Christmas Eve, featuring giant mice and gingerbread soldiers, and also a living nutcracker. Staged here through the means of contemporary puppet theatre, this production is visually gorgeous and focuses on themes relevant for viewers of all ages, besides creating a new kind of stage aesthetic by combining various art forms.”

For more information and tickets:

http://www.tfo.fi/en/event/nutcracker

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Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker

Pähkinänsärkijä/Nutcracker

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

From TFO.fi:

“The darker original version of the story underlying Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Nutcracker is brought to life by the Turku Philharmonic and the Aura of Puppets. In the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a girl named Clara has a wonderful dream on Christmas Eve, featuring giant mice and gingerbread soldiers, and also a living nutcracker. Staged here through the means of contemporary puppet theatre, this production is visually gorgeous and focuses on themes relevant for viewers of all ages, besides creating a new kind of stage aesthetic by combining various art forms.”

For more information and tickets:

http://www.tfo.fi/en/event/nutcracker

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Säveltäjien vihjeitä Suomesta ja USA:sta - D-Vitamiini konserttisarja
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Säveltäjien vihjeitä Suomesta ja USA:sta - D-Vitamiini konserttisarja

In the concert entitled 'Säveltäjien vihjeitä Suomesta ja USA:sta' (Composer's Hints from Finland and the USA), Lucy will perform works from her doctoral research as part of the D-vitamin concert series.

Program:

Lucy Abrams, clarinet, and Naoko Ichihashi, piano

Uljas Pulkkis (1975- ): Aria for Solo Bb Clarinet and Piano (2002) 10'

Libby Larsen (1950- ): Dancing Solo for Solo Clarinet (1994) 13’

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016): Piano Sonata No. 2 (2011) 11'

Markku Klami (1979- ): Twirl for Solo Clarinet (2008) 7'

Steven Stucky (1949-2016): Meditation and Dance for Clarinet and Piano (2004) 6'

Information:

Tohtoriohjelmassaan Lucy Abrams keskittyy klarinettimusiikkiin, joka on sävelletty Suomessa ja Yhdysvalloissa vuoden 1980 jälkeen. Elossa olevien säveltäjien musiikin esittäminen avaa hänelle mahdollisuuden kokea (tuore) musiikki elävänä taidemuotona, silloin kun se on säveltäjien kanssa tapahtuvan vuorovaikutuksen tulos/heijastumaa. Jatko-opintojensa tutkimuksellisessa osuudessa Lucy Abrams analysoi ja vertaa modernin musiikin asemaa Suomessa ja Yhdysvalloissa, esittäjien ja säveltäjien näkökulmista. Tässä konsertissa kuullaan suomalaisten ja amerikkalaisten säveltäjien tuoreita teoksia. Konsertin yhteydessä taiteilijat kertovat, millaisia ohjeita ja vihjeitä he ovat saaneet teosten esittämiseen suoraan säveltäjiltä."

In her doctoral program Lucy Abrams is focusing on clarinet music composed in Finland and in USA after 1980. Performances of works by living composers open her an opportunity to experience (fresh) music as an art form, as it is a result/reflection of a dialogue with the composer. In the research part of her studies Lucy Abrams will analyze and compare the status of contemporary music in Finland and in the US, from perspectives of performers and composers. In this concert will fresh compositions by Finnish and US composers be heard. During the concert artists will talk about the instructions and hints they have received directly from the composers.

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Bogányit 30v. Suomessa
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Bogányit 30v. Suomessa

20.10 Saturday 6pm
Helsinki - Musiikkitalo

Tibor Bogányi, conductor
Bernadette Bogányi, flute
Bence Bogányi, bassoon
Gergely Bogányi, piano

Program
Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto
Michael Haydn: Flute Concerto in D Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in g minor 

Tickets: 30 / 25 / 20 €, seniors/unemployed 20 / 18 / 15 €, students/children  9 / 8 / 6 € 

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Bogányit 30v. Suomessa
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Bogányit 30v. Suomessa

19.10 Friday, 7pm
Forssa

Tibor Bogányi, conductor
Bernadette Bogányi, flute
Bence Bogányi, bassoon
Gergely Bogányi, piano

Program
Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto
Michael Haydn: Flute Concerto in D Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in g minor

Tickets: 20 / 15 / 5 €

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Bogányit 30v. Suomessa
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Bogányit 30v. Suomessa

18.10 Thursday, 7pm
Promenadisali

Tibor Bogányi, conductor
Bernadette Bogányi, flute
Bence Bogányi, bassoon
Gergely Bogányi, piano

Program
Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto
Michael Haydn: Flute Concerto in D Major
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in g minor

Tickets: 25 / 20 / 7,50 €

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Pori Proms
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Pori Proms

8.9. Saturday
Promenadikeskus
Free and Open to the Public

Yhteistyössä Lainsuojattomat-festivaalin ja Palmgren-konservatorion kanssa

Program features works by Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, Piazzolla, and Brahms

 

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Lecture Recital at Doctors In Performance Annual Conference 2018
Sep
5
4:25 PM16:25

Lecture Recital at Doctors In Performance Annual Conference 2018

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"Dancing and Twirl-ing: Contemporary clarinet from the perspective of Libby Larsen and Markku Klami" is Lucy's first lecture recital as part of her doctoral artistic research project at the Sibelius Academy. It will be presented at the 3rd Annual Doctors in Performance festival conference of music performance and artistic research at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (LMTA) in Vilnius, September 4-6.

Abstract:

Dancing and Twirl-ing” will present two contemporary solo clarinet works: Libby Larsen’s Dancing Solo (1994) and Markku Klami’s Twirl (2008).  I will play two movements from the Larsen (around 6 minutes) and the entire Twirl (6 min 30 sec).  The presentation will explain, through a comparison of compositional elements, how both pieces provide the performer with unique opportunities for artistic expression.  I will also discuss, from a  musicological and sociocultural perspective, differences and similarities in the composers’ backgrounds, methods, and artistic philosophies as case studies of differences in contemporary music practice in the United States and Finland. 

 

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