January 26 - The Opus Project Presents Opus 1

Mark Alburger, Music Director

Opus 1

8pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013
Berkeley Arts Festival
2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Opus 1, No. 1

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Symphonie (1880)

     Allan Crossman and Jerry Kuderna, Piano

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Two Songs, Op. 1 (1898) (Karl Michael von Levetzow)
      I. Dank (Gratitude)

     Jerry Kuderna, Baritone and Piano

Bela Bartok (1881- 1945) - Rhapsody for Piano, Op. 1 (1904)
      Part 1
      Tibor Szasz, Piano - Video
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - Symphony No. 1 in Eb, Op. 1 (1907)
       I. Allegro moderato (Introduction)

      The Opus Project Ensemble

Anton Webern (1883-1945) - Three Poems (1899 / 1903) (Avenarius)
      I. Earliest Spring

      Letitia C. Page, Soprano
      Alan Crossman, Piano

      Passacaglia, Op. 1 (1908)
           Theme, Variations I-IV

           The Opus Project Ensemble

Alban Berg (1885-1935) - Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (1909)

       Jerry Kuderna, Piano

Op. 1, No. 2

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) - Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 1 (1909)

        Boris Berman, Piano - Video

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) - Scherzo in F-Sharp Minor for Orchestra, Op. 1 (1919)
         Part 1

        The Opus Project Ensemble

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Serenade for String Quartet, Op. 1 (1926)
          I. Un poco adagio . . .           

          Ronald Robinson, Conductor - Video

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) - Oror (Lullaby), Op. 1 (1926)

           Michael Garvey, Bassoon
           Mark Alburger, Piano

Benjamin Britten (1913-1975) - Sinfonietta, Op. 1 (1935)
       I. Poco presto ed agitato (Introduction)

       The Opus Project Ensemble

Allan Crossman (b. 1942) - Song, Op. 1 (1955)
       Allan Crossman, Piano

Don Howe (b. 1944) - Samurai Geese, Op. 1, No. 3 (1985)

       Don Howe and Chris Hernacki, Trombones
       Mark Alburger, Goose Call

Harry Bernstein (b. 1948) - Duo I (2000)

       Harry Bernstein and Alan Kingsley, Flutes

Ric Louchard (b. 1954) - Waltz (1978)

       Ric Louchard, Piano

Mark Alburger (b. 1957) - Psalm 6, Op. 1 (1975)

      Mark Alburger, Oboe - Video

Rachel Condry (b. 1975) - For Bart Train and Performers (2010)

     Rachel Condry, Clarinet
     Alexis Lane Jensen and Lisa Scola Prosek, Sopranos
     Erling Wold, Accordion - Video


Mark Alburger                    Music Director and Conductor

Harry Bernstein
Alan Kingsley

Mark Alburger

Phil Aduan
Peter Brown

Michael Garvey

Michael Beveridge
Cindy Collins

Marnix A. van Ammers

Chris Hernacki
Don Howe
Goose Call
Mark Alburger

Letitia C. Page

Jerry Kuderna

Mark Alburger
Allan Crossman
Jerry Kuderna
Ric Louchard

Angelica Camacho

Nathan Chamberlain


OPUS 2 - 8pm, Saturday, February 23, Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

A Multi-Media Event, with Michael Kimbell, Kate Bautch, Sarita Cannon, Letitia C. Page, Allan Crossman, and the Opus Project Ensemble, in

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Four Songs, Op. 2 (1899)
Bela Bartok (1881- 1945) - Scherzo (Burlesque) for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 2 (1904)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - The Faun and the Shepherdess, Op. 2 (1907)
Anton Webern (1883-1945) - In Swift Light Vessels Gliding, Op. 2 (1908)
Alban Berg (1885-1935) - Four Songs, Op. 2 (1910)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) - Four Etudes for Piano, Op. 2 (1909)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) - Eight Preludes for Piano, Op. 2 (1920)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Three Songs, Op. 2 (1934)
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) - Storm on Mt. Wildcat, Op. 2, No. 2 (1931)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) - Phantasy, Op. 2 (1935)
John Bilotta (b. 1948) - Chorics, Op. 2 (1979)
Ric Louchard (b. 1954) - Preludes (1980)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957) - Suite ("Sol[ar]") for Oboe, Piano, and Percussion, Op. 2 (1975)

Arnold Schoenberg - Two Songs: I. Dank (Gratitude), Op. 1 (Karl Freiherr von Levetzow)

Großes hast du mir gegeben
in jenen Hochstunden,
die für uns bestehen
im Zeitlosen.
Großes hast du mir gegeben:
ich danke dir!

Schönheit schenkten wir uns
im stets Wachsenden,
was ich mir vorbehielt im Raumlosen.
Schönheit schenkten wir uns:
ich danke dir!

Ungewollt schufst du mir noch
das Gewaltigste,
schufst mir das Niegeahnte:
den schönen Schmerz!
Tief in die Seele bohrtest du
mir ein finsteres Schwertweh.

Dumpf nächtig brennend
und dennoch hell winterlich leuchtend.
Schön! dreifach schön:
denn von dir kam es ja! ...
Ungewollt schufst du mir noch
das Gewaltigste,
schufst mir das Niegeahnte:
ich danke dir!!!

You have given me great things
in those lofty hours
That exist for us
in the timelessness of eternity.
You have given me great things: 
I thank you!

We gave each other beauty
in the state of perpetual growth
That I reserved for myself in boundless space.
We gave each other beauty: 
I thank you!

Without your volition you also created the most tremendous thing for me,
You created for me the never-presaged: 
the beautiful pain!
Deep into my soul you gouged
A darksome sword wound.

Dividing dully and nocturnally
And yet with a brightly, wintery shining.
Beautiful! triply beautiful!
for it came from you!
Without your volition you also created the most tremendous thing for me,
You created for me the never-presaged: 
I thank you!

Anton Webern - Vorfrühling (Earliest Spring)  (Ferdinand Avenarius, 1856-1923)

Leise tritt auf --
nicht mehr in tiefem Schlaf,
in leichtem Schlummer nur
liegt das Land;
Und der Amsel Frühruf
spielt schon liebliche
Morgenbilder ihm in den Traum
Leise tritt auf...

Enter softly --
No longer in deep sleep,
Only in light slumber
Lies the countryside;
And the early call of the blackbird
Already blends lovely
Morning images into his dream.
Enter softly...


Morning begins with composition of The Decameron - Third Day: VIII (11), followed by a local printing of the program,



out --






key) --






up Marin Avenue

to the

Arts Festival,







and the house fills to overflow.  Great performances from all -- and heartfelt thanks for a wonderful evening!