March 30 - Opus 3


Opus 3

8pm, Saturday, March 30, 2013
Berkeley Arts Festival
2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Op. 3, No. 1

 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)    Six Songs, Op. 3 (1899)
                    I. Wie George von Frundsberg von sich selber Sang (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)                   
                        Don Howe, Trombone
                        Melissa Smith, Piano

Bela Bartok (1881-1945)        Orchestral Suite No. 1, Op. 3 (1905)
                    I. Allegro vivace (Introduction)
                        The Opus Project Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)        Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 3 (1908)

                        The Opus Project Orchestra

Anton Webern (1883-1945)        Five Songs from "The Seventh Ring", Op. 3 (1909) (George)
                    I. Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein (Fliessend)

                        Kris Palmer, Alto Flute
                        Mark Alburger, Piano

Alban Berg (1885-1935)        String Quartet, Op. 3 (1910)
                        I. Langsam (Introduction)
                        The Opus Project Quartet

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)        Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 3 (1911)
                    I.  Story
                        Melissa Smith, Piano

Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)        Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 3 (1911)
                    I. Lent et robuste - Animé

                        Carolyn Lowenthal, Violin
                        Melissa Smith, Piano

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)        Cello Concerto, Op. 3 (1916)
                    III. Tarantella (Theme)

                        Perényi Miklós, Cello - Video
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)    Theme and Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 3 (1922)
                    Theme / Variations 1-2

                        The Opus Project Orchestra
Op. 3, No. 2

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)        Dover Beach, Op. 3 (1934) (Arnold)
                    Stanzas 1-2
                        Mark Alburger, Tenor
                        The Opus Project Quartet

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)        Piano Trio No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 3 (1935)
                    I. Allegro Moderato

                        Depauw University Trio - Video

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)    A Boy Was Born, Op. 3 (1933)

                        The Opus Project Orchestra

Don Howe (b. 1944)         The Recurring Dream (2006)

                        The Opus Project Quintet

Alan Kingsley (b. 1953)        CityCorpCrap (2009)

                        Alan Kingsley, Flutes, Sound Design  - Video

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)        Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher, Op. 3 (1975)
                     I. Vanity
                        Harriet March Page, Mezzo-Soprano
                        The Opus Project Orchestra

  Christopher Luna (b. 1978)        Topographies (2009)

                        The Opus Project Orchestra

Michael Stubblefield (b. 1989)    Distant Worlds, Op. 3 (2009)
                    I. Hiroja
                    II. Carcassia
                    III. Augmentia

                        Alan Kingsley, Flute
                        Michael Stubblefield, Guitar

Omri-Shir Dallal    (b. 1994)        Nightgown (2013)

                        Omri-Shir Dallal, Piano


Mark Alburger                        Music Director and Conductor
Christopher Luna                        Associate Conductor

Alan Kingsley
Kris Palmer

Rachel Condry

Michael Garvey

Dean Boyson+
Cindy Collins
Anthony Ragus
Stephen Ruppenthal+

Bill Harrington+
Priscilla Nunn

Don Howe+

Michael Kuntz+

Harriet March Page

Mark Alburger

Michael Stubblefield

Mark Alburger
Omri-Shir Dallal
Christopher Luna
Melissa Smith

Angelica Camacho
Carolyn Lowenthal*
Ralph Morrison*

Marion Taylor*

Elizabeth Morrison*

*The Opus Project Quartet

+The Opus Project Quintet


OPUS 4 - 8pm, Saturday, April 27, Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

A Multi-Media Event, with Patti Deuter, Feona Jones, and the Opus Project Ensemble

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)        Transfigured Night, Op. 4 (1899)
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)            Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 4, No. 2 (1907)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)        Fireworks, Op. 4 (1908)
Anton Webern (1883-1945)        Song on a Text by Stefan George, Op. 4, No. 1 (1909)
Alban Berg (1885-1935)            Song on a Postcard Text by Peter Altenberg, Op. 4, No. 1 (1912)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)        Suggestion Diabolique, Op. 4, No. 4 (1911)
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)        Funny Sinfonietta, Op. 4, No. 1 (1916)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)            Fable of Krylov, Op. 4, No. 1 (1922)
John Cage (1912-1992)            The Seasons, Part I (1947)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        Simple Symphony, Op. 4, No. 2 (1934)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            Poem on Crane, Op. 4, No. 2 (1975)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)        Six Songs, Op. 3 (1899)
                    I. Wie George von Frundsberg von sich selber Sang (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Mein Fleiß und Müh hab ich nie gespart
Und allzeit gewahrt dem Herren mein;
Zum Besten sein schickt ich mich drein,
Gnad, Gunst verhofft, dochs Gemüt zu Hof
Verkehrt sich oft.

Wer sich zukauft, der lauft weit vor
Und kömmt empor, doch wer lang Zeit
Nach Ehren streit, muß dannen weit,
Das sehr mich kränkt, mein treuer Dienst
Bleibt unerkennt.

Kein Dank noch Lohn davon ich bring,
Man wiegt g'ring und hat mein gar
Vergessen zwar, groß Not, Gefahr
Ich bestanden han, was Freude soll
Ich haben dran?

I never spared hard work and effort
and always did my best for my lord;
did what I thought was best for him
and hoped for grace and favor, but at court
minds often change.

He who acquires possessions makes great strides
and rises in the world, but he who spends his time
striving for honor must travel far,
which grieves me sorely, my faithful service
being unrecognized.

I have had neither thanks nor reward;
I am accounted little, indeed, I am
forgotten; much hardship and danger
have I endured, what pleasure
does it give me?

Anton Webern (1883-1945)        Five Songs from "The Seventh Ring", Op. 3 (1908) (Stefan George)
                    I. Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein  (Fliessend)

Dies ist ein Lied
Für dich allein:
Von kindischem Wähnen
Von frommen Tränen...
Durch Morgengärten klingt es
Ein leichtbeschwingtes.
Nur dir allein
Möcht es ein Lied
Das rühre sein.

This is a song
 for you alone:
 of childish beliefs,
 of pious tears...
 through morning gardens it floats
 on light wings.
 Only for you
 would it like to be a song
 that moves the soul.

Samuel Barber (1910-1983)        Dover Beach, Op. 3 (1931) (Matthew Arnold): Stanzas 1-2

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; -- on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!

Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        A Boy Was Born, Op. 3 (1933) (16th-Century German, tr. Percy Dearmer): Theme

A Boy was born in Bethlehem,
Rejoice for that, Jerusalem!

For low he lay within a stall,
Who rules for ever over all:

Then praise the Word of God who came
To dwell within a human frame:

And praised be God in three-fold might
And glory bright,
Eternal, good and infinite!

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)        Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher, Op. 3 (1975) (RSV): I. Vanity

Vanity of vanities . . .
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils . .  .
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains for ever.

The sun rises and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south,
and goes round to the north;
round and round goes the wind . . .
[A]ll is vanity and a striving after wind.


The day starts with the tenth letter of the Russian alphabet ("ee"), composition re The Decameron - Fourth Day: Novel 2 (page 3),

and errands --





corridor through Solano,





Alameda --






the soundcheck.

After, all is calm