December 28 - The Opus Project presents Opus 12


Opus 12

8pm, Saturday, December 28, 2013
Berkeley Arts Festival
2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Opus 12, No. 1

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
     In the Bleak Midwinter (1905) (Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
     Two Ballads, Op. 12 (1907)
          I. Jane Grey (Heinrich Ammann, 1864-1950)

          Heather Klein, Soprano
          The Opus Project Orchestra

Julius Lenzberg (1878-1956)
     Operatic Rag (1914)

          Golden Age Duo

 Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
     Four Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 12 (1912)
          II. Scherzo

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)
     Serenade, Op. 12 (1920)

         The Opus Project String Trio

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1871)
     Three Pieces for Clarinet (1919)
          I. Preferably Clarinet in A - Sempre p e molto tranquillo, quarter = 52
          II. Preferably Clarinet in A - Eighth = 168
          III. Preferably Clarinet in Bb - Eighth = 160
          Michael Kimbell, Clarinet

Anton Webern (1883-1945)
     Four Songs, Op. 12 (1917)
          I. The Day Is Over (Peter Rosegger, 1843-1918)

          Shauna Fallihee, Soprano
          Mark Alburger, Piano

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
     Ten Pieces, Op. 12 (1913)
          IX. Humoresque Scherzo

          The Opus Project Bassoon Quartet

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
     Murderer, Hope of Women, Op. 12 (1918)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Op. 12, No. 2

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
     Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 (1925)
          IIa. Nocturne

          Carolyn Lowenthal, Violin
          The Opus Project Winds

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
     Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 12 (1926)
          I. Allegro
          II. Meno mosso 

          Video - Lilya Zilberstein, Piano

Irving Schlein (1905-1986)
     Trio (1940) 
          II. Presto

          The Opus Project Wind-Viola Trio

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
     First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 (1938)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
     Sonata Ricercare, Op. 12 (1935)
          II.  Mirror Fugue (A. Recte - B. Retro)

          Video - Nicola Giosmin, Piano

[Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)]
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
     Mont Juic (1937)
          III. Lament - Andante moderato, Op. 12, No. 1 (conclusion)
          IV. Allegro Molto, Op. 12, No. 2 (excerpt)

          Video - Steuart Bedford, English Chamber Orchestra

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
     American Preludes, Op. 12 (1944)
          II. Sadness

          Mark Alburger, Piano

Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)
     Trumpets, Op. 12 (1973) (Georg Trakl, 1887-1914)

     Video  - Linda Hirst, Soprano / Oliver Knussen Ensemble

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)
     Four Processions, Op. 12 (1978)
          Procession I - Vivace

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Stardust (b. 1962)
     Motherequiem (2013)

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Michael Stubblefield (b. 1989)
     Nightfall Dreams (2011)
          III. Midnight Dream

          The Opus Project Piano Quintet


Mark Alburger     Music Director and Conductor 

Harry Bernstein*
Alan Kingsley
Rhina Reese

Eva Langfeldt

Michael Kimbell
Keith Leung*

Nat Echols*
Michael Garvey*
Lori Garvey*
Kat Walsh*

Michael Beveridge

Daniel Bao

Emily Sanchez

Zack Newbegin

Scott Sterling

Shauna Fallihee
Heather Klein

Samantha Garvey

Mark Alburger*
Harry Bernstein*
William Severson*

Ken Crawford

Violin I
Carolyn Lowenthal*

Violin II
Corey Johnson*
Rozalia Valentine

Marion Taylor*
Kat Walsh*

Aaron Urton*

Trevor Murphy
Michael Stubblefield

* The Golden Age Duo;
Opus Project Trios, 
Bassoon Quartet, and 
Piano Quintet


8pm, Saturday, January 25, 2014
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
A Multi-Media Event, with Rosemary McBride, Shauna Fallihee, Golden Age Duo, and The Opus Project Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)   Symphony No. 1, Op. 13, No. 2 (1895)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)   Indra, Op. 13 (1903)
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)   Peace on Earth, Op. 13 (1907)
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)   The Wooden Prince, Op. 13 (1914)
Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)   Psalmus Hungaricus, Op. 13 (1923)
Anton Webern (1883-1945)   Lonely Girl, Op. 13, No. 2 (1918)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)    Maddalena, Op. 13 (1913)
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)   Melancholie, Op. 13 (1919)
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987   Piano Sonatina No. 1, Op. 13, No. 1 (1930)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)   Aphorism for Piano, Op. 13, No. 1 (1927)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)   Song, Op. 13, No. 1 (1940)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)   Piano Concerto, Op. 13, No. 1 (1938)
Jan Pusina (b. 1940)   Tantara (2013)
Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)   Ophelia Dances, Op. 13
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)   Three Places in America, Op. 13 (1978)
Gregory Trice (c.1973 - 1993)   Lamda Rag (1980)

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
In the Bleak Midwinter (1905) (Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894)

In the bleak midwinter 
Frosty wind made moan, 
Earth stood hard as Iron, 
Water like a stone; 
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, 
Snow on snow, 
In the bleak midwinter, 
Long ago.

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Two Ballads, Op. 12 (1907)
     I. Jane Grey (Heinrich Ammann, 1864-1950)

Sie führten ihn durch den grauen Hof,
Daß ihm sein Spruch gescheh';
Am Fenster stand sein junges Gemahl,
Die schöne Königin Grey.

Sie bog ihr Köpfchen zum Fenster heraus,
Ihr Haar erglänzte wie Schnee;
Er hob die Fessel klirrend auf
Und grüßte sein Weib Jane Grey.

Und als man den Toten vorüber trug,
Sie stand damit sie ihn seh';
Drauf ging sie freudig denselben Gang,
Die junge Königin Grey.

Der Henker, als ihm ihr Antlitz schien,
Er weinte laut auf vor Weh,
Dann eilte nach in die Ewigkeit
Dem Gatten Königin Grey.

Viel junge Damen starben schon
Vom Hochland bis zur See,
Doch keine war schöner und keuscher noch
Als Dudley's Weib Jane Grey.

Und wenn der Wind in den Blättern spielt
Und er spielt in Blumen und Klee,
Dann flüstert's noch oft vom frühen Tod
Der jungen Königin Grey.

They led him through the grey courtyard, 
To which he had been sentenced. 
At the window stood his young bride, 
The pretty Lady Grey. 

She bowed her little head outside the window, 
Her hair gleaming like snow; 
He raised up the clanking chains 
And saluted his wife, Jane Grey. 

And as the dead were carried past, 
She stood so that she could see him; 
Whereupon she went gladly the same way, 
The young Lady Grey. 

The executioner, as her visage shone upon him, 
Cried aloud in pain, 
Then hastened toward eternity 
The Queen Consort Grey. 

Many young women go to their deaths 
From the Highlands to the sea, 
But none more beautiful or chaste 
Than Dudley’s wife, Jane Grey. 

And when the wind rustles the foliage 
And plays through the flowers and clover, 
One can still hear it whisper of the untimely death 
Of the young Lady Grey

Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Four Songs, Op. 12, No. 1 (1917)
     I. The Day Is Over (Peter Rosegger, 1843 - 1918)

Der Tag ist vergangen,
Die Nacht ist schon hier;
Gute Nacht, o Maria,
Bleib ewig bei mir.

Der Tag ist vergangen,
Die Nacht kommt herzu;
Gib auch den Verstorbnen
Die ewige Ruh.

The day is over,
 and night is here already;
 Good night, O Maria,
 stay with me forevermore.
 The day is over,
 and night is coming nigh;
 grant also to the dead
 eternal peace.

Oliver Knussen (b. 1952)
Trumpets, Op. 12 (1973) (Georg Trakl, 1887-1914)
Under the trimmed willows, 
     where brown children are playing
And leaves tumbling, the trumpets blow. 
     A quaking of cemeteries.
Banners of scarlet rattle 
     through a sadness of maple trees,

Riders along rye-fields, empty mills.
Or shepherds sing during the night, 
     and stags step delicately
Into the circle of their fire, 
    the grove’s sorrow immensely old,
Dancing, they loom up from one black wall;
Banners of scarlet, laughter, insanity, trumpets.


Composition of page 25 re The Decameron - Fourth Day: II, final program preparation,







to Copyworld for matters programatically reproductive,


set-up and sound check for the festive show,

which motivates some to write evocative poetry,

and others to write supportive reviews... 

Oh, and to top of the glories, yet another 70-or-above summerlike day -- 72! -- capping an amazing year (the last such on Christmas Eve and second-to-last an exact month ago), for a total of 230 such for the year!...