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Sunday, September 30, 2012

A high-profile new staging of Giselle, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, will premiere in Wellington on 7 November

Gillian Murphy as Giselle Photograph Ross Brown
A high-profile new staging of Giselle, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, will premiere in Wellington on 7 November ahead of a seven centre tour.
Ethan Stiefel, RNZB Artistic Director, will co-produce The TelstraClear Season of Giselle, with Johan Kobborg, internationally acclaimed Principal Dancer of London’s Royal Ballet.
“In addition to being an exceptional dancer and actor, Johan is a gifted choreographer, who has created productions for both The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi, amongst other renowned companies,” says Mr Stiefel.
Giselle is one of the great Romantic ballets, and it’s truly inspiring to collaborate with my good friend. We are delighted to have the chance to present our version of a ballet we both know very well,” says Mr Stiefel.
Both Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg are noted performers of the leading male role in Giselle: Albrecht, who betrays the innocent village girl Giselle and causes her death, only to be protected by her spirit beyond the grave.
Prima ballerina Gillian Murphy, RNZB Principal Guest Artist and star of American Ballet Theatre, will dance the role of Giselle. In her extensive dance career, Gillian has never before danced this role, known to be the one of the most demanding and dramatic in the classical ballet repertoire.
Wonderfully passionate, Giselle is a story of how the power of forgiveness and redemption can overcome the anguish of love and betrayal. The story unfolds against the ghostly backdrop of a forest haunted by ’Wilis‘: vengeful spirits of abandoned brides.
First staged in Paris in 1841, Giselle is one of the oldest surviving ballets still in the international repertory. The music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) is one of the first full-length ballet scores ever to be composed.
The score, performed live by the Vector Wellington Orchestra in Wellington and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, will be conducted by leading British conductor Michael Lloyd.
Russian ballet dancer turned costume designer Natalia Stewart has designed the costumes. She trained at the London College of Fashion and has collaborated with Johan Kobborg before on several of his productions. American scenic designer Howard C Jones has created a picturesque village and eerie graveyard settings, while New York lighting designer Kendall Jones will light the production.

“This will be the company’s first staging of Giselle since 2006 and Ethan has assembled a hugely gifted creative team to showcase our talented dancers. Giselle includes some of the most beautiful and iconic scenes from the classical repertoire and I’m sure all audience members will be moved by this emotional love story,” says Amanda Skoog, Managing Director.

Finnish Ballet Spring 2013

Aug 22, 2012

Finnish National Ballet’s spring performance at Bolshoi Theatre

The Finnish National Ballet will give guest performances at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in the spring of 2013.
This is the first time in history that the whole company visits Bolshoi Theatre. The dancers will perform two triple bills from the season's current repertoire. The first is Bella Figura, a series of dance performances set to premiere at the FNO in February 2013 and featuring Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura, William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and George Balanchine's Four Temperaments. The second triple bill is an evening titled Nijinsky-Elo-Inger, which includes the revival of the original The Rite of Spring ballet created by Vaslav Nijinsky, Jorma Elo's recent work entitled Double Evil, and Johan Inger's Walking Mad.
In honour of the century anniversary of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, the Bolshoi Theatre is arranging a mini-festival entitled "100 Years Anniversary of the Rite of Spring - 100 Years Anniversary of the New Art", scheduled for April 15-21. Reconstructed by dance historian Millicent Hodson and art historian Kenneth Archer, Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring was performed by the Finnish National Ballet first in 1994 and now returns again to the FNO season repertoire in March of 2013.
In Moscow the Finnish National Ballet's performance of The Rite of Spring will be accompanied by three other versions of the same ballet: Maurice Béjart's choreography as presented by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Pina Bausch's version for Tanztheater Wuppertal, and a new rendition by Wayne MacGregor for the Bolshoi Ballet itself.
Highlights from Mikko Franck's last season include Verdi, French opera and something from the twentieth-century.
The 2012-2013 season is Mikko Franck's last as the FNO's Artistic Director of the Opera and General Music Director. Franck's choice of programme for the season includes Verdi, French opera and twentieth-century opera. The season showcases five new premieres: it begins with Leoš Janáček's opera The Makropulos Affair starring Karita Mattila, and peaks in the spring with a production of one of the landmarks in the history of opera, Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. In between these two works falls an enticing mix of productions: Giuseppe Verdi's darkly emotive drama Don Carlos, Jules Massenet's incandescent and exotic Thaïs, Béla Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
A joint production with the San Francisco Opera, The Makropulos Affair is directed by Olivier Tambosi. The Makropulos Affair premieres on 31 August 2012, conducted by Mikko Franck. The brooding story of love, politics and power that is Don Carlos is given a new untamed interpretation in the hands of director Manfred Schweigkofler. The FNO premiere will take place on 19 October 2012, after which the opera moves to the Prague State Opera in the spring of 2013. Pietro Rizzo will conduct.
On 25 January 2013 the Finnish National Opera will premiere a new production of Massenet's opera Thäis, last performed by the FNO in the 1930s. This Nicola Raab production, shown previously at The Göteborg Opera, transfers the events from ancient Alexandria to the decadent theatre world of 1890's France, where Thäis is portrayed as a famous theatre actress. Mikko Franck will conduct the incandescently colourful score..On 12 April 2013, the FNO will premiere a rare double bill of operas when Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is paired with Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle. Both productions are directed by the Finnish director Vilppu Kiljunen, who emphasizes the element of illusion, playing on the fluid interface between art and reality.
The impassioned ecstasy of love and music is on offer on 17 May 2013 when the premiere of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, directed by Elisabeth Linton, hits the FNO stage. The lead roles are sung by Marion Ammann, Robert Dean Smith, Lilli Paasikivi and Matti Salminen, among others. Pinchas Steinberg is scheduled to conduct.
The season's opera selection also contains revivals of four different Verdi productions, including Aida, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Un ballo in maschera, as well as Mozart's Magic Flute and Le nozze di Figaro, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Puccini's Tosca, Britten's Albert Herring, and Jukka Linkola's Robin Hood.
Finnish National Ballet's anniversary year culminates in Kenneth Greve's Snow Queen
The Finnish National Ballet continues the celebration of its 90th anniversary in the year 2012. The autumn season's first premiere is Ivan Liška's Le Corsaire. Ivan Liška based his version on Petipa's original choreography, for the Bavarian State Ballet in 2006. The anniversary year culminates on 23 November 2012 when the Artistic Director of the Ballet Kenneth Greve presents the premiere of his new choreography, The Snow Queen; a work for the whole family based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and set to music by the Finnish composer Tuomas Kantelinen. The season's third premiere features an ensemble of contemporary dance, including Jiří Kylián's work Bella Figura, George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.
The season programme also includes John Cranko's beloved Romeo and Juliet, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's sensual Manon, Kenneth Greve's Swan Lake and Javier Torres' The Sleeping Beauty. The triple bill Nijinsky-Elo-Inger includes the original The Rite of Spring by Vaslav Nijinsky, Jorma Elo's Double Evil, and Johan Inger's Walking Mad. The autumn also contains the popular Dance with Dancers club event, a workshop presenting the dancers' choreography skills, and the contemporary dance festival I Love NYKY, featuring Finland's most intriguing contemporary choreography.
Visit by Boston Ballet
The Finnish National Ballet has invited Boston Ballet, one of the most prominent ballet companies in North America, to visit Finland for the first time. Led by Finnish-born Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen since 2001, Boston Ballet will present three performances on the main stage of a quadruple bill featuring neo-classical ballet and contemporary dance. The programme includes Plan to B by Finnish-born Jorma Elo, Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer since 2005, Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon, Tsukiyo by Helen Pickett, and The Second Detail by William Forsythe. Boston Ballet visit is sponsored by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

85th Academy Awards® Telecast

Don Mischer to Direct
85th Academy Awards® Telecast

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This marks the continuation of Don Mischer Productions' multi-faceted relationship with the Academy, which includes producing the Oscars® red carpet pre-show and producing the annual Governors Awards.
"For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer," said Zadan and Meron. 'His talent and reputation are unsurpassed and we're so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards."
"I am so very excited to be directing the Academy Awards again this year and to be working with creative producers like Craig and Neil," said Mischer. "All of us at Don Mischer Productions are also thrilled to be producing the Oscar® pre-show, and most significantly to continue a wonderfully gratifying relationship with the Academy."
This will be Mischer's third consecutive year as director of the Oscars. He has served as producer as well as director on the 83rd and 84th Academy Awards and was nominated for Emmys® for directing both shows. Last year's Oscars received eight Emmy® nominations, the most for any TV special.
Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will again produce the Oscar pre-show. The company also returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the upcoming Governors Awards, alongside Academy governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Mischer's other credits include "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial," "The Kennedy Center Honors," several Super Bowl halftime shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has also produced television specials with a wide range of musical performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and Yo-Yo Ma. Among the many honors Mischer has earned are 15 Emmy Awards, 10 Directors Guild of America Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Producers Guild's 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.





2012-2013 SEASON






















Bruce Adolphe, Georges Aperghis, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter,

George Crumb, David Gompper, Heinz Holliger, Steven Mackey,

James MacMillan, Ned Rorem, Wolfgang Rihm, & Karlheinz Stockhausen







Itinerary includes Europe, Korea, South America, the U.S., and Canada


An in-depth look at the new season with artist videos & musical excerpts

New York, January 30, 2012.

Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han have announced plans for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th season. The 2012-2013 season offers a wealth of diverse and innovative programming performed by the world’s leading chamber musicians. It includes twenty-nine concerts in Alice Tully Hall, thirteen in the Rose Studio, and three in the Kaplan Penthouse, plus three family concerts, five master classes, and seventeen program-related lectures. In addition, an extensive CMS touring schedule will include appearances in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. [Visit the newly-inaugurated new season website: for all programs details, special artist videos, musical excerpts, a downloadable brochure, and more.]

Among the new season’s presentations are special concerts celebrating the 100th birthday of one of England’s towering musical figures, Benjamin Britten, and the 400th anniversary of the death of Italian radical Carlo Gesauldo. There will be programs pairing Mozart and Beethoven with music of our time; explorations of the relationship between Dvořák and Brahms, and Schumann and Mendelssohn; and a Winter Festival presentation of the first CMS performance of the complete string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by the sensational young Jerusalem Quartet.

Contemporary works in this season’s repertoire include a new work and CMS co-commission for baritone and string quartet by Mark Adamo (New York premiere); Thomas Adès’s Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2000); Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for Cello and Two Percussionists (2008), and O Gesualdo, Divine Tormentor for String Quartet (2004); Georges Aperghis’s Quatre pièces febrile for Piano and Marimba (1995); Elliott Carter’s Figment No. 2 – Remembering Mr. Ives for Cello (2001); David Gompper’s Musica Segreta for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello (2006); Heinz Holliger’s Romancendres for Cello and Piano (2003); a new work for clarinet and string quartet (2012, New York premiere) by Aaron Jay Kernis; Steven Mackey’s Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1999); Selections from Wolfgang Rihm’s Seven Passion Texts

for Six Voices (2001-06); Ned Rorem’s Aftermath, A Song Cycle for Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello (2001-02); Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Freude for Two Harps, the second hour of Klang (2005); and a new work for String Quartet by Joan Tower (2011, New York premiere). In addition, works by composer and violist Brett Dean, the most recent recipient of CMS Elise L. Stoeger Prize for outstanding chamber music composition, will be featured on programs throughout the season, and include his Intimate Decisions for Viola (1995), with the composer as soloist.

Among the guest artists joining CMS this season are baritone Thomas Hampson, pianists Alessio Bax, Jeremy Denk, and Juho Pohjonen; cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the Brentano, Daedalus, Escher, Jerusalem, Jupiter, and Orion String Quartets; and former Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis. The 2012-13 roster also boasts distinguished vocalists sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian and Kiera Duffy; mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; countertenor Daniel Taylor; tenors Anthony Dean Griffey and Matthew Plenk; and baritones Thomas Hampson, Kelly Markgraf, and Randall Scarlata. CMS is also pleased to welcome 12 new members to its three-year CMS Two residency program for highly-accomplished young artists.


The season begins on September 24 in Alice Tully Hall. The program, featuring works that evoke the time-honored tradition of serenading friends on festive occasions, includes Mozart’s Serenade in C minor for Winds, K. 388; Kodály’s Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12; Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat major for Winds, Op. 7; and Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor for Winds, Cello, and Double Bass, Op. 44. Long-familiar CMS faces perform with new and returning CMS Two artists, including violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ani Kavafian; violist Paul Neubauer; cellist Nicholas Canellakis; double bassist Kurt Muroki; flutists Tara Helen O’Connor and Ransom Wilson; oboists James Austin Smith and Stephen Taylor; clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois and David Shifrin; bassoonists Peter Kolkay, Bram van Sambeek, and Harry Searing; and horn players Michelle Baker, Julie Landsman, Jennifer Montone, and Julie Pilant.


WITH THE JERUSALEM QUARTET – Four Concerts plus Five Lectures

Other than Beethoven, no composer has put so much of himself into his string quartets as Dmitri Shostakovich. Written over the course of his career, the 15 works serve as both biography and reflection on life behind the iron curtain. Israel’s fiery Jerusalem Quartet (Alexander Pavlovsky, Sergei Bresler, violin; Ori Kam, viola; Kyril Zlotnikov, cello) will undoubtedly bring a unique perspective and searing intensity to this four-concert cycle. "Whenever Shostakovich gives these fine players a chance to sing, they touch the heart in this music as very few before." The Strad.

The concerts take place in Alice Tully Hall on March 17, 19, 22, and 24. Each is preceded by a pre-concert lecture in the Rose Studio with Michael Parloff, and an opening introduction to Shostakovich’s life and works on March 13.


CMS celebrates the 100
th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), England’s greatest 20th century composer, with four diverse concerts. An all-Britten program will be presented on May 10 in Alice Tully Hall. The program includes instrumental works: the Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6; Two Insect Pieces for Oboe and Piano; the Phantasy Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 2; Three Divertimentos for String Quartet; and the Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 65, plus Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac for Countertenor, Tenor, and Piano, Op. 51 with vocal soloists countertenor Daniel Taylor and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey.

Additional concerts in the Britten Centennial celebration include three fascinating programs (Oct. 25, Feb. 28, and May 2) devised by the exciting young Escher String Quartet, and presented in the Rose Studio. Britten I: Through the Looking Glass places Britten’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 36, No. 2, in a program drawing on inspiration from the past by Purcell: Chacony for String Quartet in G minor; Gesualdo: "Se la mia morte brami" from Madrigali libro sesto, and Illumina faciem tuam; and Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. Britten II: "Hearts at peace, Under an English Heaven," – Rupert Brooke places Britten in an all-British context with his String Quartet Op. 94, No. 3, alongside Bridge’s Novelletten for String Quartet; Selections from Birtwistle’s Nine Movements for String Quartet; and Elgar’s String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83. Britten III: "Dulce et Decorum Est" – Wilfred Owen features a selection of musical responses to the all-encompassing tragedy of WWII, composed during the horrors of the war and its aftermath. This all-string quartet program includes Britten’s Quartet in D major, Op. 25, No. 1; Prokofiev’s Quartet in F major, Op. 92, No. 2; Shostakovich’s Quartet in C minor, Op. 110, No. 8; and Ullmann’s Quartet Op. 46, No. 3.

BAROQUE FESTIVAL to feature Bach Keyboard Concertos

with Jeremy Denk

A highlight of this season’s annual December Baroque Festival will be six of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos, performed by the immensely gifted pianist Jeremy Denk, whose affinity with for this repertoire dates to a childhood obsession. The festival also features a program of varied delights including the Trio Sonata from Bach’s Musical Offering, Heinrich Böddecker’s Sonata sopra la monica, a virtuosic showcase for the bassoon, and Vivialdi’s "La Pastorella" Concerto. As always, the festival culminates in a beloved holiday staple: Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos.


2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Italian composer, nobleman, and murderer Carlo Gesualdo. Eclipsing his tabloid-quality biography were his radical musical compositions. Gesualdo wrote some of the most highly chromatic music of any composer not only of his day, but for most of musical history, and both his life and music continue to be a source of fascination and inspiration. Appropriate to its subject, the program will be performed in the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church. It juxtaposes works by Gesualdo with contemporary responses from Bruce Adolphe, Brett

Dean, Wolfgang Rihm, and David Gompper, performed by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, pianist Soyeon Lee, and the Brentano String Quartet.


On April 21, a first-time ever concert unites the forces of eight distinguished Lincoln Center cellists: Metropolitan Opera principals Rafael Figueroa and Jerry Grossman; New York Philharmonic principal Carter Brey and associate principal Eileen Moon; New York City Ballet principal Frederick Zlotkin; and from CMS, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Finckel, and Fred Sherry. These powerhouse talents will be showcased in ten diverse works for varying numbers of cellos by Tavener, Gabrieli, Carter, Tansman, Dutilleux, Pärt, Casals, Barrière, Stravinsky, Schickele, and culminating in Villa-Lobos’s popular Bachianas brasileiras No. 1 for Eight Cellos.


Australian composer Brett Dean, the 2010-2011 CMS Stoeger Prize winner for excellence in the field of chamber music composition, will serve as the 2012-2013 Season Composer. As such, his works will be heard in a variety of programs. On April 18 on a New Music in the Kaplan concert, Dean’s Intimate Decisions for Viola, and Voices of Angels for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass, joins a new work for Clarinet and String Quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis; on April 16 in Alice Tully Hall, his Epitaphs for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello is paired with two works by Schubert: the String Quartet in A minor, D. 804, Op. 29, and the String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden;" and on April 4 in the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, Dean’s Sparge la morte for Solo Cello, Five Voices, and Tape, contributes to a fascinating program juxtaposing selections of Carlo Gesualdo with contemporary responses. Brett Dean is also an acclaimed violist, and this talent will be highlighted in performances on April 16 and April 18.

Brett Dean was born in Brisbane in1961. Following studies in Australia, he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 he began composing, initially as an arranger, and worked in improvisation for radio and film projects in Australia. Dean became established as a composer in his own right through worldwide performances of the ballet One of a Kind (Nederlands Dans Theater, choreographer Jiri Kylian) and by the clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music, which won an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. Leading interpreters of Dean’s music include Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, Simone Young, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Daniel Harding. In addition to composing, Dean continues to perform, and has played his own Viola Concerto with international orchestras, and enjoys increasing success as a conductor on the international circuit.

Among Dean’s recent chamber music compositions is the 2010 String Quintet Epitaphs, premiered at the Cheltenham Festival and since performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Cologne Philharmonie, Melbourne Recital Centre, and London’s Wigmore Hall, among other international venues. Other recent first performances include a Violin Sonata, written for Midori, and a Sextet which received its world premiere at the 2011 City of London Festival by the Nash Ensemble.


Having grown in popularity beyond the capacity of its former venue the Rose Studio, the CMS New Music series relocated last season to the Kaplan Penthouse. This year’s series showcases an eclectic mix of composers and styles including works by Heinz Holliger, George Aperghis, and Karlheinz Stockhausen on October 18; Joan Tower, James MacMillan, and Thomas Adès on January 31; and Brett Dean and Aaron Jay Kernis on April 18. Performances take place at 7:30 PM, followed by a complimentary wine reception and discussion with composers and artists. (Please see concert listing for complete details.)


The Rose Studio Concerts and Late Night Rose series, presented in the intimate and inviting Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio, offer audiences the opportunity to experience the same program and artists in one of two ways. The ever-popular hour-long Rose Studio Concerts take place at 6:30 PM in a traditional concert setting. At 9:30 PM on the same evening, the slightly-expanded Late Night Rose format, hosted by musical raconteur Patrick Castillo, transforms the experience with complimentary wine, and a relaxed setting featuring cabaret-style seating. The Late Night Rose performances are also available for free to a virtual global audience through the CMSLC Android and iPhone (iOS) Applications, and CMS streams the concerts live on its website: Rose Studio Concerts and Late Night Rose take place October 11, November 8, January 17, March 14, and May 16. The programs draw from classics of the repertoire, all performed by CMS Season Artists. [See concert listing for complete details.]


Following a rigorous application and audition process, 12 young artists were chosen from an international pool of more than two hundred applicants to participate in the CMS Two program, beginning with the 2012-2013 season. Joining the CMS artist roster are two pianists: Gloria Chien and Soyeon Lee; five violinists: Benjamin Beilman, Nicolas Dautricourt, Sean Lee, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Areta Zhulla; cellist: Mihai Marica; clarinetist: Romie de Guise-Langlois; oboist: James Austin Smith; bassoonist: Bram van Sambeek; and percussionist: Ian Rosenbaum.

The CMS Two program provides outstanding young performers in the early stages of promising careers unparalleled professional opportunities. During the three-year residency, members participate in all aspects of musical life at CMS, including national and international touring; radio and television broadcasts; recordings, and performances in Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Studio, and the Kaplan Penthouse.


In recent seasons, the CMS touring itinerary has expanded from an extensive number of performances in the U.S. and Canada, to Asia, Europe, and South America. In addition, CMS has established numerous multi-concert residencies, with artists often engaged in master classes, at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey; the Harris Theater in

Chicago; the University of Georgia in Athens; Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany; Wigmore Hall in London; and in South America and Korea.

Family Concert Series in Alice Tully Hall

Composer and series creator Bruce Adolpe’s popular Meet the Music! concerts for kids and their families will now present all three performances in Alice Tully Hall. November 11: "Leaping Leopold!" – Mozart’s father makes an appearance in our time to talk about his genius son, Wolfgang. January 27: "Beethoven, Brahms, and a Banjo" – The wacky private ear, Inspector Pulse, finds connections between chords he learns on a banjo and works by great composers. March 3: "Red Dogs and Pink Skies: The Colors of Music!" – Using beautiful projected images of paintings and an original score by Bruce Adolphe, the audience will discover how music is like painting, and how painting is like music.


Pre-concert discussions with featured composers include Steven Mackey on November 13; Brett Dean on April 16; and Mark Adamo on April 28.


The art of interpretation and details of technique are explained as master artists share their wisdom with the next generation of chamber musicians. The schedule includes flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, Oct. 17; pianist Jeremy Denk, Nov. 27; violinist Jorja Fleezanis Feb. 19; the Jerusalem Quartet Mar. 18; and clarinetist David Shifrin, Apr. 23. Each master classes is held at 11:00 AM in the Rose Studio.

INSIDE CHAMBER MUSIC -20th Anniversary Season

Inside Chamber Music
is composer Bruce Adolphe’s popular and long-running series of lectures tied to season repertoire. The fall session, "Major Minor Works," will explore four significant pieces in minor keys, while the winter session, "Grand Thoughts on a Small Scale," will focus on the both intimate and dynamic combination of violin and piano, illustrated by a variety of works. Lectures take place Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Rose Studio October 3, 10, 17, and 24; and February 6, 13, 20, and 27. ARTISTS OF THE 2012-13


Contact: Cindy Villarreal
Phone: (512) 574-7914
Cell: (512) 659-2268

US Athlete Secures Three-Year Endorsement Deal to Promote Cheer and Dance in Australia

AUSTIN, Texas - September 13, 2012 - Superstar All-Star and World Champion cheerleader Maddie Gardner will appear at the Asia-Pacific Grand Finals hosted by World Cup Cheer and Dance (WCCD) in Brisbane, Australia. The festivities take place September 21-25, 2012 and include a full media tour with television appearances, interviews, demonstrations and autograph signings.
During Gardner's stay in Australia, Cheer Channel TV Network will film a segment of its new web series, "Cheer Mash-up". Gardner will host the cheer lifestyle show which airs in November. The show includes coverage of gyms and events, cheerleaders and teams, and Maddie's take on trends and hot topics within the industry.
Lyn Parker, founder of WCC, said: "I am aware she is a well-known personality and a dynamic world champion, but when I announced that she was coming to our events, our teams and cheerleaders started crying...literally these were tears of joy."
Maddie Gardner stated: "I am so excited to work with World Cup Cheer and Dance and support cheerleading abroad. I am looking forward to mentoring a group of talented athletes that will enhance and represent the sport in Australia in its own right."
The WCCD exclusive 3-year pact with Gardner includes appearances for the company, ongoing promotions, athlete programs, and licensing and merchandising of the "Maddie Gardner Collection" brand throughout Australia and New Zealand.
About Maddie Gardner:
Maddie Gardner is an American All-Star cheerleader from the small town of Mount Airy, NC. Gardner began cheering at age 6 for Cheer Extreme, and since then has become a popular and recognizable athlete for the team. During her three years on the L5 Junior All-Girl team, her team took first place at NCA All Star Nationals in 2005. Shortly thereafter she was asked to join the Senior Elite L5 All Girl team where she was a gold medalist and Gold Scholarship recipient. Gardner is currently attending college and is cheerleading as a University of North Carolina Tar Heel.
About World Cup Cheer and Dance:
World Cup was created in 2007 and hosts cheer and dance competitions around Australia and New Zealand. WCCD offers educational opportunities for coaches, dance and cheer workshops, and merchandise sales. WCCD events culminate with the international Asia/Pacific Grand Finals every September.
About Cheer Mash-Up, Inc.:
Cheer Mash-Up is a monthly cheer lifestyle web series hosted by Gardner set to debut in November, 2012. Inquiries regarding sponsorship or rate card for the web and/or broadcast version of the series may contact
About Proformance Sports Marketing:
Proformance Sports Marketing and Entertainment, LLC is a full-service sports marketing agency specializing in the areas of promotion, endorsements, sponsorship development, entertainment and event planning. Proformance has been representing athletes worldwide since 1997. Clientele includes athletes from all major sports and representation to promote emerging properties and brands.