Suite Française 

    dedicated to bringing the tradition of the French Musical Salon to New York

Mark your Calendars!

May 14, 2019

A Special String Orchestra Concert

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

 

conducted by

Chris Whittaker

 

A unique concert centered around Nadia Boulanger and her legacy.


This event is limited to 40 seats. It is a rare opportunity to hear a String Orchestra

in an intimate salon concert setting.

Doors Open at 7pm

The concert will begin promptly at 7:30 

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The concert will explore the musical world around Nadia Boulanger and the world which she influenced. Suite Française is delighted to partner with conductor Chris Whittaker and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra in an all String Orchestra concert featuring works by Gabriel Fauré, Nadia’s teacher; Lili Boulanger, Nadia’s sister; David Diamond, one of her students; and works of the third and fourth generations of students in “La Boulangerie.”

Listen to some excerpts:

Rounds for String Orchestra by David Diamond Movt. 1

Sicilienne (version for cello and piano) by Gabriel Fauré

Manchester Miniature for String Orchestra by Philip Lasser

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Mark your Calendars!

Tuesday May 14th, 2019

A Celebration of the Music around Nadia Boulanger for String Orchestra

With the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

Chris Whittaker, conductor

The String Orchestral works of Bach, Fauré, Lili Boulanger, David Diamond and works

by third and fourth generation students in the legacy training of Nadia Boulanger.

Space is very limited.....Reserve your tickets below or click here


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Composer, conductor, pianist Chris Whittaker’s musical language of classical, jazz, and gospel music melds genres and brings people together. Chris is the co-founder and Music Director of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, a non-profit performing arts organization committed to engaging the community through free concerts and educational programming. He serves as Music Director for Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Upper Manhattan and is also the founding Music Director of Marble Collegiate Church’s “Jazz Revelation” worship service. Chris studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and Stuart Malina. His composition teachers include Philip Lasser, Christopher Theofanidis, and Nicholas Maw. Chris lives in New York City.


Suite Française

Born of a deep love for French music, Suite Française seeks to share this rich musical culture with New York audiences through intimate chamber music evenings that include wine & cheese, and conversation. 

Experience the joy of hearing this colorful soundworld in the way it was meant to be heard!

Suite Française is a musical family where performers, composers and listeners all participate in the art of sharing music.

Suite Française is a project of the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA), a not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization committed to bringing superlative musical understanding to the musician and the music lover.

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THE MEMBERS OF SUITE FRANÇAISE 

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds  to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Read More

 

 

Philip Lasser is a visionary composer native to French and American traditions.  Since 1994, Lasser has been a distinguished member of the faculty of The Juilliard School. He is also the director of the European American Music Alliance (EAMA), a school dedicated to training young composers, chamber musicians, and conductors in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger.  His works can be heard on the Sony Classical, Telarc, New World, Crystal, and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels.  His works have been performed worldwide by artists such as Simone Dinnerstein, Zuill Bailey, Susanna Phillips, Elizabeth Futral, Margo Garrett, Liv Redpath, Frank Almond and Cho-Liang Lin, as well as the Atlanta, Seattle, and Colorado symphonies, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others.

 

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In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Phillips will return to the Metropolitan Opera for an eleventh consecutive season to sing her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She will also make role debuts as Micaela in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera. With Cincinnati Opera, Ms. Phillips will sing the role of Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Phillips will perform and record Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, and will sing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Ms. Phillips will celebrate the bicentennial of Alabama with her native Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder. This summer’s highlights include a recital with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and the 10thAnniversary of chamber music with Twickenham Fest, of which she is a co-founder.


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A native from Paris, coloratura soprano Onadek Winan recently graduated from the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Masters. She performed all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Avignon Opera House and recently made her recital debut at the Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux. She spent summers at Houston Grand Opera and Wolf Trap Opera where she was the title role in the commissioned opera Listen Wilhelmina. She has been named by the Juilliard School 2015 Presser Scholar in recognition of her outstanding achievement as a music major and was a proud Kovner Fellow. Upcoming she’ll perform at the Symphony Space in New York the Queen of the night in Mozart’s Magic Flute. She is the proud winner of a 2018 Novick Career Advancement grant as well as the 2018 Safran Foundation for exceptional young musicians grand winner. Onadek has been named 2019 artist of the year by Entraide Française of New York.

The versatile conductor Mark Shapiro is at home with orchestras, choruses, and opera.  He is unique among North American conductors for having won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award five times, at the helm of three different ensembles.

Shapiro’s conducting has been praised by The New York Times as “insightful”; the Times has also cited his work for its “virtuosity and assurance,” as well as its “uncommon polish.”  The New Jersey Star-Ledger characterized Shapiro’s artistic vision as “erudite and far-reaching.”

Shapiro is Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York, which performs in Carnegie Hall, and Artistic Director of Cantori New York.

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Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès studied and developed her musical career in France before moving to the United States where she passionately pursues a solo and chamber music path. Her commitment to performing chamber music repertoire led her to collaborate with artists such as Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Bruno Giuranna, François Salque, Adam Laloum, Guillaume Vincent, Patrick Hemmerlé. She is the co-founder of the festival “En attendant…” in Semur en Brionnais, France. 

Together with cellist Yan Levionnois she recorded the album “Pierrots Lunaires.” The project grew out of her interest in exploring unusual repertoire and her commitment to throwing new light on fascinating, but forgotten pieces. The album contains 20th and 21st century duos for violin and cello and was released by Fondamental in 2014 and is distributed by Sony in the US. Read more

Duanduan Hao was born in China in 1990. He began his piano lessons at the age of four and was already drawing attention to his precocious ability two years later. He studied in Shanghai and then in Paris with Professor Dominique Merlet, going on to win many prizes in international piano competitions such as First Prize and the Bärenreiter Prize winner at the 9th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany, First Prize of the 6th “Teresa Llacuna” International piano Competition in
France, Second Prize (First Prize non-attributed) of the 63rd Concours de Genève in Switzerland, First Prize of the 5th Shanghai International Piano Competition in China, Laureate of the 21st “Rina Sala Gallo” International Piano Competition in Italy, etc. With these successes, he has already recorded two albums with Naxos – the last one released on March 2015. Now resident in New York, he enters in the DMA program in Juilliard School, and studies with Professor Jerome Lowenthal.  Read more

 

 

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Past concert information archive



April 11th 2019 ——SOLD OUT!!

A Special Concert with

Susanna Phillips and Onadek Winan

A unique opportunity to hear soprano Susanna Phillips

and Onadek Winan sing an evening of Philip Lasser’s vocal repertoire.

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The concert will include Susanna Phillips singing Colors of Feelings, a cycle of 4 songs on the poems of Wynelle Ann Carson, commissioned by Ms.Phillips; Onadek Winan performing Elemental Earth, a new set of songs on the poems of Robert Frost; and a very special performance of Lasser’s Nicolette et Aucassin, a XIIIth Century Sungfable (Chantefable) for 2 Sopranos, Narrator and piano.

With pianists Craig Terry and Arthur Williford



Listen to some excerpts:

You Sing for Me from Colors of Feelings with Susanna Phillips, soprano and Craig Terry, piano

Aucassin, le Bel from Nicolette et Aucassin with Susanna Phillips and Elizabeth Futral, sopranos and Margo Garrett, piano.

Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. 

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In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Phillips will return to the Metropolitan Opera for an eleventh consecutive season to sing her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She will also make role debuts as Micaela in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera. With Cincinnati Opera, Ms. Phillips will sing the role of Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Phillips will perform and record Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, and will sing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Ms. Phillips will celebrate the bicentennial of Alabama with her native Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, performing Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder. This summer’s highlights include a recital with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and the 10thAnniversary of chamber music with Twickenham Fest, of which she is a co-founder.



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A native from Paris, coloratura soprano Onadek Winan recently graduated from the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Masters. She performed all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Avignon Opera House and recently made her recital debut at the Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux. She spent summers at Houston Grand Opera and Wolf Trap Opera where she was the title role in the commissioned opera Listen Wilhelmina. She has been named by the Juilliard School 2015 Presser Scholar in recognition of her outstanding achievement as a music major and was a proud Kovner Fellow. Upcoming she’ll perform at the Symphony Space in New York the Queen of the night in Mozart’s Magic Flute. She is the proud winner of a 2018 Novick Career Advancement grant as well as the 2018 Safran Foundation for exceptional young musicians grand winner. Onadek has been named 2019 artist of the year by Entraide Française of New York.



May 15, 2018—- SOLD out

Mélanie Clapiès, violin

A special Lecture Performance with violinist Mélanie Clapiès, composer Philip Lasser will discuss the the compositional world of J.S. Bach in two of his legendary works for solo violin: G minor Sonata and D Minor Partita and what he used of Bach’s to create his own hybrid work for solo violin Sonapartita.

Philip Lasser's Sonapartita is an exploration into to the commingled world of the G minor Sonata and the D minor Partita of J.S. Bach.

The title, Sonapartita, comes from the hybridization of the names for the two famed genres of J.S Bach's solo violin works: his Sonata and Partitas. The movements in the Sonatas generally have title for abstract forms like Prelude or Fugue while the movements in the Partitas have dance titles. Since Lasser's work is a blending of materials from a Sonata and a Partita, the titles for his movements are fanciful names blending the titles from both genres.

In keeping with the grand tradition of works for solo violin like those of Bach and Ysaÿe, Lasser's Sonapartita is both technically challenging and highly dramatic for the soloist involving thick harmonic textures in the Sarabandesque, aggressive double and triple stops along with sparkling left-hand Pizzicati in the Fugavotte and ending with an ever-warming Petite Chaconne, which bears genetic similarity to Bach's own at the end of his D minor Partita. 

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Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès studied and developed her musical career in France before moving to the United States where she passionately pursues a solo and chamber music path. She is the co-founder of the festival “En attendant…” in Semur en Brionnais, France.

Together with cellist Yan Levionnois she recorded the album “Pierrots Lunaires.” The project grew out of her interest in exploring unusual repertoire and her commitment to throwing new light on fascinating, but forgotten pieces. The album contains 20th and 21st century duos for violin and cello and was released by Fondamenta in 2014 and is distributed by Sony in the US.

A Zonta Club laureate in 2001, she received the Broadus Erle Prize (2013), the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize (2014), and the Philip Francis Nelson Prize (2015). She was the winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition in 2015 at Yale.

In 2014 and 2015, she received her Masters of Music and her Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Syoko Aki. She is currently completing a Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studies with Mark Steinberg.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 -- SOLD OUT

A very special benefit season finale concert with pianist

Simone Dinnerstein

A rare opportunity to share an intimate concert and discussion with the artist and the music.

Simone Dinnerstein will play solo works by Schubert, Glass and Lasser

Two cross-reactions in one concert:

Glass/Schubert and Lasser/Breughel.

An intimate salon concert, a world-renown pianist, art, music and conversation.

Philip Lasser will join Ms. Dinnerstein in Schubert's F minor Fantasy for piano 4 hands

Experience the gripping interaction between the narcotic music of Schubert and the  hypnotic music Philip Glass.

Simone Dinnerstein relates Impromptus by both composers in a work that reaches over the centuries to uncover the common quest for power in expression and deep connection with the listener.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the magnificent pianist, Simone Dinnerstein in an intimate salon setting play and have a discussion with you over wine, cheese and the works of Schubert and Glass. 

Simone will also perform Philip Lasser’s Winter Landscape, a work inspired by the eponymous painting by Pieter Breughel. The composer and the pianist will discuss the painting and the issues relating the visual to the aural painting.

 

February 8th 2017- SOld OUt!

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: "LA MUSIQUE EST LE SILENCE ENTRE LES NOTES"

"MUSIC IS THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE NOTES"

Debussy and Bach:

THE CONCERT WILL RELATE THE C MAJOR PRELUDES FROM BOTH BOOKS OF J.S. BACH'S WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER TO DEBUSSY'S DOCTOR GRADUS AD PARNASSUM FROM CHILDREN'S CORNER

DEBUSSY AND CHOPIN:

WE WILL RELATE 4 PRELUDES OF CHOPIN TO 4 PRELUDES OF DEBUSSY: 

Chopin Prelude #1 & Debussy "Brouilliard" / Chopin Prelude #9 & Debussy "La Cathédrale Engloutie" / Chopin Prelude #15 & Debussy "La Terrace des Audiences du Clair de Lune"/ Chopin Prelude #14 & Debussy "Ce qu'a Vu le Vent d'Ouest"

debussy and the future:

PHILIP LASSER & DUANDUAN HAO WILL DISCUSS AND PERFORM THE PIANO FOUR-HANDS VERSION OF  DEBUSSY'S "PRELUDE A L'APRES-MIDI D'UN FAUNE"    (THE PRELUDE TO THE AFTERNOON OF A FAUNE)

OCTOBER 26th 2016  Concert - Sold out!

CONDUCTOR

MARK SHAPIRO

WITH AN 8-SINGER CHORALE

AND PIANISTS

DUANDUAN HAO & PHILIP LASSER.

La Chorale Suite Française

Sopranos: Amanda Sidebottom and Angela Dinkelman

Altos: Karen Hayden and Clark Baxtresser

Tenors: Joshua Simka and Owen McIntosh

Basses: Michael Axtell and Michael Maliakel

THE PROGRAM:


A delightful assortment of French Madrigals and other vocal works from the late Renaissance to the Twentieth Century

CLAUDE LEJEUNE, FRANCIS POULENC, PASCHAL de l'ESTOCART, MAURICE DURUFLÉ, PIERRE PASSEREAU, CLAUDE DEBUSSY, MAURICE RAVEL

WITH TITLES SUCH AS

"La glace est luisante et belle" (The ice gleams and is beautiful)

"Yver, vous n'estes qu'un vilain" (Winter you are nothing but a gruff peasant) and 

"Revecy vernir du Printans" (Here now returns the Spring

THINGS ARE BOUND TO BUBBLE!

CLAUDE DEBUSSY La Petite Suite for Piano 4 hands

PHILIP LASSER Madrigal Fanfare for Piano 4 hands

PAUL DUKAS Sonate pour Piano (2nd Mouvement)

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Claude Le Jeune is among the most famous composers of non-liturgical music in France of the 16th Century. Composing in the movement known as “les vers mesurés,” his music reflects accurately the stresses and meter of the French language. The rhythms that result are lively and fluid creating an elegant and flexible flow. 

A Protestant from early on, Claude is forced to flee from Paris in 1589 for having written an anti-Catholic tract. It is only through the heroic actions of his dear friend, Jacques Mauduit at the St. Denis gate, that Claude Le Jeune is saved as well as the music manuscripts he carried with him.

The famous 16th Century French composer and theorist Marin Mersenne writes extensively about Claude in his musical treatise entitled "Harmonie Universelle" (1637). In a letter to a fellow composer, Mersenne points out the “Claude Le Jeune compose au clavier.” (“Claude Le Jeune composes at the keyboard.”) 

This small fact has enormous historic importance since Claude Le Jeune would have been among the first composers to have access to a useable keyboard (perhaps a clavichord,  harpsichord or clavi-cembalum). 

Composing at the keyboard would allow Claude Le Jeune to “play and hear” everything (all the voices in his work) as he was writing. And this with just his two hands! Composers prior to this new technology would have had only their ears, imagination and unwieldy sets of polyphonic rulebooks to compose with. Theirs was a uniquely linear, vocal world. 

Claude Le Jeune’s musical world becomes suddenly much more modern. As anyone who plays the piano would know, seeing and feeling chords in the hands and how these chords move from one to another gives an amazing grasp of the music as a whole. It changes how one thinks of music and historically, the keyboard single-handedly changed how music would be composed for Claude Le Jeune and for every composer afterwards even to today.