Mimi Stillman will perform with perform the Ibert Concerto for Flute and Orchestra and Bizet-Borne Carmen Fantasy with the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra and Juan Carlos Lomónaco, conductor on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00pm and Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 12:00pm at the Teatro Peón Contreras in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Visit the Orchestra’s website for more information.
Mimi will also teach a masterclass at the Escuela Superior de las Artes de Yucatán on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:00pm. For more information, please contact the Orchestra.
I am excited to return as Yamaha flute masterclass clinician at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis this week. It is inspiring to work with over 200 talented middle and high school flutists!
This performance of Syrinx was inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel by oceanliner, as brought to life by Steven Ujifusa in “A Man and His Ship,” an account of the great naval architect William Francis Gibbs and his ship the SS United States. Here, I play Debussy while the author reads, prior to our going to dinner.
I performed Syrinx at my recital with guitarist Allen Krantz at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania at the first concert in my Dolce Suono Ensemble’s new partnership with the gallery on October 2, 2013. I felt inspired to play Debussy among the works of his friend Rodin at this exhibition.
Since completing my Syrinx Journey on Day 366, Debussy’s birthday on August 22, I have missed this daily ritual very much. Although my yearlong cycle of performing Syrinx is complete, I continue to live with the piece in performance and just for myself.
Here is a performance of Syrinx I gave as an encore after soloing on Vivaldi’s Concerto “La notte” and Bizet-Borne’s Carmen Fantasy with Delaware County Symphony (PA) and conductor Tim Ribchester last Sunday, October 20.
To see photos of recent performances with Dolce Suono Ensemble at the Hispanic Choice Awards, Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, and as soloist with Delaware County Symphony, please visit Mimi Stillman‘s Facebook page and Dolce Suono Ensemble‘s Facebook page.
DSE on the red carpet pre-performance at Hispanic Choice Awards
Left to right: Celina Velez, violin, Daniel Lee, viola, Mimi, Louis Xavier Barrette, guitar, Hannah Ji, violin, Robin Kesselman, bass
Now posted on Mimi’s YouTube channel: Claude Debussy’s songs Romance, Les Cloches, and Voici que le printemps from Mimi’s book of arrangements Nuits d’étoiles: 8 Early Songs (Theodore Presser Company). Performed by Mimi Stillman, flute and Natalie Zhu, piano from Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “Debussy as Painter of Song” concert at Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, May 2013.
This Syrinx completes the yearlong cycle of Syrinx Journey, performed on August 22, Debussy’s birthday. On the shore of Lake George, New York, where I performed at Lake George Music Festival, I played Syrinx in the afternoon sun, gazing at the lake. I felt very emotional as I played Debussy’s masterpiece for the 366th time in as many days, bringing my project full circle. It has been the most profound and fulfilling journey of musical and personal discovery. As I steeped myself in the music of Debussy, I imbibed the arts and ideas of his time, luxuriating in the unique and beautiful aesthetic world that was his.
Afterwards my friends joined me to wish Claude Debussy a joyeux anniversaire.
Left to right: Kevin Kunkel, Catherine Chen, Ronni Gordon, Mimi, Samuel Nemec, Daniel Lelchuk