“Syrinx” on Debussy’s birthday, August 22, 2014

Today marks the birthday of Claude Debussy, born in 1862, and the first anniversary of the completion of my Syrinx Journey, my personal tribute to the great composer through daily video recordings of his masterwork for solo flute, Syrinx, with commentary on my blog.

To celebrate Debussy’s birthday this year while I was performing with Dolce Suono Ensemble in residence at the Lake George Music Festival in New York, I recorded Syrinx at The Sembrich, the museum dedicated to the golden age soprano Marcella Sembrich located in her former studio on the banks of Lake George. It was fitting that I should be there, for she was a contemporary of Debussy and his songs were part of her repertoire. Fascinating memorabilia of her dazzling career fills the museum, including autographs by Brahms, Verdi, Puccini, and Mark Twain.

A photograph of Debussy hangs in the studio.

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Sembrich’s studio

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With curator and composer Richard Wargo, who welcomed my parents and me most warmly and gave us a fascinating tour.

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Mimi at National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, August 7-11

Flutists and friends: please join Mimi at her events at the upcoming NFA convention in Chicago.

All events will take place at the Hilton Chicago, with rooms indicated below.

~ Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:30-4:00pm  Marquette Room

Mimi will teach a masterclass on the topic of “The teaching of Julius Baker and Woodwind Tradition at the Curtis Institute of Music”

~ Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:30-1:30pm  International North

Recital: Discoveries in Jewish Flute Music with pianist Charles Abramovic and music by Leo Smit and Chicago premieres by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, David Finko, and Mimi Stillman

~ Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:45-1:10pm PDR 2 Room

Exhibitor Showcase for Yamaha about Mimi’s Dolce Suono Ensemble “Música en tus Manos” outreach project engaging Philadelphia’s Latino community in chamber music.

~ Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:45-4:00pm Waldorf Room

Premieres and Commissions features Mimi Stillman performing the NFA-commissioned work by Ryan Carter, “A Robot for a Friend”

Mimi Stillman performs the NFA-commissioned work by Ryan Carter, “A Robot for a Friends”

 

 

Mimi Performs at Kingston Chamber Music Festival July 30-August 3

Mimi will perform as part of all-star artist roster at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island next week – we hope to see you there!

~ Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Kingston, RI

David Ludwig, Canzoniere for Flute and Piano with Natalie Zhu, piano at David Ludwig Composer’s Concert

~ Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, University of Rhode Island

Beethoven, Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola with Jasmine Lin, violin and Che-Yen Chen, viola

~ Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, University of Rhode Island

Prokofiev, Sonata for Flute and Piano with Natalie Zhu, piano

Bonus “Syrinx” #8 – Backstage at the Kimmel Center

I recorded Syrinx in my dressing room at the Kimmel Center in between giving masterclasses as Yamaha Flute Clinician at the Youth Education in the Arts band festival in May. It was fun working with lots of talented high school musicians. Visit my Facebook page to see photos from this event!

Summer Concerts

Mimi Stillman’s upcoming summer engagements include the following. Hope to see you at these exciting shows!

~ Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 6:30pm – Laurel Hill Mansion, Philadelphia

Recital with Misoon Ghim, mezzo-soprano and Gideon Whitehead, guitar

~ Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Kingston, RI

David Ludwig, Canzoniere for Flute and Piano with Natalie Zhu, piano at David Ludwig Composer’s Concert

~ Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, University of Rhode Island

Beethoven, Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola with Jasmine Lin, violin and Che-Yen Chen, viola

~ Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:00pm – Kingston Chamber Music Festival, University of Rhode Island

Prokofiev, Sonata for Flute and Piano with Natalie Zhu, piano

~ Thursday, August 7-Sunday, August 10, 2014 – National Flute Association Convention, Chicago

Recital with Charles Abramovic, piano; Masterclass; Performance of Commissioned Work; Yamaha Exhibitor’s Showcase

~ Thursday, August 14-Thursday, August 21, 2014 – Lake George Music Festival, NY

Dolce Suono Ensemble in residence – Performances with Arlen Hlusko, cello and Amy Yang, piano, and LGMF artists

Individual concert details to follow

 

 

Bonus “Syrinx” #7 – The Union League, Philadelphia

On May 6, 2014, I performed at a Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia event honoring composer Jennifer Higdon with an award. As a board member of the Society, I was asked to put together a program of her music with my colleagues Charles Abramovic, piano, my duo pianist of 13 years, and Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano. I was delighted to do this as Jennifer and I have been friends for years. The event took place at the historic Union League, a building dating from the 1860s. Before we performed, I slipped into the elegant library to record Syrinx.

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Press from Mérida, Mexico

Here are links to feature articles and reviews about Mimi’s performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán and conductor Juan Carlos Lomónaco in Mérida.

Sonará la flauta de Stillman, Iris Margarita Ceballos Alvarado, Diario de Yucatán

Eligió la flauta como su voz, Patricia Garma Montes de Oca, Diario de Yucatán

Perfeccionan sus obras, Clase magistral, Patricia Garma Montes de Oca, Diario de Yucatán

Brilla la magia de la flauta, Jorge H. Álvarez Rendón, Diario de Yucatán

Sorprende con su flauta, Jorge H. Álvarez Rendón, Diario de Yucatán

Mimi Stillman,un dominio técnico que la convierte en maga, Victor Salas, Por Esto!

Bonus “Syrinx” #6 – Le clavecin

At rehearsal wth my Dolce Suono Ensemble in a room at the Curtis Institute of Music, I realized my outfit matched the harpsichord. We played Dowland, Rameau, and Handel with harpsichord at our latest program. I was inspired for this Syrinx by Debussy’s admiration for the French Baroque, and especially the way in which he drew upon such composers as Rameau and Couperin in his late, neoclassical period.