Three living composers representing several of our oldest New World cites, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City, alongside one of our most beloved and influential Old World composers, Gabriel Fauré. This diverse collection of sonatas spans a period of 192 years, taking the listener on a journey through time and place.
Regularly performing together throughout New England, Leslie and Matthew’s performances together include at the Opera House at Booth Bay Harbor, Pentangle Arts Classical Series, Dartmouth College, ArtisTreeCommunity Arts Center and Gallery, Frederick Historic Piano Collection (Ashburnham, MA), the Eliot Church of South Natick (Boston), Plymouth State University, Music at the Meetinghouse, St. Gaudens National Historic Site summer concert series, and in residence as Tomlinson Fellows at Tabor Academy.
Sharing a commitment and delight in music reflecting our time and cultures, Leslie and Matthew often pair new works with the treasured classics that gave birth to new musical ideas and idioms. Having met serendipitously through a mutual colleague, Leslie and Matthew immediately took to performing works ranging from Bach to Boulez and everything in between.
Leslie and Matthew are excited to be recording for Centaur Records their first album together, selected Sonatas for flute and piano by New York City composer Gary Schocker (www.garyschocker.com), with whom they have been working directly on this project. Premier recordings of the included Sonatas, these wonderful, urbane, witty, and profoundly touching works are true gems of the flute and piano duo repertory. The brand new Sonata No. 9, receiving its New England premiers by the duo, will also be included. ‘To Say Goodbye,’ written for Leslie and Matthew in 2017 and premiered by them at Dartmouth College, is the encore piece to the album.
This concert is presented in partnership with Cameo Arts Foundation, Inc. Your generously given free will offering goes entirely to support the Greater Falls warming shelter.
Old World/New World: Timeless Sonatas
Leslie Stroud, Flute * Matthew Odell, Piano
Friday, November 3, 2018
Stone Church Arts, Bellows Falls, Vermont
Sonata No. 9 (2017), Gary Schocker (b. 1959)
Sonata No. 2 (2004), Martin Amlin (b. 1953)
Adagio espressivo - Allegro perpetuo
Sonata - Cantilena, Opus 21 (2009), Benjamin C.S. Boyle (b. 1979)
Vivace con spirito
Sonata in A Major, Opus 13 (1875/76), Gabriel Faurè (1845 - 1924)
Allegro molto, (violin part transcr. for flute by L. Stroud)
Allegro quasi presto
Flutist Leslie Stroud, active as both an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the United States, is dedicated to bringing audiences music ranging from that of the 18th and 19th centuries played on historic, period flutes to adventurous works by composers of our own time on modern day flutes.
Noted by the the New Bedford Standard Times for her “virtuosity” and “excellent solo flute work,” Ms. Stroud’s appearances include with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, the Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre, the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, New Bedford Festival Theater Orchestra, the Buzzards Bay Musicfest, the Peabody Wind Quintet, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. As a member of the Peabody Contemporary Music Ensemble, her performance of Paul Hindemith’s Hérodiade is housed in the United States Library of Congress.
Ms. Stroud and pianist Matthew Odell are excited to be releasing with Centaur Records the collected Sonatas for Flute and Piano by contemporary New York City composer Gary Schocker. Ms. Stroud and Mr. Odell’s performances together include at Dartmouth College, the Opera House at Booth Bay Harbor, Pentangle Arts Classical Series, The Frederick Historic Piano Collection, ArtisTreeCommunity Arts Center and Gallery, the Eliot Church of South Natick (Boston) and as Tomlinson Fellows at Tabor Academy. As members of the chamber music ensemble Acacia Music with clarinetist with Meghan Davis, performances include at Plymouth State University, Music at the Meeting House and the St. Gaudens National Historic Site Summer Concert Series.
An original member/performer of the innovative New Bedford Symphony Orchestra program “SchoolsMusic!,” Ms. Stroud has taught at Tabor Academy, the St. Paul’s School for Girls and the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University and maintains a private studio in the Upper Valley of Vermont/New Hampshire.
A founding member of Cameo Baroque, the Connecticut River Valley’s only actively performing “period band,” and in-house ensemble of Cameo Arts Foundation (www.cameoarts.org), Ms. Stroud and her colleagues are dedicated to bringing music and people together as a means of fostering all connections between us as a society, providing support to nonprofit service organizations in northern New England.
Ms. Stroud began her flute studies at the age of eight at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, going on to obtain her performance degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Yaada Weber, Timothy Day, Britton Johnson, Walfrid Kujala, Lois Scheafer, Suzanne Stumpf, and Gary Schocker.
For more information please visit: www.lesliestroud.com
The American pianist Matthew Odell began his studies at the age of 10 and has since won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant ... playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. Highlights of past concert seasons include such diverse projects as Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles... with David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra for the reopening of Alice Tully Hall, a performance in the New York Philharmonic’s Stravinsky Festival, and a tour of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses in England, France, and Spain. Recent concerts have featured the complete solo piano works of Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Adams, and Michel Merlet.
In addition to performances in Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Mr. Odell has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and at venues in Boston, Chicago, Miami, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Taipei, and Helsinki. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, New York’s Focus! Festival, the La Gesse Festival in Toulouse, France, Nuits musicales and Concerts du cloître in Nice, France, and the Rohm International Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan.
A passionate advocate of the music of our time, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him. He has performed contemporary repertoire with the New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, Peabody Camerata, and the American Art Song Festival, a group he founded in 2004. He has worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge.
Mr. Odell’s special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in many recitals with singers from around the world, including the British bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk and members of the Metropolitan Opera. For five years he served on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été in Nice, France, and he has performed in the Marilyn Horne Foundations’s festival The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. At Lincoln Center he has presented a tribute to baritone Pierre Bernac as well as the complete songs of Barber and Duparc. He is a founding member of The Hampton Trio and Acacia Music and has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, including clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Peter Hill.
Mr. Odell currently teaches at The Juilliard School and frequently presents master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the U.S and Europe. In May 2010 he graduated with a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Brian Zeger. He studied further with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, graduating Pi Kappa Lambda with both a master of music degree and a graduate performance diploma in piano performance and with Laurence Morton at Bob Jones University. He also worked with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and with Ann Schein at the Aspen Music School.
For more information, visit www.matthewodell.com.