The Virgil Thomson Foundation Announces Its Activities in 2015
VIRGIL THOMSON (1896-1989) COMMEMORATION OF 25th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH // ACTIVITIES 2013-2015
MID-2015| CD RELEASE
Date TBA. Release of BMOP/sound's recording of Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts featuring the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).
MID-2015| CD RELEASE
Date TBA. Release of Monadnock Music's recording of Thomson's complete chamber works.
SUMMER| CONCERTS AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS
June 26 - August 22: The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut, will present a retrospective of Thomson's works during the Festival's summer 2015 season. Events will include concerts and lectures in addition to an exhibition from Yale University's Virgil Thomson archives.
DECEMBER| CD RELEASE
Florestan Recital Project of Boston will release the complete songs for voice and piano of Virgil Thomson. The box set is expected to be released during December of 2015 on Florestan's own label. For more information on Florestan Recital Project visit www.florestanproject.org.
LATE 2015| CD RELEASE
Release of Thomson's Portraits for solo piano performed by Craig Rutenberg, presently expected to be released during the winter of 2015-2016.
1.25 + 2.01 | CONCERT
The Conservatoire de La Roche sur Yon performed Thomson's score for the film The Plow That Broke the Plains.
4.01 | CD RELEASE
Albany Records released the Manhattan School of Music's notable production of The Mother of Us All opera with music by Virgil Thomson and a libretto by his collaborator Gertrude Stein. The Albany disc is the newest recording of the opera. Its second disc includes the only commercial recording of the orchestral The Mother of Us All Suite currently available.
4.04 | CONCERT
The University of Hull Orchestra performed Thomson's Percussion Piece, Movt. 7, from "Eight Portraits" in Yorkshire, England.
5.08 | CONCERT
"Virgil Thomson & Friends at the Chelsea Hotel" was presented at Symphony Space, NYC, led by music director/pianist Jed Distler featuring a special cast bringing to life the Bohemian, cultured, often-gay, and always musical world of Virgil Thomson-a Chelsea hotel resident of half a century. Works by Thomson, Copland, Rorem, Bowles, and Busby, performed by Jed Distler, piano, Julie Rosenfeld, violin Kamala Sankaram, soprano with special guests composers Gerald Busby and Scott Wheeler, and music critic Tim Page.
5.21 | AWARDS CEREMONY
The American Academy of Arts & Letters presented the inaugural Virgil Thomson Award for Vocal Music to composer Lowell Liebermann at its annual Ceremony in New York City.
10.11 + 10.12 | CONCERTS
Wistaria Chamber Music Society performed "The Company of Virgil" in two concerts featuring works by Thomson and his mentee, Scott Wheeler, among others, at The Pushkin Gallery, Greenfield, Massachusetts, and at the Goethe Institute in Boston, which included a post-concert dinner and panel discussion.
10.16 | SELECTED WRITINGS
The Library of America published Virgil Thomson: Music Chronicles 1940 -1954, edited by music critic Tim Page, in print and e-book editions, to critical acclaim. This is the first volume of a two-volume set of the selected writings of Virgil Thomson. The second volume is scheduled for publication in the early spring of 2016.
11.12 | AWARDS EVENT
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards were presented in New York City. The program recognizes outstanding books, articles, broadcasts and web sites on the subject of music. At the event, the inaugural Virgil Thomson Award was given to Drew Massey for John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page, his book on the noted pianist and music editor, published by the University of Rochester Press.
5.21 | CONCERT
The American Ballet Theatre performed a ballet set to Thomson's Nine Etudes in New York City.
9.24 | CONCERT
BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed Thomson's The Seine at Night in England.
11.04 | CONCERT
The Grand Valley State University Orchestra performed Thomson's score for the film The Plow That Broke the Plains in Allendale, Michigan.
11.08 | CONCERT
The Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia performed Thomson's Three Pictures for Orchestra in New York City.
11.16 | CONCERT
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performed a concert version of Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts at Boston's Jordan Hall.
12.11, 12.13, 12.15 | CONCERT
Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater performed Thomson's opera The Mother of Us All in New York City.