June 22 - Is This Really Necessary?


Print vocal scores of 2017: An Opera in Multiple Unnecessary Acts, Op. 261, at


Cybercopy, in preparation for Goat Hall / San Francisco Cabaret Opera auditions this weekend and performances of same this August as part of Fresh Voices XVII in Vallejo, Berkeley, and SF. 


Before this,


the way down there, after,


lunch at Magoo's and a


circuituous return via


Willow Pass,


4,


Antioch Bridge,


160, 


Rio Vista,


12, and


113 --


returning to compose page 13 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone, as the heat wave continues on this 83rd day of summer, all-time high of the year at 109 -- 7 straight days above the century mark (Fairfield / Pleasant Hill, 105; Antioch / Rio Vista, 107)...

June 21 - Deep Thoughts


San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra Board Meeting --


debriefing from the Spring 2017 Concert, and planning for the fall


(8pm, Saturday, November 4, 2017, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, SF, CA).


A


dizzying


drive


down


on this


82nd day of summer,


high 104,


2nd highest temperature,


after the pair of 107's


on June 16-17, and


6th day in a row above 100...

Fairfield, 99
Pinole, 73
Berkeley, 65
San Francisco, 70

Compose page 12 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone before departing...

June 20 - Warning Signs


Medical


rounds,


down


to


Chadbourne,


up Travis,


subsequently


to a


prescription run and encounter at


Vacaville


Community


Medical


Center.


After an interval,


back to


Western Dental,


on the 81st day of summer, 5th in a row above 100, back down 5 to 102 (AABBA of 102-102-107-107-102) -- 99 in Fairfield.  Compose page 11 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone in celebration...

June 19 - Deceiving


107 again, tying for the hottest of the year, 80th day of summer, 4 days in a row above 100, composing page 10 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone...

June 18 - Shopping Around


In and out... Wow! 107 on definitely the new hottest day of the year -- 79th of summer (38 / 16 / 3 days 80 / 90 / 100+).  Compose page 9 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266: Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone...

June 17 - The Opus Project presents Opus 54

 

THE OPUS PROJECT
Opus 54
Requiem Reveille Rhapsody Romanza

8pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA


Program

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)     
     Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (1845)
          I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)     
     Schicksalslied (Song of Fate), Op. 54 (1871, Friedrich Holderlin, 1770-1843)
          Slow, with an expression of longing

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)     
     Requiem, Op. 54 (1878)
          II. Dies Irae

Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)     
     16 Children's Songs, Op. 54 (1883)
          V. Legend (The Crown of Roses, Aleksey Pleshcheyev, 1825–1893)

Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)          
     Orchestral March of the 76th Infantry Regiment, Op. 54 (1903)
          Introduction

Arthur Foote (1853-1937)            
     Suite in D, Op. 54 (1904)
          I. Maestoso

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)       
     Mtsïri, Op. 54 (1924, Mikhail Lermontov, 1814-1841)
          Moderato assai

Sergei Lyapunov (1859-1924)     
     Prelude Pastorale, Op. 54 (1913)
          Moderato assai

Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)     
     Ad Astra (To the Stars), Op. 54 (1911)
          I. Prelude (Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)         
     Salome, Op. 54 (1905, after Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, and Hedwig Lachmann, 1865-1918)
          Scene IV: Finale


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)         
     Swanwhite, Op. 54 (1909, August Strindberg, 1849-1912, Swanwhite, 1909)
          I. The Peacock
           
          Megan Cullen, Soprano / Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano
          Hussein Al-Naswari, Piano / The Opus Project Orchestra

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)     
     Concertino, Op. 54 (1921)
          II. Perpetuum Mobile

Amy Beach (1867-1944)         
     Two Piano Pieces, Op. 54 (1903)
          I. Scottish Legend

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Albert Roussel (1869-1937)         
     Aenéas, Op. 54 (1935)
          Prelude - Allegro con moto

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949)      
     Six Piano Sonatinas, Op. 54 (1920)
          Piano Sonatina No. 1 ("Spring"): I. Allegro molto moderato

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)         
     24 Fantasy Pieces, Suite No. 3, Op. 54
          I. Dedicace - Andante espressivo

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Paul Juon (1872-1940)         
     Cello Sonata, Op. 54 (1913)
          I. Allegro moderato

          Aaron Urton, Cello / Megan Cullen, Piano

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)   
      Symphony No. 4 ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), Op. 54 (1907)
          Andante.  Languido

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)         
     Calm, on the Deserted Quays, Op. 54 (1918, Albert Victor Samain, 1858-1900)
          Calme (tres modere)

          Megan Cullen, Soprano / The Opus Project Piano Quintet

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)      
     Five Choral Ballads, Op. 54 (1904)
          I. Beside the Ungathered Rice He Lay (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882)


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)         
     Rapsodie espagnole (1907)
          I. Prelude a la nuit - Tres modere

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)     
     To my Wife, Op. 54 (1906)
          I. Now and Always - Ardent and animated (Richard Dehmel, 1863-1920)

          Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano

Ernst Schmidt (1878-1924)         
     Violin Concertino No. 2, Op. 54 (1924)
           Moderato

           Kat Walsh, Violin / The Opus Project Orchestra

Cyril Scott (1879-1970)         
     Summerland, Op. 54 (1907)
          II. A Song from the East

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Bela Bartok (1881-1945)         
     Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937)
          I. Assai lento

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)     
     Seven Joyce Songs, Op. 54 (1926)
          I. Gentle Lady

Josef Matthais Hauer (1883-1959)      
     Concerto, Op. 54 (1928)
          Allegro

          Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)      
     Piano Sonatina No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 54, No. 1 (1932)
          II. Adagietto

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)        
     Two Sonnets, Op. 54 (1935, Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956)
          I. God and the Dancing Girl

          Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)         
     Quiet City (1940)
          Slow


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)     
     Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54 (1939)
          I. Largo

          Stardust, English Horn / Keith Leung, Trumpet
          The Opus Project Orchestra

John Cage (1912-1992)         
     A Valentine Out of Season (1944)
          I. Half = 80

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)     
     The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54 (1954)
          Prologue

          Mark Alburger, Tenor and [Prepared] Piano

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)     
     Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 54 (1982)
          Impetuosamente

          Megan Cullen, Piano

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)         
     Piano Trio, Op. 54 (1956)
          I. Allegro con fuoco

          The Opus Project Piano Trio

George Crumb (b. 1929)         
     American Songbook III: Unto the Hills (2001)
          I. Poor Wayfaring Stranger

Alexander Goehr (b. 1932)         
     The mouse metamorphosed into a maid (1993, La Fontaine)
          I. ritenuto - a tempo

          Mark Alburger, Tenor and Piano

Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)         
     Marian Song, Op. 54 (1985)
          III. Hail Mary - Lento, Dolcissimo - Cantabilissimo

Philip Glass (b. 1937)         
     Song from Liquid Days (1985)
          I. Lightning

Mark Alburger (b. 1957)
      Israel in Trouble, Op. 54 (1997)
          VI. Shouldn't Work for Nothing

          The Opus Project Orchestra
          

Stardust (b. 1962)             
     Dan's Trio No. 1 (2017)

          The Opus Project Viola Trio

Kat Walsh (b. 1982)         
     String Quartet ("Driven") (2017)

          The Opus Project String Quartet


Michael Stubblefield (b. 1989)     
     Twin Cans (2017)
          Group 1 / Group 2

          The Opus Project Orchestra

Hussein Al-Naswari (b. 1991)     
     A Day at Disneyland in the Style of Claude Debussy (2017)

         Hussein Al-Naswari, Piano


THE OPUS PROJECT ORCHESTRA

Mark Alburger                         Music Director and Conductor

Flute / Piccolo
Alan Kingsley

Oboe / English Horn
Stardust

Clarinet
Keith Leung

Bassoon
Kat Walsh

Trumpet
Keith Leung

Soprano
Megan Cullen

Tenor
Mark Alburger

Piano
Mark Alburger
Hussein Al-Naswari
Megan Cullen

Percussion
Mark Alburger
Hussein Al-Naswari
Ken Crawford

Violin I
Kat Walsh

Violin II
Keith Leung

Viola
Greg Zinkl

Cello
Aaron Urton

Bass
Michael Stubblefield


THE OPUS PROJECT presents

OPUS 55: Bard Is the Ward
8pm, Saturday, July 29, 2017
Diablo Valley College Music Building, Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

With the Opus Project Orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)            Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat ("Eroica"), Op. 55 (1805)
Karl Goldmark (1830-1915)            Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 55 (1916)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)            Symphony No. 2 in A Minor (1859)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)            Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 (1892)
Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)            Chorale Variations for Saxophone and Orchestra, Op. 55 (1903)
Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914)            Polonaise for Orchestra, Op. 55 (1902)
Arthur Foote (1853-1937)            Song, Op. 55 (1904)
Julius Rontgen (1855-1932)            Chorus, Op. 55 (1912)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)            Symphony No. 1 in Ab Major, Op. 55 (1908)
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)            Rigaudon, Op. 55 (1923)
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)             Turkish March, Op. 55(1926)
Anton Arensky (1861-1906)            Quartet, Op. 55 (1901)
Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)            The Dream of the Fir, Op. 55 (1911)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)            Bard Songs, Op. 55 (1907)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)            Motet, Op. 55 (1929)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)            Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55 (1908)
Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)        Gypsy Song, Op. 55 (1923)
Amy Beach (1867-1944)            Invocation, Op. 55 (1904)
Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949)             Clarinet Sextet, Op. 55 (1945)
Albert Roussel (1869-1937)            Mélodie, Op. 55 (1935)    
Vítězslav Novák (1870-1949)         Mlada (Youth), Op. 55 (1920)
Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)            Deux Chansons, Op. 55 (1911)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)            Fantasy Piece from Fourth Suite, Op. 56 (1927)
Paul Juon (1872-1940)            Piano Sketch, Op. 55 (1913)
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)            Pages Intimes, Op. 55 (1918)
Max Reger (1873-1916)            Song, Op. 55 (1901)
Maurice Ravel (1874-1937)            Gaspard de la Nuit (1908)
Richard Wetz (1875-1935)            Passacaglia, Op. 55 (1930)
Ludolf Nielsen (1876-1939)            Song, Op. 55 (1933)
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)        Chorus, Op. 55 (1907)
Cyril Scott (1879-1970)            Old English Lyric, Op. 55 (1907)
Bela Bartok (1881-1943)            Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1938)
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)            Harnasie, Op. 55 (1931)
Josef Matthais Hauer (1883-1959)             Piano Concerto, Op. 55 (1928)
Ernst Toch (1887-1965)            Concert Etude, Op. 55 (1931)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)         Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 55 (1932)
Darius Milhaud (1892-1975)            Les Soirees de Petrograde, Op. 55 (1920)
Alois Hába (1893-1973)            Suite for Unaccompanied Clarinet, Op. 55 (1943)
Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)             Against War: Theme and Variations, Op. 55 (1936)
Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)            Heavyweight, or The Glory of the Nation, Op. 55 (1928)
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)        Piano Improvisation on a Theme of da Falla, Op 55 (1927)
Jan Koetsier (1911-2006)            Impromptu, Op. 55 (1970)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)        Still Falls the Rain (Canticle III), Op. 55 (1954)
Gottfried von Einem (1918-1996)            Ludi Leopoldini (Leopoldini Games), Op. 55 (1980)
Giselher Klebe (1925-2009)            The Fairy Tale of the Fair Lily, Op. 55 (1968)
George Crumb (b. 1929)            Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (2001)
Alexander Goehr (b. 1932)            Colossos or Panic for Orchestra, Op. 55 (1992)
Mark Alburger (b. 1957)            The Passion According to St. Matthew, Op. 55 (1997)
Hussein Al Naswari (b. 1991)            It's a Small World a la Mozart, Strauss, Chopin, and Sherman

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Fantastic!  Marvelous!  Wonderful!  Composition page 8 The Decameron: Eighth Day, Op. 266:
Novel III - Calandrino, Bruno, and Buffalmacco Go In Quest of the Heliotrope beside the Mugnone
.  78th day of summer, high again 102 (tying for the highest of year -- 37 / 15 / 2 days at 80 / 90 / 100+... Pinole, 73 / Pleasant Hill, 100)...