July 15--PORTSMOUTH -- For three days, at seven venues, 10 concerts will feature across the map genres including: classical to electronic, to jazz to rock for the 2013 PARMA Music Festival.
From Thursday, Aug. 15 to Saturday, Aug. 17 in Portsmouth, the multiple venue festival will feature Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Portsmouth indie rock icons Tan Vampires, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, soul music from Qwill and the Dejas, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, and much more, including multiple world premieres, a composers' conference, and more than one genre-bending experiment.
The musical showcase is derived from PARMA Recordings, a New England-based music company specializing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and commercial recordings as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing, and licensing and publishing.
According to a public statement, PARMA's work encompasses an extraordinarily wide cross-section of styles and presentations, and you'll hear and see this diversity and eclecticism throughout the Festival.
The Festival will also serve as the host for the 2013 Region 1 Conference of the Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI), one of the largest composer-service organizations in the country.
The festival is being produced by PARMA Recordings in collaboration with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC), Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI), The Music Hall, Great Bay Academy of Dance (GBAD), Classical NH, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).
Here is the Festival's three day schedule:
Thursday, Aug 15 --
-- At the North Church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Society of Composers Incorporated instrumentalists from all over the world performing.
-- North Church from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pianist Karolina Rojahn and other PARMA chamber musicians in a variety of settings performing modern works.
-- Great Bay Academy of Dance from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
" Peter and the Wolf,"the revered children's story by Prokofiev will be a free family performance featuring narrator Virginia Prescott from New Hampshire Public Radio, dancers from the Academy, and players from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.
-- Thirsty Moose At 9 p.m.
"Seacoast Artists Showcase" event for local talent as well as a benefit for Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, featuring the Tan Vampires (indie rock), fiveigththirteen (live electronica), and classical guest artists including cellist Ovidiu Marinescu.
Friday, Aug. 16 --
-- Coffee@PARMA in North Hampton from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Press event will be held for the public to gather and meet-the-artists social event.
-- St. John's Church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Featuring selections by chamber players from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
-- St. John's Church from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Featuring Yhasmin Valenzuela and the Boston New Music Initiative
-- St. Johns Church from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Featuring artists and composers from PARMA Recordings' partner record labels
-- At 9 p.m., a Cabaret Night -- venue to be decided.
Drinks with Festival artists and attendees with live piano music from Patrick Beckman, Paul Dykstra, Allen Bonde, and more.
Saturday, Aug 17 --
-- Coffee@PARMA in North Hampton from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Paper Sessions: Presentation of SCI papers, meet & greet with artists
-- At The Music Hall Loft from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Featuring Jacob Weinreb, Director of PARMA Licensing as well as musician and conductor Ovidiu Marinescu, composer Scott Pender, and other special guests
-- At the Music Hall Loft from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Featuring music that has been placed in films, commercials, television and on the Internet. Festival goers can listen to the music behind some of the commercials and films they've seen, meet some of the artists whose music was placed, and get the inside scoop on how PARMA chooses and places this music. Featuring The Dejas, Vit Muzik, Dan Blakeslee, Sarah Blacker, Scott Pender, Qwill, Xenia Dunford, Dave Hunter, and more
-- The Music Hall Historic Theater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The PARMA Music Festival Main Event
At this closing concert, PARMA will premiere "Elegy for Clarinet & Orchestra" (written in 1949 by Lukas Foss, one of the lions of American composition and music -- "an authentic genius" -- Leonard Bernstein) with soloist Richard Stoltzman ("America's top clarinetist") and the PSO. The concert will also feature the world premiere of "Streams" (2010) by Martin Schlumpf with soloists David Taylor and Matthias M ller and the PARMA Orchestra. Both orchestras will be conducted by Maestro John Page. Also featured will be the New England String Quartet, marimbist Mika Yoshida, harp virtuoso Anna DeLoi, and additional works by Ginastera, Reich, Gottschalk, and a TBD PARMA Student Composer Competition winner.
10 p.m. After Party -- venue to be decided.
Tickets for all events except the final concert at The Music Hall are free. Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 17, evening concert are $10 and can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400 or on line at www.themusichall.org.
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