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Flutist Carol Wincenc Celebrates Her 40th 'Ruby' Anniversary, Joined by Friends, on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp

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Carol Wincenc by Christian Steiner
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Juilliard faculty member and alumna, flutist Carol Wincenc, celebrates her 40th ‘Ruby' Anniversary on the concert stage on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater featuring two world premieres of works written for her by Joan Tower and Shih-Hui Chen. Ms. Wincenc is joined by the Juilliard String Quartet, pianist Stephen Gosling, flutists Tanya Dusevic Witek and Jeremiah Duarte Bills, and dozens of her current and former students from Juilliard and Stony Brook University. The program features Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in D Major, "Il Gardellino"; Joan Tower's Rising  (2009) with Ms. Wincenc and the Juilliard String Quartet; Shih-Hui Chen's ...becoming...with Ms. Wincenc (and oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, and percussion); Yuko Uebayashi's Au-delà du temps for Ms. Wincenc and Ms. Dusevic Witek (flutes) with Mr. Gosling (piano); and Andy Thomas' Samba. Juilliard resident conductor George Stelluto conducts the two world premiere works. The recital concludes this season's Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series at Juilliard.

 

FREE tickets are available beginning March 17 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

    

Shih Hui Chen writes these notes on her new work,...becoming..., written for Ms. Wincenc: "...becoming...carries a double meaning. On the one hand, ‘attractive, graceful and agreeable.' The word also carries the connotation of ‘ripening, enriching and embellishing.' As the music progresses, I wish to carry the music on a path of gradual unfolding rather than explore abrupt contrasts. My hope is to create a musical space that accommodates Western compositional processes of canonic layering, harmony and counterpoint with Asian melodic materials and gestures. The role of the soloist is not simply to dominate the music, but it also leads and initiates, in a ritualistic manner, in the middle and final canonic sections. Although I employ the entire ensemble throughout of music, at different times I call attention to smaller groups of instruments, which are stimulated and led by the soloist. This work is a tribute to the magnificent musician, Carol Wincenc, who uses all three types of flutes (alto, C flute and piccolo). Ms. Wincenc opens ...becoming...with ‘attractive' and simple music and gracefully ripens into the richly embellished music towards the end."

 

On composing her work, Rising, for Ms. Wincenc, Joan Towers writes: "This is my fourth piece written for Carol Wincenc, an extraordinary flutist with a deep musicality. (I think she could make Three Blind Mice sound like it came from heaven!!) I have always been interested in how music can go up. It is a simple action, but one that can have so many variables: slow or fast tempos, accelerating, slowing down, getting louder or softer - with thick or thin surrounding textures going in the same or opposite directions. For me, it is the context and the ‘feel' of the action that matters. A long climb, for example, might signal something important to come (and often hard to deliver on!). A short climb, on the other hand, might be just a ‘hop' to another phrase. One can't, however, just go up. There should be a counteracting action, which is either going down or staying the same to provide a tension within the piece. (I think some of our great composers, especially Beethoven, were aware of the power of the interaction of these ‘actions.') The main ‘theme' in Rising is an ascent motion using different kinds of scales - mostly octatonic or chromatic - and occasionally arpeggios. These upward motions are then put through different filters, packages of time and varying degrees of  ‘heat' environments which interact with competing ‘static' and downward motions."

 

Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. Her musicianship is matched by a deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. Ms. Wincenc gave the world premiere of Juilliard faculty member Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto (written for her) with the Detroit Symphony. She also gave the world premiere of Henryk Gorecki's Concerto-Cantata at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the U.S. premiere with the Chicago Symphony.  Ms. Wincenc is in demand for her interpretation Lukas Foss' Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, a work written for her, and she has premiered concerti by Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Paul Schoenfield, and Tobias Picker, who composed, The Rain in the Trees, a double concerto for her and soprano Barbara Hendricks inspired by the rainforest poems of W. S. Merwin. Recent appearances have included concerts with her trio, Les Amies, in Minneapolis, and concerto performances with the New Mexico and Phoenix symphonies and the Brown University orchestra. In the past two seasons, she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, playing Bach and Vivaldi.

  

Ms. Wincenc is a prolific recording artist; her debut solo album on the Music Masters label was in collaboration with pianist Andras Schiff. She performed on the Grammy Award winning 2005 Naxos recording of works by Yehudi Wyner with Richard Stoltzman and other renowned colleagues. Her recording of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto for Telarc with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony won the highly coveted Diapason d'Or. She has recorded an all-American disc with pianist Samuel Sanders, composers David Del Tredici and Lukas Foss on Nonesuch, and the complete Mozart flute quartets with the Emerson String Quartet for Deutsche Grammophon.

  

She is a professor of flute at Juilliard and Stony Brook University and often serves as a judge for prestigious competitions. She is a life member of the National Flute Association and New York Flute Club. In the summer of 2007, Ms. Wincenc received the distinguished alumni award from the Brevard Music Center and inaugurated the new Barrere Flute Studio at the Chautauqua Institution with a solo recital.

  

A native of Buffalo, New York, Ms. Wincenc's father was a conductor and music professor, and her mother was a pianist. She began studies on the violin at four and the flute at age nine. She studied at Oberlin and did her post-graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music and at Juilliard. Ms. Wincenc was the first prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition in 1978. With her Ruby Anniversary, she celebrates 40 years on the concert stage - and also 40 years as a resident of New York City.

  

The Juilliard String Quartet is internationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by a clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers as diverse as Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Elliott Carter, it has long been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet. The 2009-2010 season is the inaugural season with first violinist Nick Eanet. Highlights include appearances at Da Camera of Houston, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, dates at The Juilliard School, and tours in Japan and throughout Europe. As longtime Quartet-in-Residence at New York City's Juilliard School, the Juilliard String Quartet is widely admired for its seminal influence on aspiring string players around the world. With more than 100 releases to its credit, the ensemble is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 the Juilliard String Quartet also was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize for Lifetime Achievement in recording.

  

Conductor George Stelluto is resident conductor for Juilliard and conductor of Juilliard's Pre-College Symphony. Mr. Stelluto worked with the Central Conservatory Orchestra in Beijing during the Juilliard Orchestra's 2008 tour of China. He served as assistant conductor at the Ravinia Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with James Conlon. Mr. Stelluto is the music director of the Las Vegas Music Festival.

 

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CAROL WINCENC 40TH ‘RUBY' ANNIVERSARY

 

Juilliard's Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 8 PM

 

The Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard

 

155 West 65th Street, NYC

  

Carol Wincenc, Flute

 

Juilliard String Quartet

 

Tanya Dusevic Witek, Flute

 

Jeremiah Duarte Bills, Flute

 

Stephen Gosling, Piano

 

George Stelluto, Conductor

  

Antonio Vivaldi - Flute Concerto in D Major, "Il Gardellino"

 

Joan Tower - Rising for Flute and String Quartet (2009, world premiere)

 

Shih-Hui Chen - ...becoming...for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, and percussion (2009, world premiere)

 

Yuko Uebayashi - Au-delà du temps for two flutes and piano (2002)

  

Andy Thomas - Samba

 

FREE tickets are available beginning March 17 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.