March 14, 2020 in THE BRONX

Playful New Music

AN EVENING WITH ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN

Fresh from her massive and triumphant Chorus of the Forest installation at New York Botanical Garden, groundbreaking Puerto Rican composer and performer Angélica Negrón joins Bronx Arts Ensemble’s string quartet for all-new arrangements of original works. The evening will include a rich cross-section of Angélica’s compositions from live electronics to strings to piano, including a piece written for and performed by adventurous pianist and vocalist Emily Manzo. Also featuring works that have inspired the guest artist, from Ginastera to Stravinsky. “Wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2). “Mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music).

Performers:
Angélica Negrón, composer and live electronics
Emily Manzo, piano
Jorge Ávila, violin
Evelyn Petcher, violin
Sally Shumway, viola
Eliana Mendoza, cello

Program:

Angélica Negrón:
“Bubblegum grass/peppermint field” for string quartet & pre-recorded electronics
“Tres insultos para dos violines” for two violins
“Triste Silencio Programático” for string quartet

Angélica Negrón works for Emily Manzo on piano:
“the place we are” for keyboard and electronics *written for Emily Manzo*
“The Peculiar Purple Pie-man of Porcupine Peak” for piano and pre-recorded electronics
“La intervención” for solo piano
“Fuchsia” for solo piano
“Sueño recurrente No. 1: veo carros fantasmas” for solo piano

Ginastera’s String Quartet No. 1, Movement No. 1
Pärt’s Summa
Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet

Set with Negrón on live electronics with the full ensemble

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Angélica Negrón
Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring.” Negrón has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang, The Playground Ensemble and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. She’s a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects.

Bronx Arts Ensemble
Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) brings music and related arts to Bronx schools and neighborhoods. They contribute to the cultures of Bronx communities through live performances and innovative arts education that stimulate creativity, imagination, and aspirations. Founded by the late William J. Scribner in 1972, BAE has embraced dozens of Bronx neighborhoods, performing a broad spectrum of styles for diverse instruments. In 1993 BAE launched their Arts-in-Education programs, helping to fill an educational void in Bronx public schools. These programs have expanded beyond the music into movement, theater and art, delivered during and after school in over 40 public schools. BAE continues to develop and integrate their core programs, impacting new audiences and building Bronx family.

Jorge Ávila has won attention as an outstanding violinist through numerous appearances as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Jorge began his violin studies at age 14. He performs as a chamber musician with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Willow Ensemble, Prism Ensemble and Musicians’ Accord.

Cellist Eliana Mendoza has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Winner of the Artists International Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In Boston she performed a solo recital broadcast live on WGBH, National Public Radio. She is a member of the American Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble.

Violinist Evelyn Petcher brings a passion for innovation and community to both her performing and teaching. She is a founding member of the duo Colibri and the ensemble Leadlights. With a decade of experience teaching students aged four to adult, Petcher recently became a teaching artist with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and is the co-founder of East Lake Expression Engine, an El Sistema-inspired program in Chattanooga, TN.

Violist Sally Shumway has played on many recordings ranging from Strauss operas to video games, movie soundtracks to Broadway shows. She has performed with the Colorado Philharmonic, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony, and the chamber music group Infusion. Shumway currently performs with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Bronx Arts Ensemble.

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This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Pregones/PRTT. For a full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.

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Event Details

  • Location

    Pregones in THE BRONX
    575 Walton Avenue

  • Music composed by

    Angélica Negrón

  • Featuring

    Angélica Negrón

    Emily Manzo

    Bronx Arts Ensemble:
    Jorge Ávila
    Eliana Mendoza
    Evelyn Petcher
    Sally Shumway

Groundbreaking composer Angélica Negrón joins Bronx Arts Ensemble’s string quartet for all-new arrangements of her work for strings and live electronics. The evening will include a full cross-section of her compositions, from the live electronic set, to the pieces for strings, to her body of work for piano, including a piece written for Emily Manzo and performed by Emily Manzo. Also featuring works that have inspired her, from Ginastera to Stravinsky.

Performers:
Angélica Negrón, composer and live electronics
Emily Manzo, piano
Jorge Ávila, violin
Evelyn Petcher, violin
Sally Shumway, viola
Eliana Mendoza, cello

Program:

Angélica Negrón:
“Bubblegum grass/peppermint field” for string quartet & pre-recorded electronics
“Tres insultos para dos violines” for two violins
“Triste Silencio Programático” for string quartet

Angélica Negrón works for Emily Manzo on piano:
“the place we are” for keyboard and electronics *written for Emily Manzo*
“The Peculiar Purple Pie-man of Porcupine Peak” for piano and pre-recorded electronics
“La intervención” for solo piano
“Fuchsia” for solo piano
“Sueño recurrente No. 1: veo carros fantasmas” for solo piano

Ginastera’s String Quartet No. 1, Movement No. 1
Pärt’s Summa
Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet

Set with Negrón on live electronics with the full ensemble

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring.” Negrón has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang, The Playground Ensemble and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. She’s a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects.