American cellist David James Kim will perform Colores Andaluces for cello & piano with Jinha Park at the piano, at Olympus Hall in Seoul. David’s solo cello recital will also include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy.
Pianist Jinha Park will perform Mirage for piano by Elisenda Fábregas at Kumho Art Hall, in Seoul, on October 9, 2015, at 3 PM. Her program will also include works by Scarlatti,Haydn, J.S., Bach, Schumann and Ravel. She performed this same program – “El Piano Emotional II” – at the Mas i Mas Festival this past August in Barcelona, Spain. The Embassy of Spain in Seoul and Bel String sponsor this recital.
On September 27, at 2:30 PM, Suzanne Snizek, flute; Joanna Hood, viola; and Michelle Mares, piano will perform Goyescas for flute, viola and piano by Elisenda Fábregas at Music on Sunday at TOSH in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada. These three performers are faculty members of the University of Victoria School of Music.
On June 25, at the inaugural concert of the Barcelona Festival of Song at CaixaForum Barcelona, Patricia Caicedo, soprano and director of BFS, Lenine Santos, tenor, and Nikos Stavlas, piano, will perform the world premiere of Tiempo de amor for soprano, tenor and piano. Tiempo de amor was commissioned by BFS and Elisenda will be the composer in residence there.
This summer Festival Más i Más will present several works by Elisenda. On July 31, 2015, two movements of Elisenda’s Symphony #1 for Symphonic Band (Canço and Finale) will be performed by the Banda Municipal de Barcelona conducted by maestro Salvador Brotons at the historic Plaça del Rei in Barcelona.
On August 6, Festival Más i Más will present a solo piano recital by South Korean pianist Jinha Park at the Reial Cercle Artistic. The program will include Mirage (1997) for piano along with works by Bach, Haydn and Ravel; and on August 7, she will join American cellist David James Kim performing Colores Andaluces for cello & piano along with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy. Both performers will also present Elisenda’s works at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where they will be on the faculty this summer.
On August 7, 2015, Festival Más i Más will present American cellist David James Kim in a program titled Tribute to Pau Casals. David will perform the world premiere of Elisenda’s new solo cello work – Homenatge a Pau Casals (Homage to Pau Casals). The program will also include Colores Andaluces for cello & piano along with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy. He will be joined by Jinha Park at the piano. Both performers will also present Elisenda’s works at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy, where they will be on the faculty this summer.
On March 11, 2015, the World Classic Series Concerts presented Jinha Park, piano, and David Kim, cello, performing Colores Andaluces for cello & piano and Mirage for piano solo. These performances took place at the Ilshin Hall in Seoul, and are part of an evening of Spanish music that also included music by Albeniz, F. Tárrega, Manuel Infante and Manuel de Falla.
Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra (2015) was commissioned by Trio Nova Mundi: Becky Billock, piano; Elisa Kohansky, cello; and Maureen Conlon, violin. It will be premiere on February 8 2015, by Trio Nova Mundi and the Atlanta Community Orchestra (ACSO) led by artistic director Juan R. Ramirez. The concert will take place at Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 3030.
This concerto is a reflection on the state of coexistence among diverse populations of the world and an homage to the unique medieval culture of Al-Andalous in Spain, a culture in which three diverse populations – Arabs, Jews and Christians – coexisted harmoniously for almost eight centuries. Metaphorically, these three populations are represented by three soloists – sharing equally the limelight, interacting with each other, and dialoguing with the orchestra. There are three movements, each with a tripartite structure.
The first movement (Allegro moderato) features haunting harmonies and pleading melodic gestures evocative of flamenco, as well as an exciting cadenza-like passage for the three soloists in the center. The second movement starts and ends with a Pensaroso (Pensive) section that flanks an intense Appassionato and a triumphal section marked Con resoluzione. The third movement (Allegro deciso) is distinguished for its energy and rhythmic vitality, with an expressive and quasi-religious passage in the center played by the violin and the cello.
Review of the premiere of Sonata for flute and piano by Spanish flutist Roberto Alvarez in The Straits Times of Singapore:
“The concert opened with Elisenda Fábregas Flute Sonata, four movements of rhythmically tricky and aurally piquant musical textures. Its exoticism was an offshoot of the sound worlds of Debussy and Messiaen, dreamy and impressionistic in the slow movement, but picked up pace in the fleet-footed scherzo, an exercise in staccato playing that extended without a break into the finale. Both Alvarez and pianist Shane Thio were pushed to wits’ end to overcome the complexities, but acquitted themselves marvelously.”