Tag Archives: Dan Becker

A Dream of Waking on Now Is the Time

beckerfadeMusic of memories sleeping and waking inhabit Now Is the Time on WRTI this Saturday, December 10th at 9 pm. A sparkling duo for violin and piano is A Dream of Waking by Dan Becker, and Elizabeth Brown walks us through the mnemonic device of remembrance in The Memory Palace for a trio of flute, cello, and piano. Brown is the flutist, also. Curt Cacioppo takes us through his own memories of Italy in his string quartet Divertimenti in Italia.

The sliding jazz of Adam Berenson’s Prose Surrealism leads us into the Wordsworth-inspired Evening Voluntaries of William Kraft for French horn, and then Dan Becker closes the program with a re-imagining of Bach in ReInvention 3F.

PROGRAM:
Dan Becker: A Dream of Waking
Elizabeth Brown: The Memory Palace
Curt Cacioppo: Divertimenti in Italia (String Quartet No. 6)
Adam Berenson: Prose Surrealism
William Kraft: Evening Voluntaries
Dan Becker: ReInvention 3F

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith plays new American classical music on WRTI’s Now Is the Time, at wrti.org and on HD-2. At wrti.org click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 

Summertime on Now Is the Time

MayaBeiserUncoveredAt the gateway of August, summertime looks like it will never end—but it won’t be long until it begins to fade. On Now Is the Time, Saturday, July 30th at 9 pm, Dan Becker starts us off with a cut from his Fade album that looks forward and back, ReInvention 1a. Imagine a J. S. Bach invention run through a digital piano with postminimalist leanings, and maybe you can imagine the excitement and quirkiness of this piece. Then, Jennifer Higdon’s Dash for flute, clarinet, and piano is all that and a cloud of dust.

Joseph Fennimore’s Sixteenth Romance for piano is filled with beauty and warmth, and three dances inhabit the introspective Summermusic of Robert Sirota, a pavane, notturno, and round dance. From Emma Lou Diemer’s CD Summer Day, her complete works for violin and piano, is Three Hymns. Diemer accompanies Philip Ficsor here, but as organist she may have played these any number of times for Vacation Bible School: “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

Higdon, also a flutist, returns to really make the solo flute fly in rapid*fire, a tour de force in the repertoire. In Summertime, cellist Maya Beiser covers Janis Joplin, one of the many who had covered Gershwin’s song from Porgy and Bess. This arrangement by Evan Ziporyn is from Beiser’s CD Uncovered.

from Dan Becker: ReInvention 1a 

PROGRAM:
Dan Becker: ReInvention 1a
Jennifer Higdon: Dash
Joseph Fennimore: Sixteenth Romance
Robert Sirota: Summermusic
Emma Lou Diemer: Three Hymns
Jennifer Higdon: rapid*fire
Gershwin/Joplin/Evan Ziporyn: Summertime

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith plays new American classical music on WRTI’s Now Is the Time, at wrti.org and on HD-2. At wrti.org click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 

Voices of Autumn on Now Is the Time

ChanticleerAmericanSay hello to fall on Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 27th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Jonathan Miller conducts Chicago a cappella in his setting of The Fall, a little poem about a boy, holding leaves over his head, pretending to be a tree. When he drops them, his parents say, “Look, it is fall.” Composer/harpist Anne LeBaron joins with shakuhachi and koto in her trio Into Something Rich and Strange, and Ursula Oppens plays a piece that John Corigliano made up out of improvisations, Winging It.

Chanticleer sings the Buddhist chant–inspired Voices of Autumn by Jackson Hill, and from the CD As Falling Leaves comes Arabesques of Adolphus Hailstork, for flute and mallet percussion. Finally, the change in seasons reminds us of Keeping Time, which just happens to be the title of a work from Dan Becker’s new CD, Fade.

from Adolphus Hailstork: Arabesques 

PROGRAM:
Jonathan Miller: The Fall
Anne LeBaron: Into Something Rich and Strange
John Corigliano: Winging It: Improvisations for Piano
Jackson Hill: Voices of Autumn
Adolphus Hailstork: Arabesques
Dan Becker: Keeping Time

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith brings you Now Is the Time, all styles of contemporary concert music by living American composers on WRTI’s all-classical stream. Just go to wrti.org and click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. In the Philadelphia area with an HD radio? Dial us up at 90.1 FM-HD2, or find all the frequencies here, from the Jersey Shore to the Poconos to Harrisburg to Delaware. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 

Reinvention on Now Is the Time

JohnKingAllSteelNew things are created out of old on Now Is the Time, Saturday, May 17th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. David Gompper worked with Austrian violinist Wolfgang David on a new concerto before it was a concerto. For violin and piano, the work evolved through rehearsals and performances until Gompper felt it was ready, and then he orchestrated it as his Violin Concerto.

John King began four movements of AllSteel, for the string quartet Ethel, on September 10th, 2001. After the attacks of the following day, he added four more. A violent electric-guitar sound-world breaks through in the four 9/10 movements, but the even-numbered post-9/11 movements all have the word Peace in their titles. AllSteel ends with Peacerises.

Dan Becker pours Bach inventions through a post-minimalist filter into an electronically processed keyboard to come up with wonderfully twisting pieces. Energy and humor accompany the sand shifting under our feet in ReInvention 2C.

from John King, AllSteel

PROGRAM:
David Gompper: Violin Concerto
John King: AllSteel
Dan Becker: ReInvention 2C

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith brings you Now Is the Time, all styles of contemporary concert music by living American composers on WRTI’s all-classical stream. Just go to wrti.org and click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Here are the recording details and complete schedule. In the Philadelphia area with an HD radio? Dial us up at 90.1 FM-HD2, or find all the frequencies here, from the Jersey Shore to the Poconos to Harrisburg to Delaware. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI!