MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, documentary screening and performance MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, documentary screening and performance

with Gloria Cheng, piano (New York Premiere)

Sun January 10th, 2016


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Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $15/$20/$25

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The six film composers represented on ‘MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano’ have amongst them amassed 72 Oscar nominations and eight wins. ‘But,’ ponders the introductory essay to her recent CD, ‘what melodies, harmonies, what cadences haunt their private dreams?’ Pianist Gloria Cheng wanted to find out. Hear selections from pieces written expressly for her by John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E.T.), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes), Don Davis (The Matrix, Beauty and the Beast), Michael Giacchino (Up, Lost, Ratatouille) and Randy Newman (Monsters, Inc, Toy Story). Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo) contributed a piece originally written for Lang Lang. A documentary film chronicling the composers and Cheng during the recording process begins the evening.
The program will feature all six composers on the CD with the following works:
John Williams: Conversations (2013)
Alexander Desplat: L’Étreinte, from the 3 Études (2012)
Bruce Broughton: Five Pieces for Piano (2010)
Don Davis: Surface Tension (2013)
Michael Giacchino: Composition 430 (2013)
Randy Newman: Family Album: Hommage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman (2013)
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MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, documentary screening and performance

Gloria Cheng, piano (New York Premiere)

Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has been presented in recital by the Ojai Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. She has appeared on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall’s Making Music, Cal Performances, San Francisco Performances, and Stanford Lively Arts.
Cheng’s recordings depict wide-ranging tastes across the contemporary landscape and often explore significant interconnections between composers. Her 2008 Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutosławski (Telarc) captured the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra, and her 2013 release, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho (harmonia mundi usa), was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In 2015 she launched MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, a CD and documentary film featuring solo works composed for her by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and John Williams.
According to The Boston Globe, “Cheng is an authority on modern piano music, having premiered works that run the aesthetic gamut from Terry Riley to Pierre Boulez.” It was Pierre Boulez who in 2003 invited her as soloist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques during the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s historic final concerts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Cheng made her concerto debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Other concerto engagements have included appearances with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis, Shanghai, Pasadena, Long Beach, and Pacific symphonies.
The 2015-16 season brings Cheng and pianist/composer Thomas Adès onstage together to premiere Adès new 2-piano Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face. Their program also will include Adès own Nancarrow Studies, Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, and Ligeti’s Sonatina. In November Cheng curates the BEYOND MUSIC festival at UCLA, an international symposium of composers and media artists including Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, and Bill Viola.
In Los Angeles Cheng has been a frequent guest on the L.A. Philharmonic Green Umbrella series, performing such works as Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto for Piano and Harpsichord conducted by Oliver Knussen, John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano, and the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Dichotomie, composed for and dedicated to her. She presents an annual recital on the Piano Spheres series, on both piano and harpsichord, and collaborates often with the Calder Quartet and on the Jacaranda Music series.
Cheng’s countless premieres, commissions, and dedications come from a varied and distinguished roster of composers who include John Adams, Mark Applebaum, Pierre Boulez, Cindy Cox, Ge Gan-ru, Daniel Strong Godfrey, John Harbison, Joan Huang, William Kraft, Veronika Krausas, James Newton Jr., Bernard Rands, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carl Stone, Steven Stucky, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Andrew Waggoner, and Gernot Wolfgang. She has also collaborated closely with many other iconic composers, including Thomas Adès, Henry Brant, Earle Brown, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Gyöergy Ligeti, and Witold Lutosławski.
Cheng received her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, followed by graduate degrees in Music from UCLA, where she studied with Aube Tzerko, and from the University of Southern California, as a student of John Perry. She teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she has initiated new courses that unite performers and composers. She is often invited to speak as an advocate for contemporary music, and in 2012 served as Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
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