EXO and ChamberMusicNY present An Evening with Curtis Stewart

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EXO and ChamberMusicNY present An Evening with Curtis Stewart

Curtis Stewart joins Grammy®-winning Experiential Orchestra and conductor James Blachly as guest artist in a program co-presented by CMNY

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The DiMenna Center for Classical Music 450 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018

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In partnership with ChamberMusicNY, Experiential Orchestra presents the NY Premiere of Julia Perry’s Violin Concerto with the visionary artistry of multi-Grammy®-Nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart, conducted by James Blachly

Premium ticket holders are invited to sit among the orchestra members

Thursday, December 2, 2022 at 8pm The DiMenna Center for Classical Music | 450 West 37th Street | New York, NY

Note: audience members are encouraged to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are encouraged to wear masks while in attendance. Please see here for DiMenna Center's Covid-19 Protocols.

Curtis Stewart, one of the most penetrating artists of his generation, joins Experiential Orchestra and Grammy®-winning conductor James Blachly as guest artist and curator in a concert that features the New York premiere of Julia Perry's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, in a new edition by Roger Zahab. Perry's music has seen increased attention in recent years, with much of it left unperformed. The program also features Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, including both solo and a new orchestral arrangement of his Louisiana Blues Strut by David Krivit, and his Sinfonietta No. 1 for String Orchestra. Stewart's own creative work forms the heart of the program, some drawn from his Grammy®-Nominated "Of Power."

Curtis Stewart says, "The music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinison and Julia Perry is near and dear to me - the first time I heard of Perkinson was through a mentor - Ashley Horne, who knew "Perky" personally - We both ended up playing his solo work "Louisiana Blues Strut" on Isaac Stern Stage in Carnegie Hall, back to back in the program - he would tell me stories about his friend and share anecdotes and attitudes about music making. Julia Perry has occupied a mysterious space in my musical world for a while - for years, Jannina Norpoth from our ensemble PUBLIQuartet has been bringing works of hers for arrangement, but we have been grappling with the quirks of her publishing (or lack thereof) and unable to perform much of what she originally wrote. I am so excited to be able to finally play one of her original works! These composers both capture the abstract, soulful, individualistic and grounded spirit of late 20th century American composition - pairing these works with my own arrangements of Coleridge-Taylor "24 negro melodies" and re-workings of Duke Ellington feels like a fitting, if not incomplete, tribute to some of my own musical ancestors."

About the Artists & Guests:

Multi-GRAMMY nominated violinist Curtis Stewart enjoys an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, as a special guest soloist/curator with the New York Philharmonic “Bandwagon,” held chamber music residencies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, and appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival. His ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail realize a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Curtis has worked with today's forward thinking musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jessie Montgomery, Alicia Hall-Moran and Jason Moran, Mark O’Connor, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, Diane Monroe, the JACK quartet, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, among many others.

An avid teacher, he has taught Chamber Music and “Cultural Equity and Performance Practice” at the Juilliard School, Directed the Contemporary Chamber Music program at the Perlman Music Program, served on the Board of Concert Artist Guild, Directed several orchestras and all levels of music theory at the LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts for ten years, and is currently the Chamber Music and New Juilliard Ensemble Manager at the Juilliard School, in New York City. Curtis graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a BA of Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

About ChamberMusicNY:

Founded in 2012 as a way to introduce New Yorkers to the intimacy of live chamber music, ChamberMusicNY is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit with a mission to present free performances of chamber music, small contemporary ensembles, and jazz ensembles to the community and others who may not otherwise be able to experience these cultural events and to employ local musicians and to utilize the concert halls and performance spaces in New York.

About Experiential Orchestra:

The Experiential Orchestra was founded by conductor James Blachly as a way to invite audiences more deeply into the sound and powerful experience of the symphony orchestra. Their Grammy-winning world-premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison (1930) was critically acclaimed in The New York Times, Gramophone, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and many other publications.

The orchestra is drawn from top-level New York freelancers, with members of Decoda, Musicians from Marlboro, Canadian Brass and other elite ensembles in principal positions.

As quoted in Symphony Magazine, Blachly says, “We try and keep it fresh for everybody. We are not trying to displace the standard concert experience, but invite people in so that when they next attend a traditional concert they hear things differently.”

Recent concerts have been presented at Roulette and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Lincoln Center with Young Patrons of Lincoln Center, Americas Society, and in partnership with Musicambia and Groupmuse at the Masonic Temple; concerts have also been presented at Penn State University, American University, and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.