Judith Lang Zaimont From The Folk to be Performed by Ensemble a la Carte
on October 29 in Leesburg, Virginia
New York, NY - Judith Lang Zaimont's 'From the Folk' for flute, oboe,
Bb clarinet and bassoon will be heard in performance by Ensemble a la
Carte on Sunday, October 29 - 3 PM at Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 19357
Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg, Virginia.
The work will be performed by as part of a program that will also include
music by Paquito D'Rivera, Darius Milhaud and David Rubenstein from
Reston, Virginia. Special guest vocalist will be Laurie Mangold.
'From the Folk' is a 9-minute work in two movements - I Song and II.
Dance. It was commissioned by the Hoff-Barthelson School/Copland House
for their Contemporary Music Festival 2004 and premiered in May of that
The composer has written this about the work, 'Although the melodies and
harmonies of this piece are entirely original and refer to no distinct
source, in these two movements I aim to celebrate a kind of music I've
always loved -- folk music, and emphasize musical aspects generally
though of as 'folk-like'. The two most distinct and clearest emphases
are on sweet melody, streaming ahead without undue pressure or distortion;
and zesty pulse, dancing past continuously in lively, extrovert manner.'
Tickets for this concert are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For
more information, contact Congregation Sha'are Shalom at 703-737-6500
Ensemble a la Carte is composed of musicians from the greater Washington,
D.C. area. They we are very active in performing works by local and
living composers. In addition to David Rubinstein (whose Trio they
premiered last year and whose Song cycle is featured this season),
they also work with local composer Brian Grundstrom and have played his
Woodwind Quintet at many different area venues. They have also presented
works by living composers Jan Bach, Bruce Adolphe and Miguel del Aguila.
Composer Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her
distinctive style, characterized by its expressive strength and dynamism.
Recent accolades include a 2003 Aaron Copland Award, and a 2005-6 Artists
Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and the 2006-7 Kaplan Foundation
wind ensemble commission; appointments as Commissioned Composer of the
California Music Teachers Association, Commissioned Composer for the
International San Antonio Piano Competition, and Honored Composer at the
11th Van Cliburn International Competition (2001). Two new CDs of her
music are now available: 'Pure Colors', solo music and other works for
small ensembles (Albany Music - Troy 785) and 'Sacred Service for the
Sabbath Evening' and other major choral/orchestral works (Naxos 8.559444)
Among her many earlier honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, artist's
grants from both National Endowments (Arts and Humanities), and First
Prize in the international 1995 McCollin Competition for Composers (for
'Symphony No. 1', performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1996).
Her music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and has
been recorded for the Naxos, Koch International Classics, Arabesque,
Milken Family Foundation, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda, Northeastern, and
4Tay labels. Her principal publishers are MMB Music, Inc., Galaxy/ECS,
Vivace, Jeanne, C. F. Peters, Lyra and Walton.
Her music has been widely documented (12 doctoral papers to date),
and her biography is found in most standard reference works (e.g.,
New Grove's). Zaimont works are cited on two 'Best of the 20th Century
lists' (Chamber Music America; Piano & Keyboard Magazine), and she is
the subject both of individual chapters in specialist volumes and major
articles in professional journals. Judith Zaimont also brings outstanding
academic credentials to her musical activities, having served for many
years as a distinguished composition teacher at New York's Queens College
and Adelphi University, Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, and Minneapolis's
University of Minnesota School of Music. More information about Ms.
Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available
at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/.
She is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting, who can be contacted
at 516-586-3433 or at [log in to unmask]
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting