Solo Concert @ Irish Arts Center, New York
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Solo Concert @ Irish Arts Center, New York

Dublin-born contemporary pianist Isabelle O’Connell, who has performed engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Ireland’s National Concert Hall, takes Irish Arts Center audiences on an intimate journey into her exciting repertoire of 20th and 21st century music.

Tickets: $22 general / $18 members

Box Office: 866-811-4111

info@irishartscenter.org

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Messiaen's Vingt Regards at Bard College
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Messiaen's Vingt Regards at Bard College

László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Pianists of the Bard Conservatory and Music Program including faculty members Blair McMillen, Benjamin Hochman, and  Isabelle O'Connell, perform Messiaen's epic cycle of piano works.

For more information:

call 845-758-7196 e-mail conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu,
or visit https://bard.edu/conservatory

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Grand Band at Peak Performances
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Grand Band at Peak Performances

Grand Band is a unique musical ensemble that includes six pianos arranged in a circle and played by “the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (The New York Times). The sextet engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works: the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by cult underground figure Julius Eastman; the pulsating Sensitive Spot by Australian sound artist Kate Moore; and my lips from speaking, a riff on Aretha Franklin’s Think by Pulitzer-winning composer Julia Wolfe. In a thrilling combination of sight and sound, Missy Mazzoli’s Three Fragile Systems is enhanced by the debut of an animated film by Joshua Frankel. In this film, commissioned by Peak Performances, Frankel builds a world of geometry, color, and looping patterns of human bodies created collaboratively with choreographer Faye Driscoll, heightening the experience of the music.

Performed by Erika DohlDavid FriendPaul KerekesBlair McMillenLisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell

Kate Moore 
Sensitive Spot

Julia Wolfe 
my lips from speaking

Missy Mazzoli 
Three Fragile Systems 
with Joshua Frankel’s Emergent System, an animated film

Julius Eastman 
Gay Guerrilla

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Grand Band at Peak Performances
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Grand Band at Peak Performances

Grand Band is a unique musical ensemble that includes six pianos arranged in a circle and played by “the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene” (The New York Times). The sextet engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works: the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by cult underground figure Julius Eastman; the pulsating Sensitive Spot by Australian sound artist Kate Moore; and my lips from speaking, a riff on Aretha Franklin’s Think by Pulitzer-winning composer Julia Wolfe. In a thrilling combination of sight and sound, Missy Mazzoli’s Three Fragile Systems is enhanced by the debut of an animated film by Joshua Frankel. In this film, commissioned by Peak Performances, Frankel builds a world of geometry, color, and looping patterns of human bodies created collaboratively with choreographer Faye Driscoll, heightening the experience of the music.

Performed by Erika DohlDavid FriendPaul KerekesBlair McMillenLisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell

Kate Moore 
Sensitive Spot

Julia Wolfe 
my lips from speaking

Missy Mazzoli 
Three Fragile Systems 
with Joshua Frankel’s Emergent System, an animated film

Julius Eastman 
Gay Guerrilla

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Madame Ovary @ The Flea Theater
May
15
to May 19

Madame Ovary @ The Flea Theater

Madame Ovary  - a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and identity with choreography by Jody Oberfelder, music composed by Missy Mazzoli (funded by New Music USA), and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann. This new work uses Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary’s story of a corseted life amid 19th Century social constructions as a springboard to address and provoke conversation on today’s gender revolution and the #metoo movement. Oberfelder boldly weaves together small stories, broad contexts, and big dancing. With empathy, humor, embroidered breast plates, and badass rocker panache, Oberfelder addresses an ever-evolving terrain of womanhood. 

FEATURING

Isabella O’Connell (piano), Emily Giovine, Elizabeth Hart (bass), Mary Madsen, Lou Mandolini, Jody Oberfelder, Mei Yamanaka

CREATIVE TEAM

Choreographer/Director: Jody Oberfelder
Music: Missy Mazzoli
Lighting Designer: Kathy Kaufmann
Dramaturg: Jessica Applebaum
Prop Designer: Lexi Ho-Ti
Sound Designer: Almeda Beynon
Costume Designer: Jody Oberfelder

Tickets $20 

Th-Sat  7 pm  Sun. 3 pm

Wed. Opening night Gala 7 pm $150

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Ondine: Ravel and Beyond @ The National Gallery
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Ondine: Ravel and Beyond @ The National Gallery

Taking Ravel's Ondine for solo piano as the starting point, this concert will explore chamber works by Maurice Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre, Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu, Kaija Saaraiho and an Irish premiere by Siobhán Cleary.

Performers: Sylvia O'Brien, soprano, William Dowdall, flute, Keith Pascoe, violin, Alex Petcu, percussion, Isabelle O'Connell, piano.

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, with funding from an Arts Council Project Award.

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ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM

Syncretics Series presents a double bill with solo sets by drummer Pheeroan Aklaff and pianist Isabelle O'Connell.

Karen Power - loaded silence (US premiere)

Donnacha Dennehy - Reservoir

Frederic Rzewski - The Road (excerpts)

Joan Tower - Ivory and Ebony

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Composers Concordance: Piano Motion
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

Composers Concordance: Piano Motion

On February 11th at 4pm at St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, Composers Concordance presents 'Piano Motion,' a concert event pairing new piano compositions with an array of contemporary choreographies. As pianists Christopher Vassiliades, Jai Jeffryes, and Isabelle O'Connell perform brief solo sets, dancers Max Pollak, Julie Fotheringham, and Livya Howard-Yashar meld techniques from tap, modern dance, jazz, classical ballet, Afro-Cuban, and body percussion to the varied music. This program is dedicated to the wonderful musician and educator Catherine Luening in a milestone birthday year, and features compositions by Otto Luening, Ann Warren, Christopher Vassiliades, Dan Cooper, Dominy Clements, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson, Masatora Goya among others.. For the grand finale, all three pianists meet at one piano to perform a newly-composed suite for piano six hands. Following the concert, there will be a wine-and-cheese reception.

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