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  • Feb. 3, 2003

    February 3, 2003 at 8 PM at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall

    As part of the Philharmonic's "Crossing Borders: Latin-American Visions," David Rosenboom leads the CalArts New Century Players in an evening of Latin-themed new music, including world premieres of Ricardo Dal Farra's Civilizaciones and Victor Varela's Axle-Asimétrica I; as well as the Los Angeles premiere of Juan Campoverde's Torus at 8 p.m. on February 3, 2003. The Green Umbrella program also includes Revueltas' Planos, and the U.S. premieres of Paredes' Tres Piezas in Memoriam L.J., and Zampronha's Modelagum VII. Cellist Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick is soloist.

    An Upbeat Live pre-concert event with some of the evening's composers takes place one hour prior to the performance.

    DAVID ROSENBOOM is a composer, performer, conductor, interdisciplinary artist, author, and educator. He has explored ideas in his work about the spontaneous evolution of forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art, computer music systems, interactive multi-media, compositional algorithms, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system since the 1960s. His work is widely distributed and presented around the world and he is known as a pioneer in American experimental music. Rosenboom has been Dean of the School of Music and conductor of the New Century Players at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990 and was co-director of the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology from 1990 to 1998. He taught at Mills College from 1979 to 1990, where he was Professor of Music, Head of the Music Department, Director of the Center for Contemporary Music, and held the Darius Milhaud Chair from 1987 to 1990. He studied at the University of Illinois and has worked and taught in innovative institutions across the country. His music, performances, and productions have been recorded on various labels.

    CALARTS NEW CENTURY PLAYERS continues its exploration of experimental directions in music and the variety of influences impinging upon the evolution of new musical languages. The group, which is the resident professional ensemble at CalArts, presents performances and premieres of works by noted, cutting-edge, contemporary composers, including CalArts graduates.

    ERIKA DUKE-KIRKPATRICK is an active soloist, chamber musician, and specialist in contemporary music. She has performed world and local premieres of solo and chamber works throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Los Angeles Olympic Festival, the Computer Music Festival in Zurich, the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, and the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music series. She recently recorded Elliott Carter's Enchanted Preludes, a work written for her and flutist Dorothy Stone. She has toured with Joan LaBarbara and Morton Subotnick since 1981. Jacob's Room, on Wergo Records, marks her fourth appearance in recordings of Mr. Subotnick's music. She is a founding member of the California E.A.R. Unit, a Los Angeles-based new music ensemble, with whom she tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has also given master classes and recitals under the auspices of the U.S.I.A. Arts America Program in Central and South America. A native of Los Angeles, her principal studies were with Cesare Pascarella, and she has been coached by Mischa Schneider, William Pleeth, and Pierre Fournier.

    RICARDO DAL FARRA composes extensively using electroacoustic media in his music and is internationally recognized for his works. Dal Farra has received commissions, grants, and awards from the International Computer Music Association, Councours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges-France, Rockefeller Foundation, National Rostrum of Composers from Argentina, and more. In addition, his music has been played at symposiums and festivals in more than 40 countries. Dal Farra is head of the Multimedia Communication program at INET - National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Argentina - working on the development of national standards for multimedia education. Through this program, he has developed several educational programs crossing arts, sciences, and technology. In addition, Dal Farra is a Professor of Composition and Improvisation at the National University of San Martin, Professor of Music Technology and Electronic Arts at the National University of Tres de Febrero, and Professor of Acoustics and Electroacoustic Music at the Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires and the National Conservatory of Music of Argentina.

    HILDA PAREDES was born in Mexico where she began studying the piano and flute. In 1979, she arrived in London and continued her studies and performed as a flutist. As a composer, she was an active participant in master classes at Dartington Summer School with Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and obtained her Master of Arts at City University in London. Paredes completed her PhD at Manchester University. Paredes has been commissioned by soloists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world and has won several awards. Her works have been widely performed at the important international festivals as well. A freelance composer, Paredes resides in London.

    Born in Caracas, Venezuela, VICTOR VARELA studied composition with Antonio Mastrogiovanni, electronic music with Eduardo Kusnier, and piano with Juan Jose Landaeta at The National Conservatory of Music where he obtained a composition degree in 1987. From 1990 - 1994 Varela lived and studied composition in the Netherlands with Geert van Keulen at Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Gilius van Bergeijk. His catalog includes works for orchestra, voice, and instrumental chamber music, with electronics and computer devices. Varela's music has been performed at many of the major international festivals and events. He now lives and works in Sweden as a freelance composer.

    JUAN CAMPOVERDE was born in Cuenda, Ecuador, where he studied music at the National Conservatory of Music and at the Pontificial University. He continued his studies in the United States at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, with help from a Fulbright Scholarship. He earned a PhD in Music Composition and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. Campoverde's music has been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Cincinnati, SONOR, the Excelsior Quartet, and more.

    EDSON S. ZAMPRONHA, PhD, composes contemporary and experimental music. He studied Composition at the São Paulo State University. After receiving his Master's degree in Musical Composition at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, he concluded his Doctorate in Communications and Semiotics at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. In addition to composing music, he now spends his time as professor of musical composition at São Paulo State University.

    SILVESTRE REVUELTAS was born in the state of Durango, Mexico in the late 1800s. He began studying the violin at age seven, and in one year's time, he formed a children's band and paid the young musicians with candy. He later moved to Colima where he continued studying violin. At age 14, Revueltas showed great promise as a musician and was sent to study at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City. He later enrolled in Saint Edward College in San Antonio, Texas, and, in 1918, in the Chicago Musical College, where he graduated with degrees in violin and composition. In 1924 and 1925, Revueltas joined forces with Carlos Chávez, organizing a series of concerts dedicated to the music of contemporary composers. In 1926, he returned to the United States, working as a violinist and conductor at theaters in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. In 1929, he was the assistant conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de México, as well as a professor of violin and chamber music at the National Conservatory. In 1936, he was appointed director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. In 1938, Revueltas began composing music for motion pictures. He composed for only the last nine years of his life. Some of his well-known works include: Ocho Por Radio, Sensemayá, Redes, La Noche de los Mayas¸ and Homenaje a García Lorca.


    FEBRUARY 3, 2003 at 8 PM


    Zipper Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts


    DAVID ROSENBOOM, conductor


    DAL FARRA: Civilzaciones (world premiere)

    REVULETAS: Planos

    VARELA: Axle-Asimétrica (world premiere)

    PAREDES: Tres Piezas in Memoriam L.J. (U.S. premiere)

    CAMPOVERDE: Torus (Los Angeles premiere)

    ZAMPRONHA: Modelagum VII (U.S. premiere)

    Tickets ($26) are on sale now at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. Tickets are also available online at For further information, please call 323.850.2000.

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    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323.850.2047; Melanie Gravdal, 323.850.2021