Pamela Sklar’s US/NY premiere of her new work Chains of Love for a quartet of mezzosoprano, flute, alto flute and piano will be performed on January 24th 2018 at the Lincoln Center—Bruno Walter Auditorium by mezzosoprano Anna Tonna, 2flutes (Laura Falzon & Pamela Sklar) and pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro.
We are very excited to be awarded a recording grant by New York Women Composers to fund the recording of of a CD featuring works by NYWC composers.
In 3 movements, and scored for flute and Alto flute, When the Clouds Clear was written for 2Flutes duo—Laura Falzon & Pamela Sklar by composer Alyssa Reit.
The first 2 movements were written in Spring of 2015 and received their World Premiere performance by 2Flutes in April of the same year at the PAC house theatre in Westchester, New York.
Some of Alyssa Reit’s many compositions include “American Songs” for Brass Quintet, “Legends of Isis,” for strings and “Faith, Hope and Love” for chamber ensemble. As a harpist she has performed with institutions ranging from the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera, to contemporary music groups and traditional Irish bands, playing in such well known, diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Tully Hall, BAM, the Public Theater, and the Kitchen.
Composer and tenor Robert Puleo wrote Earthsongs for 2Flutes duo which they premiered at the PAC house theatre in Westchester New York in April of 2015.
As a tenor, Mr. Puleo who began his singing career as a Boy Soprano with numerous appearances as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. One of his first roles was Amahl in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors under the personal direction of its composer. He has has since sung over 30 operatic roles. He was co-founder Artistic Director, member and Composer-in-Residence of the award winning vocal chamber ensemble, Musica Plenti until 2011. Robert Puleo has written many vocal works including the cantata, Outcase, St. Francis -an opera about the conversion of St. Francis of Assisi, and Cry of the Children, a work about war and peace.
Composer Victoria Bond found inspiration for her work originally written for 2 violins and now newly arranged for two flutes “Woven”, in Jack Larsen’s fabric designs. This new version of “ Woven” for the duo 2flutes will receive it’s premiere on October 3rd 2015 at a Concert by 2flutes ensemble at Columbia University’s Music at St. Paul concert series.
In “Woven”, Bond applies the principle of interwoven strands of colored thread to the interwoven musical lines. In each of the 4 contrasting movements, Spinning, Knotted, Open-weave and Tapestry, texture, color and design are the governing elements.
The recipient of the Victor Herbert Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Walter Hinrichsen Award and the Miriam Gideon Prize, Victoria Bond’s compositions have been praised by the New York Times as “powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding”. Bond’s commissions include by The American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Houston Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been performed by orchestras such as Dallas Symphony and New York City Opera.
Slovenian composer Anže Rozman’s work for two flutes and piano titled Two Rivers, receives it’s New York premiere performance by 2Flutes with guest artist, pianist Daniel Beliavsky, on October 3rd 2015 at a concert at Columbia University’s Music at St. Paul’s music series.
Rozman studied at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and at Berklee College of Music and his work includes orchestral, choral works, chamber music, and music for film and television. He has been performed by such orchestras as the Opera & Ballet House Orchestra of Ljubljana and his music has won several awards. The composer explains that in his The Two Rivers, for two flutes and piano, “as the title suggests, the piece is very flowing in nature and talks about two entities joining into one. (…) the melody lines that evolve throughout the music suggest introspective thoughts of each of the two rivers, the two souls, and join up in the end into one uniform entity.”
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Marilyn Bliss wrote “It Was the Wind” a setting of an evocative Navajo text originally for voice and Native American flute. Arranged specifically for the duo 2Flutes, and scored for Alto flute & Native American flute, this new version receives it’s World premiere by 2Flutes during a concert at Columbia University’s Music at St. Paul’s concert series on October 3rd 2015.
Marilyn Bliss has written many widely performed orchestral, chamber, and solo works. Educated at Coe College and the University of Pennsylvania, her teachers include such distinguished composers as George Crumb, George Rochberg, Jacob Druckman, Jerry Owen, and Harvey Sollberger. Awards received include a Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy/Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP Young Composers Award, Newly Published Flute Music awards from the National Flute Association and fellowships from Tanglewood. The Boston globe wrote that her piece Huatzu Hill is “…a series of rich landscapes – the colors sharp, the feelings powerfully concentrated, the language eloquent, the expression precise.”
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‘s Duets for a Duo, will receive its World Premiere during a Concert this Wednesday this Wednesday October 22nd 2014 at St Paul’s Church National Historic Site
In Mount Vernon, Westchester, New York. This work for flute and Alto flute, takes from an earlier work by Worthington — a work for flute and oboe duo written for and performed at the Festival of Contemporary Music at James Madison University in Virginia. Worthington’s emotionally evocative music has been described as music that “… take ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park… And isn’t afraid to come up with its own startling conclusions.” – Kyle Gann, Chamber Music magazine
We are thrilled to announce that New York Women Composers have awarded 2Flutes a Seed Money Grant. The Disseminated Grant will enable us to program music by five NYWC members in concerts across New York City and Westchester County for the coming season.
A score call will go out in the next few weeks.