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Birdfoot Festival Season Finale: Death and the Maiden

Birdfoot’s Finale presents music born of the lover’s sigh, the heroine’s last gasp, and life’s emotional highs and lows. Few works of chamber music are as thrilling as Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, named for the composer’s song in which a maiden pleads with Death to pass her by (and whose haunting melody is the centerpiece of the quartet). Surrounding Schubert’s masterpiece are musical gems of equally intimate and acute emotion: Monteverdi’s madrigals open up the fresh pain of heartbreak, Purcell’s heroine Dido (the mythic queen of Carthage) laments her last moments, John Dowland’s “teares” flow in sweet sorrow, and composer-in-residence Patrick Castillo’s Dreamers Often Lie explores the bizarre real-as-life experience of dreams.

Henry Purcell: Chacony

John Dowland: Selections from Lacrimae or Seaven Teares

Patrick Castillo: Dreamers Often Lie

Claudio Monteverdi:

Piagn’e sospira

Lamento della Ninfa

Lamento d’Arianna, “Lasciatemi morire

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Mensa Sonora III

Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

$30 General Admission
$15 Students (with ID)

This concert will be proceeded by a Young Artist Program Showcase Concert from 6–7 PM

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Birdfoot Festival: Let There Be Night

Surely you’ve had them: late-night existential conversations, sleepless meditations, monsters under the bed that disappear with the light of dawn. Darkness and night have long been playgrounds for the imagination and metaphors for the unknown and unknowable. For J.S. Bach, music and text come together to re-enact and glorify spiritual mystery, while for contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas, mystery is revealed in the hidden spectrums of sound. Dive into the deep end for a program of music that reaches beyond.

Please note:
• The second half of the concert will be performed entirely in the dark.
• At 7 PM, this concert will be preceded by an Introduction to the Music by renowned speaker and presenter Patrick Castillo.

Program:

J.S. Bach arranged W.A. Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in D minor, K. 404

Sean Harold: Nachtlied

J.S. Bach: Cantata 54 —Widerstehe doch der Sünde

Carlo Gesualdo: Feria Quinta from the Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, Eram quasi Agnus Innocens

Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 3, In iij. Noct.

$25 General Admission
$20 CAC members
$15 Students (with ID)

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Birdfoot Backstage: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden

Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM for an interactive exploration of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. Get inside the music alongside the musicians, and then come hear the piece in its entirety during Birdfoot’s Season Finale on Saturday, June 1. Join the conversation!

Free Admission—Reservations suggested

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Birdfoot Festival: Talk: The Art of Noticing

A talk by author Rob Walker and the artists of Birdfoot Festival, followed by a book signing.

The Birdfoot Festival and Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing (Knopf), team up to explore the implications of noticing, a simple act that can awaken your senses and attune them to the things that matter in your life.

We live in an era of white noise. Our lives are in constant tether to phones, to email, and to social media. In this age of distraction, the ability to experience and be present is often lost: to think and to see and to listen.

In this talk/workshop, Rob introduces a few of the playful exercises from his book The Art of Noticing and, together with artists from the Birdfoot Festival, discusses how noticing fuels creativity and teamwork, and how the concept of noticing can be extended to listening.

A book signing will follow the talk.

Rob Walker is a journalist who writes about design, technology, business, and the arts, among other subjects. He writes the “Human Resource” column for Lifehacker.com and contributes to wide range of publications including: The Atlantic, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek. His previous books include Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things (coauthored with Joshua Glenn) and Buying In. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. He lives in New Orleans. You can learn more about Mr. Walker here.

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Birdfoot Festival: Open Rehearsals @ the CAC

Curious to hear what goes on behind the scenes? Join us for one of the Birdfoot Festival’s Open Rehearsals @ The CAC!

“It is a rare luxury to have ample time to prepare with nothing to worry about except making music. Doing so among such wonderful people at such a high level is even rarer.” — Joe Magar, Artist

May 28–May 31, 2019, the Birdfoot Festival will fill the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans with its annual celebration of dynamic live chamber music as part of its residency partnership with the CAC. Birdfoot once again makes Downtown New Orleans its home, rehearsing, performing, and staging its city-wide performances, Young Artist Program, and Community Concerts from the CAC.

Birdfoot’s Rehearsal Residency, which runs throughout the festival, is an essential, if less visible component of the Birdfoot Festival than its public concerts and events. The Rehearsal Residency gives musicians the time and space to study major works of chamber music in depth, away from the frenetic pace of a performing career. Birdfoot believes that when musicians are given the necessary time to engage fully in this creative process, audiences experience the exhilarating results. Time to explore, reflect, develop, and collaborate translates into gripping performances that lift off the page and breath new life into old notes.

 

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Birdfoot Festival: Nothing But the Truth

Framed by Dvorak’s “American” Quartet, this concert examines the complex subjects of identity, experience, and truth. Inspired by African-American spirituals and songs, Dvorak’s quartet is an outsider’s portrait of America’s energy and potential approaching the turn of the century. Juxtaposed with this, spirituals, arranged by New Orleans’ own Moses Hogan, and the musical voice of Florence Price, reveal a complex counterpoint to Dvorak’s optimism. Works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Caroline Shaw, and Johann Christoph Bach (J.S. Bach’s uncle), will also be featured, while the cherished concept of justice itself is examined in Garth Knox’s Nothing but the Truth, a musical courtroom drama without a predetermined outcome…will the musicians be found guilty or innocent?

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Andante

Johann Christoph Bach: “Ach dass ich Wassers gnug hätte”

Garth Knox: Nothing but the Truth

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12, “American”

Caroline Shaw: By and By

Florence Price: Songs to the Dark Virgin

Moses Hogan, arranger: Spirituals

$25 General Admission
$15 Students (with ID)

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Birdfoot Festival: Open Rehearsals @ the CAC

Curious to hear what goes on behind the scenes? Join us for one of the Birdfoot Festival’s Open Rehearsals @ The CAC!

“It is a rare luxury to have ample time to prepare with nothing to worry about except making music. Doing so among such wonderful people at such a high level is even rarer.” — Joe Magar, Artist

May 28–May 31, 2019, the Birdfoot Festival will fill the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans with its annual celebration of dynamic live chamber music as part of its residency partnership with the CAC. Birdfoot once again makes Downtown New Orleans its home, rehearsing, performing, and staging its city-wide performances, Young Artist Program, and Community Concerts from the CAC.

Birdfoot’s Rehearsal Residency, which runs throughout the festival, is an essential, if less visible component of the Birdfoot Festival than its public concerts and events. The Rehearsal Residency gives musicians the time and space to study major works of chamber music in depth, away from the frenetic pace of a performing career. Birdfoot believes that when musicians are given the necessary time to engage fully in this creative process, audiences experience the exhilarating results. Time to explore, reflect, develop, and collaborate translates into gripping performances that lift off the page and breath new life into old notes.

 

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Birdfoot Festival: A Musial Feast

Enjoy a delicious and musically memorable evening supporting the Birdfoot Festival and getting to know the extraordinary artists of the 2019 Festival. Hosted for the second year in a row by Brennan’s in their elegant Chanteclair Room, this year’s Musical Feast pairs the innovative Creole cuisine of Chef Slade Rushing (James Beard Award finalist in the Best Chef: South category for the sixth year in a row in 2019) with an exclusive and intimate preview of music to be performed during Birdfoot’s 8th annual festival.

Listen HERE to WWNO’s Louisiana Eats audio postcard on the 2014 Musical Feast with Chef Susan Spicer (32 minute mark).

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