- Southwest Chamber Music
Founded in 1987, Southwest Chamber Music is one of the most active
chamber musicensembles in the United States, presenting concert series at the Norton Simon Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, and Boston Court in Pasadena, Colburn Schoolof Performing Arts in Los Angeles and a celebrated summer festival at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The ensemble also offers "Blendings: Music and Wine", one of the few regularly scheduled open rehearsal series in the nation, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Pasadena. The ensemble provides weekly music education programs in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts through "Project Muse" in-school concerts and a "Mentorship Program", as well as "Music Unwrapped Family Series" for students of all ages. Southwest Chamber Music takes its name from the Southwest Museum, the oldest cultural institution in Southern California.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary last season, Southwest Chamber Music announced "Expanding Horizons" artistic initiatives. These international projects have created significant and long-term cultural exchanges for the ensemble in
Asia, Latin Americaand Europe. "Expanding Horzions" projects began in December 2006 with cultural exchange programs with the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, the World Culture Expo at the temples of Angkor Watin Cambodia, and the Hanoi Conservatory of Musicin Vietnam. This tour to Southeast Asiafeatured the music of Grawemeyer Awardwinning Cambodian American composer Chinary Ung. Southwest Chamber Music also performed in May 2007 at the National Autonomous University of Mexicoin Mexico Citywith a cycle of five concerts of the complete chamber works of Carlos Chávez.
The ensemble has also been presented by the
Library of Congressin Washington D.C., Cooper Unionin New York City, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Getty Center, Orange County Performing Arts Center, OjaiFestival, and Luckman Fine Arts Center. Guest conductors appearing with the ensemble have included Oliver Knussen, Stephen L. Mosko, and Charles Wuorinen. In March 2003 Southwest Chamber Music became the first American ensemble to perform at the Arnold SchoenbergCenter in Viennain a three-concert residency including the complete Los Angeles chamber works of Schoenberg, "Pierrot Lunaire" with sopranoPhyllis Bryn-Julson, and a program of works by American composers including Carter, Babbitt, Cage, and Harrison.
Southwest Chamber Music has one of the most impressive recorded discographies of any American chamber ensemble. The group has received five consecutive
GRAMMYnominations for its four volume cycle of the "Complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez" on Cambria Master Recordings. This recognition from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciencesincludes 2003 and 2004 Grammy Awardsin the Best Small Ensemble category for Volumes 1 and 2. Three further nominations for Volume 3 are shared with the Tambuco Percussion Ensembleof Mexico City, including Best Classical Album and Best Small Ensemble nominations in 2005, and a Latin GrammyBest Classical Album nomination in 2006. Southwest Chamber Music’s "Composer Portrait Series" on Cambria Master Recordings received a 2002 ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for a “"landmark set of 12 compact discs featuring American music of our time".” The ensemble has also recorded works of Prokofievand Poulenc on Cambria, as well as the late works of Krenekfor [Orfeo Records in Munich.
* [http://www.swmusic.org Official Site]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Music of Alaska — Music of the United States AK AL AR AS AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA GU HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA M … Wikipedia
Music of New Mexico — Music of the United States AK AL AR AS AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA GU HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA … Wikipedia
Music of Vietnam — Music of Southeast Asia Brunei Cambodia … Wikipedia
Music of Burma — Music of Southeast Asia Brunei Cambodia … Wikipedia
Southwest High School (Minneapolis, Minnesota) — For schools of the same name, see Southwest High School (disambiguation). Southwest High School Location Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Information Type Public secondary (formerly 7 12) Motto … Wikipedia
Music of Israel — … Wikipedia
Music of Tucson, Arizona — Tucson, Arizona has a strong, growing independent music culture that focuses on locally grown and locally derived musical genres. The city is home to musical organizations that seek to nurture artists from the local music scene as well as… … Wikipedia
Music of Mexico — Statue of Agustín Lara (El Flaco de Oro) in Madrid. The music of Mexico is very diverse and features a wide range of different musical styles. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures, most notably indigenous Mexican and European, since… … Wikipedia
Music of California — Music of the United States AK AL AR AS AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA GU HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA … Wikipedia
Music of Hungary — Music of Hungary: Topics verbunkos táncház csárdás nóta History: (Samples) Genres Classical Folk Hardcor … Wikipedia