Ledah Finck, violin
Rebecca Smithorn, conductor
Earle Brown: Centering
Joanna Bailie: Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5
Earle Brown: Four Systems
John Cage: 4'33"
Bill Drummond: STOP
Pauline Oliveros: Light Piece for David Tudor
Earle Brown's Centering is a violin concerto reinvented in Brown's hallmark "open form" style, with the content of the music determined by choices made in real-time by the performers. The work takes its name from "the mental and physical 'centering' in the sense of balancing and the gathering and focusing of one's resources as necessary to 'perform well' in any life situation."
Joanna Bailie's Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5 integrates acoustic instruments, recorded soundscapes from throughout Europe, and an "unreliable auditory programme note" to weave an explanation of the compositional process into the music itself. "But," Bailie says, "Scratch the surface of this explanation a little, and it becomes clear that the text is simply a metaphor..."
Pauline Oliveros' Light Piece for David Tudor is an intense sonic and visual experience, written for piano, two-channel tape, and elements of refracted light. Artistic Director Rebecca Smithorn worked with the composer and original artist Anthony Martin to reconstruct this work shortly before Oliveros' passing last year. This will be the first public performance of the work since its premiere in 1969.
This performance is made possible by the generous support of the Earle Brown Music Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the William G. Baker, Jr., Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios, www.BakerArtist.org. Ensemble 4-33 is a fiscally sponsored project of Strong City Baltimore.
Ledah Finck is a musician whose aesthetic knows no boundaries. An active supporter of contemporary music, her performance experience includes chamber music concerts of new works alongside university and conservatory faculty members, most recently the second-ever performance of a string quartet by Donnacha Dennehy with Courtney Orlando of Alarm Will Sound and Michael Kannen of the Brentano Quartet, a performance which will be repeated in the fall at Princeton University. She has played in the Appalachian Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, University of North Carolina symphonies, the Durham Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the ASTA National Honors Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert and Symphony Orchestras. In 2011 she took grand prize in the collegiate division of the University of Delaware International Strings Competition, and was a soloist in 2013 with the Durham Symphony. She was selected as a finalist for the Peabody Institute's Yale Gordon concerto competition and William Marbury recital competition.
Currently received her Bachelor of Music in 2016, studying with Herbert Greenberg and Judah Adashi. She continues her studies at Peabody, pursuing masters degrees in both violin and composition in the studios of Mr. Greenberg and Oscar Bettison.
She is from Boone, North Carolina and plays a violin completed in 2013 by her father, David Finck.
Tickets: $10 in advance/$13 at door/ $5 full-time student with ID