#ICYMI on NBC Studio 10 and your virtual bookshelf ūüéľMusic Sight Reader

#ICYMI on NBC Studio 10 and your virtual bookshelf ūüéľMusic Sight Reader

NBC10/WJAR TV jazz bassist and RI native Bruce Gertz and 
Raleigh Green are onto something special with
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Mario Hilario of NBC Studio 10¬†interviewed¬†Bruce Gertz, a Berklee alum/educator, and Raleigh Green, a professional designer, developer, musician, and educator. Together they built this¬†music sight-reading program with the aim of carving out a completely unique¬†and impactful educational space. Says Gertz, ‚ÄúWe are really excited about¬†the vast potential of what this product can provide to students and¬†professionals all over the world.‚ÄĚ
Essentially launching both a library and a hybrid app all in one, the first¬†release, ‚ÄúClassical Collection Vol 1‚ÄĚ, is part of the Interactive Sight
Reading Series. This runs on the platform, Music Sight Reader, available on Apple Books (formerly iBooks from 2010 to 2018) an e-book reading and store application by Apple Inc. for its iOS and macOS operating systems. Music Sight Reader runs natively within Apple Books on Apple devices such as iPads, iPhones and Mac computers.

The flagship ‚ÄúClassical Collection Vol.1‚ÄĚ, includes classical duets,¬†trios, and quartets (featuring Bach, Brahms, Mozart, and more), arranged for¬†a given clef and instrument. The bass volume has been arranged for bass clef,¬†while the guitar volume has been arranged for treble clef. This means that¬†guitar players, for example, can now read both voices of a Mozart Sonata¬†originally composed for piano, or a bass student can now read all parts of a¬†Bach Chorale, originally composed for voice. Choose which part to play and¬†Music Sight Reader will play the other parts, while the notes automatically¬†scroll across the screen.This cutting-edge format gives musicians around the globe fresh new access to¬†some of the greatest music ever written, all without the trappings of¬†standard sight reading apps (subscription plans and in-the-style-of¬†arrangements). The pieces in ‚ÄėClassical Collection Vol 1‚ÄĚ can also be¬†purchased √Ä la carte as individual works. √Ä la carte pieces and collections¬†arranged for piano are currently under development and will be released soon.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.¬†Oct.12, 2020 ‚ÄĒ Pianist and composer Judith Lynn Stillman, won first prize in OperaVision‚Äôs #OperaHarmony contest, for her groundbreaking short opera,¬†Essential Business,¬†produced remotely while in COVID-19 lockdown.

The competition was a global initiative to join creatives from around the world to rethink opera in the pandemic era, highlighting themes of connection and community. OperaVision is the online platform for Opera Europa, representing major opera companies including La Scala and The Bolshoi.

Essential Business is a powerful commentary on spirituality and the need for connection during isolation. Set during the 2020 coronavirus quarantine, Essential Business tells the story of a young pastor, as he wrestles with his faith, family, and the loss of his ministry amid the pandemic. In a moment of crisis, he reaches out to God via a Zoom call, for a modern-day confessional.

Stillman composed and performed the score and served as filmmaker/producer. The music incorporates operatic, gospel, blues, and musical theatre influences, around the story themes of religion, race and culture, the social impact of the virus, and creating music in isolation.

‚ÄúFor me,¬†Essential Business¬†captures a microcosm of the societal lockdown dilemma,‚ÄĚ said Stillman. ‚ÄúHumans crave connection. Being in isolation can be devastating. To what extent do we take risks to mitigate these challenges? Is there a way to reconcile both faith and science when there can be life and death consequences?‚ÄĚ

Stillman teamed up with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Will Liverman, who performed the role of the pastor, and U.K. artists Anna Pool and Elayce Ismail, to write the libretto and produce the 10-minute piece.

Earlier this year, Liverman was the first Black artist to play the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera. He will be a lead in the premiere of the first opera by a Black composer to be produced at the Met in 2021.

The award continues a streak of accolades for Stillman, a Juilliard trained performer, composer, filmmaker, and Rhode Island College‚Äôs artist-in-residence, whose compositions ‚Äď even during COVID quarantine ‚Äď have received awards from Hollywood to Cannes.

 

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April in Paris with Poulenc:
Judith Lynn Stillman and
Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Monday, April 22, 2019, 1p
Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10
and tickets are available at the door
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8p
RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Performance & Education
667 Waterman Ave.
East Providence, RI
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director, and pianist
Curt Columbus, Francis Poulenc
RI Philharmonic Orchestra members:
Rachel Braude, flute
Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Kevin Owen, French horn
Ronald Haroutunian, bassoonPoulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under or with a college ID,
$10 for RI Philharmonic Music School students and family members.
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org,
in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence,
or by phone 401.248.7000 Mon-Fri, 9a-4:30p
Day of concert tickets will be available at the Carter Center starting at 7p
Questions and for information email, boxoffice@riphil.org
Judith Lynn Stillman,
Five members of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, and 

Trinity Rep’s Curt Columbus team up for¬†
April in Paris with Poulenc, April 27
 
Trinity Rep’s Curt Columbus is featured in Stillman’s new play-within-a-concert

East Providence, RI‚ÄďThe Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts¬†April in¬†Paris with Poulenc: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island¬†Philharmonic Orchestra¬†with a special appearance by Trinity Repertory Company‚Äôs¬†Curt¬†Columbus. Pianist Stillman and Columbus perform with Orchestra members¬†Rachel Braude, flute,¬†Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe,¬†Ian Greitzer, clarinet,¬†Kevin Owen, French horn,¬†Ronald¬†Haroutunian, bassoon.

Together they present the premiere of Stillman’s play-within-a-concert,¬†April in Paris with Poulenc,¬†in which Curt Columbus is featured in the role of French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc (1899‚Äď1963). His portrayal is interlaced with the performance of three of Poulenc‚Äôs masterworks.¬†The event is¬†at 8 p.m. on Saturday (April 27) at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance,¬†667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.¬†(On Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m., an abridged version will be¬†performed at Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College.)

‚ÄúFrancis Poulenc epitomizes French culture and the Parisian arts scene, from the literary caf√© to the¬†music hall. With Curt Columbus brilliantly inhabiting the persona of Poulenc, the composer‚Äôs¬†extraordinary and oftentimes divergent qualities are brought to life. An eccentric, erudite, witty and¬†colorful character, he was paradoxically both religious and risqu√©, saucy and serious, sublime and silly,‚Ä̬†Stillman noted. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been said that there‚Äôs a little bit of Poulenc in each of us.‚ÄĚ

About¬†Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, composer and filmmaker:¬†Judith Lynn Stillman has been hailed¬†as an ‚Äúartistic visionary,‚ÄĚ is the Artist-in-Residence and a Professor of Music at Rhode Island¬†College. She¬†has performed throughout the world, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Marlboro,¬†Tanglewood, Grand Teton Festival and at the Grammy’s celebration in honor of¬†Rostropovich. She has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Borromeo, Shanghai, Muir,¬†Cassatt and Lydian string quartets, the Beach Boys, in a BOSE commercial with¬†Herbie Hancock, as visiting guest artist at major conservatories in China, Russia and¬†the Czech Republic, and as music director in Rome and Verona, Italy. Winner of 18¬†piano competitions, the first Pell Award in the Arts, and the Christiana Carteaux¬†Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts, Stillman holds bachelor’s, master’s and¬†doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, where she won the Juilliard concerto competition and the¬†Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist.¬†Stillman, as filmmaker-composer-pianist, has garnered awards¬†including Grand Jury Prize: Best Music Video, Best Multimedia Film, Best Music Score and Audience¬†Choice in international film festivals in Los Angeles, Montr√©al, New York and the United Kingdom. Her¬†iconic duo recording with Wynton Marsalis on Sony Classical was on the Top Ten of the Billboard charts:¬†‚ÄúStillman and Marsalis make an impeccable duo. The playing consistently dazzles.‚ÄĚ

About Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company. In January 2006, Curt Columbus became Trinity Repertory Company’s fifth artistic director. He is also the artistic director of the Brown/Trinity MFA programs in acting and directing.

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