What a week. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4-6 May, the Academy’s Villa Aurelia will see three concerts performed by the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic. The concerts—each starting at 9 PM—will feature music by Fellows in Musical Composition at both the American Academy in Rome and the American Academy in Berlin: Lisa Bielawa (Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize Fellow at the AAR [4 May]), Don Byron (Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellow at the AAR [5 May]), and Andrew Norman FAAR’07 (Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin [6 May]). Also on the week’s programs are compositions by George Crumb, Erwin Schulhoff, Guillaume Dufay, Sofia Gubaidulina, and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, and Mozart. For a complete program of the three concerts, and composer biographies, see here.
The Scharoun Ensemble Berlin was founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in honor of the architect Hans Scharoun (1893–1972), who designed the Berlin Philharmonie. The ensemble, which comprises the standard octet instrumentation, is one of Germany’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Two concert bonuses are in store from the current Rome Prize Fellows: Lisa Bielawa is soprano soloist in her composition, Hurry, while Don Byron will perform along with members of the Scharoun Ensemble in Brahms’ Serenade no. 1. (more…)