PAST NEWSLETTERS

Fall 2021

 

Hello Friends and fellow music lovers!

 

After over a year of basically no live music, things have been heating back up since the summer!

For six weeks, I was part of the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble in Waterville, ME. We gave weekly concerts, and premiered over 50 new works. We met some fabulous young composers, and got to work with very established ones, too! Of course, I also managed to squeeze in a couple lobster rolls on my days off, and see some of the beautiful Maine coast. 

I was honored to be invited to give a piano recital as part of District New Music Coalition's Spring Concert Series here in DC. The concert premiered on YouTube and featured music by Jennifer Barker, Faina Lushtak, William Kenlon, and a premiere of a new work by Lynn Dixon. Watch it here!

Great Noise Ensemble was featured at this year's New Music DC conference as the Spotlight performance. It was great to be back playing with this group, and performing in the GW Corcoran School was wonderful. 

Composer Jennifer Margaret Barker won the Delaware Master Artist Fellowship, and as part of her award, she is presenting a concert of her music at the University of Delaware on Friday, Oct 29th at 8pm. I'm really looking forward to playing two of her solo piano pieces for it. In-person and livestream.

Watch the livestream here!

On November 10th I will be performing a solo recital of old and new piano music for the concert series Music at Midday at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Looking forward to visiting my alma mater, good friends, and good food!

Thursday Dec 2nd at 7:30pm, Great Noise Ensemble presents "The Art of Present Day Music", a concert of new music including Nebal Maysaud’s solo piano work The Arrogance of Time and Louis Andriessen’s Zilver. This will be my first time performing at the club-like venue AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose, and I can't wait!

My final performance of 2021 will be as part of the interdisciplinary concert Tango Nuevo: Astor Piazzolla at 100, at Catholic University celebrating the composer Astor Piazzolla, who was born in 1921. If you don't know his music, you're in for a treat!

Have a wonderful autumn!

Francesca

June 2021

 

Hello Friends!

What a year it's been. I hope that you survived and maybe even thrived in some ways during this time. 

I haven't shared my piano news in over a year, so I wanted to give a quick summary of many great things that have happened.

So far in 2021...

  • I have 2 upcoming online performances scheduled for June 24 and 25 - one with the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta, and the other a solo piano concert for District New Music Coalition featuring the premiere of a brand new work! More info

  • I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be in residence this summer at the Atlantic Music Festival as a Contemporary Ensemble fellow! I can't wait to work with so many incredible musicians and artist faculty. If you find yourself up in Waterville, Maine, come by, say hi, and catch a concert! June 28 - August 8

  • I'm working on a new CD recording! This album will celebrate the many brave women who moved to the US from other countries and made a life here. It will feature music by Jennifer Margaret Barker and Faina Lushtak.

  • I gave the first Music On the 8ths concert as part of a new online series featuring Tulane University (Newcomb college) alumnae

  • And coming in October 2021, I'm looking forward to playing a concert of music by Jennifer Margaret Barker with other incredible musicians at the University of Delaware!

Back in 2020...

  • I finished my Daily Dose of Piano after 100 days - what an amazing journey that was! I met so many people virtually, composers, audience members, other musicians - it was a challenge for me as a musician, but also so inspiring to connect with so many people around the world.

  • I was awarded an Emergency Relief & Recovery Grant from ArtsFairfax, a local arts organization.

Please feel free to drop me a note and say hi, join one of the YouTube premiere concert live chats, or even attend one of my live performances coming up in the next season. It would be so great to see you! I wish you and yours wellness and serenity.

Have a wonderful summer!

Francesca

 

Daily Dose of Piano - April 5, 2020

 

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you well.

During this difficult period, I find myself spending more and more time at the piano. I've created an online series, Daily Dose of Piano, where each day I am posting a piano video to share some music with the world. I hope they bring you a little bit of joy and a moment of peace.

Wishing you and yours health and serenity.

xo

Francesca

Get your Daily Dose HERE!

 

 

Spring 2020

HELLO FRIENDS!

I hope this email finds you healthy and well. Life has changed quickly for everyone in a short time, but hopefully it's also a chance for people to slow down and make time for things they enjoy, like reading, music, gardening, art, spring cleaning, cooking, family time, and quiet. I am having fun reconnecting with old friends via video chat. Many of you have reached out asking about my family in Italy - so far everyone is healthy, and staying home. I wish the same for you and yours.

 

PERFORMANCES

I am rediscovering Chopin's nocturnes, and I played one (pictured above) for the March 8 concert of the Washington Piano Society. The nocturnes are some of my favorite pieces in the piano repertoire.

I have no live concerts coming up - everything has been canceled or postponed for now. We hope to reschedule the presentation of Pierrot Lunaire (orig. March 22) maybe for early May, and I'll keep you posted on that! In the meantime, I hope to make some recordings and share them with you in the upcoming weeks.

ONLINE PIANO LESSONS

I now offer online piano lessons, and I have openings in my schedule if you or someone you know would like to sign up! All you need is a piano or a keyboard, and a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It's easy!

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INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!

WIN a free 30-minute online piano lesson with me!

Click on the link below. To enter, you must: 1. Like and share the Instagram post to your Instagram story, and don’t forget to tag me! 2. Follow me. 3. Tag a friend in the comments who’d enjoy online piano lessons. 🎼 Contest ends Thursday March 19 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced Friday March 20th!

 

Best wishes and hope to see you in person sooner rather than later,

 

Francesca 

 

November 2019

Hello Friends and Happy November!

 

The 2019-2020 concert season features another performance of

Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, plus several performances with the Polaris Piano Trio, including a concert with chocolates created especially for our musical selections!

Montpelier Recital Series

Earlier this year, the Polaris Piano Trio was selected to perform on the Montpelier Classical Recital Series for the 2019-20 season! The free performance takes place tomorrow, Sunday November 17, at 3pm in Laurel, MD.

Bulgarian Embassy Concert

The Polaris Piano Trio is thrilled to be performing at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC for the Bulgarian Music Society on Friday, November 22 at 7pm. Join us after this free concert for a wine & cheese reception.

Odeon Chamber Music Series

The Polaris Piano Trio performs for the Odeon Chamber Music Series' 20th anniversary season! Our program, Haydn & the Three Bs, may surprise you because it doesn't include Bach, Beethoven OR Brahms!

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 4pm in McLean, VA

Chocolate Box Concert!

The Fairfax Old Town Hall Concert Series hosts the Polaris Piano Trio in an innovative concert where a local chocolatier will offer original chocolate creations based on our musical program. Sunday, January 31, 2020 at 8pm.

Pierrot Lunaire, Op.21

No, this is not a misprint! I am performing Schoenberg's expressionist masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire again! The Washington International Piano Series and the Catholic University of America present an interdisciplinary showcase of this 20th-century expressionist masterpiece on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Pre-concert lecture at 3:15pm

Concert at 4pm

April 2019

Hi Everyone! Two months have flown by since my last newsletter and I have so much to share with you!

 

A world premiere this Saturday 4/13, my return to New Music Delaware as a guest artist, a sold-out Pierrot concert (in the pouring rain!), Polaris Piano Trio performances, and the first WoCo (women composers) festival in DC!

 

Los Caprichos

This Saturday April 13 at 8pm is the world premiere of Armando Bayolo’s Los Caprichos performed by Great Noise Ensemble. This chamber work is based on a set of prints by Francisco Goya published in 1799 that criticized, commented on and often poked fun of the “civilized” 18th-century Spanish society. Armando’s piece has a little bit of everything, including some very unconventional instruments, and a few familiar tunes.

New Music Delaware

 

I’m thrilled to be returning as a guest artist to New Music Delaware next month! This concert celebrates the music of composer Daniel Dorff. I will be performing The Seven Chakras with saxophonist Todd Groves on Sunday, May 5th at 8pm.

Pierrot Lunaire

 

It was a whirlwind two months learning and rehearsing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the great musicians from Balance Campaign, plus guests conductor William Kenlon and soprano Hilary Park. We played to a full house at Baltimore’s beautiful and historic Peabody Library for their In the Stacks series.

Polaris Piano Trio

 

Polaris Piano Trio recently performed at the Arts Club of Washington! We’re having a blast learning David Baker’s "Dance in Congo Square" with its infectious Calypso tune. Hear it live during our April and May concerts in a variety of venues near DC!

WoCo Launch Festival

 

I attended the WoCo Launch Festival in March. This amazing festival brought together women performers and composers and featured fantastic panel discussions, concerts, and a chance to meet new music performers, composers and fans. I also ran into my friend and colleague, soprano Shari Feldman.

I wish you all a wonderful springtime season, and hope to catch up with you at one of my upcoming concerts or just out and about! 

Los Caprichos w/Great Noise Ensemble
Los Caprichos w/Great Noise Ensemble
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Peabody Library
Peabody Library
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Pierrot Lunaire w/Balance Campaign
Pierrot Lunaire w/Balance Campaign
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Polaris Piano Trio at Arts Club
Polaris Piano Trio at Arts Club
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WoCo Festival
WoCo Festival
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February 2019

NEW MUSIC, NEW WEBSITE, & MORE!

Hello Friends!

 

Lots of exciting things have been happening and I'm thrilled to share them with you!

 

I totally redesigned my website, and I'd love for you to check it out! The new website focuses on what's important to me as a musician - live performance, playing music I love and that inspires me, and playing and commissioning new music.

 

I just joined the Polaris Piano Trio with violinist Laura Kobayashi and cellist Kenneth Law, and our first concert is this Friday February 15th at the Arts Club of Washington! This is my first time being a member of a small ensemble, and it's awesome. Polaris is committed to performing works by women and composers of African descent, so chances are, if you come to one of our concerts, you're going to hear something you haven't heard before!

 

February 16th I'm back with Great Noise Ensemble for the 2nd in their 4-part series Four Freedoms. The theme is Freedom to Worship, and the concert features music by Armando Bayolo, Carlos Carrillo, David Lang, and Peri Mauer. GNE is in a new residency at Westmoreland Congregational UCC in Bethesda, MD.

Click here for more info.

 

March 21st I'm performing Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 by Arnold Schoenberg as a guest artist with Balance Campaign, the current ensemble-in-residence with the DC New Music Coalition. If you've ever taken a 20th-century music history course, or just like listening to weird German atonal music from 100 years ago, you've probably heard this piece before. This concert is part of the Peabody "In the Stacks" series in Baltimore, MD.

 

So what is "new music" anyway? New music is a term being used now to describe music written by today's composers, often schooled in the classical tradition yet not bound by conventional limitations of style, genre or expectations. It can resemble more traditional classical music, or can be a wild mix of different sounds and unorthodox instruments combined in ways you haven't heard before. It's flexible.

 

I hope this letter finds you well, and that I can catch up with you at one of my upcoming concerts or just out and about! You can read about these concerts and more on my website!


Thanks and Happy February!

 

Francesca