Mahler, Weill, Korngold
1160 Village Ln, Orient, NY 11957
Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 6:00pm
Gil Goldstein, accordion
Tom Manuel, trumpet
Laura Metcalf, cello
Paolo Bartolani, piano
Gustav Mahler is considered one of the last of the Romantic composers and, as a result, he had a large influence on the development of twentieth-century music. Mahler's music was in fact greatly admired by major composers such as Benjamin Britten, Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and others.
What do Weill, Korngold and Mahler have in common? All of them spent a period of their live in the United States. they were Austro-German Jews and were able to incorporate different music genres into their scores from German Romanticism to Broadway to jazz.
Kurt Weill wrote several works for the theatre stage and a number of works on Jewish themes. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943. Kurt Weill's music continues to be performed both in popular and classical contexts.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a child prodigy, talented German opera composer, and celebrated throughout Hollywood for his film scores. Gustav Mahler, upon meeting the young Erich Korngold, called him a "musical genius."
"Music must be like the world," remarked Mahler to Sibelius. "It must embrace everything."
Vienna Atmosphere: Mahler, Weill, Korngold presents an unusual and original combination of musical instruments (Gil Goldstein, composer / arranger / accordionist, Tom Manuel, trumpetist, composer, director of the Jazz Loft, Laura Metcalf , cellist, artistic director of GatherNYC and Paolo Bartolani, pianist, artistic director of Rites of Spring Music Festival) with a program of Viennese composers who combined American musical style and folk / cabaret European songs to celebrate the new world era.
Gustav Mahler: Songs
from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Lieder No. 2 - Ging heut' morgen übers Feld
from Songs of a Journeyman No. 2 Walked across the field this morning
from Rückert-Lieder – Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
from Rückert-Lieder - I Have Lost My Way In The World
from Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht
from Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Who thought up this little song
from Rückert-Lieder - Liebst du um Schönheit
from Rückert-Lieder - If you love for beauty
Erich Korngold: Songs
from Die tote Stadt, Op. 12, Act II: Tanzlied des Pierrot - Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen
from Die tote Stadt - My desire, my dream
Kurt Weill: Songs
Lost in the Stars
Je ne t'aime pas - Aria from Marie Galante
Die Dreigroschenoper - Moderato assai (Mack The Knife)
This is a production of
Rites of Spring Music Festival
in collaboration with
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council.
Gil Goldstein, accordionist, music arranger, composer
As a very small child Goldstein began playing accordion before playing cello and piano. It was on the latter instrument that he concentrated, eventually studying at the Berklee College Of Music. He quickly proved himself as an able professional, working with musicians such as Lee Konitz and Pat Metheny in the early 70s and by the start of the next decade he had worked with the Gil Evans Orchestra, as concertmaster, and Wayne Shorter. From time to time he has returned to the accordion, playing with Karrin Allyson, Bob Berg, Eliane Elias, Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood and Michel Petrucciani, in concert and/or on record. He has worked as pianist/keyboard player, live and on record, and as arranger and occasionally producer, with artists as diverse as Chet Baker, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Elements, Fleurine, Juliette Greco, Jim Hall, Eddie Harris, Dave Liebman, Pat Martino, Bob Mintzer, Helen Merrill, James Moody, Claudio Roditi, Wallace Roney, David Sanborn, Leni Stern, Mike Stern, and he also arranged for the SFJAZZ Collective. He also worked in cooperative quartet with Pietro Tonolo, Steve Swallow and Paul Motian, recording tributes to Duke Ellington, and Elton John. Goldstein’s schedule has included performing, arranging and coaching for films such as Little Buddha (1993) and De-Lovely (2004). In addition to performing, Goldstein also teaches, including work as a faculty member at New York University and he has written books, such as Jazz Composer’s Companion.
Tom Manuel, trumpetist, music conductor
Jazz historian, music educator and cornet player Dr. Thomas Manuel holds the endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. In addition to this he serves as a trustee to the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Huntington Arts Council Decentralization Advisory Committee, and is the founder and President of The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, NY, an innovative and creative space which joins jazz performance, jazz preservation and jazz education in celebration of the past, present, and future. Manuel has been cited for his accomplishments by The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Newsday, Jazz Inside Magazine, Jazz Ed Magazine and has been actively involved with global educational outreach to Havana, Cuba, Monrovia, Liberia and Port Au Prince, Haiti. Manuel dedicates his professional efforts to both the preservation of Long Island’s jazz history as well as presenting it to future generations and has received several honors for his dedication to the American born art form of Jazz including: Stony Brook Universities 40 Under 40 Award, several Suffolk Country Proclamations, the East End Arts & Humanities Council 2020 Music Masters residency, the 2019 Applied Improvisation Network International Conference artist presenter, and the 2016 Person of the Year in Brookhaven award from the Times Beacon Record.
Laura Metcalf, cellist
Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned worldwide as a passionate solo and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed throughout the US and on six continents, including South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Mongolia, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Australia. Laura’s debut solo album on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus reached #7 on the Billboard Charts and was called “a way forward for classical music” by AllMusic. As a sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, Laura is drawn to projects that push boundaries and expand the definition of classical chamber music. Boyd Meets Girl, her duo with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, tours worldwide including appearances at Caramoor, Festival Napa Valley, the Morgan Library, Moab Music Festival, Newport Classical and many more, has reached #3 on the Billboard Chart, and has had their music streamed over 3 million times on Spotify alone. Laura also performs regularly with the popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, selected for an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department.
Paolo Bartolani, pianist, Artistic Director of RoSMF
Paolo Bartolani is a pianist, musicologist and music manager, working in both classical and contemporary music. He graduated in 1989 from the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory in Rome (Italy). He studied with Eduardo Hubert, and after graduation, with Charles Rosen, György Sándor and Andor Foldes. He also studied French piano repertoire with Germaine Mounier at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 1994, he received his Master in Musicology of the 20th century degree under the direction of Hugues Dufourt at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in collaboration with IRCAM / Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Paolo performs as a soloist and also as a member of chamber ensembles in Europe and United States.
He writes articles for the musicology journals Sonus-Materials for Contemporary Music and Music/Reality. In 2006, he created a Master Degree Program in Cultural Enterprise Administration at the University of Perugia, where he also teaches.
At the Venice Biennale, from 2008 to 2012, Paolo was the General Coordinator of ENPARTS - European Network of Performing Arts, which promotes the creation of new works in dance, music and theater by young artists. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Director of the Résonnance Italy, a nonprofit organization based in Switzerland, where he was responsible for its artistic and humanitarian program, "bringing music to places where it is not heard." The members of the organization – singers, instrumentalists, conductors – have performed more than two hundred concerts in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons in order to promote musical sensibilities and share the joy of music.
He has been the General Coordinator of Music Up Close Network at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome. The Network includes seven European orchestras who promote new orchestral works and support a new generation of musicians to connect with young audiences.
He founded the Rites of Spring Music Fest in 2016 to promote classical and contemporary music on the North Fork of Long Island, and to combine music, history and the natural environment. The Festival currently is a non-profit organization 501c3 and he is the Artistic Director and Responsible for developing the Festival’s program.