Community MusicWorks is proud to share the news that our good friend and former colleague Jessie Montgomery has been named Sphinx Virtuosi's Inaugural Composer-In-Residence.
photo by Jiyang Chen
An announcement from the Sphinx Organization describes the Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence program as an important avenue to engage young composers of color in new commissions and arrangements for the ensemble.
Jessie Montgomery, former musician in residence at Community MusicWorks, is a Sphinx alumna and violinist of the Catalyst Quartet. This fall, her works will be
featured during the 2013 Sphinx Virtuosi Tour, which includes the ensemble’s 10th anniversary concert
at Carnegie Hall.
Of this honor, Jessie states, "I am thrilled to be selected as the Inaugural
Composer-in-Residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi! I look forward to the
opportunity this position offers me to create new works that will further diversify
the palette of contemporary American composition."
Learn more about Jessie Montgomery here, and get more information about the Sphinx Virtuosi Tour (including concert dates and locations) here.
Community MusicWorks is pleased to present the world
premiere of Fantasía de Guayaba Habanera, a newly commissioned violin concerto
based on Afro-Cuban rhythms and the idiom of Salsa music. This piece, written
for violinist Jonathan Gandelsman (of the Silk Road
Ensemble and Brooklyn
Rider) and the Community MusicWorks Players with their teenage
students, represents composer Gonzalo Grau’s own heritage as a person and
musician. Grau describes his musical voice as reflecting his upbringing, living
in Venezuela and studying classical cello, while also playing and being
surrounded by popular Latin music.
Composer Gonzalo Grau really enjoys Salsa!
For Community MusicWorks, this piece represents an
opportunity to address a question we push ourselves to ask, which is ‘how are
we in musical conversation with the communities and heritages of the students
we serve?’For sixteen years, CMW
has been deeply rooted in the South Side neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode
Island, where more than 50% of our student body comes from countries of Latin
America. Commissioning this piece of music for students and professional
musicians connects our young people’s musical study with the heritages of their
families and deepens the ways we are able to make musicianship central to
To support the development of this project CMW has formed a Latino Advisory
Committee, comprised of leaders from the Latin American communities of Rhode
Island, to promote the concert event in the members’ networks, to build
interest in Community MusicWorks, and to support the students’ experience
connecting their musicianship with their community.
Important partners in this event include the Rhode Island
Latino Arts Network, which will co-host the concert, and Latino Public Radio,
which will create a live broadcast of the concert.
The concert will be a community celebration, and will
feature dinner catered by a local Bolivian restaurant, the musical performance,
and salsa dancing with a live Salsa band.
Here's the effect Fantasía had on the folks lucky enough to hear a preview:
On Saturday, May 18 from 11 - 12 our CMW Cello students will be performing at the 21st Annual Rare and Unusual Plant Sale at City Farm, 109 Somerset Street in Providence. To learn more about Southside Community Land Trust's Plant Sale and get directions to City Farm: http://www.southsideclt.org/plantsale.