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Plugged-In: Winds, Electronics and a world premiere 2/19

January 25, 2023 | By Gail Wein, Classical Music Communications
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January 25, 2022
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The Sylvan Winds perform electro-acoustic program February 19 at National Opera Center

"Plugged In" program features world premiere by Svjetlana Bukvich and new music by Allison Loggins-Hull

Plus music by Kinan Azmeh, 20th century classics by Davidovsky and Cowell and more

On February 19 at 6 pm the Sylvan Winds continues their 2022-23 season with a performance at the National Opera Center in New York City. The "Plugged-In" program of works for winds and electronics features a world premiere by Bosnian-American composer Svjetlana Bukvich, brand-new music by Allison Loggins-Hull, and Syrian clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh's "How many would it take?", alongside 20th century classics for wind quintet by Mario Davidovsky and Henry Cowell. Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for Seniors & students) available here and $30 at the door. (Programs subject to change)

The new work by Svjetlana Bukvich, Unraveling the Linear, was commissioned by the Sylvan Winds and receives its world premiere on this concert. Ms Bukvich says, "Unraveling the Linear explores our relationship with time, moment to moment perception. But it may be an illusion, a result of complex interactions in timeless space." 

The wind quintet is in their fifth decade of performances, and the 2022-23 season celebrates music, culture, and history. Performing in important cultural and historic New York City buildings, the Sylvan Winds creates imaginative and informative programs that reflect the environs of each space.

Hailed by the New York Times for "…its adventuresome programming and stylishness of performance," the Sylvan Winds was founded in 1976. Founding member and flutist Svjetlana Kabalin is joined by oboist Kathy Halvorson, clarinetist Nuno Antunes, Gina Cuffari on bassoon, and horn player Zohar Schondorf, completing the traditional woodwind quintet instrumentation. The quintet has appeared under the auspices of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Caramoor International Music Festival.

Tickets for the February 19, 6:00 pm concert at Scorca Hall at the National Opera Center (330 7th Ave, 7th Floor, Manhattan) are available at SylvanWinds.com.

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Programs subject to change

February 19, 6:00 pm: Plugged In
Scorca Hall (330 Seventh Ave, Manhattan)

The Sylvan Winds present a program of contemporary works for winds and electronics. Featuring a world premiere by the Bosnian-American composer Svjetlana Bukvich, "How many would it take?" by Syrian clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh, and works by Allison Loggins-Hull, Mario Davidovsky, Henry Cowell, and Robert Martin.

Robert Martin: The Black Rock
Henry Cowell: Suite for Wind Quintet (1949)
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 8 for wind quintet and tape
Kinan Azmeh: How many would it take? 
Allison Loggins-Hull: Agency (2023)
Svjetlana Bukvich: Unraveling the Linear (2023)

Unraveling the Linear by Svjetlana Bukvich was commissioned by the Sylvan Winds, with funding from the Individual Artist Program, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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These concerts are made possible, in part, with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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