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Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:51 am
by seh52
Arrival: 7:30-8 pm Saturday, December 7
Doors close for music: 8 pm
(If you arrive late, please wait for applause between pieces to knock for admission.)
Reception follows.
Donations for the musicians are appreciated!

Mr. Mellan has chosen the following Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ for this recital:

1885 A. Cavaille-Coll: St. Etienne Abbey, Caen, France

BIOGRAPHY

Keyboard artist and composer, Thomas Mellan, was born in Lyon, France in 1995. Mr. Mellan lives in Los Angeles where he is Organist in Residence of the Jacaranda Concert Series and pursues a Master of Music degree in Composition with Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California.

Diapason Magazine names Thomas Mellan as one of its 2019 "20 under 30" young musicians pushing organ music in new directions. In 2018, he performed at the International Organ Festival of Lille, and that of St. Antoine l’Abbaye, in France. He gave the Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue during an artistic residency at the Organ Hall in Lviv. In 2015, he performed as Rising Star in the American Guild of Organists’ West Region Regional Convention and in the Centennial International Summer Organ Festival at the Spreckels Pavilion. As Young Artist of the Year, he performed a solo recital in the 23rd Organ Festival at St. Eustache in Paris, France. In 2011, Mr. Mellan was one of six organists who recorded the official Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ DVD.

Mr. Mellan's catalog of over thirty compositions includes orchestral, chamber and solo works. In 2019, he performed his organ composition, "Ballade de l’impossible," as Cameron Carpenter's guest at Walt Disney Concert Hall. LA Times music critic, Mark Sved, described "Ballade de l’impossible" as being “manically unpredictable”. In 2016, Sakura cello quintet and the USC Thornton Symphony premiered his work …"on transcendence…," for five solo cellos and orchestra. Mr. Melllan's music compositions have been performed at the Chautauqua Institute (New York), Rider University and the Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego, California), Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles, California), the University of Southern California and Église St. Eustache (Paris, France).

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music named Thomas Mellan as the Outstanding Graduate of the masters class of 2019 and the undergraduate class of 2017, for graduating with a Master of Music degree in organ and a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in organ performance and composition. He studied organ with Cherry Rhodes at USC, and worked privately with Jean Guillou in Paris. In 2016, Mr. Mellan received the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. In 2013, the USC Thornton School of Music awarded the Thornton Faculty Award, its most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, to Thomas Mellan.

PROGRAM

Frédéric Chopin/Thomas Mellan
- Etude Op. 10#3
- Etude Op. 25#10

Franz Schubert/Thomas Mellan
- Piano Sonata #14 in a minor

Franz Liszt
- Fantasy and Fugue on “ad nos, ad salutarem undam”

Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:09 pm
by seh52
Thomas Mellan, Hauptwerk virtual organist and harpsichordist, with friends...

Arrival: 7:30-8 pm Tuesday, January 21

Doors close for music: 8 pm

(If you arrive late, please wait for applause between pieces to knock for admission.)

Reception follows.

Donations for the musicians are appreciated!

BIOGRAPHIES

Thomas Mellan is an organist, composer, harpsichordist and pianist. Since 2019, he is the organist in residence of the Jacaranda concert series in Los Angeles. He has performed in spaces including Église St. Eustache in Paris, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, St. Antoine l’abbaye and others. In 2018, his European tour culminated in a residency at the Lviv Organ Hall in Ukraine, where he gave the Ukrainian Premiere of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue. His compositions have been performed in the US, France, Ukraine, Portugal, Canada and Malaysia. He studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and Jean Guillou, and composition with Andrew Norman, Frank Ticheli and Donald Crockett. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in organ and composition in 2017 and a Masters in organ from the USC Thornton School of Music in 2019.

Ella Sharpe began double bass at seven years old under the tutelage of her father in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is now in her second year of undergraduate studies with David Allen Moore at the Thornton School of Music. Ella has had the opportunity to perform internationally under the direction of Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Valery Gergiev. She has performed in prestigious concert halls including but not limited to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. At 17, Ella was one of eleven young bass players to make it to the semi-finals of the 2017 International Society of Double Bassists Solo Competition (15-18 division). In 2019, she was selected as a double bass fellow at the Sarasota Music Festival. Ella regularly performs with the USC Thornton Symphony as well as the Early Music Ensemble of USC.

Espen Nystog Aas is a Norwegian clarinetist who is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at USC with world renowned clarinet professor Yehuda Gilad. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music and a Graduate Certificate from USC Thornton School of Music. Espen is a versatile player with experience in many different genres. He was awarded a fellowship with the Norwegian Wind Orchestra for his free classical improvisations, which led to concerts in Frankfurts Alte Oper, NDR Hamburg and a premiere at Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Together with Åsbjørg Ryeng on Bandoneon, Espen enjoys a break from the classical world with genres such as klezmer, balkan and tango music. With “Swing’it Dixieband,” he has played in jazz festivals across Europe and recorded two albums. When not playing music, Espen can be found cycling in the canyons or sailing the blue Pacific.

An active performer and composer in Los Angeles, Tristan Heinicke is a third year Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Southern California. He currently studies with Frank Ticheli, and has previously studied with Sean Friar and Ted Hearne. Tristan’s music explores the space between what is unspoken and what is understood, the translation of mediums, maximalism, and personal identity as the lens for the performer and audience’s understanding. He frequently uses musical and visual mediums interchangeably, as well as guided and free improvisations.

PROGRAM

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Prelude, Chaconne des Scaramouches

Louis Couperin: Concert Royale No.2

Ella:
Luciano Berio: Psy
François Rabbath: L'infinie Martine

Espen:
J.S. Bach: Suites
Erland von Koch: Monologue
Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces

Tristan:
Tristan Heinicke: Adventures in Painting

Thomas:
Franz Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on BACH (syncretic version by Jean Guillou)

Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:39 pm
by Lougheed
Attending one of these events has been added to my bucket list :-)

Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:37 pm
by seh52
THOMAS MELLAN, COMPOSER, PIANIST AND ORGANIST WITH ESPEN AAS, CLARINETIST AND OREST SMOVZH, VIOLINIST

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (PST)

Stan's Music Parlor

BIOGRAPHIES
Keyboard artist and composer, Thomas Mellan, was born in Lyon, France in 1995. Mr. Mellan lives in Los Angeles where he is Organist in Residence of the Jacaranda Concert Series and pursues a Master of Music degree in Composition with Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California.

Diapason Magazine names Thomas Mellan as one of its 2019 "20 under 30" young musicians pushing organ music in new directions. In 2018, he performed at the International Organ Festival of Lille, and that of St. Antoine l’Abbaye, in France. He gave the Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue during an artistic residency at the Organ Hall in Lviv. In 2015, he performed as Rising Star in the American Guild of Organists’ West Region Regional Convention and in the Centennial International Summer Organ Festival at the Spreckels Pavilion. As Young Artist of the Year, he performed a solo recital in the 23rd Organ Festival at St. Eustache in Paris, France. In 2011, Mr. Mellan was one of six organists who recorded the official Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ DVD.

Mr. Mellan's catalog of over thirty compositions includes orchestral, chamber and solo works. In 2019, he performed his organ composition, "Ballade de l’impossible," as Cameron Carpenter's guest at Walt Disney Concert Hall. LA Times music critic, Mark Sved, described "Ballade de l’impossible" as being “manically unpredictable”. In 2016, Sakura cello quintet and the USC Thornton Symphony premiered his work …"on transcendence…," for five solo cellos and orchestra. Mr. Melllan's music compositions have been performed at the Chautauqua Institute (New York), Rider University and the Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego, California), Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles, California), the University of Southern California and Église St. Eustache (Paris, France).

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music named Thomas Mellan as the Outstanding Graduate of the masters class of 2019 and the undergraduate class of 2017, for graduating with a Master of Music degree in organ and a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in organ performance and composition. He studied organ with Cherry Rhodes at USC, and worked privately with Jean Guillou in Paris. In 2016, Mr. Mellan received the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. In 2013, the USC Thornton School of Music awarded the Thornton Faculty Award, its most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, to Thomas Mellan.

Espen Nystog Aas is a Norwegian clarinetist who is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at USC with world renowned clarinet professor Yehuda Gilad. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music and a Graduate Certificate from USC Thornton School of Music. Espen is a versatile player with experience in many different genres. He was awarded a fellowship with the Norwegian Wind Orchestra for his free classical improvisations, which led to concerts in Frankfurts Alte Oper, NDR Hamburg and a premiere at Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Together with Åsbjørg Ryeng on Bandoneon, Espen enjoys a break from the classical world with genres such as klezmer, balkan and tango music. With “Swing’it Dixieband,” he has played in jazz festivals across Europe and recorded two albums. When not playing music, Espen can be found cycling in the canyons or sailing the blue Pacific.


Ukrainian-born violinist Orest Smovzh is currently based in United States.

For the last few years, he works under mentorship of Midori Gotō, and also received most memorable coachings from pianist Ferenc Rados, baritone Thomas Hampson and lute player Nigel North. In addition to performing - Orest is dedicated to organizing festivals, promoting contemporary music, historically informed performance, music journalism and conducting.

Orest is the co-founder of such projects as Melaka Classics – innovative classical music project in Malaysia, Collegium Management - one of the most vibrant concert organizations of Ukraine, Dzenzelivka Classical Week - the first Ukrainian chamber music festival in a village, where he served as the Artistic Director for 8 years.

He commissioned and premiered around 40 works from leading composers of Ukraine, also Singapore and USA. In 2016, Orest had his conducting debut with Antoniy Baryshevskyi and Rivne Philharmonic Orchestra.

Orest collaborated in chamber performances with members of Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, musicians from Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, Tsinandali Academy, pianists Thomas Hoppe, Fazıl Say, Albert Tiu, cellist Michael Kannen and violinist Vadim Gluzman. He also worked on a diverse chamber repertoire with Leon Fleisher, Gyorgy Takacs-Nagy, Jeffrey Kahane, Bernard Lanskey, members of Tokyo String Quartet, Ellen Mack and Shlomo Mintz.

As a soloist, Orest took part in historically informed performances with Masaaki Suzuki, and received continuous coachings from Adam and Rotem Gilbert. In numerous outreach projects with Midori, Orest performed at orphanages, jails, hospitals and halfway homes in towns of Baja California, Mexico, Los Angeles, as well as schools in Sendai, Japan and centers for senior citizens in Baltimore.

Over the past few years, Orest led Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra, USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, YST Conservatory Strings, European Youth Orchestra and Tchaikovsky Academy String Orchestra for performances in Kyiv, Singapore, Beijing, Los Angeles, Baltimore and several cities in Italy.

Orest is a winner of 2015 Tadeusz Wroński Violin Solo Competition, and a finalist of 2018 George Enescu Violin Competition - he has performed on instruments by Guarneri del Gesù, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Carlo Landolfi, Lorenzo Storioni and Stefan-Peter Greiner, loaned by late Mr Rin Kei Mei and private collections.

Orest holds degrees from Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied with Mariya Futorska, Yaroslava Rivnyak, Dmytro Tkachenko, Qian Zhou, and participated in masterclasses by Vadym Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Ivry Gitlis, Pierre Amoyal, Pinchas Zukerman, Nam Yun Kim, Augustin Dumay, Petru Munteanu, Kszysztof Węgrzyn and David Takeno.

Being a versatile artist, Orest is most enthusiastic about recital repertoire and creative, unexpected concert programs. His artistic geography includes Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Spain, Great Britain, USA, Mexico, Israel, Georgia, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.



PROGRAM

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (arrangement for clarinet and piano by Espen Aas and Thomas Mellan):
- No. 1, Denn es gehet dem Menschen
- No. 3, O Tod, wie bitter bist du

Alban Berg (1885-1935): Vier Stücke, Op. 5 for clarinet and piano (transcription by Thomas Mellan):
- Mässig
- Sehr langsam
- Sehr rasch
- Langsam

Anton Webern (1883-1945): Vier Stücke, for violin and piano (transcription by Thomas Mellan):
- Sehr langsam
- Rasch
- Sehr langsam
- Bewegt

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847):
Violin and Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 4 (arrangement by Thomas Mellan):
- Adagio-Allegro moderato
- Poco adagio
- Allegro agitato

INTERMISSION

http://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/f ... ienne.html
Caen Cavaille-Coll virtual pipe organ


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) (transcription for organ by Thomas Mellan):
- Étude Op. 25 #10
- Étude Op. 10 #4

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale “Ad Nos, ad salutarem undam”, from Meyerbeers “Le Prophète”, S.259

Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 12:56 am
by seh52
https://www.facebook.com/thomas.mellan

Facebook Live concert!
Tuesday, May 19 at 10 am, Los Angeles time.

BIOGRAPHY

Keyboard artist and composer, Thomas Mellan, was born in Lyon, France in 1995. Mr. Mellan lives in Los Angeles where he is Organist in Residence of the Jacaranda Concert Series and pursues a Master of Music degree in Composition with Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California.

Diapason Magazine names Thomas Mellan as one of its 2019 "20 under 30" young musicians pushing organ music in new directions. In 2018, he performed at the International Organ Festival of Lille, and that of St. Antoine l’Abbaye, in France. He gave the Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen’s Livre d’Orgue during an artistic residency at the Organ Hall in Lviv. In 2015, he performed as Rising Star in the American Guild of Organists’ West Region Regional Convention and in the Centennial International Summer Organ Festival at the Spreckels Pavilion. As Young Artist of the Year, he performed a solo recital in the 23rd Organ Festival at St. Eustache in Paris, France. In 2011, Mr. Mellan was one of six organists who recorded the official Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ DVD.

Mr. Mellan's catalog of over thirty compositions includes orchestral, chamber and solo works. In 2019, he performed his organ composition, "Ballade de l’impossible," as Cameron Carpenter's guest at Walt Disney Concert Hall. LA Times music critic, Mark Sved, described "Ballade de l’impossible" as being “manically unpredictable”. In 2016, Sakura cello quintet and the USC Thornton Symphony premiered his work …"on transcendence…," for five solo cellos and orchestra. Mr. Melllan's music compositions have been performed at the Chautauqua Institute (New York), Rider University and the Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego, California), Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles, California), the University of Southern California and Église St. Eustache (Paris, France).

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music named Thomas Mellan as the Outstanding Graduate of the masters class of 2019 and the undergraduate class of 2017, for graduating with a Master of Music degree in organ and a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in organ performance and composition. He studied organ with Cherry Rhodes at USC, and worked privately with Jean Guillou in Paris. In 2016, Mr. Mellan received the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. In 2013, the USC Thornton School of Music awarded the Thornton Faculty Award, its most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, to Thomas Mellan.

Looking forward to playing as part of Dr. Carol Williams' virtual organ festival on May 19th at 1pm EST, here on Facebook live! Thank you to Stanley E Harris for making his epic Hauptwerk setup available for this great cause. I will be playing these two virtual pipe organs:

1885 Cavaille-Coll: St. Etienne Abbey, Caen, France

1973 Marcussen: Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Program:

Franz Liszt (1811-1886):

- Fantasy and Fugue on BACH (trans. Guillou)
- Transcendental Study No. 5 (trans. Mellan)
- Totentanz (trans. Mellan)
- Nuages Gris (trans. Mellan)
- Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad nos..."
- Transcendental Study No. 10 (trans. Mellan)

Re: Stan's Music Parlor--Hauptwerk Recitals in Los Angeles

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:58 pm
by seh52
During the pandemic, there are no audiences, but some musicians still use Hauptwerk to record. Thomas Mellan created this using Hauptwerk's audio recording feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7RZk15o7Mk