Next Up Series

Colburn alumni may no longer be studying in our halls, but they are performers for life. Thanks to the generosity of donations both large and small, we are pleased to welcome them back for the Next Up Series. The entire inaugural 2020-2021 series is available on demand, and you can watch on demand or learn more about the individual programs here.

If you have any questions regarding the series or submission cycles, please feel free to reach out to Michele Yamamoto, Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations at myamamoto@colburnschool.edu.

2021–22 Series

From amazing solo performances to multimedia explorations, this year’s Next Up Series will make its premiere in our halls and return to the virtual stage. The series kicks off in October and runs through May 2022. Read more about the exciting selections and stay tuned for the dates and locations coming in the full season announcement this September.

Chromatophores
Thursday, October 14

The chromatophore is the specialized cell that allows a chameleon to change its color, and Ryan Davis’ seeks to explore that malleability as a composer and violist. This program underlines today’s plurality of taste and access, juxtaposing Ryan’s original compositions with electronics, unaccompanied solo Bach, and even a cover of Daft Punk.

Program Information
RYAN DAVIS Dreaming, After All (2021)
RYAN DAVIS Blood Orange (2019)
BACH Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
 II. Allemande
VIEUXTEMPS Capriccio, Op. posth. “Hommage à Paganini”
RYAN DAVIS Tokyostep (2019)
BACH Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
 III. Courante
 V. Bourrée I
 VI. Bourrée II
DAFT PUNK arr. RYAN DAVIS Get Lucky (2013)
RYAN DAVIS Set A Fire In My Snow (2021)
RYAN DAVIS Colour You Like (2020)

Ryan Davis (Conservatory ’19), Viola

To Be Bach or Not to Be Bach
Thursday, December 9

“To Be Bach or Not to Be Bach” is a program of three works for violin and harpsichord that have been attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Their BWV catalog numbers suggest that they are original compositions by Bach—but are they? Performed on period instruments, this program paints a picture of the musical world in which Bach lived.

Program Information
BACH Suite for Violin and Harpsichord in A Major, BWV 1025
 I. Fantasia
 II. Courante
 III. Entrée
 IV. Rondeau
 V. Sarabande
 VI. Menuett
 VII. Allegro
BACH Sonata for Violin and Continuo in C Minor, BWV 1024
 I. Adagio
 II. Presto
 III. Aetuoso
 IV. Vivace
BACH Sonata for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord in E Major, BWV 1016
 I. Adagio
 II. Allegro
 III. Adagio ma non tanto
 IV. Allegro

Kako Miura (Conservatory ’19), Violin
Ian Pritchard, Harpsichord

Celestial Suite, Combining Astronomy and Music
Thursday, January 27

“Celestial Suite” explores the work of five astronomers: Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking. Each movement is set against visuals draw from real astronomical images with narrator Kyle Kremer drawing connections between music and science. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join Kyle for an informal Q&A and telescope viewing of the night sky.

Program Information
JAMES STEPHENSON Celestial Suite for Brass Quintet
 I. Copernicus
 II. Galileo
 III. Newton
 IV. Hubble
 V. Hawking

Kyle Kremer (Conservatory ’15), Narration
Brass Quintet

Solo
Thursday, March 17

“Celestial Suite” explores the work of five astronomers: Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking. Each movement is set against visuals draw from real astronomical images with narrator Kyle Kremer drawing connections between music and science. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join Kyle for an informal Q&A and telescope viewing of the night sky.

Program Information
KREISLER Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice, Op.6
YSAŸE Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”
WYNTON MARSALIS Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin
 II. As the Wind Goes
BACH Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
 V. Chaconne

Evin Blomberg (Conservatory ’15), Violin

The Life and Music of Ernst Toch
Thursday, May 12

Ernst Toch’s life and work are explored in historical context as Hirata performs pieces in chronological order with the narration from Toch’s grandson, author Lawrence Weschler. Beginning with the Brahms and Mozart of Toch’s early days in Europe through Toch’s very last piano pieces written in Southern California in 1962.

Program Information
BRAHMS Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, No. 1
MOZART Minuet in D Major, K. 355/576b
SCHOENBERG Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11
 I. Mässige Viertel
TOCH Burlesken, Op. 31
TOCH Profiles, Op. 68
TOCH Reflections, Op. 86

Makiko Hirata (Conservatory ’10), Piano
Lawrence Weschler, Author