Bass-baritone soloist Eric Owens joins the Dolce Suono Ensemble for Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60 at the Glencairn Museum in May 2011. Photo by Pete Checchia.
Charles Abramovic, Mimi Stillman, composer Steven Mackey, bass-baritone Eric Owens, Yumi Kendall, Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, and Juliette Kang in rehearsal for Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60. Photo by Ronni L. Gordon. Courtesy of Dolce Suono Ensemble.
Soprano Lucy Shelton joins the Dolce Suono Ensemble in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, February 2012, as part of Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60. Left to right: Mimi Stillman, flute; Marc Rovetti, violin; Charles Abramovic, piano; Lucy Shelton, soprano; Yumi Kendall, cello; Paul Demers, clarinet. Photo by Donna Higgins.
Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series presented Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60, a two-season commissioning project marking the centennial of Gustav Mahler's death and the 60th anniversary of the death of Arnold Schoenberg with premiere performances of six new works. In year one, David Ludwig, Steven Mackey, Fang Man, Stratis Minakakis, and Steven Stucky composed chamber works for bass-baritone Eric Owens and the Dolce Suono Ensemble, reflecting on the music of Mahler. The program included Mahler's first song cycle, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen ("Songs of a Wayfarer"). In year two, Dolce Suono was joined by soprano Lucy Shelton in the premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, composed in response to Schoenberg and played on a program that includes his seminal Pierrot Lunaire. The project included composer discussions, open rehearsals, educational programs, and master classes.