Aleksandra Vrebalov (b 1970)
200 PIECES PORTAL Re (world premiere)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Communion and Sortie from Messe de la Pentecôte
Anton Heiller (1923-1979)
Fantasia super Salve Regina
Franz Schmidt (1874-1939)
O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen
Johann Nepomuk David (1895-1977)
Introitus, Chorale and Fugue on a theme by Anton Bruckner, Wk25
James Orford, Joshua Ryan and Charles Maxtone-Smith organ
Academy Brass Ensemble
Roc Fargas i Castells conductor
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Aleksandra Vrebalov, a native of the former Yugoslavia, left Serbia in 1995 and now lives in New York City. She has written more than 80 works, ranging from concert music, to opera and modern dance, to music for film. Her works have been commissioned and/or performed by the Kronos Quartet, Serbian National Theater, Carnegie Hall, Moravian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Festival Ballet. Her awards include The Harvard Fromm Commission, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, Barlow Endowment Commission, MAP Fund, Vienna Modern Masters, Meet the Composer, and Douglas Moore Fellowship, and her works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Innova, Centaur Records, Vienna Modern Masters and Ikarus Films.
Vrebalov’s collaborative work with director Bill Morrison, Beyond Zero (1914–1918), was commissioned and premiered by the Kronos Quartet at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances in April 2014 and had its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival that summer. Her string quartet …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… was written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet for the album Floodplain. Her string quartet Pannonia Boundless was published by Boosey & Hawkes as part of the Kronos Collection, and recorded for the album Kronos Caravan. In 2018, Vrebalov wrote Missa Supratext for the Quartet and SF Girls Chorus.
Vrebalov’s cross-disciplinary interests led to participation at residencies and fellowships that include the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, The Hermitage, New York’s New Dramatists, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, American Opera Projects, Other Minds Festival and Tanglewood. Between 2007 and 2011, Vrebalov created and led Summer in Sombor (Serbia), a weeklong composition workshop with the South Oxford Six composers’ collective that she co-founded in 2002 in New York. The workshop facilitated the creation of over fifty new works by young composers from Europe and the USA. Most recently, Vrebalov joined Muzikhane (House of Music) founded by composer Sahba Aminikia in Mardin and Nusaybin, towns on Turkish/Syrian border, and made music with young refugees from Syria and Iraq.
As a Serbian expatriate, Vrebalov is the recipient of the Golden Emblem from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for lifelong dedication and contribution to her native country’s culture.
Sheung Yin Chan