Paula Robison to Premiere New Flute Work by Michael Tilson Thomas
By Vivien Schweitzer
From PlaybillArts.com - 18 Aug 2006
Flutist Paula Robison and pianist Ken Noda will give the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas's Notturno on September 15 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York.
The rest of the program covers 19th- and 20th-century works for flute with and without accompaniment: Bohuslav Martinu's First Sonata for Flute and Piano; Toru Takemitsu's Voice for solo flute; three mélodies by Gabriel Fauré, Aurore, Les Berceaux and Notre Amour; and Cécile Chaminade's Concertino.
Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, has written a number of works; most recently Rilke Songs in 2004. Other compositions include Notturno for Flute, Harp, and String Quintet; Island Music for two marimbas and Tea with Maggie.
Robison recently released two recordings of Brazilian music. She has commissioned concertos from Leon Kirchner, Toru Takemitsu and Oliver Knussen, among others.
Ken Noda is musical assistant to James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, where he began working in 1991 after he retired from a full-time career as a concert pianist.