Since 1999, Mannes has presented a yearlong music festival every year. Each festival has a theme and a program of more than 20 concerts performed by Mannes Colleges gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests, and held at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. The festivals are an outstanding component of the total Mannes program.Each festival is an exploration of an individual composer, a musical group, a stylistic movement, or a specific historical period. At most events, pre-concert remarks by the festivals artistic director, Pavlina Dokovska, increase audience understanding and appreciation of the theme and the works performed.
The 2012 festival, The Rise of Modernism, draws us into the interaction between modern music and modern art during the period 1890-1939. This was a time of great change in the world and collaboration between artists. There were many innovative connections between music and poetry, music and visual art, and music and theater. Claude Debussy described this time: "The century of airplanes has a right to its own music. As there are no precedents, I must create anew." Mannes explores the Rise of Modernism through concerts and master classes by students, faculty, and guests.
Ravel: Sonatine in F-sharp minor
Evgenia Rabinovich, piano
Fauré: "Nell," "Notre Amour," "Le Secret," and "Fleur Jetée"
Chelsea Feltman, soprano; Eunkyung Lee, piano
Scriabin: Sonata No. 3 "Etats d'âme," op. 23
Shulin Guo, piano
Hindemith: Sonata for flute and piano
SungAe Song, flute; Yoori Hong, piano
Boehm: Sextet for Brass
Bruno Lourensetto, trumpet
Alexandria Smith, trumpet
Matthew Brunt, trumpet
Alexander Chin, horn
Jasper Lin, trombone
Christopher Smith, tuba