De Noailles' Bal Masqué
Baritone Tyler Duncan headlines an evening inspired by a 1932 “spectacle-concert” commissioned by arts patrons Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Noailles. In a 21st century reimagining of that event, the program includes two works for voice and an instrumental group: Francis Poulenc's boisterous Le bal masqué, and a new composition by Mark Applebaum, drawing text from poet K. Silem Mohammad's anagrams of Shakespeare sonnets.
Part of a concert series honoring renowned arts patrons from early 20th century Paris.
Tyler Duncan, baritone
James Austin Smith, oboe
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Thomas Bergeron, trumpet
Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
Tessa Lark, violin/viola
Jay Campbell, cello
Steven Beck, piano
F. Poulenc: Le bal masqué
Mark Applebaum: Control Freak 2
Mark Applebaum: Aphasia, for hand gestures and tape
Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Leadership support for music programming in 2015 provided by the J.C. Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
BAC is a presenter partner of Composers Now.
Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Huntsman in Dvorák’s Rusalka. At the Spoleto Festival he debuted as Mr. Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora, returning the next season as the Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Other appearances have included the role of Raymondo in Handel’s Almira with the Boston Early Music Festival, Dandini in Rossini’s La cenerentola with Pacific Opera Victoria; and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Princeton Festival.
Tyler has performed masterworks by Mahler, Bach, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Handel, Beethoven, and Haydn, with orchestras and symphonies including American Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, among others. He has also performed at Germany’s Halle Händel Festival, Verbier Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Stratford Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Tyler has received prizes from the Naumburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Munich’s ARD competitions, and won the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award, and Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia, Germany’s Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg), and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich). He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.
Mark Applebaum, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Composition at Stanford University. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia, including notable commissions from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Kronos Quartet, and the Vienna Modern Festival.
Many of his pieces are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, a concerto for florist and orchestra, pieces for instruments made of junk, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, a chamber work comprised of obsessive page turns, and a 72-foot long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation. His TED talk has been seen by more than one million viewers. Applebaum is also an accomplished jazz pianist and builds electroacoustic sound-sculptures out of junk, hardware, and found objects. He serves on the board of Other Minds, and at Stanford he is the founding director of [sic]—the Stanford Improvisation Collective.
Slide and bio photos: Colin Miils / Upcoming performance page composite photo: Duncan by Colin Mills, Applebaum by Nicole Scarborough