Ligeti Split mini-Festival, February 15–16, 2017
On February 15–16, 2017, the Birdfoot Festival continues its sixth season with Ligeti Split, a two-concert mini-festival presented in partnership with the Tulane Newcomb Department of Music, Dillard University, and WWNO 89.9FM . This mini-festival, made possible by the Selly Foundation Fund, explores music by György Ligeti, one of the 20th century’s wildest and most creative minds.
These two free concerts conclude Birdfoot’s third Artist Residency (February 9–16), during which celebrated British pianist Danny Driver, violinist Jenna Sherry (Birdfoot Festival co-founder and Artistic Director), and horn player Roy Femenella will spend seven days in New Orleans rehearsing, teaching, performing, and inspiring music lovers and the next generation of musicians alike.
Special features of the 2017 February Artist Residency include Birdfoot Backstage, a solo recital by Danny Driver, and an all-day workshop for Birdfoot’s award-winning Young Artist Program.
Birdfoot artists win at Melbourne Competition
Congratulations to Birdfoot Artists Prach Boondiskulchok, Vladimir Waltham, Clara Kim, Jo Whang and their chamber ensembles, the Linos Trio and the Argus Quartet. Not only did they make it into the extremely competitive semi-finals of this summer’s Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, but the Linos Trio (featuring pianist Boondiskulchok and cellist Waltham) won first prize and the audience prize!
The Melbourne Competition takes place once every four years and is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious competitions. Come congratulate the Argus Quartet in person during their concerts and events at the Birdfoot Festival’s first annual Fall Residency, November 8–14, 2015.
2014 Birdfoot Festival Photo Essay
Not to miss: New Orleans photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, known for his documentary photography of musicians and New Orleans culture, has published a gorgeous and insightful photo essay on the 2014 Birdfoot Festival. Be sure to listen to the sound clip by audio documentarian Joseph Stolarick.
Check it out: Birdfoot Mentoring Program Photo Essay
You’ll enjoy the photo essay by New Orleans photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, featuring the gorgeous and insightful photos he took during Birdfoot’s 2013 and 2014 Chamber Music Mentoring Program. Also featured along with the photo essay is an interview with Birdfoot violist Dashiel Nesbitt and a short video clip from the 2014 final Mentoring Program concert. Learn more about this program, expanded in Fall 2015 into Birdfoot’s Young Artist Program here.
Birdfoot named a Rukkus Top 30 U.S. Music Festival
Birdfoot, along with the Marlboro Music Festival and several other chamber music festivals, has just made Rukkus’s 2015 Top 30 U.S. Music Festivals!
Making Music on Julia Street
Several afternoons each May, the Julia Street Arts District overflows wit classical chamber music. Surrounded by paintings and massive, fragile glass sculptures, small groups of local music students, coached by Birdfoot Festival artists, are oblivious to gallery visitors as they explore works of classical chamber music. “Hearing music as they walked by, people would turn around… READ MORE HERE
Wondering what Birdfoot artists are listening to?
Inspired by a conversation with a Birdfoot fan, festival Artistic Director Jenna Sherry asked Birdfoot’s 2013 artists about their recent musical discoveries, inspirations, and obsessions. Their flood of replies produced some incredible new discoveries for us all and we’re excited to share their listening recommendations, ranging from Bach motets (who knew?) to albums featuring percussion and jazz. Learn more HERE.
Birdfoot Festival performances named “Best of 2013″ by NOLA Defender
Three performances from the 2013 Birdfoot Festival made the NOLA Defender’s list of 10 Best New Orleans Orchestral and Chamber Performances of 2013.
Former New Orleans resident and piano virtuoso Danny Driver, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, violinist Lisa Romain, and cellist Joann Whang’s interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” “had an obvious affect on audiences. Rarely have classical listeners been seen more quiet and attentive, and their reactions ran the gamut from teary-eyed to solemn to blissful. The performance generated one of the longest-running standing ovations of the year, and it continues to be one of the most talked about Birdfoot pieces of 2013.” Read more here