Tuesday 18 June 2024

18 premieres, three new commissions and a new disc: Odaline de la Martinez celebrates her 75th birthday this Autumn

Odaline de la Martinez
Odaline de la Martinez 
Composer/conductor Odaline de la Martinez celebrates her 75th birthday this Autumn, and is doing so in a typically dynamic fashion with a return of her London Festival of American Music that will feature 18 premieres, alongside three of her own works being premiered this Autumn and a new disc of piano concertos by 20th century women composers.

The London Festival of American Music runs from 11 – 15 November at The Warehouse in Waterloo. This 9th edition of the festival will include 18 premieres by fellow Émigres Ursula Mamlok, Ruth Schonthal and Latin American Émigres Tania Leon and Alba Potes, alongside American composers William Dougherty, Daniel Asia, Aaron Einbond, Elizabeth Ogonek, Daniel Thomas Davis, and Louis Karchin. 

The opening concert includes the UK premiere of American composer William Dougherty’s, A Stillness of Zero Sensation, a specially written work by the award-winning composer Daniel Thomas Davis, Elizabeth Ogonek’s Falling Up and Odaline de la Martinez’s Canciones with American mezzo-soprano Amber Fasquelle.

The second concert, Female Émigrees, features world premieres from composers Ursula Mamlok and Ruth Schonthal, who fled the Nazis during World War Two, and Tania Leon, a Cuban emigree celebrating her 80th birthday this year and the Colombian born Alba Potes. The final concert will feature Scott Stroman conducting the London premiere of Martinez’ Three Afro Cuban Poems alongside his own Jazz Psalms

Martinez Three Afro Cuban Poems has been commissioned by ORA Singers and is premiered by them, conducted by Suzi Digby, on 28 September at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Another Martinez premiere takes place on 1 December at the Barbican when pianist Samantha Ege plays her Studies in Rhythm

October will see the release of the disc Maestra, which features Martinez conducting Lontano with Samantha Ege in Julia Perry's Piano Concerto No.2, and Doreen Carwithen's Piano Concerto.

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