Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (MCCE) presents a commissioned world premiere by MCCE’s 2011-12 composer-in-residence Andrew Rosciszewski and works by MCCE’s Composer Search Finalist 2011 Enrico Arcaro, Franz Joseph Haydn and Alec Wilder on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8pm. The evening features MCCE members Tamara Keshecki (flute), Clarice Jensen (cello), Sandra Pace (piano & organ), Vincent Livolsi (percussion), Andrew Rosciszewski (electric bass) and a guest oboist.
The performance will take place at Holy Child Church, located at 4747 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY, this Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 with Andrew Rosciszewski and Enrico Arcaro. The concert will be livestreamed from www.mcensemble.org via Justin.TV. Tickets are $15; $5 for students (22 and under with ID). For further information, please call 718-907-3488, email email@example.com or visit www.mcensemble.org.
On the Program:
Sonic Real Estate by Andrew Rosciszewski, MCCE 2011-12 Composer-in-Residence (commissioned world premiere)
Transient Tide by Enrico Arcaro, MCCE 2011 Composer Search Finalist
Concerto in F Major for Organ, 2 violins and bass (Hob XVIII:7) by Franz Joseph Haydn
Flute & Bongos #1 & #2 by Alec Wilder
Andrew Rosciszewski, composer-in-residence, and bassist, is known for his genre-bending compositions that fuse classical with rock in a colorful, eclectic style that reflects his passion and diversity of a wide musical palette. Rosciszewski’s music has been performed by the Vermont Philharmonic, under the baton of Music Director Lou Kosma (MET Opera Orchestra), Evening Rhapsody Wind Trio with the commission of “Fantastic Adventure” as well as Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. (MCCE) with whom he has built a long standing relationship. His music has been performed at numerous venues including the Barre Opera House, New York University, Staten Island Museum, Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, New Jersey City University and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) via webstream, amongst others. Rosciszewski is a member of ASCAP and holds a BM from New Jersey City University where he studied composition with Dr. Stelio Dubbiosi.
Enrico Arcaro’s musical ventures began in the 1990’s hardcore scene in Staten Island, NY. After years composing in his bands, and performing as a sequencer-wielding, electro-acoustic solo artist, he began his music training in 2003, and was composing by 2006. Heavily influenced by the epics of early Metallica, Radiohead and Indie bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, Rollins Band, Lincoln, Shelter, and Quicksand, he has fused these influences with those gained throughout his academic journey, including Beethoven, Bach, Shostakovich, Chopin, and Debussy. Enrico’s music is most characterized by its odd meters, rhythmic motives, extended harmonies, Indie rock emotionalism, ostinatos, rawness, and atmospheric grooves. His compositional goals include: Intensity and sincerity, upholding a communicative narrative, and balancing the dichotomous elements of sweetness and brutality.
Enrico obtained his Bachelors of Science in Music from CUNY College of Staten Island, studying guitar, piano, and composition. He graduated with honors, receiving the Ted McIrvine Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, and the CSI Foundation Prize for Outstanding Music by Students. Enrico went on to obtain his Master of Music in Music Theory & Composition at NYU Steinhardt. While studying composition with Justin Dello Joio, he was awarded a string quartet residency, and was named winner of NYU’s Takemitsu Project composition contest for his work Fifth Dimension. Enrico has received multiple grants from COAHSI, including an Original Work Grant in 2010 for Impressions of the Human Condition, as well as an Excellence in Art Grant in 2011.
Enrico is currently an adjunct professor at CUNY College of Staten Island, director of instrumental ensemble Audiometry, instructor at Rustic Music and the Staten Island Conservatory, as well as a private instructor of guitar, composition, piano and music theory. As a teacher, Enrico aims to relay the wisdom gained from his diverse musical experiences. Through cultivating technique, theoretical understanding, individual inspirations, and nurturing each student’s unique musical voice, he strives to instill awareness of music’s communicative power, urging his students to use their musicianship as a vehicle of self-expression.