Several local concerts and recordings are planned to show off the work of composer Marcel Tyberg.
At 5 p.m. today in the Holmes Chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church, soprano Lucinda Hohn will present a recital including three of the English versions of his works. They are "Evening Bells" (text by Sir Thomas More), "To a Flower" (Barry Cornwell) and "My Heart's in the Highlands" (Robert Burns).
Pianist Elenora Seib and violinist Andrea Cone will participate in the recital, which will also include works of MacDowell, Vaughan Williams and California composer Ron McFarland.
Hohn, who has her degree from California State College Sonoma, and did extensive further study in England, has also been tapped to suggest appropriate singers and to oversee the recording of all of Tyberg's lieder.
Next up will be a Buffalo performance at 7:30 p.m. March 1 in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., by the prominent young pianist Katya Grineva, who will play Tyberg's Piano Sonata No. 1, completed in 1920, and the 1934 Piano Sonata No. 2. Grineva will also record both of the sonatas for future release.
Grineva is an artist with a strong reputation as a pianist of exceptional romantic/poetic expression who above all values the beauty of tone. Her strong advocacy of the Tyberg sonatas indicates that she feels his music is a natural match for the interpretive pianistic principles she espouses.
A regular performer at New York's Carnegie Hall, Grineva has singled out Tyberg's Sonata No. 1 for inclusion in her June 1 recital on that famed venue's main stage. That will be the first step in taking Tyberg's music to a wider, international audience.
Later this year, JoAnn Falletta is planning to present a concert with members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra offering the first performances of Tyberg's Trio for piano, violin and cello, and his Sextet for two violins, two violas, cello and double bass. A recording is also scheduled for these chamber works.
-- Herman Trotter