Current Projects & Events

Cayenna Appointed Associate Conductor

Orchestra of St John's


In September Cayenna was appointed by John Lubbock, OBE, to be the Orchestra of St John's first Associate Conductor in its 50-year history. Cayenna will work alongside John to support OSJ's mission of bringing concerts of unrivalled artistic excellence to OSJ's communities with the aim of making the emotion, drama and culture of live classical music available to everyone.
Deborah Pritchard

Water-Culture: Women's Work(s)

Deborah Prichard

Final Commission For Water-Culture: Women's Works


Deborah Pritchard is the final composer to be commissioned for Cayenna's 6-year commissioning project. This is an exciting addition to the existing compositions, by Nicola LeFanu, Rachel Lockwood, Kate Whitley, Solfa Carlile and William Marshall. Deborah's recent violin concerto Wall of Water was composed in response to Maggi Hambling painting of the same name and has received national attention and acclaim. The commission is scheduled to be premiered in 2018 by the Orchestra of St John's.

Junior Research Fellowship

Somerville College


Cayenna has received a Fulford Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College, University of Oxford. She joins a vibrant musical team including composer and researcher Toby Young, who is director of studies for music at Somerville, Will Dawes, Director of Chapel Music and conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, Senior Music Associate.
Past Projects & Events

Sinfonia Gaia

Tandem Festival 2017


Returning after a thunderstorm inducing performance of Beethoven 6 in 2015*, Sinfonia Gaia, conducted by Cayenna Ponchione, performs again at the Tandem Festival. This year we welcome back mezzo-soprano, Charlotte Tetley, to sing the UK premiere of 'Trying To Live' by Rachel Lockwood. 'Trying to Live' is part of the Displace Voices Project which commissions works to set the words of refugees. The programme will also feature works by Ravel, Debussy and Smyth.

Performance response visual artist Merlin Porter will lead the audience in a live artistic response during the concert.

17 June 2017
Lower Farm, Ramsden, Oxfordshire, OX7 3AZ
3.00 pm

For more information and tickets visit: www.tandemcollective.org

*In 2015 the orchestra managed to invoke a thundershower by playing the last three movements of Beethoven's 6th Symphony which depicts a happy people in the countryside in the 3rd movement, an approaching and then drenching thunderstorm in the 4th movement, and the return of the sun at the beginning of the 5th movement. The weather couldn't have been more precisely choreographed to the music! We had never see so many drenched but thoroughly delighted audience members!
Mental Health Association in Tompkins County

Sounding 2020

A Polyphony of Personalities:

A commission for the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County


With the assistance of Aara Edwards, we have collected statements from people living with mental health issues throughout Tompkins County. They were asked to express in prose or poetry what they would tell the world about their experience living with mental health if given the chance. Ithaca-based theatre artist, Camilla Schade will curate the texts into spoken word to work with music written by composer Josh Oxford.

The commission will be premiered on 23rd July by the GrassRoots Festival Orchestra in Trumansburg, New York, conducted by Cayenna Ponchione. Tickets to the Festival are available at the GrassRoots Festival.
Sounding2020
Sounding 2020 is a 5-year commissioning project dedicated to highlighting current humanitarian and environmental issues through the generation and performance of new orchestral works. It facilitates the pairing of individuals, groups or organizations interested commissioning a piece of music about a specific topic with composers, and then presents these works in concert.

Up to 10 new works (no more than two each year) will be commissioned and performed between 2016-2020 READ MORE...
Grassroots Festival Orchestra

GrassRoots Festival Orchestra

CONCERT: A Polyphony of Personalities


Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Leila Nassar-Fredell, leader

Soloists:
Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin and Elizabeth Simkin, cello

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 23th, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

This year's programme celebrates the diversity of humanity through the premiere of Sounding 2020's newest commission for the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County (see more information above) and a programme featuring the music of some of histories more colorful composers.

Schumann: 'Manfred' Overture
Smyth: Serenade in D, mvt 1
Oxford, Josh: A Polyphony of Personalities
Brahms: Double Concerto, mvt 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Scherzo

Transforming 19th-Century Historically Informed Performance


Cayenna has been awarded a three-year postdoc as a Research Assistant on the AHRC funded research project, Transforming 19th-Century Historically Informed Performance. She will work in collaboration with Principal Investigator, Claire Holden, Co-principal Investigator, Professor Eric Clarke, and Research Assistant, Marten Noorduin. The project explores the way in which musicians rehearsed and interacted with each other in the 19th Century.

Oxford Sinfonia Concert

Woolfenden, Copland and Nielsen


Cayenna returns to conduct the Oxford Sinfonia this spring in a concert which features the works of composers whose works were deeply inspired by nature and a sense of place. The programme will feature Nielsen's less frequently performed 6th Symphony alongside Copland's hallmark composition, Appalachian Spring. The orchestral version of Guy Woolfenden's Divertimento is performed in memory of the composer who passed in the last year.

8 April 2017
St Mary's University Church, Oxford
7.30 pm

For more information and tickets visit: www.oxfordsinfonia.co.uk

Water-Culture: Women's Work(s) Newest Commission

Nicola LeFanu: May Rain


At the invitation of music director John Lubbock, Cayenna will conduct the Orchestra of St John's in the world premier of Nicola LeFanu's newest work for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, May Rain, on 16th May as part of the orchestra's Ashmolean Museum Proms series. LeFanu was commissioned by Cayenna Ponchione and Graeme Bailey as part of Cayenna's on-going project Water-Culture: Women's Work(s), an initiative which works to raise awareness about global water scarcity through the commissioning and performance of new works by women composers and writers. Mezzo-soprano, Charlotte Tetley, will perform LeFanu's composition alongside previous Water-Culture: Women's Work(s) commissions by Kate Whitley, Rachel Lockwood and Solfa Carlile. May Rain is a setting of Kerry Hardie's poem of the same name and will be performed in the presence of the composer, honouring LeFanu's 70th birthday year. The concert will also feature works by Ibert, Milhaud and Ravel conducted by John Lubbock.

16 May 2017
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
7.30 pm

For more information and tickets visit: www.osj.org.uk
Magna Sinfonia

Cayenna Conducts Sibelius, Copland and Samuel

Magna Sinfonia


Cayenna will conduct the Bournemouth based, Magna Sinfonia, in a concert featuring Sibelius Symphony No. 1, Copland Appalachian Spring, and the premiere performance of the orchestral version of Samuel's This Precious Earth. Cayenna premiered the original chamber version of This Precious Earth in the Holywell Music Room in March 2016 with her ensemble, Sinfonia Adesso. This piece by Welsh composer Rhian Samuel explores the joys as well as the sorrows of life on this precious planet. Paired with the Earth inspired works of Sibelius and Copland, this programme celebrates the connection between human life and our natural environment.

4 February 2017
St Peter's Church, Bournemouth
7.00 pm

For more information and tickets visit: www.magnasinfonia.org
City of Southampton Orchestra

Cayenna Conducts Bartok and Britten

City of Southampton Orchestra


Cayenna conducted the City of Southampton Orchestra in a concert featuring Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. She was joined by pianist Ashok Gupta for the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

12 November 2016
Thornden Hall, Chandler's Ford
7.30 pm

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.csorchestra.org,

Rumble-Stiltskins to be released by ALM Records


The Utari Percussion Duo with internationally renowned percussion artist, Haruka Fujii and her sister Rika Fujii, recorded the latest version of Cayenna's percussion duet, Rumble-Stiltskins for their debut album UTARI to be released spring 2015 from ALM Records.

Scored for two 5.0 marimbas and two pairs of bongos, this virtuosic piece has showcases the incredible talents of these two start performers.

Multi-percussionist Haruka Fujii has become one of the most prominent solo percussionists and marimbists of her generation. She has won international acclaim for her interpretations of contemporary music, having performed premieres of works from composers including Tan Dun, Nico Muhly, Joji Yuasa, and Maki Ishii. Since 2010 Ms. Fujii has performed as a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, joining Mr. Ma and a group of international musicains for several tours. She has frequently collaborated with composer Tan Dun, performing his Water Percussion Concerto... READ MORE

Cayenna Ponchione
Sounding2020

Sounding 2020

We Are Seneca Lake Commissioning Project


Commission fulfilled! In lightning speed, composer, Kathleen Ballantyne, and poet, Melissa Tuckey have collaborated on a new work for orchestra and mezzo soprano to promote the work of We Are Seneca Lake, a grassroots campaign working to keep Texas-based oil company Crestwood Bidstream from exploiting the land around Seneca Lake for the storage of fracked gas products (read more on their website.

The commission is supported by 31 generous backers who pledged to Sounding 2020s first Kickstarter campaign earlier this spring. The piece will be performed and recorded by the GrassRoots Festival Orchestra on Sunday, 24 July at the GrassRoots Festival. Track the process of the project on the Facebook page. READ MORE...
Presentation

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy Grant

For Promoting Women Composers


Cayenna has been awarded a grant from the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy for the commission of a new work by Rachel Lockwood as part of the composer's Displaced Voices commissioning project. Rachel will set the words of UK refugees for voice and chamber orchestra. The GrassRoots Festival Orchestra will premiere the work on 24 July 2016 at the GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, New York.
Grassroots Festival Orchestra

GrassRoots Festival Orchestra

PAST CONCERT


Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Leila Nassar-Fredell, leader

Soloists:
John Paul Tobin, viola and Ivy Walz, mezzo-soprano

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 24th, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

Programme to include premieres from the Displaced Voices commissioning project (Rachel Lockwood, composer) and Sounding 2020's We Are Seneca Lake commissioning project (Kathleen Ballantyne composer and Melissa Tuckey, poet). The concert has been supported in part by a grant from the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy which supports the performance of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata by John Paul Tobin and the commissioning of the Displaced Voices project. Scroll down for more information about these exciting new music projects!

Also on the programme will be works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Butterworth.
OCIC Picture

Oxford Conducting Institute Conducting Studies Conference

24-26 June 2016

St Anne's College, University of Oxford


This conference will explore issues pertaining to the study of conducting from a range of perspectives by bringing together research across a variety of disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology and sociology as well as from practitioners. The tripartite aims of the conference will be to engage researchers and practitioners in productive dialogue, promote practice as research, and raise awareness of the state of research in the field of conducting.

Organized by the Oxford Conducting Institute, the committee members include Dr John Traill, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford; Dr Anthony Gritten, Royal Academy of Music; Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, University of Oxford; and Benjamin Loeb, Executive Director, Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Please visit the conference website for information about the programme and registration or the Facebook page: OCI Conducting Studies Conference. For more details you can also email: oci.conference.info@gmail.com
Presentation

Cayenna gives paper at the Performing Knowledge Conference in Cambridge

The Body Orchestral


Cayenna will present on the embodied process of orchestral performance at the Performing Knowledge Conference at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge on 26th April. View or download the abstract here.

D'un Matin de Printemps

Concert in Celebration of International Women's Day


Monday, 7 March 2016, 6.30/7.00pm
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sponsored by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Daniel Grimwood, piano
Madeleine Easton, violin
Roderick Morris, counter tenor
Sinfonia Addesso, Cayenna Ponchione, music director

6.30 Pre-concert discussion with Nicola LeFanu and Rhian Samuel
7.00pm CONCERT
Elisabeth Lutyens: Driving out the Death
Nicola LeFanu: La Cancion de la Luna
Lili Boulanger: D'un Matin de Printemps
Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Rhian Samuel: On This Precious Earth (World Premiere)
Germaine Tailleferre: Concerto pour Piano et 12 Instruments

Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited (so come early!).

Cayenna

Celebrating the achievements of women composers over the past 100 years, this concert dares to exhale the optimism of a new season in a passage from darkness to light. Performing a mixture of small and large ensemble pieces internationally recognised soloists, Daniel Grimwood, Madeline Easton and Roderick Morris, will be joined by Sinfonia Adesso and conductor Cayenna Ponchione.

Welsh composer Rhian Samuel's new composition for large ensemble has been specially commissioned for this concert. The concert will culminate with the premiere performance of the original orchestration of Tailleferre's Piano Concerto No. 1, reconstructed from the manuscript held at the Library of Congress.

Cayenna Conducts the City of Southampton Orchestra


Saturday, 19 March 2016, 7.30pm
Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford

Featuring Joint Venture Percussion Duo

Dvorak: In Nature's Realm
Sejourne: Double Percussion Concerto for Marimba, Vibes and Orchestra
Sibelius: Symphony no. 6
Traill: Double Percussion Concerto (new commission)

As part of Cayenna's ongoing commitment to bringing environmental concerns to the concert stage through programming and the commissioning of new works, this concert features the compositions of composers whose music was profoundly influenced by nature. The new work by John Traill has been written specifically for the Joint Venture Percussion Duo as part of a larger project which engages students with environmental issues through musical outreach programs.

Joint Venture Percussion Duo
Presentation

Conducting Masterclass with Maestra Marin Alsop and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday 5 December


Cayenna is one of five women conductors to be selected to participate in an exclusive conducting masterclass with Maestra Marin Alsop and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London on Saturday 5 December.
Cayenna Ponchione

IC View Article


The Ithaca College Alumni Magazine, IC View, features Cayenna in an article about her doctoral research at the University of Oxford and her visit to Ithaca College in May 2015 to conduct her composition Consecration for 20 percussionists and saxophone quartet, with the Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble and Steve Mauk's graduate student saxophone quartet. Read the article HERE.

Christ Church Orchestra

Commemorating WWII Czech Air Pilots


Saturday, 21 November 2015, 8.15pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Ireland: Threnody from Concertino Pastorale (1939)
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (1914/1919), Alycia Jewes, violin
Cayenna Ponchione, conductor

Dvorak: Mass in D, Op. 86
Roman Z. Novak, conductor

In a concert that commemorates the contributions of Czech pilots to the Royal Air Force during WWII, the Hlahol Choir visiting from Prague performs with the Christ Church Orchestra.

Cayenna
Presentation

Cayenna gives paper at IRCAM

The Authorship of Orchestral Performance


Cayenna presented a paper The Authorship of Orchestral Performance on Friday 8 October in the Salle Stravinsky at IRCAM in Paris as part of Tracking the Creative Process in Music Conference 2015. The paper explored her research to-date on orchestral creativity and offered a provisional framework for understanding the distribution of agency during orchestral performance. View or download the abstract here.

ASTW featured in press-conference in Venice


Invited by Eriberto Eulisse, director of Centro Internazionale Civilta dell'Acqua and 'Visualizing Water Worlds', Cayenna Ponchione and Gail Holst-Warhaft took part in a press-conference featuring the Art, Science & the Thirsty World video. Gail presented a paper which called for an interdisciplinary approach to addressing water scarcity issues in the Mediterranean which was followed by a screening of the video and a question and answer session with the audience. The panel included Professor Carlo Giupponi, Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia and was moderated by journalist Paola Pastacaldi.

Venice Conference
Art, Science, & the Thirsty World
Art, Science, & the Thirsty World

Video Installation


IN VENICE!

Art, Science & the Thirsty World is now in Venice, Italy as part of a video installation "Visualizing Water Worlds", Venice Arsenale Tesa 105. This is a project implemented by Comune di Venezia and Centro Internazionale Civilta dell'Acqua Onlus with the participation of UNESCO Venice Office, supported by the Eulabor Institute.

View the video online here.

Art, Science & the Thirsty World was an interdisciplinary conference project between the University of Oxford and Cornell University organized by Oxford graduate students Cayenna Ponchione (Music), Jessica Thorn (Biodiversity) and Benedict Morrison (Film) in collaboration with Cornell Professor Gail Holst-Warhaft (Comparative Literature and Biological and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Cornell Institute for European Studies Mediterranean Initiative). The conference cast together academics in the arts and the sciences to pursue...READ MORE...

Grassroots Festival Orchestra

GrassRoots Festival Orchestra

Past Concert


Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Leila Nassar-Fredell, leader

Soloist:
Augusto Diemecke, violin and Paige Morgan, English horn

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

READ MORE...

Cayenna conducts Sinfonia Gaia at the Tandem Festival

The 2 degree Challenge


Past Concert



Saturday, 20 June 2015, 2pm
Hill End, Oxford
Featuring soloists
Madeleine Easton, violin
Charlotte Tetley, mezzo-soprano

Sinfonia Gaia is a newly founded orchestra by Cayenna which is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues through innovative programming, commissioning, and collaborations with artists and organizations.

The debut performance by Sinfonia Gaia will take place at the Tandem Festival (19th-21st June), an Arts and Environmental festival at Hill End, just outside of Oxford.

The concert will consist of music by composers who were significantly inspired by their natural surroundings, highlighting the impact of climate change on these now disappearing landscapes. Australian violinist, Madeleline Easton, will perform Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending and mezzo soprano Charlotte Tetley will perform several of the Water-Culture: Women's Work(s) songs Cayenna has been commissioning since 2012. Sinfonia Gaia will give the UK premiere of Transeki by South African composer, Antoni Schonken.

Cayenna
Marimba

Cayenna conducts the Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble

New York premiere of Consecration


Past Concert



Sunday, 3 May 2015, 2pm
Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

Cayenna's newest composition for large percussion ensemble was commissioned by Julie Hill and the University of Tennessee-Martin Percussion Ensemble for the opening of their new music building in 2013. Consecration: dedication or devotion to some cherished purpose or pursuit is scored for 20 percussionists and saxophone quartet and includes the deployment of 20 tambourines...

Returning to her alma mater after 10 years, this concert marks the first time the composer conducted her newest percussion ensemble composition which was Webcast live from Ford Hall at Ithaca College. The webcast is still available online.

Authorship in Music

Royal Musical Association Study Day(s)

Authorship in Music


Friday and Saturday, 7-8 March 2015
Wadham College, Oxford

In collaboration with Dr Mine Dogantan-Dack, Emily Payne and Adam Harper, Cayenna organized and hosted this pair of study days which explored issues surrounding the notion of 'authorship' in relation to different kinds of engagement with music across cultures and genres and from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives including musicology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and anthropology.

Cayenna's own paper, 'Attributing Creative Authorship in Orchestral Performance', offered a theoretical perspective on the subject while providing insights through data collected from orchestral musicians on their experiences during specific rehearsal and performance contexts using an innovative online research interface.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Cayenna conducts the Oxford Sinfonia

Music for a Thirsty World


Past Concert


Featuring:
Charlotte Tetley, contralto
Solfa Carlile's Little River, the most recent commission from Water-Culture: Women's work(s)

Building on the Art, Science, & Thirsty World conferences (University of Oxford, June 2014 and Cornell University, November 2014), and her continuing work on Water-Culture: Women's work(s) Cayenna has curated a concert which explores musical waterscapes through the lenses of imaginative composers and poets over the past two centuries.

CONCERT PROGRAMME
Butterworth: On the Banks of Green Willow
Water-Culture: Women's Work(s) Song Set
Lockwood: At the Falls
Carlile: Little River WORLD PREMIERE
Whitley: Flood Days
Smetana: Vltava from Ma Vlast
Mendelssohn: Die Hebriden Concert Overture
Elgar: Sea Pictures

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 8pm
St Mary's Church, High Street, Oxford

Oxford University Philharmonia

Cayenna conducts Kidlington Concert Brass Christmas Concert

Recent Concert


This holiday concert features a range of festive music intermixed with some American classic tunes to bookend the interval which will be filled with mince pies and mulled wine!
Sunday, 14 December 2014, 7:30pm
St Mary's Church, Kidlington

Oxford University Philharmonia

Utari, percussion duo, give Japan premiere and record Rumble-Stiltskins


Internationally renowned percussion artist, Haruka Fujii and her duo partner Rika Fujii, record the latest version of Cayenna Ponchione's percussion duo Rumble-Stiltskins for their debut album UTARI to be released spring 2015 from ALM Records.

Scored for two 5.0 marimbas and two pairs of bongos, this virtuosic piece has showcases the incredible talents of these two start performers.

Multi-percussionist Haruka Fujii has become one of the most prominent solo percussionists and marimbists of her generation. She has won international acclaim for her interpretations of contemporary music, having performed premieres of works from composers including Tan Dun, Nico Muhly, Joji Yuasa, and Maki Ishii. Since 2010 Ms. Fujii has performed as a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, joining Mr. Ma and a group of international musicains for several tours. She has frequently collaborated with composer Tan Dun, performing his Water Percussion Concerto... READ MORE

Cayenna Ponchione

Cayenna conducts von Henselt Piano Concerto

Recent Concert


Featuring:
Daniel Grimwood, piano
The Soloist of the Oxford Philomusica

The Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 16bis is one of the rarely heard jewels of the romantic era.

Saturday, 23 November 2014, 7pm
Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Oxford University Philharmonia
The Voice of Argentina

Cayenna conducts The Voice of Argentina

Recent Festival



A new festival marking a collaboration between Banco Santander, the University of Oxford, and the Conservatorio Provincial Luis Gianneo, Voice of Argentina presents the exciting music and ideas of living and expat Argentine composers. Created by composers Eugene Birman and Luis Tenaglia, Voice of Argentina is the first trans-continental festival of Argentine new music and the first to examine the historic and cultural inspiration behind both well-known and emerging composers of the 21st century.

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Art, Science, & the Thirsty World

Recent Conference

Art, Science, & the Thirsty World

An interdisciplinary dialog on creative responses to the global water crisis


7-8 November, Cornell University

This innovative two-day interdisciplinary conference brings together graduate students from across continents and disciplines. It proposes a critical exploration of interdisciplinary practice through collaborative presentations and performances, while facilitating dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the arts and environmental sciences in order to foster creative, innovative and trans-disciplinary discussions about water scarcity solutions.

What and where is the art and environmental science nexus and how is it relevant? In what way can we leverage these diverse ways of knowing and engaging to cooperatively address the water crisis?

Twelve students at Oxford and Cornell University in faculties of the arts, environmental sciences and engineering, have been put into teams and have been working on creative collaborative projects over the course of several months. The teams presented their work-in-progress at the conference on the 30th of June in Oxford and their final projects will be presented on the 7th and 8th of November at the conference at Cornell University.

Water-culture: women's work(s)

Recent Commission for WCWW

Water Culture: Women's Work(s)

Composer Solfa Carlile Commissioned


"One of Ireland's most exciting young composers" Solfa Carlile is the most recent up-and-coming woman composer to have been commissioned as part of this multi-year project.

Carlile will write a piece for solo mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra using the text of a traditional Greek children's song, 'Where are you from Little River?'. Popular Greek folk singer, Mariza Koch, used this song to teach children about the value of their threatened natural resource on a tour through rural Greece with a an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Cornell University.

The premiere for piano and voice will take place in Barnes Hall, Cornell University on 7 November at 8pm as part of the 2nd Art, Science, & the Thirsty World conference.

The orchestral premiere will be performed by Oxford Sinfonia in St Mary the Virgin, University of Oxford on 24th January, 8pm, with Cayenna Ponchione conducting.

Water-culture: women's work(s) is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations.

Grassroots Festival Orchestra

GrassRoots Festival Orchestra

Recent Concert


Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Leila Nassar-Fredell, leader
Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin and Alex Shuhan, horn

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

Mozart: Marriage of figaro Overture
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, 'Dance of the Knights' & 'Romeo and Juliet before Parting'
Beethoven: Romance in F, Leila Nassar-Fredell, violin
Strauss, R: Horn Concerto in Eb, Alex Shuhan, horn
Strauss, J: An der schonen blauen Donau
Puryear, arr. Hyman: Mystic Water

Water-culture: women's work(s)
Water Culture: Women's Work(s)

Mind the Environmental Gap TORCH-Smith School Prize for work on the Environment


The Oxford Research Center in the Humanities awarded three prizes for work in visual, literary and musical arts as part of their 'Mind the Environmental Conference' in October.

Water-culture: women's work(s) won the top prize in the music category

Water-culture: women's work(s) is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations. This event draws together fourteen researchers and musicians into an integrated performance, highlighting the cultural and practical impact of water scarcity around the globe.

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Oxford Philomusica

Past Concert


Featuring:
Alexander Ullman, piano
The Mozart Requiem, with the Magdalen College Choir and Daniel Hyde, conductor
The premiere of Solfa Carlile's Ithaca

Saturday, 22 February 2014, 8pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Carlile: Ithaca World Premiere
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mozart: Requiem

Cayenna Ponchione

Oxford University Philharmonia

Oxford University Philharmonia

Past Concert


Featuring:
Becky Lu, piano ~ winner of the 2013 OUPhil Concerto Competition
And the premiere of one of the two winners of the OUPhil Composition Contest by composer, Maria Kallionpaa

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 8pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

English Symphonic Music After the Great War
Kallionpaa: El Canto de la Guerra World Premiere
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Vaughan-Williams: Symphony No. 3 The Pastorale

Oxford University Philharmonia

Past Conference:
RMA Study Day: Researching Music As Process


Hosted by Cayenna Ponchione and Emily Payne

Framed by papers from Professor Eric Clarke (University of Oxford) and Dr Jason Toynbee (Open University), this Royal Musical Association (RMA) Study Day will bring together researchers investigating the creative process in music from diverse disciplines, including sociology, ethnomusicology, psychology and anthropology, with the aim of discussing recent developments in the study of musical action, interaction, dynamism and change.

Friday, 22 November 2013 - All Day
University of Oxford, Faculty of Music

Oxford University Philharmonia

Oxford University Philharmonia

Upcoming Concert


Featuring the premiere of one of the two winners of the OUPhil Composition Contest by composer,Toby Young
In collaboration with the Oxford University Student Chorus, Jacob Swindells, conductor

Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 8pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

English Symphonic Music During the War
Young: Slow Down World Premiere
Elgar: For the Fallen from The Spirit of England
Holst: The Planets

Oxford University Philharmonia
Merton College Music Society
Michaelmas Term 2013 Concert

Past Concert

Merton College Music Society
Fidelio Orchestra ~ Cayenna Ponchione and Jacob Swindells, conductors
Kodaly Choir ~ Charles Warren, conductor
16 November 2013, 7.30pm
Merton Chapel, Merton College, Oxford

Program
Mozart: Veni sancte spiritus
Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin
Mozart: Symphony No. 35,in D "Haffner"

PREMIERE:

Commission from the University of Tennessee Martin Percussion Ensemble

This work for saxophone quartet and 20 percussionists has been commissioned to celebrate the new music building.

Sunday, 11 November 2013 (time TBA)
University of Tennessee-Martin

Past Concert:

Walton's Facade

With Richard Baker OBE, and Margaret Bateman Narrators

Saturday, 26 October 2013 ~ 8.00pm
Old Mill Hall, Wantage, England
Wantage not justBetjeman Literary Festival
Click here for information about tickets

Oxford University Philharmonia

Oxford University Philharmonia

OUPhil Composition Contest Results


The Oxford University Philharmonia is pleased to announce two winners for the 2013 OUPhil Composition Contest

WINNERS
Toby Young
Maria Kallionpaa

Each composer has been commissioned to write a piece reflecting on WWI as part of the Oxford University Philharmonia's the three part series Exploring English Symphonic Repertoire Before, During and After WWI

Both premieres will take place in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England during OUPhil's 2013-2014 season

Wednesday 27 November 2013, 8pm ~ Toby Young
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 8pm ~ Maria Kallionpaa
Conducted by Cayenna Ponchione

Oxford University Philharmonia
Marimba

European PREMIERE:
Inside Out and Outside In

Upcoming Performance by Pedro Carneiro


IKMMA 2013
International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy
6-13 September 2013
Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxemburg

Virtuoso percussionist, Pedro Carneiro, commissioned this piece for the damper pedaled marimba he is developing with Majestic. A short 3 minute etude, this piece explores the new world of articulations opened up by this new innovation.

Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra

GrassRoots Festival Chamber Orchestra

Recent Concert


Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Leila Nassar-Fredell, leader
Mia Gormandy, Steel Pan

GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

Featuring Mia Gormandy, steel pan soloist, performing the world premiere of Manifesto by Eugene Birman.

Recent PREMIERE:
Inside Out and Outside In

Upcoming Premiere


Zeltsman Marimba Festival
Wednesday, 5 July 2013, 8pm
Native Forum, Humbolt State University, Arcata, California

Virtuoso percussionist, Pedro Carneiro, commissioned this piece for the damper pedaled marimba he is developing with Majestic. A short 3 minute etude, this piece explores the new world of articulations opened up by this new innovation.

Marimba
Merton College Music Society
Trinity Term 2013 Concert

Recent Concert

Merton College Music Society
Fidelio Orchestra ~ Cayenna Ponchione, Jacob Swindells and Elizabeth Leather conductors
Kodaly Choir ~ Jacob Swindells, conductor
13 May 2013, 8.30pm
Merton Chapel, Merton College, Oxford

Program
Sullivan: Overture to Iolanthe
Sullivan: Vocal selections
Strauss: The Blue Danube
Haydn: Te Deum

Water-culture: women's work(s)
Water Culture: Women's Work(s)

Interdisciplinary Symposium



Curated by Cayenna Ponchione
Saturday 25 May, 4pm
TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College, University of Oxford
Tickets available at the door £10/5 General admission, Oxford Students and Mertonians, FREE

Water-culture: women's work(s) is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations. This event draws together fourteen researchers and musicians into an integrated performance, highlighting the cultural and practical impact of water scarcity around the globe.

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Oxford University Philharmonia

Oxford University Philharmonia

Upcoming Concert


Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 8pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

English Symphonic Music Before the War: The three B's
Bridge: The Sea
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

Oxford University Philharmonia
Conducting Masterclass with Valery Gergiev and the Oxford Philomusica

Cayenna was one of three conductors selected to participate in a masterclass with maestro Gergiev and the Oxford Philomusica, comprised of London's top orchestral players.

1 April 2013 2pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Watch footage of the masterclass and the Philomusica's documentary about Gergiev's visit here.

Merton College Music Society
Hilary 2013 Concert

Past Concert

Merton College Music Society
Fidelio Orchestra ~ Cayenna Ponchione and Peter Berry conductors
Kodaly Choir ~ Jacob Swindells, conductor
February 11th, 2013 8:30pm
Merton Chapel, Merton College, Oxford
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Schubert: Symphony in B minor, 'Unfinished'
Handel: Coronation Anthems - 'Zadok the Priest' & 'My Heart Is Inditing'

Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra
Water Culture: Women's Work(s) II

Recent Concert

Oxford University String Ensemble Performance
Queen's College Chapel
Oxford, England
Monday, 26 November 2012
8:00 p.m.
Tickets available at the door £8 Adults, £4 Students/concessions

Water-culture: women's work(s) is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations. On November 26th, soprano Susanna Fairbairn and the Oxford University String Ensemble will give the world premiere the newest addition to the project "Lovers' Confessions" by 2010 BBC Young Composer of the year, Will Marshall and the U.K. premieres of "Flood Days" by Kate Whitely and "At the Falls" by Rachel Lockwood. All three compositions are scored for string orchestra and voice, and set the poetry of Tompkins County Poet Laureate, Cornell professor, and water awareness activist, Gail Holst-Warhaft.

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Merton College Music Society
Michaelmas 2012 Concert

Recent Concert

Merton College Music Society
Fidelio Orchestra ~ Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Kodaly Choir ~ Tristan Franklinos, conductor
October 29th, 2012 8:30pm
Merton Chapel, Merton College, Oxford
Schubert: Rosamunde Overture (D. 644)
Chaminade: Concertino Peter Berry, flute
Faure: Requiem in D minor
Anna Steppler, Organ; Elizabeth Leather, violin; Graeme Bailey, 'cello; Ellen Davies, harp

Merton College Music Society Recital

Recent Concert

Merton College Music Society
Cayenna Ponchione, marimba and Peter Berry, flute
October 18th, 2012 1:15pm
Merton Chapel, Merton College, Oxford
Program included works by Stucky, Beazer, Smadbeck and Ponchione

Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra
Water Culture: Women's Work(s)

Recent Concert

GrassRoots Festival Chamber Orchestra Performance
GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

Water-culture: women's work(s) is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations. On July 22nd, mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz and the GrassRoots Festival Chamber Orchestra gave the premieres of compositions by U.K. based composers Kate Whitley (BBC Young Composer of the Year 2007) and Rachel Lockwood written for string orchestra and voice, and setting the poetry of Tompkins County Poet Laureate, Cornell professor, and water awareness activist, Gail Holst-Warhaft. Judy Hyman, film composer and performer, has arranged Jeb Puryear's Mystic Water for full orchestra.

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GrassRoots Festival Chamber Orchestra Concert 2012

Recent Concert

GrassRoots Festival Chamber Orchestra Performance
GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Trumansburg, New York
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
9:00 a.m.
Grandstand Stage
For tickets, visit: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

This year's concert was part of a larger endeavor, Water-culture: women's work(s), which is an international project aimed at raising water-crisis awareness by connecting women artists to global audiences through artistic collaborations read more about the project here.

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Fuji Duo performs Rumble Stiltskins

Recent Concert

The Fujii Duo concert
Haruka and Rika Fujii
July 19th, 2012 8pm
Room 309, The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center, New York
Haruka and Rika Fujii presented a program of percussion and marimba duo repertoire
Works by Ishii, Hirayoshi, Naito, Ponchione, etc
Hosted by the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar

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