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Carol Worthey Events 2006


"Some major events of 2006. Don't forget
 you can peruse the Event Archive for prior years
 by clicking on the links in the sidebar."


2006 Events Archive Table

     "Aima Maria Labra-Makk and Barnard College - A Flurry of activity"
     "NACUSA House Concert"
     "Johnson Art Collection Tea"
     "Cappella Gloriana"
     "Johnson Art Collection Opening"
     "Mu Phi Epsilon Meeting"
     "NACUSA Concert"
     "AFABW Art Show"
     "Afternoon Soirée"
     "NACUSA Concert"
     "IAWM Congress"
     "Mu Phi Epsilon Concert"
     "Royal Gallery Opening"
     "A Choral Taste of LA"

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Barnard College Holiday Greeting

In December 2006, the day after Christmas, Snowflurries was world-premiered at the Kurzentrum in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria near Vienna by phenomenally gifted concert pianist Aima Maria Labra-Makk . Aima reports that the audience loved the piece.

In addition, Snowflurries was chosen by Carol's Alma Mater Barnard College to provide music for 30,000 emailed Holiday Greetings sent around the world. The Barnard Alumnae office reported a remarkably large and positive response to the union of Carol's wintry music with the slide show of the college in snowy dress. If you would like to view the card, click on the link below.

Due to the nature of the greeting card only the main section of the full work was utilized in such a way as to create a seamless loop. If you'd like to hear the full work, click on the link below:


  Snow Flurries (Carol Worthey, Piano)

Visit: Barnard College.
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Margaret Meier / Jenni Brandon (photo by Ray Korns)
Carol Worthey (photo by Ray Korns)
Deon Neilsen Price (photo by Ray Korns)

Carol Worthey and Ray Korns hosted this year's National Association of Composers, USA annual winter Holiday House Concert at their Hollywood home. The program, as usual, featured works composed by Los Angeles Chapter composers.

Carol Worthey 's work, "An Iridescent Splash in Liquid Time" (Flute-Piano Version) led off the program ably performed by Tamara Maddaford , flute and Deborah Aitken , piano. Margaret Meier 's "Life's Best Gifts" a vocal/piano work in three parts: 1. Commitment, 2. The Poet and the Baby and 3. Contentment followed sung by mezzo-soprano Jenni Brandon with Margaret Meier at the piano. Pianist Evan Acevedo next played a work "Dark Night" by composer David Zea . Marshall Bialosky presented a work "Six Lyrics of Dorothy Parker" for solo voice sung by soprano Linda Alexander .

The Price Duo: Berkeley , clarinets and Deon , piano performed Joan Huang 's "Dog Tales from the Orient" consisting of: 1. Pekinese Dog Lion, 2. Wedding Song, 3. Faithful Pooch, 4. Heavenly Dog Star and 5. Tibetan Pug . Jenni Brandon returned to sing her composition "Four Japanese Songs" entitled: 1. When I went out in the spring fields, 2. Clinging, 3. You Say and 4. I Have Always Known with Deon Price accompaning on piano. Next, Deon Nielsen Price entertained us with her humorous Chinese resturant menu suite entitled: "Yellow Jade Banquet" on the piano. Finally, Berkely Price on clarinet was joined by Tamara Maddaford , flute with Deon on piano to end the concert with her "Love Theme" composed for the film The Light .

Everyone had a delightful time. The entire concert was professionally recorded and copies are available from NACUSA LA.

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Carol Worthey (photo by Ray Korns)

Carol Worthey attended an afternoon tea at the Johnson Art Collection on Melrose in Beverly Hills to support the International Human Rights Art Exhibition, an Art Show Tour sponsored by ARTISTS for HUMAN RIGHTS. The show harnesses the creative energies of renowned artists to underscore the necessity for people everywhere to know what their human rights are as laid out in the United Nations' "Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

Carol’s painting From The Ashes, Rebirth joins the world tour here in Los Angeles following the successful opening show in August 2006 in New York City.

The dynamic art show will next visit San Francisco, then on to Denver, Washington, D. C., Boston, London, Egypt, Florence and back to Manhattan (Soho) later this year.


"From The Ashes, Rebirth"

40" x 60"
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Cappella Gloriana (photo by Ray Korns)
Stephen Sturk, Director (photo by Ray Korns)
Dana Linskill / Carol Worthey / Katrin Nogols Genzlinger (photo by Ray Korns)

A double rainbow literally graced the sky over the hill in Encinitas where St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church sits, a resplendent sunset promising an evening of radiant choral music in the vaulted sanctuary... and a touch of rain. Both promises fulfilled!

San Diego's professional chamber choir Cappella Gloriana premiered a Carol Worthey work for chamber choir in a concert in Encinitas where the group recently was named “Ensemble in Residence” at St. Andrew the Apostle Episcopal Church.

Carol Worthey 's work, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo (II)" received its world premere. This work was a finalist in the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Composition Competition in 2004.

Cappella Gloriana is a composer’s dream. Led by world-renowned choral composer Stephen Sturk , twelve professional singers (each a soloist in his or her own right) blend into a rich fabric of balanced tones and exquisite colorations. Each piece in the concert was given tender consideration as to the meaning of the text and the dramatic unfolding of the work.

Carol says,

"The performance tonight was exactly what I heard in my ear, heart and mind when I composed 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo II'!"

The concert was made possible in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, a Community Grant from the City of Encinitas and the UCSD Department of Music.

Other works on the program featured composers Judith Lang Zaimont , Lily Barmor Rose , Paul Halley , David Heetderks , Nathan J. Stumpff and Stephen Sturk .

Cappella Gloriana has a ten-year record of performing, commissioning, premiering and recording new choral works, as well as presenting the finest choral music of six centuries. Stephen Sturk , Director of Music at St. Andrew's and co-artistic director Virginia Sublett , an assistant professor of music at North Dakota State University, formed Cappella Gloriana in 1996.

Sopranos: Ann-Marie Dicce , Elisabeth Marti and Patricia Minton ; Altos: Jo Clemmons , Katrin Nogols Genzlinger and Dana Linskill ; Tenors: Juan Carlos Acosta , Martin Green and Stephen Sturk ; Basses: Jeff Genzlinger , Gordon Shugars and Christopher Stephens ; Piano and Organ: Gabriel Arregui comprise the members of Cappella Gloriana .


  Gloria in Excelsis Deo II (Cappella Gloriana, Steven Sturk, Director)

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Johnson Art Collection AFHR Opening (photo by Nibbs Mourad)

The Artists for Human Rights (AFHR) Art Exhibit began the second leg of its world tour today with a gala VIP reception at the Johnson Art Collection at 8304 Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills (323.655.5738). Carol Worthey 's work, From the Ashes, Rebirth was well received by the many dignitaries and famous personalities attending.

The show continues: 11am to 6pm daily, 11am to 4pm Sunday, through November 17th, 2006 if you would like to stop by.

Next, this dynamic art show will visit: San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D. C., Boston, London, Egypt, Florence and back to Manhattan (Soho), March, 2007.

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Alex Shapiro / Carol Worthey / Adrienne Albert / Sister Celia / Mary Lou Newmark (photo by Ray Korns)

Carol Worthey gave a presentation to the Los Angeles chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon discussing the challenges of her dual careers of Composer and Artist. Carol displayed two of her most recent art works, Musical Mermaid and From The Ashes, Rebirth and their relation to her compositions by playing excerpts from several of her compositions. You can see these art works by clicking on the icons or titles below:


"Musical Mermaid"

48" x 72"

"From The Ashes, Rebirth"

40" x 60"

Her presentation was very well received by all present.

Four other Mu Phi's, Alex Shapiro , Adrienne Albert , Mary Lou Newmark and Sister Celia (who has just released her first CD which she produced as well as composed) also gave excellent presentations of their works at the meeting.

   Visit: Mu Phi Epsilon.
Visit: Adrienne Albert.    Visit: Mary Lou Newmark.
Visit: Alex Shapiro.
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Mary Lou Newmark / Tom Peters (photo by Ray Korns)
Robert Bowen / Carol Worthey (photo by Ray Korns)

The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Composers USA presented a concert of "Music by Los Angeles Composers for Double Bass and Electric Violin" featuring Tom Peters , Double Bass and Mary Lou Newmark , Electric Violin at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium in the Santa Monica Public Library.

Carol Worthey had a new work "Encounters" for solo Double Bass performed by Tom Peters. It was well-received by all.

Other works performed at the concert were "Identity Matrix" , "The Forgotten and the Free" , and "Full Moon" , by Mary Lou Newmark , "Bass-ics!" by Deon Nielsen Price , "Love Song for a Daughter" by Jeannie Pool , "Long After Midnight" by Robert Bowen , and "Sauntering This Way" by Marshall Bialosky .

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Carol Worthey (photo by Ray Korns)

Carol Worthey had four of her favorite art works displayed in a group show at the 6th Annual Artists for a Better World Arts Festival. Not only did she receive many favorable comments from the visitors to the show, but she won the "Best of Show - Watercolor" ribbon for her work "Summer Breeze." You can view the details on this work as well as a high resolution image by clicking on the icon or title below:


"Summer Breeze"

19 1/2" x 27 1/2"
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Carol Worthey / Alice Pero (photo by Ray Korns)
Sylvie Ollivier (photo by Ray Korns)

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny afternoon in Santa Monica when Alice Pero opened a charming afternoon soirée by performing the three-part "Fantasy No. 6 in D Minor" for solo flute by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Next, Alice Pero and Carol Worthey performed a new adaptation for flute and piano of Carol's "An Iridescent Splash In Liquid Time" (originally written for Flute, Viola and Harp and performed by The Debussy Trio). Alice is a renowned poet as well as an accomplished flutist and many of her poetical and musical friends attended to help celebrate the anniversary of her birth. The audience loved the work and warmly responded with a standing ovation.

Concert pianist Sylvie Ollivier then displayed her virtuosic talent with a moving performance of the "Etude Opus 25, No. 1" by Frederic Chopin.

To conclude the event, Sylvie was joined by Alice for the "Sonata in D Major, Opus 94" by Sergei Prokofiev, a challenging work executed flawlessly, earning another well deserved standing ovation.

Visit: Alice Pero
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NACUSA Concert - performing Carol's work
NACUSA Concert - Program Cover
NACUSA Concert - Carol Worthey, Malesha Jesse, David Clemensen

The National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA) Los Angeles Chapter presented a Recital of New Vocal Music by members of NACUSA at the Culver City Presbyterian Church in Culver City. Featured performers on this concert included:
          Keiko Clark - soprano,
          Malesha Jessie - mezzo-soprano and
          Jenni Brandon - mezzo-soprano.
The piano accompanists included:
         James Woodward ,
         David Clemensen ,
         Deon Price and
          David Zea .

Carol Worthey 's song "the wind has blown the rain away and blown" from the song cycle
"the petal of somewhere" , words by E. E. Cummings, music by Carol Worthey was premiered.

Here is what Carol has to say about this work:

   "The day after JFK was assassinated, I tearfully opened a poetry book to this exact poem and immediately began to sing. I took the melody to Vincent Persichetti who encouraged me to compose an unaccompanied song cycle using the piquant words of his favorite poet. In 1995 and 2003 I fleshed out the songs with piano, quite a compositional challenge. In this song the piano creates a surge of wind to echo the wailing vocal, with jazz-infused punctuations that reflect a 'beat poetry' feel. In 2004 'the petal of somewhere' cycle was a Finalist in the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) 'Search for New Music', Miriam Gideon Prize."

Featured also were the works of other NACUSA composers: The Earth Remembers by Howard Quilling , Poem by Nancy Edwards; So Let Me Seem from Mignon by Matthew Hetz , Poem by Goethe; Melancholy Moon by Bonnie Ruth Janofsky , Lyrics by Mitchell Glaser; listen, beloved by David S. Lefkowitz , Poems by E. E. Cummings; Echoes by David Zea ,; 'Tis Time, I think, by Wenlock Town by David Zea , Poem by A. E. Housman; Selections from Cartoonland by Deon Nielsen Price ; Songs for Unity by Dwight Banks , Text by Abdu'l Baha'; A Reflection by David MacMurray , Poem by Robert Nathan; Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by David MacMurray , Poem by Robert Frost; Two Songs by James Woodward , Poems by Edgar Allen Poe; 2 Love Songs from Eight by Emily by Margaret Meier , Poems by Emily Dickinson; Imperceptible by Jenni Brandon , Poems translated by Kenneth Rexroth; and Two Songs by Adrienne Albert , Poems by Jenny Joseph.

Jeannie Pool captured her impressions of Carol's work in a review entitled Art Song is Alive and Well in Los Angeles for Composer USA, Vol. 12, No.3 where she stated:

   "Carol Worthey's composing of A wind has blown the rain away and blown , based on an e.e. cummings' poem, began the day after JFK's assassination as an unaccompanied solo song, and continued in 1995 and 2003. The cycle from which this song comes, 'the petal of somewhere,' was a finalist in the IAWM 'Search for New Music,' Miriam Gideon Prize in 2004. The song was beautifully sung by Malesha Jessie, accompanied by Clemensen, capturing the avant garde jazz feel of 'beat' poetry. Worthey captures the surge of the wind with the wailing vocal lines and repeated jazz-infused figure in the piano, and thereby captures a moment in time."

For those of you who were unable to attend, here is a recording of Carol's song as sung by mezzo-soprano Malesha Jessie with David Clemensen , pianist:


  a wind has blown the rain away and blown (Malesha Jessie, Vocal)

There was an excellent turn-out for the concert. Carol's work was well received by the audience and the other composers who were present. A reception immediately followed the concert where performers, composers and audience had the opportunity to exchange views.

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The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) held a congress in Miami, Florida this month. The 2006 IAWM Congress focused on women's unique musical perspectives from around the world. The congress theme was: "Women in Music: Global Perspectives." The theme referred not only to ethnography and sociology, but also to broader artistic visions. In ComposerUSA Deon Nielsen Price (NACUSA's Los Angeles President) presented the following report:

"For several years, NACUSA has been affiliated with the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). Several current and former NACUSA members participated in the very successful IAWM International Congress on Women in Music at Florida International University in Miami, May 10-13, 2006.

"NACUSA composers whose works were performed during the ten concerts included Maria Niederberger (TN): Soliloquy: 1841 Lives (Cindy's Lament), Paul Green, clarinet; The Canticles of Hieronymus, Margaret Mills, piano, and 5 Oceanic Preludes (#1 #2 #3), Daniel Venegas, piano; Hsaio-Lan Wang (Nat.): Hard-boiled Wonderland for video and digital music, Daniel Zajicek (images); Elizabeth Bell (EC): Perne in a Gyre, Lisa Cella, flute; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Airi Yoshioka, violin; and a cellist; Deborah Kavasch (Nat.): The Fox and the Grapes, sung by the composer. Jeannie Pool (LA) presented her full-length documentary film: Peggy Gilbert and Her All-Girl Band, which included 36 minutes of Pool's original music.
" Deon Price (LA, TN, TX, EC) performed with Berkeley in the Price Duo Three-Piece Suite by Madeleine Dring and Tibet Scene and Zhaxi Island Rhapsody by Li Yiding. David Zea (LA) made an impressive display about his archival work on the music of Catherine Urner and her mentor Charles Koechlin. Carol Worthey (LA) as a member of the IAWM Board, moderated a lively panel discussion on the state of contemporary music by women in many parts of the world."

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Deborah Aitken / Carol Worthey / Tamara Chadima

For a special concert featuring Mu Phi Epsilon composers and performers from the Greater Los Angeles area, Carol Worthey was able to take the textures and harmonies of a work originally created for trio and transform them effectively into a duet (no mean compositional feat). "An Iridescent Splash in Liquid Time: Flute/Piano Version" was beautifully world-premiered by Flutist Tamara Chadima and Pianist Deborah Aitken before an enthusiastic audience! The Mu Phi Epsilon District Conference Morning Concert was organized by Professor David Champion and held at California State University Dominguez Hills and also featured works by Adrienne Albert , Deon Price and Alex Shapiro , among others.

Tamara Chadima and Deborah Aitken have since added Carol's amiable piece to their repertoire, performing it again at an April 2006 meeting of the Pacific Palisades Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon.

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Carol Worthey / Gallery owner - Armen Atomts
Diane Arkenstone / Mader / Carol Worthey
Artists Press Conference and Opening Ceremony
Ray Korns / Kathleen Miller / Armen Atomts / Carol Worthey

A fine art exhibition "Spring Celebration" was presented on March 4th through 13th at the Royal Gallery in Glendale. The show featured works by eleven women artists, including Carol Worthey .

A large crowd attended the opening evening ceremony which was video'd for later television broadcast. Carol was also interviewed by gallery owner and Glendale community leader Armen Atomts for his weekly television show. The show proved so popular with the audience, Armen re-aired it the following week.

The other artists who participated in the show were:
         Gayane Arayan
         Laura Askanazi
         Carol Banke
         Rouzanna Berberian
         Lyudmila Garayan
         Lianna Goroyan
         Lilya Kalashyan
         Ani Stepanian
         Diana Vegouni

Carol displayed four of her original paintings at the show. Three were from her popular "Tuscany" series. You may view these works on her "Gallery" page by clicking the links below.


"Tuscany: Flowershop Reflections"

23 7/8" x 29 7/8"

"Tuscany: Laundry Day"

29 1/2" x 22 1/4"

"Tuscany: Old Doors, New Bicycle"

36" x 24"

"Proudly We Hail"

29 1/2" x 22 1/4"

Several of these works are being reproduced as highly accurate Giclée prints. If you are interested in obtaining one of these reproductions click here.

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Jim Raycroft / Carol Worthey
Jim Raycroft

This year, Los Angeles Master Chorale member Jim Raycroft , again presented and presided over "A Choral Taste of Los Angeles" . With his endearing warmth and dedication he introduced each composer and encouraged the idea of commissions and performances for us all.

Carol is glad to support Jim's efforts and encourages all greater Los Angeles based singers and choral directors to back up his excellent work for next year's songfest. Participants not only get to sing through new works by the composers, but usually to keep copies as well. The gourmet lunch is always a hit following a heady morning of sight-singing in preparation for the afternoon session.

Go Jim go!!

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