February has come and gone, and already it is March. At
the end of March, there will be a change in the staff here at TCI. In
this issue, we would like to introduce some of our recent events.
An Art IST Life at Tenri
by Marlon Daniel, Director Art IST World Concert Promotion
In 1995, I walked into a NY SoHo gallery, the old Tenri location,
to meet the director Reverend Toshihiko Okui. I had heard that it might
be a good spot to give concerts. Since giving a concert was what I was
interested in at the time, I thought it was an excellent place to be.
I had tried many venues before and they were not interested; too small,
too large, or just plain too expensive. I might add the latter was my
greatest obstacle. But I had by then several attempts before a not so
secret weapon; my pitch, to start a concert series that would feature
a diverse chamber orchestra of young classical musicians from around the
world. To my surprise and great relief, Rev Okui was interested and agreed
to let Tenri to be the ensemble’s new home. This fortunately was
not only the birth of Manhattan Virtuosi, which became a well-known New
York chamber orchestra, but also the birth of Art IST World.
Manhattan Virtuosi had a short-lived life at Tenri because
of the size of the orchestra and the rapid growth of the audience. It
was a big hit. So much that eventually the orchestra had to move to the
1,000 seat Great Hall at Cooper Union, but my love for Tenri and their
support of my ideas kept me around and opened the door for many aspiring
young artists. I soon began to organize chamber music concerts and recitals
under the name Art IST Concert Series. And when finally they moved to
the now existing west village location my concepts and ideas grew. I not
only began to perfect my concerts but I also helped Tenri when they needed
me with their own concert organization, which included many artists such
as The Borromeo Quartet in a series that featured the quartets of Bartok,
Beethoven and others because at this point, I was quite the “pro”
at it. Every part of putting an event together had at this point been
fire tested! Over the years, this collaboration has helped the budding
careers of many young artists, including myself.
Ten years later the relationship with Tenri is still going
strong. I am convinced that there are organizations that truly believe
in the Arts and Tenri is one of them. The Institute has made it possible
for me to help hundreds of young artists and keep diversity alive in the
Tenri and its wonderful directors and staff have encouraged and supported
my endeavors a countless number of times. Reverend Okui and Michael Yuge
have always had time to lend an ear to even my most outlandish projects
and experiments. The professional and personable staff is always willing
to help execute the many steps that go along with putting on a production.
For me, this makes Tenri ideal.
I have launched several series at Tenri which include Classical
Encounters, Triptych Trilogies, Broquen Treasures and Art IST Concert
Series. Concerts produced by Art IST World at Tenri have been radio broadcast
throughout the US and Europe. I have had the opportunity to present artists
that include The Forte String Quartet, The Ender Quartet, American Virtuosi,
Ensemble du Monde, Kalin Ivanov, David Fürwirth, West Harlem Winds,
Gila Goldstein, Hsai Jung Chang, N’Kenge Simpson Hoffman, Dmitry
Rachmanov, and Reiko Kawabata.
Tenri is one of the most intimate concert venues in New York
City and is an excellent place for young artists that need performance
opportunities to hone their craft in real life situations. For New York
audiences, it gives them the chance to “discover the great artist
of tomorrow” and say you can say you saw them first at Tenri.
I believe that music happens on many different levels, not just in the
big concert halls but in the community and also with artists of diverse
backgrounds which you do not always see in the big concert halls. Tenri
has made it possible that Art IST World can do this.
This season at Tenri, Art IST World focuses on nine pianists performing
the works of Liszt, Schubert and Bach in a unique piano repertoire educating
series of six concerts entitled Piano Passions and will hold open rehearsal
for the upcoming opera Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Noire of New York
and Ensemble du Monde at Merkin Concert Hall. As usual all Art IST concert
tickets are available to the Tenri community at a discount price. For
more info on the concerts, check out the Art IST World website: www.artistworld.org
for dates, times and up to date information on the outstanding artists.