Michael Harley

Bassoonist and Teacher


May
13
8:00 pm20:00

ALARM WILL SOUND PRESENTS: ALARM SYSTEM

  • Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center

Music developed in collaboration with composers and artists outside the realm of traditional classical music.  Composers include Matt Rogers, Brian Reitzell, Tyondai Braxton, John Medeski, Damon Davis, Valgeir Sigurosson, and Rashad Becker.

May
10
8:00 pm20:00

ALARM WILL SOUND PRESENTS: ALARM SYSTEM

  • The Sheldon

Music developed in collaboration with composers and artists outside the realm of traditional classical music.  Composers include Matt Rogers, Brian Reitzell, Tyondai Braxton, John Medeski, Damon Davis, Valgeir Sigurosson, and Rashad Becker.

Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

Alarm Will Sound: 10,000 Birds

  • Cuyohoga National Park

10,000 Birds at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!  This performance is made possible by "Imagine Your Parks," the NEA's celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial.

Apr
21
3:00 pm15:00

Alarm Will Sound: 10,000 Birds

  • Toledo, OH

A performance of John Luther Adams' theatrical celebration of bird songs, written for Alarm Will Sound; the audience is invited to walk through and among the players.

Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

ECU and USC: Double Quintets

  • Columbia Museum of Art

Two Carolina wind faculty join forces:  Eastern Carolina University joins us in Columbia to perform works for double woodwind quintet.  Included will be David K. Garner's dapplegray, which uses as source material (and playback) a Lomax recording of the lullaby "All the Pretty Horses.

Apr
2
3:00 pm15:00

Freeman Sundays @ 3 Chamber Series

  • University of South Carolina School of Music

The world premiere of my friend and colleague Mandy Fang's new work for solo bassoon on this USC faculty chamber music series.  

Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

Southern Exposure: Third Coast Percussion

  • USC School of Music

Fresh off their first Grammy nomination, Chicago's Third Coast Percussion presents a free program featuring works by icon Steve Reich and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, now at Princeton.  Dennehy will attend and speak at the concert.

Mar
19
4:00 pm16:00

Recital with pianist Phillip Bush

  • Goshen College Music Center

Recital on the Rieth Chamber Series at Goshen College (IN).  I'm excited to return to my alma mater with my friend and colleague, pianist extraordinaire Phillip Bush.  The music will include new works by Caleb Burhans, Carl Schimmel, and Stefan Freund.

Mar
11
7:30 pm19:30

Alarm Will Sound: Steve Reich's The Cave

  • John Burroughs School

Steve Reich's multi-media opera from 1993, with libretto by his wife, Beryl Kortot.  "The Cave" refers to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where Abraham and Sarah are supposedly buried -- a place sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.  I've got a singing and keyboards role in this one; no bassoon.

Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Western Michigan University's Double Reed Festival

  • Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University

I'll be the guest bassoon artist-clinician at WMU's annual double reed festival.  I'm thrilled to join my former teacher, Wendy Rose, back in Kalamazoo!  The final concert begins at 5:15pm.

Feb
22
Feb 23

Imani Winds Residency

  • University of South Carolina School of Music

The nation's leading wind quintet returns to USC for the spring portion of their 2016-17 residency.  Included will be chamber music masterclasses, masterclasses with individual applied studios, recordings and performances of new works by USC student composers.  The final concert (Feb. 23, 7:30pm) will include a performance of Jeff Scott's arrangement of Piazzola's Libertango for double wind quintet, Imani and USC wind faculty.

Feb
16
7:30 pm19:30

Southern Exposure: SaVaSa Trio

  • USC School of Music

Southern Exposure hosts this extraordinary and unusual brass trio (two trumpets and French horn) drawn from the legendary German group Ensemble Modern.  Also including USC jazz faculty Bert Ligon, Craig Butterfield, and Bryson Borgstedt.

Feb
9
Feb 12

USC Band Clinic

  • University of South Carolina School of Music

USC's four-day workshop for talented high school instrumentalists from throughout the Southeast.  Includes masterclasses, clinics, and performances.  Students must be recommended by their band director to attend.  Contact me if you have any questions!

Jan
22
9:00 pm21:00

Music of David Smooke @ National Sawdust

  • National Sawdust

A performance -- part of a celebration of the composer's recent CD, Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths -- of my buddy David Smooke's 21 Miles to Coolville, for solo player with three pre-recorded bassoons, at NYC's coolest new music venue.  

Jan
15
5:00 pm17:00

Peter and the Wolf

  • The Heritage

The USC faculty woodwind quintet plays a concert for the "Chamber Pots," a group of Columbia families that has been hosting chamber music concerts (and accompanying potluck dinners) for nearly 40 years!  In addition to a quintet arrangement of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, works include Berio's Opus Number Zoo and Milhaud's La Cheminee du Roi Renee.  Not open to the public.

Dec
17
10:00 am10:00

SC Double Reed All-State Workshop

  • University of South Carolina School of Music

A day open to all middle and high school students who want help preparing for all-state auditions, or just want to play the bassoon better!  Includes a mock audition, with individual comments on etude performances.

Dec
15
8:00 pm20:00

Alarm Will Sound: Music of John Adams

  • Sheldon Concert Hall

A "radio play" with spoken narrative drawn from Adams' own life and writings, featuring two seminal works for chamber orchestra, Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony (written for Alarm Will Sound).