Firebird Ensemble


Firebird Ensemble presents storytelling through
instrumental new music for Massachusetts Schools

Eeyore Has A Birthday

Firebird Ensemble performs their contemporary classical music program for school assemblies

Firebird Ensemble performs their new music program for school assemblies in Massachusetts

Based upon the classic characters created by A.A. Milne in Winnie the Pooh and The House on Pooh Corner, this unique instrumental new music performance leads students into the fantasy world of the lovable, yet ever-pessimistic Eeyore. In composer Jon Deak’s rendition, each instrument assumes a role in the story; the ever-mournful Eeyore is personified by the viola; the gastronomically-oriented Pooh Bear by the double bass; and the eager, bumbling Piglet by the piano. This unique program combines music, drama and speech as a trio of musicians from the acclaimed Firebird Ensemble narrate the story while also performing their own musical accompaniment. Students will learn about the piano and string family; how sound is produced; basic musical terminology and the importance of team work in music-making.

Target Grades: Pre-K – 4
Duration: 45 minutesFirebird Ensemble performs their contemporary classical music program for school assemblies
Audience Limit: 200

PRICING (performance/day)
Single: $1,150 Double: $1,840
Triple: $2,415 Quad: $2,875
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Firebird Ensemble: Performance Requirements

About Composer Jon Deak
Other Music By Jon Deak
Video: A reading of Eeyore Has A Birthday by A. A. Milne
Text: Eeyore Has A Birthday by A. A. Milne
About A. A. Milne

Firebird Ensemble has 12 years experience giving educational presentations for school aged children throughout New England. It has conducted more than 30 school residencies and 150 educational performances throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Firebird Ensemble was the 2011 winner of a national award from Chamber Music America for its outstanding contribution to the wider community through its musical performances and educational programs.
Firebird Ensemble is a group of adventurous, young musicians who strive for artistic excellence and seek to attract and engage diverse audiences ranging from fans of avant-garde music to the novice new music listener. Firebird is deeply committed to creating high quality educational and outreach activities in order to bring the music and culture of our time to a broader range of young and especially underserved audiences. Firebird Ensemble is musically defined by rich, eclectic programming of contemporary classical works for chamber ensemble and frequently engages in multidisciplinary collaborations with artists and organizations specializing in other disciplines such as dance, poetry, acting, film and the visual arts.
Founded in 2001 and directed by violist Kate Vincent, Firebird Ensemble has been described as “ambitious and eclectic” by the New York Times and has earned a reputation as one of the premier new music ensembles in the United States. Known for its highly varied contemporary repertoire, virtuosic performances and wide audience appeal, Firebird Ensemble’s repertoire spans a time period from the mid 20th century to the present day and includes music originating from diverse sources and genres.Firebird Ensemble has completed over 40 multi-activity concert projects including interdisciplinary collaborations, microtonal music, contemporary/jazz/rock crossover, improvisation and also of course numerous programs featuring the cornerstones of contemporary music literature.Since its inception, Firebird Ensemble has performed 180+ works and commissioned and/or premiered almost 50 works including compositions by Luciano Berio, Lisa Bielawa, Donald Crockett, John Eaton, Eliot Gyger, Curtis Hughes, Derek Hurst, Lee Hyla, John McDonald, Joseph Maneri, John Mallia, Eric Moe, Donald Martino, Gerard Pape, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Nicholas Vines and Rolf Wallin. Firebird Ensemble’s contribution to contemporary music has been recognized with support from notable organizations such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Aaron Copland Fund – Performing Ensembles, Aaron Copland Fund – Recording, Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation, Harvard Musical Association, JFNMC, Meet The Composer and the St. Botolph Foundation among others.Firebird Ensemble has performed in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional concert venues including concert halls, science museums, BBQ restaurants, jazz clubs, mansions, schools, universities, libraries and community centers throughout Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and California. This coming season includes further touring plans in California and also Pennsylvania. Firebird Ensemble’s instrumentation expands and contracts according to the demands of each program, but usually features between 8 – 10 performers.


Kate Vincent – Violin
Kate Vincent, Founding Director and violist of Firebird Ensemble is originally from Perth, Western Australia. Ms. Vincent recently moved to Los Angeles from Boston where she still maintains a presence as Artistic Director/Violist of the Firebird Ensemble, Principal Violist of Opera Boston and Associate Principal Violist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In addition, Ms. Vincent has appeared as Principal Violist with numerous other East Coast ensembles including Emmanuel Music, Opera Aperta and Opera Unlimited. As a chamber musician Ms. Vincent has appeared with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Alea 3, Chameleon Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex, the Fromm Foundation players at Harvard, Quartet X, Winsor Music, the Aurea Ensemble and on Emmanuel Music’s Chamber Series. In Los Angeles she performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and has been a guest artist with the Eclipse Quartet, on the Dilijan Chamber Music Series and Monday Evening Concert Series. Ms. Vincent has also toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Russia and the United States and between 1999-2003 was also violist of the Arden String Quartet. Ms. Vincent has premiered chamber and solo works by Luciano Berio, Lisa Bielawa, Donald Crockett, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, John McDonald, Joseph Maneri, Eric Moe and recorded for labels such as BMOP sound, Tzadik, New World Records, Oxingale and Steeplechase. In 2006, Ms. Vincent was invited to join the faculty at the Longy School of Music as co-director of the new music ensemble, Longitude, and holds a double Masters Degree from New England Conservatory in Viola Performance and Music Education, where she studied with James Dunham of the Cleveland String Quartet.

Sara Bob – Piano

Hailed as “sumptuous and eloquent” by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. A strong advocate for new music, she is also the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, a series devoted to commissioning and uniting new music and contemporary visual art with their creators. Recognized as a risktaker, Ms. Bob is a grant recipient of the Trust for Mutual Understanding (which recently brought her to Bulgaria to present music by living American composers), the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, top prizewinner of the International Gaudeamus Competition, recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Grant-in-Aid Award, received the first annual John Kleshinski Award and the New England Conservatory’s Outstanding Alumni Award. Ms. Bob has solo and chamber music recordings on the Tzadik and BMOP/sound labels as well as Cauchemar, NLM, and Albany Records with more recording projects underway. She is an original member of many ensembles including her piano/percussion group, Primary Duo and Radius Ensemble and teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston, College of the Holy Cross and privately. For more information, please go to Ms. Bob is a founding member of Firebird Ensemble.
Scot Fitzsimmons – Bass
Scot Fitzsimmons is an active chamber musician and soloist who has appeared with the Chameleon arts ensemble, Xanthos, the Firebird Ensemble and as a member of the Ah La Boom Bass Quartet. He recently premiered Mark Snyder’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra. Scot began his career recording for Virgin and Capitol records and touring the US, Europe and Australia. In 1999 he was accepted as one of only two students to complete continuing studies privately with Gary Karr in Victoria, British Columbia. Since returning to Boston in 2001, Scot has appeared as Principal Bass for the New England String Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers and the Lexington Symphony. He has also appeared with Boston Ballet, Opera Boston, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Emmanuel Music. Scot continues to perform music of all styles, he was a founding member of the Devil’s Workshop Big Band, the Aaron Binder Quartet and maintains a collaborative relationship with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky.


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