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Musical Notes From All Over

The Manhattan edition of the Sequenza21/Lost Dog Ensemble concert–as seen in the New York Times–is happening tonight at 8 pm at the Good Shepherd Church, 152 West 66tth Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam).   Admission is free, as in you don’t have to pay to get in.  This is your last chance to see a Sequenza21 concert until we save up enough money to have another one so don’t miss it.

Our friends at Other Minds in San Francisco invented the New Music Séance in 2005, and after two sold-out editions, they’re back with a third.  The event will feature three concerts of hypnotic, spiritual and rarely-heard musical gems spanning the past 100 years, offered in the intimate candlelit surroundings of Bernard Maybeck’s 1895 Arts and Crafts-style Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. Performers Sarah Cahill (piano) (you go girl) , Kate Stenberg (violin), and Eva-Maria Zimmermann (piano) will channel new music’s progenitors alongside composers of today, in works for solo piano and violin piano duet.

The  marathon features three distinct concerts tomorrow, December 6, 2008: Concert I, “Birds in Warped Time” at 1pm; Concert II, “Deep River Dreams” at 4pm; and Concert III, “Ruth Crawford and Her Milieu” at 8pm. The final concert will be preceded by a special discussion of Ruth Crawford by Professor Judith Tick of Northeastern University, Crawford’s biographer. All events take place at Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street, San Francisco. Tickets are on a sliding scale (individual concerts / 3-concert series): SEER ($25 / $65), MEDIUM ($40 / $110), PSYCHIC ($60 / $170). (Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.) Complimentary refreshments are provided for all ticket-holders, and series tickets at the PSYCHIC level include 6pm buffet dinner with the artists. The first two editions of the New Music Séance were sold out, and seating is limited to 100 persons per show, so early ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale now, at or by calling (800) 838-3006. For information, visit or call (415) 934-8134.

And Lower East Side Performing Arts, Inc. will present Zendora Dance Company and the music of the lovely and gifted Elodie Lauten in a special Holiday Benefit on Tuesday, December 9 – 7:30 PM at Lafayette Bar & Grill, 54 Franklin Street (between Broadway and Lafayette) in Manhattan.

The program will be a special avant-premiere with improvisations from the Zendora Dance Company based on the second act of The Two-Cents Opera, Elodie Lauten’s semi-autobiographical fantasy about writing an opera where real, surreal and supernatural co-exist.  Hmmm…. looks like a pattern developing here.  Suggested donation for this benefit event is $10. For reservations or more information, please call 212-388-0202 or visit for program information.


Comment from Steve Layton
Time: December 5, 2008, 2:24 pm

I might mention that our pal Frank J. Oteri over at The American Music Center’s New Music Box was at the first concert, and wrote about both the show and the bigger implications of stuff & sites like this one: