Judith Shatin’s Werther for flute (dbl picc), clarinet, violin, cello and piano will be performed by the Soli Chamber Ensemble as part of their Power of the Story concerts on Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 PM in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the campus of Trinity University and Wednesday, May 22, also at 7:30 PM at Gallery Nord, 2009 NW Military Highway, both in San Antonio, Texas.
The composer writes, “Werther was inspired by Goethe’s 1774 novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. Romanticism, with its striving for the unobtainable, its reaching beyond, its emotional emanations, permeates the book…Werther is in essence a romantic piece: The instruments represent both characters and qualities. The violin represents Lotte, the cello Werther; the flute spirituality, the clarinet sensuality, the piano inevitability.” Read her complete program notes at http://judithshatin.com/werther/.
Other works on the program include Amichai Songs by Daniel Asia, Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, Tobias Picker’s setting of I am in Need of Music by poet Elizabeth Bishop, Jeffery Mumford’s further evolving, and the World Premiere of Daniel Asia’s solo clarinet work The Jane Set. Visit the Ensemble at http://www.solichamberensemble.com/.
Tickets are $20. For more information, visit http://www.solichamberensemble.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=121.
Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
Women’s Work will present the third concert of its 2013 series, featuring the Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble, Tuesday, May 21 – 7:30 PM on the main stage of The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street in Manhattan. The evening will be hosted by series curator Beth Anderson.
Concert repertoire will be Nancy Gustavson’s Nocturne, Barbara Harbach’s Carondelet Caprice, Beth Anderson’s February Swale (commissioned by Canta Libre), Adrienne Albert’s Lullaby and music of Victoria Bond.
The three-concert series, with works chosen by the presenting performers, will explore small ensemble chamber music by prominent contemporary women composers from the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Women’s Work produces an annual series of concerts of women’s music and educates the public about their accomplishments. Many of the composers presented speak at the concerts. Visit series host Beth Anderson at http://www.beand.com. Funding for Women’s Work 2013 comes through the generosity of many individual supporters.
Admission to the May 21 concert is $20 general, $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9756427. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at 7:00 PM. For more information about this concert and the series, contact Women’s Work at 516-586-3433 or visit their Fractured Atlas page at https://www.fracturedatlas.org/s/campaign/712. Programs are subject to change.
Canta Libre was founded in 2002 by flutist Sally Shorrock to foster the performance and enjoyment of musical literature specifically written for flute, harp and strings. They have been acclaimed by audiences throughout the Northeast and were featured at The American Harp Society 50th Anniversary National Conference. They have appeared at Lincoln Center, on WNYC radio at The Green Space, at The Music Festival of the Hamptons, Bargemusic, Cornelia Street Café, Concerts at One at Trinity Church in Manhattan, WLIW TV, National Public Radio of Long Island, and The Brooklyn Public Library and perform regularly throughout the New York tri-state area. Trained at the finest conservatories, many of the members have performed and toured internationally with appearances at major festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto and Tanglewood. Their critically-acclaimed CD of music by Jean Francaix, Joseph Guy Ropartz, Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur and Maurice Ravel is available on the 4Tay label from http://www.classicalcds.net/4tay/chamber.html. It was designated “the best new U.S. release” by BBC Music Magazine in March of 2011. Much more about them at http://www.cantalibre.org.
Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
New York City
Monday, May 20 at 8:00pm
Park Avenue Christian Church
1010 Park Avenue
New York City
Cantori New York presents the new hour-long A Gnostic Passion by Doug and Brad Balliett, for chorus, soprano and instrumental ensemble. The Balliett brothers fashioned their startling libretto from the gnostic source The Acts of John in consultation with award-winning scholar and MacArthur Fellow Elaine Pagels, integrating into their text eccentric, wildly divergent accounts of the passion story that had been suppressed for centuries by early church authorities.
A Gnostic Passion draws formal inspiration from the Bach family, and sonic inspiration equally from the worlds of contemporary classical and popular music. The Balliett brothers will participate in the performance with guest artist soprano Charlotte Mundy.
Tickets $25; seniors $20; children / students $5
For tickets and more information, please visit
About Cantori New York
Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.
A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.
Cantori’s recordings include The Metamorphoses of Paul Crabtree, Echoes and Shadows (contemporary American choral works), and the first CD recording of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, which was an Opera News Editors’ Choice.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
A celebration of American choral and roots music – classic and new – wraps the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 49th season with the world premiere of Plath Songs, set the poetry of Sylvia Plath by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner, as well as works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Abbie Betinis, Eric Whitacre and celebrated spiritual composer/arrangers William Dawson, Jester Hairston, André Thomas and Moses Hogan on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Disney Hall.
Music Director Grant Gershon conducts Eric Whitacre’s Three Songs of Faith, set to a trio of texts by e.e. cummings and written in 1999 for the 100th anniversary of Northern Arizona University’s School of Music. In addition, the Chorale performs Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, based on a Vachel Lindsay poem, Elliott Carter’s Tarantella, written for men’s chorus by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer for the Harvard Glee Club in 1936, and Abbie Betinis’ humorous and imaginative Songs of Smaller Creatures, which captures the sonic essence of buzzing bees, spindly spider legs and graceful butterflies. Two works by Samuel Barber are also featured – Sure on this Shining Night, with text from James Agee’s first published collection of poems, Permit Me Voyage, and Agnus Dei, a 1967 transcription for eight-part choir of his deeply emotional Adagio for Strings, which is conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton. The program concludes with a show-stopping finale of “blow the roof off” arrangements by four masters of the American spiritual – William Dawson, Jester Hairston, André Thomas and Moses Hogan.
Kirchner is currently in his first season as LAMC Composer in Residence and Plath Songs is the first of his works to be premiered during his tenure. The 25-minute suite for choir, piano and percussion, including vibraphone, bass drum, triangle, and tubular bells, is set to seven of Sylvia Plath’s most well known poems: Morning Song, Mirror, Lady Lazarus, Tulips, Poppies in October, Child and Blackberrying, chosen for their beauty, brilliance and sheer impact. States Kirchner, “I’m particularly excited about unveiling this project because it represents an aspect of my writing that will be new to the LAMC audience. While the piece retains a very vocal and melodic approach, its harmonic palette is multi-dimensional in keeping with the expressive breadth and complexity of Plath’s poetry.”
Kirchner, Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in ListenUp!, the pre-concert talk at 6 pm, sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation.
Tickets range from $29 – $134. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Light & Sound Concerts presents Glass Music Master Miguel Frasconi in concert on Friday, May 17 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 PM at The Old Stone House, Washington Park, 336 Third Street (bet. 4th & 5th Avenues) in Brooklyn, New York. Also on May 19, at 2:00 PM Light & Sound will present a special 40 minute Family Concert & Conversation with the Artists. These will be the final concerts of Light & Sound’s Spring 2013 series.
Miguel Frasconi will present a solo concert using his unique glass instruments. Each composition will use a specific glass object or set of glass objects to explore a different acoustic property. The structure of each musical work will itself be derived from the specific sonic qualities at hand as well as the interaction with the acoustic space in which the performance takes place.
Tickets for the May 17 and 19 performances are $20 at the door, and are also available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/347890. Tickets for the May 19 Family Concert & Conversation with the Artist are $15 for first adult, $5 for each additional family member. For more information, call 718-768-3195 or visit http://www.lightandsound-concerts.org. A reception will follow each event.
Miguel Frasconi is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who uses analog electronics, laptop, and an instrumentarium of glass objects to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition. His glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. Visit him at http://frasconimusic.com/.
Light & Sound, curated by its founder/director, violinist Julianne Klopotic, is a full spectrum performance series. Unique in its approach, the 2013 season includes performances informed by New/Experimental Music, Classical, Jazz/Rock and World Music.
From May 16-18 (this Thursday-Saturday), at Music at First in Brooklyn Heights, Mantra’s second annual series of 3 consecutive nights of composer portrait concerts kicks off with a beautiful retrospective of works by Paula Matthusen on May 16. Paula’s compelling style melds ceremony, music and lo-fi electronics.
Daniel Wohl will be featured on May 17 along with the Mivos String Quartet and friends. A frequent collaborator with Mantra, Daniel takes his music for strings, percussion and electronics and mixes them into a well-considered flow of exquisite sounds.
The final concert of 3Nights, May 18, brings Mantra together the rock band Zs. The experimental group have written a full-evening of music.
You can watch a teaser video here.
May 16: Paula Matthusen
May 17: Daniel Wohl
May 18: Zs
All shows begin at 7:30pm and are $10 at the door (no advance tickets).
Music at First takes place at 124 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Tickets may be purchased HERE
May 18, 2013, 8:00pm
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
The Tempus Continuum Ensemble will be premiering new works by emerging New York composers Anne H. Goldberg, Kevin Baldwin, and Alex Burtzos. Come enjoy works for mixed chamber ensembles at the cell in Chelsea.
-ity (2012) for solo piano**
-aholic (2013) for solo Percussion*
I am Looking for a Sun (2013) for septet*
Anima Animus (2012) for solo piano*
Elocutions (2011) for flute, guitar, and vibraphone
Burning Bushes (2013) for septet*
Prince Prospero (2013) for septet*
*Denotes World Premiere **Denotes New York Premiere
Founded by composer/performer Anne H. Goldberg and soprano Corrine Byrne, Tempus Continuum is a New York-based ensemble that strives to bring diverse audiences to contemporary and underperformed music. Through provocative programming, Tempus Continuum seeks to create paths of accessibility for audience members, inviting them to confront music with fresh ears. Tempus Continuum works closely with emerging and established composers, commissioning and premiering innovative works at a diverse variety of venues such as New York City’s the cell theatre, Cornelia Street Café, The Flea Theater, and Philadelphia’s The Salon, and recently the long-established Arts in the Village concert series in Massachusetts. Tempus Continuum holds an annual call for scores to promote and perform innovative works by emerging composers, thus furthering and expanding the genre of new classical music.
Alex Burtzos (b. 1985) is an American composer and music educator native to Colorado Springs, CO. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and a member of ASCAP. Alex has been on the faculty of the Florentine Music School in New York City since 2011 (theory, piano and percussion), and is currently working towards his doctorate in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the recipient of MSM’ s prestigious teaching fellowship. His compositions have been performed across the United States and abroad. In 2013, Alex was awarded the Jordan Berk Memorial prize for composition for his saxophone quartet, “The Revivalist,” and was profiled as the featured composer on ComposersCircle.com. He’s excited to be collaborating with the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, and hopes that the future will present more opportunities to work with this talented
Anne H. Goldberg blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer. Founder and artistic director of the Synthesis Aesthetics Project, a collaborative of musicians, dancers, multimedia and spoken word artists, Anne has produced, composed, choreographed and directed a variety of productions,
most recently as Emerging-Artist-in-Residence at The Field. In addition to Synthesis, Anne co-founded the new music ensemble Tempus Continuum Ensemble, premiering and performing both her own music and that of other 20th and 21st Century composers. Touring the east coast and internationally, Anne’s music has been premiered and performed by ensembles such as the Boston New Music Institute, the Novatrio, NeoLit Ensemble, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. Her artistry has been featured in music venues such is Symphony Space, the Kitchen, the Flea Theater, and many others nationally and internationally.
Anne’s background, although based upon the study of science, mathematics and languages, never strayed far from her passion for the arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with extensive course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received her M.M. of Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marjorie Merryman, and influences of Nils Vigeland, Reiko Füting, and Mark Stambaugh. She is a D.M.A. candidate at MSM under Dr. Reiko Füting. In addition to her musical and choreographic pursuits, Anne is a professional figureskater, holding gold freestyle, artistry and ice dancing titles in the United States and Canada as well as International ice dancing titles.
Multi-instrumental talent Kevin Baldwin (b. 1986) is an emerging artist creating a name for himself by tackling some of the most experimental and innovative music in New York City. Kevin has sought to push the saxophone by tackling repertoire from composers such as Grisey, Berio, Aperghis, and Hurel.
As a performer, Kevin has performed all over the world, in places such as Beijing and Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Maccagno, Italy. The New York Times reviewed one of Kevin’s concerts, saying the performance was, “precise and energetic” Since then, Kevin has performed at Symphony Space, Tenri Cultural Institute, Galapgagos Art Space and had his debut solo concert performing a show for saxophone and electronics at the New Music in Queens festival.
Recently as a composer, Kevin has been receiving commissions and several other premieres for various soloists and ensembles. Such commissions include Transfigured Pulse, commissioned by Columbia University; Solitary Confinement for Tenor Saxophone and Drum Set for the SoundSCAPE new music festival in Italy; and -ity for solo piano for Jess Ryan. Previously, Kevin received an honorable mention in the 2009 National Association of Composers of the USA Young Composers Competition for his piece Meditation for solo Bassoon.
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The Playground presents brand-new works, including commissions by Jimmy Canepa and Oren Boneh and the latest compositions by Chris Malloy and our own Conrad Kehn.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts,
2344 E. Iliff ave.,
Denver CO, 80208
Tickets $18 adult, $16 seniors, free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID. Ticket prices include free parking at the Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert Line (303) 871-6412
CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE
featuring music from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom
Sunday, May 19 | 4 PM
Fordham United Methodist Church
2543 Marion Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
presented by Fordham at 4pm Music Concert Series
Sequina DuBose, soprano
Special Guest: David Hughey, baritone
Damien Sneed, pianist
Featuring arias from the folk opera
Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line into Freedom by Nkeiru Okoye
along with traditional and contemporary arrangements of spirituals
“I want a man”
Benjamin Kreith presents a recital of contemporary violin music featuring ‘My New Address’ by Italian composer Stefano Scodanibbio. The program includes solo works by Javier Arias Bal, Luciano Chessa, Laurie San Martin, David del Puerto, and Anton Vishio. Daniel Cullen will join Kreith to perform his piece ‘Stream’ for violin and electronics.
Thursday 9 May 7:00 PM @
151 W 46th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $12 @ door / $10 here: http://eavesdropping59.brownpapertickets.com/
For more details please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/155805897925061/
Violinist Benjamin Kreith has performed as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestra player throughout the US and Europe. He has premiered solo works at the Strasbourg
and Marseille festivals and performed as a guest artist with the Ying and Muir Quartets.
Ben helped to found the Ensemble CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, and has also performed with sfSound, Barcelona 216, and the Harvard Group for New Music. Recently he spent several years in Montana as a member of the Cascade Quartet and concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony. He has had the privilege of working directly with composers including Francisco Guerrero, Gunther Schuller, and Magnus Lindberg.
His live recording of Christian Lauba’s Kwintus for violin solo is available on the Accord/Universal CD Morphing, and Luciano Chessa’s Preludio e Siciliana (1987/2013) is forthcoming on Stradivarius records. Ben also plays the harmonica and experienced a brief moment of renown when his improvisations with Leonard Bernstein were broadcast on international television.
He has taught at the Escola de Música de Barcelona, and served as artist-in-residence at the University of California, Davis.
About the series:
Composer and curator Guy Barash’s new music series Eavesdropping kicks off its third year of adventurous modern programming. It returns to The Tank to present some of today’s most daring performers and astonishing composers.
For artists, Eavesdropping provides a stage for risk-taking and the exploration of non-conventional sound, to present a relevant boundary-breaking artistic work. Shows often include multimedia elements, real time electronic processing, and performance art.
The Tank’s intimate black box theater brings our audiences close enough to become part of the creative process. We are committed to presenting innovative repertoire that is relevant and intriguing. Eavesdropping is a cross-genres new music series presented to the city’s inquisitive listener – the one that seen it all and heard it all but craves for cultural excitement.