North/South Consonance, Inc. concludes its 33rd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Tuesday evening June 18 when the acclaimed North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of its founder Max Lifchitz performs for the first time in New York City works by composers from Latin America, Europe and the US.
The concert will start at 8 PM and will take place at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) in Manhattan. Admission is free. No tickets needed.
The featured composers are Latin Grammy awardees Carlos José Castro (from Costa Rica) and José Serebrier (from Uruguay). Violist Edmundo Ramírez will be the featured soloist for the American premiere of Castro’s Serenata de la Luna (Serenade to the Moon) for viola and string orchestra. The performance of Serebrier’s Adagio for Strings being heard in New York for the first time will mark the celebrated composer/conductor’s 75th birthday.
Accordionist William Schimmel (described by the NY Times as“…a virtuoso accordionist whose performances and recordings can be both entertaining and provocative”) will be the soloist for the first American performance of Anna Veismane’s Why Me? Originally from Latvia, Ms. Veismane is one of the most exciting young composers working in Eastern Europe at the moment.
Flutist Lisa Hansen will perform the solo part in Charles Norman Mason’s Soumaya for flute and strings. Mason was recently appointed Chair of the Composition Department at the University of Miami’s School of Music. Soumaya is a work inspired by the museum of the same name built by financier Carlos Slim in Mexico City to honor his departed wife.
The program will conclude with Yellow Ribbons No. 48 by Max Lifchitz, the orchestra’s founder. The three movement work belongs to a series of works honoring the former American Hostages in Iran. Oboist Kathy Halvorson and clarinetist Nuno Antunes will be the featured soloists.
The composers will be present at the concert and will introduce their music to the audience.
North/South Consonance’s 2012-13 season was made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; grants from the Arthur Berger Fund and the Music Performance Trust Funds; as well as contributions by many generous individuals.