Sarah Plum and Hal Grossman at Spectrum

Since the successful debut of her 21st century program “Parameters of Sound” at Williamsburg’s Firehouse Space last year, new music specialist, violinist Sarah Plum has been busy commissioning, premiering and performing new music both here and abroad. After recent successes in Berlin she returns to New York for a thrillingly diverse program of new music – both acoustic and electronic – by noted composers, many of which have been written for her.

The concept of “Parameters of Sound” is simple in that it reflects Plum’s interest in exploring the outer boundaries and technical challenges of contemporary repertoire for violin. She is actively commissioning works, building long-term collaborations with composers and adding works to the repertoire for violin. She invites the listener to listen to her curated programs, and to discover music by a variety of composers, some well known, some obscure – that form together a vision of new music today.

Joined by violinist Hal Grossman, this all-new music program will unveil a new work written for her by acclaimed NY-based composer Mari Kimura, as she presents three World Premieres and two New York premieres in all for instrumentation that runs the gamut from solo violin to two violin and violin with electronics.

The evening will also feature works by Sidney Boquiren, David Bohn, Christopher Adler, Benjamin Fuhrman, Jeff Herriot, Christopher Burns, Bjorn Berkout and Sidney Corbett.

The complete program is as follows:

Sarahal for two violins and live electronics – Mari Kimura (World Premiere)

Ira and Lachrymae for two violins (2013)- Sidney Boquiren (World Premiere)

Kikaku (2013) 10 fragments for two violins – David Bohn (World Premiere)

Sirens (2009) for solo violin and reverb effects – Benjamin Fuhrman (New York Premiere)

after time: a resolution (2013) for violin and electronics – Jeff Herriot (New York Premiere)

come ricordi come sogni come echi for violin and electronics (2012) – Christopher Burns
-after luigi nono’s la lontananza nostalgica utopica future
-studies IV, V and VI

Jolie Sphinx (2009) – Christopher Adler

Zing (2011) for violin and piano (Hal Grossman, violin Marie Blair, piano)- Bjorn Berkout

Polydorus Echoes (2011) for solo violin (Hal Grossman, violin) (N.Y. Premiere)-Sidney Corbett

Violinist Sarah Plum’s performing career has earned her a reputation as a modern music specialist for her numerous collaboration with composers and appearances at a myriad of festivals such as the as the Luzern Festival, Unruly Music Festival, Ankunft: Neue Musik series, Archipel, Ars Musica, and the Festival d’Automne Paris, to name a few. Her latest CD “ABSCONDITUS,” which featured music by Plum’s long-time collaborator, composer Sidney Corbett, was labeled a “Gem” by the American Record Guide, and applauded for “a wealth of colour and a surprising range of sounds” by Gramophone Magazine.

The Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at the door. For more information, please visit:

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