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On October 13 Cadillac Moon Ensemble begins its season with a rhythmically driven concert including three premieres of commissions by Cadillac Moon Ensemble of works by Zack Browning, Quinn Collins, and Malina Rauchenfels. Also on the program are works by Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann and Tristan Perich.  This program revels in post-minimalist, rock-inspired music juxtaposed with slow, calm, meditative works, all written within the last four years.  The concert is October 13, 2009, 8 PM at St. Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Ave., New York, NY). Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Cadillac Moon Ensemble is changing the idiom of quartet music.  With its unique instrumentation of flute, violin, cello, and percussion, the ensemble is dedicated to retaining the intimacy and artistry of traditional chamber music while constantly challenging the way composers view a quartet. CME is focused on commissioning new works from and developing integral relationships with emerging and established composers. Recently signed by New Dynamic Records, CME is slated to record its debut CD under the New Dynamics Records label in 2010/2011. Making commissioning and premiering new works by up-and-coming composers a priority, CME is becoming an important and exciting vehicle for new music and composers. Recent performances include: Hits of the Avant Garde at LaGuadia Performing Arts Center, Kathleen Supové’s Music With a View series at The Flea Theater, Vox Novus Composer’s Voice Series, and performances at Pianos, the Gershwin Hotel, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Waltz-Astoria, and SUNY-Purchase. For more information, please see www.CadillacMoonEnsemble.com.

PROGRAM
Malina Rauchenfels                         Five Sketches (2009)*
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann     Pensar Geométrico al Trasluz (2005)
Quinn Collins                                    Churn (2008)*
Tristan Perich                                   J’ai quand même une tête bizarre (2007)
Zack Browning                                 Moon Thrust (2009)*

*a Cadillac Moon Ensemble commission premiere

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13th ANNUAL CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION of the Cambridge Chamber Singers
Postmark deadline for next season: October 23, 2009

Prize: $700 and two performances; Possible recording

There is no entry fee.

Submission criteria:

Original composition for a cappella, 4-6 part mixed choir, occasional divisi is acceptable;
Three to six minutes long;
Not previously performed in Massachusetts;
Anonymous submission:
Remove all names and identifying marks;
Provide a sealed envelope containing your name, address, email and phone number;
Submit a legible score. In addition, recordings will be accepted but are not required.
If the text is not public domain, include written permission to use it.
You may submit electronically, to the e-mail below, with a pdf attachment. Sibelius, Finale and other formats will not be accepted.
The winning composition is to be performed in May of 2010 at the Cambridge Chamber Singers concerts in the Boston area. CCS encourages the composer’s attendance.

The Cambridge Chamber Singers reserves the right to not award a prize.

The winning composer must provide a final performance score by January 10, 2010. CMS will make 40 copies for the chorus.

There are no restrictions according to race, sex, age or residency. The text may be in any language. A composer may submit more than one piece.

If you would like your materials returned, please enclose a SASE.

Send all submissions to:
Cambridge Chamber Singers, Inc.
P.O. Box 600527
Newtonville, MA 02460

For further information, email composition_comp@cambridgemadrigals.org or call Martha Holmes at 617-965-7573.

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JZPhoto3109The World Premiere of “Solar Traveller” Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra by Judith Lang Zaimont will be presented by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Dr. Harlan D. Parker, Conductor, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 pm in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, 17 East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland.

The pianist will be Timothy Hoft, a DMA candidate studying at Peabody with Benjamin Pasternack. Also on the program are Early Light, by Carolyn Bremer; Music for Prague 1968, by Karel Husa; and Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away,” by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

The composer has written about the new Concerto, “Inspired by the vastness, wonder, and beauty of sky and space, the “Solar Traveller” concerto is in three movements: Outward Bound, Nocturne (Lunar), and Ad astra per aspera. We encounter music as desolate and unfamiliar as a lunar landscape largely expansive, as if in ‘stopped’ time. The name of the third movement, Latin for “To the stars through difficulties,” is reflected in cross-rhythms, chromatic clashes, and a prominent role for the percussion section. Across the three movements  both soloist and the ensemble experience the long-term compressive forces of space flight in  musical terms: The kernel of each movement is a progressively smaller musical interval, closing by movement from a third, to a second, down to pounding unisons in the final movement.”

The Ensemble commissioned the work along with faculty members at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana State University, Louisiana State University, Shepherd University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tickets for the October 7 concert are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800. Complete program information, and Audio Program Notes, may be found at http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/events.

Dr. Harlan D. Parker (http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/harlanparker) is now in his 20th year as conductor of the Peabody Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, they (http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/pwe) have released several critically acclaimed recordings of works by living composers.

More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/ and at her MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/judithlangzaimont.

More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/ and at her MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/judithlangzaimont.

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The American Chamber Ensemble will present its Gala Annual Music Party on Sunday, October 4 at 3 PM at the New Academic Building (south campus – just west of the John Cranford Adams Playhouse) of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Performers will include guest clarinetist Stanley Drucker (celebrating his 60 years with the New York Philharmonic), sopranos Karen Lehman and Tammy Hensrud and the ACE Clarinet Ensemble, who will join pianist Blanche Abram and clarinetist Naomi Drucker in a program of informal music making that will preview the upcoming season.

This concert is presented as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

Admission to the Gala Annual Music Party is by contribution only. Contribution categories begin at $25, with each category having specific contributor benefits. For category information, benefits and Music Party reservations, please call 516-223-0454, 516-541-9090 or 516-586-3433 or visit http://www.jamesarts.com/ace/schedule.html.

For the latest American Chamber Ensemble concert listings, updates and information, logon to http://www.jamesarts.com/ace/home.htmlACE

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New York, NY, The Quintet of the Americas will give a concert of music of the Americas on Friday, October 2 at 8:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center of the Little Theater, on the campus of York College CUNY, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica, New York.

Concert repertoire will include The Soul, a special work by Native-American composer Louis Ballard, whose compositions combine Native-American melodic and rhythmic material (and occasionally Native-American instruments) with mainstream western compositional techniques. Other works on the program include Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Summer Music by Samuel Barber; Summertime by George Gershwin; music by African-American and Cuban-American composers James P. Johnson, William Grant Still, Carl MaultsBy and Paquito D’Rivera, covering early jazz to gospel and salsa styles. Forest Hills composer Gaudencio Thiago de Mello will be represented with a lovely lullaby about sleeping in a hammock! In recognition of the Quintet’s origins in South America, the concert will include music from Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Brazil.

The October 2 concert is free and open to the public, however there is a suggested donation of $10.00. For more event information, call 718-262-3750 or visit http://www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/performing-arts.

Visit the Quintet’sQAPerformance909 website at http://www.quintet.org.

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Del Sol String Quartet“masters of all musical things they survey …”

Gramophone Magazine

“the Del Sol players produce a gloriously opulent, full-throated tone …” 

Strad Magazine

 

Heart, Mind and Pulse New Contrasts by

Del Sol String Quartet at Symphony Space, October 1, 2009

Paweł Mykietyn and Paweł Szymański meet Tania León and Gabriella Ortiz

U.S. and New York Premieres

co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute and Symphony Space

 

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A new choral work by Stephen Feigenbaum, 20, commissioned by the Terezin Chamber Music Foundation, will be performed at a benefit concert to be held in the Higginson Ballroom at Symphony Hall, Boston, on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m.

The Boston premiere of Feigenbaum’s “Songs of Sorrow and Hope” will be sung by the New England Conservatory’s Youth Chorale, a group of 70 advanced high school singers, under the direction of Beth Willer.

The Terezin Chamber Music Foundation, directed by Mark Ludwig, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the resilience of the human spirit, inspired by the music and art created at the Terezin Concentration Camp. In September of 2008, the foundation presented Feigenbaum with the Krasa-Schachter Commission Fund award.

Last spring Feigenbaum’s composition was performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir when it was a finalist in their 2009 Young Composers’ Competition. “Songs of Sorrow and Hope” also was performed this summer by the Quincy Choral Society at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague.

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USC THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC
PRESENTS SPECIAL CONCERT WITH ESTEEMED ALUMNUS/CONDUCTOR MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND
USC THORNTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AS PART OF SCHOOL’S ONGOING 125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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Noveller/Zemi17

Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) partners with X initiative to present two extraordinary artists who use technology and media for a multisensory rooftop performance.

Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate, who uses a double-neck guitar with various electronics, and will premiere a new 16mm hand-painted film to accompany her set.

Zemi17 is composer, musician and media artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner, and the co-designer of the ‘GamelaTron’, the first and only fully robotic Gamelan orchestra. Kuffner controls the Gameltron’s 117 robotic striking mechanisms to recreate Gamelan, the ancient tradition of Indonesian gong-chime percussion.

This performance is part of Manhattan New Music Project’s Interactive Music Series, which showcases emerging artists who incorporate new technologies and new media. Funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Thursday, October 8th
8:30pm
@ X-Initiative Rooftop
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Subways: C, E to 23rd Street
Admission: Free admission, limited seating – RSVP Required : RSVP@MNMP.org


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Kazakhstan Symphony
Kazakhstan Symphony

Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 8 PM

Tickets from $20 – $100

http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_14578.html?selecteddate=11232009

In November of 2009, the Orchestra, with conductors Christophe Mangou and Kanat Omaruv and piano soloist Jania Aubakirova, will make its debut in North America.

PROGRAM

1st half

Rachmaninoff, Concert no. 2

2nd half

Folklore-ethnographical ensemble “Turan” (“Baksy”, “Kerogly” compositions)

A. Raimkulova. Symphonic poem “Jamilya”

P.I. Tchaikovsky. “Romeo and Juliett”

Jania Aubakirova (piano)

Kanat Omarov (conductor)

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