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On Friday, October 31, 2104 at 8:00 pm, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble will present its first concert, featuring special guest Brave New Works. The concert will include music by David Biedenbender, Joseph Bohigian, Louis Andriessen, Joshua Marquez, Joe Hishaishi, Daniel Adams, and more. Come out and enjoy a night of exciting new music!

Fresno State New Music Ensemble members:
Cassandra Barnes (flute)
Aaron Marcus Luna (clarinet)
Josh Locher (saxophone)
Lianna Stuart (violin)
Aimee Dockum (cello)
Rebecca Messer (piano)
Joseph Bohigian (percussion)

Friday, October 31st at 8:00 pm
CSU Fresno Music Building Concert Hall
5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA, 93740
Free admission

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ConcertBlackTIGUEsmOn Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 8pm, the bicoastal concert and fundraising series, Permutations, presents a concert of new and recent works performed by the artists for whom the works were written.

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RE: You (2011)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for Concert Black

An Index of Possibility (2013)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for TIGUE

Shelter (world premiere)
by Ravi Kittappa, performed by and written for Concert Black and TIGUE

8pm sharp | Saturday, September 27, 2014
The DiMenna Center | Benzaquen Hall
450 W. 37th St. New York, NY 10018

Tickets at the door $15 // $10 for students

Turn off your internet and join us for this tangible, real world experience!

 

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Joelle Wallach’s The Wreath of Silver Birds will be performed by 2Flutes – Pamela Sklar and Laura Falzo on Tuesday, September 23 – 8:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street (at the Citicorp Center) in Manhattan.

The composer writes, “The Wreath of Silver Birds was written in 1995 as an outdoor work for solo piccolo in honor of the 95th birthday of composer Otto Luening, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Virginia Center for the Creative Art’s new timpani-topped gazebo. “ Read her complete program notes and see a score sample at http://joellewallach.com/composition/a-wreath-of-silver-birds/.

The September 23 program also features music from the Renaissance through today, with works by other New York-area composers, including the World Premiere of Pamela Sklar’s Flashes of Inspiration and Joy for flute, bass flute and Native American flute. She and Laura Falzon are 2Flutes, playing a diverse group of instruments. Visit them at http://www.2flutes.net/.

This program made possible in part by New York Women Composers. For more information, call 212-355-3423 or visit http://saintpeters.org/events/detail/1507/details/.

The 4Tay label has released two CDs of Joelle Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach2. More about her at http://www.joellewallach.com.

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The LOST DOG NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE presents ensemble pianist Jacob Rhodebeck in a major New York premiere; only the second-ever complete performance of Michael Hersch’s epic 2.5-hour, 350-page masterwork for solo piano, The Vanishing Pavilions. The performance will take place on October 11, 2014, 7:30 PM, at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43A West 13th Street in Manhattan).

Lost Dog’s powerhouse pianist, Jacob Rhodebeck, will be the first pianist to perform Hersch’s The Vanishing Pavilions in its entirety since the work’s landmark premiere, given by the composer in 2006. That event was described by David Patrick Stearns in The Philadelphia Inquirer as “…downright historic…[Hersch] conjured volcanic gestures from the piano with astonishing virtuosity… Overtly or covertly, The Vanishing Pavilions is about the destruction of shelter (both in fact and in concept) and life amid the absence of any certainty.”

Inspired by the poetry of Christopher Middleton, this major statement by one of America’s leading composers is a work that:

…brings to life a landscape:
Of poplars by a silver river, slender trees
Shimmering….

Hersch notes that “From the moment I encountered Christopher Middleton’s remarkable poetry, I was spellbound. Although the terrain of much of his work was of a difficult nature for me, I found comfort in it as well – the kind of comfort one finds in a kindred spirit.”

The historic New York premiere is sure to be one of the highlights of the season. Tickets for the October 11 concert may be purchased online at www.lostdognewmusic.org. Advance tickets purchased online cost $20, tickets at the door cost $25. Students and seniors receive a $5 discount.

PREVIEW
Lost Dog will present Rhodebeck in a preview concert on October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM, at Trinity Lutheran Church (31-18 37th Street in Astoria, Queens). The preview will feature a one-hour suite from the full Hersch work, paired with a rare performance of Abel DeCaux’s haunting late-impressionist work Clair De Lune. Tickets for the October 9 preview concert may be purchased online at www.lostdognewmusic.org.

Michael Hersch, composer, at his home in Havertown

Michael Hersch, photo courtesy of Sam Oberter

 

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PVPhoto3910The Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will present the season opening concert of Trinity Arts on Sunday, September 21 – 2:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 George Street in Allendale, New Jersey.

The Virtuosi will perform Casper Kummer’s Concertino in C Major, Opus 101, David Messer’s Ron’s Waltz (originally for solo piano, transcribed by the composer for flute, clarinet and amplified piano), Gwyneth Walker’s Full Circle for flute, clarinet and amplified piano (based on readings from the Unitarian Universalist Hymnal – commissioned by Palisades Virtuosi), Gershwin’s Three Preludes (for flute, clarinet and piano) and John Lampkin’s George Washington Slept Here  (Variations on Soldier’s Joy – commissioned by Palisades Virtuosi).

The afternoon program will also include the official opening of an exhibition of abstractly conceived nature photographs by Allendale’s Michael Tat as well as after-concert dessert.

Tickets are available by calling 201-327-3012 or visiting http://www.trinitynbc.org/event/trinity-arts-opens-new-season. For directions to the church please click on http://www.trinitynbc.org/directions.

Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five of their New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.

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The World Premiere of Judith Shatin’s Autumn Way for solo cello will be performed by Suzanne Mueller on Saturday, September 20 – 5:00 PM at The Long Island Violin Shop, 8 Elm Street in Huntington, New York. This is presented as part of the 2014 String Poet Award Ceremony.

Autumn Way is based on Richard Meyer’s String Poet First-Prize winning poem, “The Autumn Way.” The poem will be read, followed by Ms. Mueller’s performance of Ms. Shatin’s new work. The event will also include a poetry reading by Finalist Judge David Yezzi, followed by readings of the poems that placed or received honorable mentions.

Tickets for the 2014 String Poet Award Ceremony are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more about the event, the artists and directions to Long Island Violin Shop, visit http://www.stringpoet.com/2014/07/2014-string-poet-award-ceremony/.

Visit Suzanne Mueller at http://suzannemuellercellist.com/.

JShatinPhotoInnova Records has issued Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn CD (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, 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.

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ETHEL_2012_13_byJamesEwing_1_forweb2ETHEL Begins Residency October 21st

Denison University announces the launch of its first Ensemble-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Vail Series. The Ensemble-in-Residence program will engage the entire campus and the greater community in an exploration of music and other academic disciplines. The program will host the renowned string quartet ETHEL for the 2014-2015 academic year.

As the Denison University Ensemble-in-Residence, ETHEL will be on campus for three weeks in 2014/15; Tuesday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 25; Monday, March 2 to Saturday, March 7, during which they will be the featured performers for the Tutti New Music Festival; and finally from Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25. The quartet will coach and mentor students in the music department. In addition, they will engage their talents in a series of interdisciplinary activities.

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Recognized as a master of both electro-acoustic and instrumental techniques, composer ERIC CHASALOW today announces the September 16th release of his new album feather, breath, mirror (Suspicious Motives Records). Featuring four commissioned works written between 2002 and 2008, the recording displays Chasalow’s virtuosic writing and widely known electronic transformation of acoustic instruments.

 

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JShatinPhoto2Judith Shatin’s Spring Tides, scored for amplified Pierrot Ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano) and interactive electronics will be given its European Premiere by the dissonArt ensemble on Thursday, September 18 – 6:00 PM as part of the International Computer Music Conference 2014 in Athens, Greece.

The composer writes, “Spring Tides was inspired by the pull of the moon and sun on the flow of the tides, highest when the moon and sun are directly lined up with the earth. The very highest, or spring tides, occur when the moon is either full or new, and the gravitational pull of moon and the sun are combined.” Read the complete notes for the piece at http://judithshatin.com/spring-tides/.

The Thessaloniki-based ensemble dissonArt was founded in 2005 with the intention to disseminate the stylistic diversity of new music in Greece as well as internationally. Following the model of similar contemporary orchestral groups, the ensemble is organized around a core of 6 soloists and associated partners, with a flexible internal structure. Visit them at http://www.dissonart.gr/en.

Learn more about ICMC 2014 at http://www.icmc14-smc14.net/.

Innova Records has issued Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn CD (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, 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.

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Richard Brooks’ l’Après Midi d’un Schönberg, a new vocal chamber work with libretto by author Nancy Bogen, will be given its World Premiere on Wednesday, September 17 – 8:00 PM at Voertman Hall of the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton.

The performance, by Dr. Arturo Ortega and the University of North Texas Pierrot Chamber Players, will also include Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, arr. Bobby Lapinski.

The composer (http://www.richardbrooksmusic.com/index.html) writes, “l’Après Midi d’un Schönberg (2012) is a cantata for four singers, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (the “Pierrot” Consort).  The libretto by Nancy Bogen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Bogen) is based on four photographs taken in the Summer of 1907 of Arnold Schoenberg, his first wife Matilda (Zemlinsky), his daughter Gertrude (Trudi), his two students Erwin Stein and Heinrich Jalowetz, and two young ladies whose names are not known. The photographer is presumed to be Arnold’s brother Heinrich, and one of the young ladies is presumed to be his girlfriend. The other lady is presumed to be Jalowetz’s girlfriend.”

“The setting of the first photo (Scene 1), seen below, is the veranda of a resort hotel in the Traunsee area of Austria.  It appears to be a luncheon and Ms. Bogen’s libretto imagines what the conversation and inner thoughts of the ensemble might’ve been.  A year after the photo was taken Matilde temporarily left Schoenberg for an affair with the painter Richard Gerstl and the libretto hints of this.”

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“The second photo (Scene 2) shows the same group sitting on a nearby hillside later the same day (we believe).  It appears as if Arnold is conducting a “sing-along” and we imagined what they might have been singing and have given it a “Schoenbergian” twist.”

“Scene 3 finds the group at a Heuriger which is an Austrian style wine bar-café.  Again, Ms. Bogen has “reconstructed” their possible conversations and thoughts.”

“By now rather large amounts of wine have been consumed and the final photo (Epilogue) shows the group walking (stumbling?) homeward.”

“Each of the four singers takes two roles, as follows – Arnold Schoenberg/Heinrich Jalowetz (tenor), Heinrich Schoenberg/Erwin Stein (baritone),  Matilda Schoenberg /”Ursula” (mezzo-soprano) and Trudi Schoenberg/”Gretchen” (soprano)”

“The piece is intended to be a kind-hearted amusement and is dedicated with affection to Arnold Schoenberg’s grandson, Arnold Greissle-Schoenberg.”

The UNT performance will feature Heidi Dietrich Klein, soprano; Katrina Burggraf-Kledas, alto; Nathan Hodgson, tenor; and Daniel Myers, baritone; along with Christian Gonzalez, flute/piccolo; Bobby Lapinski, clarinet/bass clarinet; Veronika Vassileva, violin/viola; Eric Smith, cello; and Eva Polgar, piano.

The program will also be presented on September 22 at New York City’s Austrian Cultural Forum.

The September 17 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-369-7802 or visit http://music.unt.edu/.

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