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Brooklyn, NY: Roulette is honored to present William Parker and the “Tone Motion Theatre” Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm. Featuring the New York premiere of Yes I Dreamed of Freedom, a moving tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the fifth part of Parker’s work Flower In a Stained Glass Window.

Tickets can be purchased at

About the program:

Flower In a Stained Glass Window
Part Five: Yes I Dreamed Of Freedom
This new work will have its New York Premiere performance on the eponymous holiday weekend and will be performed by the Transformational Music Ensemble, a new music chamber group lead by Keir Neuringer, the Spirit Catchers Ensemble, consisting of five improvising musicians composing on the spot: Daniel Carter, Joe McPhee, Hamid Drake, Cooper Moore and William Parker and, a vocal ensemble featuring Fay Victor, Kyoko Kitamura and Anais Maviel.

The Transformational Music Ensemble will interpret the written score composed by Parker, and will serve as both the back drop and catalyst to the improvisations being created by the Spirit Catchers Ensemble and words of the vocal ensemble. Dance choreographed by Patricia Nicholson.

The performance, a dedication to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, takes the audience back to the April 4, 1968. A dying Doctor King’s spirit leaves his body and as he transcends, he encounters a Lakota: Tašúŋke Witkó, who was rushing to the scene to bring him back to life through music, sound and movement. Instead of reminiscing of the past, they talk about how the revolution must come from within and that freedom cannot be handed out, it is already inside of us.

Featured Ensembles:

Transformational Music Ensemble
Keir Neuringer (alto sax, Musical Director)
Mike Watson (bass clarinet)
Ryan Frazier (trumpet)
Larry Toft (trombone)
Veronica Jurkiewicz (violin/viola)
Thomas Kraines (Cello)
Spirit Catchers Ensemble
Hamid Drake (drums)
Steve Swell (trombone)
Joe McPhee (trumpet, saxophones)
Daniel Carter (reeds, trumpet)
Cooper Moore (piano, banjo)
Fay Victor
Kyoko Kitamura
Anais Maviel

About Roulette
Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years – has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City – if not the country – to experience adventurous music and art.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale – the renowned resident choir of Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon – and KUSC (91.5 FM) – the largest and most listened to classical public radio station in the country – have announced they are extending their broadcast partnership for two seasons, with 14 of the acclaimed choir’s Disney Hall concerts from the 2012|13, 2013|14 and 2014|15 seasons airing in two seven-week series, entitled “KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night: The LA Master Chorale in Concert.” The first series of seven Sunday evening broadcasts, hosted by KUSC’s Alan Chapman, launches December 21, 2014, and runs through February 1, 2015. The second series runs December 2015 – January 2016. The two-hour weekly radio program, which runs from 7-9 PM, showcases the choir’s versatility and wide-ranging repertoire. KUSC broadcasts of the Los Angeles Master Chorale are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Gershon, who personally selected the slate of concerts to be featured on the broadcast, states, “We greatly value our relationship with KUSC, the country’s leading classical music radio station, which reaches more than 800,000 listeners. Taking our music outside our concert hall and onto KUSC’s airwaves is a key component of the Chorale’s ongoing ‘on the stage, online and on the air’ initiative to expand its reach in the community and beyond.”

The first series opens December 21, 2014, 7 pm, with a broadcast of the Chorale’s holiday concert from last season, with Gershon conducting four seasonal classics – Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Stephen Paulus’s Christmas Dances, and selections from Nine Carols for Men’s Voices arranged by Vaughan Williams. (A full list of concerts to be broadcast this season is included below.)

For information on the Los Angeles Master Chorale broadcast series on KUSC, please visit, or


Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm
ARR. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS selections from Nine Carols For Male Voices
OTTORINO RESPIGHI Lauda per la Natività del Signore (Laud to the Nativity)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols
STEPHEN PAULUS Christmas Dances
(Performed December 8, 2013)

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7 pm
NICO MUHLY Bright Mass with Canons
ARVO PÄRT The Beatitudes
PAUL MEALOR Ubi caritas
conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton
with special guest Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
performed by Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
conducted by LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson
TARIK O’REGAN Dorchester Canticles
(Performed October 21, 2012)

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 7 pm
CARL ORFF Carmina Burana
with special guest Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

(Performed November 3, 2013)

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 7 pm
Mid-Winter Songs
Ave Dulcissima Maria
Canticle/O Vos Omnes
accompanied by Morten Lauridsen
Madrigali: Six ‘Fire Songs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems
Les Chansons des Roses
accompanied by Morten Lauridsen
O Magnum Mysterium
ENCORE: Prayer set to poetry by Dana Gioia
(Performed March 16, 2014)

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 7 pm
PETER LIEBERSON The World in Flower (West Coast Premiere)
JOHANNES BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
(Performed January 27, 2013)

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm
J.S. BACH Mass in B minor, BWV 232
(Performed January 25, 2014)

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7 pm
SAMUEL BARBER Sure on this Shining Night
ABBIE BETINIS Songs of Smaller Creatures
CHARLES IVES General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
SHAWN KIRCHNER Plath Songs (World Premiere)
Lesley Leighton, conductor
ERIC WHITACRE Three Songs of Faith
WILLIAM DAWSON Ain’-a That Good News
ARR. ANDRÉ THOMAS Keep Your Lamps!
ARR. MOSES HOGAN The Battle of Jericho
(Performed June 2, 2013)

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BethA612Beth Anderson’s Jasmine Swale will be performed by the Jade String Trio (Claire Chan, violin; Ching Chen Juhl, viola & vocal; Andrea Lee, cello) on Sunday, December 7 @ 3:00 PM at Morningside Gardens Recreation Center. 100 LaSalle Street in Manhattan. This is presented by Art in the Gardens.

The composer writes about the piece, “When the Jade String Trio asked me to compose a piece for them, they also sent me some Chinese folk music to incorporate into this swale. I cut up the songs (Little River and Jasmine Flower) into small pieces and made musical sections based on these cut-ups. Jasmine is a common name for plants that are intensely fragrant…(it) can grow in a swale of many different plants and the swale can simultaneously be 100% jasmine. It is evocative of warm days of bird song and passion, and fragrant, humid nights, full of dancing and romance. Consequently this swale has all these things implied within it, as well as some birds in the vines. All the themes are cut up and weave in and out of each other.” See the Trio’s performance of the work at

The program also includes works from Bach, Beethoven and Martinu, as well as Chinese Songs.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information, call 917-653-9630 or visit

For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit

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StevenGerber3Steven R. Gerber’s Fanfare for the Voice of A-M-E-R-I-C-A will be performed by the Filharmonia Dolnoslaska, Piotr Gajewski, conductor, Friday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at Sala Koncertowa im. Stefana Strahla in Jelenia Gora, Poland. This will be part of the orchestra’s American Music Festival. Gerber will be guest composer for the event and will speak about the work.

The piece was written in 2002 and is scored for brass (3-4-3-1), timpani, and percussion (3).  The Fanfare was commissioned to celebrate VOA’s 60th anniversary, and premiered at the VOA auditorium on a 9/11 memorial concert in 2003. The piece has since then been performed by the Wheeling Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Orchestra, and by the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the new Music Center at Strathmore as part of the 2005 ASOL convention. Hear the Fanfare at

Other composers on the program are Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. More about the December 5 concert at

New York-based composer Steven R. Gerber’s music has gained international attention as a result of Chandos, Koch and Arabesque CD releases featuring several of his major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 1, Kurt Nikkanen’s performance of the Violin Concerto and Jon Manasse’s performance of the Clarinet Concerto. His orchestral work Music in Dark Times was commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the four World Premiere performances took place in March, 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting the San Francisco Symphony. His chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. His most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at

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Lawrence Dillon, Music Composition Instructor @ NCSA.Lawrence Dillon’s Honey for solo piano will be given its World Premiere by pianist Yael Manor on Saturday, December 6 @ 7:30 PM at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th Street in New York, New York.  This will be part of a program presented by American Composers Alliance, sponsored by Friends of ACA and Alison Nowak.

The composer writes about the piece, “Honey is a meditation on the texture, longevity and adaptability of an 8000-year-old source of sweetness…An eight-minute composition built from a simple rising scale, Honey is in four sections, first treating the main figure fugally, then in a chorale texture, as an aria and as a dance.”

Other works on the program include music from the ACA archives and current works by Lionel Nowak, Otto Luening, Raoul Pleskow, Reinaldo Moya, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, and Karl Kroeger. Other performers include pianists Marc Peloquin and Christopher Oldfather (with Fredrica Wyman).

Tickets are $15; seniors and students $10; ACA members free. For tickets and more event information, visit

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – and his website is at

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Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 — 8 pm (doors 7:30)
Meridian Project DARK MATTER Multmedia Album Release Party
with special guests JPA Falzone & Musicians (through-composed new music) and TRUNK (psycho-pop funk)
Southside Cultural Center
393 Broad St., Providence, RI
$5 at the door

Meridian Project is pleased to announce a special performance celebrating the release of “Dark Matter,” a new multimedia album exploring cutting edge research in dark matter detection. Dr. Jeremy Chapman, a recent graduate of Brown University’s Particle Astrophysics Group, will discuss the latest developments in dark matter research in combination with music written and performed by Joshua Lantzy, Jacob Richman, Jamie Topper, and Kirsten Volness, video/projections by Caroline Doherty and Jacob Richman, and set design by Catherine Hood.

Discounted “Dark Matter” albums (multimedia or music EP) and posters will be available for purchase (cash only for admission, bar, and merch). Feel free to bring a pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag and get cozy under the “stars.” The album is also available for pre-order online (to be released December 6).

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At the vanguard of Boston’s classical music scene, Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) present a co-production of the comedic, family opera Fantastic Mr. Fox.  For one performance only, Fantastic Mr. Fox unites Odyssey Opera (a new, Boston-based opera company dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of adventurous repertoire), BMOP (the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music), the Boston Children’s Chorus, and some of today’s top vocal performers including baritone John Brancy and mezzo-soprano Krista River.


WHEN: Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm (pre-concert talk at 2:00pm)

WHERE: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony

TICKETS: $30 and up/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at or 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person.

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NYCEMS1214The New York City Electroacoustic Music Society (NYCEMS) will present A Concert of Electroacoustic Music on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street #2 in Manhattan.

Works presented will be Roland Kuit’s Ruins of Memories, Sheena Hong’s Philosophising, Nancy Bogen’s Textur, Joel Gressel’s Quantitative Easing, Phil Mango’s Carry on Monsieur, Angelo Bello’s Gendyn Variations, Ari Frankel’s inErnest and enCaged, John Bock’s One Nation Under God, Part I, Michael Gogins’ Ladon and Hubert Howe’s Pi.

Tickets for the NYCEMS event are $15 ($10 students and seniors). For more information call 516-586-3433 or visit

Become a friend of NYCEMS at

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Society is dedicated to bringing the finest electroacoustic music from all over the world to New York City, through annual, multi-day festivals and performances in a variety of venues. Programs are designed to expose audiences to current trends in electroacoustic music, to support the innovative nature of the field and to celebrate its music. With participants coming from all over the world, NYCEMS also serves to provide a time and place for composers, performers and engineers to gather, exchange ideas and share their works. More about them at

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PVPhoto3910The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi presents their 6th Annual Holiday Gala Concert, the second concert of their 2014-2015 season, on Saturday, December 6 – 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, 150 East Palisades Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.

In addition to holiday favorites, Panis Angelicus and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, PV will present the World Premiere of Chun Cath by young composer Jacob Craig. The piece was commissioned for the group by one of their long-time sponsors. They will also give the World Premiere of Adrienne Albert’s new transcription of Lullaby for Three, created for the ensemble.

Jacob Craig is Director of Music and Arts at First Presb​yterian Church of Vero Beach, Florida and Headmaster of the Primo School of Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Piano Performance degree from Shorter University in Rome, GA before moving on to Tallahassee, FL to receive his M.M. in Choral Conducting and Literature under Dr. Andre Thomas at Florida State University.  As Director of Choral Activities at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, TN, Jacob’s choral groups won numerous awards and competitions both at the local and state levels.

Guest artists for this evening of holiday music will be violinist Xiao Wang, boy soprano Yilan Xu, organist & music director at First Presbyterian, David Macfarlane and the Brass Force Five from Montclair State University. The winner of PV’s 8th Annual Young Artist Recognition Award from Paramus High School will also be presented.

Tickets for the December 6 concert are $25 per person, which includes a post concert reception and a $5 tax-deductible donation to PV’s Mission to Commission. For tickets or more information, call 201-488-4983, visit or email

The Palisades Virtuosi, consisting of flutist Margaret Swinchoski, clarinetist Donald Mokrynski and pianist Ron Levy, is a 501 (c)(3) organization established to promote and enrich the repertoire for flute, clarinet and piano and present concerts that include existing and newly-commissioned repertoire for this configuration (each of their concerts includes a work commissioned by the ensemble), supplemented by solos, duos and larger works featuring guest artists. Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five of their New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) highlights the beauty and majesty of the harpsichord with an unusual program featuring four harpsichords and chamber orchestra in the first of its Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which repeats on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, when the Orchestra makes its debut at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.  Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, the performance honors LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov and also celebrates the connection between Vivaldi and Bach, who transcribed many of Vivaldi’s works during his career. The repertoire includes the original version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico,” and Bach’s transcription of the piece, the unprecedented and rarely performed Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Kahane also conducts Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2, and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” in keeping with the season. Kahane, a noted keyboardist who is featured on harpsichord, leads a Baroque-size orchestra comprised of LACO musicians and eight featured soloists, including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; LACO principals Josefina Vergara, Sarah Thornblade, violins, Allan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; LACO violinist Jacqueline Brand; and special guests Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichords.  This marks the first collaboration between LACO and the Valley Performing Arts Center.


LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. For the December 11 performance at Zipper Hall, a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.


Subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($250) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $56) are available online at, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

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