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THOUGHT’S TORSION, composer Peri Mauer’s trio for flute, viola, and cello will be performed at Symphony Space on June 4, 2016, by Michael Laderman flute, Gregor Kitzis viola, and Arthur
Cook cello in a New York Composer’s Circle Gala Concert. Symphony Space is located at 250 West 95th St., NYC. Also on the program is music by Raoul Pleskow, Madelyn Byrne, Patricia
Leonard, Hubert Howe, Max Giteck Duykers, Ross Griffey, and Brian Fennelly. Tickets are $20, students free.

Composer Peri MauerPERI MAUER, composer, was born and raised in NYC where she currently resides. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Bard College, and is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art. Her music has recently received performances in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter and Labor Day Festivals, Composer’s Voice Concert Series at The Firehouse Space, New York Composers Circle Concerts of New Music at Symphony Space, LeFrak Performing Arts Center, St. Peter’s Church and St. Mark’s Church, Music With A View Festival at the Flea Theater for which she also served as cellist and conductor, Composers Concordance Festival at DROM, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, NYU Composers Forum, among others. A recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards for her work in 2014 and 2015, she is honored to have been awarded a grant from New Music USA for the premiere of her orchestral work Illuminations of the Night by the New York Repertory Orchestra and Life on Earth for chamber ensemble for Music With a View. She also recently received a commission from the Music Department of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose a piece for the LaGuardia Junior Band. Her concert band composition Red Sky was premiered by students of LaGuardia High School this past June to critical acclaim. Other recent premieres include A Little New Year’s Flair performed by Blair McMillan in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter Festival, At Home With Allen Ginsberg: Five Songs for Baritone & Piano performed by baritone Daniel Neer and pianist Christopher Berg, a solo trumpet version of Red Sky, Thought’s Torsion for viola, flute, and cello premiered by Eight Strings & a Whistle at Tenri Cultural Institute and performed again a few moths later at Spectrum NYC, Journey, for oboe, and Trumpet Trio, premiered Nov. 2015 in Music From Good Shepherd Concert Series.

Upcoming performances of her music include a new chamber music work, In Concert, for this year’s Make Music New York Festival at the Bard Graduate Center on June 21, 2016, All Along the Heights, composed for the Jackson Heights Orchestra scheduled for a December 14, 2016 premiere, Pixeliance, her revised flute, harp, marimba trio at Vassar College January 2017, and Shadow Lake, her new string quartet, scheduled for premiere Feb. 21, 2017 at St. Peter’s Church in NYC.

Ms. Mauer is also a freelance cellist and conductor and has worked with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theater, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, NYU Contemporary Players, American Chamber Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and can be seen playing her cello in the Golden Globe award-winning TV series Mozart in the Jungle.

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ML Soundwaves June Golia

Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer/performer Vinny Golia on Wednesday June 15 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
A composer, improviser, and performer on innumerable woodwinds, Vinny Golia has been a key part of LA’s underground creative music scene since the 1970s. His Nine Winds record label has released dozens of albums of jazz and improvised music (which Santa Monica Public Library members can stream via the DRAM service). As a professor at CalArts, he has mentored numerous young musicians, including those performing with him at the Library: Molly Pease (vocals), Ethan Marks (trumpets), Corey Hoeben (trombone), Bobby Grigas (vibraphone), Miller Wren (bass), and Nick Hon (drums).

Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. Show announcements and documentation are at This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Free and open to the public
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027


Music Director George Manahan leads the American Composers Orchestra in new works by seven composers from the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute: Jonathan Finlayson (b. 1982), Brian Friedland (b. 1982), Ethan Helm (b. 1990), Guy Mintus (b. 1991), Ben Morris (b. 1993), John La Barbera (b. 1945), and Dawn Norfleet.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) is a new development in the jazz field, and a natural outgrowth of the orchestra’s long-running interest in creative and improvised music. JCOI is led by ACO in partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York.

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Free and open to the public
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027


ACO’s 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings (open to the public free of charge) is a chance to witness the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. This year, Music Director George Manahan conducts works by Katherine Balch (b. 1991), Lembit Beecher (b. 1980), Paul Frucht (b. 1989), Sarah Gibson (b. 1986), Joel Rust (b. 1989), Carlos Simon (b. 1986), and Michael Small (b. 1988) – representing a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season.

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Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music presents distinguished artists from the ranks of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a program including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Franck, Piazzola and Gernot Wolfgang at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music on June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Violinist Lisa Sutton, who is the Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, founded Pittance in 2013. Says Sutton, “The original idea behind Pittance was to raise up the extraordinary yet invisible musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles – hence the name “Pittance”, a play on words referring to these smaller offerings from the orchestra pit. To elevate things further we expanded to include other L.A. Opera resident artists from the Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Program, as well as members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. By performing in smaller groups and smaller venues we endeavor to personalize opera, allowing audiences a more intimate view of the wonderful artists who are the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Opera company. We also endeavor to have as much fun as possible in the process!”
The June showcase concert is unique because the individual artists have selected the pieces they would like most to perform. As a result the program contains a lively variety of repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Gernot Wolfgang (a living composer) performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from almost every section of the orchestra. In addition, Pittance host, actor Miguel Perez, will enlighten the audience with brief historical notes and anecdotes about the repertoire and the performers.
In June, Pittance Chamber Music will announce its 2016/17 inaugural season which will include three concerts, two of which will take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, and one at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, both located in downtown Los Angeles.
Tickets are $35; $20 for seniors; $10 for students with valid ID, and are available online at, or at the venue on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Barrett Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91106.

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Salastina’s season finale features a world premier, a west coast premier, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in works by six accomplished and diverse local composers

Los Angeles, CA – (May 30, 2016) – In its season finale, Salastina Music Society celebrates six years of existence with the works of six brilliant composers from the Los Angeles area.

At 8pm on Friday, June 10 at South Pasadena’s Calvary Presbyterian Church, Salastina will present an evening of beautiful contemporary chamber music.  Among the carefully chosen pieces are a world premiere, a west coast premier, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Each work will demonstrate a different stylistic approach and sound world created by accomplished local composers working in Southern California, including:  Jeremy Cavaterra, composer-in-residence of Salastina Music Society; Andrew Norman, composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Adam Schoenberg, one of the most often-performed living composers by orchestras in the United States; New Music USA award winner Derrick Spiva, who brings global influences to his compositions; Philip White, who was recently commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and whose credits include music for major television shows, films, and video games; and veteran composer Gernot Wolfgang, whose work  jazz legend Dave Brubeck characterized as being of “unconventional beauty”.


The pieces by Derrick Spiva, Philip White, and resident composer Jeremy Cavaterra will feature the identical instrumentation of flute, viola, and harp.  In exploring the different ways these composers write for the same ensemble, the audience will gain insight into the variety of traditions drawn upon in contemporary classical music.  The two pieces for string trio also demonstrate opposing inspirations.  Andrew Norman’s work “Sabina” has roots in the architecture of Rome, while “Thin Air” by Gernot Wolfgang is inspired by nature and the California Sierras.  Adam Schoenberg’s “Go” is a fresh new addition to the string quartet genre that takes you on a spirited race through the Kentucky landscape.  The entire concert will be an aural cross section of some of LA’s most creative musical minds, and many of the composers will be on hand to discuss their music from the stage prior to its performance.

The program for the June 10 concert will be:
Adam Schoenberg: “Go” for String Quartet
Andrew Norman: “Sabina” from The Companion Guide to Rome, for String Trio
Gernot Wolfgang: “Thin Air” for String Trio
Derrick Spiva: “Crossing” for Harp Trio (world premier)
Philip White: Harp Trio (west coast premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Harp Trio (mvmt 3)

The performers include violinists and co-directors Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White as well as resident violist Meredith Crawford.    The guest artists for this concert are Erik Rynearson (viola), Peter Myers (cello), Jenni Olson (flute), and Allison Allport (harp).

The concert will take place at 8pm on June 10, 2016 at Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030).  Discounted tickets ($28) can be purchased at; regular-priced tickets ($35) will be available at the door. Students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.  Email or call (323)332-6874 for more information.

About Salastina Music Society:

The Salastina Music Society enriches minds, hearts, and our greater community through world-class and educational performances of chamber music.  Since its founding six years ago, Salastina has earned a national reputation for bringing a fresh approach to the classical concert experience, resulting in innovative performances with broad audience appeal.

Salastina presents between twelve and twenty concerts and educational events annually for audiences of all types — ranging from the classical music cognoscenti to new listeners of all ages. With a repertoire spanning three centuries, including special priority given to premieres by living composers, Salastina curates intimate and informative concert experiences, providing listeners with a field guide to the vast, rich landscape of chamber music.

Mirroring its audience’s diversity, Salastina’s expert musicians of varying ages, cultures, and backgrounds comprise an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every style, instrumentation, and historical period. (Visit to learn more about our illustrious roster of guest artists, which includes opera stars, world-renowned chamber musicians, and principal players of the country’s great orchestras.)

Salastina’s annual calendar typically includes over a dozen concert programs and special events, performances throughout California, guest appearances on other highly-regarded concert series, recording activities, and frequent national broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today.


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Los Angeles Master Chorale Photo Credit: © Steve Cohn  © 2006 Steve Cohn Photography

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Photo Credit: © Steve Cohn
© 2006 Steve Cohn Photography

The California Arts Council, a state agency, has awarded $13,500 to the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program. With the help of this support, the LA Master Chorale has engaged Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre as the organization’s first-ever artist-in-residence.  Whitacre’s project will harness emerging technology to inspire creativity and foster community among participants, many of whom will be new to LAMC, and provide unique opportunities for active participation in singing and the choral arts in traditional and non-traditional settings alike.  This is the first time the Artists Activating Communities program has been offered.  LAMC is one of only 47 grantees for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 85 organizations statewide.


A new pilot grant program, Artists Activating Communities supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society.  Artists Activating Communities projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.


“The Los Angeles Master Chorale is grateful for this generous funding from the California Arts Council and is proud to be a part of its new pilot program,” says LAMC President Jean Davidson.  “Eric Whitacre’s visionary concepts and stellar artistry and will help the LA Master Chorale reach broader and more diverse audiences in exciting and meaningful new ways.”


“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council.  “It is thrilling to see what artists can accomplish when working collaboratively with their communities.  An increased state investment in the arts allows us to further spark powerful growth and prosperity in our communities, such as the outstanding work that will result from the deep arts engagement provided by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Eric Whitacre’s Artists Activating Communities project.”


To view a complete listing of all Artists Activating Communities grantees, visit  For information about the Los Angeles Master Chorale, visit


Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The LA Master Chorale was founded in 1964 as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and is the resident chorus at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 50 and premiered 99 new works, of which 69 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The LA Master Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes six commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton, and in summer 2016, LAMC releases its seventh recording and its first album on Cantaloupe Music, featuring the national anthems by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang, which was commissioned and premiered by the LA Master Chorale in 2014.  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The LA Master Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students and adults each year.


The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at

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Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) concludes its 2015-16 season with “Sonic Masterworks,” an aural tapestry of a cappella works from around the globe spanning four centuries, with conducting duties shared by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton and newly appointed Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre, in his LAMC conducting debut, on Sunday, June 5, 2016, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Gershon conducts the Chorale’s first-ever performance of Allegri’s revered Miserere, composed around 1630 during the reign of Pope Urban VIII; Italian Baroque composer Lotti’s Crucifixus; Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Abbie Betinis’ Envoi, simulating the sounds of a mass migration of butterflies.  He also leads Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume’s Au-delà du chagrin; Argentine composer Javier Zentner’s Mi lumia; and the spiritual Elijah Rock by Hogan.  In tribute to Steven Stucky, who passed away in February, Leighton conducts the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s Three New Motets.  Whitacre leads his own arrangement of the iconic electronic band Depeche Mode’s anthem Enjoy the Silence and acclaimed Swedish composer Anders Hillborg’s Mouayiyoum, evoking the surreal beauty of the Aurora Borealis in the Scandinavian winter sky.
“This concert is pure ear candy,” states Gershon.  “These are sonically overwhelming pieces that have long been on my radar and will bring out the complex and kaleidoscopic sonorities of the LA Master Chorale’s versatile voices.”

Tickets range from $29 – $129.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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“The Poetry of Places”

Nadia Shpachenko, piano
1 World Premiere, 5 NY Premieres

Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201
June 24 • Friday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW
Tickets: $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs her newly-commissioned program “The Poetry of Places,” including the World Premiere of Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark by James Matheson, and 5 New York Premieres by Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jack Van Zandt. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: House on Island in Pine Plains, NY, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, the Aaron Copland House, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.


Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh (2015) (NY Premiere)
Harold Meltzer In Full Sail (2016) (NY Premiere)
James Matheson Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016) (World Premiere)
Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs (2016) (NY Premiere)
Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. (2016) (NY Premiere)
Jack Van Zandt Sí an Bhrú (2016) (NY Premiere)

About the Artist:

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.

Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.


More information
Contact: Zach Schwartz, Promote Classical
(781) 801-8977,

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3–4pm
The Noguchi Museum
3338 10th St
Queens, NY 11106
Free with museum admission ($5-10)

Theo Bleckmann

For the sixth year in a row, The Noguchi Museum partners with Bang on a Can to present an innovative performance series held in the Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden. (In case of rain, concerts will take place in the galleries.) Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opening this summer’s series of concerts, jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work has been described as “from another planet” (The New York Times), “magical, futuristic” (AllAboutJazz), “transcendent” (Village Voice), and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). The program will include Bleckmann as a vocalist in his own songs for voice, toys, electronic processing, and piano.

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