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The Composer’s Voice Concert Series will present its 7th Annual Guitar Concert on May 31st at 1:00 pm at Jan Hus Church in New York, NY. The free concert will feature the UK Guitar Quartet performing works by Juan Trigos, Nathan R. Johnson, Blair Whittington, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Kevin Scott, Justin Breame, Juan Maria Solare, and Juan Calderon.
The UK Guitar Quartet was formed for the express purpose of premiering Juan Trigos’ 25-minute, genre expanding Guitar Quartet (2009), which was commissioned by the Tantalus Quartet but left un-premiered. A technically, musically, and rhythmically challenging masterpiece, the work redefines the guitar quartet with intricately interwoven rhythmic layers with four equally prominent parts. The UK Guitar Quartet is led by University of Kentucky guitar professor Dieter Hennings Yeomans, and joined by Dr. Jay Sorce, Andrew Rhinehart, and Jeremy Bass.
Circuit Bridges and Soundlings are collaborating on Circuit Bridges: Spontaneous Soundings, a concert featuring electroacoustic music on May 28 at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St, New York, New York. The concert features brand new works by Gagi Petrovic, Robin Koek, Tijs Ham, Roald van Dillweijn, Melissa Grey, David Morneau, Milica Paranosic, and Robert Voisey, being performed by Margaret Lancaster (flute), Thomas Piercy (bass clarinet), Cesare Papetti (drum set), and Chris Howard (percussion).
For this special program, each composer has created a new piece, which incorporates electronics and improvisation. Each performer will be playing two of these pieces, one by a Circuit Bridges composer, and one by a Soundlings composer. The same program will be presented in Amsterdam in June.
For more information visit: www.CircuitBridges.com
Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$7 students www.GalleryMC.org
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Chorus America, the nation’s leading choral music advocacy organization, announced it is conferring an unprecedented two top awards on Los Angeles Master Chorale’s key leadership – Artistic Director Grant Gershon garners the prestigious Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, and outgoing President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the 2014-15 season after 15 fruitful years at the Chorale’s administrative helm, receives the coveted Chorus America Distinguished Service Award for her lifetime service to choral art. All 2015 award recipients were selected by independent panels, and these particular awards are given periodically and only at the panels’ discretion. Gershon and Knowles will accept their honors at a luncheon at Chorus America’s 2015 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, June 17-20, 2015. This marks the first time the organization has received two Chorus America awards in the same year. The Chorale was previously honored with the organization’s ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming three times in 1995, 2003 and 2010, the Education and Community Engagement Award twice in 2000 and 2008, and also earned Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2012.
“We’re thrilled to recognize these leaders in excellence and innovation. Ultimately, their success benefits the entire choral field,” said Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO of Chorus America.
The Botto Award is given periodically to a choral leader who, through his or her work with a member ensemble of Chorus America, has demonstrated innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional or professional-core choral ensemble. Gershon, currently in his 14th season with the Chorale, has led more than 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall over his tenure, including numerous world premieres by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank and Chinary Ung, among many others. He has appeared as guest conductor with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and many other organizations. The Botto Award was established in memory of Louis Botto for his artistry, selfless service, and entrepreneurial spirit in founding the men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer.
The Chorus America Distinguished Service Award spotlights Knowles for her long-term service to the choral field and her efforts to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing. Knowles has served as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2000, and will be stepping down June 30, at the end of the season, following a tremendously successful tenure with the organization. Under her leadership, LAMC has increased its operating budget by more than 80%, undertaken ambitious commissioning projects, toured around the world, released six commercial CDs, and created a recording partnership with Decca Classics. She also led the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the launch of the Voices Within education outreach program. Under her management, the Chorale twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award. Knowles served on the Chorus America Board of Directors from 1990-1996. During her career, she also served as President of the Dale Warland Singers’ board of trustees and held leading fundraising positions at major institutions including California Institute of the Arts, KUSC Radio, Los Angeles Opera, and Minneapolis United Way.
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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2015) to 12 on June 4-7, 2015, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.
LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.
Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 29th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)
Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.
High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.
There is a $50 fee per audition. Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request. Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios,” an extraordinary evening of musical world premieres and eye-popping animation spanning more than 80 years with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by six-time Emmy® Award-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, an historic movie palace in Downtown LA. Filled with firsts from beginning to end, the magical event, for adults and children six and older, includes re-premieres of newly restored versions of two long lost 1920’s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), shown for first time in more than 50 years along with world premieres of music by Watters for both films, neither of which previously had musical scores. Also featured is a screening of a newly restored print of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia (1940) on the occasion of this timeless classic’s 75th Anniversary including the world premiere of a compelling new adaptation of the score by Watters. Other highlights include the 2014 Academy® Award-nominated Get A Horse! (2013), a contemporary homage to early Mickey Mouse cartoons, shown with live music for the first time ever; the 80th anniversary of the “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935) highlighted by the first live musical performance to the film in its 80-year history featuring the brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; the iconic Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney and inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s fist solo-flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927; the 80th anniversary of The Band Concert (1935), the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon to use the Technicolor process; and the delightful “Have a Laugh” versions of Lonesome Ghosts (1937), in which Mickey, Donald and Goofy run a ghost exterminating agency, and Mickey’s Trailer (1938), a “road picture” with Mickey, Donald and Goofy involving a car separated from its trailer traveling down a mountain incline.
Dustin Hoffman is honorary chair of the event, which benefits LACO, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.
“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is honored to team up with Walt Disney Animation Studios for this evening of incredible artistry and entertainment,” says LACO Interim Managing Director Lacey Huszcza.
Even the event’s landmark venue, The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre district, adds a special flourish to the festivities. Built in 1927, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing animation, the 1,600-seat, Spanish Gothic, movie palace was designed by C. Howard Crane for Maverick Film Studio, founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charles Chaplin. The interior, which has been delicately restored, was inspired by the 16th century Cathedral at Segovia and features a three-story, 2,300-square-foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and mezzanine and a spectacular vaulted ceiling with thousands of tiny glimmering mirrors.
Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios” start at $35; tickets for the film and post-film cocktail party are $550; and exclusive sponsorship packages begin at $2,500. The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA is located at 929 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For tickets and information, please visit laco.org or call LACO at 213 622 7001.
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What: Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
When: Wednesday, May 20th, 7pm
Where: Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, 3 Henry Street, New York, NY, 10038
Cost: Tickets $55, $25, $15 (students/seniors)
New York, NY: Thursday, May 20th In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Hamilton Madison House will present Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble featuring Helen Sung and Sam Newsome, Thursday, May 20, 2015. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Hamilton Madison House Music School.
Ticket can be purchased at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-madison-house-presents-meg-okura-and-the-pan-asian-chamber-jazz-ensemble-tickets-16403466209?aff=es2
The Grammy nominated violinist, founder and the leader of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Meg Okura is originally from Japan, and made a difficult switch to jazz after graduating from Juilliard as a classical violinist. Hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble “successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression.” (Inside New York Magazine), featuring some of the best musicians in jazz today.
The evening will feature a premiere American jazz pianist Helen Sung, a native of Austin, Texas who is an American-born Chinese, Sam Newsome, one of the top soprano saxophonists in the world.
About Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Founded by a Grammy nominated violinist Meg Okura, the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble “elegantly intertwine(s) elements of classical, jazz and world folk into a new sound,” – Elliot Simon, All About Jazz (2006). Born in Tokyo, Okura toured all of Asia as a solo violinist, making her U.S. debut at Kennedy Center as a teen. Graduate of the Juilliard School, she has appeared on over 50 albums and film scores as a composer, violinist and an erhu player, and has performed with artists from Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, to Cirque du Soleil and David Bowie, to actor Terrence Howard. The P.A.C.J.E. has appeared in a range of venues from Knitting Factory to Lincoln Center, the NYC Winter JazzFest, to KL International Jazz Festival, sold-out concerts tours in the Midwest, California and Japan. The ensemble’s self-titled debut album was the finalist in the Best Album of 2006 Independent Musicians Awards. Okura was named “the queen of chamber jazz” in 2010 by the All About Jazz after the release of their second album “Naima”. In 2013, the ensemble released “Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto”, featuring pianist Helen Sung. The ensemble will be recording its first Jewish/Asian themed album “L’dor Vador” (from generation to generation) this year.
About Hamilton-Madison House
Hamilton-Madison House is a non-profit settlement house established in 1898 to improve the quality of life for NYC. Located in Chinatown/Lower East Side Two Bridges neighborhoods, we foster the well-being of vulnerable populations including the elderly, children, the ill and handicapped, new immigrants and refugees and the unemployed.Hamilton-Madison House delivers critical, timely and culturally appropriate services for all stages of life.
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Venture capitalist Stephen A. Block has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Block is a partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and managing director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block, who has been appointed to LACO’s board for a three-year term, has more than 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, having served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.
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Julia Den Boer, piano
Sat May 16th 7:30pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC
– Beat Furrer, Voicelessness the snow has no voice (1986)
– George Aperghis, A tombeau ouvert (1997-2000) – Helmut Lachenmann, Serynade (1998-2000)
Beat Furrer’s Voicelesness the snow has no voice was written after the last verse of Sylvia Plath’s Munich Mannequins, which evokes the poet’s sleepless nights in Munich. The piece suggests the sense of acquiescent timelessness by way of an ametric canonic process and permeates a sense of violent and quiet emptiness.Aperghis’ A Tombeau Ouvert also deals with the idea of chaos, but in more physical, palpable way. Recurrent events blur the continuous motion and interrupt the tranquil linearity of the piece, as a metaphor for the force of ideas tormenting and bending the body.Lachenmann’s Serynade is the composer’s most extensive work for the piano. This epic work takes listeners on an introspective journey, straining the bounds of expectations and experience of the piano by delving deep into the inner life of its sound. Lachenmann masterfully challenges the conception that once a key is stuck the sound produced is no longer in our hands; he brings awareness to a hovering world of etherial resonances and noises: “You hear the conditions under which a sound or noise-action is carried out, you hear what materials and energies are involved and what resistance is encountered”.
Pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York, she performs internationally and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award and was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, her duo with percussionist Piero Guimaraes, What Where, won the first prize at the 2014 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.
Recent performances include a program of commissions at Live@CIRMMT in Montreal, Columbia Composers Concert at IPR, Matrix 13 at the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble, a solo recital at the Bohemian National Hall, Ear Heart Music at Roulette with Iktus Percussion, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at IRCAM. Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.
Julia is a native of Lyon, France and holds a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and held the position of Head TA for five years. She is on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music and curates the East Bank Music Series at the Church of the Ascension in Brooklyn. www.juliadenboer.com
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, concludes its 46th season with a world premiere by Ted Hearne, a composer hailed for his “off beat imagination” (New Music Box) whose new work, Respirator, culminates the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. In addition, Kahane conducts Mendelssohn’s Nocturne & Scherzo, evocative incidental music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian.” Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks providing insights into the program’s music and artists held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Kahane in conversation with Hearne. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.
“Sound Investment,” initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works, gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.
Additionally, USC Thornton School student Coleman Itzkoff joins the cello section for these concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its fifth year, playing alongside Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and other LACO veterans. Itzkoff won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, a unique collaboration between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that strives to enhance the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Itzkoff competed against violinists, violists, double bass players and fellow cellists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.
Hearne, a multitalented musician who is both an innovative composer who mixes wide ranging musical styles and an accomplished singer, is noted for his “topical, politically sharp-edged works” that are “nuanced, elliptical and elusive” (The New York Times). His body of works includes Katrina Ballads, a portrait of media coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for composition, and The Source, set to text from Iraq and Afghanistan war logs. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among LACO and others.
Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances as well as for his award-winning recordings. The third generation in a family of professional musicians, Biss also serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. In conjunction with Curtis and Coursera, the leading provider of “massive online open courses,” he offered a free, online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 2013 for which more than 30,000 people enrolled.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.
These concerts are made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane
Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and 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.
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Friday June 12th at 8 pm, at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform “Music for a New B’ak’tun”, a program of new works, all New York Premiers, for solo piano (with toy piano and electronics) by American composers James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Tom Flaherty, and Peter Yates. The compositions are presented on her new album “Woman at the New Piano” released on Fresh! from Reference Recordings (FR-711).
June 12 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series at Bargemusic http://www.bargemusic.org
Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.624.4924
This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers and Ms. Shpachenko offer a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism coinciding with the new B’ak’tun”. That is the world newly reborn after the widely-dreaded Mayan apocalypse of 2012.
Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are out of the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of more than 30 works by composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Annie Gosfield, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, and others. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
Video samplers of Nadia Shpachenko “Woman at the New Piano” —
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James Matheson Cretic Variations (2013) (World Premiere)
Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Part Suite-a (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Airdancing (2013) (World Premiere)
Peter Yates Finger Songs (2013) (World Premiere)
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