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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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What: Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID

When: December 4 & 5 , 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost:  $25 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $35 at Door,  Members/Students/Seniors: $20 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $30 at Door, Series Members – $15 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $25 at Doors , FREE for All Access Members

Info: / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn,  NY: Roulette is thrilled to premiere four brand new quintets by Henry Threadgill in a premiere performance December 4 and December 5, 8pm. Each evening will present a different program, both evenings featuring Zooid members plus a selection of soloists. Each evening there will also be a featured short preceding the quintet program.

Tickets range from $35 – 15 and can be purchased at

The quintet program,  featuring:  Liberty Ellman (Ceroepic), Jose Davila (Unoepic), Elliot Kavee (Dosepic), Christopher Hoffman (Tresepic), focuses extensively on the each featured instrument and soloist, Threadgill states:  “One important factor for me in writing these pieces was to seek another process which puts each featured soloist in the directorial position.”

Full program:

Dec 4, 2014

In for a penny, in for a pound (short)

Ceroepic—Quintet for guitar

Unoepic—Quintet for trombone/tuba

Dec 5, 2014

Off the prompt box (short)

Dosepic—Quintet for drums/percussion

Tresepic—Quintet for cello

Threadgill, hailed by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom:” is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century – a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music.
ZOOID is based on a  musical language developed by Threadgill. Compositions are organized in blocks and assigned to each musician who in turn can use them independently, throwing in elements of improvisation and utilizing counterpoint. The term Zooid describes an independent organism that works together like a colony, Threadgill has often used this comparison for his music explaining that the music is a group of independent voices coming together to create a whole sound. Threadgill has recorded or performed with many of the legends of the jazz avant-garde, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, David Murray and Bill Laswell.

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What: Tyshawn Sorey Trio

When: Wednesday, December 10 , 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors: $15, FREE for All Access Members

Info: / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents the Tyshawn Sorey Trio featuring Cory Smythe, piano, Christopher Tordini, bass and Tyshawn Sorey, drums, trombone, compositions on Wednesday, December 10 at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at:

Tyshawn Sorey is a composer-performer, educator, and scholar working across an extensive range of musical idioms. Sorey performs (percussion, trombone, and piano) nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as with such artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Misha Mengelberg, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lehman, Tim Berne, and Myra Melford.

As a composer, Sorey has received commissions from Roulette and the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he also performs. In 2012, he was selected as an Other Minds Composer. Sorey regularly teaches composition and improvisation at the New School for Social Research and the School for Improvised Music. He has taught at the Banff Centre, International Realtime Music Symposium (Norway), Hochschule für Musik Köln, Musikhochschule Nürnberg, Rhythmic Conservatory (Denmark), Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique (Paris), and Vallekilde Højskole (Denmark).

Sorey has had works premiered at the Issue Project Room, Walt Disney Hall, the Bimhuis, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Gallery, and Roulette.

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StevenGerber5Steven R. Gerber’s Spirituals for String Orchestra will be performed by the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Karen Griebling, Conductor, on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 PM in Reves Recital Hall on the campus of Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue in Conway, Arkansas. This will be part of the Chamber Orchestra’s Thanksgiving Concert. Gerber will be guest composer for the event and will speak about the work.

The composer writes about the piece, “Spirituals exists in several versions: string orchestra, clarinet and string quartet, and finally string quartet alone. They are original pieces based on some aspect of the original Negro spirituals – a phrase, a rhythm, a contour, etc.” The piece has been recorded by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Vladimir Lande, conductor for the Arabesque label. Other composers on the November 24 program are John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, Ravel and Dvorak.

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The program, sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of Music, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-450-1243 or visit

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. Visit his website at

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Tuesday-Matinee-1-Narek-Arutyunian-clarinet-Merkin-Concert-Hall-Kaufman-Music-Center-1Tuesday, December 02  |  2:00pm

GERALD FINZI    Five Bagatelles, Op. 23
PROKOFIEV    Sonata in D major, Op. 94
JACOB WEINBERG    Hebrew Melodies in the Form of a Suite
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN    In Freundschaft, Op. 46
LUIGI BASSI    Fantasy on a Theme from Verdi’s Rigoletto

Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). A winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.


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Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang Zaimont

On Monday, November 24 at 7:30 PM, the Vienna Premiere performance of Judith Lang Zaimont’s “Pure, Cool (Water)” – Symphony No. 4 will be given by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava under Niels Muus at Konzerthaus Vienna, Lothringerstrasse 20 in Vienna, Austria.

This new five-movement symphony has been conceived as an exploration of the various states of water – rapid/running, falling, still, frozen, rolling – and is a project close to the composer’s heart: Her father was a prominent chemist specializing in water treatment and control; a past president of the National Water Pollution Control Federation, after whom there are awards named in at least three states. He also served as New York City water commissioner under three mayors and was a consultant to the World Bank on water issues globally. The Symphony is another in a long line of Zaimont pieces for various forces which celebrate the wonders of the natural world. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at

This piece was commissioned retrospectively by The Sorel Organization as part of honoring Ms. Zaimont with its 2014 Commissioned Composer award.

Other works on the November 24 program are Leos Janácek’s Overture to House of the Dead and Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor op 16, with soloist Anna Shelest.

For more about the concert, visit

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LDPhoto1012BLawrence Dillon’s Poke, a bagatelle on anti-social media will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, as part of their family concert on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 PM and series concert on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 PM, both at Kirby Horton Hall of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street in Durham, North Carolina. These performances are part of the Mallarme Chamber Players Series.

The composer writes about the piece, “Poke, subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.” Other composers on the programs include Jon Deak, J.S. Bach, Gilbert & Sullivan and Anton Arensky.

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral, spreading across the world from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, South America and the Philippines. See it at Visit them at

For more about the November 22 and 23 performances, call 919-560-2788 or 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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Barbara Harbach’s Terezin Children’s Songs for soprano, violin and piano will be performed by soprano Stella Markou, violinist Julia Sakharov and pianist Alla Voskoboynikova on Sunday, November 23 – 3:00 PM at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of The Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be part of the Voices from the Holocaust: Music Makes You Free concert.

A cycle of five songs, Terezin Children’s Songs is based on children’s poetry from the Terezin concentration camp where between the years 1942-1944, 15,000 children were held and less than 100 of them survived. The titles of the songs are Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep, Birdsong, Forgotten, On a Sunny Evening and The Butterfly.

The composer writes, “In the poems and drawings of the children, many smuggled out of the camp, we see the daily misery of these uprooted children, as well as their courage and optimism, their hopes and fears. These innocent and honest depictions allow us to see through the eyes of the children what life was like in the ghetto.  Their art reveals a maturity beyond their years, are haunting reminders of what no child should ever have to see. In spite of the circumstances, the poetry is beautiful and uplifting – telling a story that resonates in each of us.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more about the November 23 concert, call 314-516-4990 or visit

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s critically acclaimed Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (MS1252) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Music, Volume 2 (MS1519), again with the London Philharmonic. The latter CD, conducted by David Angus, is the ninth in a series that showcases World Premiere Recordings of Barbara Harbach’s compositions. For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit Her website is at


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BethA513Beth Anderson’s Comment for solo violin will be performed by Eva Ingolf on Friday, November 21 – 7:00 PM at Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Avenida Rio Branco, 241 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is part of a Festival Internacional de Música Contemporânea program including works by New York Women Composers members.

Commissioned by Nina Assimakopoulos in 2003, Comment was originally written for solo flute, and is based on a Dorothy Parker poem of the same name. It was recorded for the Capstone label.

Other composers on the program are Joyce Hope Suskind, Rain Worthington, Adam Torkelson, Douglas DaSilva, Timothy A. Corpus, David Bohn, Nathan R. Johnson, Kevin J. Kelly, Eva Ingolf, Octavio Vasques, Jason Ulysses, JP Redmond, and Joey Bohigian. This concert is made possible, in part, by a NYWC Seed Money Grant.

More about violinist Eva Ingolf at

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Beth Anderson’s music has been described as having “a refreshing simplicity without naiveté” and as “deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful” and “charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism.” MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – – World Premiere recordings of 11 works. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit


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