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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Children’s voices raised in glorious song may just be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift.  The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), considered one of the world’s preeminent children’s choirs, presents the world premiere of Peter Knell’s The Vowel Owl (Roger) set to John Hollander’s poem, and the Los Angeles premiere of composer/sound engineer Mark Grey’s The Plentiful Peach, based on a beloved Persian children’s story with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3, and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  Both works were commissioned by LACC, which is noted for its key role in championing new works for treble choir.  The program also features a vibrant mix of mostly American songs both contemporary and traditional, including Stephen Sametz’s I Cannot Dance, O Lord; David Lang’s i want to live; Kelley Lange’s Llamame Cuando Puedas; Randall Thompson’s antiphonal a capella work Pueri Hebraeorum; and the Korean folksong Nodle Kangbyon.

LACC premiered The Plentiful Peach just two weeks prior to the concert at its Bing Concert Hall debut at Stanford University in April.  The work is adapted from a story by the noted Iranian writer Samad Behrangi (1939-1968).  The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her.  Grey’s music has been hailed as “addictive” (Los Angeles Times), “revelatory” (All Music) and “full of energy” (Sequenza 21).

Knell, noted for his “splashy” (Class Act) “rhythmic minimalism” (Los Angeles Times), is a Fullbright scholar based in Los Angeles who has earned numerous prizes, including First Prize in the New Music Festival of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony Guild competitions, among others.

The concert showcases five of LACC’s choirs.  Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble.  The choirs will perform separately and combined.

 

Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price.  For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.  Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Baroque Guitar Virtuoso John Schneiderman

Baroque Guitar Virtuoso John Schneiderman


Critically acclaimed lute and Baroque guitar virtuoso John Schneiderman showcases his remarkable artistry on Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Baroque Conversations” series with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Kohaut and Falckenhagen on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To open the program, Schneiderman, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian perform Haydn’s Cassation in C major for Lute, Violin and Cello (Brussels Manuscript), a version of Hob.III:6. Violin Julie Gigante joins them for Kohaut’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Cello (Berlin Manuscript), considered an exceptional example of this rare genre, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Basso Continuo, RV 93, among nearly 600 concertos by the Italian master that helped define the style of the late Baroque era concerto. Principal Flute David Shostac teams up with Schneiderman and Ksajikian for Falckenhagen’s Concerto No. 3 in D major for Lute, Flute and Cello (Opera Nuova). Schneiderman, hailed for his “dazzling” and “expressive” artistry and noted for turning “delicate textures into sparkling jewels,” hosts the evening. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

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.

Tickets (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, 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.

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ACO’s 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings are open to the public free of charge, giving audiences a chance to look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. The first day of Readings, a working rehearsal, will be presented from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, May 6; the second day of Readings will take place on Thursday evening, May 7, at 7:30pm, during which all selected pieces will be polished and performed in their entirety. ACO’s Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the readings; George Manahan conducts. Mentor-composers are Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts. Free and open to the public. RSVP recommended.

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 Journey, Peri Mauer’s new piece for oboe, will be premiered April 21, 2015 at 7:30PM

St. Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th St.) NYC

Virginia Chang Chien, oboe.

This is a New York Composers Circle concert, which includes music by Richard Brooks, Max Giteck Duykers, Susan J. Fisher, David  Picton, Gayther Myers, Eugene Marlow, Orlando Legname. Performers include Margaret Lancaster, Stephen Gosling, Keve Wilson, Oren  Fader, Esther Noh, John Popham.

Suggested Donation $20, Students FREE

Reception following concert.

Hailed as an “irrepressibly tuneful composer” by New York Music Daily/Lucid Culture (October 2014), Peri Mauer is delighted to recently have had several world premieres of her music. Topping the  list is THOUGHT’S TORSION for flute, viola, cello by Eight Strings & a Whistle at Tenri Cultural Institute, RED SKY for concert band, commissioned by Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and performed by the LaGuardia Junior Band in the school’s 2014 Spring Musicale, A LITTLE NEW YEAR’S FLAIR for piano, by Blair McMillen in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter Festival 2014, ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT for orchestra, commissioned and performed by the New York Repertory Orchestra at St. Mary’s Church, AT HOME WITH ALLEN GINSBERG: Five Songs for Baritone & Piano, by Daniel Neer and Christopher Berg in last winter’s NYCC concert at St. Peter’s Church, and LIFE ON EARTH for chamber ensemble in Music With a View at the Flea Theater, for which she also served as conductor. A recent recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award, she has been awarded grants for her music by New Music USA, Meet the Composer, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Composers Guild of Utah. Also a professional cellist, Ms. Mauer has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, The Chelsea Symphony, American Chamber Opera, among many others, and can be seen playing her cello in the critically acclaimed new Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.

http://nycomposerscircle.org/events/event/new-music-for-winds-and-piano/
http://www.reverbnation.com/perimauer

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Annual Gala Concert, featuring Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Robert Sirota’s A Sinner’s Diary & Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

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Daria van den Bercken

Daria van den Bercken


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations showcases innovative Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken on four of Handel’s rarely performed keyboard suites in her worldwide quest to share the “incredible beauty” of this unique repertoire, which she has dubbed “Handel at the Piano,” on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The featured works include Handel’s Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428; Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427; Minuet in G minor, HWV 434, No. 4; and Chaconne in G major, HWV 435. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

The concert launches a two-week international artist residency for the pianist that also includes free performances at the Steinway Piano Gallery in “Old Town” Pasadena on April 24, 7 pm, Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 26, 4 pm, and Hollywood & Highland in collaboration with LACO musicians and a soprano from Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program of the LA Opera on May 1, 6 pm; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 5th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on May 2, 8 pm at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, on April 24; and other opportunities for van den Bercken to connect with Los Angeles artists and arts educators.

Known for her dedication to sharing Handel’s music with as many people as possible, van den Bercken often performs outside the concert hall, including unusual appearances seated at a piano while being towed through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam and while suspended from crane floating above crowds of stunned Brazilians. No wonder, then, that BBC3 hailed her for her skillful performances, proclaiming, “Her joy in Handel’s ingenuity shines through.” For her unstinting efforts, van den Bercken recently received the prestigious Amsterdam Art Prize from the city of Amsterdam, and in 2012, she presented a TEDxAmsterdam Talk about the state of wonder in music and was subsequently invited to present at a TED conference in Berlin.

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.

Van den Bercken’s residency is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and by Dutch Culture USA, the division of the Kingdom of the Netherland’s government that supports and promotes Dutch arts and culture in the US, in partnership with DutchCulture Centre for International Cooperation and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts. LACO also acknowledges the support of Steinway & Sons, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts for All, Hollywood Arts Council and Amoeba Music.

Tickets for Baroque Conversations (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, 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.

For more information on Van den Bercken’s international artist residency with LACO, visit http://www.laco.org/attend/category/international-artist-residency/.

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Composers Concordance

& Goddard Riverside Community Arts present 

– All About Brazil –

image by Nick Cooper

 
Friday, April 25th, 2015 at 8pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 8pm

$15 suggested

TICKETS

 Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center

647 Columbus Avenue (between 91st & 92nd Streets.)

New York, NY 10024

(212) 873-660

http://www.goddard.org/page/community-arts-40.html

 

On Saturday, April 25th at 8pm, Composers Concordance presents ‘All About Brazil’ at Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center on Manhattan’s upper west side. Traditional instruments combine with contemporary music, video, and the martial art of capoeira, as part of this multi-genre event. With performances and compositions by David Acker, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Sebastian Guerrero, Veronica Johnson, Arthur Kampela, Melanie Mitrano, Jose Moura, Alon Nechushtan, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Rubens Salles, and Daniel Schnyder, among others. “For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times.

Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic co-curate the programs, and lead CCE, the ensemble-in-residence at William Paterson University. Venues in recent seasons have included Bohemian National Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Cutting Room, Dimenna Center, Drom NYC, Gallery MC, LPR, Miller Theater, the Museum of Natural History, and Weill Recital Hall, among many others. Composers Concordance was founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program, directed by Susan Macaluso, hosts a variety of free music and art events, workshops, and special programs for members of the Upper West Side community. Its goal is to enrich the neighborhood, to  engage in meaningful discussions, and to give everyone an opportunity to experience the beauty and education of art in many forms.

 

PRESS: for more information, please contact:
Composers Concordance
DIRECTIONS:
Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024 (between 91st & 92nd Streets.)
By Subway: 1 train or the C train to 96th Street.

By Bus: M7 to 92nd Street.

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Composers Concordance
& Goddard Riverside Community Arts present
– Taka Kigawa & Friends –
 with Lynn Bechtold, Dimitri Dover, and Gerhard Fluch
The Eclectic Virtuosi Series
photo by Kenji Mori
Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 8pm
 
 
Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10025
(between 91st & 92nd Streets)
(212)873-6600
 
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. On April 17th at 8pm at Goddard Riverside, Composers Concordance continues its 30th anniversary season with a concert featuring Taka Kigawa, the pianist and champion of contemporary music described as a “phenomenon” by The New York Times, together with violinist Lynn Bechtold, pianist Dimitri Dover, and trumpeter Gerhard Fluch. As part of Compcord’s new Eclectic Virtuosi series, the program will feature a variety of compositions –
* Pierre Boulez, ‘Une Page d’Éphéméride’
* Hoagy Carmichael, ‘Stardust’
* Dan Cooper, ‘Unsubscribe’
* Claude Debussy, ‘Poissons d’Or’
* Dai Fujikura ‘Joule’
* Mauricio Kagel, ‘Klangwölfe’
* Vasilije Mokranjac, ‘Odjeci’
* Gene Pritsker, ‘Ta-Ka-Ki-Ga-Wa’ (premiere)
* Astrid Spitznagel, ‘Pezzo Pazzo’
* Igor Stravinsky: ‘Danse Russe’
* Wolfram Wagner, ‘Fantasie’
 
Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic co-curate the programs, and lead CCE, the ensemble-in-residence at William Paterson University. Composers Concordance was founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program, directed by Susan Macaluso, hosts a variety of free music and art events, workshops, and special programs for members of the Upper West Side community. Its goal is to enrich the neighborhood, to engage in meaningful discussions, and to give everyone an opportunity to experience the beauty and education of art in many forms.
 
PRESS: for more information, please contact:
Composers Concordance
DIRECTIONS:

Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024 (between 91st & 92nd Streets.)
By Subway: 1 train or the C train to 96th Street.

By Bus: M7 to 92nd Street.

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Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) acclaimed Westside Connections series, which has paired LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture this season, presents the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies and Schubert’s Octet in F major, D. 803, with insights from special guest Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Kahane’s work for string quartet is performed by LACO artists Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton. Inspired by downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury Building, Bradbury Studies is an extended one-movement piece that takes its musical spirit from Schubert and Mahler, according to Kahane. To open the program and introduce the work, Kahane performs from the piano his song, “Bradbury (304 Broadway),” upon which he based the string quartet. Schubert’s magnificent Octet, a work in six movements, features Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Violin Jacqueline Brand, Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo, Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell.

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, concludes the evening with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Hawthorne, Kahane and musicians. The Moss Theater is located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School.

Hawthorne, who joined the Los Angeles Times in 2004, was previously the architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne also wrote liner notes for Kahane’s 2014 album, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks), which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums, and features Kahane’s “Bradbury (304 Broadway).”

Gabriel Kahane, son of LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and a highly accomplished artist in his own right, notes that Bradbury Studies and the song it is based on were inspired by the Bradbury Building, which is among LA’s oldest architectural landmarks and has been used as a backdrop for countless films, television shows and works of fiction, including the motion picture Blade Runner.

The three-part Westside Connections series, which concludes its seventh season with this performance, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. Previous programs this season featured architects Frank Gehry and Frederick Fisher as special guests.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader 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.

Tickets (beginning at $60) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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“Silencio en Juárez” CD Release Concert: Juan Pablo Contreras

April 30, 2015, 7:00-9:00pm
Turtle Bay Music School
244 E. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 map
Free to the public
Kristi Shade (harp), Sergio Sandí (piano), Tema Watstein (violin), and Adrían Sandí (clarinet)

Exploring the Metropolis and the Turtle Bay Music School present Juan Pablo Contreras’ Silencio en Juárez CD Release Concert. Kristi Shade (harp), Sergio Sandí (piano), Tema Watstein (violin), and Adrían Sandí (clarinet) will perform selections from Contreras’ award-winning works Silencio en Juárez, La más Remota Prehistoria, and Ángel Mestizo.

About the CD:

Silencio en Juárez features Contreras’ award-winning works Silencio en Juárez, La más Remota Prehistoria, and Ángel Mestizo. The New York City-based Claremont Avenue Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kyle Ritenauer, and harpist Kristi Shade perform on this album. An Albany Records release, Silencio en Juárez was recorded at the Greenfield Hall of the Manhattan School of Music, and mixed and mastered by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse.

Contreras - Silencio en Juarez

 

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