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ACO presents the NY premiere of jazzmaster Wynton Marsalis’ recently completed Blues Symphony. A rare work for purely orchestral forces by the jazz legend, Marsalis’ symphony celebrates blues through the prism of moments in American and African-American history and folklore (Marsalis does not perform in this work). The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer and alumna of ACO’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions. Completing the program is a revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble, a combination of fixed musical forms, freedom and spontaneity featuring the composer at the piano.

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The North/South Consonance Ensemble celebrates spring on Monday evening March 16 performing nature-inspired works by composers from Israel, Hong Kong and the US.

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Exploring the Metropolis presents Ian Ng182985_750‘s The Idea of Becoming, a new music and dance workshop, hosted by ABT Studios. Featuring students from the ABT/JKO School with choreography by Zhong-jing Fang, this event will comprise of a performance followed by a moderated Q&A session.

This event is free and open to the public. However seating is limited.  An attendee list will be generated when you register for this event here:

Ian is a 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse Guild.


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The Music of the Spheres Society welcomes back the acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner for a program of music by and associated with famed violinist Efrem Zimbalist and his son, actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Sara Davis BuechnerThe concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church near Lincoln Center. The Society’s artistic director, violinist Stephanie Chase, is also featured. The esteemed musical instrument expert Stewart Pollens will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM, included in concert admission, on “The Violin and Bad Science.”

Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) was among the premiere violinists of the early 20th century. At 12 he became a student of the world renowned teacher Leopold Auer, and made successful debuts with major orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony – before his early 20′s. His first wife was a world-famous soprano, Alma Gluck, with whom he made a number of recordings.  An avid music arranger, Zimbalist added violin parts to a number of songs and was a champion of “early” music, often using his own arrangements of works in his recitals, in addition to composing original music for violin and piano.  In 1928 he began teaching violin at the esteemed Curtis Institute and was its director between 1941 and 1968.

Although remembered today for his acting roles, especially in television’s “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” his son Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014) also studied music seriously as a youth. He had already encountered success as an actor and producer on Broadway when the death of his first wife , from cancer at only 30, led him to retreat from acting. His father was then director of the Curtis Institute and encouraged Efrem Jr. to join him at Curtis in Philadelphia, where for a few years Efrem Jr. took on duties that at one point included Dean of Students. It was during this period of recovery that he composed his violin sonata – a work that his father featured on his own retirement recital in 1964.

This concert features rarely heard music either composed or arranged by both Efrems – including the virtuosic Fantasy on music by Rimsky-Korsakov - plus a favorite concert work for Efrem Sr., the Violin Sonata in D Minor by Johannes Brahms.

Selections from “Impressions for Piano” – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.
Sonata for Violin and Piano – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Fantasy from “Le Coq d’Or” – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 – Johannes Brahms

DATE: Friday, March 20, 2015; 8:15 PM
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street, New York City
ADMISSION: $30, students and seniors: $20.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets,

Sara Davis Buechner is praised on four continents as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). Ms. Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras – including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Montréal – and enjoys wide success throughout Asia, where she tours annually.

“One of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News), Stephanie Chase enjoys an international career with concert performances in twenty-five countries. As soloist, Ms. Chase has appeared with over 170 orchestras worldwide, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, National Symphony (Mexico), Hanover Band, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Stewart Pollens

“The Violin and Bad Science” by Stewart Pollens

In recent years, scientists have attempted to discover the “secrets” of Stradivari and other important musical instruments makers. In a number of studies, faulty scientific methods and dubious experimental techniques have been employed; in others, legitimate double-blind evaluations of tonal qualities, acoustical measurements and dendrochronology have yielded results that have been misrepresented or fancifully interpreted.

Stewart Pollens is the former conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1974-2006) and the author of books including “The Early Pianoforte,” “Stradivari,” and the forthcoming “The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation,” all published by Cambridge University Press.

The Music of the Spheres Society is now in its 14th year of “exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (New Yorker). Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, it was co-founded by Artistic Director Stephanie Chase with the mission of promoting classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member.  For more information about the Society, visit

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Cello Andrew Shulman

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Cello Andrew Shulman

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Principal Cello Andrew Shulman hosts and performs works by Bach, Marcello, Sammartini, De Fesch and Vivaldi in a Baroque Conversations program illuminating a rich array of Baroque cello sonatas on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Shulman, joined by LACO artists Trevor Handy, cello, and Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, is featured on Sammartini’s Sonata in G major for Cello and Continuo, Op. 4, No. 6; Marcello’s Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 3; Vivaldi’s Sonata in B-flat major for Cello and Continuo, RV 46; De Fesch’s Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 1b, No. 5; and Bach’s Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba and Continuo, BWV 1027. 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, 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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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Award-winning architect Frederick Fisher, who has earned international recognition for his work with spaces such as Bergamot Station & Galleries, Santa Monica’s Annenberg Beach House and Descanso Gardens’ Sturt Haaga Gallery of Art, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for its acclaimed Westside Connections series, which this season pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture, on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater, located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School. During the program, Fisher reflects upon his collaborative approach to architecture, in conversation with special guest, Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. A performance of Brahms’ breathtaking String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111, showcases the close collaboration among LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, LACO Principals Sarah Thornblade, violin, Roland Kato, viola, Victoria Miskolczy, viola, and Andrew Shulman, cello. Batjer is also featured in Kevin Puts’ Arches for solo violin, and Thornblade and Kato join forces for Donald Crockett’s To Be Sung on the Water. The series, which began in February with a guest appearance by Frank Gehry, continues in April with Hawthorne. Fisher has been described as a “maverick architect…with a broad aesthetic” (KCET). His innovative style, and his residential, museum galleries and other buildings reflect his keen interpretation of space, light and material.

The three-part Westside Connections series, now in its seventh season, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. It concludes April 30, 2015, with Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne as special guest and the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies, inspired by downtown LA’s historic Bradbury Building.

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, 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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Graphicology - A Visual Jazz Score

Graphicology – A Visual Jazz Score

Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes back the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, an award-winning, world-class orchestra presenting the U.S. premiere of the visual jazz score, “Graphicology.”

For the performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the BJO teams up with illustrator and jazz lover Philip Paquet. Together they create a multimedia project combining big band jazz and a graphic novel. Six composers were commissioned by the BJO to create individual soundtracks to accompany jazz-related stories, comic strip-style. Edited into original videos, Paquet’s illustrated stories will be shown onscreen while the Orchestra performs the soundtracks.

The following stories will be presented:
Sundown – composition by Bert Joris (Instrumental intro)
Bells & Brass – by Lode Mertens (Instrumental intro)
Bird – by Dieter Limbourg
Louis – by Pierre Drevet
Smilin’ – by Michel Herr
The Portrait – by Bert Joris

This will be a special experience for fans of each medium.

About the BJO
Founded in 1993, the BJO is known for its inventive play. All its members are soloists. Their creative projects and forward-thinking approach to multi-media performance have received international recognition. In 2012 the BJO performed the soundtrack from the Academy Award-winning movie The Artist, and contributed to its glorious success. Additionally, it received the South African Music Award for the album “Mama Africa” and the Netherlands’ Zilveren Griffel for the audiobook “Vliegen tot de hemel.” In 2013 the BJO celebrated its 20th anniversary with two Grammy nominations for the album Wild Beauty featuring Joe Lovano (Half Note).

The orchestra is subsidized by the Flemish Government and has been the house orchestra for Flagey, the historic art deco venue in the center of Brussels.

The BJO performed its own productions with Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, deFilharmonie, Tutu Puoane, Brussels Philharmonic, David Linx and Richard Galliano. The orchestra invited and featured international guests, such as Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gustavo Bergalli, Norma Winstone, McCoy Tyner, Maria João, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Toots Thielemans and others.

About Philip Paquet
Philip Paquet is an illustrator, comic book artist, tattoo apprentice, painter and a musician. Above all, he considers himself a storyteller.

He published his first comic, a short story, in 1998. He is best known for his Louis Armstrong graphic novel. Paquet’s unique watercolor style lends an unmistakable sense of nostalgia that evokes the memory of jazz’s seminal founder.

Besides the BJO, Philip Paquet’s clients list includes EMI, Nike, De Morgen, the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, and many more.

Friday, March 20, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Saturday, March 21, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015; 7.30 PM & 9.30 PM

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York City

Fri. $40, Sat. $45, Sun. $35
Students: $25

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concert_guy_klucevsek__cenon__22_mars_2012_photo_c_goussard-11 copyWhat: Guy Klucevsek Concert Residency | 40 Year Composer Retrospective

When: Tuesday 3.17–Sunday 3.22 at 8:00pm

Where: The Stone, Corner of Avenue C/2nd Street, NYC, Train: F/J/M/Z at Delancey-Essex

Tickets: $20. No advanced ticket sales. For more information, visit

John Zorn’s renowned THE STONE presents Guy Klucevsek | A 40 Year Composer Retrospective  — a weeklong residency performed and curated by composer/accordionist Guy Klucevsek. For six consecutive nights, some of today’s top artists from both the jazz and new music scene join Klucevsek in performing his pieces written over the past four decades (1972-2014), including three world premieres and seven New York premieres.

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Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works.

Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria.

Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.

Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000. Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.

The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Guidelines and application forms, in MS Word and Adobe formats, can be downloaded and printed from the CMA website, (Applications must be submitted in hard copy.)

Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

Chamber Music America
12 West 32nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Contact Susan Dadian, Program Director
CMA Classical/Contemporary
(212) 242-2022, ext. 102

The Classical Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

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Jin-Dana3March 13
The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s
the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s
Jin-Shan Dai and Dana Hansen

Join us for a program of astounding masterpiece from the
hands of teenagers, Benjamin Britten, George Walker, and Franz Schubert

St. Matthew’s Music Guild continues its 2014-15 season in Pacific Palisades with a program featuring Britten’s Double Concerto For Violin And Viola, with violinist Jin-Shan Dai and violist Dana Hansen. Dai and Hansen are both member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s string section. The program also includes the Lyric For Strings by George Walker and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Single tickets: $35 ($10 students with valid I.D.) Children under 16 are free.
Call for group discounts: (310) 573-7422
Hot cider and baked goods served at intermission.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Performance at 8:00pm.
Free parking.

● Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Violin and Viola,
with Los Angeles Philharmonic members Jin-Shan Dai, violin, and Dana Hansen, viola
● George Walker: Lyric for String Orchestra
● Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat

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