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May 14, 2014

7:30 – 9:00pm
Bloomingdale School of Music
323 West 108th Street map
Free to the public

Robert Vuichard, composer, and Broadway Chamber Players: John Romeri, flute; Setsuko Otake, oboe/English horn; and Edward Malave, viola.

Exploring the Metropolis and Bloomingdale School of Music present an evening of new works and arrangements by composer Robert Vuichard, premiered in collaboration with the newly minted Broadway Chamber Players. This is the culminating program of Vuichard’s 2013-14 EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency at Bloomingdale School of Music.

Robert has worked with a roster of artists that includes the Yale Glee Club, Westminster Choir, St. Petersburg String Quartet, NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and playwright Craig Lucas. His music has seen performances in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Berliner Dom, and Symphony Space, and Robert’s music is published with both Boosey & Hawkes and GIA Publications.

“. . . [Vuichard’s] treacherously clustered semitones and contrapuntal subtleties became otherworldly, transcendent even.” —The Washington Post

Broadway Chamber Players comprises the finest instrumentalists, composers, and conductors across classical, jazz, and new-music fields, all unified by the common thread of performing on Broadway. BCP seeks to continue Broadway’s great tradition of live music by bringing its musicians from the pit to the stage.

“. . . heaping with personality, and thoroughly top-notch in unity, balance, and pitch.” —Feast of Music

Listen to Robert Vuichard’s Zephyr Rounds

Listen to Broadway Chamber Players

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Simone Dinnerstein, Artistic Director
James Matheson, Artistic Director at P.S. 142

Face the Music
Music by ensemble members Sam Mellins, Jonah Murphy, 
and Owen Carter,

plus Vijay Iyer’s Three Fragments


Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
P.S. 142′s Auditorium | 100 Attorney St. | NYC


Tickets: $15 at or at the door. 
All ticket sales benefit P.S. 142.


Face the Music:


New York, NY– Neighborhood Classics presents teenage new music sensations Face the Music in concert on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7pm, atP.S. 142 on the Lower East Side (100 Attorney Street). The program will include music by three of the ensemble’s own members – Sam Mellins’ Sax Quartet; Jonah Murphy’s Allegro for mixed ensemble and Owen Carter’s Sequester for chamber orchestra – plus Vijay Iyer’s Three Fragments. The performance will be hosted by James Matheson, composer and Neighborhood Classics Artistic Director at P.S. 142. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit P.S. 142.

Called “a force in the new music world” by The New York Times, Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is the country’s only ensemble for 18-and-under that is solely devoted to the music of living composers. In the space of nine years Face the Music has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a massive group of over 170 students from all over the tri-state area who convene every week to write, rehearse and perform music together. The ensemble advances Kaufman Music Center’s commitment to contemporary music and provides unparalleled performance and education experiences for the next generation of musical leaders.

About Neighborhood Classics:
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein founded the Neighborhood Classics series in 2009 at P.S. 321, the school that her son attended and where her husband teaches, and expanded the series to P.S. 142 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2010. Neighborhood Classics builds relationships at a local level between neighborhoods and musicians.

These one-hour, family-friendly performances, which are hosted by Dinnerstein or composer and P.S.142 Artistic Director James Matheson, are open to the public and raise funds for the schools. The musicians performing donate their time and talent to the program, and the concerts are organized and administered by parent volunteers and faculty members.

In addition to evening concerts, Neighborhood Classics stages all-school happenings – last year, these included a “Bach Invasion” and a “Renaissance Revolution” at P.S. 321 – which immerse the school in music, with dozens of musicians performing in all of the school’s classrooms throughout the day.

“This concert series is about bringing communities together around music,” Dinnerstein explains. “It is a way for students, parents, teachers and neighbors to gather in a familiar and comfortable setting to listen to great music.” All of the performances take place in the evenings and on weekends, so that families may attend together.

Neighborhood Classics has already raised enough funds to bring back the fourth grade band program at P.S. 142. At P.S. 321, proceeds benefit the school’s PTA, which helps to fund art, chess, band, and chorus programs. Since 2009, the top-tier musicians that have been presented by Neighborhood Classics include pianist Simone Dinnerstein, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, cellist Maya Beiser, pianist Pablo Ziegler, cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Wendy Sutter, Face the Music (a teenage new music group), lutist Paul O’Dette, cellist Clive Greensmith, Cypress String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). For more information,

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IF_HSThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, partners with The Fine Family, The Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University and its Department of Music to pay tribute to three central figures of the mid-century Boston musical landscape – Irving Fine, Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger. Celebrating Irving Fine’s (1914-1962) centennial, BMOP spotlights this trio of lifelong friends and composers who advanced a unique vision for American music that incorporated the neoclassicism of Stravinsky, the clean elegance of Copland, and the edginess of serialism, all with a highly personal stamp. Click here to view program details

When: Friday, May 16 @ 8:00 p.m. (free pre-concert talk @ 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony

Tickets: General $20 – $50/Students $10. To reserve seats now, contact BMOP at or 781.324.0396. Starting April 18, tickets are also available through the Jordan Hall Box Office at 617.585.1260, in person, or at

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Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 8:00pm


St. Jean Baptiste Church

East 76th Street and Lexington Avenue

New York City 10020




RACHMANINOFF Bogoroditse Devo

STRAVINSKY Pater noster, Ave Maria, Credo

MENDELSSOHN Verleih uns FriedenRichte mich, Gott

BRAHMS Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65, No. 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15






The Manhattan Choral Ensemble welcomes Joseph Flummerfelt to the podium in an evening of favorites from the Maestro’s 30-year conducting career. Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt has selected a program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of beloved folk songs.


Tickets: $30 Premium Reserved, $20 General, $15 Senior/Student

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StevenGerber5Steven R. Gerber’s Soliloquy for Solo Bassoon will be performed by Jack Chan as part of the New Music Collective concert on Friday, April 18 – 7:30 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street in Manhattan.

The composer writes about the piece, “Soliloquy for Solo Bassoon was written in 2012 for bassoonist Bryan Young, who plays in the Poulenc Trio, for which I wrote a Prelude and Fugue in the 90s.  Bryan premiered Soliloquy in Richmond in August, 2013. It is based on the first four notes (CBCB) of the famous high opening bassoon solo in Le Sacre du Printemps.”

Other composers on the concert are Glen Roven, Thomas Millioto, Julia Wolfe, Ben Morss, Herschel Garfein, Lowell Liebermann, Jen Baker and Adam Tendler. Other performers include soprano Laura Strickling, mezzo Krista River and pianist Michael Brofman, the WorldWinds quintet and pianist Miori Sugiyama.

Tickets at the door $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. For more information, visit

Steven Gerber’s chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. His most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at

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What: Soundbites: Celebrating 35 years of Roulette, featuring Jen Shyu, Jennifer Choi, Tristan Perich, Darius Jones ,Variaspeed, and Mario Diaz de Leon

When:  Thursday May 8th @ 8pm

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

Cost: $25/20

Info: / 917.267.0368 /

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents “Soundbites” a celebration of their 35 years at the helm of experimental music, dance and intermedia. This significant event, the first salute to Roulette’s long history of innovative  and experimental programming, will feature six performances by a selection artists whose work truly represents  Roulette’s unparalleled and unique perspective. Featured artists will be Jen Shyu, Jennifer Choi, Tristan Perich, Darius Jones , Variaspeed, and Mario Diaz de Leon, the event will be hosted by highly acclaimed musician and WNYC host,  David Garland.


Roulette was conceived and incorporated in 1978  by Jim Staley, David Weinstein and Dan Senn, three composers who met at the University of Illinois. The first concert was in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music in November 1978 (a favorite haunt of Odetta, Mason Williams and other greats). By 1979 Staley had established a loft performance space in Tribeca, New York with a piano and a recording facility.

In the Fall of 1980 the group produced five concerts there and was inundated with requests by composers who loved the room. Even in these early days, Roulette paid the artists a fee. Weinstein said, “How will we choose who to show?” Staley said, “Let’s do them all!”  A community was born, and the work of learning how to support such an endeavor began in full.


Over the next three decades, Roulette built and continues to build, an international reputation for the quality and quantity of its eclectic programming, its dedication to the inquisitive, and its transformation of a loft space into a finely tuned environment for performing and listening to music. Thousands of artists have presented their work at Roulette. Many of them are now recognized as the leaders of avant-garde music. Roulette also continues to foster and support the work of emerging artists presenting a complex spectrum avant jazz, world music, experimental rock, improvisation, computer music, new technologies, and traditional and hybrid chamber ensembles.


In September 2011, Roulette took up residency in an Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn. The new space features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Since finding a new home, Roulette  has received numerous accolades from major national and international critics and has been tipped as one of the city’s best concert halls.


Full Program:


Tristan Perich

Mariel Roberts plays Tristan Perich

Formations, for solo cello and 6-channel 1-bit electronics


Jennifer Choi

Eve Beglarian Well-Spent for violin and electronics.


TAK Ensemble plays Mario Diaz de Leon

The Flesh Needs Fire (2007) for flute, clarinet, and electronics

Featuring: Laura Cocks, flute, Liam Kinson, clarinet



“Love is a Good Example.” by Robert Ashley


Darius Jones

Excerpt from – The Oversoul Manual // Featuring The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit


Jen Shyu

Excerpt solo opera SOLO RITES: SEVEN BREATHS directed by Garin Nugroho

Jen Shyu: Composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano

Danang Pamungkas: Choreographer

Maria Hooper: Costume Designer


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Deborah Lewis, an exceptional and highly regarded arts administrator with three decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Director of the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) following a nationwide search, it was announced by LACC Board Chair Jennifer Terry. Lewis previously served as Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center, the acclaimed visual and performing arts organization located San Pedro heralded for its broad reach throughout Southern California and beyond. Prior to that she was the executive director of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, for which she administered its national grant and scholarship programs and also provided arts organizations with key technical assistance in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“We are very excited to welcome Deborah to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Terry. “She has an outstanding track record of more than 30 years in arts administration as an engaging team builder with wide-ranging community ties who brings people together, a proven fundraiser with an enviable record, and an extremely effective management style praised by artists, donors, community partners and staff alike. Her strong skills and deep passion for music will help propel the Los Angeles Children’s to a new level of growth and esteem as it heads into its third decade.”

“It is an honor to serve in this vital leadership capacity with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” states Lewis. “A musical jewel, the chorus has a superlative reputation for its exceptional artistry, highly developed training program for young singers and successful community partnerships. I look forward to working with all of LACC’s constituents to ensure that the chorus reaches new heights artistically and administratively.”

During Lewis’s tenure at Angels Gate Cultural Center, she oversaw 50 studio artists who participate in multi-year on-site studio residencies, four art galleries that present exhibitions by local and international artists, as well as an extensive array of community arts classes and in-depth visual and performing arts classroom residency programs throughout the harbor region. She was also responsible for the planning and implementation of the center’s short-term programs and long-term planning while successfully leading expanded fundraising efforts.

In her previous post with the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (ELA), Lewis provided ADA consultancies to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre and LA Stage Alliance, among other organizations. Additionally, she has provided audio description training and consultation to the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service for the Rose Parade, the Center Theatre Group, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a founding member of the Audio Description Coalition and the California Audio Describers Alliance. Lewis joined the ELA Foundation after 15 years of work at Special Audiences in Atlanta, Georgia, where she brought the arts to over 100,000 disabled and disadvantaged people annually. As senior writer with Audio Description Solutions, she has also provided audio description for the Visitors Centers of such National Parks as Mesa Verde, Mammoth Cave, James Garfield, Keneewaw, New River Gorge and Pinnacles as well as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Lewis earned a BA from Otterbein University in Ohio and has completed the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the Annenberg Foundation’s “Alchemy” leadership programs. Lewis, who lives in Altadena, California with her husband, Boyd, has been a singer since the age of 10 and currently sings in Canterbury Choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS – lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly) – is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1995, LACC’s roster includes more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program. LACC has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of LACC’s commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.

For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

Deborah Lewis

Deborah Lewis

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Natasha Paremski

Natasha Paremski

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of This Ease by composer Hannah Lash as well as the LACO debut of Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, on Saturday, April 26, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also on the program is Haydn’s buoyant Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major. USC Thornton School of Music violin performance major Kenneth Liao, winner of the annual LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Audition, joins LACO’s violin section for these concerts.

Lash, whose work is hailed as “striking” and “handsomely brooding” (The New York Times), says, “This Ease is meant to suggest the feeling of familiarity with what we are hearing, yet invoke the underlying unease that allows for the piece’s forward motion and unique fingerprint. The musical material at its most elemental is comprised of major and minor thirds chained and stacked together in various ways, which gradually mutate to highlight different harmonic colors and create the piece’s dramatic formal shape.”

This Ease is presented as part of the LACO’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated 13 years ago to engage audiences in developing new works. The program gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to 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 discussions with the composer about his or her creative process and previews of the final work.

Paremski, praised for her “beautifully atmospheric interpretations” (The New York Times) is a 26-year-old Russian-born virtuoso who made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at age 15. Critics have hailed dynamic performances and flawless technique.

As part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program in a 2013 mock orchestral audition for strings, Thornton School strings undergraduate Kenneth Liao, a violinist, won the opportunity to play alongside LACO veterans at LACO’s April concerts. He will perform as part of LACO’s first violin section and is being mentored for this opportunity by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. The program, a unique collaboration now in its fourth year between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, underscores the importance of preparedness of strings students for professional auditions. Liao competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato and LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists with Kahane interviewing Lash about her new piece.

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 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, 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 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at, 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 ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.

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Pianist Haskell Small will perform his The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence and other works on Sunday, April 13 – 6:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware in Beaumont, Texas, as part of his Journeys in Silence concert tour.

Small will perform his own composition for solo piano, The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence. This work loosely parallels the four paintings in the Phillips Collection’s Rothko Room while offering a musical narrative of the painter’s life journey. The piece has been recorded for MSR Classics (CD 1497) – Mr. Small will also present several works by Alan Hovhaness, inspired by the spiritual power of mountains.

More about his Journeys in Silence project at

For more information about the concert, call 409-892-4227 or visit


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New York City Master Chorale presents “An A Cappella Renaissance” featuring a cappella works by 16th and 17th century composers, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Allegri, Gibbons and Lotti.  Thea Kano, conductor.

Friday, April 25, 8 pm

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

213 West 82nd Street, New York




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