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On February 9, Original Gravity turns beer into music… and back again!
Join us at Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge, the newest taproom north of the river. Two months ago, we sat composer Andy Vores down with Tyler Fitzpatrick of Lamplighter to taste their signature beers before they opened. Drunk with inspiration, Andy returned to his composer’s garret and wrote his newest work, Lamplighter Reveal, representing the taste of Lamplighter Brewing… an Original Gravity first!
Don’t miss this world premier unique melding of sound and zymurgy, as Andy’s inspired string quartet is turned back into beer at the creative and adept hands of Lamplighter’s Master Brewer. Tyler has listened to recordings of Andy’s string works and is fashioning a one-night only adventurous brett-fermented buckwheat ale to pair with the music. This quixotic brew will only be available the night of the concert.
Turning Beer into Music: Andy Vores @ Lamplighter Brewing
Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 7:30pm
284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
There will be $5 raffle tickets available at the event where you could win gift certificates to the delicious Cambridge hot spot, State Park, Ball Square Liquors, free tickets to local concerts, and much more!
We will be joined by the best new music string artists in Boston who will be premiering the string works Andy Vores, including two WORLD PREMIERS: Lamplighter Reveal and String Quartet #4.
* Nicole Parks, violin
* Natalie Calma, violin
* Sam Kelder, viola
* Stephen Marotto, cello
Tickets to Original Gravity’s Turning Beer Into Music are $15, on sale now. Student and Senior pricing available.
Heralded as Boston’s Best Buzzworthy Concert Series 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, Original Gravity is a sell-out concert series that harmonizes live modern music by regional composers with the artistry of local craft breweries.
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January 26th @ 7pm
Doors open @ 6pm
Tickets $15 at door; $10 in advance
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
On January 26th, Composers Concordance will feature the string quartet ETHEL and the percussion ensemble TALUJON in a program entitled ‘RoundTable’ at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert will include a round-table panel of celebrated artists, musicians, and poets, who will be onstage providing commentary. The panel will include Beth Fertig (contributing editor, WNYC), Mark Stewart (guitarist), David Baker (poet), Charles Coleman (composer-vocalist), and Paul Mills aka Poez (poet). The audience will be invited to tweet their immediate reactions to the music, which includes several premieres. Tweets, favorable and critical, will be projected live onscreen during the performance.
The concert will feature new and recent compositions by Svjetlana Bukvich, Dan Cooper, Melissa Grey, Peter Jarvis, Robert Levin, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, and Randy Woolf.
Performers include – ETHEL: Ralph Farris – viola; Kip Jones – violin; Dorothy Lawson – cello; and Corin Lee – violin. TALUJON percussion quartet: Ian Antonio, David Cossin, Matthew Gold, Tom Kolor, Michael Lipsey, and Matt Ward. Robert Voisey – Twitter master.
Acclaimed as “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (The Strad), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, TALUJON has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990.
Staying in rotation for thirty two 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. It has also created a record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote 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.
“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. “The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” -Classical-Modern Music Review. “Edgy…boisterous…demanding our attention” -San Diego Story. “These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques.” -Asbury Park Press. “There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music.
for more information, please contact:
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
Phone: (212) 505-3474
By Subway: A-C-E or B-D-F-M to West 4th Street; Exit at West 3rd Street and walk west toward MacDougal; make 1st right on MacDougal; make 1st left on Bleecker Street. (Le) Poisson Rouge is on the south side of Bleecker Street between Thompson & Sullivan.
By Car from points north: From The George Washington Bridge/I-95: Follow signs to New York City, take exit toward Dyer Avenue, make a right on Dyer Avenue; make a left on West 34th Street; make a right onto 9th Avenue; make a left on West 23rd Street, make a right on 7th Avenue, make a left on Bleecker Street; (Le) Poisson Rouge is on the south side of Bleecker Street between Thompson & Sullivan.
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New Year’s Celebration
New Music for Chamber Orchestra by American Composers
North South Jan 8 Participants
The Miolina Violin Duo
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra
Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,
Max Lifchitz , William Toutant
Sunday, January 8 at 3 PM
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York City
Free Admission (no tickets necessary)
Celebrating 37 years of promoting and performing music by living composers from the America and the World.
The ensemble’s most recent recording features six fascinating compositions by Robert Martin
inspired by Arshile Gorky’s abstract expressionist paintings.
Access it on YouTube
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Robert Sirota’s Bridging the Gap II
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4pm
Pre-concert discussion at 3:15pm
National Sawdust | 80 N. 6th St. | Brooklyn, NY 11249
Bridging the Gap, created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota, is a series of concerts of chamber, choral, and solo compositions that explore the student/teacher and mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers.
The second concert in the series features two student/teacher pairings from the Yale School of Music. Martin Bresnick, praised for “music that seems at once ancient, elegiac and awesomely new” by The New York Times, is paired with former student and award-winning composer Balint Karosi. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis is paired with his former student Michael Gilbertson, whose works have been described as “genuinely moving” by The Washington Post.
A pre-concert discussion with the composers will be held at 3:15pm.
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Bang on a Can Presents the 2017 People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30pm | Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center | 129 W. 67th St. | NYC
Tickets: $25 at 212.501.3330 or www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com
Bang on a Can presents the 2017 People’s Commissioning Fund concert, one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for composers in New York and beyond, as part of Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival. This year the Bang on a Can All-Stars will give U.S. premieres of works by three PCF-commissioned composers: Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Fields, Felipe Waller’s Hybrid Ambiguities, and Nico Muhly’s Comfortable Cruising Altitude. The All-Stars will also perform “St. Remy,” an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh; plus Philip Glass’ Closing and “Bed,” an excerpt from his opera Einstein on the Beach; David Lang’s sunray; and Julia Wolfe’s Believing.
John Schaefer of WNYC-FM will host the evening for future radio broadcasts on his program, “New Sounds Live;” the concert will be webcast live on Q2 Music and will be available for on-demand listening at Q2Music.org. This concert marks the kick-off for Bang on a Can’s 30 Years celebration, and will be followed by a party for the artists and all audience members in the Merkin Concert Hall lobby!
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Pittance Chamber Music
Pittance Chamber Music continues its 2016/17 Season presenting Concert 2 with members of the GRAMMY-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and maestro James Conlon on February 3, 2017, 8pm in Zipper Hall, The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. Concert 2 features Conlon conducting Mozart’s sublime Serenade in B flat known as the “Gran Partita.” Also on the program is Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Octet for Strings in E flat, Op. 20.
Among the most extraordinary musicians in the world are those you seldom see – the musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Sutton, who is also Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, formed Pittance Chamber Music in 2013 to shine the spotlight on these remarkable yet invisible artists, bringing them from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles, hence the name Pittance.
Says Sutton, “We are thrilled and honored to have Maestro Conlon with us for this concert, which, by the way, is taking place between two performances of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Los Angeles Opera. For many years we have been performing Mozart operas together, and I have no doubt our “Gran Partita” will be full of the lyricism, drama and humor typical of past collaborations with James. We are so looking forward to this!”
Program for Concert 2*
MOZART Serenade No. 10 in B flat (“Gran Partita”) conducted by James Conlon. The title “Gran Partita” was written on the score (however not in Mozart’s hand) in a misspelled attempt to further describe the piece as a large work in several movements. The Serenade in B flat is one of Mozart’s most well-known and beloved works and was featured in the movie Amadeus, described in a soliloquy by the actor F. Murray Abraham in his role as Mozart’s rival Salieri: “On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly – high above it – an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! …It seemed to me I was hearing the voice of God.”
The Serenade is scored for 13 woodwind instruments and double bass and contains 7 movements, taking about one hour to perform. Its unique instrumentation includes the use of 2 basset horns, a pair of clarinet-like instruments with “basset” keys to provide extra low notes. Part of the reason for this large, somewhat extravagant ensemble was the particular interest of Emperor Joseph II of Austria in grander Serenade music. Also, the Emperor had superb musicians employed at his court, among them the renowned clarinetist Anton Stadler, who was a friend of Mozart’s and for whom Mozart wrote many works featuring the clarinet.
MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings in E flat, Op. 20 is a jubilant work scored for double string quartet, written by Mendelssohn in 1825 when he was just 16 years old. It is a remarkable work not only for the ease of its melodies and the grace and balance of its form, but also because Mendelssohn created a masterpiece for an atypical ensemble comprised of double string quartet. It remains to be one of the most popular works in the chamber music repertoire and features a virtuoso first violin part which will be performed by Los Angeles Opera Concertmaster Roberto Cani.
James Conlon is an American conductor of opera, and symphonic and choral works. He is Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and Principal Conductor of the Italian RAI National Symphony Orchestra. He was the long serving director of the two week Cincinnati May Festival from 1979 through 2016. From 2005 to 2015, he was music director at the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conlon is known for his efforts in reviving music by composers suppressed during the Nazi regime. Conlon holds three honorary doctorates and was named Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2002 he received the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest distinction, from then President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac.
Pittance Chamber Music concerts are informal and user-friendly, and are hosted by actor Miguel Perez, who engages the audience with brief historical notes and anecdotes. The roster of artists is drawn from a large pool of talent including members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra as well as Los Angeles Opera resident vocalists, resulting in a unique variety of repertoire not often heard together in one program.
Tickets are $35; $20 for seniors; $10 for students, and are available online at PittanceChamberMusic.org, or at the venue on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30pm, the Jackson Heights Orchestra will premiere ALL ALONG THE HEIGHTS, a new work by composer Peri Mauer, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3350 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, New York. The Jackson Heights Orchestra, conducted by Patricia Glunt, commissioned Ms. Mauer to compose the piece, which reflects the upbeat rhythms and energy of the neighborhood.
Also on the program is Mozart Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”, Krommer Clarinet Concerto with Thomas Piercy as clarinet solist, and Bach/Stokowski Chorale Prelude BMV 680.The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10 and $5 for students and seniors. All are invited to a reception following the concert. The Jackson Heights Orchestra operates under the banner of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. http://www.jhbg.org/2016/12/03/jackson-heights-orchestra-2
Hailed as an “irrepressibly tuneful composer” by New York Music Daily/Lucid Culture, composer Peri Mauer has written works for solo instruments, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and theater. A native New Yorker, she holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Bard College, and is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art. A two-time recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards in 2015 and 2014, she has recently received grants for her work from the Music Department of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose her symphonic band piece Red Sky for the LaGuardia HS Junior Band, Illuminations of the Night for the New York Repertory Orchestra and Life on Earth for chamber ensemble for Music With a View from New Music USA, a Meet the Composer Award for her collaborative work as musical director, composer, and performer with Sidewalks Theater of New York, scholastic awards for chamber music composition from National Federation of Music Clubs and Composers Guild of Utah, a National Collegiate Music Prize, and was awarded membership into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honor Society of Music. Also a professional cellist, Ms. Mauer has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Darmstadt Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, American Chamber Opera, The Chelsea Symphony, among many others, and can be seen playing her cello in the 2016 Golden Globe and Emmy award winning Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.
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The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present a community performance of Terry Riley’s composition “In C,” on Wednesday December 21 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
Composed in 1964 and first recorded in 1968, “In C” is a pioneering work of minimalism which became popular with fans of psychedelic rock, and which influenced ambient and other electronic music. Traces of “In C” can be heard from Philip Glass to Aphex Twin, and in The Who’s song “Baba O’Riley,” named in tribute to Terry Riley.
Although performances are usually 45 minutes or longer, “In C” is a single page of sheet music (shown above): 53 melodic fragments of different lengths which the musicians each repeat as many times as they individually choose, creating ever-changing interlocking patterns.
Because the materials and rules of “In C” are relatively simple, and because it can be played by any combination of instruments and a group of any size, all interested musicians are invited to participate in this performance. Students and faculty from southland colleges and universities and members of several local orchestras and bands of various styles will be involved. Musicians should download the sheet music from http://imslp.org/wiki/In_C_(Riley,_Terry) and arrive by 6PM on Dec. 21 for a short rehearsal. Please bring pitched instruments only; acoustic ones are preferred.
This unique gathering will represent the depth and diversity of the Los Angeles music scene and will celebrate the first year of the Soundwaves new music series.
Learn more about Soundwaves at soundwavesnewmusic.com
A recording of “In C” can be streamed from DRAM: The Database of Recorded American Music. Log in with your Santa Monica library card at smpl.org/Online_Databases.aspx
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.
For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10, and 18. Lines 2, 3, R3, and 9, and the Metro Expo line also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike.
The auditorium is wheelchair-accessible. For other disabled services, call Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week ahead.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4pm // Pre-concert discussion 3:15pm
National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Tickets $29 advance; $34 door at 646-779-8455 or www.nationalsawdust.org
Bridging the Gap is a series of concerts created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota to explore the student/teacher, mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers.
The first concert features composers from the Manhattan School of Music, pairing Richard Danielpour (teacher) with Paolo Marchettini (student), Marjorie Merryman (teacher) with Yunzhuo Gan (student). The works will be performed by the contemporary ensemble TACTUS from the Manhattan School of Music, called “Ambitious … finely polished … spirited” by The New York Times.
A pre-concert discussion, moderated by composer and Creative Director of National Sawdust Paola Prestini, will be held at 3:15pm.
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Latin Landscapes/Paisajes Latinos
Music for Clarinet and Strings by Composers from Colombia, Peru and Uruguay
Javier Vinasco & The Q-Arte String Quartet
Javier Vinasco, clarinet
The Q-Arte String Quartet
Miguel del Aguila, Blas Emilio Atehortua,
Celso Garrido-Lecca & Andres Posada
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York City
Free Admission (no tickets necessary)
North/South Consonance, Inc. kicks off its 37th consecutive season with a concert Monday evening November 14 featuring clarinetist Javier Vinasco and the Q-Arte String Quartet.These outstanding performers hailing from Colombia will introduce New York City audiences to recent chamber works especially written for them by Miguel del Aguila, Blas Emilio Atehortua, Celso Garrido-Lecca and Andres Posada.
The concert will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th Street) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The free-admission event will start at 8 PM and end around 9:30 PM. The auditorium is ADA accessible. No tickets or reservations needed.
Since its inception in 1980, the North/South Consonance, Inc. has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 works by composers hailing from the Americas and elsewhere representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. Its activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as contributions by numerous individual donors.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS AND THEIR MUSIC
Miguel del Aguila (b. 1957; Montevideo, Uruguay) attended the San Francisco Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. His musical style has been described by the press as “dependably brilliant” and “sonically dazzling.” His Concierto en Tango earned a Grammy nomination in 2015. De Aguila’s Pacific Serenade is a romantic, quiet and delicate music that should be played at night under the stars. The quasi-improvisatory work weaves together elements derived from the blues and Brazilian folk-song.
Colombian composer Blas Emilio Atehortua (b.1943; Antioquia) studied with Alberto GInastera at the Torcuato di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires. Also active as conductor and pedagogue, his portfolio includes over 250 instrumental and vocal compositions. His four movement Quintet for Clarinet and Strings — written at the request of Javier Vinasco — is a great example of the composer’s penchant for combining formal schemes from the Baroque Era with rhythmic and melodic elements derived from Colombian folk-music.
Peruvian Celso Garrido-Lecca (b. 1926; Piuria) was awarded the Tomas Luis de VIctoria prize in the year 2000. He studied in Peru and Chile before visiting the US during the early 1960’s at the invitation of the Institute for International Education. A Guggenheim Fellowship allowed him to participate in the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Inter-American Festival held in Washington, DC. In 1965 he accepted a professorship at the University of Chile and began a fruitful artistic relationship with Victor Jara, the Nueva Cancion master. He returned to his homeland in 1975 to take the helm of the Lima Conservatory. Written in 1994, the music of Amaru (meaning “Big Serpent” in Quechua) is meant to evoke ancestral Inca culture.
Colombian Andres Posada (b. 1954, Medellin) earned an advanced degree in composition at the Mannes College of Music before returning to his homeland to establish the music department at EAFIT University. A winner of the 1989 Valentino Bucchi composition contest, his works have been performed in Europe and throughout Latin America. Helix is a one movement composition. In the manner of a helix or spiral, the music grows out of a brief motif introduced at the opening by the viola. VIrtuosic clarinet candenzas and impressive string passages propel the music to a dramatic climax eventually disappearing into silence.
Colombian clarinetist Javier Vinasco was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his album devoted to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Much in demand as recitalist, clinician and pedagogue, Vinasco has appeared on concert stages throughout his native country as well as in many Asian and Latin American nations. He has premiered and recorded numerous compositions written especially for him by Latin American composers. He earned a doctorate in performance at Mexico’s National University and holds a professorship at the prestigious EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. A Vandoren artist, the press has referred to him as “a virtuoso in every sense of the word, but it is an understated virtuosity that is always in service of the music.”
The Q-Arte String Quartet is one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles in Colombia. Active since 2008, it maintains an busy performance schedule while also being involved in pedagogic undertakings at the Universidad Javeriana and Colombia’s National University. The quartet’s interpretations — full of rhythmic force, energy and precision — have been described as “warm and fresh” and “exceptionally communicative.” The members of the ensemble are violinists Juan Carlos Higuita and Liz Angela Garcia; violist Sandra Liliana Arango; and cellist Diego Garcia Castro.
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