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On Sunday the 26th, at 5:00 PM, Musical Amoeba will celebrate it’s first full season with an Opening Gala featuring the debut of the jazz quintet High Five, as well a performance of the nascent classical quartet STRIA, and a world premiere by Brooklyn based composer Howie Kenty.

Musical Amoeba is a new concert series seeking to promote new music alongside the music that inspired it. Working with existing ensembles, Musical Amoeba puts together programs that are eclectic and exciting, drawing audiences in with music that is passionately performed by skilled, invested musicians.

High Five is a quintet founded by 4-time ASCAP competition winner pianist Jesse Elder, who has been the bandleader for several successful projects including The Candy Shop Boys, 1in2, and the Jesse Elder Quintet. Also featuring noted vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, violinist Blanca Gonzalez, bassist Steve Whipple and Shirazette Tinnin on Drums.

The recently formed STRIA quartet is led by Queens College and Berklee graduate and clarinetist William Wheeler, performing a mix of arrangements and originals, STRIA provides a new sound on the new music scene through its unique instrumentation and its passionate playing. Also featuring Blanca Gonzalez on Violin, Phil Rashkin on Oboe, and Caroline Bembia on Harp.

The concert takes place at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, 236 E 3rd St, New York, NY. Tickets are 15$ / 10$ students. For more information, visit .

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DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall
450 West 37th St., NYC
October 24, 2014
7:30 PM

Jacob Goodman, Six Intermezzi
Craig Ketter, piano

Peri Mauer, Morning, Night & Noon
Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets

Nailah Nombeko, Three Preludes
Craig Ketter, piano

Kevin McCarter, Summer Souvenirs
Kevin McCarter, piano


Max Giteck Duykers, Theia
Christa Van Alstine, bass clarinet

Emiko Hayashi, Two Piano Pieces
Martha Locker, piano

Hubert Howe, Pentachordal Etudes #4 and 5
Jonathan Howe, piano

Raoul Pleskow, Four Piano Pieces

Suggested donation: $20; students free admission

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JoelleWJoelle Wallach’s The Wreath of Silver Birds will be performed by 2Flutes – Pamela Sklar and Laura Falzon on Wednesday, October 22 – 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue in Mt. Vernon, New York.

The composer writes, “The Wreath of Silver Birds was written in 1995 as an outdoor work for solo piccolo in honor of the 95th birthday of composer Otto Luening, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Virginia Center for the Creative Art’s new timpani-topped gazebo.“ Read her complete program notes and see a score sample at

The October 22 program, Flashes of Inspiration and Joy, also features music from the Renaissance through today, with works by Thomas Morley, Goffredo Petrassi, Rain Worthington and Pamela Sklar’s Flashes of Inspiration and Joy for flute, bass flute and Native American flute. She and Laura Falzon are 2Flutes, playing a diverse group of instruments. Visit them at

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Dr. Wallach served as Composer in the Metropolis as part of her Con-Edison Music in the Metropolis Composer Residency at New York City’s Turtle Bay Music School in Fall 2013.

The 4Tay label has released two CDs of her music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – More about her at

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HRosenbaumASCAPWorkshop1114The ASCAP Foundation will present Harold Rosenbaum’s Choral Workshop for Composers on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the ASCAP Lounge on the 7th Floor of 1900 Broadway in New York, New York.

Harold Rosenbaum, ASCAP member and conductor of The New York Virtuoso Singers, will present topics such as the basics of writing for chorus (ranges, notation, format and font), and tips on how to create a user-friendly score for performers, as well as other practical advice, especially useful to composers submitting choral work to conductors. A brief Q&A will follow.

Each workshop attendee will be offered a complimentary ticket to the New York Virtuoso Singers November 15th performance at Merkin Concert Hall.

RSVP required, as seating is limited. RSVP at

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Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”

A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 world premieres. Visit him at the newly re-designed

For more information, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at


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Judith Shatin’s To Keep the Dark Away for solo piano will be given its California Premiere by Jerry Kuderna on Friday, October 17 – 8:00 PM at 2133 University Avenue in Berkeley, California as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival.

The composer writes, “To Keep the Dark Away is a set of five brief movements, whose piece and movement titles are drawn from five poems by Emily Dickinson, a favorite of the composer, pianist and commissioner. It was written during a dark period when I was struggling with health issues, and the process of composing indeed helped ‘to keep the dark away.” Read her complete program notes at

This performance is presented in memory of the recently deceased David Wessel, a faculty member at UC-Berkeley, and someone Judith Shatin greatly admired.

This performance will also feature the debut of the Berkeley Arts Festival Trio (Jerry Kuderna, piano, Elzbieta Polak, violin, Silas Patlove,clarinet), and includes music by Stravinsky, Bartok, Ravel and Steve Reich.

Suggested donation for this concert is $10-$20. For more information, visit

Innova Records has issued Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn CD (, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at

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Yael Weiss

The Southeastern U.S. Premiere of Joel Feigin’s Prelude to a Sonata will be performed by pianist Yael Weiss as part of her recital on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 PM in Glena Mahr Center for the Arts on the campus of Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive in Madisonville, Kentucky.

The composer writes about the new work, “The piece is one of a series of pieces that Yael asked composer friends to write for her, each piece to be used as a prelude to a Beethoven sonata, translating its materials into a contemporary sound. My piece is designed as a prelude to one of my favorites, the Pastorale Sonata, op. 28.” Read the complete notes at

Yael Weiss has performed across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and South America at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Moscow’s Bolshoi Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Visit her at

Tickets are $20 general admission. For more information, call 270-821-2787 or visit

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Autumn Counterpoint!
New Chamber Orchestra Music

Elizabeth BellMax LifchitzDoug OvensRaoul Pleskow



works by

ELIZABETH BELL   Concertino for Chamber Orchestra
MAX LIFCHITZ    Yellow Ribbons No. 40
DOUGLAS OVENS  Manhattan Cityscape
RAOUL PLESKOW  Eight Brief Pieces

Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Consonance Ensemble
Sunday, October 12 at 3 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Free Admission


On Sunday afternoon October 12, the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz opens its 35th consecutive season performing new and recent works by four composers based in the New York City area.

The event will start at 3 PM and end approximately at 4:30 PM. It will be held at the intimate but acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible. Admission is free – no tickets required.

The following compositions will be heard for the first time: Elizabeth Bell’s Concertino for Chamber Orchestra; Douglas Ovens’ Manhattan Cityscape; and Raoul Pleskow’s Eight Brief Pieces. Max Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 40, written to mark North/South Consonnance’s 25th season will round off the program.

The composers will be present at the concert to introduce their works and meet with the audience.

Performers and composers are available for media events and interviews and may be contacted through the North/South Office at

Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It 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.

For the complete concert series schedule please visit
            To stream, download and/or purchase the 60 compact discs
released under the North/South Recordings label please go to

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Tuesday, October 07  |  2:00pm

RACHMANINOFF    Ten Preludes, Op. 23
M. GRAVES    Currency
L. BROWER    Boceto No. 4 Acosta Leon
E. LOPEZ NUSSA    Nina con Violin
STRAVINSKY    Firebird Suite

Russian pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine has amazed audiences with his “technically dazzling” (International Piano) performances and “playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance” (The Dallas Morning News). His is “a career that will matter,” writes the Philadelphia Enquirer.

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De Ritis, Anthony_photo by Craig BaileyThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, bridges the electro-acoustic divide in its season-­‐‑opening concert. Spotlighting composers known for their virtuosic writing and electronic transformation of acoustic instruments, BMOP presents the world premiere of Anthony Paul De Ritis’s Riflessioni, featuring bassoonist Patrick De Ritis, and the Boston premieres of Ronald Bruce Smith’s Constellation and David Felder’s Les Quatre Temps Cardinaux, featuring soprano Laura Aikin and bass Ethan Herschenfeld.


When: Sunday, October 12 @ 3:00 p.m. (Pre-concert talk @ 2:00 p.m.)

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

Tickets: General $20 – $50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at or 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at

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momenta floorThis month, the Momenta Quartet offers an exciting lineup of three composer portrait concerts: 10/14 at Spectrum (music of Gordon Beeferman), 10/16 at Montclair State University (music of Elizabeth Brown, featuring video art by Lothar Osterburg and various instrumental collaborations with the composer) and 10/23 at the DiMenna Center (Stefan Wolpe retrospective, alongside such new-music powerhouses as flutist Jayn Rosenfeld, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and pianists Cheryl Seltzer and David Holzman).


Music by Gordon Beeferman

Tuesday, October 14, 7:30pm
121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor
(btwn. Rivington and Delancey)
New York, NY 10002

Momenta performs the aggressive, intensely dissonant, and excitingly unpredictable String Quartet (2006) on a double-bill of music by composer and avant-garde improviser Gordon Beeferman. Opening the concert is Four Parts Five (2012), a half-hour quintet tour de force that takes virtuosic rhythmic ensemble playing to the next level, performed by Beeferman and a band of some of NYC’s most talented and creative musicians.

Gordon Beeferman: Four Parts Five (2012), for piano, organ, electric guitar, alto sax, flute, bass clarinet, bass, and drums
Gordon Beeferman: String Quartet (2006)
$15 general, $10 students/seniors; available at the door
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Music by Elizabeth Brown

Thursday, October 16, 8pm
Leshowitz Recital Hall
John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Momenta is joined by Montclair State composer-in-residence and performer Elizabeth Brown for a program of her works for string quartet with flute, shakuhachi, theremin, and video art by Lothar Osterburg. Lauded by Chamber Music Magazine for her “elegant, quiet, thoughtful, well-crafted and as bizarre as hell” music, Brown has written many works for Momenta, including Nanotudes (2013), which will receive its world-premiere on this concert.

Piranesi (2007) for theremin, quartet, and video art by Lothar Osterburg *written for Momenta
Mirage (2008) for shakuhachi and quartet
Lost Waltz (2014), for flute and quartet *arranged for Momenta
Just Visible in the Distance (2013), for quartet *written for Momenta
Nanotudes (2013) for quartet *world premiere; written for Momenta
Admission: FREE

Thursday, October 23, 8pm
Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center
450 W. 37th St.
New York, NY 10018

Momenta performs Wolpe’s rarely heard String Quartet (1969) on a concert hosted by the Stefan Wolpe Society and assisted by the Roger Shapiro fund. The program features music of Wolpe and his circle, including works by Ursula Mamlok and Ralph Shapey. Also performing are Jayn Rosenfeld, flute; Cheryl Seltzer, piano; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Stephanie Griffin, viola; and David Holzman, piano.

Stefan Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts, for flute and piano (1960)

Stefan Wolpe: Piece in Two Parts for Violin Alone (1964)

Stefan Wolpe: Passacaglia for piano (1936)

Ursula Mamlok: Above Clouds for viola and piano (2013-14)
Ralph Shapey: Four Etudes for Violin Solo (1980)
Stefan Wolpe: String Quartet (1969)

Admission: Tickets $20/$10 students, seniors; available at the door or by reserving at (212) 873-3258

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