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Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
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New Music for Piano


Alvin Lucier: Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillator (1992)
Michael Finnissy: Folklore I (1994)
Rebecca Saunders: Crimson (2004)
Ashkan Behzadi: Cronistoria Plastico (2014) for piano and electronics


French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.

Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.

Recent and upcoming performances include solo and ensemble performances at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the CMC in Toronto, the Banff Center, Miller Theater (NYC), the North Carolina New Music Initiative, the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the MATA Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at IRCAM. Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.

In addition to her performing activities Julia is a dedicated educator. She is on faculty at Third Street Music Settlement and the Bloomingdale School of Music and maintains an extensive private studio in NYC.

Julia is a native of Lyon, France. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she studied with Sara Laimon and holds a Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.


September 17th @7pm
$20/15 (students/seniors) at the door
121 Ludlow #2, NYC

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's LACO a la Carte

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s LACO a la Carte

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Finland in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community.  The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Austria à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Austria on September 10, 7 pm; “Brazil à la carte” at the private Santa Monica villa of LACO Emeritus Board Member Roberto Apelfeld and his wife, Claudia, on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 30, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on October 8, 7 pm; and “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 13, 7 pm.  This year’s à la carte fundraisers salute Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as LACO Music Director at the end of the 2016-17 season after leading the Orchestra for two decades.  Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each program includes a reception and dinner featuring an array of gourmet specialties and beverages of the host country complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists.  The LACO à la carte series, now in its eighth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries.  Proceeds help support the education and community engagement programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO Board Vice President Mahnaz Newman.  Sponsors include Leslie Lassiter and Raulee Marcus; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; and Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru.

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 pm
In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria
“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, opens the 2016 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions.  LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav leads a musical salon, inspired by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s legacy of adventurous programming, of Austrian classical music and the rich contemporary music that is its heir.

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7 pm
In Santa Monica at the Private Residence of Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld
Following on the heels of the Summer Olympics in Rio, LACO’s “Brazil à la carte,” generously hosted by Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld at their elegant Santa Monica residence, sets a festive mood with authentic Brazilian cuisine and libations, including Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, prepared by chef Maria Fonseca.  LACO Flute Sandy Hughes leads an eclectic program of Brazilian music.

“MEXICO À LA CARTE” (premium event)
Friday, September 30, 2016, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico
Warm and generous hospitality from the United States’ genial neighbor to the south highlights LACO’s “Mexico à la carte,” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos Garcia de Albaat, in his elegant Hancock Park residence.  A fiesta featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, tequila, mezcal and aguas frescas sets a festive mood and provides savory accompaniment for an intimate recital by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and a guest performance by Mexican flautist Horacio Franco.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Turkey
The Honorable R. Gülru Gezer, Consul General of Turkey extends a warm Turkish welcome for LACO’s “Turkey à la carte,” hosted in her classic Hancock Park consular residence and featuring delectable Turkish cuisine prepared by the resident chef.  LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, joined by other LACO artists, is featured in a varied program inspired by this fascinating country at the crossroads of East and West.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 pm
In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland
Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at LACO’s “Finland à la carte” evening hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland in his spectacular Bel Air residence.  The evening features a fond farewell to LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato, who retires this fall, with LACO principal bassoon Kenneth Munday joining him for a program of Finnish favorites and more.  Delicious Scandinavian cuisine and specialty cocktails cap this Nordic fête.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

Tickets for each “LACO à la carte” event are $400 per person, except for “Mexico à la carte,” a premium event, for which tickets are $500 per person.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3.  Details are available at

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“Tokyo to New York”
Bargemusic Here and Now Series

The September 30th “Tokyo to New York” concert, part of Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series, features new music composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. The exciting and varied concert includes world premiers by Japanese composers Masatora Goya and Kazutomo Yamamoto, the United States premier of a work by Bin Li,  music by Hidemi Mikai, and Chatori Shimizu, and the rarely performed “Ryoanji” by John Cage.

Clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy will be joined by hichiriki players Hiroshi Ebina and Maki Yamamae, koto player Jun Ando, sho player Chatori Shimizu, flutist Lish Lindsey, clarinetist Wonkak Kim, violinists Sabina Torosjan and Michelle Painter, violist Rachel Hauser, cellist Molly Aronson and percussionist/narrator Sean Statser.

“Tokyo to New York” is a series of concerts in Tokyo and New York City that celebrates, honors and recognizes the connections between Tokyo and New York City. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” concerts, under the artistic direction of Thomas Piercy, has presented over 60 World Premiers, and numerous Japan and United States Premiers.

John CAGE “Ryoanji” for three hichiriki and percussion
Masatora GOYA “Meteor” for bass clarinet and string quartet (World Premier) *
Bin LI “In 1932, I Became the Emperor of ManchuKuo满洲国” for narrator, flute, clarinet violin, viola, cello (U.S. Premier)
Hidemi MIKAI “Duo Capriccioso” for two clarinets
Chatori SHIMIZU “Noise of a Pondering Mind” for hichiriki, sho and koto*
Kazutomo YAMAMOTO “Doldrums IV” for clarinet and koto (World Premier)

Thomas PIERCY, clarinet/bass clarinet, hichiriki
Hiroshi EBINA, hichiriki
Maki YAMAMAE, hichiriki
Jun ANDO, koto
Chatori SHIMIZU, sho
Lish LINDSEY, flute
Wonkak KIM, clarinet
Sabina TOROSJAN, violin
Michelle PAINTER, violin
Rachel HAUSER, viola
Molly ARONSON, cello
Sean STATSER, percussion, narrator

More information about Tokyo to New York can be found here:

TOKYO TO NEW YORK 東京 と ニューヨーク
BARGEMUSIC – Here and Now Series

September 30, 2016 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201




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Chery Scheidemantle, Chair, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Chery Scheidemantle, Chair, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Music educator and violinist Cheryl Scheidemantle has been named Chair of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) Board of Directors, and Debra Danner, an educator with expertise in leadership and management consulting, has been appointed LACC’s Executive Director.  Scheidemantle, a faculty member of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, joined LACC’s Board of Directors in 2013 and has chaired LACC’s highly successful Gala Bel Canto fundraiser for the past two years.  She began her three-year term as Chair on August 1, 2016.  Scheidemantle has a studio of private violin students, performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations, including president of the Suzuki Music Association of California, co-founder of the Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena, director of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and member of The Circle of Huntington Hospital.  She currently serves on the Scripps College Board of Trustees, where she sits on the Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs Committees and co-chairs the Scripps Association of Families and Parent Leadership Council.


“I am honored and pleased to serve as Chair of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Scheidemantle.  “I have experienced first-hand the incredible impact the chorus can make on children’s lives.  It is an exceptional organization with an equally exceptional staff and a deeply committed Board of Directors, with whom I look forward to working closely to advance LACC’s mission and further its national and international reputation.”


An active member of the artistic and educational community in the Los Angeles area since 1990, Scheidemantle formerly held the position of Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College and was a violin instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She was the recipient of the 2008 Studio Teacher of the Year Award conferred by the American String Teachers’ Association.  Scheidemantle was awarded a Ph.D. in Violin Performance from New York University, where she studied with Lawrence Ferrara and the New York Philharmonic’s William Lincer, culminating in the publication of her doctoral dissertation, The Violin Works of Fritz Kreisler.  She earned a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay.  Scheidemantle was a member of Juilliard’s principal ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, working under the baton of Jorge Mester and other world-renowned conductors in such venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.


Danner brings to her post a wide range of professional experience.  She was a member of the LACC Board of Directors prior to her appointment and served as a research fellow at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California while completing her doctorate in educational leadership.  Before returning to education in 2013, Danner practiced law in Chicago and was an associate partner in the global change management consulting practice at Accenture.  She has also served as the managing director of a national non-profit association, a business consultant, a corporate trainer and facilitator, and an executive coach.   Danner began her professional career as a high school English teacher and coach in Southern California.  She holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, a MAT from the USC Rossier School of Education, and a B.A. in English from Yale University.


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and widely recognized for its artistic excellence, performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet and Jacaranda.  LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, shares its artistry around the globe, touring to North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia, Japan and Europe.  Renowned for its exceptional bel canto sound and wide-ranging repertoire, the chorus is the subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and was featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio and Public Radio International, among other credits.


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

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National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn
New York

LL pic by Kava Gorna photo

Lukas Ligeti’s innovative compositional voice is featured in an evening highlighting his work from 1988 to 2016. The evening also points to the lasting and profound influence of the Bauhaus movement on his artistic process. At the same time, it marks the beginning of Ligeti’s curatorial activities at National Sawdust.

The event is the finale of the Hungarian Cultural Center’s Modernity X Hungary — a festival focusing on the legacy of the great artist/designer László Moholy-Nagy — and coincides with the exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this summer.

The acclaimed ensemble Contemporaneous, conducted by David Bloom, soprano Ariadne Greif and marimba virtuoso Ji Hye Jung will perform a program including the world premiere of a quintet for soprano and four musicians, reflecting on Moholy-Nagy’s legacy; a 30-minute tour de force for marimba; and works for chamber orchestra combining European modernism and African polyrhythms with the spirit of an American maverick experimentalist.

For more details or to order tickets, call (646) 779-8455 or visit

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments available from 4 to 7 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble.  Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship.  The audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices.  Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.


Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.


Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.


Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Cuba, Germany, Austria and Italy as well as Alaska and the East Coast; performed with Cuba’s celebrated choir Sine Nomine, the Harvard Glee Club, U.S Army Chorus and University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.  YME has also participated in seminars with counter-tenor David Daniels, tenor Ben Hepner and such choral educators as Dr. Andrew Clark (Harvard University), James Taylor (Yale University), Patrick Gardner (Rutgers University) and Thea Kano (New York City Master Chorale).

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

L.A. Children's Chorus Men's Ensemble

L.A. Children’s Chorus Men’s Ensemble

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Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5pm to 10pm

Bryant Park
40th St at Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10018

Free and open to the public
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Cellist Inbal Segev, known for her “warm, pure and beautiful tone” (Strings Magazine), opens Bryant Park Presents IN/TER\SECT’s Breaking Boundaries, a FREE, five-hour outdoor concert from 5-10pm. Inbal Segev will open with J.S. Bach’s popular Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, followed by Iranian-American Gity Razaz’s Legend of Sigh for cello and electronics, which was written for Segev last year. Segev’s set will be followed by performances by harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kristin Lee, percussionist John Hadfield, the Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, the Kenari Quartet, and the Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet.

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10405362_10203433846185421_6718199439641759198_nThe Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Canadian-born composer-pianist Dana Reason on Wednesday August 17 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

This concert features new works, improvisations, and compositions from her acclaimed CDs. Reason’s music has been described as “largely delicate and contemplative” (Joe Tangari, Downbeat) and her work explores poetic, filmic, and expressive templates that move fluidly between minimalist and maximalist musical tendencies; contemporary classical and improvisatory frameworks; song forms and post-1960s jazz topographies. In 2014, Reason was long-listed for Grammy consideration as an arranger, composer, and pianist. She is part of the faculty of music at Oregon State University.

Reason will be joined by Peter Valsamis (drums) and Jeff Schwartz (bass). Jeff Schwartz is an adept performer of classical, jazz, and experimental music, as well as a member of the library staff and the curator of this concert series. Peter Valsamis is a dynamic drummer, composer, and sound designer, who “exercises supple strength with sticks and […] acts as a crafty coloring agent (Derek Taylor, All About Jazz).

Learn more about the Soundwaves concert series at

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Patrick Zimmerli-55 (Copier)On September 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet, featuring Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini, and John Hollenbeck, will present “Clockworks,” the conclusion of a compositional arc that began 25 years ago with the recording of Shores Against Silence by Zimmerli’s original quartet.

What: Patrick Zimmerli Quartet featuring Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini, and John Hollenbeck
Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC, Train: A/B/C/D/E/F/M West 4th Street
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15. To purchase, contact Le Poisson Rouge at 212.505.3474, or visit

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Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 3-4pm
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, NY 11106


Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum continue their monthly summer concert series with “contemporary music dynamos” (NPR) the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). ACME will perform Philip Glass’ luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk’s only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, which the group recently recorded for Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer Series. ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen will also give the world premiere of ACME member Caleb Burhans’ brand new solo cello piece Anything You Say Is Going To Sound Like Goodbye, written for her. All concerts are free with museum admission.

Information on the Noguchi Museum website

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