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Judith Shatin’s Fantasy on St. Cecilia for solo piano will be performed by Jerome A. Reed (seen at left) on Thursday, November 13 – 8:00 PM at Ward Hall on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, on Monday, November 17 – 8:00 PM at Reynolds Recital Hall of Harding University in Searcy, AR and on Thursday, November 20 – 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.

The composer writes, “Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a solo adaptation of my piano concerto The Passion of St. Cecilia; it was commissioned by and is dedicated to pianist Gayle Martin Henry. St. Cecilia, long revered as the patron saint of music, has been the subjected of numerous works of art in many media…I found her story compelling, as was the idea of musically representing a woman’s martyrdom. Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a three-movement piece. The first, Her Struggle, depicts the antagonism between the larger community and the individual. The second, Her Passion, symbolizes her spiritual journey. The music has the chorale from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion tucked inside it and spread out in ways that some listeners may recognize. The third, Her Martyrdom, depicts Cecilia’s final struggle, her bodily end but her spiritual triumph.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/fantasy-on-st-cecilia-2/.

Other composers on these programs include Victoria Bond, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Lipscomb graduate N. Lincoln Hanks. Visit Jerome Reed at http://www.lipscomb.edu/music/dr-jerome-reed.

More about the November 13 concert at http://www.lipscomb.edu/news/event/detail/5131, info about the November 17 concert at http://www.harding.edu/ and more about November 20 at http://www.acu.edu/events/index.html,

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s 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 http://www.judithshatin.com.

 

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C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present 1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir, the first concerts of its By the Numbers 2014-15 New York season on Thursday, November 13 at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in Brooklyn and Saturday, November 15 at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir will feature performances of Lisa Bielawa’s Lamentations for a City, selections from Christopher Marshall’s Tihei, Mauri Ora!, Bettina Sheppard’s The Day the Saucers Came (on text of Neil Gaiman), Andrea Clearfield’s Shar Ki Ri from Tse Go La Cantata, and World Premieres by C4 composers: Timothy Brown’s Take Me Bach, Bill Heigen’s Bubbles and Lisa Whitson Burns’ Spectrum.

Guest instrumentalists will be Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Karen Birch Blundell, English Horn and Jonathan Singer, vibraphone.

Tickets for the November 13 and 15 concerts are $20 in advance, $25 day of performance, with 10 $4 “Rush” admissions 30 minutes advance at the door. A reception will follow the Saturday evening performance. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.c4ensemble.org/november-2014-concerts.html. Three-Concert Subscription $52.50, available through November 15 at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4266. For more concert information, call 516-586-3433 or email jamesarts@att.net.

All C4 concerts are ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

C4 has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. Their first CD release, Volume 1: Uncaged (http://www.c4ensemble.org/c4-uncaged-release.html), is on the 4Tay label. Visit them at http://www.c4ensemble.org/. Join their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/C4-The-Choral-ComposerConductor-Collective/19242567121.

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Terry Knowles

Terry Knowles


Highly regarded and beloved arts luminary Terry Knowles, longtime President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) who has led the organization since 2000 through the most phenomenal growth period in its 50-year history, has announced that she will step down from her current post at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. LAMC Chairman David Gindler announced that in recognition of Knowles’ superlative contributions to the chorus and the choral arts during her extraordinary 15-year tenure, the Chorale will honor her at its annual gala, whose Honorary Chair on this occasion is composer John Adams, on March 1, 2015, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Knowles is stepping down to resume a consulting career, assisting non-profit organizations to reach their goals through good governance, strategic planning, effective resource development and mediation. According to Gindler, the Chorale has engaged Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of executive search and other services for the arts and culture industry, to conduct the national search for her replacement.

“Under Terry’s exceptional and visionary leadership, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s preeminent professional choirs, enjoying unsurpassed artistic expansion, remarkable fiscal growth, robust community partnerships and a stellar international reputation,” states Gindler. “We are extremely grateful to her for the incredible impact she has had on the Chorale as well as on the City of Los Angeles and the choral community at large. There is no stronger advocate for choral music than Terry, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale has benefited beyond measure from her unwavering support, shrewd management and deeply felt passion. Through her work, she has touched the lives of so many people, and her legacy will endure long after she steps down.”

Knowles made a strategic decision to undertake a transition at this time to coincide with the beginning of a new era for the Chorale with the recently announced five-year extension of Artistic Director Grant Gershon’s contract through the 2019-2020 season. ”The opportunity to partner with Grant in this remarkable journey has been the greatest gift of my professional life,” says Knowles. “Like so many other people, I have learned a great deal from him, and through his artistry and vision have enjoyed some of the most extraordinary musical experiences one could imagine. At this critical moment in the organization’s evolution, it will benefit from a new leader who brings a fresh mindset and creativity as the Chorale launches its second half-century.”

“Terry Knowles is one of the true behind-the-scenes heroes in the performing arts today,” says Gershon. “I certainly don’t know of a better, more happy and productive relationship between an Artistic Director and the President of a performing arts organization than that which I’ve enjoyed with Terry. She is one of the wisest people that I know, and under her inspired leadership the LA Master Chorale has experienced tremendous and sustained growth in every area. Terry cares deeply about the music and about our artists, and she has earned the admiration of all who have been touched by this organization.”

During her remarkable tenure with the Chorale, Knowles helped facilitate the choir’s transition to Walt Disney Concert Hall, has increased the Chorale’s operating budget by more than 80% to $5.4 million, in part during one of the worst economic periods in modern times, expanded its season and institutional profile significantly and has worked closely with Artistic Director Grant Gershon, who was appointed Music Director Designate just a few days after Knowles, to help him realize his artistic vision for the past 15 seasons. She has also overseen ambitious commissioning projects and a long-term strategic plan, tours to Europe, New York and the Midwest, the release of six commercial CDs, a recording partnership with Decca Classics, the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading Southland music organizations, and the launch of the “Voices Within” education outreach program, inspiring the next generation of composers, singers and music lovers. Under Knowles’ management, the Chorale has twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award. She served on the Chorus America Board of Directors from 1990-1996. In 2014, both the City Club of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus honored Knowles for her outstanding leadership in the arts community.

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Belting out the Hallelujah chorus has become an exhilarating and joyous holiday tradition, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s (LAMC) famed “Messiah Sing-Along,” conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, continues to reign supreme as the ultimate must-do for sing-along fans on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all abilities – even those with no singing experience – are welcome to the Chorale’s 34th Annual Sing-Along, in which the 2,100-member audience becomes the choir. The performance features a professional orchestra and quartet of professional soloists from the Chorale, including Holly Sedillos, soprano; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Ben Cortez, tenor; and David Castillo, baritone. Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door.

“The Messiah Sing-Along is one of the highlights of the holiday,” says Gershon, “You can’t help but feel the spirit of the season when you’re literally surrounded by 2,100 people joined together in song.”

Reflecting the global popularity of Handel’s Messiah, LAMC Founding Music Director Roger Wagner brought the tradition to Los Angeles in 1980 after learning of the success of the “Do-It-Yourself Messiah” in Chicago. During its 50 year history, the Chorale has presented the Baroque masterpiece a record 79 times since its inception in 1964, with 58 of those performances sung by the community at large as part of the Chorale’s famed Messiah Sing-Along, which FOX-TV calls “the best around” and KABC-TV describes as “comforting and uplifting.”

Tickets range from $29 – $99. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
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JShatinPhoto3Judith Shatin’s Grito del Corazon for cello and electronics will be performed by Till by Turning on Saturday, November 8 – 7:00 PM at the Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria.

The composer writes about the piece, “Grito del Corazon was inspired by Goya’s “Black Paintings.” Their haunting, stark quality was deeply compelling to both myself and artist Kathy Aoki. When the Ensemble Barcelona Nuova Musica wanted to commission a work for their Painting Music program, premiered on November 20, 2001 at the VIII Festival de CinemaIndependent de Alternativa 2001, I immediately recalled my intense response to Goya’s paintings in the Prado, and suggested this theme.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/grito-del-corazon/.

Till by Turning is Amy Cimini, Erica Dicker, Emily Manzo, and Katherine Young, four performers who work as composers, educators, scholars, songwriters, and improvisers. Till by Turning performs new chamber music by established and emerging artists, including original compositions, songs, and arrangements written by the ensemble members. Visit them at http://www.tillbyturning.com/.

More about the Unlimited Festival at http://www.waschaecht.at/music_unlimited.html.

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s 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 http://www.judithshatin.com.

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JShatinPhoto2Judith Shatin’s For the Fallen, for trumpet and electronics will be performed by Christopher Buchanan on Friday, November 7 – 8:00 PM as part of his Found Sound TechnoSonics XV concert at Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The composer writes, “For the Fallen, for trumpet and electronics, was commissioned by Ivano Ascari, to whom it is dedicated. After discussing the project with him, I decided to make my inspiration from, and create electronics from, recordings of the Maria Dolens Bell, also known as the Bell of Peace, located in Rovereto, Italy. Originally fabricated from the bronze of melted canons from WWI, donated by countries involved in the war, it is one of the largest ringing bells in the world. Built between 1918 and 1925 to commemorate the fallen in all wars, and recast twice since then, it is rung every day in the memory of the fallen, and in hopes of peace. The original recordings were kindly provided by engineer Marco Olivotto.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/for-the-fallen/.

Other composers on this program include Annie Gosfield. For more about the free November 7 event, visit http://music.virginia.edu/node/2424.

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s 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 http://www.judithshatin.com.

 

 

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New York-based composer Gerald Cohen (www.GeraldCohenMusic.com) is set to release a new CD of music – SEA OF REEDS – on the Navona Label on November 11th, 2014. The four pieces on this recording reflect Cohen’s affinity for the clarinet, featuring the instrument in various trio settings. The album will be released in both physical and digital formats and will be available for purchase at ClassicsOnline, iTunes, Amazon, and other online music distributors.

CD release concert will be at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, New York, NY, Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Advance tickets are $15; day-of $20. The performance will feature the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets, and Alexandra Joan, piano) as well as violinist Jennifer Choi and violist Maria Lambros.

Cohen, whose music is noted for its dramatic and lyrical qualities, aims with SEA OF REEDS to explore the multifaceted clarinet through the lens of his classical, Jewish, and jazz influences. The composer writes: “I love the clarinet for its wide variety of character and dynamics, and its ability to either blend beautifully with other instruments or to stand out in a crowd.”

Variously Blue is a vibrant group of variations on a twelve-bar blues pattern, highlighting an interplay between jazz and concert music; the title collection Sea of Reeds arranges five of Cohen’s Jewish vocal works, turning them into virtuosic clarinet showpieces. Yedid Nefesh, based on a delicate Sephardic song, explores both meditative and exuberant aspects of that melody, while the wide-ranging variations of Grneta Variations take advantage of the wonderful virtuosity and unique musical personalities of the three musicians of the Grneta Ensemble.

As with the CD release concert, the recording features the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets, and Alexandra Joan, piano) with violinist Jennifer Choi and violist Maria Lambros.


 

Works on this recording (all composed by Gerald Cohen) are:

Variously Blue, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Sea of Reeds, for two clarinets and piano
Yedid Nefesh, for two clarinet, viola, and piano
Grneta Variations, for two clarinets and piano

Total Running Time: 70 minutes


About Gerald Cohen

Composer Gerald Cohen (Yonkers, NY), has been praised for his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift,” creating compositions with “a strong sense of tradition — one that embraces Brahms, Bartok and Britten on one hand and his own Jewish heritage on the other” (Gramophone Magazine). His deeply affecting compositions have been recognized with numerous awards and critical accolades. According to Gramophone, an earlier CD of his compositions, Generations, “reveals a very personal modernism that…offers great emotional rewards.”

His opera, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true concentration camp love story, had its semi- staged premiere in 2013. Lucid Culture’s review noted the effectiveness of Cohen’s “…mesmerizingly hypnotic, intricately contrapuntal” music, with moments of “…Bernard Herrmann-esque, shivery terror…”. Cohen’s operas Sarah and Hagar, based on the story from the book of Genesis, and Seed, a one-act opera about love and choices for a post-apocalyptic couple, have been performed in concert form.

Cohen’s best-known work, his “shimmering setting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) of Adonai Ro’i (Psalm 23), has received thousands of performances from synagogues and churches to Carnegie Hall and the Vatican. A cantor at Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, NY, Cohen’s experience as a singer informs his dramatic, lyrical compositions. He also serves on the faculties of both the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

Recognition of Cohen’s body of work includes the Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award, Aaron Copland Award, Westchester Prize for New Work, American Composers Forum Faith Partners residency, and Cantors Assembly’s Max Wohlberg Award for distinguished achievement in the field of Jewish composition. Cohen received the Yale University’s Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the creative arts, and has been awarded commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Westchester Arts Council. Throughout his career, he has been selected for residencies including those at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and American Lyric Theater.

Cohen’s music has been commissioned by chamber ensembles including the Cassatt String Quartet, Verdehr Trio, Franciscan String Quartet, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Grneta Ensemble, Wave Hill Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintet; by choruses including the New York Virtuoso Singers, Canticum Novum Singers, Syracuse Children’s Chorus, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Usdan Center Chorus; and by the Cantors Assembly of America and Westchester Youth Symphony. Cohen’s music has been performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, New York Concert Singers, Princeton Pro Musica, and many other ensembles and soloists.

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Encompass New Opera Theatre presents the New York Premiere of Richard Pearson Thomas’ new comic opera A Wake or a Wedding, November 6-16, 8:00 each evening with Sunday matinees at 3:00, at the Rose Nagelberg Theater of Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

The opera, with music and libretto by Thomas, will be performed by an ensemble of eight singers, featuring Joy Hermalyn, and including Marie Anello, Alison Davy,  Eapen Leubner, Scott Lindroth, Caroline Bassett Miller, Lindsay Rider and Adrian Rosas.

The chamber orchestra, Ionization New Music Group, will be conducted by Encompass Music Director Mara Waldman.  Director is Nancy Rhodes.

A Wake or a Wedding runs 90 minutes and is performed in English.   Following the performances, audiences are invited to a Meet and Greet, where they can chat with the artists and enjoy a piece of wedding cake and other refreshments, in celebration of the Company’s new home at BPAC.

The following plot synopsis has been provided by Encompass, “A Wake or a Wedding takes viewers to 1898 Montana, where ruthless, unloveable copper king Pierpont Mackerel Davenport, has dropped dead on the eve of his daughter Velena-Sue’s wedding, a matter of great inconvenience to her.  “Selfish to the end,” she snorts.  The already topsy-turvy household is shaken up by the arrival of Marcella Sorella, opera diva extraordinaire, and her cohort Raimondo Vecchiofaraone, who could be from Cairo Egypt or Cairo Illinois – hard to tell!   Other characters are the groom Jack Highstraw, a lepidopterist; the butler Smelt; housekeeper Miss O’Dell; Pierpont’s mad as a hatter widow Deirdre; and seamstress Ambrosia. Surprise relationships are revealed, the tables are turned, and all characters reveal their surprisingly true identities.”

Tickets are $20 to $60, available from Ovation tickets at 866-811-4111 or www.encompassopera.org or at the Baruch box office, 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

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The Boston New Music Initiative will perform Voci et Veritas on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 8:00 pm at Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Five guest artists will join BNMI’s core chamber ensemble and conductor Patrick Valentino to perform seven works by living composers.

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The Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will present Music Born of Adversity, a concert on Friday, November 7 – 7:30 PM at the Anna Ciccone Theatre of Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus, New Jersey. This is part of the Curtain Up series.

The Virtuosi will perform the World Premiere of Adrienne Albert’s Dog Tales, which they commissioned. The composer writes, “Each movement of “Dog Tales” has a story. The first movement, “Three Dog Night” refers to my dog-sitting for neighbors who have two dogs and go away frequently on long trips…The second movement, “The Artful Dodger” is a tone poem to my dear dog who “artfully” managed to “dodge” the traffic and possible horrible outcomes on his journey (having recently gotten lost and found his way home through remarkable circumstances)… The last movement, “Mutt & Steff”, is a short and, I think, humorous homage to a chihuahua (think small dog=piccolo) and a great dane (bass clarinet) who try to figure out how to get along and live together…It is with pleasure that I composed this work for Palisades Virtuosi, three outstanding and gifted musicians whose commitment to commissioning new works for their unusual ensemble is extraordinary. “

PV, Visiting Artists at Bergen Community College, will also perform Debussy’s Syrinx, Michelle Ekisian’s Lullaby from Gorky, Marin Marais’ L’Operation de la Taille, Puccini’s selections from Madam Butterfly, Schumann’s Fantasiestucke, Scriabin’s Prelude for the Left Hand and Raymond Wojcik’s Between Worlds, commissioned by the Virtuosi in 2010.

Tickets are general admission $35, BCC Faculty/Seniors $20 and BCC Students $10, available by calling 201-447-7428 or visiting http://tickets.bergen.edu/. For directions to the theater please click on
http://www.bergen.edu/about-us/locations/paramus.

Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five of PV’s New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.

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