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Christian WolffOSTRAVA DAYS IN NEW YORK

Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., Roulette, Brooklyn

CHRISTIAN WOLFF @ 80

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, NYC

S.E.M. Ensemble & Ostravská banda, Petr Kotik, Conductor

OB-Trio and String Noise

Christian Wolff, Philip Glass, Joseph Kubera, Daan Vandewalle, Piano

Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, Saxophone

Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris, Violin

Kamala Sankaram, Jeffrey Gavett, Thomas Buckner, Voice

Special guest: George Lewis

The S.E.M. Ensemble, under the direction of Petr Kotik, presents three concerts celebrating composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday and the Ostrava Days Institute and Festival. Mostly self-taught and working along such figures as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Morton Feldman and Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff made an important mark on the music of our time. Since Ostrava Days’ inception in 2001, Wolff has participated in all but one of the festivals, and some of his most ambitious orchestral works were composed for or performed there. Selected by Artforum as one of the Best of 2013 in Music, Ostrava Days is one of the largest international summer new-music events, combining a three-week institute with a ten-day festival and focusing on music for large ensembles. It includes 35 resident-students from around the world, two resident orchestras, and resident composers and musicians who participate in public performances. Besides Christian Wolff, Ostrava Days 2013 included, among others, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Petr Kotik, Carola Bauckholt, Jon Gibson, Charlemagne Palestine, and Petr Cígler.

SEM x 3 will kick off at Roulette with Ostrava Days in New York, Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., bringing together SEM with Ostrava Days’ resident chamber orchestra Ostravská banda to perform highlights from Ostrava Days. Next to compositions by Christian Wolff and Petr Kotik, the concert will feature two works by Czech composers – the American premieres of Martin Smolka’s Autumn Thoughts and Petr Cígler’s Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne – as well as Mirage for water-based percussion and strings by Ostrava Days 2013 student-resident from Tehran, Idin Samimi Mofakham. The evening will culminate in the performance of one of the most challenging pieces of chamber music ever written, Gyorgy Ligeti’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, performed by OB-Trio (Conrad Harris, violin; Daniel Costello, horn; and Daan Vandewalle, piano).

On Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., the celebration will continue at Bohemian Hall (NYC) with Christian Wolff @ 80 – a concert featuring 37 Haiku, one of Wolff’s major works, dedicated to Thomas Buckner, and large-ensemble works composed for Ostravská banda. These will include Wolff’s Trust (2012), Alex Mincek’s Subito No. 2 (2013), and Petr Kotík’s Nine + 1 (2013) – premiered by the West German Radio in Cologne in 2013 – and Bernhard Lang’s Monadologie XVII (2011), premiered in Ostrava in 2012. With the exception of 37 Haiku, all the pieces on the program will receive their American premiere.

The 7 p.m. concert will be followed by Concert & Party at 9 p.m. (also at Bohemian National Hall), combining informal performances by Ostrava Days participants with a birthday party. The event will offer the unique opportunity to experience such distinct personalities as composers Philip Glass and Christian Wolff, pianists Joseph Kubera and Daan Vandewalle, along with Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, and Petr Kotik, performing their own music side by side. The event will include the world premiere of Wolff’s Trio VI (flutist, 2 percussionists) as well as a 30-minute excerpt of Kotik’s Many Many Women, one of Ostrava Days 2013’s highlights, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble.

For more details about the three concert, visit: www.semensemble.org

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QAUnisphereThe Quintet of the Americas will present A Celebration of the Tango on Saturday, March 29 – 1:30 PM at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, Queens.

Quintet of the Americas, the woodwind quintet widely-known for its performances of music from Latin America, will be joined by world-renowned guest artist, pianist Pablo Zinger.

Music will include works by Astor Piazzolla, Mariano Mores, Osmar Maderna, Ernesto Nazareth, and Paquito D’Rivera. Tango in Red, a special work for woodwind quintet, piano, and bass by Uruguayan composer Luis Pasquet will be featured.

The March 29 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-230-5189 or visit http://www.quintet.org/concerts.html.

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Photo by Brandon Emerick

May 9, 2014, 8:00-9:00 PM

Turtle Bay Music School
244 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 map
212-753-8811
Free to the public

Things I Wonder: Chris Parrello, Karlie Bruce, Jordan Scannella, Aaron Steele, Aaron Arntz, and Skye Steele

Exploring the Metropolis and Turtle Bay Music School present Chris Parrello performing with his group, Things I Wonder, in this, the culminating program of his EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency.

“… an exciting example of how fresh and fine the state of contemporary jazz is, how musicians are expanding this still young music into new territory while maintaining its core values… A beguiling, fascinating recording and a stunning debut.” – thebigcityblog

Listen to Things I Wonder perform Parrello’s “Broken Windows.”

New York based guitarist and composer Chris Parrello has performed across varied genres at world renowned venues from The Blue Note, to the Mercury Lounge, to Carnegie Hall. He is a winner of the Marc Brunswick Award for Composition and has been commissioned to compose for The Museum of Modern Art. Chris has been so fortunate to collaborate on his music with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kneebody, Grizzly Bear, M83, Robert Glasper Experiment, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Polyphonic Spree.His original group, Things I Wonder, released their self-titled debut in 2011, and sophomore EP in 2012, to critical praise, enjoying a feature on NPR and a Jazz Journalist Award nomination.

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HalSQuiet512Pianist Haskell Small will perform his The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence and other works on Friday, March 28 – 8:00 PM at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street in Manhattan, as part of his Journeys in Silence concert tour.

For the second concert in this series, 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) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1497. 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 http://www.haskellsmall.com/journeys-in-silence.

Tickets are $20/$15 students and seniors – available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576067 or at the door. For more information, call 212-787-2755 or visit http://www.csschurch.org/events/concert-events/haskell-small-pianistcomposer-series-2-the-rothko-room-journeys-in-silence/

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The American Youth Symphony (AYS), led by Music Director Alexander Treger and noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, celebrates its legacy of training exceptional musicians over the past 49 years, with “The Alumni Project,” honoring the orchestra’s numerous illustrious “graduates” on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert, which concludes the season, features the orchestra’s 106 current members and a host of alumni, including acclaimed former concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, performing Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, one of his largest operatic works, which is scored for 125 players and depicts the spectacular climb up an Alpine mountain from twilight to dusk. Treger also conducts Debussy’s tone-poem An Afternoon of a Faun, Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25, and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28.

Armstrong, hailed as “gifted” and “blazing” (Chicago Tribune), is a California native and recent graduate of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. He trained with the American Youth Symphony from 2008 to 2011 while studying at the Colburn Conservatory and won Fourth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He continues his ascent to international fame sharing his many talents in tango, bluegrass and classical music performances around the world.

““It is an honor to have Nigel and so many other estemmed American Youth Symphony alumni join the orchestra for this special concert,” says Treger. “It provides a great mentorship opportunity for our current players to have the opportunity to share their stands with these top professionals.”

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

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Composers Concordance at 92Y

– Eclectic Bands / Eclectic Dance –

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Composers Concordance at 92Y

– Eclectic Bands / Eclectic Dance –

Saturday, March 29th at 8pm

$15 buy tickets

92nd St Y

1395 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10128 

(212) 415-5500

http://www.92y.org/Event/Composers-Concordance.aspx

“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. On Saturday, March 29th at 8pm, Composers Concordance and 92Y will present the program ‘Eclectic Bands / Eclectic Dance.’ This festive, multimedia event will explore the fusion of contemporary music and modern dance through the interpolation of contrasting elements, disciplines, styles, and aesthetics.

 

Pasted GraphicBruka Band, featuring Roger Bonair-Agard, Lauri Galbreath, Arielle Harp, Carmen Kordas, and Milica Paranosic, will perform a selection from Milica Paranosic’s multimedia composition ‘Goddess Chronicles.’ Erbium, featuring Dan Cooper, Daniel Palkowski, Cesare Papetti, will perform Cooper’s original compositions, plus contemporary arrangements of Liszt, Prokofiev, and Satie. Sound Liberation, featuring Greg Baker, Charles Coleman, David Gotay, Franz Hackl, Paul Mack, and Gene Pritsker, will perform Pritsker’s original compositions, including ‘The Rite of Spring Through an Eclectic Spectrum’ as well as selections from the band’s new album ‘Days‘ on the CCR label. Additionally, accordionist William Schimmel will perform his composition ‘Malecuona II,’ and violinist Lara St. John will perform Milica Paranosic’s composition ‘Čoček.’ Dancer-choreographers will include Julie Fotheringham and Max Pollak, among others.

 

Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic co-curate the programs, and lead CCE, the ensemble-in-residence at William Paterson University. Venues in recent seasons have included Bohemian National Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Cutting Room, Dimenna Center, Drom NYC, Gallery MC, LPR, Miller Theater, the Museum of Natural History, and Weill Recital Hall, among many others. Composers Concordance was founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see 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.

 

PRESS: for more information, please contact:

Composers Concordance

(646) 522-9442

info@composersconcordance.com

http://www.composersconcordance.com

http://composersconcordance.wix.com/2013-14season#!concerts/cjg9

http://composersconcordance.wix.com/ccensemble

http://www.composersconcordancerecords.com

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

92Y is located at 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128.

 

By Subway: By Subway: Take the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 or 6 train to 86th Street. 92Y is located five blocks north on Lexington Avenue. The 6 train also stops at 96th Street. 92Y is located four blocks south on Lexington Avenue.

 

By Bus: The M101, M102 and M103 buses run north on Third Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue. The M1, M2, M3, M4 and X90 buses run north on Madison Avenue. From the West Side, take the M86 or M96 across to Lexington Avenue.

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JShatinC'villePerformancesJudith Shatin’s To Keep the Dark Away for solo piano will be performed by Seung-Hye Kim on Monday, March 24 – 8:00 PM at Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The concert is presented by the UVA McIntire Department of Music.

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 http://judithshatin.com/to-keep-the-dark-away/.

Seung-Hye Kim will also present works by other UVA composers – Jon Bellona. Kevin Davis, Erik DeLuca, Ryan Maguire, Maxwell Tfirn, Paul Turowski, Kristina Warren and Seung-Hye Kim. More about the composers and the pianist at https://music.virginia.edu/node/2388.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the McIntire Department of Music at 434-924-3052 or visit https://music.virginia.edu/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, 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 http://www.judithshatin.com.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00pm
St. Matthew & St. Timothy
26 West 84th St, NYC 10024 (between CPW & Columbus)
$10 donation at the door. FREE admission with student I.D.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00pm
Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
$20 /$18 members

Gilda Lyons, voice | Daron Hagen, piano

PROGRAM
Ballad of the Bombardier (1946) – Marc Blitzstein
Nickel Under the Foot (1937) – Marc Blitzstein
Ne Me Quitte Pas (1959) – Jacques Brel
La Flor de la Canela (1953) – Chabuca Granda
The Waking Father (1990) – Daron Hagen
A Suite of Appearances (2002) – Daron Hagen
Breaking (1999) – Jennifer Higdon
Morning Opens (1997) – Jennifer Higdon
Hold On (2012) – Gilda Lyons
Seven Times (2002) – Gilda Lyons
XII (2014)*+ – David Macbride
For Poulenc (1963) – Ned Rorem
Thoughts of a Young Girl (1979) – Ned Rorem
Losing My Mind (1971)- Stephen Sondheim
The Marriage (2008) – Ken Steen
Pirate Jenny (1928) – Kurt Weill
Sevdalino, my little one (1987) – Judith Weir
The song of a girl ravished away by fairies in South Uist (1987) – Judith Weir
* world premiere + commissioned by The Phoenix Concerts

About Gilda Lyons:
Gilda Lyons (www.gildalyons.com), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes her “Nahuatl Hymn to the All-Mother” (Clarion CLCD-936), commissioned by The Milwaukee Choral Artists, as “hair-raising, yet elegant [with] slides, dips, yips and yelps amid ceremonial intensity.” Recent premieres in Beijing, Tokyo, Seattle, New York, and Pittsburgh include “walk, run, fly” (voice / pre-recorded sound; The Flea, NYC), “Lady Beetle” (koto solo; Yumi Kurosawa, Toriphony Hall, Tokyo), “Moonlight Suite” (chamber opera; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh), “Coney Run” (voice/piano/pre-recorded sound; Two Sides Sounding, NYC), “Hold On” (voice / piano; Adrienne Danrich, Thomas Bagwell; AIDS Quilt Song Book at Twenty), “La Novia de Tola” (piano trio; Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing; Finisterra Trio, Seattle; Entelechron, NYC) and “Invocations” (voice/shakuhachi; Kyo-Shin-An Arts, NYC). Currently writing a mainstage opera for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh with a libretto by Tammy Ryan, she is also completing large-scale commissions for Mirror Visions Ensemble and IonSound. Composer-in-Residencies include Vermont’s New Music on the Point (2013); Seasons Music Festival in Washington State (2009-2012); and Hartford Women Composers Festival (2011). An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen’s “Shining Brow” (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes “Gilda Lyons’s clear soprano compels admiration.” Dr. Lyons teaches composition at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer and Burning Sled.

About Daron Hagen:
Daron Hagen (www.daronhagen.com) is one of America’s most prominent, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally. Mr. Hagen’s activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, JoAnn Falletta, Gary Graffman, Nathan Gunn, Jaime Laredo, David Alan Miller, Sharon Robinson, Gerard Schwarz, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert Spano, among others. His work has been widely commissioned and performed by most of North America’s major musical institutions, and numerous institutions abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Curtis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Swan (UK), Seattle Opera, Opera Theater of Ireland, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Royal Albert Hall. Mr. Hagen has served frequently as conductor and collaborative pianist for recordings of his works. His music can be heard on the Albany, Arsis, Bridge, Clarion, GPR, Klavier, Naxos, and New World/CRI labels, among others. In 2012, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also received the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, two Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, and the Seattle Opera Chairman’s Award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, he has taught at Bard College, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Princeton Atelier, and fulfilled numerous composer-in-residencies around the U.S. He is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, former President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and a Trustee of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera.

About The Phoenix Concerts:
Since 2005, THE PHOENIX CONCERTS, New York’s “plucky Upper West Side new-music series” (The New Yorker), has commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and thirty contemporary composers’ works on nearly fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle. Thousands of additional listeners have been reached through streaming videos, visuals, and program notes on its comprehensive website (www.thephoenixconcerts.org) as well as rebroadcasts on WUOL 90.5 FM, Louisville, Kentucky’s Fine Arts Station. THE PHOENIX CONCERTS’ unwavering commitment to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. Catered post-concert receptions offer an informal setting where audiences interact with performers and composers. Building from a core season of four concerts presented at Manhattan’s Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy, the calendar includes collaborative events hosted in partnership with: American Opera Projects; Beijing New Music Ensemble; Chamber Music America; Hudson Opera House; Kyo-Shin-An Arts;Lotte Lehmann Foundation; Beth Morrison Projects; Salon Harlem; Seasons Music Festival; “Composers Now” Festival at Symphony Space; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and the Corporation of Yaddo.

Drawing from its core group of musicians — The Phoenix Players — the series’ widely-varied concert events have established a strong basis for its continuing mission: To offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range; to commission new works by emerging and established composers; and to remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.

For more information about The Phoenix Concerts please visit: www.thephoenixconcerts.org, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Phoenix-Concerts/74803400447?ref=hl, or on Twitter: @PhoenixNewYork

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Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), heralded around the globe for its exceptional artistry and wide ranging repertoire, showcases “Minimalist Masterworks,” featuring works by celebrated American composers Steve Reich and David Lang, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert opens with Pérotin’s Sederunt principes featuring tenor soloists Pablo Corá, Michael Lichtenauer and Shawn Kirchner. The Chorale then reprises Reich’s You Are (Variations), commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Chorale in 2004 (Nonesuch), and Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, of which LAMC presented an extended choral version last season hailed as “a performance to remember” (Outwest Arts). ListenUp!, a pre-concert talk with Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman, is slated for 6 pm, in BP Hall. The concert is part of the second installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s citywide, multi-disciplinary Minimalist Jukebox Festival, curated by composer John Adams.

Critics across the country have lauded the little match girl passion, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story with additional text borrowed from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, as one of the most original choral compositions of the new century since its riveting premiere in Carnegie Hall. The Los Angeles Times described the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece as a “missive from heaven…a stunner” and credits Lang with finding “a radiantly hip spiritual core to a maudlin story that stubbornly refuses to go out of fashion.” The New York Times proclaims, “With this work – one of the most moving and original scores of recent years – Lang has solidified his standing as an American master.” The Washington Post declares, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so moved…(it) is unlike any music I know.”

Reich’s four-movement You Are (Variations), considered by the composer as one of his most important works, is written for 18 amplified voices, and an amplified instrumental ensemble. In addition, there are four virtuoso piano parts for which the Chorale has tapped noted pianists Gloria Cheng, Lisa Edwards, Bryan Pezzone and Vicki Ray, who also performed on the Chorale’s recording. Enthused the Los Angeles Times of the premiere, “Grant Gershon conducted a fearless performance…full of elation.” The LA Weekly called it “splendid…gleaming…fresh.” The text of You Are (Variations), written in both English and Hebrew, is drawn from the Talmud, the Psalms, and the writings of philosopher Paul Wittgenstein. Additionally, the title itself and the text of the first movement are taken from the phrase “you are wherever your thoughts are,” written by the 18th Century Jewish mystic Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Tickets range from $29 – $119. 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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Capital City Symphony

Steven R. Gerber’s Two Lyric Pieces will be performed by the Capital City Symphony, Victoria Grau, Artistic Director and Conductor on Sunday, March 23 – 5:00 PM at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE in Washington, D. C.

The composer writes, “Two Lyrics Pieces for violin and string orchestra were written for violinist Elena Urioste and dedicated to conductor Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Orchestra…The Two Lyrics – and I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious, since I revere Beethoven above all other composers and don’t remotely put myself in the same league as him – relate to my Violin Concerto in much the same way that Beethoven’s Two Romances relate to his Violin Concerto…In retrospect I might well have titled the work “Two Romances.”

Violin soloist will be Robert Spates. Other works on the program are Scott Pender’s Solemn Overture, Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic.”

Tickets are $25, children under 16 free. For tickets or more information, call the Atlas Box Office at 202-399-7993 or visit http://www.capitalcitysymphony.org/ccs-american-musicfest-pt-i. The event also includes a post-concert Q&A with composers Scott Pender and Steven Gerber.

Visit Steven Gerber at http://www.stevengerber.com.

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