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sc03_shot01_InsideTheTorusA_1025-1500x200In this mesmerizing world premiere, the artist CLIFFORD ROSS teams up with NYC-based chamber ensemble ORCHESTRA OF ST LUKE’S to bring us a massive, site-specific, multi-screen installation with a varied and transportive suite of live music to Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 30. Ross, whose work evokes “profound vitality and pleasure,” (Art in America) has gained notoriety for his ambitious, large-scale endeavors and technological innovations. While developing the piece Harmonium Mountain, he worked with animators to enhance a single high resolution photograph of a landscape with 3D computer-generated elements.

St. Luke’s is an ensemble marked by “roving curiosity” and “stylistic flexibility,” (NY Times) and a linchpin of the New York chamber music scene. Equally at home interpreting newly commissioned works and the central European canon, they are fast-rising musical omnivores with a knack for unconventional programming. To accompany Harmonium Mountain, Ross and St. Luke’s have devised a program featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Steve Reich, John Adams, Bryce Dessner, and Wojciech Kilar, including excerpts from Vivaldi’s celebrated “The Four Seasons” and Adams’ “Shaker Loops.”

The evening will feature ALAN PIERSON, Conductor; ABIGAIL FISCHER, Mezzo-Soprano; and KRISTA BENNION FENNEY, Violin.

To begin the evening, cellist JEFFREY ZEIGLER of the Kronos Quartet teams up with percussionist ANDY AKIHO and poet ROGER BONAIR-AGARD for a program of Philip Glass, John Zorn, and Paola Prestini.


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On Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm, Mexican born pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will host a CD Release Party for his first solo album “Among Songs and Dances” in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 East 59th Street, New York (Directions and Map). “Among Songs and Dances” includes music from Bach to Zyman creating a beautiful journey through original and arranged songs and dances for the piano. Works include those by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro.

The event features a performance by Mr. Horcasitas followed by a conversation with producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, composer Samuel Zyman of The Juilliard School, and Caterina Toscano of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as a CD signing conclude the party.

This CD project is Mr. Horcasitas’s first studio recording. Having performed in many places around the world for the last 15 years, Mr. Horcasitas felt inspired to create a professional CD with some of his favorite pieces in his repertoire.

The eight pieces Mr. Horcasitas selected for recording all relate in some way to “song” or “dance”- hence, the title of the CD.  From Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chacone in D minor for solo violin to Heitor Villa-lobos “Festa no sertao” from his Ciclo Brasileiro, featuring the batuca rhythm, this album will portray the way composers from different countries have interpreted these two styles.

In addition to producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, Mr. Horcasitas also collaborated with noted audio engineer Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio. The recording itself was made possible by the support of 83 backers of a Kickstarter campaign.

A portion of the CD sales will benefit Lighthouse International, a beacon of hope for the visually challenged, and where Mr. Horcasitas is a faculty member at the  Lighthouse’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (the only community music school in the country for those visually impaired). Mr. Horcasitas recently served as the pianist for the School’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (see the New York Times review). A resident of New York, Mr. Horcasitas received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova. He has an active career as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist.

The March 9th CD Release event is made possible with the support of Lighthouse Guild and the Mexican Consulate General in New York.


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The New Public York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is pleased to present American-Armenian award winning pianist Sofya Melikyan in a solo concert titled “Fantasies” on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (map and directions). The concert, which represents the American debut of Ms. Melikyan’s Fantasies program, is free and open to the public.


Featuring some of the most inspired pages of the Fantasy and reflecting the different esthetics of this genre starting with the 18th century and through the present day, the concert program includes works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Corigliano, and Liszt. The term “Fantasy” was first used in the 16th century to describe an instrumental piece that was improvisatory and spontaneous in character, free of any formal rules or restrictions. This musical journey invites listeners to dive into a universe full of colors and mystery, and in turn, to explore the fascinating world of dreams and the imagination.

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

…”The Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan literally abducted her audience into the land of fantasy… She offered a fascinating panorama of different approaches – baroque, classic, romantic – to the genre of the fantasy, which in its quality and in the pervasion of the compositions would have been worthy of her home town New York”… Frederik Wittenberg in Westfälische Nachrichten  (Germany)


Ms. Melikyan possesses this transcendental force to take the listener to her world of deep poetic intuition and her homeland is the source of the wideness and the depth of her artistic work: she grew up in Armenia, a country characterized by a strong relationship to nature, to the mystical, surrounded by mountains, which lead for centuries the way to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Now a resident of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano, École Normale de Musique de Paris with Ramzi Yassa and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan. Ms. Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.  More information is available here.

The full concert program follows:

Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Fantasy in f sharp minor H300


Johannes Brahms (1836-1897)

Fantasien Op.116

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Fantasy in g minor Op. 77

John Corigliano (1938- )


For the left hand


Fifths to thirds




Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata S 161,

de Anées de Pèlegrinage.

Deuxième année: Italia



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Kaufman Music Center’s “alt-classical” youth ensemble Face the Music will perform at Museum of Jewish Heritage on Sunday, June 2, 2:30 pm. The program includes works by Gordon, Becker, Reich & Crowell.


The only student ensemble in New York City dedicated to performing music by living classical composers, Face the Music has been praised by the New York Times for its “stunning performances” of music by contemporary composers and hailed by critics as “polished, exuberant” (New York Times) and one of “New York’s favorite contemporary-classical ensembles” (Time Out New York). Since its founding in 2005, the ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”


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The Yale Percussion Group, hailed as “truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich, brings high-energy works by Reich and David Lang to the Galapagos stage.

The dynamic ensemble will present the so-called laws of nature, a monumentally virtuosic percussion quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Written for So Percussion in 2002, this piece explores explore the limits of the scientific method through varied forms of fractured repetition, and features instruments built by the percussionists specifically for the piece. These instruments range from tuned metal pipes and planks of wood to teacups and flowerpots. Fresh from their performance of Steve Reich’s Sextet in Zankel Hall last December, the ensemble will also perform Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, a polyrhythmic tour-de-force of sound.

Founded in 1997 by Robert van Sice, the Yale Percussion Group is composed of talented and dedicated young artists who have come from around the world for graduate study at the Yale School of Music. The YPG earned acclaim for its performances at Make Music New York’s Xenakis festival in Central Park last summer and two appearances last year in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Members of the YPG have gone on to form the acclaimed quartet So Percussion and to perform with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two, the Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Yale percussion students and graduates have recently won the Linz International Marimba Competition in Austria and the Concert Artist Guild Competition.

The current members of the Yale Percussion Group are Yun-Chu Chiu, Michael Compitello, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Ian Rosenbaum and Adam Rosenblatt. This concert is part of the 2010-11 Yale in New York concert series, presented by the Yale School of Music.

$15 General Admission | $10 Student Admission w/ ID

Tickets and more information here.

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Moving Painting/Live Piano

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New Music Northwestern presents A Steve Reich 70th Birthday Celebration, comprising three events that will take place on October 3 at Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive on the Evanston Campus,
beginning at 6:45 p.m.  The celebration offers an overview of the entire span of Reich’s compositional career and includes a pre-concert lecture by Reich specialist DJ Hoek, a sampling of Reich’s electronic pieces, and a concert focusing on his seminal and innovative minimalist works of the late
‘60s and early ‘70s. The event is curated by Aaron Cassidy, Co-Director of New Music Northwestern and a member of Northwestern’s composition faculty, and features Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and School of Music alumni, all under conductor Ryan Nelson, assistant director of bands.

Tickets, priced at $6.50/4.50/3.50 (full price/seniors/students), are
available at the Pick-Staiger Box Office; by phone at (847) 491-5441; or
online at Campus maps and driving directions can be found at

D. J. Hoek, Head of the Northwestern University Music Library, is the author of the Steve Reich Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press).  In his lecture, he will address Reich’s life, work, and wide-ranging influence on young composers and musicians in the classical, rock, and experimental music

Following Hoek’s presentation, Reich’s electronic music will be featured in a mini-concert in the Pick-Staiger Hall Lobby, including a rare presentation of Pendulum Music (1968), performed by generating feedback from swinging
microphones suspended from the ceiling above several loudspeakers, and Come Out (1966), one of Reich’s earliest acknowledged works.

Closing the evening will be a concert devoted to notable examples of Reich’s “phasing” process pieces, Piano Phase (1967), Violin Phase (1967), and Clapping Music (1972), plus later works demonstrating his evolution as a composer away from the more rigorous and gradual processes of his earliest music, including Eight Lines (1983), New York Counterpoint (1985), and Nagoya Marimbas (1994).

A pioneer of musical minimalism, Reich is arguably America’s most influential living composer.  His use of static diatonic harmonies, significant repetition, colorful and percussive textures, and musical processes designed to be both gradual and easily perceptible were revolutionary responses to the predominately atonal, pointillist, rhythmically unstable, and structurally complex works in vogue among mid-century American composers.


October 3, 2006, at 6:45 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

6:45 pm Lecture by DJ Hoek, Head of the Northwestern Music Library and author of the Reich Bio-Bibliography, discussing the life, work, and influence of Steve Reich. Concert Hall

7:00 pm Mini-Concert featuring Reich’s early electronic music: Come Out
(1966) for tape and
       Pendulum Music (1968) for 3-5 microphones and loudspeakers.
Pick-Staiger Lobby

7:30 pm Celebration Concert
       NU Contemporary Music Ensemble
       Ryan Nelson, conductor
       David Yonan, violin

       Clapping Music (1972) for two musicians clapping, amplified
       Piano Phase (1967) for two pianos
       New York Counterpoint (1985) for amplified saxophone quartet & tape
(arr. by NU alumna, Susan Fancher)
       Violin Phase (1967) for violin and tape
       Nagoya Marimbas (1994) for 2 marimbas
       Eight Lines (1983) for amplified large ensemble

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