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Patricia Caicedo, one of the leading interpreters of the Latin American Art Song repertoire, will present her only New York recital of the season on May 2.

The free-admission concert sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc. will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St, Manhattan). It will commence at 8 PM.

The multi-lingual program will include songs in Catalan, Spanish, Nahautl (the language of the Aztecs), Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Portuguese. Ms. Caicedo will sing songs by among others, Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Salvador Moreno and Sivestre Revueltas; Peruvian composer Theodoro Valcarcel; Colombian composer Jaime Leon; Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera; Catalan composer Edmund Toldra; and Brazilian composers Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Caicedo has resided in Barcelona, Spain for more than 10 years where she is active as both performer and musicologist. She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song, held during the summer and now entering its 6th edition.

Her books The Latin American Art Song: A Critical Anthology and Interpretative Resource for Singers (Ediciones Tritó, 2005) and The Colombian Art Song – Jaime Leon: Analysis and Compilation of his works for voice and piano Vol. 1 & 2 (Mundo Arts Publications, 2009) have become reference books in the field of vocal pedagogy.

She has performed throughout Europe and Latin America and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous American universities.

Her acclaimed albums include: De mi corazón latino – Latin Songs of All time (Mundo Arts, 2010), A mi ciudad Nativa – To My Native City (Mundo Arts, 2005), Lied: Art songs of Latin America (Albert Moraleda, 2001) and La Felicidad, recorded with the Banda Sinfónica Santafé de Bogotá in 1997.

Ms. Caicedo will be accompanied at the piano by the versatile Max Lifchitz. Born in Mexico City. Lifchitz has resided in New York City since 1966 and has appeared on concert stages throughout Latin America, Europe and the US. He has released 9 solo piano albums and appears as conductor and collaborative artists in many more.

Ms. Caicedo will be available for interviews and media events while in New York City. She may be contacted through the North/South Consonance office at ns.concerts@att.net.

For further information about North/South Consonance’s concerts please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org

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Tone Builders CD Release and Party

Tuesday, October 26th, Party starts @ 8pm

AC Institute - 547 West 27th St, 6th Floor

Featuring performances by: Yarn/Wire, Loud Objects, Katie Young, The Kenners, and the screening of a new music video by Corey Fogel.

$20 – admission includes a CD!

Free beer will be served all evening, generously provided by the Chelsea Brewing Company

Recorded at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI, Tone Builders documents a portion of Yarn/Wire’s recent commissioning activity and provides a snapshot of NYC’s varied and vibrant compositional landscape. Released by Carrier Records on October 26, 2010.

Piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services

TB tracks

Yarn/Wire is: Ian Antonio & Russell Greenberg, percussion / Laura Barger & Jacob Rhodebeck, piano

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Moving Painting/Live Piano

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WHO: Greenwich Village Orchestra

WHAT: “Brilliant”

WHEN: Sunday, April 1, 2007, 3:00 PM
WHERE: Washington Irving Auditorium
40 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003-2399

Music Direction by: Barbara Yahr

Concert Featuring:

Mendelssohn The Hebrides
Elgar Cello Concerto
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Mozart Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

“Offering Lincoln Center quality at East Village prices”

TICKETS: $15 Regular Admission. $10 students /seniors at the door. Regular admission tickets can be ordered in advance online at www.gvo.org.

DIRECTIONS:

Our concerts are held in the Washington Irving Auditorium at 40 Irving Place, at the southeast corner of Irving Place and 17th Streets in Manhattan. For the main entrance, look for the big green doors while on Irving Place. Wheelchair access is also available.

By subway:
4, 5, 6 to 14th Street
N, R, L to Union Square

By bus:
M1,2,3,15,101,102 to 16th Street
M14 to Irving Place
M9 to Irving Pl & 16th Street

For more information visit us online at www.gvo.org or call us at (212) 932-0372.

About GVO: The Greenwich Village Orchestra (GVO) is the only symphonic orchestra of it’s kind in downtown Manhattan. We’re a 70-person volunteer outfit (with a full brass section), committed to providing Lincoln Center quality at East Village prices AND having fun in the process. Our membership is ethnically diverse, and we range in age from 22-82. We are accountants, actors, artists, attorneys, carpenters, editors, physicians, professors, programmers, psychologists, retirees, scientists, secretaries, teachers, writers and dedicated musicians. Under the baton of outstanding music director, Barbara Yahr, the GVO performs Bach to Bartok and beyond (yes, we’re brave enough to premiere modern compositions). In addition to our regular concert season, we get off the stage and into the community. We hold an annual children’s concert (complete with an instrument petting zoo), we’ve recorded on the forthcoming album with Irish band, Mr. North, and we continue to collaborate with the Union Square Partnership on a neighborhood benefit concert. For more information, visit us online at www.gvo.org, and find out how we continue to put the ‘cool’ back into classical.

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Monday, March 12, 8pm

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Electronic Music Foundation presents the third concert of its new series “EMF Lab”, featuring the Scandinavian electroacoustic jazz trio Natural Artefacts, with composer/laptop performer Per Anders Nilsson, pianist Susanna Lindeborg, and saxophonist Ove Johansson.

Admission: suggested $10 donation

For more information, click here

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Tuesday, March 13, 8pm

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Electronic Music Foundation presents the fourth concert of its new series “EMF Lab”, featuring Madeleine Shapiro performing pieces for cello and electronics, including works by composers Judith Shatin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Joel Chadabe, and Anthony Cornicello.

Admission: Suggested $10 donation

For more information, click here

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The prominent Viennese-born American cellist Harry Wimmer returns to the Thalia on March 24 with a brand new program “Spring Has Sprung – And Love Is In the Air!” In this totally informal program, a wide selection of wonderful music is interspersed with stories and imaginary interviews, such as one with the great Charlie Chaplin who, it turns out, was a left-handed cellist and composer. Some of his early songs and paraphrases of his film music will be heard. The popular Cajun fiddler Kevin Wimmer who was recently featured on a CD with Ann Savoy and Linda Ronstadt, joins Harry Wimmer for some Cajun folksong duets. For more program and artist details, click on http://www.symphonyspace.org/
This concert event takes place at the Leonard Nimoy THALIA, Broadway at 95th St., NYC on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $ 20, Students and Seniors $ 15, at the Symphony Space box office (212) 864-5400 and online at www.symphonyspace.org. Proceeds go to National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, http://www/nffr.org/

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Gabriel Alegría with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet @ REDCAT, Los Angeles, March 7th at 8:30 p.m.

http://redcat.org/season/0607/mus/sextet.php

“Gabriel is a wonderful composer who is creating sounds few people have heard before. Very fresh!” Maria Schneider

In an exclusive 2007 West Coast performance, Peruvian jazz trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegría leads the Afro-Peruvian Sextet in an exploration of the polyrhythmic world of Afro-Peruvian jazz at REDCAT. Alegría is joined by saxophonist Laurandrea Leguía, guitarist Jocho Velazquez, bassist Joscha Oetz, drummer Hugo Alcázar and percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón – who plays traditional Afro-Peruvian instruments such as cajón (box drum) and quijada (jawbone) and adds spectacular passages of zapateo criollo tap dancing. Featured music in the evening’s performance will include pieces from Alegría’s latest recording, Nuevo Mundo.

Funded by La Asociación Internacional Jazz Perú and the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

About Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Sextet: http://www.gabrielalegria.com/english.htm
Hear and see Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Sextet: http://www.gabrielalegria.com/audiovisuals.htm

WHERE
REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is located at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St., inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex.

TICKETS
Evening performances are scheduled for March 7th at 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-$16, with discounts available. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, by calling 213.237.2800, or at . Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed.

PARKING
Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate is $8 after 5 p.m. Before 5 p.m., the maximum daytime rate is $17.

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Cantabile Chorale, artistic director Sanford Dole, and legendary Russian
basso Nikolai Massenkoff as Celebrant, present Rachmaninoff’s sublime
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. This magnificent work captures the
transcendent spirit of Orthodox and Byzantine worship, and transforms
the Orthodox liturgy into a hauntingly lovely set of melodies,
unsurpassed in sheer choral beauty.
Program Notes
Dates and times:
Mar. 16 – Friday 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 17 – Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 18 – Sunday 7:30 p.m.
Locations:
Friday:
St Gregory of Nyssa, 500 De Haro, San Francisco 94107
Saturday:
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado, Palo Alto 94306
Sunday:
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley 94705
Cantabile Phone:
(650)424-1410
Email for info:
Cantabile Website:
Buy Tickets:
$25 General, $20 Seniors, $6 Students

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The Boston Modern Orchestra Project Presents French Counterpoints; An Evening of All-French Composers


As Part of BMOP’s 10th Anniversary Season

Boston, MA— The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s only orchestra dedicated to performing, commissioning, and recording new music, devotes the entire evening of Friday, March 9, 2007 @ 8pm, at Boston’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street) to performing new and recent works from three contemporary French composers. With the support of The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, French Counterpoints includes the world premiere of Jour B (B Day), a BMOP commission by Betsy Jolas, created in honor of BMOP’s Anniversary season and the composer’s 80th birthday; the performance of two works by composer Pascal Dusapin entitled Coda (1992) and Galim (1998), and of Bruno Mantovani’s nine-movement Le Sette Chiese (2002); and the special guest appearance of flutist Alicia DiDonato.

This marks BMOP’s first all-French program. Gil Rose, founding Artistic Director of BMOP, says, “I cannot think of a better program for our first foray into contemporary French repertoire. These composers represent three generations, and three unique voices, that demonstrate France’s long history of contributing important works to the orchestral canon. It is a particular pleasure to welcome Betsy Jolas, an old friend, back to Boston, and to have this opportunity for a joint celebration. That combined with the opportunity to work with Bruno Mantovani, an important new voice, on his extraordinary opus La Sette Chiese makes this program a personal highlight of our 10th season.”

Serving as a dedication to BMOP’s 10th anniversary as well as the composer’s birthday herself, Jour B (B Day) premieres as a 16-minute long, single-movement celebration of sorts. According to composer Betsy Jolas, the audience shouldn’t be surprised to encounter a party-like atmosphere of unordinary sounds. “This is a big Boston birthday celebration; a rather unconventional set of variations on the well known ‘Happy Birthday’ song,” she explains. Known for her fine sense of timbre and early love for the voice, Jolas finds inspiration in the great Renaissance. A Paris native, she studied under the great Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire, and has been teaching there as his successor since 1995.

Also on the program are works by French composers of two later generations. Pascal Dusapin (B. 1955) and Bruno Mantovani (b. 1974), both of whose styles bear the experience of the music of Jolas and her contemporaries. Born in Nancy, France, Pascal Dusapin studied at the Sorbonne and the Schola Cantorum á Paris. Unlike Jolas, Dusapin walked away from Messiaen’s course at the Conservatoire with a strong distaste. Instead, the foundation of his musical career was built on his studies with mentors André Boucourechliev, Franco Donatoni, and Iannis Xenakis. Ranging from solos and orchestral works to big theater pieces, Dunapis has produced a catalog of nearly 100 works. Galim (1998), meaning “wave” in Hebrew, was written for flute and string orchestra, in memory of his stepmother. Like the ebb and flow of a wave, Galim oscillates between two pitches a whole-tone apart. The program’s other Dusapin piece Coda (1992) is quite different in that it’s spiky and exciting with ever-changing textures. As a single movement 13-member chamber ensemble, Coda is often perceived as an offspring of such early modernist large chamber-ensemble works as Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Varèse’s Octandre.

Rounding out the evening is the 37-minute, nine-movement work Le Sette Chiese (2002) by Bruno Mantovani. Translated to “The Seven Churches”, Le Sette Chiese was influenced by the architectural originality, as well as the religious function of the “Seven Churches”- a destination for Christian religious pilgrims in Bologna, Italy. Compartmentalized into nine contrasting movements within four parts, Le Sette Chiese uses space and dimensions to help provide a means of giving rhythm to the form. Four different spatial instrumental groups are positioned throughout the theater in a layout specified in the score. Mantovani describes this extraordinary work as “a vast fresco meant to enlarge his range of expression, like an experimental plot of land in which he could open up new avenues into his work.”

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project has had an outstanding reputation amongst Boston’s most innovative and performing arts organizations for attracting multi-generational audiences and providing thematic, diversified programming, and a national reputation for performing and recording new orchestral music at the highest level. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project strives to illuminate the connections that exist between contemporary music and contemporary society by reuniting composers and audiences in a shared concert experience. In just 10 years, BMOP has received eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Orchestral Music, and at the 2006 American Symphony Orchestra League conference BMOP received the prestigious John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music. BMOP has appeared at the Bank of America Celebrity Series, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Tanglewood, the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), and Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh, PA). In Boston BMOP performs at Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, and has performed in New York at Miller Theater, the Winter Garden, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. BMOP recordings are available from Albany, New World, Naxos, Arsis, Oxingale, and Chandos, and are regularly reviewed by national and international publications including The New York Times (Best CDs of 2003), the Chicago Tribune (Best CDs of 2004), Gramophone, Fanfare, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York (Best CDs of 2004), The Boston Globe (Best CDs of 2003), Paris Transatlantic Monthly, LA Weekly, Opera Now, BBC Music, and American Record Guide. BMOP is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Meet the Composer and other private foundations, and individuals.

Gil Rose, Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor for BMOP, is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music. Since 2003, Rose has served as Music Director of Opera Boston, launching the much-celebrated Opera Unlimited, a ten-day contemporary opera festival performed with BMOP. He was recently chosen as the “Best Conductor of 2003″ by Opera Online. The Boston Globe claims he “is some kind of genius; his concerts are wildly entertaining, intellectually rigorous, and meaningful.”

Alicia DiDonato, a native of Stoneham, MA, is the flutist for Boston Musica Viva, Radius Ensemble, NotaRiotous (Boston Microtonal Society’s chamber ensemble), and Prana (a soprano/flute duo with acclaimed singer Jennifer Ashe). She performs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and Firebird Ensemble, and has performed repeatedly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. She gives a “drop-dead performance,” according to The Boston Globe. The New York Times calls her rendering of Boulez “beautiful.” Known for her versatility, vibrancy, and exuberantly fluent playing, DiDonato enjoys a varied career as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She is consistently praised for her distinctive takes on modern classics and her command of extended technique.

Ticket Information:
Tickets range from $21 – $42. Special pricing for students $10. Seniors receive a 10% discount. For tickets, call BMOP at 617.363.0396 or visit www.bmop.org. Tickets are also available for sale at the Jordan Hall Box Office three weeks before the concert and at the door, subject to availability.

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