Featuring 10 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

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Shot_2_17954 copyOn the occasion of his 50th birthday (6.13.15), the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents an unprecedented overview of composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti’s work as a composer including new pieces written specifically for the occasion. The concert series opens June 11th at the ACFNY, with performances of Lukas’ solo and small ensemble works (performers include Thomas Bergeron, Candy Chiu, Jennifer Hymer, Ben Reimer, David Cossin, and others), and premiere pieces for Lukas’ new classical/indie rock band, Notebook. The festival culminates June 14th at Roulette featuring Lukas’ music for chamber orchestra. Program includes several world premieres, as well as U.S. and New York City premieres, performed by the fresh, contemporary-collective Ensemble mise-en conducted by Oliver Hagen, pianist Vicky Chow, and others.

When: Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, NYC, Train: E/M 53rd Street or B/D/F/M Rockefeller Center
Tickets: Free. Reservations are required. To reserve, visit acfny.org or call 212.319.5300.

When: Sunday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Train: 2/3/4/5/D/M/N/R/B/Q Barclays Center
Tickets: $20/Students & Seniors $15. To purchase tickets, visit roulette.org or call 917.267.0363.

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Circuit Bridges: The Round Trip
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:30pm

Circuit Bridges and Jane Wang of Mobius are collaborating on Circuit Bridges: The Round Trip, a concert featuring electroacoustic music on June 25 at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St, New York, New York. The concert features works by Kirsten Volness, Rain Worthington, David Morneau, Hans Tammen, Antonino ‘Eze’ Cuscinà, Max Lord, Stefanie Lubkowski, Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Caroline Park, and Jed Speare, being performed by Lilit Hartunian (violin), Eva Ingolf (electric violin), David Morneau (Gameboy), and Hans Tammen (Blippoo Box). The same program will be presented at Mobius in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 27.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Eva Ingolf, electric violin, presenting fifteen one-minute works by fifteen composers written specifically for Ingolf and new video animations created by artist Nicole Antebi. The purpose of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. Ingolf will perform one-minute works by composers James Bohn, Rosa Brands, Michael Braudy, Doug Thomas Cuadrado, Douglas DaSilva, Melissa Grey, Peter Hawkey, Dan Mackenzie, Daniel Mihai, Melanie Mitrano, David Morneau, Alon Nechushtan, Daniel Schnee, Bob Siebert, and Carrin Tanaka.

For more information visit: www.CircuitBridges.com
Circuit Bridges:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Gallery MC
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$15 admission
$7 students

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Knockdown Center
Piano Vectors for 6 pianos
a world premiere by John King


Laura Barger, Taka Kigawa, Joseph Kubera, Jenny Lin, Tania Tachkova and Ning Yu

A major work of 80 minutes duration for the Knockdown Center’s 50,000 sq. ft. space, “Piano Vectors” for 6 pianos will fill the air with mysterious and intriguing layers of sound creating an entrancing aural tapestry. Each pianist is a soloist, and each piano will be located at chance- determined locations throughout this incredible venue. The composition was begun with a system for organizing time, and this system in turn generated all subsequent musical and spatial elements. Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching Time in randomized and improvised ways. This will be the world premiere of Piano Vectors, which explores and summarizes King’s cosmic ideas on the organization of time and space and sound. Steinway and Sons will be providing 6 9-foot concert grand model D’s for the shows – their largest model!

This concert is also supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the 92nd St. Y School of Music.

Live Stream available on 5/22: www.littledoglive.com

May 22nd & 23rd at 8PM
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
L Train to Jefferson Street Station
Admission: $10
Tix: http://knockdown.center/event/piano-vectors/

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Composer’s Voice – 7th Annual Guitar Concert

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series will present its 7th Annual Guitar Concert on May 31st at 1:00 pm at Jan Hus Church in New York, NY. The free concert will feature the UK Guitar Quartet performing works by Juan Trigos, Nathan R. Johnson, Blair Whittington, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Kevin Scott, Justin Breame, Juan Maria Solare, and Juan Calderon.

The UK Guitar Quartet was formed for the express purpose of premiering Juan Trigos’ 25-minute, genre expanding Guitar Quartet (2009), which was commissioned by the Tantalus Quartet but left un-premiered. A technically, musically, and rhythmically challenging masterpiece, the work redefines the guitar quartet with intricately interwoven rhythmic layers with four equally prominent parts. The UK Guitar Quartet is led by University of Kentucky guitar professor Dieter Hennings Yeomans, and joined by Dr. Jay Sorce, Andrew Rhinehart, and Jeremy Bass.

Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Sunday, May 31st at 1:00 pm
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021
Free admission

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Circuit Bridges: Spontaneous Soundings

Circuit Bridges and Soundlings are collaborating on Circuit Bridges: Spontaneous Soundings, a concert featuring electroacoustic music on May 28 at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St, New York, New York. The concert features brand new works by Gagi Petrovic, Robin Koek, Tijs Ham, Roald van Dillweijn, Melissa Grey, David Morneau, Milica Paranosic, and Robert Voisey, being performed by Margaret Lancaster (flute), Thomas Piercy (bass clarinet), Cesare Papetti (drum set), and Chris Howard (percussion).

For this special program, each composer has created a new piece, which incorporates electronics and improvisation. Each performer will be playing two of these pieces, one by a Circuit Bridges composer, and one by a Soundlings composer. The same program will be presented in Amsterdam in June.

For more information visit: www.CircuitBridges.com
Circuit Bridges:
Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Gallery MC
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$15 admission
$7 students

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Chorus America, the nation’s leading choral music advocacy organization, announced it is conferring an unprecedented two top awards on Los Angeles Master Chorale’s key leadership – Artistic Director Grant Gershon garners the prestigious Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, and outgoing President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the 2014-15 season after 15 fruitful years at the Chorale’s administrative helm, receives the coveted Chorus America Distinguished Service Award for her lifetime service to choral art. All 2015 award recipients were selected by independent panels, and these particular awards are given periodically and only at the panels’ discretion. Gershon and Knowles will accept their honors at a luncheon at Chorus America’s 2015 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, June 17-20, 2015. This marks the first time the organization has received two Chorus America awards in the same year. The Chorale was previously honored with the organization’s ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming three times in 1995, 2003 and 2010, the Education and Community Engagement Award twice in 2000 and 2008, and also earned Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2012.
“We’re thrilled to recognize these leaders in excellence and innovation. Ultimately, their success benefits the entire choral field,” said Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO of Chorus America.
The Botto Award is given periodically to a choral leader who, through his or her work with a member ensemble of Chorus America, has demonstrated innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional or professional-core choral ensemble. Gershon, currently in his 14th season with the Chorale, has led more than 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall over his tenure, including numerous world premieres by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank and Chinary Ung, among many others. He has appeared as guest conductor with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and many other organizations. The Botto Award was established in memory of Louis Botto for his artistry, selfless service, and entrepreneurial spirit in founding the men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

The Chorus America Distinguished Service Award spotlights Knowles for her long-term service to the choral field and her efforts to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing. Knowles has served as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2000, and will be stepping down June 30, at the end of the season, following a tremendously successful tenure with the organization. Under her leadership, LAMC has increased its operating budget by more than 80%, undertaken ambitious commissioning projects, toured around the world, released six commercial CDs, and created a recording partnership with Decca Classics. She also led the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the launch of the Voices Within education outreach program. Under her management, the Chorale 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. Knowles served on the Chorus America Board of Directors from 1990-1996. During her career, she also served as President of the Dale Warland Singers’ board of trustees and held leading fundraising positions at major institutions including California Institute of the Arts, KUSC Radio, Los Angeles Opera, and Minneapolis United Way.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2015) to 12 on June 4-7, 2015, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.

Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 29th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.

High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.

There is a $50 fee per audition. Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request. 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 www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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Mickey Mouse in The Band Concert (1935)

Mickey Mouse in The Band Concert (1935)

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios,” an extraordinary evening of musical world premieres and eye-popping animation spanning more than 80 years with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by six-time Emmy® Award-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, an historic movie palace in Downtown LA. Filled with firsts from beginning to end, the magical event, for adults and children six and older, includes re-premieres of newly restored versions of two long lost 1920’s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), shown for first time in more than 50 years along with world premieres of music by Watters for both films, neither of which previously had musical scores. Also featured is a screening of a newly restored print of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia (1940) on the occasion of this timeless classic’s 75th Anniversary including the world premiere of a compelling new adaptation of the score by Watters. Other highlights include the 2014 Academy® Award-nominated Get A Horse! (2013), a contemporary homage to early Mickey Mouse cartoons, shown with live music for the first time ever; the 80th anniversary of the “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935) highlighted by the first live musical performance to the film in its 80-year history featuring the brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; the iconic Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney and inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s fist solo-flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927; the 80th anniversary of The Band Concert (1935), the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon to use the Technicolor process; and the delightful “Have a Laugh” versions of Lonesome Ghosts (1937), in which Mickey, Donald and Goofy run a ghost exterminating agency, and Mickey’s Trailer (1938), a “road picture” with Mickey, Donald and Goofy involving a car separated from its trailer traveling down a mountain incline.

Dustin Hoffman is honorary chair of the event, which benefits LACO, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.

“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is honored to team up with Walt Disney Animation Studios for this evening of incredible artistry and entertainment,” says LACO Interim Managing Director Lacey Huszcza.

Even the event’s landmark venue, The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre district, adds a special flourish to the festivities. Built in 1927, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing animation, the 1,600-seat, Spanish Gothic, movie palace was designed by C. Howard Crane for Maverick Film Studio, founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charles Chaplin. The interior, which has been delicately restored, was inspired by the 16th century Cathedral at Segovia and features a three-story, 2,300-square-foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and mezzanine and a spectacular vaulted ceiling with thousands of tiny glimmering mirrors.

Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios” start at $35; tickets for the film and post-film cocktail party are $550; and exclusive sponsorship packages begin at $2,500. The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA is located at 929 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For tickets and information, please visit laco.org or call LACO at 213 622 7001.

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What: Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
When: Wednesday, May 20th, 7pm
Where: Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, 3 Henry Street, New York, NY, 10038
Cost: Tickets $55, $25, $15 (students/seniors)

New York, NY: Thursday, May 20th In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Hamilton Madison House will present Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble featuring Helen Sung and Sam Newsome, Thursday, May 20, 2015. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Hamilton Madison House Music School.

Ticket can be purchased at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-madison-house-presents-meg-okura-and-the-pan-asian-chamber-jazz-ensemble-tickets-16403466209?aff=es2

The Grammy nominated violinist, founder and the leader of the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Meg Okura is originally from Japan, and made a difficult switch to jazz after graduating from Juilliard as a classical violinist. Hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble “successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression.” (Inside New York Magazine), featuring some of the best musicians in jazz today.
The evening will feature a premiere American jazz pianist Helen Sung, a native of Austin, Texas who is an American-born Chinese, Sam Newsome, one of the top soprano saxophonists in the world.

About Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Founded by a Grammy nominated violinist Meg Okura, the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble “elegantly intertwine(s) elements of classical, jazz and world folk into a new sound,” – Elliot Simon, All About Jazz (2006). Born in Tokyo, Okura toured all of Asia as a solo violinist, making her U.S. debut at Kennedy Center as a teen. Graduate of the Juilliard School, she has appeared on over 50 albums and film scores as a composer, violinist and an erhu player, and has performed with artists from Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, to Cirque du Soleil and David Bowie, to actor Terrence Howard. The P.A.C.J.E. has appeared in a range of venues from Knitting Factory to Lincoln Center, the NYC Winter JazzFest, to KL International Jazz Festival, sold-out concerts tours in the Midwest, California and Japan. The ensemble’s self-titled debut album was the finalist in the Best Album of 2006 Independent Musicians Awards. Okura was named “the queen of chamber jazz” in 2010 by the All About Jazz after the release of their second album “Naima”. In 2013, the ensemble released “Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto”, featuring pianist Helen Sung. The ensemble will be recording its first Jewish/Asian themed album “L’dor Vador” (from generation to generation) this year.

About Hamilton-Madison House
Hamilton-Madison House is a non-profit settlement house established in 1898 to improve the quality of life for NYC. Located in Chinatown/Lower East Side Two Bridges neighborhoods, we foster the well-being of vulnerable populations including the elderly, children, the ill and handicapped, new immigrants and refugees and the unemployed.Hamilton-Madison House delivers critical, timely and culturally appropriate services for all stages of life.

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