Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras

Internationally acclaimed virtuosos Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima lead Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in a concert of cello concertos as a crowning feature of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and the season finale of LACO’s engaging Baroque Conversations series on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.  On the program are CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major; Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G major; Leo’s Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor; Platti’s Cello Concerto in D minor; and Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in C minor.  The Festival is a 10-day cello extravaganza presented by USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in partnership with LACO showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents.  Named for the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles and taught cello for many years at USC, the Festival focuses on the art of the cello, its music and musicians.


KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal moderates a free pre-concert panel discussion, featuring former students of Piatigorsky in USC Thornton School of Music’s Newman Recital Hall (adjacent to Bovard Auditorium), at 6:30 pm.


Colin Carr, praised for his “rich tone” (Calgary Herald) and in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, has played with such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and founding LACO music director, Sir Neville Marriner.  As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, and has also made guest appearances with the Guarneri and Emerson String quartets and with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr has garnered numerous awards, including the Naumburg Competition (First Prize), the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and the Rostropo­vich International Cello Competition (Second Prize).  Carr studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth.  A professor at Stony Brook University in New York, he plays a 1730 Matteo Gofriller cello.


Swiss-born Thomas Demenga, who plays with a “fascinating mixture of abandon and cool precision” (The Telegraph), has performed around the globe with such artists as Heinz Hol­liger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher and Paul Meyer.  He has also appeared with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orches­ter, Boston Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, to name a few.  A champion of new music, Demenga is noted for his compelling interpretations of 20th and 21st century works and for adding his unique sensibilities to his historically-informed performances of Baroque, classical and romantic repertoire.  In 2000, he was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival Young Artists in Con­cert and served as artistic director until 2006.  He also served as an “artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival and is presently the artistic director of Camerata Zürich.  He records for ECM Records, Munich, and plays the 1669 Andrea Guarneri ex-Soyer cello.


Jean-Guihen Queyras, hailed for performances that are “fresh, alert and original” (Los Angeles Times), enjoys an enviable reputation as a soloist with leading orchestra, a chamber musician and solo performer of exceptional versatility and integrity.  He has performed under such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington, among others.  A member of the Arcanto Quartet and an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Queyras is committed to expanding cello repertoire and has collaborated with numerous composers, including Thomas Larcher from whom he commissioned a work for solo cello and string orchestra that he premieres in 2016.  Queyras, who plays a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa cello, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale, is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.


Giovanni Sollima, “a classical player with a rock star status” (Sydney Morning Herald), studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro, and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, and Milko Keleman.  He has worked with such renowned artists as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma.  In demand as a soloist around the world and with musical interests ranging from Baroque to heavy metal, he has collaborated with artists in the fields of dance, theatre and cinema, including Karole Armitage, Carolyn Carlson, Bob Wilson, Peter Stein, Peter Greenaway and John Turturro.  As composer, he contributes significantly to new repertoire for the cello.  Sollima teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia.


LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period with the host(s) of the evening introducing the music from the stage and engaging the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert.


Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.  The Piatigorsky Festival’s participation in this concert is underwritten by J&A Beare, London.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.


Ticket prices are $80 for adults and seniors, and $40 for students.  They are available online at laco.org, or by calling 213-740-4672.  Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.

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ML-SoundwavesMitchellSanta Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present flautist Nicole Mitchell on Wednesday May 18 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

A busy composer and performer, Mitchell is also a professor of music in the University of California at Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program. She is a past president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has received awards including Downbeat magazine’s “Best Jazz Flute” and the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year,” as well as numerous grants and commissions.
Mitchell will perform music for solo flute, as heard on her 2014 album Engraved in the Wind, and play duets with percussionist Randy Gloss, the current Chair of CalArts’ World Music Program.

This program is part of the new music concert series Soundwaves, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.  This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
– presenting –

New Works for Trombone w/ guests Laura Cocks & Jordan Dodson


Guy Barash: new work for trombone & electronics
Reiko Fueting: new work
Jeremy Howard Beck: one song from a new suite for multiphonic trombone
Adam Zahller: the Mat Maker
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: prosodia desia, solo trombone version
Zach Seely: Dynamics of The First Dimension
Joan Arnau Pàmies: in media res
w/ Laura Cocks, flute & Jordon Dodson, guitar


Will Lang

Hailed by the New York Times as “Fiercely, Virtuosic”, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and The Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) You can also find him performing as a member of TILT Brass, the S.E.M. Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Brass Quintet on a regular basis.

Laura Cocks

Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Her work aims to highlight emerging composers; she has premiered over 150 works in the last five years. Laura is flutist and executive director of TAK ensemble, a founding member of the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans; and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Guggenheim Museum in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with Wet Ink Ensemble on Carrier Records and International Contemporary Ensemble on ECM.

Jordan Dodson

“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today), Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In the Fall of 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

An advocate for contemporary music, Jordan has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He is a performer in several New York City ensembles including Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Marcel, and Ensemble sans maître.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan started playing music at a young age. His past teachers were Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He has received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati.


May 21st @7pm
121 Ludlow #2, NYC
$20/15 (students & seniors) at the door



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The National Association of Composers, USA        

East Coast Chapter


Spring Serenade

May 9 Composers













ALLEN BRINGS         Short Sonata

DINOS CONSTANTINIDES         Suite for Young Man

MAXWELL DULANEY            A Turning Inwards

DEBRA KAYE                  Ikarus—Duo for Binya

MAX LIFCHITZ             Transformations & Yellow Ribbons

PATRICIA MOREHEAD  Episode in the Life of a Proton

BETTY WISHART              Night Visions


performers include

Eriko Sato & Deborah Wong, violin

Lois Martin, viola

Marisol Espada, cello

Orlando Cela, flute

Jery-Mae Astolfi, Allen Brings & Max Lifchitz, piano


Monday, May 9 @ 8 PM


Christ and St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th Street (bet Bway & Columbus)

New York, NY 10023

Free Admission



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ML-SoundwavesLeBaron     The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer Anne LeBaron on May 11 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
LeBaron’s music ranges from solo harp improvisations to multimedia operas. It has been performed internationally and widely recorded. She has received Fulbright and Guggenheim grants and the Alpert Award, among other honors, and holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition at CalArts.
At the library she will introduce performances of her work by some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated new music specialists: pianist Mark Robson, the Panic Duo (violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe), and the WasteLAnd ensemble, who The New Yorker’s Alex Ross recently called “one of the country’s most far-sighted” groups.
The concert will feature “A – Zythum,” a piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation in honor of the Oxford English Dictonary, which premiered in March at the Hammer Museum.
This program is part of the new music concert series Soundwaves, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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9463_cover copyCD Release Concert:
Performances by Donald Berman (piano) with Krista River (soprano)
Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25. To purchase, contact National Sawdust at 646.779.8455 or
Acclaimed as “one of the freshest American voices” (Fanfare), award-winning composer/conductor Scott Wheeler presents a varied and imaginative gallery of piano works in his new album Portraits & Tributes featuring pianist Donald Berman. Mostly written in a gently atonal idiom, often Wheeler draws on his experience as a pianist to create a unique and personal set of explorations of the sounds, textures and melodies of the piano, heard in contemporary terms. Sometimes sharply etched, lyrical and tender, the recording’s 27 musical portraits and tributes create a musical autobiography, not only of Wheeler’s musical thought, but of his life, including teachers, family members, lovers, fellow artists, and others. Complementing the new album is a video documentary by filmmaker Fern Lopez, as well as a June 15th CD release concert at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust.

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The North/South Chamber Orchestra marks the Cinco de Holiday holiday with a free-admission event featuring works by four Mexican composers

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to sing on the San Francisco Opera Stage and establish a career as an opera singer? Join special guests General Director David Gockley and San Francisco Opera favorite Catherine Cook as we explore the trials and joys of the opera singer’s journey.



Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00–4:00pm



Bryan Education Studio Veterans Building, Fourth Floor401 Van Ness AveSan Francisco, CA 94102



$25 plus $5 registration fee

More information at: http://sfopera.com/discover-opera/education-programs/for-adults/overture-workshops/

(415) 864-3330 education@sfopera.com

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Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen will perform at Le Poisson Rouge on May 10, 7pm to celebrate the release of their new duo album on ECM Records.

Album program: Bartók Sonata No. 2, Schnittke Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una sonata”, Lutoslawski Partita

ECM album page

Concert program: Bartók Sonata No. 2, Carter “Four Lauds”, Stucky “Album Leaves”, Schnittke Sonata No. 2

LPR concert page with ticket link



The New York Times has praised violinist Miranda Cuckson’s “undeniable musicality,” while Gramophone has declared her “an artist to be reckoned with.” Born in Australia to Austrian/English and Taiwanese musician parents, she makes her ECM New Series debut – alongside pianist Blair McMillen – with three 20th-century milestones: the Hungarian Béla Bartok’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1922), the Russian Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una Sonata” (1968) and the Pole Witold Lutosławski’s Partita for Violin and Piano (1984). “Bringing these great Slavic composers together enables us to hear each dealing with the dichotomies of form and spontaneity, playfulness and seriousness, folk expression and abstraction,” Cuckson explains. “The colors and traits of Slavic ethnic music are vibrantly in the foreground in Bartók’s music, more subsumed into abstraction and flavor in the Schnittke and Lutoslawski. Humor is a tool of provocation and survival in Schnittke and to some extent Lutoslawski, a cheeky attitude anchored by deep purpose. In Bartók, the boisterousness and teasing charm of folk dances gives way to moods of profound melancholy.”

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Jenny Wong, Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jenny Wong, Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Following a national search, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) has appointed Hong Kong native Jenny Wong assistant conductor for a two-year period beginning in May 2016.  Wong, who has served as a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Distinguished Concerts International New York and Hong Kong SingFest, is one of the youngest conductors to win two consecutive World Champion titles at the World Choir Games (China, 2010) and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition (Germany, 2011).  Currently a D.M.A. candidate in choral conducting at USC Thornton School of Music, where she also completed her M.M. and has taught choral conducting, she has served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music for the past year.


“Jenny Wong is an exceptionally gifted artist,” says LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  “The Los Angeles Master Chorale will benefit greatly from her tremendous skills and keen artistic sensibilities.  I look forward to working closely with her over the next two seasons.”


“It is my privilege to work with Grant and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, a visionary team built of formidable artists that has paved the way for how choral music today can be authentic, relevant and transformative,” says Wong.  “I look forward to creating lifelong memories and learning so much from them and with them, as they continue to uncover new grounds and inspire many, like they have always inspired me.”


Among other responsibilities, Wong will conduct on upcoming LA Master Chorale programs, assist with rehearsals, help facilitate LAMC’s 16-voice Chamber Singers and collaborate with Gershon on artistic matters.  She will also cover the Artistic Director for all LAMC rehearsals and main-stage performances and assist with auditions as well as take a leadership role in LAMC outreach projects, including the High School Choir Festival, one of the region’s longest running and most far-reaching music education programs.


Still in her twenties, Wong began her conducting career in 2009 as conductor and music teacher at Hong Kong’s Diocesan Girls’ School.  Since then, she has conducted and performed in Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China and across the United States.  Her numerous accomplishments include assisting Matthew Halls in rehearsing Verdi’s Requiem, and conducting the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.  She was assistant conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers, and, at USC, she was conductor of the USC Apollo Men’s Choir and recipient of the USC Chamber Singers Award.  Wong has given lectures on Chinese choral music and Chinese Christian hymnody.  In Hong Kong, she founded and directs her own female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices.  She also enjoys performing as a vocal soloist, having earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors.  She sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow.  In 2007 she won 3rd place at the 62nd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod vocal solo competition in Wales, and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria on scholarship in 2008.  Her teachers include Chet Alwes, Donald Brinegar, Simon Carrington, Ronnie Cheng, Cristian Grases, Matthew Halls, Morten Lauridsen, Larry Livingston, Helmuth Rilling, Jo-Michael Scheibe and Nick Strimple.


Previous LAMC Assistant Conductors have included Lesley Leighton, who was subsequently named Associate Conductor, and Ariel Quintana.


Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The LA Master Chorale was founded in 1964 as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and is the resident chorus at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 50 and premiered 99 new works, of which 69 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The LA Master Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes six commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton, and in summer 2016, LAMC releases its seventh recording and its first album on Cantaloupe Music, featuring the national anthems by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang, which was commissioned and premiered by the LA Master Chorale in 2014.  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The LA Master Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students and adults each year.

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