_DSC6668 copyHaving just accepted the 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year award, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) continues its 20th anniversary season with a one-night-only concert celebrating Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. BMOP will perform the “New Brandenburgs,” six works commissioned as companion pieces to Bach’s six original Brandenburg Concertos as a result of a four-year project by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. The program includes the Boston premieres of Brandenburg Gate (inspired by Brandenburg No. 2) by Paul Moravec, Muse (inspired by Brandenburg No. 3) by Christopher Theofanidis, Little Moonhead (inspired by Brandenburg No. 4) by Melinda Wagner, Sea Orpheus (inspired by Brandenburg No. 5) by Peter Maxwell Davies, and Concerto with Echoes (inspired by Brandenburg No. 6) by Aaron Jay Kernis, as well as a performance of A Brandenburg Autumn (inspired by Brandenburg No. 1) by Stephen Hartke.

When: Friday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.) 
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at BMOP.org or by telephone at 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at tix.com.



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S.E.M. Ensemble Archive

S.E.M. Ensemble Archive

Hailed by The New York Times as “the best of what is left of the experimental tradition,” the 40+-year-old S.E.M. Ensemble returns to Paula Cooper Gallery with a program featuring contemporary and early-music works.


S.E.M. Ensemble, Petr Kotik, conductor
With soloists Charles Curtis (cello), Kamala Sankaram and Jeffrey Gavett (voices), Conrad Harris (Violin), William Lang (Trombone), and Chris Nappi (Percussion)

Iannis Xenakis: Kassandra (1987)

Eli Greenhoe: Etymology (2015)

Pavel Jan Vejvanovský: Sonata la posta (1680)

Alvin Lucier: Orpheus Variations (2015) – U.S. premiere

Pavel Jan Vejvanovský: Serenata in C (1685) – U.S. premiere

Liisa Hirsch: Four Glides (2015) – World Premiere

Petr Kotik: Reiterations and Variables (1972 – 2015)

Paula Cooper Gallery is located at 521 West 21st Street, NY. Tickets are $15/10 (advanced sale); $20/15 (at door). To order tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com More info: (718) 488-7659 or info@semensemble.org

The S.E.M. Ensemble was founded in 1970 when Petr Kotik gathered a group of musicians from the fellows at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, SUNY/Buffalo. Since then, S.E.M. Ensemble has established itself as one of the most distinguished ensembles for new music in the U.S., maintaining a continuous schedule of concerts in New York, touring annually in Europe, and also performing in South America and Japan. SEM has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. Recent recordings, all on the Dog w/a Bone label (New York), include Morton Feldman’s For Philip Guston (4-CD set), Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women (3-CD set), Music by Marcel Duchamp (1 CD) and Spoken Music —a live performance recording with John Cage, Dick Higgins, Jackson Mac Low and others. Recent recordings of The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble are also available on Asphodel Ltd. (San Francisco) and Wergo (Mainz).



On December 13, 2015 at 7 pm at Spectrum Ukrainian-American pianist Nadia Shpachenko will present a program of new and recent works, including 6 World Premieres. The recital, titled Quotations and Homages, will feature newly-written works inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Mozart to Brahms to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. In a program both serious and lighthearted, older works will be brought to new light through piano, electronics and multimedia by contemporary composers Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Felsenfeld, Michael Vincent Waller, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Peter Yates, Matthew Elgart, Adam Borecki, and Nick Norton.

Spectrum NYC, December 13, 2015 at 7 pm
121 Ludlow St #2 in Manhattan
New York, NY 10002
$15 General Admission
$10 Students and Seniors
Tickets purchased at the door


Missy Mazzoli: Bolts of Loving Thunder (2013)

Daniel Felsenfeld: Down to You is Up (1998, rev. 2015) World Premiere

Michael Vincent Waller: Visages VII – Inside World (2015) World Premiere

Tom Flaherty: Rainbow Tangle (2015) World Premiere

Vera Ivanova: 6 Fugitive Memories (2015) World Premiere

Peter Yates: Epitaphs and Youngsters (2015) World Premiere

Matthew Elgart: Omaggio (2015) World Premiere

Adam Borecki: Accidental Mozart (2014) East Coast Premiere

Nick Norton: Piano Piece for Mr. Carter’s 100th Birthday (2008)

Grammy® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. She performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has performed more than 50 world and national premieres of piano, string piano, and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Yuri Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others.

Nadia’s concerts included solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, REDCAT @ Disney Hall and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chamber performances at the Hear Now, Sarasota, and Montecito Music Festivals, and concerto appearances with the Kharkov Philharmonic and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, including Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Justin DeHart, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maja Jasper, Genevieve Lee, Timothy Loo, Jerome Lowenthal, Marek Szpakiewicz, Kathleen Supové, Nick Terry, and the Lyris Quartet.

Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s world premieres CD Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 was released worldwide on the Reference Recordings label, featuring works for piano, toy piano, percussion, and electronics written for the album by Tom Flaherty, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, and Peter Yates. Woman at the New Piano was just nominated for 58th GRAMMY Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s Airdancing for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project The Poetry of Places will bring together music and architecture in compositions written for her by Annie Gosfield, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Lewis Spratlan, as well as in Andrew Norman’s Frank’s House written for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections series. Nadia premiered the new works by Spratlan and Gosfield on October 27, 2015 (Piano Spheres Series) and will premiere, tour and record the new architecture-inspired program in 2016.

Nadia currently serves on the faculties of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Born in Ukraine, and now a long time Southern Californian, Nadia Shpachenko resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and twin sons.

Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist.

More information
Contact: Ullanta MusicWorks
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LA Master Chorale 35th Annual Messiah Sing-Along

LA Master Chorale 35th Annual Messiah Sing-Along

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” a beloved and time-honored tradition, brings together family, friends and the community to perform Handel’s masterpiece on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 8 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the do-it-yourself version in which the entire 2,200-member audience becomes the choir. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all levels – even those with no singing experience – are welcome. The performance features a professional chamber orchestra and a quartet of professional soloists, including soprano Beth Peregrine, mezzo soprano Laura Smith Roethe, tenor Bryan Lane and bass Scott Graff. Setting a festive visual mood as well, audience members “often dress up for the event, donning everything from formal wear to Christmas sweaters” (Downtown News).   FOX-TV calls the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Messiah Sing-Along “the best around” and KABC-TV describes it as “comforting and uplifting.” Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door.



Gershon says, “The Messiah Sing-Along definitely makes the season brighter. When 2,200 people raise their voices together in song, it’s absolutely electrifying, especially when they sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’”



Reflecting the global popularity of Handel’s Messiah, LAMC Founding Music Director Roger Wagner brought the tradition to Los Angeles in 1980 after learning of the success of the “Do-It-Yourself Messiah” in Chicago. Since the Chorale’s inception in 1964, it has presented the Baroque masterpiece a record 83 times, with 58 of those performances sung by the community at large as part of the Chorale’s famed “Messiah Sing-Along.”


Other seasonal offerings presented by the Chorale at Disney Hall include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12, 2 pm; two concert performances of “Handel’s Messiah,” December 6 and 20, 7 pm; and “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” December 13, 2015.


Tickets range from $29 – $79. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Blazing brass, majestic pipe organ and soaring voices add sonorous sparkle to the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” which heralds the season with such classics as David Willcocks’ Carols for Brass and Choir, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata for chorus and double brass, and John Rutter’s Gloria, on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and featuring 62 Chorale members, the program also includes Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas, composed as a companion piece to Rutter’s jubilant opus, Nico Muhly’s Senex puerum, Paul Gibson’s Rejoice in the Lord Alway and two Christmas motets by Giovanni Gabrieli for double and triple choirs.


The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings at Disney Hall include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12, 2 pm; two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 6 and 20, 7 pm; and the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” a do-it-yourself version, December 16, 8 pm.


Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the country – presents its popular Winter Concert, “Let Beauty Awake,” a stocking stuffer of sublime music, on two consecutive Sundays, December 6 and 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Highlights include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Let Beauty Awake, part of a cycle of nine songs set to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, which inspired the concert’s theme; John Rutter’s Personent Hodie from “Dancing Day,” a timeless collection of holiday carols published in 1974; and Amen Shem Nora, a compelling Sephardic folk song arranged by R. Remstein. Also featured are Misa Pequena by highly regarded composer/conductor Francisco Nunez of the Young People’s Chorus of New York; the Cuban lullaby A la hora from “Desde mi alegra jardin” by Enrique Feliu; and Debussy’s moving art song Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison, with a text highlighting the despair and challenges of French children living through WWII. Other works include the Finnish welcome song Tervetuloa; traditional German carols In Dulci Jubilo and Kling, Glöckchen; Bach’s Domine Deus from Mass in G, Bist du bei mir and Den Tod; Eleanor Daley’s The Birds; Emilio Grenet’s Si Tú Supiera; the Japanese folksong Fuyu no Uta; and Franck’s Panis Angelicus. Repertoire varies for each concert. Guest soloists are LACC alumnus Cantor Rachel Goldman (December 6) and soprano Elissa Johnston (December 13).
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.


Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, visit www.lachildrenschorus.org or call (626) 793-4231. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Stefan Jackiw

Stefan Jackiw

Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Scotland’s Royal National Orchestra, and celebrated violinist Stefan Jackiw make their debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for two performances on Saturday, December 12, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Oundjian, described as “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone), conducts Bartók’s brilliant Divertimento, Sz 113; Beethoven’s sunny Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. The latter work, among the most beloved violin concertos ever written, features Jackiw, also making his Los Angeles debut, who has been hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post) and as a “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune).


Oundjian is noted for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. He has conducted on the world’s leading stages, from Berlin, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv, to New York, Chicago and Sydney. Among numerous engagements, he has appeared at the London Proms, Prague Spring Festival, Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was artistic director from 2003 to 2005. Oundjian was principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and played a major role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007.


Jackiw’s 2011 solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, among others, and in 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.


Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.


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.


Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.


Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

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Peri Mauer’s newly composed “TRUMPET TRIO” will receive its world premiere Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:00pm in Music from Good Shepherd, Good Shepherd RC Church, 1950 Batchelder St., Brooklyn, NY (718.998.2800) in a program with works by Britten, Scelsi, Lang, Bach, Elkin, Gubaidulina. It will be performed by trumpeters Kate Amrine, Alexandria Smith, and Lynn Chao. Free admission.

http://www.instantencore.com/concert/details.aspx?PId=5122726Composer Peri Mauer

PERI MAUER, COMPOSER: MM, BM Manhattan School of Music, BA Bard College, graduate of the High School of Music and Art, has composed works for solo instruments, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and theater. Her music has receivedperformances in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter and Labor Day Festivals, New York Composers Circle Concerts of New Music at Symphony Space, LeFrak Performing Arts Center, St. Peter’s Church and St. Mark’s Church, Music With A View Festival for which she also served as cellist and conductor, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, Tenri Cultural Institute, NYU Composers Forum, among others. She has received ASCAP Plus awards for 2014 and 2015, grants from New Music USA for the premiere of her orchestral works Illuminations of the Nightand Life on Earth, and a commission from the LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose Red Skyfor concert band. Other recent premieres include Thought’s Torsion for flute, viola, cello, A Little New Year’s Flairfor piano, At Home With Allen Ginsberg: Five Songs for Baritone and Piano, Nudibranch Friday for violin and cello, Morning, Night & Noon for two clarinets, and Journey for solo oboe. Also a professional cellist, she has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theatre, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, NYU Contemporary Players, and can be seen playing her cello in the new hit Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle. www.reverbnation.com/perimauer

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 Bending JN.frontTowards the Light….a Jazz Nativity
A Jazz opera – “The Christmas story told in thoroughly   American musical terms”. It features opera and jazz artists of note weaving together word, dance, song and musical instruments to tell the story in a new way, composed and arranged by Anne Phillips.

special guest performer: Deborah Voigt

co-hosts: WQXR’s Terrance McKnight and WBGO’s Sheila Anderson






Wycliffe Gordon, King/trombone

Maurice Chestnut, King/tap (5pm)

Ingrid Jensen, King/trumpet

Max Pollak, King/tap (8pm)

Amy London, Mary/soprano

David Gordon, Shepherd/tenor

Larry Long, Shepherd/bass-baritone

With the voices of: Anne Phillips, David Gordon, Dylan Pramuk, Ema Mitrovic, Jann Jaffe, Joanie Brittingham, Larry Long, Pete McGuiness, Shadia Almasri

and appearing for his 25th year, 93 year old Latin conga great, Candido.

directed by Beth Ann Kennedy

Bending Toward The Light, composed and arranged by Anne Phillips, originated in 1985, when Ms. Phillips was asked to create a Christmas benefit at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in NYC. That first performance featured Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini and Tommy Flanegan, among others. Over the past 30 years the work has been presented at Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, among other venues, with a long list of luminary performers including Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, and Paquito D’Rivera. Music director Bob Kindred’s haunting rendition of “Silent Night” created the opening mood in the darkened church that very first night just as it does today.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah, his most popular oratorio, on Sundays, December 6 and 20, at 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The program features 48 members of the Grammy-nominated chorus, chamber orchestra and four soloists, including soprano Hayden Eberhart, mezzo soprano Janelle DeStefano, tenor Jon Lee Keenan and baritone Steve Pence.  This is the fifth consecutive year a concert version of Handel’s riveting Messiah has been part of the Chorale’s holiday concert series.


“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon.  “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its remarkable acoustics.”


Rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and beautiful orchestrations, Messiah was composed in just 24 days by celebrated Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, and continues to be one of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music.  Messiah is set to the libretto by Charles Jennens, who drew texts from the King James and Great Bibles and has been performed as a seasonal tradition across the globe for more than 255 years.


The Master Chorale also presents the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” the do-it-yourself version, December 16.  Other holiday offerings include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12; and “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” December 13.


Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available.  Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org.  Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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