Concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel are illuminated as part of LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series featuring widely admired Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster and leader of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, on Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto in F minor for Strings, RV 143; Concerto in E minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, “Il Favorito”, Op. 11, No. 2; and Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, Two Flutes, Two Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo, RV 566; Telemann’s Concerto in G major for Four Violins, TWV 40:201; and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in C major, “Alexander’s Feast”, HWV 318. Blumenstock is joined by members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now it its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. This year the series spotlights how Baroque composers transformed a simple theme or melody into grand, complex and intricate variations and great music. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

The “Baroque Conversations” series concludes on May 1, 2014 when LACO Music Director and esteemed pianist Jeffrey Kahane performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $55) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.

Elizabeth Blumenstock

Elizabeth Blumenstock

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BMOP1036-Davis-cov-1600 copyKnown as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, BMOP/sound today announced the April 1st release of two new composer-centric albums: Anthony Davis: Notes from the Underground featuring as soloists composer Anthony Davis (piano), Earl Howard (Kurzweil) and J.D. Parran (clarinets); and Lewis Spratlan: Apollo and Daphne Variations featuring Eliot Gattegno (saxophones). Both albums offer a palette of orchestral colors, expertly rendered by the dauntless and spirited Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) led by conductor Gil Rose. 

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Pianist Jose R. Lopez

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi will be presented by pianist Jose R. Lopez on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at Riverside Recital Hall on the campus of University of Iowa in Iowa City. The event is sponsored by the UI School of Music.

The composer writes, “Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of “Chai,” which means “life” or “living” in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18; hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and composer (and, for that matter, listener)… It has been recorded by Mary Kathleen Ernst, a major champion of contemporary music, for the Innova label.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/chai-variations-on-eliahu-hanavi/.

Other composers on the program include Beethoven, Fanny Hensel and Charles Alkan.

For more information, call 319–335–1603 or visit http://arts.uiowa.edu/ui-school-music-presents-jose-raul-lopez-piano.

Visit Jose Lopez at http://joselopezpiano.com/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. The debut recording of her Chai Variations by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst on the CD Keeping Time is now also available from Innova – https://www.innova.mu/albums/mary-kathleen-ernst/keeping-time. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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Cantori concludes its 30th anniversary season with the premiere of a Utopian cantata on the exuberant prophecies of the French philosopher Charles Fourier, by Estonian-American composer Lembit Beecher; and the premiere of an achingly heartfelt cycle of Lamentations of the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, by American composer Benjamin C. S. Boyle. For chorus, harp, cello and percussion.

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue (@ 85th Street), New York City

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street (@ Christopher Street), New York City

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Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 30th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.

A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.

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Beth Anderson’s Tale #1 for violin and piano will be performed by violinist Stanichka Dimitrova and pianist Sookkyung Cho on Sunday, March 30 – 1:00 PM at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, 351 East 74th Street in Manhattan, as part of the 2nd Annual Composer’s Voice/New York Women Composers collaboration concert.

Tale #1 was first performed by Mary Rowell and Denman Maroney and recorded by Belgian radio in March, 2000. It has been recorded by Aleksandra Maslovaric.

The event also features music and performances by Alla Pavlova, Julie Mandel, Mary Ann Joyce Walter, Dorothy Duncan, Hilary Tann, Nailah Nombeko, Elisenda Fabregas, Adrianna Mateo, Luda Lee, and the World Premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Shannon Roberts, soprano & Yumi Suehiro, piano.

The concert is free and open to the public. New York Women Composers strongly encourages donations of food, clothing, and toiletries for the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1387304974861537/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434.

For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.

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JShatinPhoto2Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for flute and electronics will be performed by flutist Lindsey Goodman on March 29 – 4:00 PM at Robert Glidden Hall on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio as part of the University’s Flute Fest.

Shatin’s To Keep the Dark Away for solo piano will be performed by Gayle Martin Henry on March 30 – 3:00 PM at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan, presented by The Leschetizky Association.

The composer writes, “Penelope’s Song was inspired by Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, which is about the travails of Odysseus…It also tells of his wife, Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, waiting for him…This piece is a tribute to her, and sings of her own adventures. The electronics were created from a recording I made of local weaver Jan Russell working on wooden looms. I processed and shaped these materials, weaving a new sonic fabric, using RTcmix, running under Linux…” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/penelopes-song-flute-and-electronics/.

For more about the March 29 concert or Flute Fest, call 740-593-4244 or visit http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/music/whats-happening/news-story.cfm?newsItem=EA7F1A29-5056-A81E-8DD75A6D6CF5F0A1.

The composer writes, “To Keep the Dark Away is a set of five brief movements, whose piece and movement titles are drawn from five poems by Emily Dickinson, a favorite of the composer, pianist and commissioner. It was written during a dark period when I was struggling with health issues, and the process of composing indeed helped ‘to keep the dark away.” Complete program notes at http://judithshatin.com/to-keep-the-dark-away/.

The pianist will also perform works of Paul Alan Levi, Schubert, and Schumann/Liszt.

Tickets for the March 30 program are $20, at the door; $15 – seniors and students with I.D. More information at http://www.leschetizky.org/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbum, Artistic Director and ConductorThe New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present More Premieres, the second concert of their 2013-14 concert season on Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 PM at Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th St. (btw Broadway and Amsterdam) in Manhattan. The afternoon will also include a 2:15 PM talk with the composers. This event is co-sponsored by Merkin Concert Hall.

The concert will present American Premieres of a cantata by Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave’s new work describing the return of Odysseus to Ithaca and all the perils he encounters on the way, and Yotam Haber’s modern twist on Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, I AM (2011). Also on the program are Confessions from the Blogosphere by NYVS’s most recent competition winner, Karen Siegel, and a World Premiere of a new work by Michael Schachter, a recipient of BMI’s 2013 Student Composers Award.

Special guests will be Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Brent Funderburk, piano, and Kaufman Music Center’s Vox Nova Choir of Special Music School, Emily John, director.

Tickets for the March 30 concert are $25/$20 students/seniors. For tickets or more information, call Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center at 212-501-3330 or visit http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-virtuoso-singers-more-premieres.

More about the Virtuoso Singers at http://www.nyvirtuoso.org/aboutus.htm. Join their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-York-Virtuoso-Singers/130509011774.

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Christian WolffOSTRAVA DAYS IN NEW YORK

Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., Roulette, Brooklyn

CHRISTIAN WOLFF @ 80

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, NYC

S.E.M. Ensemble & Ostravská banda, Petr Kotik, Conductor

OB-Trio and String Noise

Christian Wolff, Philip Glass, Joseph Kubera, Daan Vandewalle, Piano

Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, Saxophone

Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris, Violin

Kamala Sankaram, Jeffrey Gavett, Thomas Buckner, Voice

Special guest: George Lewis

The S.E.M. Ensemble, under the direction of Petr Kotik, presents three concerts celebrating composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday and the Ostrava Days Institute and Festival. Mostly self-taught and working along such figures as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Morton Feldman and Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff made an important mark on the music of our time. Since Ostrava Days’ inception in 2001, Wolff has participated in all but one of the festivals, and some of his most ambitious orchestral works were composed for or performed there. Selected by Artforum as one of the Best of 2013 in Music, Ostrava Days is one of the largest international summer new-music events, combining a three-week institute with a ten-day festival and focusing on music for large ensembles. It includes 35 resident-students from around the world, two resident orchestras, and resident composers and musicians who participate in public performances. Besides Christian Wolff, Ostrava Days 2013 included, among others, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Petr Kotik, Carola Bauckholt, Jon Gibson, Charlemagne Palestine, and Petr Cígler.

SEM x 3 will kick off at Roulette with Ostrava Days in New York, Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., bringing together SEM with Ostrava Days’ resident chamber orchestra Ostravská banda to perform highlights from Ostrava Days. Next to compositions by Christian Wolff and Petr Kotik, the concert will feature two works by Czech composers – the American premieres of Martin Smolka’s Autumn Thoughts and Petr Cígler’s Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne – as well as Mirage for water-based percussion and strings by Ostrava Days 2013 student-resident from Tehran, Idin Samimi Mofakham. The evening will culminate in the performance of one of the most challenging pieces of chamber music ever written, Gyorgy Ligeti’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, performed by OB-Trio (Conrad Harris, violin; Daniel Costello, horn; and Daan Vandewalle, piano).

On Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., the celebration will continue at Bohemian Hall (NYC) with Christian Wolff @ 80 – a concert featuring 37 Haiku, one of Wolff’s major works, dedicated to Thomas Buckner, and large-ensemble works composed for Ostravská banda. These will include Wolff’s Trust (2012), Alex Mincek’s Subito No. 2 (2013), and Petr Kotík’s Nine + 1 (2013) – premiered by the West German Radio in Cologne in 2013 – and Bernhard Lang’s Monadologie XVII (2011), premiered in Ostrava in 2012. With the exception of 37 Haiku, all the pieces on the program will receive their American premiere.

The 7 p.m. concert will be followed by Concert & Party at 9 p.m. (also at Bohemian National Hall), combining informal performances by Ostrava Days participants with a birthday party. The event will offer the unique opportunity to experience such distinct personalities as composers Philip Glass and Christian Wolff, pianists Joseph Kubera and Daan Vandewalle, along with Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, and Petr Kotik, performing their own music side by side. The event will include the world premiere of Wolff’s Trio VI (flutist, 2 percussionists) as well as a 30-minute excerpt of Kotik’s Many Many Women, one of Ostrava Days 2013’s highlights, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble.

For more details about the three concert, visit: www.semensemble.org

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QAUnisphereThe Quintet of the Americas will present A Celebration of the Tango on Saturday, March 29 – 1:30 PM at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, Queens.

Quintet of the Americas, the woodwind quintet widely-known for its performances of music from Latin America, will be joined by world-renowned guest artist, pianist Pablo Zinger.

Music will include works by Astor Piazzolla, Mariano Mores, Osmar Maderna, Ernesto Nazareth, and Paquito D’Rivera. Tango in Red, a special work for woodwind quintet, piano, and bass by Uruguayan composer Luis Pasquet will be featured.

The March 29 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-230-5189 or visit http://www.quintet.org/concerts.html.

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May 9, 2014, 8:00-9:00 PM

Turtle Bay Music School
244 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 map
212-753-8811
Free to the public

Things I Wonder: Chris Parrello, Karlie Bruce, Jordan Scannella, Aaron Steele, Aaron Arntz, and Skye Steele

Exploring the Metropolis and Turtle Bay Music School present Chris Parrello performing with his group, Things I Wonder, in this, the culminating program of his EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency.

“… an exciting example of how fresh and fine the state of contemporary jazz is, how musicians are expanding this still young music into new territory while maintaining its core values… A beguiling, fascinating recording and a stunning debut.” – thebigcityblog

Listen to Things I Wonder perform Parrello’s “Broken Windows.”

New York based guitarist and composer Chris Parrello has performed across varied genres at world renowned venues from The Blue Note, to the Mercury Lounge, to Carnegie Hall. He is a winner of the Marc Brunswick Award for Composition and has been commissioned to compose for The Museum of Modern Art. Chris has been so fortunate to collaborate on his music with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kneebody, Grizzly Bear, M83, Robert Glasper Experiment, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Polyphonic Spree.His original group, Things I Wonder, released their self-titled debut in 2011, and sophomore EP in 2012, to critical praise, enjoying a feature on NPR and a Jazz Journalist Award nomination.

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