JShatinPhoto3Judith Shatin’s Grito del Corazon for cello and electronics will be performed by Till by Turning on Saturday, November 8 – 7:00 PM at the Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria.

The composer writes about the piece, “Grito del Corazon was inspired by Goya’s “Black Paintings.” Their haunting, stark quality was deeply compelling to both myself and artist Kathy Aoki. When the Ensemble Barcelona Nuova Musica wanted to commission a work for their Painting Music program, premiered on November 20, 2001 at the VIII Festival de CinemaIndependent de Alternativa 2001, I immediately recalled my intense response to Goya’s paintings in the Prado, and suggested this theme.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/grito-del-corazon/.

Till by Turning is Amy Cimini, Erica Dicker, Emily Manzo, and Katherine Young, four performers who work as composers, educators, scholars, songwriters, and improvisers. Till by Turning performs new chamber music by established and emerging artists, including original compositions, songs, and arrangements written by the ensemble members. Visit them at http://www.tillbyturning.com/.

More about the Unlimited Festival at http://www.waschaecht.at/music_unlimited.html.

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s 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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JShatinPhoto2Judith Shatin’s For the Fallen, for trumpet and electronics will be performed by Christopher Buchanan on Friday, November 7 – 8:00 PM as part of his Found Sound TechnoSonics XV concert at Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The composer writes, “For the Fallen, for trumpet and electronics, was commissioned by Ivano Ascari, to whom it is dedicated. After discussing the project with him, I decided to make my inspiration from, and create electronics from, recordings of the Maria Dolens Bell, also known as the Bell of Peace, located in Rovereto, Italy. Originally fabricated from the bronze of melted canons from WWI, donated by countries involved in the war, it is one of the largest ringing bells in the world. Built between 1918 and 1925 to commemorate the fallen in all wars, and recast twice since then, it is rung every day in the memory of the fallen, and in hopes of peace. The original recordings were kindly provided by engineer Marco Olivotto.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/for-the-fallen/.

Other composers on this program include Annie Gosfield. For more about the free November 7 event, visit http://music.virginia.edu/node/2424.

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s 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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New York-based composer Gerald Cohen (www.GeraldCohenMusic.com) is set to release a new CD of music – SEA OF REEDS – on the Navona Label on November 11th, 2014. The four pieces on this recording reflect Cohen’s affinity for the clarinet, featuring the instrument in various trio settings. The album will be released in both physical and digital formats and will be available for purchase at ClassicsOnline, iTunes, Amazon, and other online music distributors.

CD release concert will be at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, New York, NY, Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Advance tickets are $15; day-of $20. The performance will feature the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets, and Alexandra Joan, piano) as well as violinist Jennifer Choi and violist Maria Lambros.

Cohen, whose music is noted for its dramatic and lyrical qualities, aims with SEA OF REEDS to explore the multifaceted clarinet through the lens of his classical, Jewish, and jazz influences. The composer writes: “I love the clarinet for its wide variety of character and dynamics, and its ability to either blend beautifully with other instruments or to stand out in a crowd.”

Variously Blue is a vibrant group of variations on a twelve-bar blues pattern, highlighting an interplay between jazz and concert music; the title collection Sea of Reeds arranges five of Cohen’s Jewish vocal works, turning them into virtuosic clarinet showpieces. Yedid Nefesh, based on a delicate Sephardic song, explores both meditative and exuberant aspects of that melody, while the wide-ranging variations of Grneta Variations take advantage of the wonderful virtuosity and unique musical personalities of the three musicians of the Grneta Ensemble.

As with the CD release concert, the recording features the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets, and Alexandra Joan, piano) with violinist Jennifer Choi and violist Maria Lambros.


Works on this recording (all composed by Gerald Cohen) are:

Variously Blue, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Sea of Reeds, for two clarinets and piano
Yedid Nefesh, for two clarinet, viola, and piano
Grneta Variations, for two clarinets and piano

Total Running Time: 70 minutes

About Gerald Cohen

Composer Gerald Cohen (Yonkers, NY), has been praised for his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift,” creating compositions with “a strong sense of tradition — one that embraces Brahms, Bartok and Britten on one hand and his own Jewish heritage on the other” (Gramophone Magazine). His deeply affecting compositions have been recognized with numerous awards and critical accolades. According to Gramophone, an earlier CD of his compositions, Generations, “reveals a very personal modernism that…offers great emotional rewards.”

His opera, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true concentration camp love story, had its semi- staged premiere in 2013. Lucid Culture’s review noted the effectiveness of Cohen’s “…mesmerizingly hypnotic, intricately contrapuntal” music, with moments of “…Bernard Herrmann-esque, shivery terror…”. Cohen’s operas Sarah and Hagar, based on the story from the book of Genesis, and Seed, a one-act opera about love and choices for a post-apocalyptic couple, have been performed in concert form.

Cohen’s best-known work, his “shimmering setting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) of Adonai Ro’i (Psalm 23), has received thousands of performances from synagogues and churches to Carnegie Hall and the Vatican. A cantor at Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, NY, Cohen’s experience as a singer informs his dramatic, lyrical compositions. He also serves on the faculties of both the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

Recognition of Cohen’s body of work includes the Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award, Aaron Copland Award, Westchester Prize for New Work, American Composers Forum Faith Partners residency, and Cantors Assembly’s Max Wohlberg Award for distinguished achievement in the field of Jewish composition. Cohen received the Yale University’s Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the creative arts, and has been awarded commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Westchester Arts Council. Throughout his career, he has been selected for residencies including those at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and American Lyric Theater.

Cohen’s music has been commissioned by chamber ensembles including the Cassatt String Quartet, Verdehr Trio, Franciscan String Quartet, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Grneta Ensemble, Wave Hill Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintet; by choruses including the New York Virtuoso Singers, Canticum Novum Singers, Syracuse Children’s Chorus, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Usdan Center Chorus; and by the Cantors Assembly of America and Westchester Youth Symphony. Cohen’s music has been performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, New York Concert Singers, Princeton Pro Musica, and many other ensembles and soloists.


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Encompass New Opera Theatre presents the New York Premiere of Richard Pearson Thomas’ new comic opera A Wake or a Wedding, November 6-16, 8:00 each evening with Sunday matinees at 3:00, at the Rose Nagelberg Theater of Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

The opera, with music and libretto by Thomas, will be performed by an ensemble of eight singers, featuring Joy Hermalyn, and including Marie Anello, Alison Davy,  Eapen Leubner, Scott Lindroth, Caroline Bassett Miller, Lindsay Rider and Adrian Rosas.

The chamber orchestra, Ionization New Music Group, will be conducted by Encompass Music Director Mara Waldman.  Director is Nancy Rhodes.

A Wake or a Wedding runs 90 minutes and is performed in English.   Following the performances, audiences are invited to a Meet and Greet, where they can chat with the artists and enjoy a piece of wedding cake and other refreshments, in celebration of the Company’s new home at BPAC.

The following plot synopsis has been provided by Encompass, “A Wake or a Wedding takes viewers to 1898 Montana, where ruthless, unloveable copper king Pierpont Mackerel Davenport, has dropped dead on the eve of his daughter Velena-Sue’s wedding, a matter of great inconvenience to her.  “Selfish to the end,” she snorts.  The already topsy-turvy household is shaken up by the arrival of Marcella Sorella, opera diva extraordinaire, and her cohort Raimondo Vecchiofaraone, who could be from Cairo Egypt or Cairo Illinois – hard to tell!   Other characters are the groom Jack Highstraw, a lepidopterist; the butler Smelt; housekeeper Miss O’Dell; Pierpont’s mad as a hatter widow Deirdre; and seamstress Ambrosia. Surprise relationships are revealed, the tables are turned, and all characters reveal their surprisingly true identities.”

Tickets are $20 to $60, available from Ovation tickets at 866-811-4111 or www.encompassopera.org or at the Baruch box office, 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

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The Boston New Music Initiative will perform Voci et Veritas on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 8:00 pm at Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Five guest artists will join BNMI’s core chamber ensemble and conductor Patrick Valentino to perform seven works by living composers.

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The Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will present Music Born of Adversity, a concert on Friday, November 7 – 7:30 PM at the Anna Ciccone Theatre of Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus, New Jersey. This is part of the Curtain Up series.

The Virtuosi will perform the World Premiere of Adrienne Albert’s Dog Tales, which they commissioned. The composer writes, “Each movement of “Dog Tales” has a story. The first movement, “Three Dog Night” refers to my dog-sitting for neighbors who have two dogs and go away frequently on long trips…The second movement, “The Artful Dodger” is a tone poem to my dear dog who “artfully” managed to “dodge” the traffic and possible horrible outcomes on his journey (having recently gotten lost and found his way home through remarkable circumstances)… The last movement, “Mutt & Steff”, is a short and, I think, humorous homage to a chihuahua (think small dog=piccolo) and a great dane (bass clarinet) who try to figure out how to get along and live together…It is with pleasure that I composed this work for Palisades Virtuosi, three outstanding and gifted musicians whose commitment to commissioning new works for their unusual ensemble is extraordinary. “

PV, Visiting Artists at Bergen Community College, will also perform Debussy’s Syrinx, Michelle Ekisian’s Lullaby from Gorky, Marin Marais’ L’Operation de la Taille, Puccini’s selections from Madam Butterfly, Schumann’s Fantasiestucke, Scriabin’s Prelude for the Left Hand and Raymond Wojcik’s Between Worlds, commissioned by the Virtuosi in 2010.

Tickets are general admission $35, BCC Faculty/Seniors $20 and BCC Students $10, available by calling 201-447-7428 or visiting http://tickets.bergen.edu/. For directions to the theater please click on

Volumes One, Two, Three, Four and Five of PV’s New American Masters CD series are available from Albany Records. Visit them at http://www.palisadesvirtuosi.org/.

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Ana Cervantes is one of Mexico’s leading advocates for new music. On Monday, November 17th, 2014, Cervantes will perform at Americas Society (680 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan) works from her recent commissioning/recording project, Canto de la Monarca: Mujeres en México (Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico), which features new pieces by 16 composers from six different countries, inspired by important women in Mexican history.

About the artist

Critics praise pianist Ana Cervantes as “a physical, emotional performer with master of tone and color” (Newark Star-Ledger), as an artist of “commanding intensity” (MusicWeb International, UK), with “great interpretive qualities, enormous passion” (unomásuno, Mexico); and as “ambassadress for the music of Mexico” (Independent on Sunday, UK). An alumna of Bard College and a former Fulbright-García Robles Senior Scholar, Cervantes recently released two CDs as part of the Monarca project. She cites Joan Tower and the late Theodore Lettvin as her most important teachers. An active teacher and performer, Cervantes is currently based in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Her discography also includes Agua y Piedra: músiva reciente de México (Water & Stone: Recent Music from Mexico, 2004), featuring world premieres by seven contemporary Mexican composers, and Amor de la Danza (Love of the Dance, 1999), a mixed program of recent and staple works from the solo piano repertoire.

Event link: http://www.as-coa.org/events/concert-ana-cervantes

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah (NY) offers an unprecedented, innovative audio-visual experience with the large scale, outdoor sound art exhibition, In the Garden of Sonic Delights, running until November 2nd. Curated by Artistic Director Stephan Moore and in development for more than five years, the project features fifteen commissioned site-specific artworks by some of the most sought-after sound artists alive and a host of exciting emerging artists.


Featured artists include Laurie Anderson, Bob Bielecki, Betsey Biggs, Eli Keszler, Annea Lockwood, Francisco Lopez, Stephan Moore, Scott Smallwood, Suzanne Thorpe, Trimpin, and Stephen Vitiello. The other partner organizations and their respective artists are Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill)/A. Taylor Kuffner, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville)/John Morton, Lyndhurst (Tarrytown)/Ed Osborn, Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College (Purchase)/Ranjit Bhatnagar, and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Pocantico Hills)/Bruce Odland.

Caramoor can easily be reached by train from Grand Central (New York City), then a 5-minute cab ride.

In the Garden of Sonic Delights is open Thursday-Sunday, 10AM-3PM. Admission is $10.00 (children 12 and under are free), including all-day access to the Caramoor grounds for the exhibit, picnics, and walks.


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Aaron Jay Kernis

Aaron Jay Kernis

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), an ardent champion of new music, presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ gripping and virtuosic Viola Concerto written for and featuring Paul Neubauer, considered one of the greatest violists of his generation, in two performances led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kernis’ three-movement work, filled with “passages of intense lyricism (that) approach a kind of ecstasy” (Star Tribune), is a co-commission by LACO, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which premiered it in April, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Kahane, showcasing LACO’s remarkable artistic versatility, also leads Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3 from the piano and opens the program with Rameau’s Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boréades and Dardanus.

Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times) and music that is “consistently exhilarating” (New York Observer), is one of the country’s most celebrated composers. The recipient of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, he was also inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame and is member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prestigious honors.

Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the globe, is acclaimed for his “virtuosic performances” (Washington Post), and his “seamless control of the bow, his intonation, his rich and varied tonal palette (that) mark him as a member of the elite” (The New York Times).

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, 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 Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

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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 an all-a cappella program of soaring Renaissance choral gems that promises to resonate in the sparkling acoustics of Disney Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm. The Chorale, which is particularly adept at performing this musical style with crisp, clear intonation, performs William Byrd’s Sing Joyfully, Josquin des Prez’s Ave nobilissima creatura, John Taverner’s Western Wind Mass, Thomas Tallis’s If Ye Love Me and Orlando di Lasso’s O Crux Splendidior, among other 16th and 17th century works.

“The LA Master Chorale has a great affinity for the music of the Renaissance that goes back to our founding 51 years ago,” Gershon says. “We chose music for this concert that embodies the sensuousness and purity of the sacred music from this era that will, no doubt, transform Disney Hall into a stainless steel cathedral.”

Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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