Season Finale

NorSou Artists June 21 2016

NorSou Artists June 21 2016

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L.A. Children's Chorus Men's Ensemble

L.A. Children’s Chorus Men’s Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) furthers its national and international reach when two of its leading choirs embark on major tours this summer to Japan and the East Coast, capping LACC’s 30th Anniversary season.  LACC’s Concert Choir, led by LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, travels to Japan for the first time in its 30-year history for an 11-day tour of the island nation, including performances in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, from June 30 – July 10, 2016.  In addition, LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble (YME), under the director of Dr. Steven Kronauer, embarks on a 9-day East Coast tour with stops in Boston, New Haven, New York City and Washington, D.C., from June 19-27, 2016.  To launch the tours, both choirs are presenting free send-off concerts at Pasadena Presbyterian Church with YME performing on Thursday, June 16, 7 pm, and the Concert Choir appearing on Tuesday, June 28, 7 pm.


“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus has enjoyed a long and significant history of touring North America and abroad,” says Tomlinson. “Through these invaluable cultural exchanges, LACC has reached vast new audiences around the globe.  Touring also provides an important opportunity for LACC choristers to engage with people from diverse cultures in meaningful ways and to build bridges through singing.”


The Concert Choir’s tour to Japan features two performances in the Tokyo area – with the Odawara Children’s Choir at the Odawara Civic Hall, on July 3, and with the Sumida Children’s Choir at Toyosu Concert Hall, on July 4.  Other highlights include a concert with Takatsuki Boys and Girls Choir at the Takatsuki Genda Gejijou Assembly Room in Osaka, on July 6; a performance at the Kyoto Concert Hall, on July 8, sponsored by the Kyoto City Music Arts Foundation/Kyoto Chorus Foundation; and a joint appearance with Voice of Young at Elisabeth University’s Cecilia Concert Hall in Hiroshima, on July 9.  The Concert Choir is also slated to take in such sights as Tokyo’s renowned Ginza shopping district, the famed Kirifuri Waterfall in Nikko, Kyoto’s colorful shrines and sublime gardens, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, recently visited by President Barack Obama.  The Concert Choir regularly appears in Southern California with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale and has made numerous recordings and television and radio appearances.


Highlights of YME’s East Coast tour include a workshop with Dr. Andrew Clark, Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University, and a performance at First Church in Cambridge, MA, on June 20; a workshop with Yale University vocal professor James Taylor in New Haven, CT, on June 21; a workshop with Patrick Gardner, director of Rutgers University Glee Club, and a mini-concert at Christ Church in New York City, on June 23; a joint performance with the U.S. Army Chorus on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on June 24; a workshop with Thea Kano, Artistic Director of the New York City Master Chorale and Director of the Capitol Hill Youth Chorus in Washington, D.C., on June 25; and an appearance at the Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, on June 26.  The choir’s itinerary also includes tours of Harvard University, Fenway Park, Yale University, the Metropolitan Opera House, Arlington National Cemetery, the Naval Academy, the Smithsonian Museums and Mount Vernon.  Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices and is designed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing while fostering healthy vocal techniques.


LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has previously toured North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia and Europe.
Admission to the free “send off” concerts on June 16 and 28 are on a first come first served basis.  Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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Friday, June 24, 2016, 8:00 PM

At the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Mary Flagler Cary Hall in New York City


NEW YORK – For the past 10 years in New York City, Queens composer and concert producer Gilbert Galindo has been busy writing chamber works for various groups and soloists in and outside of the city. Here with the concert Perpetual Chant: the Chamber Music of Gilbert Galindo, 2008-2016,” he presents some of his best works from the last decade and this decade. Six works for winds, strings, piano, and percussion will be heard ranging from a duo to a sextet, and they are: “Echoes of the Divine” for piano quartet (2014), written for the RAM Players; “Entangled Chant” for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, violoncello, percussion (2008), written for Ensemble Dal Niente; “Living Oblivion” for violin & violoncello (2009), written for Joshua Modney & Isabel Castellvi; “Perpetual Drive” for pierrot ensemble (2013), written for Lost Dog New Music Ensemble; “Praise by Your Being” for string quartet (2016), written for the RAM Players; and “Secret Nights” for clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano (2011), written for the Gotham Ensemble. The concert takes place on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM, Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center (450 W. 37th Street; New York, New York 10018; A,C,E to 34th St./Penn Station or A,C,E,N,Q,R,S,1,2,3,7 to 42nd Street/Times Square). Doors open at 7:30 PM with complimentary wine and edibles. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the door or online: For more on Gilbert Galindo, visit:

Bringing the music to life on this concert are some of the city’s finest new music performers: the riveting flutist ROBERTA MICHEL of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble and DuoRoMi; the passionate oboist IAN SHAFER; the brilliant clarinetist THOMAS PIERCY of the Tokyo to New York Concert Series; the spirited pianist MARKUS KAITILA having appeared as soloist throughout Europe; the exciting percussionist CHRIS GRAHAM of Iktus Percussion; the exceptional violinist JESSICA PARK of Ensemble LPR; the violinist SASHA PETRIN of Symphony in C; the dynamite violist LIUH-WEN TING of Ensemble Meme; the enthusiastic cellist ERIC ALLEN; the spectacular cellist KATE DILLINGHAM of Random Access Music; and Gilbert Galindo conducting.


The title of the concert, “Perpetual Chant” combines two titles of pieces on the program and speaks to the truth that music sings, chants, and expresses human spirit and energy continually, developing as it wills, in perpetuity with or without the intention of the composer. Gilbert Galindo’s music is no different. The character and style of the works from the late ‘00s to now developed from short hyper nuanced melodic gestures amidst a bright but sometimes aggressive harmonic soundscape to exploring the concept of romanticism in the 21st century with underlying modal and blues harmonic colors sprinkled with enticing dissonance. But all the pieces on this concert reflect varying energies and human expressions, from rugged, aggressive, playful, to ethereal, serene, and lyrical.

Here is what Gilbert says about his music: “My music is about energy, varying intensity, fragmented tunes, melody, drama, color, and expression. Melody and lyricism come most natural to me and from that come the passionate, free, sensitive, virtuosic, or rhapsodic spirit, which aims to communicate and speak to the listener. Energy is the fuel that drives my music, either it be calm, relentless, gentle, unhurried, or ready to explode. Fragmented abstract tunes bring out the scatting jazz man inside of me, and my use of harmony sets the overall colored tone for my music, utilizing modal elements, blues and jazz notes and chords, spiced with modernist dissonances, or from time to time you may hear harmonic stasis with nuance, which is my love to enjoy the moment—a respite from the chaos of life. I use these ideas, take them, alter them, or let them be, and form them into a human sonic expression.”

Always feeling the desire to produce concerts, Gilbert’s curatorial and production inclination has led him to co-found a multi-media music and arts series, NYsoundCircuit and become the artistic director of Random Access Music, a composer and performer collective. And now Gilbert produces a concert of his own music, presenting the works that express his musical statement.


Gilbert’s compositions offer the listener a kaleidoscope of textures, sounds, challenging harmonies, and crisp and vibrant melodies, providing a rewarding journey from the first notes to the last beat. Many are written for multi-combinations of instruments, solos, duets, trios, small ensembles to full-blown symphonic orchestral music, to the most personally poignant songs for voice and piano.

A native of west Texas, Gilbert Galindo’s music has been heard nationwide, at
diverse venues from The Green Mill in Chicago, the University of Wyoming Art Museum, to Symphony Space, Cornelia Street Café, and the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. His music has also been featured on festival programs at the American Composers Alliance Festival of American Music, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music, the New Frontiers Festival, Make Music New York, the Sonic Fusion Festival, and the Queens New Music Festival. He has also established
his presence across Europe in France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland. Additionally, his commissions include those from the Chicago Fine Arts Society, the

New Thread Quartet, the Lone Star Brass, and Project Infinity with further premieres and performances from the Bard Institute Orchestra, DuoSolo, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, ensemble mise-en, the Gotham Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, the Midland Odessa Symphony, newEar, Parthenia, the Southwest Trio, Yung-Li Dance as well as pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Mabel Kwan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, cellist Kate Dillingham, and tenor Ulises Solano, among others. His music has also been heard on WWFM Midday Classics and WQXR in New York.

Recently in February 2015, Gilbert Galindo’s cello and piano piece, “Almost within reach…” was released on a new album entitled, “Crossings: New Music for Cello” with cellist Kate Dillingham and pianist Amir Khosrowpour available on New Focus Recordings. Other recent activity has included “Ampelmännchen Stroll” for ensemble mise-en, “Not the light, but the fire that burns” for Iktus Percussion, “Perpetual Drive” for the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, and various works for Random Access Music. In previous years his chamber and club music were featured on the 21st Century Schizoid Music Series in New York, and his orchestral work, “Awakening—Inevitable” was featured in a documentary film entitled “Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy,” directed by Tony Schweikle. His awards and recognitions include: Composers Assistance Program grants from the the American Music Center and NewMusicUSA, a Van Lier Fellowship from Meet The Composer, two BMI Student Composer Awards, First Place in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Contest, winner of Northwestern University’s first orchestral competition, the Cacavas Award, two awards from the Chicago Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Music Competition Contest, and Northwestern University’s William T. Faricy Award for Creative Music.

While at Northwestern University (BM) – where he studied with William Karlins, Augusta Read Thomas, Amnon Wolman, and Jay Alan Yim – he co-founded “EXPOSURE: musicians for new music.” Afterwards he received a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM) – studying with Margaret Brouwer and Zhou Long – where he served as the conductor and graduate assistant of the CIM New Music Ensemble. Additional studies include the Bard Conductors Institute as a conducting fellow and composer participant with Harold Farberman, and the Brevard Music Festival, studying with Donald Freund. In Germany, as a result of a full scholarship awarded to him by DAAD, he studied with Samuel Adler at the Freie Universität International Summer University Composition Course in Berlin, and privately with Jason Eckardt. Residing in New York, Gilbert is a Co- founder and Co-curator of NYsoundCircuit – an evening-length multimedia salon series of new music and visual arts showcasing the work of composers, ensembles, and artists (currently on hiatus) – as well as Artistic Director of Random Access Music, a composer and performer collective. His music is available from Cuicatl Publications (BMI).

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On June 7 at 8 PM, the North/South Chamber Orchestra performs new works by Jose Luis Gomez, Daniel Kessner, Max Lifchitz and Marilyn Ziffrin. Soloists for the occasion will be clarinetist Julia Heinen and oboist Richard Kravchak

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THOUGHT’S TORSION, composer Peri Mauer’s trio for flute, viola, and cello will be performed at Symphony Space on June 4, 2016, by Michael Laderman flute, Gregor Kitzis viola, and Arthur
Cook cello in a New York Composer’s Circle Gala Concert. Symphony Space is located at 250 West 95th St., NYC. Also on the program is music by Raoul Pleskow, Madelyn Byrne, Patricia
Leonard, Hubert Howe, Max Giteck Duykers, Ross Griffey, and Brian Fennelly. Tickets are $20, students free.

Composer Peri MauerPERI MAUER, composer, was born and raised in NYC where she currently resides. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Bard College, and is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art. Her music has recently received performances in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter and Labor Day Festivals, Composer’s Voice Concert Series at The Firehouse Space, 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 at the Flea Theater for which she also served as cellist and conductor, Composers Concordance Festival at DROM, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, NYU Composers Forum, among others. A recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards for her work in 2014 and 2015, she is honored to have been awarded a grant from New Music USA for the premiere of her orchestral work Illuminations of the Night by the New York Repertory Orchestra and Life on Earth for chamber ensemble for Music With a View. She also recently received a commission from the Music Department of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose a piece for the LaGuardia Junior Band. Her concert band composition Red Sky was premiered by students of LaGuardia High School this past June to critical acclaim. Other recent premieres include A Little New Year’s Flair performed by Blair McMillan in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter Festival, At Home With Allen Ginsberg: Five Songs for Baritone & Piano performed by baritone Daniel Neer and pianist Christopher Berg, a solo trumpet version of Red Sky, Thought’s Torsion for viola, flute, and cello premiered by Eight Strings & a Whistle at Tenri Cultural Institute and performed again a few moths later at Spectrum NYC, Journey, for oboe, and Trumpet Trio, premiered Nov. 2015 in Music From Good Shepherd Concert Series.

Upcoming performances of her music include a new chamber music work, In Concert, for this year’s Make Music New York Festival at the Bard Graduate Center on June 21, 2016, All Along the Heights, composed for the Jackson Heights Orchestra scheduled for a December 14, 2016 premiere, Pixeliance, her revised flute, harp, marimba trio at Vassar College January 2017, and Shadow Lake, her new string quartet, scheduled for premiere Feb. 21, 2017 at St. Peter’s Church in NYC.

Ms. Mauer is also a freelance cellist and conductor and has worked with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theater, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, NYU Contemporary Players, American Chamber Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and can be seen playing her cello in the Golden Globe award-winning TV series Mozart in the Jungle.

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ML Soundwaves June Golia

Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer/performer Vinny Golia on Wednesday June 15 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
A composer, improviser, and performer on innumerable woodwinds, Vinny Golia has been a key part of LA’s underground creative music scene since the 1970s. His Nine Winds record label has released dozens of albums of jazz and improvised music (which Santa Monica Public Library members can stream via the DRAM service). As a professor at CalArts, he has mentored numerous young musicians, including those performing with him at the Library: Molly Pease (vocals), Ethan Marks (trumpets), Corey Hoeben (trombone), Bobby Grigas (vibraphone), Miller Wren (bass), and Nick Hon (drums).

Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. Show announcements and documentation are at 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 or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Free and open to the public
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027


Music Director George Manahan leads the American Composers Orchestra in new works by seven composers from the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute: Jonathan Finlayson (b. 1982), Brian Friedland (b. 1982), Ethan Helm (b. 1990), Guy Mintus (b. 1991), Ben Morris (b. 1993), John La Barbera (b. 1945), and Dawn Norfleet.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) is a new development in the jazz field, and a natural outgrowth of the orchestra’s long-running interest in creative and improvised music. JCOI is led by ACO in partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York.

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Free and open to the public
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027


ACO’s 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings (open to the public free of charge) is a chance to witness the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. This year, Music Director George Manahan conducts works by Katherine Balch (b. 1991), Lembit Beecher (b. 1980), Paul Frucht (b. 1989), Sarah Gibson (b. 1986), Joel Rust (b. 1989), Carlos Simon (b. 1986), and Michael Small (b. 1988) – representing a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season.

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Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music presents distinguished artists from the ranks of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a program including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Franck, Piazzola and Gernot Wolfgang at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music on June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Violinist Lisa Sutton, who is the Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, founded Pittance in 2013. Says Sutton, “The original idea behind Pittance was to raise up the extraordinary yet invisible musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles – hence the name “Pittance”, a play on words referring to these smaller offerings from the orchestra pit. To elevate things further we expanded to include other L.A. Opera resident artists from the Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Program, as well as members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus. By performing in smaller groups and smaller venues we endeavor to personalize opera, allowing audiences a more intimate view of the wonderful artists who are the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Opera company. We also endeavor to have as much fun as possible in the process!”
The June showcase concert is unique because the individual artists have selected the pieces they would like most to perform. As a result the program contains a lively variety of repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Gernot Wolfgang (a living composer) performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from almost every section of the orchestra. In addition, Pittance host, actor Miguel Perez, will enlighten the audience with brief historical notes and anecdotes about the repertoire and the performers.
In June, Pittance Chamber Music will announce its 2016/17 inaugural season which will include three concerts, two of which will take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, and one at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, both located in downtown Los Angeles.
Tickets are $35; $20 for seniors; $10 for students with valid ID, and are available online at, or at the venue on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Barrett Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91106.

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Salastina’s season finale features a world premier, a west coast premier, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in works by six accomplished and diverse local composers

Los Angeles, CA – (May 30, 2016) – In its season finale, Salastina Music Society celebrates six years of existence with the works of six brilliant composers from the Los Angeles area.

At 8pm on Friday, June 10 at South Pasadena’s Calvary Presbyterian Church, Salastina will present an evening of beautiful contemporary chamber music.  Among the carefully chosen pieces are a world premiere, a west coast premier, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Each work will demonstrate a different stylistic approach and sound world created by accomplished local composers working in Southern California, including:  Jeremy Cavaterra, composer-in-residence of Salastina Music Society; Andrew Norman, composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Adam Schoenberg, one of the most often-performed living composers by orchestras in the United States; New Music USA award winner Derrick Spiva, who brings global influences to his compositions; Philip White, who was recently commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and whose credits include music for major television shows, films, and video games; and veteran composer Gernot Wolfgang, whose work  jazz legend Dave Brubeck characterized as being of “unconventional beauty”.


The pieces by Derrick Spiva, Philip White, and resident composer Jeremy Cavaterra will feature the identical instrumentation of flute, viola, and harp.  In exploring the different ways these composers write for the same ensemble, the audience will gain insight into the variety of traditions drawn upon in contemporary classical music.  The two pieces for string trio also demonstrate opposing inspirations.  Andrew Norman’s work “Sabina” has roots in the architecture of Rome, while “Thin Air” by Gernot Wolfgang is inspired by nature and the California Sierras.  Adam Schoenberg’s “Go” is a fresh new addition to the string quartet genre that takes you on a spirited race through the Kentucky landscape.  The entire concert will be an aural cross section of some of LA’s most creative musical minds, and many of the composers will be on hand to discuss their music from the stage prior to its performance.

The program for the June 10 concert will be:
Adam Schoenberg: “Go” for String Quartet
Andrew Norman: “Sabina” from The Companion Guide to Rome, for String Trio
Gernot Wolfgang: “Thin Air” for String Trio
Derrick Spiva: “Crossing” for Harp Trio (world premier)
Philip White: Harp Trio (west coast premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Harp Trio (mvmt 3)

The performers include violinists and co-directors Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White as well as resident violist Meredith Crawford.    The guest artists for this concert are Erik Rynearson (viola), Peter Myers (cello), Jenni Olson (flute), and Allison Allport (harp).

The concert will take place at 8pm on June 10, 2016 at Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030).  Discounted tickets ($28) can be purchased at; regular-priced tickets ($35) will be available at the door. Students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.  Email or call (323)332-6874 for more information.

About Salastina Music Society:

The Salastina Music Society enriches minds, hearts, and our greater community through world-class and educational performances of chamber music.  Since its founding six years ago, Salastina has earned a national reputation for bringing a fresh approach to the classical concert experience, resulting in innovative performances with broad audience appeal.

Salastina presents between twelve and twenty concerts and educational events annually for audiences of all types — ranging from the classical music cognoscenti to new listeners of all ages. With a repertoire spanning three centuries, including special priority given to premieres by living composers, Salastina curates intimate and informative concert experiences, providing listeners with a field guide to the vast, rich landscape of chamber music.

Mirroring its audience’s diversity, Salastina’s expert musicians of varying ages, cultures, and backgrounds comprise an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every style, instrumentation, and historical period. (Visit to learn more about our illustrious roster of guest artists, which includes opera stars, world-renowned chamber musicians, and principal players of the country’s great orchestras.)

Salastina’s annual calendar typically includes over a dozen concert programs and special events, performances throughout California, guest appearances on other highly-regarded concert series, recording activities, and frequent national broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today.


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