C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present Upward: Exploring the Spiritual, the third concerts of its Innovate/Elevate 2013-14 New York season on Thursday, May 29 at 8:00 PM in Engelman Recital Hall in Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue and May 31, again at 8:00 PM at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

Upward: Exploring the Spiritual will feature performances of Eric Banks’ Sarasvati (a hymn to the goddess), Abbie Betinis’ Bar Xizam (Upward I Rise), C4 founder Ian David Moss’s We Kindle This Fire This Day, Thomas Stumpf’s season of sorrow and Perry Townsend’s Two Devotions and a Heresy (with Elizabeth Derham, violin and David Wozniak, saxophone). The program will also include works by Hayes Biggs (C4), Elizabeth Hanna (C4), David Hurd, Bruce Saylor, Fahad Siadat (C4), and Steven Stucky.

Tickets for the May 29 and 31 concerts are $15 advance / $25 day of event/ with 10 $4 “Rush” admissions 30 minutes advance at the door. A reception will follow the Saturday evening performance. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.c4ensemble.org/may-2014-concerts.html. For more concert information, call 516-586-3433 or email jamesarts@att.net.

All C4 concerts are ADA accessible.

C4 has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. Their first CD release, Volume 1: Uncaged (http://www.c4ensemble.org/c4-uncaged-release.html), is on the 4Tay label. Visit them at http://www.c4ensemble.org/.

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JoelleWJoelle Wallach’s When Lost in the Forest will be performed by the Chorus of the Turtle Bay Music School, conducted by Alison Davy with accompanist Gene Rohrer, on Wednesday, May 28 – 7:00 PM in Em Lee Concert Hall of Turtle Bay Music School,244 East 52nd Street in New York, NY.

Her The Cloths of Heaven will also be performed by singer Alison Davy and pianist Gene Rohrer on the same program.

When Lost in the Forest is one of Wallach’s Spiritual Speculations, a series of short choral works exploring the dilemmas of conscience in a flawed world. The piece is based on a poem by David Wagoner and reflects the Pacific Northwest Indians’ reliance on the wisdom of nature, on stillness and silence.

The Cloths of Heaven is derived from the gestures and moods of Irish speech and song. The Yeats poem that is the basis of this song is an invitation to a personal world of dreams and imagination. It is an invitation into the world of Wallach’s songs which are her own dreams. It’s also part of Spiritual Speculations.

This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212-753-8811 or visit http://www.tbms.org/.

The 4Tay label has released two CDs of Joelle Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach2. More about her at http://www.joellewallach.com.

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The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Salvatore Di Vittorio, Music Director, will present To English Masters, a concert on Thursday, May 29 – 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.

CONY will perform two U.S. Premieres of rediscovered, early works of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade in A Minor, and Harnham Down. The evening is also dedicated to fellow English master William Walton’s rare works, such as Portsmouth Point Overture and Two Pieces for strings from the film Henry V. Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony will also be presented, in celebration of his centennial anniversary. More about this concert at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/5/29/0730/PM/Chamber-Orchestra-of-New-York/.

Tickets are $40 and $30 general admission and can be purchased online at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/5/29/0730/PM/Chamber-Orchestra-of-New-York/, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

U.S. Premieres of rediscovered early works of Ralph Vaughan Williams are presented in collaboration with publisher Oxford University Press, and by support of The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

Chamber Orchestra of New York was founded in honor of Ottorino Respighi – the preeminent early twentieth century Italian composer whose compositions bridge the classical and modern traditions. The orchestra’s programming presents great works of the 20th and 21st centuries, including film scores and rarely performed gems, alongside ancient music. For more about them, visit http://www.chamberorchestraofnewyork.org/.

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) concludes its year long 50th Anniversary Season celebration on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with “Today, Tomorrow & Beyond,” a forward-looking program conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon featuring the world premieres of three works commissioned by the acclaimed choir in honor of its 50th jubilee. They include Iri da iri (“Rainbow by rainbow”), a piece commissioned by the singers themselves from eminent composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom the Chorale has shared a rich history both in his capacity as a composer and Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the national anthems, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, which features the masterful Calder Quartet; and Inscapes by LAMC Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner. The Chorale, joined by the 80-member LAMC High School Choir Festival Honor Choir, reprises Es Tu Tiempo by MacArthur Fellow Francisco Núñez led by the composer himself. Additionally, the Chorale reprises Gabriela Lena Frank’s Los Cantores de las Montañas (“The Singing Mountaineers”) performed with the innovative Latin American folk ensemble Huayucaltia and conducted by Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton. It was premiered by the Chorale in April 2012 and is the fifth work in the LAMC’s highly regarded LA is the World commissioning project, conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror LA’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric.

Salonen’s new work, Iri da iri, for a cappella chorus, is based on Dante’s Paradiso, the final section of Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Drawn to the universal perspective in the poem’s conclusion, Salonen says, “It goes beyond the religious. At the end Dante has to admit that the only thing he knows is that love is what makes the planets and stars, the whole cosmos work.” Salonen took musical cues from the poem’s meter and three-line stanzas, which provided an inherent structure at times linear and others “densely contrapuntal.” He also says that, given his strong ties with Gershon and the Chorale, the commission, “is very personal for me — more so than usual.” The Chorale has sung under Salonen’s baton in more than 200 concerts. Additionally, the Chorale gave the US premiere of his choral works Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund (later retitled Two Songs from Kalendar Röd), of which the chorus also made the world premiere recording (RCM 2003) that earned a coveted four-star rating from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was hailed by critics as “razor sharp” (Daily News) and “ethereal and impelling” (Los Angeles Times).

Lang has set the national anthems to excerpts from national anthems worldwide. He describes the piece, composed for a large choir and string quartet, as a “meta-anthem of all the hopes and dreams that everyone in the world has in common.” With its range of just over one octave – consistent with the range of most anthems for relative ease of singing – Lang says it is “something that everyone can conceivably sing, from start to finish.” The piece was commissioned through the generous support of Lenore and Bernard Greenberg. The Calder Quartet, which is featured on this work, has been hailed as “superb” (The New York Times) and “one of America’s most satisfying – and most enterprising – quartets” (Los Angeles Times). Winner of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls.

Núñez, founder and artistic director of the renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City, is acclaimed for seamlessly fusing a wide range of cultural and musical idioms. In keeping with the closing concert’s forward-looking theme, the Honor Choir from LAMC’s Annual High School Choir Festival – the next generation of singers – for whom Es Tu Tiempo was commissioned on the occasion of the 25th Festival in May 2014, reprises it with the Chorale members. Composed for mixed chorus, piano, percussion and electric bass, Núñez wrote the lyrics specifically for students about the milestone of transitioning from a youth in high school to adulthood. While there is a sense of loss about experiences that will never happen again, it also offers comfort to those to come that all will be fine, regardless of the path that journey takes. The piece was underwritten by Judi and Bryant Danner.

Kirchner’s Inscapes is an a cappella work for double choir set to the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, considered “a nature mystic” and one the Victorian era’s greatest poets. A longtime tenor in the Chorale, Kirchner describes the cycle of four settings of Hopkins’s poetry as “a grand and celebratory choral symphony that calls for the Chorale’s exulting voice.” Wishing to stay true to the poetry and the poet’s intent, he says, “I’m trying to connect with that level of awe in perceiving a part of nature, a tree or a kingfisher. These aren’t just pretty pictures of nature; they’re all part of the ‘royal perception’ of the intrinsic patterns of being.” Named the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence in July 2012, he is only the second Composer in Residence in the Chorale’s history, succeeding Morten Lauridsen. Kirchner’s works have been performed around the globe, including his popular arrangement of the Kenyan folksong Wana Baraka, which was performed at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Frank, who is based in California but whose family tree spreads from South America to China, set Los Cantores de las Montañas (“The Singing Mountaineers”) to the poetry of José María Argueda. The Los Angeles Times describes it as “fond, alluring music that sounds like a vivid memory of a place that doesn’t exist.” One of the most sought-after classical composers in the country, the Latin Grammy Award-winning composer has “clearly emerged as a major composer” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, soprano Dawn Upshaw and Chanticleer, among others. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. She has traveled extensively throughout South America, and her pieces blend Latin-American folklore, poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a Western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Huayucaltia, LA’s innovative Latin American folk jazz ensemble, is featured with the Chorale. Formed in 1985, the instrumental group, rooted in the ideals of Latin America’s nueva cancion (new song) movement of the 1970’s, skillfully fuses Andean, Afro-Peruvian, jazz, rock and classical influences. The piece was funded by The James Irvine Foundation.

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.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

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QAFormal1011The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Sunday to Remember program present their Mother’s Day concert, Quintet of the Americas performing An Afternoon of Tangos, on Sunday, May 25 – 2:30 PM at El Paraiso, 102-11 42nd Avenue, Corona, Queens, NY.

Quintet of the Americas, the woodwind quintet widely-known for its performances of Latin American music, will perform a new commission, Tango for a Cold Wintry Day, by Lev Zhurbin, along with tango masterworks by Astor Piazzolla, Paquito D’Rivera, Matos Rodriguez, Mariano Mores, Sebastián Piana, Osmar Maderna, and Ernesto Nazareth. Tango dancers will join the Quintet in several of the tangos.

The May 25 community event is free and open to everyone in a welcoming environment for the whole family. Space is limited. For reservations, call 718-261-7664 or email LACCQ@aol.com. For more information, visit http://www.quintet.org/concerts.html. This concert is ADA accessible.

Members of the Quintet are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. They are currently in residence in The Department of Music and Performing Arts in The Steinhardt School at New York University. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/.

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Meridian Project is pleased to announce the continuation of its multimedia performance series with COMETS & METEOR SHOWERS, an evening under the stars at Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory, the darkest sky between New York and Boston. The performance begins at 9 pm on Friday, May 23, and music will continue until the early morning, coinciding with an anticipated meteor shower of fragments of the comet 209P/LINEAR as Earth passes through its orbit. Performances will include new music and video created and performed by Meridian Project members Caroline Doherty, Joshua Lantzy, Jacob Richman, Jamie Topper, and Kirsten Volness, featuring astrophysicist Ryan Michney and with special guest performers. Meridian Project will also present a special encore performance of DARK MATTER featuring Doug Swanson.

Public stargazing begins at 6 pm with safe viewing of the sun; at 8:30, astronomer Scott MacNeill will direct the telescope toward the night sky to see views of the moon, dazzling planets, bright stars, speckled star clusters, mesmerizing nebulae, and vast galaxies. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, acoustic instrument or voice and take part in a midnight community jam session. Further details are available at www.meridian-project.com.

May 23, 2014
6 pm: public stargazing
9 pm–late: performances begin
Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory Ninigret Park
61 Park Lane
Charlestown, RI
$5 suggested donation in support of the artists 

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These performances are made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Guy-BarashRoulette proudly celebrates Guy Barash’s debut album, Facts About Water, from Innova Recordings with a retrospective of this intriguing composer’s recent works on Wednesday, May 21st at 8. The pieces programmed represent highlights of Barash’s past three years of activity and projects currently in progress. As with those on the album, this evening’s works are drawn from many areas of Barash’s œuvre, including operatic, vocal, electronic, chamber, and multimedia with each exploring his central interests of music in time and space, such as the abstract phenomena of simultaneity, synchronicity, and geometry as manifested in different contexts and idioms.

A prose poem-like passage in Nick Flynn’s second memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, provides the title for Barash’s debut release. This album represents Barash’s musical journey that started with them meeting one evening in a Brooklyn café in the fall of 2008 and which has evolved into a fruitful collaboration.

Facts About Water was produced by internationally renowned composer and producer, Elliott Sharp and mastered by Silas Brown. The cover artwork is by Philip Blackburn. Release Date: May 27, 2014. Available at: Innova, iTunes, Amazon and more.

Special CD price this concert only – $8


509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves) DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR Tickets: $20; Members/Students/Seniors: $15;

FREE for All Access Members


Featured Artists:

David Bloom, conductor

Kathleen Supové, piano

Tom Chiu, violin

Rachel Golub, violin

Stephanie Griffin, viola

Meaghan Burke, cello

Megan Schubert, soprano

Blythe Gaissert, mezzo soprano

Seth Gilman, baritone

Aram Tchobanian, tenor

Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo soprano

Javier Ortiz, bass

Nadav Lev, guitar

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet

Amy Garapic, marimba

Jen Baker, trombone

Nick Flynn, author & poet

Jared Handelsman, artist


TalkBack IV for piano and computer (2010, revised 2012)

Blind Huber (2011)

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Wrong Ocean for string quartet (2012)

1. Brack

2. Rush

3. High water

4. Torrent

5. Dissolve

6. Stream

7. Counterstreams

8. Feed

9. Low water

10. Source

TalkBack III for guitar and computer (2010, revised 2013)

Reading: Nick Flynn reads from Blind Huber, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, along with new poems from his forthcoming book.

Excerpts from Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins – opera (2013, work in progress)

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2014) to 12 on June 5-8, 2014, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.

Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 28th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.

High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.

There is a $50 charge per audition. Audition scholarships are need-based and scholarship applications are available upon request. Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.18.30 AMThe Virgil Thomson Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters are pleased to announce that Lowell Liebermann has won the inaugural Virgil Thomson Award of $40,000. The award, endowed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognizes an American composer of vocal works.

Mr. Liebermann was among five finalists selected from composers nominated by members of the Academy. Their work was studied closely over the course of several months by a special jury comprised of the composers David Del Tredici, Carlisle Floyd, Ezra Laderman, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and the poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy. “It was instructive perusing and listening to the submissions of composers in mid-career,” said Carlisle Floyd, “and a pleasure to discover that the scene for vocal writing is very healthy indeed.”

The prize will be presented to Mr. Liebermann this Thursday, May 21st, at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial. “Giving such a substantial award to a composer for his vocal works is to my knowledge unique. It is an emphasis as long overdue as it is refreshing, even necessary, in the world of composing today,” said David Del Tredici.

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