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O Coração Canta

Art Songs by Composers from Brazil

Martha Herr, soprano

Israel Pessoa, bass

Max Lifchitz, piano

program will include songs by

Ernani Braga, Luciano Gallet, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Ronaldo Miranda,

Alberto Nepomuceno, Marlos Nobre, Almeida Prado, Achille Picchi and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Tuesday, June 12 at 8 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC

Free Admission. No tickets required.

North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Tuesday evening June 12, 2012 when acclaimed soprano Martha Herr, bass Israel Pessoa, and pianist Max Lifchitz join forces for an evening featuring exclusively art songs by Brazilian composers.

The concert will start at 8 PM and will take place at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) in New York City. Admission is free – no tickets needed.

The program will feature art songs by Brazilian composers from the 19th and 20th century including Ernani Braga, Luciano Gallet, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Ronaldo Miranda, Alberto Nepomuceno, Marlos Nobre, Almeida Prado, Achille Picchi and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

The performers are available for interviews and other media events and may be contacted through the North/South office at ns.concerts(at)

North/South Consonance’s 2011-12 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; grants from Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music, the Music Performance Funds from the American Federation of Musicians, and contributions by many generous individuals.

For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit


Soprano Martha Herr has received wide acclaim for her work in opera, oratorio, recitals and recordings. A champion of the vocal music of her adopted country Brazil, she has premiered operas by Arrigo Barnabé, Tim Rescala and Jorge Antunes. She also participated in the first Brazilian production of Wagner’s Rin in the historical opera house of Manaus in the Amazonas.

Martha Herr

Ms. Herr also participated in the premiere of Morton Feldman’s neither at the Rome Opera and John Cage’s Europera V at the North American New Music Festival. Her recordings include an album devoted to the songs by Virgil Thomson, and an album devoted to Brazilian songs including the ever-popular Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The Chair of the voice department at the State University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Herr is a visiting professor at Bennington College this season.

Israel Pessoa, bass, was invited by the beloved  Anna Moffo to participate in her master classes at the Metropolitan Opera House. After critically acclaimed appearances at the Sao Paulo Opera House, Pessoa was invited to perform with several US companies including, among others,  the Tulsa Opera;  the Athens Opera in Georgia; the Cava di Tirreni Festival in Italy; the NY Opera Forum; and the NY Cantata Singers.

A native of Goiania-Goias, Brazil, Pessoa trained as vocalist and choral conductor at the Sao Paulo Baptist Theological Seminary and at

Israel Pessoa

the State University Of Sao Paulo before relocating to the US in 1995. He is the featured soloist in the premiere recording of a Te Deum and a Mass by the 18th century Brazilian composer Tristao Mariano da Costa.

Pianist Max Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. He was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland.

The San Francisco Chronicle described Max Lifchitz as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised Mr. Lifchitz for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances.”

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. He was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland.     His numerous recordings as pianist, composer and conductor are available for streaming and download through

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World Premiere by Kate Soper, with works by John Cage, Giovanni Gabrieli, Luigi Nono, and Petr Kotik

With Kate Soper (voice), Conrad Harris (violin), Tom Chiu (violin), and Petr Kotik (conductor)

The S.E.M. Ensemble, founded and directed by Petr Kotik, will present its annual Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery’s main space in Chelsea on Tuesday, December 13 (8 pm). The program was designed to accommodate Mark di Suvero’s large sculpture exhibited in the gallery and will feature compositions for which the consideration of space is integral to their performances. The music will be performed around the artwork, with individual musicians or groups of players strategically placed in various parts of the room.

The concert will feature SEM in John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis (1961-62), performed simultaneously with Cage’s Fontana Mix and Aria (1958), and presented as a preview of the SEM Cage centennial concerts in 2012. Highlights will also include the New York premiere of Kate Soper’s cipher (2011); Luigi Nono’s “hay que caminar” soñando (1989) for two violins, performed by Conrad Harris and Tom Chiu; and Kotik’s Kontrabandt (1967), a four-channel work commissioned by the Electronic Music Studio of the West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne, Germany. Vocalist Kate Soper will be the soloist in Cage’s Aria as well as in her own work.

Since its first Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery at midnight on December 24 1984, it has become a tradition for SEM to include an early music piece, and the December 13 program will also feature the Renaissance Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli whose music, designed for the unusual spatial configuration of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, requires musicians to be placed in various ends of the basilica’s gallery. SEM will perform two sections from his Sacrae Symphoniae (1597), scored for three consorts, performed here with brass and strings.

Petr Kotik: Kontrabandt

Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon a 12 and Canzon Quarti Toni

Kate Soper: cipher (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Kate Soper, voice; Joshua Modney, violin

John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis with Aria and Fontana Mix
Kate Soper, voice

Luigi Nono: “hay que caminar” soñando
Conrad Harris & Tom Chiu, violins

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 8pm

WHERE: Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street, New York

TICKETS: $15, Students and Seniors $10

INFO/RESERVATIONS: (718) 488-7659 or


Music by György Ligeti, John Cage, Luca Francesconi, Petr Kotik, Carolyn Chen, and Alex Mincek

With pianists Daan Vanderwalle and Joseph Kubera and virtuoso violinist Hana Kotková

A program of rarely-performed 20th-century classics as well as exciting world premieres by up-and-coming composers.

The evening will feature:
* György Ligeti‘s Concerto for Piano with acclaimed Belgian soloist Daan Vanderwalle

* John Cage‘s Concert for Piano with long-time Cage’s collaborator, Joseph Kubera

* N.Y premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Riti neurali with virtuoso Czech violinist Hana Kotková

* World premieres of Carolyn Chen’s Wilder Shores of Love and Alex Mincek’s Pendulum #7

* Petr Kotik’s In Four Parts, 3, 6 & 11 (for John Cage)

Both Petr Kotik and Joseph Kubera worked and performed with Cage several years until his death in 1992, and are considered some of the most “authentic” performers of his music. Kubera is the only pianist alive today who performed with Cage as a member of the Cunningham Dance Company. Kotik’s history with the work began in 1964 when he performed it in Prague with Cage and David Tudor. The Zankel performance will mark a rare occasion the work is performed with full orchestra.

April 13, 2011, 7:30 pm

Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh avenue, NYC

ONLY $15 Admission / $10 Friends of SEM and students

The Box Office is located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
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In addition to the Zankel Hall concert, Ostravská banda will celebrate the release of their double CD, Ostravská banda on Tour (Mutable Music Rcords) on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bohemian National Hall (Czech Center, 321 E. 73ed Street, NYC). The event will include a brief presentation of the 2011 Ostrava Days – the biennial new music summer institute where the ensemble was created – followed by works by former and upcoming Ostrava Days residents. For more information, visit or


Collide-O-Scope Music is proud to present Dream of the Noctilucent City, its second concert of the season devoted to the close interinvolvement of a variety of media forms, both sonic and visual, acoustic and electronic. Dream of the Noctilucent City features music by Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, Stephen Gorbos, Christopher Bailey, John Cage, and Alvin Lucier, performed by pianist Augustus Arnone, saxophonist Noah Getz, and clarinetist Alejandro Acierto.

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Collide-O-Scope Music will open its 2010-2011 season on Sunday, October 3, with an all-acoustic ensemble program entitled “Technologies Without Circuits,” at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W69 St., New York. Looking beyond the obvious impact of electronics and computers, this program takes a broad view of technology in contemporary music, focusing on a number of works whose wildy different aesthetic environments are intimately tied to the application of other kinds of innovative or extended musical devices.

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