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The exciting superstar violinist, Joshua Bell, will serve as guest artistic director and performer for the 10 Anniversary Season of the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Feb 6 –12, 2012. There will also be a wide range of free educational and outreach programs planned for the Festival week, all in the center of this beautiful seaside town.

Festival concerts range from $35 – $100 and can be purchased by calling 949.553.2422
or by going to www.LagunaBeachMusicFestival.com
Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 pm – The Genius of Edgar Meyer
For the February 9 solo recital Edgar Meyer has chosen selections from the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites (which he has arranged, and recorded, for the double bass), and works chosen from among his own phenomenal breadth in classical, jazz, bluegrass and roots music composition.

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Hear the latest works by Lamont’s best and brightest. FREE
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors and free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID.
Ticket prices include free parking in Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists
Lamont Concert line (303) 871-6412

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On November 19, 2011, at 8 pm, the Garden State Philharmonic presents “Remembering Mahler! 100th Anniversary Tribute”, at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Single tickets range from $10 for students to $40 for adults. Additional discounts apply for full-season subscribers, senior citizens, and groups of ten or more. Call 732-255-0460, e-mail info@gardenstatephilharmonic.org, or visit www.gardenstatephilharmonic.org for more information. This is the second concert of our MasterWorks Series, and marks the 56th season for the Jersey Shore’s Premiere cultural resource, and the eleventh year with the Philharmonic for Maestro LaGruth.

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From a book-length poem to a multi-media experimental opera to its current incarnation as a CD, DARKLING gives a haunting portrayal of emotion, terror, and incalculable loss. DARKLING movingly evokes the memory of the Holocaust as well as the human cost of man-made and natural cataclysmic events. Join us for the CD Release at Drom NYC on Nov. 22nd at 6:30 pm.

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Great chamber works by trend-setting composers of the 20th century including Babbitt, Villa Lobos and Crawford Seeger.
Featured works include Milton Babbitt’s Phonemena, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet, Heitor Villa Lobos’ Suite for Voice and Violin, George Aperghis’ La corps a corps, Stephen Goss’ River Winds
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors and free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID.
Ticket prices include free parking in Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert line (303) 871-6412

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The exquisite sound of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra complements two Charlie Chaplin films at the 22nd annual Silent Film Gala on Sunday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The evening features Charlie Chaplin’s 1918 films A Dog’s Life and Shoulder Arms, accompanied by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing live Chaplin’s scores restored and adapted for live performance by conductor Timothy Brock. The evening will also include Walt Disney’s 1927 short Trolley Troubles with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The score for Trolley Troubles is being composed especially for this occasion for violin (Margaret Batjer), clarinet (Joshua Ranz), percussion (Wade Culbreath) and piano (Alexander Rannie) by Alexander Rannie who will lead from the keyboard. May 22 will mark the world premiere of the performance of this score.

Academy® Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman serves as honorary chairman, and Hanna M. Kennedy and Roger L. Mayer are co-chairmen. Following the films, the Chamber Orchestra hosts a supper party for VIP patrons under the stars on the Ahmanson Terrace outside Royce Hall with a buffet supper catered by Peggy Dark’s Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Tickets for the Silent Film are $35 (general seating) and $80 (priority seating). Tickets at $350 include the film and celebratory post-film supper. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at 213 622 7001 x 215.

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On Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 8:00pm, The Dessoff Choirs, under the direction of Music Director Christopher Shepard, will perform 20th-century compositions featuring the dramatic combination of voice, pianos, and percussion. The acoustically glorious St. George’s Church at 209 East 16th Street at Rutherford Place in Manhattan will provide the perfect setting for the concert.
Although the piano is sometimes seen as an adjunct to the choral rehearsal, much wonderful music has been composed especially for piano and choir. This concert features 20th-century pieces written for one or two pianists, percussion, and choir, including Bernstein’s high-voltage Chichester Psalms, David Conte’s life-affirming Invocation and Dance, a set of quintessential American works by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Gwyneth Walker. From England comes Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, commissioned in 2000 by the London Symphony Chorus. The combination of lyrical voices, virtuoso pianists, and brilliant percussion is irresistible.
Program:
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
GÓRECKI Totus Tuus
CONTE Invocation and Dance
IVES Circus Band (arr. Dashnaw)
BARBER Sure on this Shining Night, Under the Willow Tree
WALKER White Horses, My Love Walks in Velvet
JAMESON Night Journey
DOVE The Passing of the Year
BRAHMS Liebeslieder Waltzes (selections)

Tickets: $35 Preferred Seating; $20 Advance General Admission ($25 at door); $15 Senior/Student; Free 12 and under. For more information and tickets, go to www.dessoff.org or call (212) 831-8224.

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Chiara String Quartet by Liz Linder

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, New York

The Chiara Quartet has been called “truly breathtaking” by The Washington Post. Their Creator/Curator series commissions composers to write new works as well as curate the concert program. This final installment features Daniel Ott, who has recently written scores for ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Ott’s new string quartet includes Odes to two composers who lost children – Liszt and Mahler – and he’s chosen to pair it with Polish composer Lutoslawski’s aleatoric string quartet.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (718) 222-8500 or visit www.galapagosartspace.com.

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On March 11, 2011 the Music of the Spheres Society will present a chamber music concert featuring works by César Franck and his circle, including music by his teacher Anton Reicha and friends Gabriel Fauré, Ernst Chausson, and Eugène Ysaÿe.

The concert will take place on at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, which is located near Lincoln Center at 120 West 69th Street in New York City.  The heart of the program features Franck’s compelling Piano Quintet, along with a piano trio (Opus 101, No. 3) by Reicha, short works by Chausson and Fauré, and Ysaÿe’s String Trio.

The String Trio (Le Chimay, which is also the name of a Belgian Trappist ale brewed in that city), was composed in 1927 by Eugène Ysaÿe but never published.  It was discovered in manuscript form only about ten years ago and first performed by the Gaede Trio.  In a review of a 2004 performance, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed wrote that

‘Le Chimay’ might be described as French Expressionism with a bit of Surrealism thrown in. It also might be described as just plain weird. It is full of extravagant string writing, which is to be expected, but not the seemingly incompatible influences of Debussy, Franck and Schoenberg, who get along just fine here.  Agitated melodramatic passages half resolve into intoxicating lyricism. Storm clouds come and go, propelled by unpredictable breezes. Nothing ever settles for long.

Violinist and Artistic Director Stephanie Chase will be joined by violinist Harumi Rhodes, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, ‘cellist Sophie Shao, and pianist William Wolfram.

The concert starts at 8:15 p.m. A pre-concert talk bill be given at 7:30 p.m. by organologist and author Stewart Pollens  and is included in concert admission: “Francois-Xavier Tourte and the Invention of the Modern Violin Bow.”

Admission at door: $30 adult, $15 student/senior requested contribution. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Visit www.musicofthespheres.org for more information.

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Sounds New Concert Series

Baruch Performing Arts Center launches SOUNDS NEW concert series at The Engelman Recital Hall.

Baruch Performing Arts Center announces the launch of a new concert series entitled SOUNDS NEW. This new contemporary classical concert series aims to celebrate and promote contemporary classical music by established as well as up-and-coming composers with performances of 20th century and contemporary music.

SOUNDS NEW is curated by flutist Laura Falzon and produced by John Malatesta, managing director of Baruch Performing Arts Center.

The inaugural season of SOUNDS NEW will kick off on Friday Oct 29th, followed by two further concerts; on Friday November 12th and Friday December 3rd.

Bringing together the haunting memories of Hiroshima (Fujikura), cumulative dimensionality (Babbitt), fiery tension (Saariaho), irregularity (Volans), and regressive memory (Du Yun), the opening concert on Oct 29th presents a compelling program that includes two works with electronics and works for string quartet, flute, cello and piano. This concert features the performance of Du Yun’s work for string quartet, narrator and electronics—A Cockroach tarantella, commissioned through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant with funding generously provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Described by The New York Times as “electrifying“ and “cutting-edge”, Du Yun’s work is an exploration of the physical reality of sound. Dai Fujikura’s work Poison Mushroom for flute and electronics and Kaija Saariaho’s trio Cendres, also probe into diverse realms of sound. The program also features Kevin Volan’s Walking Song and Milton Babbitt’s Dual.

Featured artists include composer Du Yun (narrator), the iO quartet, flutist Laura Falzon, cellist Chris Gross and pianist Steve Beck.

The second concert in SOUNDS NEW’s three-concert inaugural season will be on Friday November 12th. This concert will feature pianist Steve Beck, “one of the city’s most admired young pianists” (The New Yorker). Sought after for his interpretation of contemporary works, Steve Beck will perform an eclectic program of modernist masterworks for piano ranging from Schoenberg and Boulez to Babbitt, Glass and Cage.

The first season of SOUNDS NEW concludes with a concert on Friday December 3rd entitled Voices! Voices! featuring contralto Christina Ascher, who has made an international name for herself as an interpreter of modern music and modern music theatre; flutist Laura Falzon, lauded as an “excellent instrumentalist” by London’s Music & Musicians; and pianist Laura Barger who is very much sought after for her dedication to contemporary music. Voices! Voices! brings together a varied program of works from Berio to Wiprud in a  vibrant program of compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries where voices and ever more voices — earthly, ethereal, mythical, narrating, singing, laughing, chirping and always full of life — call to one another, lure, narrate and reflect human and animal experience. Snail meets Siren, Water Spirit meets Sparrow, Voice meets Voice. Featured in this program is the World premiere performance of a new work, Sirens’ Song, based on The Odyssey, written by New York composer Theodore Wiprud for Christina Ascher and Laura Falzon.

Programs

Friday Oct 29th, 8pm

NEW SOUNDS


Purchase tickets at

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=601

Artists
Du Yun narrator
IO string
quartet
Laura Falzon flute
Chris Gross cello
Steve Beck
piano

Program
Dai Fujikura Poison Mushroom, flute & electronics
Babbitt Dual, cello & piano
Saariaho Cendres trio for flute, cello & piano
Volans Walking Song, flute & piano
Du Yun A Cockroach’s  Tarantella*, narrator, string quartet and laptop

About the Artists

iO Quartet is an emerging NYC based ensemble interested in finding a common aesthetic vision between the works of the past and the works of today. They were the 2006 – 2008 Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase, among other fellowships. They have recorded works of Poul Ruders for Bridge Records and will be recording works of Tod Machover for Bridge in December. Recent appearances include performances at Merkin Hall, Monadnock Music, Scandinavia House, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, and throughout Europe. The iO Quartet consists of Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahk, violin; Elizabeth Weisser, viola; and Christopher Gross, cello. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.

Composer Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer and musician. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice’’; “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC) she is equally adept at writing for concert halls, art shows, experimental theatres, modern dances and pop songs. Du Yun has received a myriad of commissions including the Meet the Composer Commissioning/USA, the Jerome Foundation, and many others through the US and Europe. Highlights of recent seasons include international premieres in Switzerland, Finland, France, Canada, Norway, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands, and China. Last season her opera, Zolle, was featured at the VOX by the New York City Opera, among many other works and premieres. www.myspace.com/duyun

Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh. http://www.laurafalzon.com

Following Cellist Chris Gross’s performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II at the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York Times wrote: “…for 20 minutes this skinny young cellist with a punkish hair cut seemed like a musical master of the universe…” Gross has performed numerous solo and chamber performances of contemporary music throughout the US and in Europe. He is a founding member of The iO Quartet, the Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase from 2006-2008. As a soloist, Gross premiered Milton Babbitt’s piece More Melismata for solo cello on the 2006 Focus! Festival. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.

Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

Friday Nov 12th 2010, 8pm

Pianist Steven Beck plays eclectic modernist masterworks

Purchase Tickets at
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=602

Program
Boulez
: Incises (1994/2001)
Babbitt: Tutte le Corde (1994)
Glass: Mad Rush (1979)
Cage: Dream (1948)
Cage: Etudes Australes I and VII (1974)
Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, op. 25

About the artist

Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels

Friday Dec 3rd 2010 8pm

Voices! Voices!


Purchase Tickets at
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=600

Program
Berio Luciano
: Sequenza III for solo voice
Dmitri Smirnov: Six Haiku
Theodore Wiprud: Sirens’ Song*
Mark Carlson: Night Will Blossom
Toru Takemitsu: Voice for solo flute
John Cage: Sonata for two voices
Bojidar Spassov: Otletela preperuga—The Pierides VI

*World Premiere

Artists
Christina Ascher contralto
Laura Falzon flutist
Laura Barger pianist

About the artists

Contralto Christina Ascher, born in New York, studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard Music School. Opera engagements: Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas Civic Opera, Karlsruhe, Zurich, Bonn, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Graz, Oldenburg. As a singer of contemporary music guest with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Dresdner Tage fuer zeitgenoessische Musik, Bonner Tage fuer Neue Musik, Berliner Festwochen, Berliner Biennale, Frankfurter Feste, Styrian Autumn, Styriarte, Warsaw Autumn, Sofia International New Year’s Festival, Darmstaedter Ferienkurse, Wittener Tage fuer neue Kammermusik, Musica in Strassbourg, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, etc. See also www.VoiceStudioCA <http://www.VoiceStudioCA> .com

Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh.http://www.laurafalzon.com

New York-based pianist Laura Barger has performed internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician including at The Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), The National Gallery of Ireland, Västerås Konserthus (Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music (Germany), The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon at Mass MOCA and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. She  has premiered numerous works by composers from around the world, working with composers such as Philippe Leroux, Augusta Read-Thomas, Dai Fujikura, David Lang,  and Terry Riley.

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch College

Enter on E. 25th St. bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.

Box Office: (646) 312-4083

Email: PerformingArtsCenter@baruch.cuny.edu

Website: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac

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