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poster10-20-16 Cal Poly Pomona Music Department Presents

Shpachenko and Friends Chamber Music Festival

Featuring piano and toy piano works for 6 pianists:

Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee

HOCKET: Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff

Ray-Kallay Duo: Vicki Ray & Aron Kallay

Cal Poly Pomona Recital Hall

3801 W. Temple Avenue, 24-191, Pomona, CA

Thursday, October 20 • 8 pm

Tickets: $15 ($10 Student)


This concert will feature two compositions for six pianists on 3 pianos and 2 toy pianos: Tom Flaherty’s “Igor to Please” (inspired by Stravinsky) and James Matheson’s “Bagatelle” (inspired by Beethoven), as well as solo and duo works by Beethoven, James Matheson, Mayke Nas, Alexander Elliott Miller, Michael Laurello and Andy Akiho.

Full program:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano

James Matheson: Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark for solo piano (2016) West Coast Premiere

Nadia Shpachenko, piano

James Matheson: Bagatelle for 6 pianists on 3 pianos, 12 hands (2012)

Nadia Shpachenko, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay, pianos

Mayke Nas: DiGiT #2 for piano four hands (2003)

Alexander Elliott Miller: Clock Smasher for piano four hands (2016)

Michael Laurello: Touch for piano four hands (2016)

Andy Akiho: Karakurenai for piano and toy piano (2007)

HOCKET: Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff

Tom Flaherty: Igor to Please for 6 pianists on 2 pianos, 2 toy pianos, and electronics (2016)

Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee, toy pianos

Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay, Sarah Gibson, & Thomas Kotcheff, pianos

Artist Websites:

Nadia Shpachenko

Genevieve Feiwen Lee

HOCKET Ensemble

Ray-Kallay Duo

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Free concert
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International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) members tenor Peter Tantsits and harpist Megan Conley perform the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “For it will never return” in a free micro-concert at Hearst Plaza, part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. “For it will never return” was commissioned by ICE through their First Page Commissioning project and is part of Mostly Mozart Festival’s effort to showcase contemporary music; the new work is one of 50 to be premiered by ICE during the 2016 festival.

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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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“The Poetry of Places”

Nadia Shpachenko, piano
1 World Premiere, 5 NY Premieres

Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201
June 24 • Friday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW
Tickets: $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs her newly-commissioned program “The Poetry of Places,” including the World Premiere of Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark by James Matheson, and 5 New York Premieres by Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jack Van Zandt. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: House on Island in Pine Plains, NY, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, the Aaron Copland House, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.


Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh (2015) (NY Premiere)
Harold Meltzer In Full Sail (2016) (NY Premiere)
James Matheson Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016) (World Premiere)
Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs (2016) (NY Premiere)
Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. (2016) (NY Premiere)
Jack Van Zandt Sí an Bhrú (2016) (NY Premiere)

About the Artist:

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.

Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.


More information
Contact: Zach Schwartz, Promote Classical
(781) 801-8977,

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3–4pm
The Noguchi Museum
3338 10th St
Queens, NY 11106
Free with museum admission ($5-10)

Theo Bleckmann

For the sixth year in a row, The Noguchi Museum partners with Bang on a Can to present an innovative performance series held in the Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden. (In case of rain, concerts will take place in the galleries.) Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opening this summer’s series of concerts, jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work has been described as “from another planet” (The New York Times), “magical, futuristic” (AllAboutJazz), “transcendent” (Village Voice), and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). The program will include Bleckmann as a vocalist in his own songs for voice, toys, electronic processing, and piano.

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Jason Vieaux by GMD Three

Grammy-Winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux performs with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

featuring pianist Gloria Chien, violinist Kristin Lee,
violist Richard O’Neill, bassist Donald Palma, and
cellist Nicholas Canellakis

New Music Series
Works by Mario Davidovsky, William Bolcom,
Thomas Larcher, Vivian Fung, and John Harbison

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Samuel B. & David Rose Building
70 Lincoln Center Plaza (165 W 65th St.) | NYC
Tickets: $35 at

Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a New Music Series concert at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. The concert also features pianist Gloria Chien, violinist Kristin Lee, violist Richard O’Neill, bassist Donald Palma, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis in works by Mario Davidovsky, William Bolcom, Thomas Larcher, Vivian Fung, and John Harbison. The evening includes an intermission wine reception sponsored by Millbrook Vineyards & Winery and a post-concert discussion with musicians and composers.

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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm


Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall | 57th & 7th Ave. | NYC
Tickets: $43 & 50 at, 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street, NYC)

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American Composers Orchestra continues its 39th season with a program titled Eastern Wind, bringing five works with Middle Eastern and Indian influence to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. World premieres include Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s “Harabat – The Intoxicated,” which uses classical Ottoman composition techniques and features Mehmet singing and playing the Ud; Saad Haddad’s “Manarah,” combining electronics and traditional performance practices of Arabic musicians; and Reena Esmail’s “Avartan,” a multimedia work with video by Neeraj Jain. In Matthias Pintscher’s “songs from Solomon’s garden,” the composer reflects on his time spent in Israel as he creates a musical dialogue of the voices in Solomon’s Song of Songs. Gity Razaz’s The Metamorphosis of Narcissus takes its name and inspiration from Salvador Dali’s painting.

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Jimmy Page power chords meet Yom Kippur prayers in All Vows, cellist Maya Beiser’s convention-flouting survey of her eclectic musical personality.

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Featuring 10 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

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Q2 Music presents The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Field Recordings release concert, featuring a complete album performance with several of the composers.

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