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On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) will present Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, the one-hour production tells the stories of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.

The benefit event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Ticket price for the benefit is $100 and includes general admission to the performance and to the post performance reception.  $75 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to LAFLA and will help support its services to victims of human trafficking who are forced to work in the sex trade, sweatshops, fields and even private homes under exploitative and abusive conditions and for meager or non-existent wages.

Celebrating its 85th anniversary as Los Angeles’ frontline law firm for poor and low-income people and communities, LAFLA’s services include a range of specialized legal services to aid and empower human trafficking victims to escape exploitation and pursue their legal rights. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for LAFLA to draw attention to this critical issue and rally support to help fight against this form of modern-day slavery and a humanitarian crisis that affects those most vulnerable among us.”

Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, Cuatro Corridos features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Three distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking.

Cuatro Corridos had its first performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego in May, 2013, with subsequent performances in Tijuana, Dallas, and Albuquerque. The innovative project seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by offering public forums in conjunction with performances. Cuatro Corridos has been the recipient of support from the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, and most recently, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com

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Resonances from East & West

Music from Asia and the Americas

Daniel-BlakeMay-HowlettCarleton-MacyWong-Chun-Wai

Program

DANIEL BLAKE    Resonances
MAY HOWLETT  The Invisible Lake

MAX LIFCHITZ    Yellow Ribbons No. 50
CARLETON MACY  Douce Dame
WONG CHUN WAI   Lament from the Forest

Laura-Nichols

Laura Nichols, mezzo-soprano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Tuesday, June 10 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Free Admission

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

 

On Tuesday evening June 10, the North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz will present a special concert featuring premieres of recent works for large mixed ensembles by composers hailing from Australia, China and the US.
The event – part of the 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc –will start at 8 PM and end approximately at 9:30 PM. It will be held at the intimate but acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible. Admission is free – no tickets needed.

The exciting program will feature premieres of works by the Brooklyn-based saxophonist/composer Daniel Blake and the Minneapolis-based Carleton Macy the Carleton College faculty member.

It will also introduce New York audiences to the music of Australian composer May Howlett and Hong Kong based Wong Chun-Wai. A work by Max Lifchitz — the Mexican-born musician who is the ensemble’s director – will round off the program.

Soloist for the occasion will be Laura Nichols, the Minneapolis based mezzo-soprano and dedicatee of Macy’s work.

The composers will be present at the concert to introduce their works and meet with the audience.

Performers and composers are available for media events and interviews and may be contacted through the North/South Office at ns.concerts@att.net.

Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are 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.

For the complete concert series schedule please visit
            To stream, download and/or purchase the more than 60 compact discs
released under the North/South Recordings label please go to

http://www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/

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ACO_Rehearsal_byMichaelGellerJoin American Composers Orchestra (ACO) for its 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings and look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new orchestral music to life. The Readings will feature new, stylistically diverse music from seven composers at the early stages of their careers: Andy Akiho (Tarnished Mirrors), Melody Eötvös (Beetles, Dragons, and Dreamers), Robert Honstein (Rise), Jared Miller (Contrasted Perspectives – Two Surrealist Portraits), Kyle Rotolo (Apophis), Harry Stafylakis (Brittle Fracture), and Wang A-Mao (Characters in Theatre).

ACO Music Director George Manahan leads the Readings, along with mentor composers ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Robert Beaser, Olly Wilson, and Julia Wolfe. One composer will be chosen to receive a $15,000 commission to write a new piece for ACO to be premiered during the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces, and the composer chosen as the “Audience Choice” winner will be commissioned to compose an original mobile phone ringtone, available for everyone who votes.

FREE and open to the public.  Part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

American Composers Orchestra’s 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, NYC

Friday, June 6, 2014, 10am – Working Rehearsal
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10am-4pm – Career Development Seminar
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30pm – Run-Through

George Manahan, conductor
American Composers Orchestra
Andy Akiho: Tarnished Mirrors
Melody Eötvös: Beetles, Dragons, and Dreamers
Robert Honstein: Rise
Jared Miller: Contrasted Perspectives – Two Surrealist Portraits
Kyle Rotolo: Apophis
Harry Stafylakis: Brittle Fracture
Wang A-Mao: Characters in Theatre

ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings Ticket Information:
Admission to ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings is free, but reservations are required. The cost for the Career Development Seminar is $25, which includes lunch. Reservations for the Readings and the Seminar can be made at www.americancomposers.org/tickets.

 

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Fromm Players at Harvard with ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE
Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1
8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA (GPS: 1 Oxford St)
The natural | The artificial

2.28.14
Carola Bauckholt Vollmond, unter null
Evan Johnson: die bewegung der augen
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter
Rick Burkhardt: Alban
Wolf Edwards: the road from Mutlaa to Basra (1991) (World Premiere)

3.1.14
Marianthi Papalexandri Yarn (US Premiere)
Aaron Einbond: Without Words
Hans Tutschku: Still Air (World Premiere)
Ming Tsao: Mozart Adagio from the Oboe Quartet in F., K.370/368b / The Book of Virtual Transcriptions (US Premiere)
Enno Poppe: Salz

The concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Free parking in the Broadway garage, corner of Felton and Broadway, opposite Broadway Market in Cambridge.

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On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm, the New York City Master Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, opens its eighth season with a “Holiday Concert,” featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and the New York City premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Magnificat. The concert, to be held at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (552 West End Avenue at 87th Street), features organist James Kennerley and phenomenal soloists from the Chorale. Tickets are $35 (general admission) or $25 (student/senior) and can be purchased atwww.nycmasterchorale.org or at the door, space permitting.

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Digital Download & 7” Vinyl Release Date: October 15, 2013
Vinyl Available Exclusively at: www.christopherbono.com

VIDEO: The Inspiration Behind Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra
http://bit.ly/UnityMantraVideo

On October 15, 2013, composer Christopher Bono releases two new singles, Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra, performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers led by music director Harold Rosenbaum. These choral works will be available on Bono’s label Our Silent Canvas, distributed digitally by Naxos and released on limited edition 7” vinyl. The recordings were made at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Silas Brown.

Visual artist DZO Olivier has created original illustrations for the cover art for Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra recordings, intimately influenced by Bono’s music and the concepts it explores. Videos inspired by these works created by film artists Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Deftones) and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Sigur Rós) will be released on November 5, 2013.

Bono describes Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra as contemplating the search for a modern form of spirituality. He says, “Both works explore a path to transcendence or ‘true being’ through union with the cosmos – The Unexcelled Mantra from a Mahayana Buddhist point of view and Unity from the Western philosophical tradition of Plato.”

Unity is a choral piece based on some of the musical and philosophical concepts of Plato’s Republic. The chosen text was taken from a section of the Republic in which Plato discusses the power of mathematics, but Bono immediately saw it could also be viewed as a metaphor for the phenomenon of meditation. He says, “This multi-dimensional observation was a key inspiration for me when writing the work, both considering the mathematical qualities of music and the esoteric concepts of achieving union with the All.” In addition, Bono experimented with the power Plato claimed existed in the Dorian and Phrygian modes. According to Plato, the Dorian would “fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man who is engaged in warfare,” while the Phrygian was suitable “for a man engaged in works of peace.”

The Unexcelled Mantra is a setting of text from the Heart Sutra, a sacred text in Mahayana Buddhism on understanding Shunyata, or Emptiness, in order to realize Nirvana. The mantra reads “gaté gaté paragaté parasamgaté bodhi svaha,” which can be translated as “Go, go, go beyond, go totally beyond, be rooted in the ground of enlightenment.”

The release of Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra follows Bono’s first classical album, Invocations, a chamber music collection released in fall 2012 and on vinyl in August 2013. The originality and inventiveness of Invocations was noted by composer and writer Frank Oteri in NewMusicBox, who wrote, “While much of 21st-century contemporary composition is not beholden to any rules, to the extent that I could probably claim everyone to be an ‘outsider’ in some ways, Bono’s music sounds as though everything he writes is something he is discovering for the very first time, even if there are clear reference points throughout to the sound worlds of other composers from both our own time and other eras.”

Christopher Bono entered the world of classical music much later than most of his contemporaries. He spent his childhood and teenage years devoted to baseball; in 1999 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but an injury kept him from playing. Filling the void left by the end of his athletic endeavors, Bono began playing the guitar when he was 21, and for several years he toured, recorded, and performed in an alternative roots-rock style. In his mid-20s, he made the choice to learn classical composition techniques in order to more fully realize his music. For seven years, in nearly hermetic isolation, he taught himself to read music, and studied composition independently with Juilliard professor Kendall Briggs and at La Scola Cantorum in Paris.

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Photo of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Photo of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Neighborhood Classics presents versatile contemporary music pianist Kathleen Supové in concert on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7pm, at P.S. 142 on the Lower East Side (100 Attorney Street). Supové’s diverse program includes Reflets dans l’Eau (from Images Book 1) by Claude Debussy, Cakewalking (Sorry Claude) by Daniel Felsenfeld, Long Distance Call by Randall Woolf,Disney Remixes by Matt Marks, Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz, and Feux d’Artifice (from Préludes, Book II) by Claude Debussy. The performance will be hosted by James Matheson, composer and Neighborhood Classics Artistic Director at P.S. 142. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit the host school.

Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and multifaceted pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today’s world. Supové presents solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO, in which she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. Upcoming projects include new/complete Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz; Digital Debussy, the piano works/ghost pieces of Morton Subotnick; and performances throughout the UK of Urban Birds by Arlene Sierra in connection with the Commonwealth Games. In June 2013, she and Sideband Laptop Orchestra performed and gave a Google Talk at their headquarters in Chelsea, NYC. In May 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” She is a Yamaha Artist. Her latest solo album is THE EXPLODING PIANO. For more info, visit www.supove.com .

www.neighborhoodclassics.com

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A concert of works by renowned American composer Michael Hersch will be presented at the DiMenna Center for the Arts in New York City on the evening of October 19.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Also regarded as one of today’s more formidable pianists, Hersch is the subject of a new documentary film, The Sudden Pianist, which focuses on his life and his work for the piano. At the Oct 19 concert, Hersch will perform some of the music featured in the film: selections from his 2 and a half-hour solo piano work, The Vanishing Pavilions. (A screening of the film, which was released earlier in 2013 and has already garnered significant festival interest, will take place at the Producers’ Club on the morning of the concert; more information about the film can be found at thesuddenpianist.com.) This concert marks Hersch’s only second public appearance as a pianist in New York in the last ten years.

Also on the October 19 all-Hersch program will be “in the snowy margins” for unaccompanied violin; the New York premiere of “of ages manifest” for unaccompanied alto saxophone; Five Fragments for unaccompanied violin; and the New York premiere of How Far the Cradle for soprano and piano. Artists joining the composer on the program are violinist Miranda Cuckson, saxophonist Gary Louie, soprano Ah Young Hong, and pianist Michael Sheppard.

Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Free admission. No reservations required.
For more information, visit here.

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Whether revealing the classical nature of their instruments or pushing the boundaries of musical genres, flutists Gina Izzo & Kaori Fujii (AZURE) captivate audiences with their sophisticated style and striking technique. AZURE comes together combining classical and jazz to challenge the boundaries of the repertoire and expand upon the music of our past. The program features works ranging from J.S. Bach’s, The Art of Fugue and Mendelssohn’s Scherzo to jazz arrangements of the Well-Tempered Clavier for two flutes featuring Glenn Zaleski, piano and Jake Goldbas, cajon/percussion.

Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adRmIyCUJI

AZURE
Friday, September 6, 7:30pm
Yamaha Piano Salon
689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
$15/$10 students

www.GinaIzzo.com
www.Kaorifujii.net

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The North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiere works by Zosha Di Castri, Daniel Kessner, Mei Fang Lin and Jonathan Russell on Thursday June 6 at 8 PM.

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