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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Jun 01 2013
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.
Apr 04 2013
The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will conclude their fourth season with special guest Cynthia Nixon narrating a new work, plus a newly commissioned chamber arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s towering masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online at Symphony Space Events or (212) 864-5400.
Apr 01 2013
On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011; www.cjh.org).
Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through http://www.cjh.org/event/2216.
The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the Cleveland-based composer Timothy Beyer.
The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.
This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.
For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 14 2013
On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.
The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.
The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.
Dec 03 2012
Nov 20 2012
From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!
Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com
Oct 09 2012
Join us for Cantori’s ’12-13 Season Opener!
The US premiere of Felix und Clara by Dutch composer Jacques Bank explores the troubled relationship of Clara Schumann and her son Felix. The chorus sings the voice of Felix, and renowned New York stage actor Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America; Wit) takes the role of Clara. Also on the program: the world premiere of Four Songs by Frank Brickle, setting an unusual collection of texts by four 20th-century American poets within the throbbing soundscape of a string quartet; and Libby Larsen’s Alaska Spring. Featuring the Cassatt String Quartet and saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman.
November 3, 2012
Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.
A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.
Aug 12 2012
The 39th consecutive season of the Summer Music Associates will come to an end on Saturday evening August 18th, 2012, when pianist Max Lifchitz will perform exciting dance-inspired music by composers from throughout the Americas.
The special event will start at 7:30 PM and will be held at the auditorium of the First Baptist Church (451 Main Street) in New London, New Hampshire. While tickets will be available at the door, strongly recommended is to purchase them in advance by calling 603-526-8234
Max Lifchitz will perform piano music from the Americas including such famous and popular works as Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In addition to performing his own composition Elegía, Mr. Lifchitz will perform works by the legendary 19th century American virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk; the Argentinean masters Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla; and the ever-popular Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ernesto Nazareth from Brazil.
Of special interest will be the first performance of a work especially written for the occasion by Marilyn Ziffrin, the esteemed Sutton, New Hampshire composer who this year celebrates her 85th birthday.
The San Francisco Chronicle described Max Lifchitz as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised him for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances.”
Active as pianist, conductor and composer, Max Lifchitz was born in Mexico City in 1948 and resided in New York City since 1966, until becoming head of the music department at Albany University in Albany, NY. Lifchitz was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. The founder and director of the New York City-based North/South Chamber Orchestra, Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. His numerous recordings as pianist, composer and conductor are available for streaming and download through www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/.
Jun 17 2012
New and Recent Chamber Orchestra Works
CHEN YAO Tangents II
DAVID FARRELL Re-Callings
CHRISTOPHER JAMES Bassoon Concerto
MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 40
Claudia Schaer, violin
Carolyn Beck, bassoon
Ann Ellsworth, French Horn
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.
North/South Consonance, Inc. concludes its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Tuesday evening June 19, 2012 when the acclaimed North/South Chamber Orchestra performs four eclectic works by American 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 open with the first NY premiere of Tangents II by Chen Yao. Yao studied at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before earning a doctorate in composition at the University of Chicago. He was recently invited to join the composition faculty of the School of Music at Illinois State University. Yao employs timbre, intonation, and pulse to bridge Eastern and Western musical traditions as well as rational logic with irrational mysticism.
A native of Chicago, IL, David E. Farrell was educated at the University of Illinois and at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His teachers included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, Don Freund and Richard Wernick. Last fall he joined the composition faculty of Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Re-Callings for solo violin and large mixed ensemble “bounces freely from one melody to another, tossing one aside in favor of the next, again and again. While this seems chaotic early in the piece, motives are freely recalled in altered states as the music progresses, bringing about a sense of unity and completion by the work’s end.”
Christopher James studied composition with Isaac Nemiroff and David Lewin at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and pursued graduate study under David Diamond and Milton Babbitt at The Juilliard School. Concerning his Bassoon Concerto James explains that “…in writing this work, my aim was above all to deal with the expressive capabilities of the bassoon– I dearly love the instrument, and I hope it shows. But in a concerto you want fireworks, so I threw in some fireworks. And not grudgingly! The composition of this extensive three – movement work spanned the
period when I was an expectant father, and my first year and a half of fatherhood. This definitely explains appearance of the baby rattle in the finale, and very likely the predominantly sunny character of the piece.”
To conclude the program, the North/South Chamber Orchestra will perform a work by Max Lifchitz, its founder and music director. Lifchitz was born and educated in México City but has lived in New York since 1966. His Yellow Ribbons No. 40 belongs to a series of works being written as homage to the former American hostages in Iraq. The work is in four contrasting but inter-connected movements.
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 http://www.northsouthmusic.org/
Apr 04 2012
Hailed as a “brilliant and fearless young performer,” Jenny Q Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered, most notably, Life Sketches by Nils Vigeland, Exercise in Deism by John Slover, Intimate Rejection by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Blue Inscription by Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall.
Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. In what is already an illustrious career, Chai’s performances have been covered in major media throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, including Time Out New York, Shanghai Culture, and Cologne Daily News, and her performances of contemporary music have been broadcast in Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. Her talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaViva’s New York Love Songs.
For Chai, near-total immersion in the contemporary music world has only enhanced her appreciation of the classical repertoire. “I feel a sense of contentment programming creative concerts, mixing and matching old and new works, so as to highlight what is most special in each piece. After all, nothing comes from nothing, and new music is very much connected to that which came before.” Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai co-directs the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music Association in Shanghai. In an Ear to Mind performance in April 2011, Chai premiered three new works, including Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai) by Nils Vigeland.
Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang is a Taiwanese composer whose work seeks to capture the individual beauty of the fleeting moment, revealing complexity within simplicity. Her music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, pianists Eric Huebner, Vicky Chow, Jenny Q. Chai, conductors David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Paul Chiang, and visual artists Alice Grassi and Takeshi Moro. Her music has been broadcast on WNYC and Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and has been released on the ArpaViva label. Ms. Wang is the winner of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music competition and the Look and Listen Festival Composition Prize, and the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and the ASCAP Foundation. Ms. Wang has been a fellow at the MusicX Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Pacific Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has worked with Robert Beaser, Matthias Pintscher, David Felder, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Lera Auerbach. She has recently studied with Nils Vigeland, Reynold Tharp, and Stephen Taylor.
As a frequent collaborator with choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers, composer Inhyun Kim challenges her audience think in new and unconventional ways about music as a performing art. Ms. Kim has been commissioned by organizations such as White Wave Dance Company, The Actor’s Theatre, Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Brooklyn Independent television, and her works have been performed at the DUMBO dance festival, Wave Rising series, the Joyce Soho theatre, What We Want!!!, The Tompkins Square gallery at the New York Public Library, Dance New Amsterdam, Ceres Gallery as part of 2008 Make Music NY, the Museum of Modern Arthur as part of the 12th annual Art Under the Bridge festival, Galapagos Art Space, and Symphony Space. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Music degrees and studied with Julia Wolfe, Susan Botti and Reiko Fueting. Ms. Kim’s music can be heard on her CD “Music =”, released in 2010 by Carrier Records. Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in composition, Manhattan School of Music president’s award, and was recently awarded a mentorship with composer Vivian Fung, as part of NYFA’s Mentoring program for Immigrant Artists. Ms. Kim is co-director of the contemporary music nonprofit organization, Ear To Mind.
Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona, Italy, and has composed for both acoustical instruments and new media. His repertoire includes works for concerts, one music drama, two radio operas and various special projects. He often groups several works around large cycles exploring specific compositional projects, such as a series of concertos for instrument and a spatialized orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats, a book of Miniature Estrose, seven pieces for solo piano, a cycle of works for solo instrument and chamber electronic music inspired by poems of e. e. cummings, and two string quartets. He has worked as a composer and researcher, teacher at IRCAM, and he founded the composition and computer music workshop at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. He taught composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon and since 1999 he has been full professor of composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He studied at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
This concert is sponsored by The Gurrand Group and FaceArt Music Association.