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Frankenstein: Of Monsters and Men, a major new oratorio with powerful themes of rejection, misunderstanding and regret composed by 100 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts and based on Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel, is being premiere by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, instrumentalists and soloists in free matinee and evening performances on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon, and Friday, February 21, and 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) Compelling arias and rousing choruses tell the dark gothic tale of the eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque monster during a laboratory experiment, and then, horrified by the result, regrets giving life to the creature he just made. The students composed the melodies and lyrics for the oratorio, which is told in several musical movements. The performances are the culmination of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students to create and perform their own original choral works.

Shelley’s novel, written when she was only 21 years old, resonates with students on a variety of levels. For the oratorio, students have focused on Shelley’s theme of being outcast as their libretto portrays the tale of a lonely creature shunned by his creator and misunderstood and feared by everyone else.

The 9th through 12th grade students worked closely over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Jonathan Beard, as well as their own choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to adapt a classic work of literature, write a libretto based on the adaptation and create the melodies and harmonic structure for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters and how to propel the momentum of the plot and paint the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the fourth year LAMC has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.

An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even season composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy.

This massive undertaking is an extension of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning music education program, “Voices Within,” which was originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs and has engaged over 25,000 children and created over 350 original songs since its launch in 2001.

Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the new visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.

The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Cortines High School for Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).

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Cuban Choir Sine Nomine

Cuban Choir Sine Nomine

The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, launching the nine-member Havana-based choir’s first state-side tour. Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine performs jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices.

“It is an honor for Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”

Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine, which has become a vanguard among Cuban choirs, has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005), toured to Spain and Mexico, and been featured on several film soundtracks. In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir is being featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference. Sine Nomine’s tour is sponsored in part by ACFEA Tour Consultants.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral art throughout middle and high school. It offers quality vocal and choral training along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. Established in 2009, YME features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy and performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club.

Admission is free (suggested donation is $10). For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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The New Public York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is pleased to present American-Armenian award winning pianist Sofya Melikyan in a solo concert titled “Fantasies” on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (map and directions). The concert, which represents the American debut of Ms. Melikyan’s Fantasies program, is free and open to the public.


Featuring some of the most inspired pages of the Fantasy and reflecting the different esthetics of this genre starting with the 18th century and through the present day, the concert program includes works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Corigliano, and Liszt. The term “Fantasy” was first used in the 16th century to describe an instrumental piece that was improvisatory and spontaneous in character, free of any formal rules or restrictions. This musical journey invites listeners to dive into a universe full of colors and mystery, and in turn, to explore the fascinating world of dreams and the imagination.

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

…”The Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan literally abducted her audience into the land of fantasy… She offered a fascinating panorama of different approaches – baroque, classic, romantic – to the genre of the fantasy, which in its quality and in the pervasion of the compositions would have been worthy of her home town New York”… Frederik Wittenberg in Westfälische Nachrichten  (Germany)


Ms. Melikyan possesses this transcendental force to take the listener to her world of deep poetic intuition and her homeland is the source of the wideness and the depth of her artistic work: she grew up in Armenia, a country characterized by a strong relationship to nature, to the mystical, surrounded by mountains, which lead for centuries the way to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Now a resident of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano, École Normale de Musique de Paris with Ramzi Yassa and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan. Ms. Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.  More information is available here.

The full concert program follows:

Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Fantasy in f sharp minor H300


Johannes Brahms (1836-1897)

Fantasien Op.116

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Fantasy in g minor Op. 77

John Corigliano (1938- )


For the left hand


Fifths to thirds




Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata S 161,

de Anées de Pèlegrinage.

Deuxième année: Italia



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FREE for the first time in Festival’s history; 2-5 pm & 7-10 pm



Reservations are strongly suggested. They’ll guarantee you a seat if you arrive 1

5 minutes before showtime. Call 212 501 3330 or reserve online for 2-5 pm; reserve online for 7-10 pm.
Co-curated by Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet founder William Kanengiser, the six-hour Marathon focuses on classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation. Featured composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, Joan Tower, Elliot Carter, Alberto Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, Manual Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Agustín Barrios and many more.

About the curators: A founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Kanengiser displays his multi-varied musical interests in recordings of composers as dissimilar from one another as Bartók, Handel and Jerome Kern. Assad hails from a musical family of guitarists-composers.

A singer and percussionist to boot, she fuses pop-jazz with worldbeat in a sensuously Brazilian sensibility.


Strongly suggested: 

or call 212 501 3330.

William Kanengiser has invited four brilliant guest artists to help celebrate the guitar of North America. David Mozqueda, a young virtuoso from Gaudalaja, Mexico, will present masterworks by Ponce and Olivas, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican folksongs. Colin Davin, prizewinner in the GFA competition and modern-music specialist, will present compelling works by

Joan Tower, and with flutist Daniel James, a new work by Alaska-based composer Conrad Wilson. Connie Shue, an emerging artist specializing in women composers, will play works by Canadian composer Dale Kavanaugh, Brazilian Clarice Assad (Badi’s niece) and John Anthony Lennon. The ph

enomenal Naumberg Award-winner Jorge Caballero will play the first of his two sets in the Marathon, presenting some of the most important American guitar compositions by Elliott Carter and John Major, as well as the stunning Sonata #1 by Cuban master Léo Brouwer. William Kanengiser will close out the afternoon by presenting an eclectic mix of Mexican, Cuban and American works, ranging from folkloric to contemporary to jazz-inspired.


Strongly suggested:

or call 212 501 3330.

For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Rom

ero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others. Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the mo

st important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.


Monday, January 20 at 2:00pm. Free.

Details at:

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MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events curated by noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby, launches its 2013-14 season with “Free For All,” a free family-friendly concert in which jazz, hip hop and orchestral music collide to create a rocking dance party held in conjunction with “ArtNight Pasadena,” on Friday, October 11, 2013, 6 to 9 pm, on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Center. The annual evening features members of the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra and Double G NineNet, comprised of members of the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, a genre-bending, culture-blending “United Nations of music” led by Geoff Gallegos (Double G). Adding to the lively musical mix of jazz, hip hop, Beatles tunes and more, are a crew of dancers, as well as face painting and other special activities for children. Parsons Corporation is sponsoring all of MUSE/IQUE’s education and community programs, including this concert.

“Double G NineNet will have people dancing in the street, literally, perfectly embodying MUSE/IQUE’s own unique sensibilities with its tremendous energy, genre-defying sound and infectious music that appeals to people of all ages,” says Worby.

The LA-based daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, founded in 1999, presents hip-hop in symphonic form by musicians from wildly diverse musical backgrounds, cultural experiences, artistic tastes and lifestyles who share outstanding musical dexterity and a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. They include formally trained musicians as well as those who are self-taught and others from jazz and contemporary traditions. The orchestra’s first studio album is Unfinished Symphony.

Reservations for “Free for All” are not necessary. The Pasadena Civic Center Plaza is located at 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101. For more information about MUSE/IQUE, please call 626-539-7085 or visit

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The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, launches its 49th season with a free concert featuring the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Timothy Andres’ Bathtub Shrine, Tchaikovsky’s elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme, showcasing rising star Allan Steele, AYS’s Principal Cello, and Berlioz’ epic Symphony fantastique on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, conducts the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances.

Also featured is a free pre-concert screening at 5:30 pm of the film Keeping Score: Symphony fantastique, part of the San Francisco Symphony’s critically applauded Keeping Score film series, which, narrated by Michael Tilson Thomas, tells the story of Berlioz’ purportedly opium-fueled obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson for whom his love, passion and jealousy drove the groundbreaking symphony’s creation. Berlioz’ work was debuted at the Paris Conservatoire in 1830, quickly becoming an audience and orchestra favorite.

“The program is designed to highlight the exceptional talents of the orchestra as well as to provide our musicians with critical training in some of the major orchestral repertoire and contemporary works,” says Treger, who during the 2013-14 season leads a total of five free concerts as well AYS’s annual gala concert.

Andres – hailed by the Los Angeles Times for music that demonstrates “a strong sense of building on classical music tradition, while also moving that tradition into a new and hip place” – composed Bathtub Shrine on a commission by the Yale Symphony Orchestra as a playful response to the widely reverberating acoustics of Yales’ Woosley Hall, which Andre’s describes as having “a staggering 13-second reverberation…the effect of a giant bathroom.” He also wrote the eight-minute piece in homage to the orchestra’s “fierce music-making” and warm “camaraderie”.

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

This season AYS also appears on the “Sundays Live at LACMA” concert series on October 20, 2013; presents “The Elfman Project II,” the continuation of a three-year exploration of the composer’s brilliant music, on November 24, 2013; showcases the irrepressible music of composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2013; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” where fellows will share a stand with celebrated alumni in Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale concert will also feature gifted young violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to

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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 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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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community.

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern


Attend in person or online:

How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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