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Juventas New Music Ensemble presents three generations of living Boston composers in the same concert! On Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, Juventas presents Emerge: New Music and Its Origins, an annual exploration of young composers and their influences.

This year, Juventas celebrates its six years of residency at The Boston Conservatory by showcasing works by BoCo affiliates, including recent Boston Conservatory graduate Mischa Salkind-Pearl, current faculty Andy Vores and Curtis Hughes, and Lee Hyla, one of Hughes’ teachers. At Emerge, the audience will hear a musical torch passed from generation to generation, as young composers carry forth and develop existing traditions, while breaking out and starting new ones.

September 21 at 8pm
The First Church of Boston Unitarian
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $15, $10 with a student ID

September 22 at 8pm
Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Tickets: Tickets 15$, free with a student ID

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The Boston New Music Initiative will present the final performance of its third concert season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Featuring new chamber works by living composers, the concert will include the world premiere of Michael Lee’s The Sun That Breathes by the Riverside, Charles Halka’s Trio, Emily Cooley’s Variations on a Theme from “Wit”, Aaron Kirschner’s Three Bagatelles, Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! (featuring soprano Margot Rood), and Peter Klatzow’s Dances of Earth and Fire (featuring percussionist Jeff Stern). Music Director Nathan Lofton will conduct.

The concert will begin at 8:00 pm with a pre-concert talk with the composers at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please visit for tickets or more information.

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New works by rising composers, including new Playground commissions and Conrad Kehn’s “Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music.”
Featuring: New Playground commissions by Jeff Ashear and Nicholas Ehlers, Conrad Kehn’s Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music, Greg Simon’s Piano Quintet No. 1 and Christopher Auerbach-Brown’s Pillars of Air.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts,
2344 E. Iliff ave.,
Denver CO, 80208
Tickets $18 adult, $16 seniors, free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID. Ticket prices include free parking at the Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert Line (303) 871-6412

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Hosted by the Metro State Department of Music on the Auraria Campus, the Playground’s annual CoCoCo showcases chamber music written by residents of Colorado. Now in its 6th year CoCoCo has featured 49 works by 39 different Colorado-based composers including a number of K-12 composers. Each year one composer is selected to receive a commission to compose a new work specifically for the Playground. Watch our web site for the next deadline and be sure to alert any composers you know to this opportunity.
Auraria Campus King Center
855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204

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Performing works by Inhyun Kim, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Marco Stroppa, Kurtag, Messaien, Ligeti, Debussy, and Schumann, pianist Jenny Q. Chai makes her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) and are available at, at the Carnegie Hall Box office at 57th street and 7th avenue in New York City (which is also the location of the venue), or by calling 212 247 7800.
This concert, featuring two world premieres and one US premiere, is being presented by Ear to Mind (, a New York City based arts organization which strives to present innovative programs that allow the public to experience contemporary music in non-traditional contexts, as well as by producing publications that allow the public to gain intimate knowledge of the contemporary music field, simultaneously providing composers and performers with a platform for their work.
The Program includes:

  • Inhyun Kim – Parallel Lines (World premiere)
  • Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang – “Current”, a newly commissioned work from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project (World premiere)
  • Marco Stroppa – “Innige Cavatina” from Miniature Estrose by (US premiere)
  • Claude Debussy – Études No.3 ” pour les quartes” and No.6 “pour les huit doigts”
  • György Ligeti – Études Book I No. 1 “Désordre” and No. 2 “Cordes à vide”
  • Olivier Messiaen – Cantéyodjayâ
  • György Kurtág – “Quiet talk with the Devil” and “Les Adieux” from Jatekok
  • Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana

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.

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Come see the premier of Conrad Kehn’s Playgrosso, a concerto for Playground and Orchestra. World Premier!!
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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The Boston New Music Initiative will present Are You Still There? music of voyage and remembrance as part of its third concert season on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.  Featuring a chamber orchestra with soloists performing new works by living composers, Are You Still There? will showcase Ted Hearne’s Cordavi and Fig, Timothy A. Davis’s In Memoriam, Garrett Byrnes’s Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (featuring piano soloist Esther Ning Yau), Mary Kouyoumdjian’s Odaraganeen Sharagan (Stranger’s Song) (featuring mezzo-soprano Christina English), and the Boston premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs For Sue (featuring soprano Erin M. Smith). Nathan Lofton, Music Director, will conduct all pieces, which, with the exception of the Knussen, were selected from BNMI’s international call for scores.

A pre-concert talk with the composers begins at 7:15.  Tickets are $15 general / $10 student / Free with Longy ID or under 18, available online until the day of the show or at the door.

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A series of two concerts and one performance-lecture featuring one of the most prominent Italian avant-garde composers of the 20th century

Electronic Music Foundation is bringing to New York some of the close partners, collaborators, and performers of Italian composer Luigo Nono for a three-day celebration of his music and ideas. Nono is known for his stunningly beautiful sounds and innovative use of space, but also for his political message of justice and humanity. Through the 1950s and 60s, he equated musical revolution with social revolution, and his signature pieces are often characterized by political activism. In the 1970s, his thoughts were more on relating the performed sounds of acoustic instruments with electronic transformations, time displacements and synthesized sounds.


* SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2 p.m.

Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street
Admission: $10 Suggested contribution at the door

Performance and lecture on Luigi Nono and political activism
Stefan Litwin, pianist/lecturer

* MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 8 p.m.

Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West 4th Street, NYC
Admission free but reservations are strongly advised. Email:

Alvise Vidolin, artistic director; Thomas Beyer, technical director

La Fabbrica Illuminata (The Illuminated Factory, 1964)
For voice and recorded sounds – Stacey Mastrian, voice

Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz
(Remember what they did to you in Auschwitz, 1965)
For fixed media

… sofferte onde serene … (… suffering quiet waves … ,1977)
For piano and recorded piano sounds – Stefan Litwin, piano

Con Luigi Dallapiccola (With Luigi Dallapiccola, 1979)
For six percussionists and live electronics
NYU Percussion Ensemble; David Fein conducting; Jonathan Haas director; Alvise Vidolin, electronics

* TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 8 p.m.
Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South
Admission: $10 Suggested contribution at the door

La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura — Madrigal per più “caminantes” con Gidon Kremer
(The distance nostalgic utopian future — Madrigal for other “walkers” with Gidon Kremer, 1988)
For walking violinist and eight places of sound – Conrad Harris, violin
Alvise Vidolin, artistic director and electronics performance; Thomas Beyer, technical director; Daniel Neumann, audio engineer

For more information, visit or email or call (518) 434-4110.

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Join us as we collaborate with the Boulder Symphony on their firt ever chamber music series.
Featured works include Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius from Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henryk Gorecki’s Little Fantasia and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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Come meet Morten Lauridsen in person as we collaborate on an evening of his music with the Evans Choir. FREE
Featured works include Cuatro Cansiones, Canticle and Be Still My Soul.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave.,
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets FREE. 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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