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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.

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Momenta Quartet

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.

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Season Finale!

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

Tuesday, June 19 at 8 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC

Free Admission. No tickets required.

http://www.northsouthmusic.org


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

Ann Ellsworth

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.

Claudia Schaer

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

Carolyn Beck

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/

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O Coração Canta

Art Songs by Composers from Brazil

Martha Herr, soprano

Israel Pessoa, bass

Max Lifchitz, piano

program will include songs by

Ernani Braga, Luciano Gallet, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Ronaldo Miranda,

Alberto Nepomuceno, Marlos Nobre, Almeida Prado, Achille Picchi and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Tuesday, June 12 at 8 PM


Christ & St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC

Free Admission. No tickets required.

http://www.northsouthmusic.org


North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Tuesday evening June 12, 2012 when acclaimed soprano Martha Herr, bass Israel Pessoa, and pianist Max Lifchitz join forces for an evening featuring exclusively art songs by Brazilian 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 feature art songs by Brazilian composers from the 19th and 20th century including Ernani Braga, Luciano Gallet, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Ronaldo Miranda, Alberto Nepomuceno, Marlos Nobre, Almeida Prado, Achille Picchi and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

The performers are available for interviews and other media events and may be contacted through the North/South office at ns.concerts(at)att.net.

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/

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Soprano Martha Herr has received wide acclaim for her work in opera, oratorio, recitals and recordings. A champion of the vocal music of her adopted country Brazil, she has premiered operas by Arrigo Barnabé, Tim Rescala and Jorge Antunes. She also participated in the first Brazilian production of Wagner’s Rin in the historical opera house of Manaus in the Amazonas.

Martha Herr

Ms. Herr also participated in the premiere of Morton Feldman’s neither at the Rome Opera and John Cage’s Europera V at the North American New Music Festival. Her recordings include an album devoted to the songs by Virgil Thomson, and an album devoted to Brazilian songs including the ever-popular Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The Chair of the voice department at the State University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Herr is a visiting professor at Bennington College this season.

Israel Pessoa, bass, was invited by the beloved  Anna Moffo to participate in her master classes at the Metropolitan Opera House. After critically acclaimed appearances at the Sao Paulo Opera House, Pessoa was invited to perform with several US companies including, among others,  the Tulsa Opera;  the Athens Opera in Georgia; the Cava di Tirreni Festival in Italy; the NY Opera Forum; and the NY Cantata Singers.

A native of Goiania-Goias, Brazil, Pessoa trained as vocalist and choral conductor at the Sao Paulo Baptist Theological Seminary and at

Israel Pessoa

the State University Of Sao Paulo before relocating to the US in 1995. He is the featured soloist in the premiere recording of a Te Deum and a Mass by the 18th century Brazilian composer Tristao Mariano da Costa.

Pianist Max Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. He was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland.

The San Francisco Chronicle described Max Lifchitz as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised Mr. Lifchitz for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances.”

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. He was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland.     His numerous recordings as pianist, composer and conductor are available for streaming and download through www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/


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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 www.carnegiehall.org, 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 (www.eartomind.com), 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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The North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of its founder Max Lifchitz premieres works by Ada Gentile, Yalil Guerra, Victor Kioulaphides, Harold Schiffman and Aurelio de la Vega on Sunday, February 19 at 3 PM. Free admission!

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Two new operatic monodramas featuring two iconic mothers will receive their first public concert readings a day after Mother’s Day.  Nora, In the Great Outdoors, music by Daniel Felsenfeld and libretto by Will Eno, continues the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House moments after Nora abandons her family; and The Wanton Sublime, music by Tarik O’Regan and libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, explores the mythic and human aspects of Mary, mother of Jesus. The evening will feature performances by soprano Caroline Worra (The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric, Glimmerglass) and Amy Shoremount-Obra with music direction by Mila Henry. Both one-act operas have been commissioned by the Brooklyn-based opera development company AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS (AOP) and will be presented by the organization at The Players (16 Gramercy Park South) on Monday, May 9 at 8pm in New York City, and at South Oxford Space (138 South Oxford St.) on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm in Brooklyn.  Both will feature a panel discussion with the artists.  Tickets are $20; $10 for Players NYC members or Students/Seniors.  Tickets and more info are available at www.operaprojects.org.

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Music at First announces an evening of contemporary music featuring the talents of the “gorgeously subtle” (Time Out New York) janus and the “finely polished” (The New York Times) Mantra Percussion ensemble.  Flute, viola and harp trio janus presents a range of older and brand new works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaija Saariaho, Michael Ippolito, Caleb Burhans and Ryan Brown, while Mantra brings a special preview performance of an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s new evening-length percussion sextet, Timber.

Bringing together both the old and the new, janus will perform two “older” works by two established composers: The Garden of Joys and Sorrows by Sofia Gubaidulina (which was written in 1980) and New Gates by Kaija Saariaho (written in 1996), as well as the world premiere of a newly commissioned work, Ballade by Michael Ippolito, which includes the composer on accordion.  In support of their “beguiling new CD” (Time Out New York), the trio will perform two tracks from the release, Keymaster by Caleb Burhans and Under the Rug by Ryan Brown, both of which were written for janus.

In a special preview performance, Mantra will present an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s Timber, a new evening-length tour de force for six percussionists.  Scored for six graduated wooden two-by-fours, the work brings the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic textures, such that the player’s hands are often in separate rhythmic worlds, each traversing a different dynamic contour.  The piece was co-commissioned by the Dutch dance company, Club Guy and Roni, and the percussion ensembles Slagwerk den Haag and Mantra Percussion, with support from the Nief-Norf project.

Concert Details:
WHAT: Music at First Series featuring janus and Mantra Percussion
WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2011, 7:30pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights)
124 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY
2/3 to Clark St.; A/C to High St.; R/4/5 to Borough Hall
ADMISSION: $10
INFO: www.musicatfirstsite.com

About Music at First Series:
Music at First is an exciting new concert series that takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights curated by Brooklyn-based composer and FPC organist Wil Smith.  It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s top new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners.  Concerts take place monthly at First Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:30pm with a $10 admission. www.musicatfirstsite.com

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Mellissa Hughes and Lorna Krier

Brooklyn Heights-based Music at First Series announces its second concert of 2011, featuring sets from “dazzling diva” (Time Out New York) Mellissa Hughes and synthesizer player Lorna Krier.  Mellissa Hughes, accompanied by pianist Timo Andres, will perform works that explore topics such as death, sexuality, and Craigslist, by Jacob Cooper, Corey Dargel, Ted Hearne, Gabriel Kahane, Matt Marks, and Eric Shanfield. Lorna Krier continues to “break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock” (Lukas Ligeti) with Selected Saccharine Songs Without Words featuring special guests Dream Massage (Peter Pearson, Derek Muro, Stephen Griesgraber) and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim. Videographer Jon Williams complements the new wave-meets-minimalism songs with video projections processed in real time.

DETAILS:
WHAT: Must at First Series featuring Mellissa Hughes & Lorna Krier
WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2011, 7:30pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights)
124 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY
2/3 to Clark St.; A/C to High St.; R/4/5 to Borough Hall
ADMISSION: $10
INFO: www.musicatfirstsite.com

MUSIC AT FIRST is a monthly new music series at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights. It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s best new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners. All concerts begin at 7:30 with a $10 admission.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
APR 8 – Janus Trio & Mantra Percussion
MAY 20 – Margaret Lancaster & The Deprivation Choir

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Image of Chiara Quartet by Liz Linder

Chiara String Quartet by Liz Linder

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, New York

The Chiara Quartet has been called “truly breathtaking” by The Washington Post. Their Creator/Curator series commissions composers to write new works as well as curate the concert program. This final installment features Daniel Ott, who has recently written scores for ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Ott’s new string quartet includes Odes to two composers who lost children – Liszt and Mahler – and he’s chosen to pair it with Polish composer Lutoslawski’s aleatoric string quartet.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (718) 222-8500 or visit www.galapagosartspace.com.

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