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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.
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Don’t miss the 1st concert of the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s 2012/2013 season!

WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3pm.

PROGRAM: Concert features Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 2,” Smetana’s “The Moldau,” and Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” with violinist Aaron Boyd. Meet the musicians afterward at a free reception!

ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, is YOUR neighborhood orchestra. We have captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.

TICKET INFORMATION: All GVO concerts are by suggested donation of $15 ($10 for students/seniors). Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door on the day of the concert.

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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
8:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, NYC
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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.

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Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Tomorrow, at the PEN World Voices Festival’s featured event at the Met Museum, Kronos Quartet will provide musical accompaniment to writers Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi, and Rula Jebreal as they read from selections of their own work. The authors will then listen and respond to pieces in which recorded voices are juxtaposed with music. It promises to be an intriguing colloquy of literary and musical leading lights.

The Kronos Quartet: Exit Strategies

The Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, violin; John Sherba, violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello) in performance with Tony Kushner, Marjane Satrapi, Rula Jebreal.

Works by Laurie Anderson, Hamza El Din, Morton Feldman, Ram Narayan,

Terry Riley, Omar Souleyman, and Ramallah Underground

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7pm

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
4, 5, 6 trains to 86th Street, walk west

Tickets: $30/$20 students and available at or (212) 570-3949

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Principal Percussionist of the Met Opera Greg Zuber and Flutist Patricia Zuber host a concert at the New York Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, September 18 at 8:00 pm at Symphony Space

Symphony Space, Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
NEARBY SUBWAY STOPS: 1, 2, 3 at 96th St.
Tickets $20; Members, Students, Seniors $15; Day of Show $25
(212) 864-5400


Greg Zuber, marimba and vibraphone
Patircia Zuber, flute
Denis Bouriakov, flute
Maron Khoury, flute
Bart Feller, flute
Lino Gomez, clarinet
Tomoya Aomori, double bass
Derrick Inouye, conductor


Milton Babbitt When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Elliot Carter Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux II

Teruyuki Noda Mattinata

William Susman Seven Scenes for Four Flutes (2011) World Premiere

Written at the behest of a commissioning consortium headed by Patricia Zuber

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MAY 28, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute

On Saturday, May 28th at 8PM, TRANSIT presents the latest installment of the DoubleBill Series. This innovative project presents new music from around the world alongside the work of young composers from NYC, giving listeners a wide-raging experience that would otherwise incur jetlag. The program on May 28 focuses on emerging composers from London and New York City.

Line Telling ***
by Christopher Mayo

Machana ***
by Charlie Piper

fractus duo
by Mark Bowden

by Daniel Wohl

Three Quintets
by Jason Cady

Headless Monkey Attack ***
by Ryan Carter

*** designates a WORLD PREMIERE

TRANSIT DoubleBill: London / NYC
Tenri Cultural Institute
34A W. 13th St NYC
(near 6th Ave)

Tickets available at the door:
$15, 12 for students, seniors


TRANSIT is the fresh face of new music. For too long, musicians have been isolated from each other into narrow categories that have diminishing relevance to a digital society in a quickly globalizing world. Taking their cues from the slapdash diversity of the city around them, the artists of TRANSIT seek to create bridges between and among the various schools and styles of music being written and performed today, while embracing innovative projects that are relevant to contemporary culture. Their goal is not to achieve an international style or to promote a particular “sound.” Rather, they champion experimental music from a wide range of influences with the conviction that the music of today is inherently meaningful to audiences and vital to social progress. Paired with superior artistry, shrewd programming, and radically open ears, this determination keeps TRANSIT firmly rooted at the cutting edge of new music.

TRANSIT was founded by an idealistic bunch of like-minded musicians at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. Since 2007, the TRANSIT collective has commissioned composers from around the world, and premiered new works in affordable concerts in New York City. In addition to the DoubleBill Series, TRANSIT pursues other projects focusing on new and experimental music, most recently including a three-part event at Galapagos Art Space featuring So Percussion and Tristan Perich, a large-scale multimedia project with Daniel Wohl, and a sound installation residency at Diapason Gallery. TRANSIT has performed in established new music series and venues (MATA Interval Series, Darmstadt at Issue Project Room, Detour at Le Poisson Rouge, CUNY Grad Center residency) as well as in events that bring new music to diverse audiences (March is Music at Pregones Theater in the Bronx, Astoria Music Society Series, ImagineScience Film Festival). Its individual members have performed in the US and abroad with preeminent groups including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the NOW Ensemble, newspeak (the Harry Partch Ensemble), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, NJ Percussion Ensemble, and Sequitur, among others.<

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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.

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

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.

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

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On March 11, 2011 the Music of the Spheres Society will present a chamber music concert featuring works by César Franck and his circle, including music by his teacher Anton Reicha and friends Gabriel Fauré, Ernst Chausson, and Eugène Ysaÿe.

The concert will take place on at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, which is located near Lincoln Center at 120 West 69th Street in New York City.  The heart of the program features Franck’s compelling Piano Quintet, along with a piano trio (Opus 101, No. 3) by Reicha, short works by Chausson and Fauré, and Ysaÿe’s String Trio.

The String Trio (Le Chimay, which is also the name of a Belgian Trappist ale brewed in that city), was composed in 1927 by Eugène Ysaÿe but never published.  It was discovered in manuscript form only about ten years ago and first performed by the Gaede Trio.  In a review of a 2004 performance, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed wrote that

‘Le Chimay’ might be described as French Expressionism with a bit of Surrealism thrown in. It also might be described as just plain weird. It is full of extravagant string writing, which is to be expected, but not the seemingly incompatible influences of Debussy, Franck and Schoenberg, who get along just fine here.  Agitated melodramatic passages half resolve into intoxicating lyricism. Storm clouds come and go, propelled by unpredictable breezes. Nothing ever settles for long.

Violinist and Artistic Director Stephanie Chase will be joined by violinist Harumi Rhodes, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, ‘cellist Sophie Shao, and pianist William Wolfram.

The concert starts at 8:15 p.m. A pre-concert talk bill be given at 7:30 p.m. by organologist and author Stewart Pollens  and is included in concert admission: “Francois-Xavier Tourte and the Invention of the Modern Violin Bow.”

Admission at door: $30 adult, $15 student/senior requested contribution. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

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TRANSIT presents an inventive evening featuring new works by Lesley Flanigan, Sergei Tcherepnin, and Daniel Wohl:

The Diapason Gallery is renowned for its exceptional capabilities in facilitating world-class sound installations. In this project, 3 NYC-based emerging composers take advantage of these resources by creating experimental new works for TRANSIT that blend elements of sound installation and live performance.

Funding for this project is provided by Meet the Composer.

TRANSIT @ Diapason
January 28, 8PM
Diapason Gallery
882 3rd Ave (btw 32/33 St.)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

D, N, R train to 36th St.-4th Ave.

$12/10 students

Lesley Flanigan is renowned for her innovative performances utilizing the human voice and hand-built feedback electronics. At Diapason, she brings her estimable talents as vocalist, instrument-builder, and sound sculptor to a collaborative performance with the members of TRANSIT.

Sergei Tcherepnin is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer whose music has been performed at major venues around the world. For this project, he takes full advantage of the multi-channel sound system at Diapason in an intricate work for the ensemble.

Daniel Wohl is a co-founder of TRANSIT and has worked closely with the ensemble from its inception. Tonight, he capitalizes on his intimate working history with the group to create a specially tailored set of chamber pieces that highlights individual players in an electro-acoustic soundscape.


Andie Spring, violin
Evelyn Farny, cello
Sara Budde, clarinets
Joe Bergen, percussion
David Friend, piano

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