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Sounds New Concert Series

Baruch Performing Arts Center launches SOUNDS NEW concert series at The Engelman Recital Hall.

Baruch Performing Arts Center announces the launch of a new concert series entitled SOUNDS NEW. This new contemporary classical concert series aims to celebrate and promote contemporary classical music by established as well as up-and-coming composers with performances of 20th century and contemporary music.

SOUNDS NEW is curated by flutist Laura Falzon and produced by John Malatesta, managing director of Baruch Performing Arts Center.

The inaugural season of SOUNDS NEW will kick off on Friday Oct 29th, followed by two further concerts; on Friday November 12th and Friday December 3rd.

Bringing together the haunting memories of Hiroshima (Fujikura), cumulative dimensionality (Babbitt), fiery tension (Saariaho), irregularity (Volans), and regressive memory (Du Yun), the opening concert on Oct 29th presents a compelling program that includes two works with electronics and works for string quartet, flute, cello and piano. This concert features the performance of Du Yun’s work for string quartet, narrator and electronics—A Cockroach tarantella, commissioned through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant with funding generously provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Described by The New York Times as “electrifying“ and “cutting-edge”, Du Yun’s work is an exploration of the physical reality of sound. Dai Fujikura’s work Poison Mushroom for flute and electronics and Kaija Saariaho’s trio Cendres, also probe into diverse realms of sound. The program also features Kevin Volan’s Walking Song and Milton Babbitt’s Dual.

Featured artists include composer Du Yun (narrator), the iO quartet, flutist Laura Falzon, cellist Chris Gross and pianist Steve Beck.

The second concert in SOUNDS NEW’s three-concert inaugural season will be on Friday November 12th. This concert will feature pianist Steve Beck, “one of the city’s most admired young pianists” (The New Yorker). Sought after for his interpretation of contemporary works, Steve Beck will perform an eclectic program of modernist masterworks for piano ranging from Schoenberg and Boulez to Babbitt, Glass and Cage.

The first season of SOUNDS NEW concludes with a concert on Friday December 3rd entitled Voices! Voices! featuring contralto Christina Ascher, who has made an international name for herself as an interpreter of modern music and modern music theatre; flutist Laura Falzon, lauded as an “excellent instrumentalist” by London’s Music & Musicians; and pianist Laura Barger who is very much sought after for her dedication to contemporary music. Voices! Voices! brings together a varied program of works from Berio to Wiprud in a  vibrant program of compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries where voices and ever more voices — earthly, ethereal, mythical, narrating, singing, laughing, chirping and always full of life — call to one another, lure, narrate and reflect human and animal experience. Snail meets Siren, Water Spirit meets Sparrow, Voice meets Voice. Featured in this program is the World premiere performance of a new work, Sirens’ Song, based on The Odyssey, written by New York composer Theodore Wiprud for Christina Ascher and Laura Falzon.

Programs

Friday Oct 29th, 8pm

NEW SOUNDS


Purchase tickets at

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=601

Artists
Du Yun narrator
IO string
quartet
Laura Falzon flute
Chris Gross cello
Steve Beck
piano

Program
Dai Fujikura Poison Mushroom, flute & electronics
Babbitt Dual, cello & piano
Saariaho Cendres trio for flute, cello & piano
Volans Walking Song, flute & piano
Du Yun A Cockroach’s  Tarantella*, narrator, string quartet and laptop

About the Artists

iO Quartet is an emerging NYC based ensemble interested in finding a common aesthetic vision between the works of the past and the works of today. They were the 2006 – 2008 Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase, among other fellowships. They have recorded works of Poul Ruders for Bridge Records and will be recording works of Tod Machover for Bridge in December. Recent appearances include performances at Merkin Hall, Monadnock Music, Scandinavia House, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, and throughout Europe. The iO Quartet consists of Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahk, violin; Elizabeth Weisser, viola; and Christopher Gross, cello. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.

Composer Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer and musician. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice’’; “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC) she is equally adept at writing for concert halls, art shows, experimental theatres, modern dances and pop songs. Du Yun has received a myriad of commissions including the Meet the Composer Commissioning/USA, the Jerome Foundation, and many others through the US and Europe. Highlights of recent seasons include international premieres in Switzerland, Finland, France, Canada, Norway, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands, and China. Last season her opera, Zolle, was featured at the VOX by the New York City Opera, among many other works and premieres. www.myspace.com/duyun

Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh. http://www.laurafalzon.com

Following Cellist Chris Gross’s performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II at the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York Times wrote: “…for 20 minutes this skinny young cellist with a punkish hair cut seemed like a musical master of the universe…” Gross has performed numerous solo and chamber performances of contemporary music throughout the US and in Europe. He is a founding member of The iO Quartet, the Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY Purchase from 2006-2008. As a soloist, Gross premiered Milton Babbitt’s piece More Melismata for solo cello on the 2006 Focus! Festival. www.myspace.com/chrisgrosscellist.

Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

Friday Nov 12th 2010, 8pm

Pianist Steven Beck plays eclectic modernist masterworks

Purchase Tickets at
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=602

Program
Boulez
: Incises (1994/2001)
Babbitt: Tutte le Corde (1994)
Glass: Mad Rush (1979)
Cage: Dream (1948)
Cage: Etudes Australes I and VII (1974)
Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, op. 25

About the artist

Pianist Steve Beck, “…one of the city’s most admired young pianists…” (New Yorker), is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; and a myriad of other festivals. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels

Friday Dec 3rd 2010 8pm

Voices! Voices!


Purchase Tickets at
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/calendar/event.php?id=600

Program
Berio Luciano
: Sequenza III for solo voice
Dmitri Smirnov: Six Haiku
Theodore Wiprud: Sirens’ Song*
Mark Carlson: Night Will Blossom
Toru Takemitsu: Voice for solo flute
John Cage: Sonata for two voices
Bojidar Spassov: Otletela preperuga—The Pierides VI

*World Premiere

Artists
Christina Ascher contralto
Laura Falzon flutist
Laura Barger pianist

About the artists

Contralto Christina Ascher, born in New York, studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard Music School. Opera engagements: Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas Civic Opera, Karlsruhe, Zurich, Bonn, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Graz, Oldenburg. As a singer of contemporary music guest with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Dresdner Tage fuer zeitgenoessische Musik, Bonner Tage fuer Neue Musik, Berliner Festwochen, Berliner Biennale, Frankfurter Feste, Styrian Autumn, Styriarte, Warsaw Autumn, Sofia International New Year’s Festival, Darmstaedter Ferienkurse, Wittener Tage fuer neue Kammermusik, Musica in Strassbourg, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, etc. See also www.VoiceStudioCA <http://www.VoiceStudioCA> .com

Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She was praised by the Musical Times magazine for her “versatile technique,” by the British Flute Society’s PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as “fearless in tackling and promoting it,” and hailed by the Music & Musicians as “an excellent instrumentalist.” She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and has commissioned and premiered many new works including works by Robert Helps, Shirish Korde, Alvin Singleton, Geoff Poole, Eric Moe and Halim El-Dabh.http://www.laurafalzon.com

New York-based pianist Laura Barger has performed internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician including at The Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), The National Gallery of Ireland, Västerås Konserthus (Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music (Germany), The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon at Mass MOCA and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. She  has premiered numerous works by composers from around the world, working with composers such as Philippe Leroux, Augusta Read-Thomas, Dai Fujikura, David Lang,  and Terry Riley.

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch College

Enter on E. 25th St. bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.

Box Office: (646) 312-4083

Email: PerformingArtsCenter@baruch.cuny.edu

Website: www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac

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The Chiara Quartet presents Creator/Curator, vol. 1, featuring the New York premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s new work Milagros, October 17 at (le) Poisson Rouge.

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On May 22nd, 2010 (8PM) at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, TRANSIT presents a recital featuring soloists Joe Bergen (percussion) and David Friend (piano) in a program of works by some of New York’s leading young composers including Ted Hearne, Christopher Marianetti, Tristan Perich, and Daniel Wohl.
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About the performers:

Joe Bergen
(percussion)

NYTIMES: ‘finely polished’
GRAMOPHONE: ‘This is a disc to treasure…’

Joe Bergen is an active performer, an advocate of new music, and a co-founder of several ground-breaking groups including TRANSIT (Voice of America: ‘…expertly played…’) and Mantra Percussion (New York Times: ‘…a fresh source of energy.’). Joe also performs with numerous other groups including Beaten Path Percussion Duo, Fragile, and Kyklos, and has collaborated extensively with Newband (the Harry Partch Ensemble), New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Crossmen Drum Corps, S.E.M. Ensemble, Blarvuster, Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Mad Coyote Group, Jason Cady and the Artificials, Samba NY! and the Instruments. In the fall of 2010, Mantra Percussion will give the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s latest work Timber, for percussion sextet. Joe can be heard on Innova, Shsk’h, Peacock, Equilibrium, and Atma Classique record labels as well as playing timpani on the new release of the RockStar video game: Red Dead Redemption.

www.joebergen.com

David Friend
(piano)

NYTIMES: ‘enlivening vigor’
GUARDIAN (UK): ‘streamlined virtuosity’

David Friend has performed new and experimental music around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and in alternative spaces such as Issue Project Room, Le Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the Players Theater, and New York art galleries. He has performed with artists including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Talujon Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, Bill Frisell, Red Light New Music, and Ensemble Pamplemousse; and worked with composers including Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. As a founding member of the TRANSIT collective, Mr. Friend works with young composers from around the world and performs the latest music from emerging composers. He also enjoys working with artists from other disciplines, such as contemporary dance-theatre troupe Dance Imprints. Recently, Mr. Friend created a multimedia installation in conjunction with the QAS initiative involving found sounds, a live choir, video art, and modern dance.

www.nolanrobertson.com/Site/David_Friend.html

Program:

(Joe Bergen)
Daniel Wohl: Ritual (2009)
Christopher Marianetti: Trench Hero Aria (2010)
Tristan Perich: Observations (2008)

(Duo)
Ted Hearne: One of us, One of them (2005)

(David Friend)
Tristan Perich: Month (2000)
Christopher Marianetti: Y (2005)
Daniel Wohl: Aorta (2010)

Saturday May 22, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St.
4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, or L to Union Square
$15/10 student, senior

www.transitnewmusic.com

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North/South Consonance’s 30th Anniversary Gala!

Chamber Orchestra Works by Composers from the Americas

featuring new and recent compositions by

Elizabeth Bell, Edward Green, Max Lifchitz
Hilary Tann & Stephen Yip

performers include

Arthur Campbell, clarinet
Megan Levin, harp
Helen Lin, piano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra

Monday, March 8 at 8 PM

Merkin Concert Hall

129 West 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam), NYC
Free Admission.

First come first serve.
Tickets available at the Merkin Hall box office after 7 PM the evening of the concert

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

Arthur Campbell & Megan Levin

North/South Consonance, Inc. celebrates its 30th consecutive season of advocacy on behalf of music by living composers with a special chamber orchestra concert at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th St) on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8 PM.

Distinguished guest artists including clarinetist Arthur Campbell; harpist Megan Levin; and pianist Helen Lin will join the GRAMMY nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra conducted by its founder Max Lifchitz for the special event. The program will include recent works especially written for the occasion by American composers  Elizabeth Bell, Edward Green, Max Lifchitz, Hilary Tann and Stephen Yip.

Admission is free.
First come first serve. Tickets may be picked up at the Merkin Concert Hall box office after 7 PM the evening of the concert.

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Music of the Spheres Society
“Sound Travels Through Vienna”
Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street (between Broadway and Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Admission at door: $30, $15 senior/student, requested contribution. Cash or check only.

MotslogoKrenek: Sonata No. 2 for violin solo (1948)
Kreisler: Caprice Viennois (1910)
Webern: Four Pieces for violin and piano (1910)
Brahms: Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op. 120 in F Minor(1894)
Schubert: Klavierstücke No. 1, D 946 (1828)
Mozart: Sonata in A Major for piano and violin, K305 (1778)

 

Stephanie Chase, violin
Jon Manasse, clarinet
William Wolfram, piano

Through much of its history, Vienna has served as a music capitol – the Vienna Boys’ Choir dates back to 1498! – and home to many of classical music’s most influential and innovative composers. This concert is a journey through the music of six composers with pivotal ties to this city, starting in the mid-20th century and ending in the 1770’s.

Our listening tour begins with the Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo, Op. 115 by Ernst Krenek, which he composed shortly after moving to the United States. A student of Franz Shreker – first in Vienna and then in Berlin – Krenek was later influenced by the music of Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, and after about 1933 he composed principally in the 12-tone system.We then travel back a few decades to 1910, where we encounter both the Caprice Viennois by Fritz Kreisler and Four Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 7 by Anton Webern.  Composed a mere sixteen years earlier (1894), the majestic Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 by Johannes Brahms forms the heart of the concert, followed by the mercurial Klavierstücke No. 1 (D 946) by Franz Schubert, which dates from 1828. The journey then ends with the delightful Sonata in A Major, K. 305 for piano and violin, composed in 1778 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

ChasecolorheadshotlowerresolutionSTEPHANIE CHASE played with “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” – Boston Globe

“And there was a heavenly moment when clarinetist JON MANASSE fluttered above the duet like a cherub tumbling in the clouds of a Mannerist painting.”, Milwaukee Journal

“Pianist WILLIAM WOLFRAM combined elegance and clarity in his playing, with the virile, propulsive energy and mercurial shifts of mood needed to make this music come to life.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

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Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. by Styra Avins, included in admission:

“I drink my wine where Beethoven drank his!”: Johannes Brahms in Vienna

Styra Avins is a cellist, musicologist, and the author of Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters (Oxford University Press).

Now in our ninth year, the Music of the Spheres Society is “dedicated to exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (The New Yorker) through our innovative concerts and and pre-concert talks.

For more information, please visit www.musicofthespheres.org

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