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On Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM, the Grammy nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of its founder composer/conductor Max Lifchitz welcomes the New Year with a free-admission concert featuring works by composers from Europe and the Americas

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Art Songs from Latin America

 

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works by 

Darwin Aquino, Modesta Bor, Alejandro Caturla,

Carlos Chávez, Ramiro Cortés, Carlos Guastavino,

Manuel M. Ponce, Antonio Valencia & Heitor Villa-Lobos

  

Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano

Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, October 27 at 3 PM

Christ and St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St

New York, NY 10023

Free Admission

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

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The North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiere works by Zosha Di Castri, Daniel Kessner, Mei Fang Lin and Jonathan Russell on Thursday June 6 at 8 PM.

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The 39th consecutive season of the Summer Music Associates will come to an end on Saturday evening August 18th, 2012, when pianist Max Lifchitz will perform exciting dance-inspired music by composers from throughout the Americas.

The special event will start at 7:30 PM and will be held at the auditorium of the First Baptist Church (451 Main Street) in New London, New Hampshire. While tickets will be available at the door, strongly recommended is to purchase them in advance by calling 603-526-8234

Max Lifchitz will perform piano music from the Americas including such famous and popular works as Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In addition to performing his own composition Elegía, Mr. Lifchitz will perform works by the legendary 19th century American virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk; the Argentinean masters Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla; and the ever-popular Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ernesto Nazareth from Brazil.

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Of special interest will be the first performance of a work especially written for the occasion by Marilyn Ziffrin, the esteemed Sutton, New Hampshire composer who this year celebrates her 85th birthday.

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

Active as pianist, conductor and composer, Max Lifchitz was born in Mexico City in 1948 and resided in New York City since 1966, until becoming head of the music department at Albany University in Albany, NY. Lifchitz was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. The founder and director of the New York City-based North/South Chamber Orchestra, Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. 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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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

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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

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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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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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Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born composer and long-time New York City resident — will appear as pianist in a program devoted entirely to his music planned for Saturday afternoon March 12 2011.

The event will be held in the elegant Bruno Walter Auditorium at the recently refurbished NY Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza – Amsterdam Ave at 65th St). It will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is free (no tickets required).

For further information about the event as well as directions please visit

http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2011/03/12/concert-northsouth-consonance-featuring-pianist-max-lifchitz?nref=62993

A retrospective program, the concert will feature compositions written during the last four decades.

It will include Five Preludes for Piano (written in 1964); The Blood Orange (for narrator, violin and piano — written in 2006); Mosaico Latinoamericano (for flute and piano —written in 1991); Vignettes for woodwind quintet (written in 2005); as well as Yellow Ribbons No. 10 (for piano – written in 1981) and Yellow Ribbons No. 39 (for solo flute— written in 2005).

Mr. Lifchitz will be joined by several of the distinguished performers who have premiered and recorded his works. They include actress/narrator Norma Fire; flutist Lisa Hansen; violinist Claudia Schaer; and The Sylvan Winds.

Mr. Lifchitz will introduce his works to the public and meet with the audience during intermission and after the concert.

Lifchitz began his musical training in Mexico City under the direction of the Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter. After moving to New York City in 1966 Lifchitz studied composition with Luciano Berio at Juilliard and Leon Kirchner at Harvard. His creative endeavors have been possible with grants from among others, the ASCAP, Ford and Guggenheim Foundations; the NYS Council on the Arts and the National Endowment on the Arts. He was awarded first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. Lifchitz has been active in the New York new music scene since the late 1960’s and has toured throughout Latin America and Europe with grants from the US Artists at International Festivals Fund. He was honored with the 2009 Zethus Fund Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the music by living composers.

Mr. Lifchitz’s compositions and performances are available for streaming and download through the web at

http://www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/

http://www.dramonline.org/albums/music-of-max-lifchitz

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TOQUES FEMENINOS

FEMININE TOUCHES

Piano music by Three Generations of
Women Composers from the Europe and the Americas

JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT (USA)          Serenade (2006)

ALA BORZOVA (Russia/USA)               Fairy Tale Pictures (1986)

JENNIFER CASTELLANO (USA)          Sketches (2009)

ELISENDA FABREGAS (Spain/USA)    Homenaje a Mompou (2006)

KATHERINE HOOVER (USA)                  Dream Dances (2008)

FAYE ELLEN SILVERMAN (USA)         Three/Four (2007)

JACQUELINE NOVA (Colombia)           Transiciones (1975)

ALA PAVLOVA (Russia/USA)                Prelude (1995)

ALICIA TERZIAN (Argentina)               Toccata (1954)

AWILDA VILLARINI (Puerto Rico)       Bomba y Plena (1996)

MARGARITA ZELENAIA (Russia/USA)     Impromptu (2006)

Max Lifchitz, piano


“A consummate musician …. one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.”
American Record Guide

Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3 PM

Christ & St. Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th Street, NYC
(between Broadway & Columbus)
Free Admission

www.northsouthmusic.org


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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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