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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

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

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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

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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

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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Carlos Chavez: A Celebration!


Carlos Chavez in 1940

Rachel Rosales, soprano

Claudia Schaer, violin

Bruce Wang, cello

Nuiko Wadden, harp

Max Lifchitz, piano

Saturday, Nov 14 at 3 PM

Bruno Walter Auditorium

Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts

111 Amsterdam Ave (at 65th St)

New York City

Rachel Rosales

Rachel Rosales

On Saturday, November 14 at 3 PM North/South Consonance, Inc. will present a program devoted to the music of Carlos Chávez, the late Mexican composer and conductor who lived between 1899 and 1978.

The event will take place at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Ave at 65th St) in New York City. Admission is free. No Tickets required.

One of Latin America’s most famous composers, Chávez was a powerful figure in México’s cultural life. He founded the National Symphony Orchestra and also directed México’s National Conservatory. In 1947, Chávez became the founding director of the National Institute of Fine Arts.

Well known in the US and Europe as a conductor and lecturer, Chavez appeared at the helm of most major symphony orchestras and delivered the 1959 Charles Elliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. His most popular work is the Sinfonía India, an orchestral fresco full of vigorous, obsessive rhythms reminiscent of Aztec dances. His musical output is vast and exhibits great variety and diversity.

Chávez is closely identified with the artistic movement known as the “Aztec Renaissance.” This movement aimed to revive the music of Pre-Columbian México hence creating a true, non-European, Mexican sound.

The concert will feature vocal and instrumental compositions written during a span of approximately 55 years, from around 1915 until the early 1970’s. Included in the program will be the youthful arrangements of Mexican corridos (popular revolutionary songs) published in 1915 as well as the Madrigal for cello and piano written in 1920. Also included will be the three seminal Sonatinas written in 1924 (one for solo piano, one for violin and one for cello) written in 1924 that exhibit all the elements of Chávez’s mature, nationalistic style will also be performed. The Invention for Harp and High Vocalisse (1970) for coloratura soprano will also be performed. These works exemplify the composer’s infatuation with the modernism and experimentation rampant in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Chavez’s masterful arrangement of Four Traditional Ecuadorian Songs written in 1942 while traveling in South America will also be performed.

For more information about this exciting concert series including complete schedule please visit

To stream and/or download the entire catalogue of recordings issued by the

North/South Recordings label please visit

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Stela Brandao
Villa-Lobos: Modinhas & Canções

Stela Brandão, soprano
Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, November 8 at 3 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.

Celebrating the 4th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in NYC

North/South Consonance, Inc. inaugurates its 30th consecutive season with a special concert focusing on the vocal music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, the great Brazilian master on Sunday, November 8 at 3 PM.

The event will feature soprano Stela Brandão accompanied by pianist Max Lifchitz in the performance of the complete cycle of Songs and Modinhas by Villa-Lobos. It will be held at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) in Manhattan. Admission is free.

The concert is part of the 4th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in New York City organized by the Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc. (PAMAR).

A native of Rio de Janeiro, soprano Stela Brandão studied voice at the University of Brasilia before going on to earn a masters degree in performance from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University. She advanced her vocal studies with Caroline Murdoch, Richard Barrett, Eleanor Clark and Jan Prokop and coached with, among others, Dalton Baldwin, Nico Castel and Eleanor Steber. A strong advocate of Brazilian music and culture, Ms. Brandão has performed throughout her native country as well as at the United Nations and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a guest professor, she taught the course African Roots of Brazilian Music at Hunter College, and has been invited to teach Brazilian and Latin American repertoire nationwide at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Workshops (NATS), at Mannes College of Music, at the Project Canción Española in Granada, and at the Barcelona Festival of Song. She has also researched and written extensively about the Brazilian vocal repertoire including a highly regarded article about the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Active as pianist and composer, Max Lifchitz is a native of Mexico City and has resided in New York City since 1966. Described by the American Record Guide magazine as “one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music,” Mr. Lifchitz has released 9 compact disc albums featuring piano music by composers from the Americas. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Mr. Lifchitz has appeared as soloist and recitalist throughout the US, Europe and Latin America. Praised by the New York Times for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances,” Lifchitz has performed in major Brazilian cities at the invitation of the Academia Brasileira de Musica and the Festival Musica Nova.

The artists will be available for interviews and other media related events. They may be contacted through our office at (212) 663-7566 or via e-mail at

North/South Consonance’s 2009-10 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. Additional support comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University in the City of NY; the Music Performance Funds of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians; and contributions from many generous individuals.

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