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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


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.

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brickwall-1-1.jpg picture by pianist4486Existential Pilot New Music Collective is presenting two concerts of contemporary chamber music by composers William Zuckerman, Ezra Donner, and Jonathan Lubin on March 2-3 in New York City and Philadelphia. The concert will feature the performing talents of clarinetist Mark Dover, soprano Claire DiVizio, and violinist Zoë Aqua, as well as the featured composers.

The program represents an eclectic range of stylistic and literary influences, from traditional Jewish and American vernacular music, to avant-garde electronic music, to works inspired by the popular South Park television series.

Existential Pilot is a new music collective started by students and alumni of the University of Michigan, dedicated to the performance of dynamic and relevant contemporary music. The group is particularly committed to showcasing the talents of young and emerging composers and performers.

Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $9 at the door.  To reserve yours, please click on the links below.

Concert I
Tuesday March 2, 2010 8 PM
WMP Concert Hall
31-33 East 28th Street
New York, NY 
Concert II
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 8 PM
Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 Rittenhouse Square
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Stewart Goodyear

Stewart Goodyear

Pianist Stewart Goodyear and saxophonist Christopher Sacco headline the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s chamber music concert on Sunday, January 24 at 3 pm at 5000 Goodridge Avenue in the Bronx. The program will include the world premiere of Mr. Goodyear’s composition entitled “Dogged by Hellhounds” and Johannes Somary’s world premiere of “Dreamscape for Bassoon and Piano”. The concert will also feature saxophonist Christopher Sacco, a student at Celia Cruz High School in the Bronx and the co-winner of BAE’s Young Bronx Artist Competition. Tickets to the January 24 concert are $25 ($10 for students) and include an intermission reception to meet the artists.

Known for imagination, a graceful, elegant style and exquisite technique, STEWART GOODYEAR, is an accomplished young artist whose career spans many genres, concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Stewart has been noted for his innovation and is one of the rare classical musicians to always improvise his cadenzas when performing concertos from the classical period. He has been repeatedly praised for both the inspiring individuality and appreciation of the composer’s own style that he clearly conveys in every performance.

Stewart has performed with many of the major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. He has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Bad Kissingen, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and he has performed with the Festivals of Caramoor, Santa Fe, and Ravinia.

A native of Toronto, Stewart holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School of Music.

Now in his forty-fifth year as Music Director and Founder of AmorArtis, JOHANNES SOMARY has achieved a prominent international career. He has conducted such ensembles as the English Chamber Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, and London’s Royal Philharmonic. He has participated in many international festivals including those in Sion, Dubrovnik, Madeira, Israel, and Greece.

He has worked with such renowned singers as Elly Ameling, Sheila Armstrong, Maureen Forrester, Ernst Haeflinger, Benjamin Luxon, Felicity Palmer, and John Shirley-Quirk, and with such well-known instrumentalists as David Bar-Illan, Garrick Ohlsson, Aaron Rosand, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Maestro Somary’s discography claims over fifty recordings, including four Stereo Review Record-of-the-Year Awards.

Born in Switzerland, Johannes Somary is active as an organist, and has received critical acclaim for his recent recordings of Handel organ concertos.

Saxophonist CHRISTOPHER SACCO is a student of David deJesus, and attends the Bloomingdale House of Music. He has performed in recitals and band concerts at Celia Cruz High School and Bloomingdale, and is a member of the Westchester Community Band and Lehman College and Community Band.

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About the Bronx Arts Ensemble

The Bronx’s premier music performance ensemble serving the borough since 1972, the Bronx Arts Ensemble is a not-for-profit organization enriching the cultural environment of the Bronx with a year-round schedule of concerts, special programs for families and a full music and arts-in-education program for schools.

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Allison Brewster,
Octavio Brunetti,
Polly Ferman,
Carlos Franzetti
&  Max Lifchitz

will participate in the

Latin American Piano Festival

World Financial Center
Winter Garden
Three World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street
New York, New York 10281-1021

November 9 (Monday) 12 – 2 PM

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Interpretations Presents:

Daan Vandewalle: Piano Works of  Gordon Mumma,

Alvin Curran, & Contemporary Belgian Composers

Thursday, October 15, 2009

8PM at Roulette

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

Daan Vandewalle brings a keen awareness of architecture and an incisive touch that enables him to express episodes of delicacy, buoyancy, lyrical flow, hard-edged abstraction, dancelike movement, and spirituality., Art Lange, Fanfare

The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on October 15, 2009, with dynamic Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle performing selections from his recent recording of piano works by pioneering composer Gordon Mumma dating from 1960-2001. Also featured are works by American Composer Alvin Curran, and a handful of contemporary works by Belgian composers, including leading postwar Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts (1923-1993), emerging Flemish composer Thomas Smetryns, the extremely prolific and unusual composer Boudewijn Buckinx.


Unsentimental nostalgia, capacious in feeling but iron-beamed, imbued equally with a sense of wonder and of hard curiosity.,Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear

Daan Vandewalle enjoys an international reputation as new music specialist,with a strong focus on 20th and 21th century american piano music. He studied at the Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, with Claude Coppens, and at Mills College, California, with Alvin Curran. His programs are often highly unusual both on a technical or intellectual level, often combining the classical repertoire such as Mussorgski and Chopin with premieres of new works written especially for him by composers including Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, and Fredrick Rzewski.

For more information on Interpretations:

Office Phone:                                     212-627-0990

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For more information on Roulette:

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

General admission: $15

($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)

For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit

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Saturday, September 19, 2009, 2 pm * free!

Antares Boyle and Rory Cowal will present a recital of music by contemporary Japanese and Japanese-American composers. This program of works for flute and piano celebrates the diversity of cultural influences in today’s classical music. Featured on the program will be the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work by Ryan Tanaka.

369 East First Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

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