The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, presents great scary music from all genres, including daring re-imaginings and outrageous concert premieres by Danny Elfman, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Kenji Bunch, Nox Arcana, and music director Joshua Rosenblum. Be ready for some chills!
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Sep 12 2013
Apr 04 2013
The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will conclude their fourth season with special guest Cynthia Nixon narrating a new work, plus a newly commissioned chamber arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s towering masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online at Symphony Space Events or (212) 864-5400.
Mar 14 2013
On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.
The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.
The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.
Dec 03 2012
Nov 20 2012
From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!
Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com
Aug 12 2012
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.
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/.
Apr 04 2012
Hailed as a “brilliant and fearless young performer,” Jenny Q Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered, most notably, Life Sketches by Nils Vigeland, Exercise in Deism by John Slover, Intimate Rejection by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Blue Inscription by Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall.
Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. In what is already an illustrious career, Chai’s performances have been covered in major media throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, including Time Out New York, Shanghai Culture, and Cologne Daily News, and her performances of contemporary music have been broadcast in Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. Her talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaViva’s New York Love Songs.
For Chai, near-total immersion in the contemporary music world has only enhanced her appreciation of the classical repertoire. “I feel a sense of contentment programming creative concerts, mixing and matching old and new works, so as to highlight what is most special in each piece. After all, nothing comes from nothing, and new music is very much connected to that which came before.” Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai co-directs the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music Association in Shanghai. In an Ear to Mind performance in April 2011, Chai premiered three new works, including Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai) by Nils Vigeland.
Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang is a Taiwanese composer whose work seeks to capture the individual beauty of the fleeting moment, revealing complexity within simplicity. Her music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, pianists Eric Huebner, Vicky Chow, Jenny Q. Chai, conductors David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Paul Chiang, and visual artists Alice Grassi and Takeshi Moro. Her music has been broadcast on WNYC and Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and has been released on the ArpaViva label. Ms. Wang is the winner of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music competition and the Look and Listen Festival Composition Prize, and the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and the ASCAP Foundation. Ms. Wang has been a fellow at the MusicX Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Pacific Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has worked with Robert Beaser, Matthias Pintscher, David Felder, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Lera Auerbach. She has recently studied with Nils Vigeland, Reynold Tharp, and Stephen Taylor.
As a frequent collaborator with choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers, composer Inhyun Kim challenges her audience think in new and unconventional ways about music as a performing art. Ms. Kim has been commissioned by organizations such as White Wave Dance Company, The Actor’s Theatre, Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Brooklyn Independent television, and her works have been performed at the DUMBO dance festival, Wave Rising series, the Joyce Soho theatre, What We Want!!!, The Tompkins Square gallery at the New York Public Library, Dance New Amsterdam, Ceres Gallery as part of 2008 Make Music NY, the Museum of Modern Arthur as part of the 12th annual Art Under the Bridge festival, Galapagos Art Space, and Symphony Space. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Music degrees and studied with Julia Wolfe, Susan Botti and Reiko Fueting. Ms. Kim’s music can be heard on her CD “Music =”, released in 2010 by Carrier Records. Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in composition, Manhattan School of Music president’s award, and was recently awarded a mentorship with composer Vivian Fung, as part of NYFA’s Mentoring program for Immigrant Artists. Ms. Kim is co-director of the contemporary music nonprofit organization, Ear To Mind.
Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona, Italy, and has composed for both acoustical instruments and new media. His repertoire includes works for concerts, one music drama, two radio operas and various special projects. He often groups several works around large cycles exploring specific compositional projects, such as a series of concertos for instrument and a spatialized orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats, a book of Miniature Estrose, seven pieces for solo piano, a cycle of works for solo instrument and chamber electronic music inspired by poems of e. e. cummings, and two string quartets. He has worked as a composer and researcher, teacher at IRCAM, and he founded the composition and computer music workshop at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. He taught composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon and since 1999 he has been full professor of composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He studied at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
This concert is sponsored by The Gurrand Group and FaceArt Music Association.
Mar 09 2012
Chamber Music by Composers from New York & California
I’LANA SANDRA COTTON The Return
N. LINCOLN HANKS Three Movements
MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 2
ROBERT MARTIN Piano Trio
ELIZABETH BELL Piano Sonata No. 2
Claudia Schaer, violin
Richard Goldsmith, clarinet
Bruce Wang, cello
Max Lifchitz, piano
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.
North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Sunday afternoon March 11 as four members of the acclaimed North/South Consonance Ensemble present an afternoon chamber music recital featuring recent works by composers from New York and California.
The concert will start at 3 PM and will take place at the ensemble’s home base, 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.
While the featured composers represent three different generations their works evince a post-modern outlook combining freely contemporary innovations with elements drawn from older musical traditions. I’lana Sandra Cotton and N. Lincoln Hanks hail from California while Elizabeth Bell, Max Lifchitz and Robert Martin are based in New York.
Cotton’s The Return for violin, cello and piano was inspired by the phrase having gone far, it returns” from Lao Tzu’s Tao De Ching. Hanks Three Movements for clarinet, cello and piano is about “evolving relationships.” Bell’s Second Piano Sonata effectively employs a neo-classical mold while Martin’s Piano Trio recalls Arshile Gorky’s abstract paintings. Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 2 for clarinet, violin and piano belongs to a series of works honoring the former American hostages in Iran.
Performers will include violinist Claudia Schaer, a Juilliard graduate who has concertized in Europe and China; cellist Bruce Wang, a much-sought-after studio musician who has performed in the US and Asia; clarinetist Richard Goldsmith acclaimed by the New York Time for his “technical mastery, breath-taking playing and virtuosic fair,” and pianist Max Lifchitz who the American Record Guide described as “one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.”
The featured composers will be in attendance and will meet with the public during intermission and after the performance.
For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org/
Feb 13 2012
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!
Nov 01 2011
On November 19, 2011, at 8 pm, the Garden State Philharmonic presents “Remembering Mahler! 100th Anniversary Tribute”, at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Single tickets range from $10 for students to $40 for adults. Additional discounts apply for full-season subscribers, senior citizens, and groups of ten or more. Call 732-255-0460, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.gardenstatephilharmonic.org for more information. This is the second concert of our MasterWorks Series, and marks the 56th season for the Jersey Shore’s Premiere cultural resource, and the eleventh year with the Philharmonic for Maestro LaGruth.