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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm

 

Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall | 57th & 7th Ave. | NYC
Tickets: $43 & 50 at www.carnegiehall.org, 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street, NYC)

For more information: www.americancomposers.org

American Composers Orchestra continues its 39th season with a program titled Eastern Wind, bringing five works with Middle Eastern and Indian influence to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. World premieres include Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s “Harabat – The Intoxicated,” which uses classical Ottoman composition techniques and features Mehmet singing and playing the Ud; Saad Haddad’s “Manarah,” combining electronics and traditional performance practices of Arabic musicians; and Reena Esmail’s “Avartan,” a multimedia work with video by Neeraj Jain. In Matthias Pintscher’s “songs from Solomon’s garden,” the composer reflects on his time spent in Israel as he creates a musical dialogue of the voices in Solomon’s Song of Songs. Gity Razaz’s The Metamorphosis of Narcissus takes its name and inspiration from Salvador Dali’s painting.

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New Years Celebration

chamber orchestra works by composers from Italy and the USJan 10_2

Ken Perlman, banjo
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra

music by

Elizabeth Bell, Paolo Boggio, Max Lifchitz & Harold Schiffman

 

Sunday, January 10 at 3 PM

 

Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York City

Free Admission (no tickets necessary)

http://www.northsouthmusic.org/calendar.asp


North/South Consonance, Inc. will open its 36th Winter/Spring season of free-admission concerts on Sunday afternoon January 10, 2016 when banjo virtuoso Ken Perlman will join conductor Max Lifchitz and the Grammy nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Harold Schiffman’s delightful Banjo Concerto. The multigenerational program will also feature works by Elizabeth Bell and Max Lifchitz as well as the first US performance of a recent work by the young Italian composer Paolo Boggio.

The concert will take place at the acoustically superior but intimate auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – bet Bway & Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It will start at 3 PM and end at 4:45 PM. No tickets necessary.

Hailed as “the Heifetz of the Banjo” Ken Perlman is an acknowledged master of the 5-string banjo. The Glasgow (UK) Herald noted: “Perlman can make his instrument do more or less anything he wants it to” as his pioneering claw-hammer style picking helps spotlight the power and expressiveness of the wide range of music he performs. Perlman has toured across North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Western Europe and Australia. An acclaimed teacher of folk-music instrumental skills, Perlman has authored widely respected banjo and guitar instruction books and has been on staff at prestigious teaching festivals around the world.

Since its inception in 1980, the North/South Chamber Orchestra has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 works by composers hailing from the Americas and elsewhere representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. Its activities are 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 as well as grants from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and the Music Performance Trust Funds. Contributions by numerous individual donors are also gratefully acknowledged.

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS AND THEIR MUSIC

Elizabeth Bell (b. 1928; Cincinnati, OH) attended Wellesley College and The Juilliard School where her mentors included Vittorio Giannini and Peter Mennin. Described by the American Record Guide as “one of our country’s leading composers” and by Fanfare Magazine as “a fine composer whose instrumental music is particularly striking,” her works for voice, solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, have been performed throughout the US and abroad. Her Concertino for Chamber Orchestra is a three movement work employing an ensemble consisting of winds, piano and strings.

The compositions of Paolo Boggio (b. 1964; Verecelli, Italy) have garnered awards and prizes in several international competitions and are published by RAI Trade and Berben Editions. Educated at the St Cecilia Academy in Rome and the Birmingham Conservatory in England, Boggio now teaches at the Torino Conservatory. The press has described his style as “eclectic, combining deliberately outdated gestures with a sense of parody.” Written in 2013, his multi-movement work Shi-Kiai for winds and strings was inspired by Chinese Taoist philosophy — a holistic conception of nature.

Active as composer, pianist and conductor, Max Lifchitz (b. 1948; Mexico City) was awarded first prize in the 1976 International Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Twentieth Century Music held in Holland. Robert Commanday, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “a composer of brilliant imagination and a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist.” The New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn praised Mr. Lifchitz for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances” while Anthony Tommasini remarked that he “conducted a strong performance.” Payton MacDonald writing for the American Record Guide remarked: ”Mr. Lifchitz is as good on the podium as he is behind the piano.” His Yellow Ribbons No. 40 belongs to an ongoing series of compositions written as homage to the former American hostages in Iran. These compositions represent a personal way of celebrating the artistic and political freedom so often taken for granted in the West. The performance of the work will honor the tragic victims of the recent attacks in Paris, France and San Bernandino, California.

Harold Schiffman (b. 1928 in North Carolina) has been described by the international press as “a most distinguished composer whose well-crafted and communicative music repays repeated hearings.” He taught composition at Florida State University from 1959 until 1983 and also directed that institution’s New Music Festival. Especially written for Ken Perlman, Schiffman’s three-movement Banjo Concerto is cast in a traditional fast-slow-fast pattern. Inspired by Appalachian’s melodies, the work’s musical language recalls Baroque-era lute music while offering the soloist ample opportunity for technical display.


 

For the complete Winter/Spring concert series schedule please visit
http://www.northsouthmusic.org/calendar.asp

To stream, download and/or purchase the more than 60 compact discs released under the North/South Recordings label please go to
http://www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/

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Q2 Music presents The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Field Recordings release concert, featuring a complete album performance with several of the composers.

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Concerts on the Slope presents the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Robert Sirota’s Spindrift. Sandbox Percussion, the visually and aurally stunning percussion quartet that commissioned Spindrift, will be performing the piece, as well as works by ensemble members Jonathan Allen and Victor Caccesse, plus works by David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Natalie Dieterrich, Jason Treuting, and Lukas Ligeti. Concerts on the Slope performances are open to the public and no tickets are required; a free will donation is suggested. Sandbox Percussion is Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney.

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The North/South Consonance Ensemble celebrates spring on Monday evening March 16 performing nature-inspired works by composers from Israel, Hong Kong and the US.

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Promo graphic for Symphony Number One

Symphony Number One: Façade

BALTIMORE, MD  —  Symphony Number One will make their concert debut at Carriage House Baltimore on March 7 & 8, 2015 with the world premiere of Trope by James Chu. Led by conductor Jordan Randall Smith, the program will also feature William Walton’s Façade for chamber orchestra and reciter. Symphony Number One is a unique addition to Baltimore’s contemporary music scene. The group will oversee the commission, performance, and promotion of substantial works by emerging composers and program them alongside carefully selected works of the classical canon.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Façade is a set of “Entertainments” or short musical numbers written between 1926 and 1938 by English composer Sir William Walton (1902-1983). Walton sets nonsense poetry by Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964). Soprano Laura Whittenberger, will recite Edith Sitwell’s whimsical verses and Catarina Farreira will perform Walton’s dauntingly virtuosic solo cello part. Façade is scored for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, cello, and reciter.

In the program’s featured World Premiere, tentatively titled Trope, James Chu augments the Walton chamber ensemble with a violin to round out the instrumental/vocal octet. This new work is Chu’s artistic response to Façade and builds on his previous theatrical work at Princeton University and at the Peabody Conservatory. This marks the second collaboration between Chu and Whittenberger; Smith previously conducted Whittenberger in the Peabody Opera Theater‘s 2013 production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

Production Details:

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Carriage House Baltimore

2225 Hargrove Street (alley between N. Calvert and St. Paul) Baltimore, MD 21218

Admission is $0-15 (pay what you want) at symphno1.com

VIP admission by contributing to the orchestra’s crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter.

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LATER THIS SPRING       

May 8 & 9, 2015: Symphony Number One presents MOZART IN THE [urban] JUNGLE, featuring harpist Jordan Thomas and flutist Raoul Cho. The duo will be joining the orchestra for Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. The program will open with Anton Webern’s one and only Read the rest of this entry »

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Resonances from East & West

Music from Asia and the Americas

Daniel-BlakeMay-HowlettCarleton-MacyWong-Chun-Wai

Program

DANIEL BLAKE    Resonances
MAY HOWLETT  The Invisible Lake

MAX LIFCHITZ    Yellow Ribbons No. 50
CARLETON MACY  Douce Dame
WONG CHUN WAI   Lament from the Forest

Laura-Nichols

Laura Nichols, mezzo-soprano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Tuesday, June 10 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Free Admission

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

 

On Tuesday evening June 10, the North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz will present a special concert featuring premieres of recent works for large mixed ensembles by composers hailing from Australia, China and the US.
The event – part of the 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc –will start at 8 PM and end approximately at 9:30 PM. It will be held at the intimate but acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible. Admission is free – no tickets needed.

The exciting program will feature premieres of works by the Brooklyn-based saxophonist/composer Daniel Blake and the Minneapolis-based Carleton Macy the Carleton College faculty member.

It will also introduce New York audiences to the music of Australian composer May Howlett and Hong Kong based Wong Chun-Wai. A work by Max Lifchitz — the Mexican-born musician who is the ensemble’s director – will round off the program.

Soloist for the occasion will be Laura Nichols, the Minneapolis based mezzo-soprano and dedicatee of Macy’s work.

The composers will be present at the concert to introduce their works and meet with the audience.

Performers and composers are available for media events and interviews and may be contacted through the North/South Office at ns.concerts@att.net.

Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are 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.

For the complete concert series schedule please visit
            To stream, download and/or purchase the more than 60 compact discs
released under the North/South Recordings label please go to

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

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

100 Years of Piano Music by Mexican Composers

Lifchitz

Max Lifchitz

 

Max Lifchitz, piano

works by

Carlos Chavez, Manuel Enriquez, Max Lifchitz,
Manuel M. Ponce, Maria Teresa Prieto,
Silvestre Revueltas
& Brian Banks

Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Free Admission

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

 

Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday

performing works by three generations of composers from Mexico.

       North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Monday evening May 5 when Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday performing a recital devoted entirely to the piano music of composers from México.

The event will start at 8 PM and will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – bet. Broadway & Columbus Ave) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible.

Admission is free (no tickets needed).

  Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born pianist and long-time resident in New York, was described by The American Record Guide as ”a consummate musician …. one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.” The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised him for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances. Active also as composer and conductor, Mr. Lifchitz has performed throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.

The program will feature music by 20th and 21st century Mexican composers including Carlos Chávez, Manuel Enríquez, Maria Teresa Prieto, Manuel M. Ponce and Silvestre Revueltas. The program will also feature Lifchitz’s recently completed Piano Silhouettes and the premiere of a new work by Brian Banks—the American composer who lives in the Mexican city of Puebla who will be on hand to introduce his music.

The artist is available for interviews and media event and may be contacted through the North/South office at ns.concerts@att.net

Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are 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.

Brian Banks

Brian Banks

CarlosChavez

Carlos Chavez

ManuelPonce

Manuel M. Ponce

Mara-Teresa-Prieto

Maria Teresa Prieto

Silvestre-Revueltas

Silvestre Revueltas

For the complete concert series schedule please visit

To stream, download and/or purchase the more than 60 compact discs released under the North/South Recordings label please go to

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Natasha Paremski

Natasha Paremski


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of This Ease by composer Hannah Lash as well as the LACO debut of Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, on Saturday, April 26, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also on the program is Haydn’s buoyant Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major. USC Thornton School of Music violin performance major Kenneth Liao, winner of the annual LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Audition, joins LACO’s violin section for these concerts.

Lash, whose work is hailed as “striking” and “handsomely brooding” (The New York Times), says, “This Ease is meant to suggest the feeling of familiarity with what we are hearing, yet invoke the underlying unease that allows for the piece’s forward motion and unique fingerprint. The musical material at its most elemental is comprised of major and minor thirds chained and stacked together in various ways, which gradually mutate to highlight different harmonic colors and create the piece’s dramatic formal shape.”

This Ease is presented as part of the LACO’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated 13 years ago to engage audiences in developing new works. The program gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussions with the composer about his or her creative process and previews of the final work.

Paremski, praised for her “beautifully atmospheric interpretations” (The New York Times) is a 26-year-old Russian-born virtuoso who made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at age 15. Critics have hailed dynamic performances and flawless technique.

As part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program in a 2013 mock orchestral audition for strings, Thornton School strings undergraduate Kenneth Liao, a violinist, won the opportunity to play alongside LACO veterans at LACO’s April concerts. He will perform as part of LACO’s first violin section and is being mentored for this opportunity by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. The program, a unique collaboration now in its fourth year between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, underscores the importance of preparedness of strings students for professional auditions. Liao competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato and LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists with Kahane interviewing Lash about her new piece.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.

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Fromm Players at Harvard with ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE
Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1
8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA (GPS: 1 Oxford St)
The natural | The artificial

2.28.14
Carola Bauckholt Vollmond, unter null
Evan Johnson: die bewegung der augen
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter
Rick Burkhardt: Alban
Wolf Edwards: the road from Mutlaa to Basra (1991) (World Premiere)

3.1.14
Marianthi Papalexandri Yarn (US Premiere)
Aaron Einbond: Without Words
Hans Tutschku: Still Air (World Premiere)
Ming Tsao: Mozart Adagio from the Oboe Quartet in F., K.370/368b / The Book of Virtual Transcriptions (US Premiere)
Enno Poppe: Salz

The concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Free parking in the Broadway garage, corner of Felton and Broadway, opposite Broadway Market in Cambridge.

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