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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) members tenor Peter Tantsits and harpist Megan Conley perform the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “For it will never return” in a free micro-concert at Hearst Plaza, part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. “For it will never return” was commissioned by ICE through their First Page Commissioning project and is part of Mostly Mozart Festival’s effort to showcase contemporary music; the new work is one of 50 to be premiered by ICE during the 2016 festival.
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NorSou Artists June 21 2016
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: Amy Beth Kirsten, composition, concert, contemporary music, Hannah Lash, Harold Meltzer, Jack Van Zandt, James Matheson, Lewis Spratlan, Music & Architecture, Nadia Shpachenko, new music, New Music Concert, New York, new york city, piano, world premiere
“The Poetry of Places”
Nadia Shpachenko, piano
1 World Premiere, 5 NY Premieres
Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201
June 24 • Friday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW
Tickets: $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series
Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs her newly-commissioned program “The Poetry of Places,” including the World Premiere of Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark by James Matheson, and 5 New York Premieres by Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jack Van Zandt. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: House on Island in Pine Plains, NY, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, the Aaron Copland House, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.
Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh (2015) (NY Premiere)
Harold Meltzer In Full Sail (2016) (NY Premiere)
James Matheson Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016) (World Premiere)
Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs (2016) (NY Premiere)
Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. (2016) (NY Premiere)
Jack Van Zandt Sí an Bhrú (2016) (NY Premiere)
About the Artist:
Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.
An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.
Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.
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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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chamber orchestra works by composers from Italy and the US
Ken Perlman, banjo
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra
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)
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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 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, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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