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Chamber Music by Composers from New York & California


N. LINCOLN HANKS Three Movements

MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 2


ELIZABETH BELL Piano Sonata No. 2

The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Claudia Schaer, violin
Richard Goldsmith, clarinet
Bruce Wang, cello
Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, March 11 at 3 PM

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.

Elizabeth Bell

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.

I'lana Cotton

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.

North/South Consonance’s 2011-12 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; grants from Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music, the Music Performance Funds from the American Federation of Musicians, and contributions by many generous individuals.

Lincoln Hanks

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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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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, or visit 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.

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Principal Percussionist of the Met Opera Greg Zuber and Flutist Patricia Zuber host a concert at the New York Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, September 18 at 8:00 pm at Symphony Space

Symphony Space, Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
NEARBY SUBWAY STOPS: 1, 2, 3 at 96th St.
Tickets $20; Members, Students, Seniors $15; Day of Show $25
(212) 864-5400


Greg Zuber, marimba and vibraphone
Patircia Zuber, flute
Denis Bouriakov, flute
Maron Khoury, flute
Bart Feller, flute
Lino Gomez, clarinet
Tomoya Aomori, double bass
Derrick Inouye, conductor


Milton Babbitt When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Elliot Carter Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux II

Teruyuki Noda Mattinata

William Susman Seven Scenes for Four Flutes (2011) World Premiere

Written at the behest of a commissioning consortium headed by Patricia Zuber

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If you hate classical music as much as I do, you¹ll love this.
I hate classical music almost as much as I hate dogs.
Do you know where there are a lot of dogs? Park Slope.
Dogs, and babies.

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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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Conductor Anne MansonOn Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, conductor Anne Manson will make her American Composers Orchestra concert debut when she leads the ACO in “Orchestra Underground: Conversations”, a program featuring two world premieres: Sebastian Currier‘s Next Atlantis for orchestra, electronics and video and Time Lapse by ACO/Underwood Commission winner Roger Zare. The concert also includes Paquito D’Rivera‘s Conversations with Cachao which was written for bassist Israel López.

Each work in “Orchestra Underground: Conversations” has a distinct voice. Inspired by New Orleans, Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, accompanied by a multimedia presentation by artist Pawel Wojtasik, weaves together sounds of water, elegiac strains for strings, murmurings of Dixieland, and visual depictions of an imagined future when the city is but a collective memory, having been fully submerged by the rising sea. According to Roger Zare, Time Lapse “explores sudden and gradual changes of time and momentum, and ideas are developed temporally as often as they are developed motivically.” Paquito D’Rivera’s Conversations with Cachao (2007) pays homage to the Cuban mambo star and bassist Israel “Cachao” López, and is built on elements of Cuban traditional music. Commissioned by the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, this work was conceived as a double concerto for contrabass, clarinet/alto sax & orchestra, it comprises three movements: Israel (Cachao’s first name), Guajira (a Cuban folk form) and The Return (a fantasy on the mind of every exiled Cuban). ACO’s performance will feature the composer on alto saxophone and clarinet, and Robert Black on double bass.
Composer Sebastian Currier
Tickets are $38 – $48. To purchase, call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or buy online at
The program will be repeated on Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm in Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25; Call 215-898-3900 or visit

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The Day Boy and the Night Girl The After Dinner Opera Company presents the world premiere of Jordan Wentworth Farrar’s The Day Boy and the Night Girl, an operatic re-imagining of the classic Victorian fairy tale by George MacDonald. Wentworth Farrar’s new three-act opera debuts at Symphony Space on December 29, 2009.

The Day Boy and the Night Girl follows the lives of Phytogen and Nycteris, both of whom have been imprisoned by the sorcery of Watho, the she-wolf. The boy, Phytogen, has been cursed never to see night while Nycteris, the girl, is doomed never to see the light of day. This retelling of the fairy tale was adapted by Wentworth Farrar from her memory of reading the story as a child. “I wanted to take the premise of the book and make it my own,” she says.

According to Curator Magazine, “Wentworth Farrar’s music is tonal, with haunting melodic themes interspersed with tightly stacked vocal harmonies… a new and unusual work.”

AOL-DigitalCity notes “an eerie yet beautifully melodic chorus adorned with splendid vocal harmonies reverberates out from a fantastical scene of dancing fireflies, mystical mermaids and other apparitions.”

The Village Voice calls it “An enchanted evening.”

The opera also marks the 60th anniversary of the After Dinner Opera Company, which commissioned The Day Boy and Night Girl to celebrate its milestone birthday. Since 1950, the After Dinner Opera has produced hundreds of American chamber operas by more than 70 composers, many of them historic debuts; including works by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.

For more information about The Day Boy and the Night Girl by Jordan Wentworth Farrar please visit

To hear music samples from The Day Boy and the Night Girl go to the DBNG Facebook page: click here

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Hall at Symphony Space
December 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025
Tickets: $12 students and seniors, $15 general admission, $10 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, call 212-864-5400 or go to

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