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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.

Marilyn Ziffrin

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/.

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Performing works by Inhyun Kim, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Marco Stroppa, Kurtag, Messaien, Ligeti, Debussy, and Schumann, pianist Jenny Q. Chai makes her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, at the Carnegie Hall Box office at 57th street and 7th avenue in New York City (which is also the location of the venue), or by calling 212 247 7800.
This concert, featuring two world premieres and one US premiere, is being presented by Ear to Mind (www.eartomind.com), a New York City based arts organization which strives to present innovative programs that allow the public to experience contemporary music in non-traditional contexts, as well as by producing publications that allow the public to gain intimate knowledge of the contemporary music field, simultaneously providing composers and performers with a platform for their work.
The Program includes:

  • Inhyun Kim – Parallel Lines (World premiere)
  • Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang – “Current”, a newly commissioned work from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project (World premiere)
  • Marco Stroppa – “Innige Cavatina” from Miniature Estrose by (US premiere)
  • Claude Debussy – Études No.3 ” pour les quartes” and No.6 “pour les huit doigts”
  • György Ligeti – Études Book I No. 1 “Désordre” and No. 2 “Cordes à vide”
  • Olivier Messiaen – Cantéyodjayâ
  • György Kurtág – “Quiet talk with the Devil” and “Les Adieux” from Jatekok
  • Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana

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.

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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

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.

http://www.northsouthmusic.org


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

For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org/

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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 info@gardenstatephilharmonic.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.

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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

PROGRAM

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

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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

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

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 www.carnegiehall.org.
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 www.AnnenbergCenter.org.

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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 www.dayboynightgirl.com.

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 symphonyspace.org.

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