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David Froom's Down to a Sunless Sea, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Oct. 17th


Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:30pm

The New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with Donald Palma, conductor, will perform Down to a Sunless Sea by David Froom, for string orchestra, on October 17th.  Other works on the program include Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, and Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a. 

Jordan Hall
New England Conservatory



Sound and Fury Concerts presents Nadia Shpachenko, music of Tom Flaherty and more, July 23rd


Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

Sound And Fury Concerts presents Multiple Grammy nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko will play Close-Ups (Through Tiny Eyes) by Stephen Cohn, as well as a World Premiere by Tom Flaherty and works by Daniel Felsenfeld, Vera Ivanova, Missy Mazzoli, Nick Norton, Peter Yates and Adam Borecki. --at Art Share on July 23rd. at 3:30 PM

When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Art Share
801 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Welch's Blarvuster with Jeremiah Cymerman & Brian Chase, July 14th


Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:00pm

Blarvuster Family Party! w/ Matthew Welch's Blarvuster, Jeremiah Cymerman & Brian Chase duo in New York.  Thursday, July 14th at 8pm. Trans-Pecos - 915 Wyckoff Ave
Queens, NY.  $10.

Blarvuster is recording an album in the week leading up, and will play all the music they have been working on.

Composer, performer, and virtuoso of the Highland Bagpipe, Matt Welch is turning 40 this year!

8pm Jeremiah Cymerman and Brian Chase duo
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics), Brian Chase (drums)
9pm Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster plays “The Finger Lock”
10pm Blarvuster plays old hits!!

Elliott Schwartz's Vienna Dreams trio to be performed at Gamper Festival, July 28th


Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:30pm

The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music has presented the works of contemporary composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and top participants, since 1965. All performances, 7:30 PM at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. All seats general admission. Suggested donation $10.

On July 28th, music of Maine composer Elliott Schwartz - Vienna Dreams for clarinet, viola, and piano - is scheduled for performance.



Music of Daria Semegen and Miriam Gideon to be presented during the 2016 Bar Harbor Music Festival (July 13th and 23rd)


Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00pm


The 50th Season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival will take place from July 3-31 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.
"Summer Sounds"

Music by Luciano Berio, Augusta Read Thomas, Muhly, Max Lifchitz, Daria Semegen, and Edmund Cionek (world premiere).
Music for Solo Violin by Daria Semegen will be performed by Claudia Schaer.
Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert Street
The audience is cordially invited to a reception following the concert at the Argosy Gallery II, 6 Mount Desert Street, to meet the Artists and Composers.


Works for Contrabass by Allan Blank - new release by Andrew Kohn

Andrew Kohn has released a new digital album: Works for Contrabass by  Allan Blank.  

Works include Variations on “The Turkish Lady,” performed by Kohn and pianist Rob Frankenberry. For this work, composer Allan Blank, then living in Virginia, chose a musical theme that is also from Virginia: “The Turkish Lady” is one of the names given in Virginia to an old English ballad which, in the seminal work of ballad scholar Francis James Child, is identified as “Young Beichan".  The digital recording includes thoughtful program notes on the pieces.

Introduction, Seven Vignettes, and Conclusion for alto saxophone and contrabass, performed here by Kohn and Michael Ibrahim, proposes highly contrasted moods within a consistent constructivist technique. The radically different techniques and characters of the two instruments are taken as a challenge to be overcome by both the composer and then the performers.

Andrew Kohn teaches contrabass and music theory at West Virginia University. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conserva¬tory, where he studied contrabass with Eugene Levinson, and a Ph.D in music theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Eric Moe and Pablo Ortiz.

World premire of Jane Eyre, An Opera in 3 Acts, by Louis Karchin, Oct. 20th


Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:00pm

Louis Karchin


On October 20 and 22, the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will be staged by the Center for Contemporary Opera at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Jane Eyre, an opera in three acts, was presented in 2013 by the CCO in a workshop production at the Cell Theatre, and is Karchin’s second opera. Conducting will be the Grammy-nominated and CCO's Chief Conductor Sara Jobin


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