ACA News and Events
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Who Wants Love? Songs of Exile by Franz Waxman
Sunday, November 16 @ 4 pm
Old Stone House
PO Box 150613
336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Robert Osborne, bass-baritone
Richard Gordon, piano
Franz Waxman was a German-born, Jewish-American composer, known primarily for his work in film, composing scores for The Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca and Rear Window. He also composed concert works, including the oratorio Joshua (1959), and The Song of Terezin (1965) — a work for orchestra, chorus, and children’s chorus based upon poetry written by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. Waxman founded the Los Angeles Music Festival in 1947 with which he conducted a number of West Coast premieres by fellow film composers, and concert composers alike.
Martin Boykan has released a new CD entitled Music For Piano (1986-2007), available now on Bridge Records. Pianist Donald Berman’s recording of Martin Boykan’s piano music gives passionate voice to the music of one of America’s most undervalued composers. Berman describes the music as: "..lyrical, yet atonal; melodic, yet with wide leaps in register; it sustains over large expanses, yet has quick inner pulsing."
Berman describes his encounter with Boykan’s music: "At the start I was awed by the diamond-like purity of individual moments, daunted by the complex counterpoint…it was music that lived in my head for a long time after performing it. It is deeply personal."
The Bennington Museum, at 75 Main Street in Bennington, Vermont, will host a concert of piano music by composer Lionel Nowak, on Sunday, November 2nd at 4pm. The concert will also feature music by Otto Luening and Allen Shawn. Nowak was on the faculty of Bennington College from 1948 to 1993, with the major portion of his prolific output of songs and chamber works composed for his colleagues at Bennington.
Saturday, November 8 | 3:00 PM
Contents May Differ, the new CD from acclaimed clarinetist Pat O'Keefe, features compositions by fellow Minnesotans.
ACA composer Scott Miller boasts compositional and performance credits on the title track, which envelops bass clarinet multiphonics in a rich sonic landscape of sine tones and broken clocks.
Pat O'Keefe is a multifaceted performer who is endlessly active and in high demand in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. He has performed as as soloist with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles, played for belly dancers, and rocked samba in the streets. This is his first solo CD of compositions for clarinet and bass clarinet.
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The percussion ensemble of SUNY Potsdam premieres Robert Carl's The Inevitable Wave(B) for eight purcussionists and fixed media October 29th at 8:00pm. The event will be held in the Snell Theater and is free and open to the public.
Saxophonist William Perconti will release a new CD recording of works for solo saxophone on Albany Records, Nov. 1st. This recording, SINGLE REED, includes the mainstream family of saxophones -- soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones in a wide variety of classical styles, ranging from tradition tonal music to 12-tone abstraction. Works by Allan Blank, Leo Kraft, Benjamin Britten, Warren Benson, and others, are featured.
Under the direction of J. B. Smith and Simone Mancuso, students from the ASU School of Music’s Percussion Area showcase masterworks from the ensemble repertoire, on December 4th, 2014. Alive (2014) by David Liptak, for 6 percussionists will be performed at the Evelyn Smith Theatre at ASU.
Alive is a composition for percussion sextet, and it is scored for three marimbas, two vibraphones, chimes, and xylophone. Composed in 2013, it was written for Michael Burritt and percussion students at the Eastman School of Music. This five-minute work displays a controlled energy; the music for marimbas and xylophone is
Keyed Up Music Project Presents Celebrating George Crumb at 85. George Crumb's music explores a diverse range of idioms, always from a profoundly unique vantage point. With every work, Crumb redefines the technical possibilities of the instrument, creating new sonic universes that are deeply mystical and memorable. His honors include both Grammy and Pulitzer Prizes.