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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

Ray Luedeke's My Life with Pablo Neruda, premieres with Voice Afire Pocket Opera Co.

Ray Luedeke, composerScene from My Life with Pablo NerudaRay Luedeke, composerLast weekend, My Life with Pablo Neruda, a Pocket Opera-Cabaret that is "compelling, intense, and seductive," was celebrated by an evening of Chilean wine and performances. Performed at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and presented by Voice Afire, the event celebrated Pablo Neruda, a Chilean social activist and poet. The chamber opera, composed by Ray Luedeke can be seen as portraying one of the greatest love stories of the past century, with a special live performance showcasing scenes from My Life with Pablo Neruda, which is based on and inspired by the poetry collection, 100 Love Sonnets. The evening served as a fundraiser for the production of the show.

Different Trains: Music of Steve Reich, Beth Wiemann, and John Zorn - May 23 - Portland, ME

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:00pm

Following last October's fantastic collaboration with Portland Chamber Music Festival, SPACE Gallery and PCMF are teaming up again to co-present another adventurous program of contemporary chamber music. The spring concert features a world premiere by Maine composer Beth Wiemann, titled Minor blasts, some flurries, for string quartet and video; as well as two iconic late 20th century works: John Zorn's Cat O' Nine Tails (Tex Avery directs the Marquis de Sade) and Steve Reich's Different Trains.

Performers include violinists Jennifer Elowitch and Gabriela Diaz, violist Jonathan Bagg and cellist Joshua Gordon

Made possible in part through support from A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts.

Brooklyn New Music Collective presents music by Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sean Hickey, Penderecki, and many others, Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, May 31st

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:00pm

Scott L. Miller, McKnight Composer Fellowship recipient for 2013

2013 McKnight Fellowship WinnerScott L. Miller2013 McKnight Fellowship WinnerACA composer Scott L. Miller has been named a McKnight Composer Fellow for 2013. One of the biggest and most competitive awards for composers in Minnesota, this year's winners are: Randy Bauer, Scott Miller, Joshua Musikantow and David Evan Thomas. The unrestricted cash award ($25,000) is granted to composer winners who live and work in Minnesota, have made a significant artistic contribution to their community and who plan to continue their artistic growth in Minnesota. 

Miller's new work, Consortia received its premiere last weekend at Studio Z in St. Paul. Composed for interactive-electronics and unspecified ensemble, it was performed by the combined forces of the Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble and Zeitgeist, as part of the concert series Early Inspirations, featuring performances of current music inspired by music of the distant past.

Scott Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works frequently performed at venues and in exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. His music has been described as 'not for the faint-hearted listener' (Juliet Patterson, and 'inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.' (Simon Cummings, Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and

Bibiena Art Festival in Piacenza Italy features music and lecture by Christopher Shultis, June 1 and 2.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 12:00am

Christopher ShultisChristopher ShultisThe_Bibiena Art Festival 2013, in Piacenza Italy, will feature music by Christopher Shultis on June 1st, including Songs of Love and Longing for Soprano and Piano; and Devisadero, for solo piano, as well as a lecture by the composer, called "The Dialectics of Experimentalism" on June 2nd.

Shultis’ publications  include "'A Living Oxymoron': Norman O. Brown's Criticism of John Cage," for Perspectives of New Music (2006); "Saying Nothing: John Cage and Henry David Thoreau’s Aesthetics of Co-Existence," Tijdschrift voor Musiektheorie (1998), which was translated into German and published in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik  (2007),  "Cage and Europe," for the Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002); “Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the Intentionality of Non-Intention” for The Musical Quarterly (1995), and “Cage in Retrospect: A Review Essay,” The Journal of Musicology (1996) which won a 1997 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

Ross Bauer's ECHOMETRY for percussion quartet - Tues. May 28th - Talujon - at Dimenna Center

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 8:00pm

TalujonTalujonphoto by Richard BlinkoffTalujon plays four new works for percussion quartet:

Echometry - Ross Bauer
Gravity - Mark Mellits
New Work - Steve Ricks
Dream Landscape - Amy Williams

May 28, 2013;  8 PM at the beautiful DiMenna Center for Classical Music. 450 W 37th Street New York, NY.

Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of new works for percussion quartet.

Recent Talujon commissions include quartets by Alvin Lucier, Henry Threadgill, Ralph Shapey, Wayne Peterson, Julia Wolfe, Ushio Torikai, Louis Karchin, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks and Chien Yin Chen. Based in New York, the group’s performances have included collaborations with Steve Reich, James Tenney, Chou Wen Chung, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Meredith Monk and Tan Dun at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony

Jack Sutte premieres new work for solo trumpet by Brian Fennelly - May 17th, Cleveland

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

Jack Sutte, trumpetJack Sutte, trumpetCleveland Orchestra’s Gordon Square Residency this year from May 11 through May 17. Friday, May 17, at 9 p.m. – Survival Kit at 78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th St. – Suite 303. Cleveland Orchestra musicians Scott Dixon, bass, Jack Sutte, trumpet, Joshua Smih, flute & Jacob Nissly, percussion. Solos and duos - including the latest work by BRIAN FENNELLY, "Distant Call" for solo muted trumpet or flugelhorn.

The concert is part of the inaugural neighborhood residency of The Cleveland Orchestra, which will find the Orchestra and members of Severance Hall ensembles engaging the community in numerous activities ranging from performances to a soccer match in the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland’s West Side from May 11 through May 17.

Vox n Plux: the Anderson-Fader Guitar Duo, with Soprano Elizabeth Farnum, May 30th at Hiart Gallery Studio

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:00pm

with soprano Elizabeth FarnumWilliam Anderson, Oren Fader, guitars,with soprano Elizabeth FarnumVOX n PLUX ensemble, with Elizabeth Farnum and the Anderson-Fader Duo, will be presenting a concert of great variety and insterest on the Amphbian series. 

THE HIART STUDIO 227 W 29 street, 4th Floor (bet. 7 and 8 Aves)




Frank Brickle   

Estat ai un greu cosserier
Ab Nou Cor

Genius Loci

Denk Es, O Seele!

Chares Ives (arr. Bill Anderson):  Cradle SongThose Evening Bells

Manuel DeFalla:   Selections from Seven Popular Songs

Matthew GreenbaumWest-Ostliches Divan

Bill Anderson:  Provencal
My Morphine  (Gillian Welch, arr. Anderson)


Alper Maral to perform works by Bulent Arel at upcoming Turkish cultural conference in Istanbul, June 6-7

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 12:00am

Alper MaralAlper Maral(1919-1990)Bulent Arel (1919-1990)In a conference on Turkish master artists living/who lived in the U.S.,  Kadir Has University in Istanbul, with the cooperation of Cultural Studies Foundation will be presenting a conference on Ilhan Mimaroglu and Bulent Arel as the two prominent pioneers of electronic music, who played a remarkable role in the contemporary music community in the United States. Pianist/composer/musicologist Alper Maral will perform works by Arel, Mimaroglu and Usmanbas--another Turkish composer who lived in the US.

World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Broomstick for Violin and Piano May 6 at Carnegie Hall

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 8:00pm

The World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Broomstick for violin and piano will be performed on Monday, May 6 at 8:00 PM by violinist Piotr Szewczyk and pianist John Callahan at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. This will be part of Violin Futura – 21st Century Music for Violin, presented by The Florida State University College of Music.

Dillon writes about the new piece, “To illustrate the first of his six artistic principles – Lightness – Italo Calvino recalls the weight of the domestic life borne by women through the centuries. In a leap that conveys the power of the imagination, these women took the tool of their servitude – the broom – and transformed it into an extraordinary symbol of lightness and power, donning their steep-peaked hats and soaring off to the moon.”

Other composers on the program are Kari Henrik Juusela, John Kennedy, Marc Mellits, Gary Smart, Adam Schoenberg, Richard Belcastro, Sydney Hodkinson, Clifton Callender (World Premiere), Moritz Eggert, Piotr Szewczyk and Ethan Wickman.

Tickets link here.


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