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"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

Louis Karchin's Heaney Songs and more, with Ensemble Périphérie, Weill Recital Hall, Saturday, Oct. 26th at 2pm

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 2:00pm

Ensemble Peripherie concludes its season at Carnegie’s Weill Hall on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00pm and is part of the DCINY Distinguished Concerts Artists Series.

Program Details:
David Gompper: Butterfly Dance (2001) for cl, vn, va, vc, pf
Louis Karchin: Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney * (2012) for soprano, fl, cl, vn, vc, perc, pf
Irina Dubkova: I Hear The Sound That Has Fallen Silent (2005) for fl, cl, vn, vc, pf
Joseph Dangerfield: The Wild * (2013) for piano and chamber ensemble
Luke Dahn: Calder Cadences * (2013) for fl, cl, vn, vc, pf
Giacinto Scelsi: Dharana (1975) for vc, db

Previous concerts by Ensemble Peripherie have included works by George Rochberg, Libby Larsen, and Mark Zuckerman.

Ticket information here.

Edge of Amber, for solo viola by David Liptak - November 17th with Chamber Music Rochester

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 7:30pm








David Liptak's piece for solo viola, Edge of Amber (2012) will be performed on November 17th, 2013, at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue in Rochester, by violist George Taylor on the 2013-2014 concert season of Chamber Music Rochester.

Martin Boykan's quintet "Diptych" - world premiere Oct. 16th with Cygnus Ensemble at Columbia University

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

Wed. Oct. 16 at 7pm  (Admission FREE)
The Italian Academy hosts the League, ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music), with new works by Milanese master Giacomo Manzoni, with two of his students--Daniele Venturi and Peyman Farzinpour, with works by composers from the US, Ireland, & Austria--Martin Boykan, Robert Martin, John McLachlan, Dina Koston, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Fred Lerdahl.

The Italian Academy, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue

Reception by Sterling Affair in the Italian Academy Library, following the concert.

The program of short works features the Cygnus Ensemble, Bodies Electric (an electric guitar quartet) and Sheer Pluck, the Queens-based guitar ensemble.

Cygnus Ensemble, with guest artists: Soprano Elizabeth Farnum
Bodies Electric  --John Chang, Director, with Dan Lippel, Marc Wolf, & Wm. Anderson
Sheer Pluck --Valentina Savu, Evan Cordes, Eric Anderson, Diego Andrade, Liz Hogg, Christopher Rispoli


Either/Or ensemble will present the “Cage Party Pieces 100” Oct. 17th Miller Theater

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 8:00pm

Courtesy of the John Cage TrustPhoto by Ross WelserCourtesy of the John Cage TrustOn Thursday, October 17, 8 PM at Miller Theater, the Either/Or ensemble will present the “Cage Party Pieces 100”. Th project originated in Leipzig, and the organizers contacted 125 German and American composers to each write a one-minute piece in honor of John Cage. Each composer was given only the last measure of the previous completed work, and had to send in the finished piece one week later so as to keep the process going. Within the given space, the composers—among them William Bolcolm, Robert Carl, Jason Eckardt, Kamran Ince, Lei Liang, David T. Little, and Keeril Makan—write whatever they please, passing their final measure on to the next composer in line.

NYNME presents Lukas Foss: Contrasts - Oct. 21 at DiMenna Center

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 8:00pm

composer, conductor, pianistLukas Foss (1922-2009)composer, conductor, pianistThe New York New Music Ensemble presents Lukas Foss: Contrasts (1963-86) on Monday, October, 21 at 8pm in Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St. Join NYNME and Guest Artists:  Deborah Wong, violin • Lois Martin, viola • Dan Lippel, guitar Steven Beck, organ, as they perform Foss works Echoi (1963), Solo Observed (1982), Tashi (1986), and Paradigm (1968). 

Tickets: Advanced purchase ($15/$8) At the door: $20 gen admission / $10 students

“I think man has this need, and the need to discover the future as well. The more my own composition is busy with exploration and experimentation, the greater is my need to keep my tie with the past which made me a musician in the first place;

German–American Composer Ursula Mamlok at 90 - Two New York Celebrations

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:30pm

Ursula Mamlok (L) with Vally Weigl, Aaron Copland, 1969Ursula Mamlok (L) with Vally Weigl, Aaron Copland, 1969URSULA MAMLOK at 90 - two events in New York

Much-beloved composer Ursula Mamlok returns to New York for two special events in October.

After 65 years as a New Yorker, Ursula returned to live in her native Berlin a few years ago, where she is widely performed in Europe by eminent musicians and has been discovered by the younger generation. This year, her 90th, has also seen a biography published in Germany, a full-length documentary about her music and her life, and four CDs of her music by Bridge Records.

Sessions, Babbitt, Mamlok, 1982Sessions, Babbitt, Mamlok, 1982

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30PM at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space: Concert - Film - Dialogue

Music from 1958 to 2013:

Four German Songs (1958); Two Bagatelles for string quartet (1961) From My Garden for viola solo (1983); Rhapsody for clarinet, viola, piano (1989); two piano pieces (Sculpture I (1964) and Love Song of Two Pigeons (1991)); String Quartet No. 2 (1998); Mosaics for piano 4-hands (2011); and a brand new piece for viola and piano (2013).

CCI composers concert at the Wilton Library, October 6th

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 4:00pm

Elizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. AustinConnecticut’s Own Concert, Wilton Library

Sunday, Oct. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.
Works by six composer-members of Connecticut Composers – Stan Kaplan, Elizabeth R. Austin, Frank Vasi, Ryan Jesperson and two long-time residents of Wilton, Elizabeth Lauer and Eugenie Rocherolle – will be performed by such diverse ensembles as saxophone and piano, saxophone quartet, solo clarinet, and solo voice and piano.  Included will be settings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and musical evocations of New York and New Orleans and the flight of Icarus from Greek mythology.  Registration strongly suggested. concert is free.

Upcoming October performances of music by Lawrence Dillon

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 12:00am

Lawrence DillonUpcoming concerts for Lawrence Dillon:

On October 12, the Mallarmé Chamber Players will perform Bacchus Chaconne at the Casbah Club in Durham, NC.

On October 13, the Atlantic Ensemble will give the European premiere of Saturn Dreams of Mercury at the Accueil Musical de St. Merry in Paris.

On October 14, the Seattle Chamber Music Society will give the world premiere of Passing Tones at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Music by Brian Schober - Oct. 27 in Tenafly, and Nov. 1 at Third Street Settlement in NYC.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Brian SchoberBrian Schoberphoto by Gina GenovaOn Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Brian Schober will be giving a solo organ recital at Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ where he is currently music director.  This is a benefit concert to raise funds for the restoration of the organ.  Schober will perform music by Bach, Clerambault, Franck, Messiaen and Schober (!).  The address of the church is 97 Highwood Avenue, Tenafly, NJ.  For more information, click here. 

On Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. pianist Margaret Mills will perform Schober's Manhattan Impromptus VII at the Third Street Music


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