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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

Composers Concordance presents – Three's Keys – at Klavierhaus NYC, December 4th

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Taka Kigawa, Inna Faliks, & Carlton Holmes
Taka KigawaTaka KigawaWednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 7pm

As part of its 3rd annual festival, entitled Timbre Tantrum, Composers Concordance (“enterprising new music organization” -NYTimes) presents the all-piano event 'Three's Keys,' featuring Taka Kigawa ("extraordinary pianist" -NYTimes,) Inna Faliks ("Signature blend of grace and raw power" -Lucid Culture,) and Carlton Holmes ("Inventive" -Jazziz,) hosted by Klavierhaus on December 4th.

At Klavierhaus' recital hall, each pianist will present a 20-minute solo set of their own contemporary repertoire, including music by Shchedrin, Zhurbin, Ellington, Palkowski, Monk, and Alexander. 

For the grand finale, performers and audience will reconvene in the adjoining piano showroom, for a triple-piano suite composed by Dan Cooper, Sean Hickey, Debra Kaye, Milica Paranosic, and Gene Pritsker. This suite will performed on Klavierhaus' antique instruments, including a 19th-Century Pleyel.

Lawrence Dillon’s critically-acclaimed piano quartet "What Happened" choreographed for Univ of North Carolina dance concerts Nov. 19-23.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:30pm

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano will be a featured work in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fall Dance Concert, presented on November 19 through 23 at 7:30 pm and November 23 at 2:00 PM by the School of Dance and the School of Design & Production at the Agnes de Mille Theatre on the campus of UNCSA, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.

Choreography for What Happened was created by School of Dance Associate Dean Brenda Daniels. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Atlantic Ensemble at the Maison Danoise in Paris, France in May 2005. It consists of three movements – Gathering, Congregation and Scattering, and has been recorded by members of the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman for the Bridge label.

What Happened was also performed at Composers Now! Festival in New York, in February 2013, by members of Ensemble 20>>21.

Also on the program are new works by School of Dance faculty member Ming-Lung Yang, School of Dance alumna Kimberly Bartosik and choreographer Larry Keigwin. More about the program here.

Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit to purchase tickets online.


Snapshots by Elliott Schwartz in concert with works by Poulenc, Copland, and Hindemith; Roerich Museum in NYC, Dec. 8th

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 5:00pm

NYCRoerich MuseumNYCThe Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York will present a concert of music by Elliott Schwartz, Francis Poulenc, Aaron Copland, and Paul Hindemith on Sunday, Dec. 8th. Schwartz's SNAPSHOTS for flute/pic, viola, and percussion features five movements with differing instrument combinations. Curated by flutist  Deirdre McArdle, who also directs the Winter Harbor Music Festival in Maine, the concert is at 5pm.

Roerich Museum
319 West 107th Street

Admission:  Free

Performers scheduled:

Deirdre McArdle, flute and piccolo
Archie Chen,
Ryu Mitsuhashi,
Nathaniel Hackworth,

Ross Bauer's new CD "Heartstrings" to be released Dec. 1 on Albany

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:00am

New CD of music by Ross Bauer, including the quartets Heartstrings, The Near Beyond, and Piano Quartet, as well as five Dickinson settings for Soprano and piano "The Waters Wrecked the Sky", and Tribute for cello and piano.  Artists include the Empyrean and Meitar Ensembles.

"Ross Bauer's music is intensely lyrical, powerfully dramatic, harmonically rich and variegated, beautifully proportioned, rhythmically agile and dynamic, vibrantly hued, and emotionally and expressively generous. The stellar performances on this disc will bear this out for the listener. Bauer is a consummate composer, deeply committed to writing music exhibiting not only the utmost skill and integrity, but also the desire to connect with his listeners. On the faculty at the University of California, Davis, Bauer's music appears on the Albany, GM, Centaur and New World record labels.

Music of H. Leslie Adams, Michael Colgrass, Christopher Theofanidis, and more - on Kile Smith's Saturday evening radio program, Nov. 9th

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 9:00pm

 on Carlos Castaneda's mystic writings from the Mexican wildernessMichael Colgrass bases the Winds of Nagual on Carlos Castaneda's mystic writings from the Mexican wilderness

Now Is the Time presents "The Edge of the Infinite" Saturday, November 9th at 9 pm—its new time, every Saturday night at 9 on WRTI-HD2.

Every Saturday night at 9, Kile Smith brings you Now Is the Time, all styles of contemporary concert music by living American composers on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at

Nov. 9th program includes:
Lawrence Moss: Flutepaths
James Piorkowski: “Once Was Lost…”
Christopher Theofanidis: On the Edge of the Infinite
H. Leslie Adams: Amazing Grace
Michael Colgrass: Winds of Nagual

Solo flute entices, with electronics, in Flutepaths by Lawrence Moss, and then the first of two works relate to the hymn "Amazing Grace." James Piorkowski's subtle variations "Once Was Lost…" are for solo guitar.

Christopher Theofanidis's large-breathed On the Edge of the Infinite, for violin and orchestra, brings us to Amazing Grace by Leslie Adams. While the title is familiar, both the music and the words are by Adams.

Premiere of Gary Philo's, A Song of Ruth, written for LOADBANG, plus electronics, Sun. Nov. 10th at Roulette

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 8:00pm

Jeffrey Gavett, Will Lang, Andy Kozar, Carlos Cordeiroloadbang: Jeffrey Gavett, Will Lang, Andy Kozar, Carlos CordeiroNew York-based new chamber group loadbang will perform world premieres of music for the ensemble and electronics by Scott Worthington, Gary Philo, and Nate Wooley in addition to Eve Beglarian’s Island of the Sirens.

loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Since their founding in 2008, their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a stylistic palette ranging from whistled Brazilian rhythms and microtonal jazz standards to the decoupled and deconstructed sounds of the second modernity. They have been praised as “cultivated” by The New Yorker, “inventive” by The New York Times and called a “formidable new-music force” by TimeOutNY

City Waves - electronic piece by Gheorghe Costinescu to receive premiere in Berlin, November 8th

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:00pm

The premiere of the electronic work CITY WAVES, by Gheorghe Costinescu, an audio collage of electronic and concrete sounds will take place at the Technische Universität Berlin on Friday, November 8. 

The original version of the work was completed in 1985 at Lehman College of the City University of New York, in the electronic music studio designed by the composer. He was assisted by students, using mostly analog equipment. For the final version completed in 2013, the first version was digitized, revised, and re-mixed at the Computer Music Center of Columbia University.

The aim was to incorporate sounds and audio events the composer has experienced from his arrival in New York City in 1969 up to the time of the work’s completion.

Ned Rorem birthday celebration in song - "See how they love me" with Phillip Cheah and Trudy Chan

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:00pm

Ned Rorem, Paris (1953)Ned Rorem, Paris (1953)A birthday celebration for the American composer Ned Rorem, featuring vocalist Phillip Cheah and pianist Trudy Chan - Friday, Nov. 1 at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC.  Tickets $15 advance; $20 at the door available here.

Burton Beerman's "Tikvah" oratorio premiere in Atlanta, Sept. 17, 2013, CD Release on Albany Records Nov. 1

Tikvah is an extended work based on the memoirs of Torah scholar and Holocaust survivor Philip Markowicz, the old testament and the poetry of the composer. It was performed in the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, Ga. Composer Burton Beerman, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Jan Baker- soprano saxophone, Maria Valdes-Soprano, Georgia State University Singers, Deanna Joseph-conductor, and W. Dwight Coleman, narrator.

CD Release is forthcoming on Albany Records.

Review: "Influenced by music he heard in the synagogue as a young child, composer Burton Beerman had never infused any of this influence into his compositions until he met Philip Markowicz, a living Holocaust survivor and Torah scholar. The fruit of this association is Tikvah, a chamber oratorio that sets Markowicz's life and philosophy as well

ASO presents Elliott Carter: An American Original at Carnegie Hall, Nov. 17th

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

An all-Carter program with ASO featuring Anthony McGill, clarinet, Mary Mackenzie, soprano, and Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano. Most seats $25. Tickets at

A year after his death at age 103, the ASO pays tribute to Elliott Carter, a life-long New Yorker, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and one of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century. This performance of six orchestral works by the prolific American composer, who published more than 50 of his works after the age of 90, reveals the range and extent of Carter’s inventive genius.


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