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Book of Whimsy to receive performance by David Oei at Benzaquin Hall, May 21st.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 19:30

Steven SaccoSteven C. SaccoDavid Oei will be playing music from the Book of Whimsy by Steven C. Sacco on May 21st, at 7:30pm at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th street, Benzaquin Hall.

Whimsy is a series of short movements, each dedicated to a different pianist, including Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Rebecca La Brecque, Oscar Peterson, William Komaiko, Olli Mustonen, Chick Corea, and many others.

Peninsula Womens Chorus to premiere groundbreaking work "How many times..." by William DeFotis

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 00:00

Peninsula Womens ChorusPeninsula Womens Chorus

Peninsula Womens Chorus to perform multiple performances of William DeFotis's brief, yet hauntingly moving choral work, the full title of which is as follows:

How Many Times Had We Found Ourselves Mouthing Received Opinions, Using the Language of Oppression, Before We No Longer Had Any Claim to Be Oblivious to Our Having Become Both Victim and Perpetrator of Injustice?

New Music for Treble Voices Festival concert season:

Sunday, April 7th 2013 4:00 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St Palo Alto, CA

 May concerts: Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:00 p.m.Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:00 p.m. Mission Santa ClaraSanta Clara University500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 

Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:00 p.m. San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores)3321 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 

The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music. The PWC inspires and enriches its audiences through its concert series, its ongoing program of premiering new works, and its collaborations with other Bay Area performing groups. The PWC is a two-time winner of Chorus America’s prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has performed three times by invitation at the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention. Since the fall of 2003, the PWC has been directed by Martín Benvenuto.

Composer and conductor William DeFotis was born in Chicago in 1953.  He studied composition with Herbert Brün, Ben Johnston, and Morgan Powell at the University of Illinois (B.M. and M.M.) and conducting with James Dixon at the University of Iowa (D.M.A.).  In 1977 he was awarded a Fulbright

World premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Hubert Howe, and other (mostly) premieres March 15th at Queens College 8pm

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 20:00

Hubert HoweHubert HoweRaoul PleskowRaoul PleskowRichard BrooksRichard BrooksHubert Howe and Friends – A concert of (mostly) premieres

This hurricane-postponed concert will now take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM at LeFrak Concert Hall on the campus of Queens College, Kissena Blvd. At the Long Island Expressway (65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing NY 11367).  Admission is free.  For more information, call 718-997-3800.

The program will include world premieres of Symphony No. 4 and Scene for solo clarinet by Hubert Howe, as well as Maestro Hsu: His Pavane, His Fantasy and His Elegy by Raoul Pleskow, and Sweet Betsy, A Fantasy on an American Folk Song by Richard Brooks, and Crux for ensemble and dancers by Jonathan Howard Katz.

Performers for the concert feature the New York Edge Ensemble conducted by Ben Arendsen, Aiko Imaziumi, piano, and choreographer Leigh Schanfein.

HUBERT S. HOWE, JR. was born in Portland, Oregon in 1942 and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he began his musical studies as an oboist. He was educated at Princeton University , where he studied with J. K. Randall, Godfrey Winham and Milton Babbitt, and from which he received the A.B., M.F.A.

World Premiere of "The Geography of Loss" by Robert Carl - March 11, Merkin Hall in New York 7:30pm

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 19:30

(breakfast in Japan)Composer Robert Carl(breakfast in Japan)On Feb. 23rd, the premiere of Robert Carl's Processional: “A Tree Rises” for zheng and bass clarinet took place at Conservatory Connections, Nelson Atkins-Museum of Art, (Kirkwood Gallery) in Kansas City, MO.

Upcoming performances of music by Robert Carl include:

March 3, 3 PM: Changing My Spots for variable instrumentation; The Generous Ensemble, Scott Comanzo, director, Westfield State College, Westfield MA.

March 11, 7:30 PM, Merkin Hall, New York City: premiere of The Geography of Loss for soprano, baritone, chamber choir, and 8 instrumentalists; Khorikos, Jesse Peckham, conductor, with Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and Vince Vincent, baritone. Get tickets here.

March 20, 7:30 PM, Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford: premiere of The Inevitable Wave (C) for chamber orchestra and fixed media; Foot in the Door, Edward Cumming conductor.

Robert Carl  (b.1954) received his musical training at Yale, Penn, and the University of Chicago. He also studied in Paris during 1980-1 as a Lurcy Fellow at the Conservatoire

Louis Karchin's Four songs on poems of Seamus Heaney, to be performed March 22nd in Charleston, SC.

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 20:00

Louis KarchinLouis KarchinWinner of the 2012 Andrew Imbrie Award An ensemble of members of the South Carolina Symphony, Magnetic South, will present Louis Karchin's Heaney Songs on March 22, 8 PM, at the Simons Center in Charleston, S. C., with soprano Deanna McBroom, and conductor Yiorgos Vassilandonakis.


Louis Karchin's Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney, to be performed March 6-9, and on March 10th at U of Iowa

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 19:30

Spring Concert series 2013 -at the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa:   ensemble: Périphérie to perform works by  Ades, P at the University of Iowa, April 2011E:P at the University of Iowa, April 2011Dahn, Dangerfield, Dubkova, Gompper and Karchin, on Sunday, March 10, Riverside Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Karchin's 2012 Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney, is a setting of Heaney's Lightenings i and iv,The Rain Stick, and Settings xxiv, for Soprano solo, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion (1), and piano.

The ensemble will also perform the work March 6 at Northern Illinois Univesity; March 7 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; March 8 at the University of Minnesota; and March 9 at Coe College, Iowa.

These will feature soprano Michelle Crouch, and John Dangerfield conducting.   Later in the year, on Sat., October 26, they will present the work as part of the ensemble's Carnegie/Weill Hall debut concert.

The mission of the newly established Ensemble: Périphérie is to promote contemporary music by presenting stimulating and inspiring concerts of new

A Musical Portrait of John Eaton, featuring Sharon Harms, soprano; Feb. 25 at DiMenna Center NYC

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 19:30

Upcoming concert of music by John Eaton at DiMenna Center, featuring soprano Sharon Harms, as well as conductor Carmen Helena Tellez, and pianists Christopher Oldfather and Vicky Chow.



Sharon Harms, soprano; John Eaton, piano

MICROTONAL FANTASY (for two pianos tuned a quarter of a tone apart) 1965 John Eaton, pianos

   - short intermission -

Gémeaux Quartett set to perform Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet op. 40 by Karl Weigl

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 00:00

A Project for the Transmission of European Cultural History

The Gémeaux Quartett Gémeaux QuartettGémeaux Quartett will perform Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet op. 40 by Karl Weigl in April at the Goethe Institute in Paris and at the Britten Theatre in London as part of the "Esther Project", organized by the ProQuartet.

ProQuartet has joined the European project known as ESTHER, European Strategies for Holocaust Remembrance, which is supported by the European Commission and the Paris city hall.

The event will run from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2014 in Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Finland and France and will revolve around a common topic: the rediscovery and rehabilitation of musicians - composers and performers - who suffered from the consequences of the cultural policy of the Third Reich for political or racial reasons.

Weigl emigrated to the United States in 1938 together with his second wife, Valerie (Vally) and his son. He obtained a number of  important teaching posts: at the Hartt School of Music, at Brooklyn College, at the Boston Conservatory and, from 1948 on, at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He was an important early member of ACA, which continues to publish more than 200 of his works. He died in New York in 1949.

Representing four different nations, the Gémeaux Quartett is one of the leading ensembles of its generation. During the 2010/11 season, the Quartet made their highly acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin.

"New Shorts" from Experiments in Opera Saturday Feb. 9th in Brooklyn - Matthew Welch, Robert Ashley, and more!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 20:00

Matthew WelchMatthew Welch

Experiments in Opera has commissioned 10 composers to present new operas that last no more than 10 minutes. This Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, the new works will be premiered by the contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant   at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.

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There will be a Q and A conversation with all New Shorts composers and moderated by James Holt at 6:30 on February 9 before the concert.

The featured composers are:

Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Aaron Siegel, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Matthew Welch. You can buy advance tickets from Issue Project Room. The concert is at their temporary location: The Actors Fund Arts Center: 160 Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn, NY.


February happenings - ACA is all over the place

Marilyn ShrudeGuggenheim Fellow, 2011Brian UtleyGlenn StallcopIt’s a burst of activity this month for new music and ACA composers! More than 10 ACA composers are featured at the SCI conference at Ohio State Feb. 13-16, including works by Elizabeth Austin, Marilyn Shrude, and Brian Bevelander. James Paul Sain will take the post of President of SCI this year. The hurricane-postponed world-premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Seven Stories will be this week at DROM in New York.

Brian Utley and Melissa Rose played David Froom's "Turn of Events" Feb 2 at the Blair School of Vanderbilt University - the second of four performances of Froom's new work for alto saxophone and piano planned this year.

Matthew Greenbaum and David Gordon will have piano works performed at Música para Piano de las Américas on Feb. 9th at Mannes. John Eaton is featured in an all-Eaton concert at DiMenna on Feb. 25th. Elizabeth Bell’s Kaleidoscope will receive its premiere on Feb. 10th at Bruno Walter Auditorium. Book of Whimsy, a series of dedications for solo piano by Steven Sacco, will be performed by David Oei on Tuesday, Feb. 26th at Mannes. The premiere of Lamentation for cello and piano, by Richard Brooks, will take place Feb. 19th at the New York Composers Circle Concert at Citicorp Center.

A concert of original music and improvisation by Glenn Stallcop for the series Arts Alive, on February 24th in Phoenix, with special guests Joe Corral, flute and Jan Simiz, cello. The world premiere of Texture for Chamber Orchestra by Elliott Schwartz, first composed in 1966 and revised 2013, will be presented by Ensemble Mise-En at the Cell Theatre in New York City.  (continued)


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