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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.

Look and Listen Festival in NYC, May 17 - 18 - 19

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:00am


"For twelve years, the Look and Listen Festival has organized concerts in art galleries, maintaining a link between visual and musical avant-gardes. The Pratt Manhattan Gallery hosts this year’s festival, which includes performances by such groups as Sybarite5 and the JACK Quartet." --  The New Yorker, April 22, 2013

Poe, Part I for flute and percussion by Marcos Balter performed by flutist Claire Chase, 2012 MacArthur Fellow, and percussionist Svet Stoyanov [May 19]

Self-Portrait* for piano, cello and film created and performed by composer/pianist Michael Brown and filmmaker/cellist Nicholas Canellakis [May 17]

Urbano: ensaio de escolar de samba (school of samba rehearsal)* for the string quintet Sybarite5 by New York-based Brazilian composer João Luiz [May 19]

NEW YORK PREMIERE: Le journal du corps by Lewis Nielson performed by the JACK Quartet [May 17]

The 2013 Look & Listen Festival  May 17th, 18th and 19th, 2013   Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor

Doors open at 7:30 pm, Concert at 8

Other highlights: 
• Appearances by The M6 [May 17], Phyllis Chen/Cuddle Magic [May 19], Momenta Quartet playing the winning work by Evis Sammoutis from the 2013 L&L Composers Competition [May 19];

Renée Fleming curates her May 4th Carnegie Hall concert, including ACA's new edition of Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet by Karl Weigl

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 7:30pm

The finale of Renée Fleming's Perspectives series, Vienna: Window to Modernity, features the internationally-celebrated soprano together with the Emerson Quartet. The theme is a thoughtful tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of literary and visual arts, gave way to the 20th century.

Performers for the May 4th Carnegie Hall concert include Renée Fleming, Soprano and Host, Jeremy Denk, Piano, Emerson String Quartet: Eugene Drucker, Violin, Philip Setzer, Violin, Lawrence Dutton, Viola, David Finckel, Cello, Paul Neubauer, Viola, Colin Carr, Cello. Works to be performed include ACA's Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet by KARL WEIGL, and works by R. STRAUSS, BRAHMS, WAGNER, WEBERN, SCHOENBERG, AND ZEISL.

Emerson String Quartet's final concerts: Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Houston, and at New York's Carnegie Hall on May 4th with Renée Fleming. The Quartet's final public New York City concert presented by WQXR at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on May 6th.

One of the most beloved musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as "the people's diva" and winner of

Music of John Eaton featured at 2013 American Festival of Microtonal Music, May 17 and 24.

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

performing Lied ohne Name in overtone tuningSchoenbeck and Reinhardperforming Lied ohne Name in overtone tuningThe American Festival of Microtonal Music presents MicroFEST NYC at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St. in New York City. Admission $20/$12

Friday, May 17th at 7pm, Microtonal Tonight Show with Johnny Reinhard and guests Toby Twining, John Eaton, Mary Jane Leach; also on May 19th, with music by Harry Partch, and on Friday, May 24th, music of Johnny Reinhard, Miguel Frasconi, John Eaton’s Three Designs for Clarinet feartuing David Keberlie, and (among others) a work by Stravinsky, performed by bassoonists Reinhard with Sara Schoenbeck.  For more info, 212-517-3550.

Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art collaborate for WORLD PREMIERE of Dane Rudhyar's OUT OF THE DARKNESS

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 7:30pm

photo by Betty FreemanDane Rudhyarphoto by Betty Freeman James Feddeck conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in the museum’s Gartner Auditorium in works of pioneering and revolutionary 20th-century Californian composers. The programs include works by John Adams, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, James Tenney, and, a posthumous world premiere of OUT OF THE DARKNESS by Dane Rudhyar. The concerts are part of the museum's VIVA! & Gala Performing Arts series, which explores extraordinary performing arts from around the world.  "CALIFORNIA MASTERWORKS" is a collaboration between the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Free pre-concert talk: “The Quest for Nirvana and the Birth of Modern Art” by Case Western Reserve University Professor Henry Adams at 6 p.m.  Concert Tickets: $29-44.

Robert Carl - new CD of piano music "Shake the Tree" to be released by Innova Recordings

Robert CarlRobert CarlInnova composer Robert Carl has released a new CD critics have called "Music like a force of nature" With Donald Berman, John McDonald, Moritz Eggert, and Erberk Eryilmaz, the new CD features piano music Shake the Tree for piano 4-hands, Braided Bagatelles, and Piano Sonata No. 2 "The Big Room."


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