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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."

NY premiere of Lewis Nielson's Le journal du corps -Jack Quartet - May 17th - Look and Listen Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:00pm

photo by Henrik OlundJack Quartetphoto by Henrik OlundPratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor;

The 2013 Look & Listen Festival - May 17th, 18th and 19th, 2013

Opening night (doors open at 7:30pm) features 'THREE WORLD PREMIERES"

JACK Quartet performs the New York premiere of Le journal du corps, a new work by Lewis Nielson. Audiences will hear/see the world premiere of Self-Portrait*, a multi-media creation for piano, cello and video by Michael Brown and Nick Canellakis. The Brown-Canellakis duo also performs Grave by Lutoslawski and Bulgarian Folk Tunes Gankino Horo & Daichovo Horo, arranged by Nicholas Canellakis. Michael Brown performs the solo piano piece Short Sonata by George Perle, and a cappella group The M6 performs Basket Rondo by Meredith Monk. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts and interviews performers and composers. Full 2013 festival schedule is here.

All-Festival Pass: $35; Single Tickets: $15
ADVANCE PURCHASE RECOMMENDED via the L&L website. Remaining seats available at the door.

The Look & Listen Festival (L&L) is an annual 3-concert New York City event presenting new music in art galleries. The goal is to expand audiences for both art forms. For the second consecutive year, Look & Listen has partnered with Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery for its three concerts –including three world premieres– to be held in conjunction with the Gallery’s “Graduate Fine Arts 2013” exhibition.

Louis Karchin's Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney - NY Premiere by ensemble mise-en; May 2nd

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 8:00pm

at The Cell TheatreEnsemble Mise-Enat The Cell TheatreProgram:

Bent Sørensen - "The Bells of Vineta" (1990) 
Louis Karchin - "Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney" (2012) NY premiere 
Graham Flett - "tho sme hve chngd" (2010, rev. 2013) NY premiere 
Erik Lund - "dead innocence" (2013) world premiere 
Moon Young HA - "scène i" (2013) world premiere

On Thursday, May 2 at 8:00pm, the cell in Chelsea will present the New York contemporary music collective “ensemble mise-en” in their fourth concert of the season. This concert will include two world premieres of works by American composer Erik Lund and Korean composer Moon Young HA as well as two NY premieres by American composer Louis Karchin and Canadian-born composer from the Netherlands Graham Flett. In addition, a work by Danish composer Bent Sørensen will be presented. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors/students and can be purchased online or at the door prior to the concert.

mise-en @ the cell
338 W 23rd St, bet 8th/9th ave. New York, NY
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8PM

Tickets: (at the door) $15 general, $10 seniors/students with ID

Premiere of sonata INNER LIGHTS for violin and piano, by Christopher Morgan Loy, April 27th.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00pm

Christopher Morgan LoyChristopher Morgan LoyBinghamton University adjunct faculty lecturer Christopher Morgan Loy, composer/pianist will perform a program on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Casadesus Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Binghamton University. He will be joined by violinist William Hurley and soprano Kerianna Krebushevski featuring music of Schubert, Mozart and Fauré. Loy will also present the world premiere of his sonata for violin and piano “Inner Lights” as well as “Whitman Songs” which will be a New York premiere.

NY Premiere of Matthew Greenbaum's Rope and Chasm for Mezzo-Soprano and video animation - May 2nd

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 8:00pm

You are invited to the New York premiere of Rope and Chasm, for mezzo-soprano and video animation, composed by Matthew Greenbaum.  It is an evening-length work (50') on portions of Nietzsche's Zarathustra the composer has been working on for six years.  Re’ut Ben Ze’ev has made the work her own. There will be no intermission, so please reserve a place and get there early. Greenbaum is the curator of AMPHIBIAN, a performance series that combines new chamber music with video art.

the New York premiere
Matthew Greenbaum’s Rope and Chasm
for mezzo-soprano and video animation

Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo-soprano


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