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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

Musicians gather to celebrate and perform works on texts by Ilsa Gilbert "The Poet of Bleecker Street"

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 3:00pm

April 28th at 3pmIlsa Gilbert April 28th at 3pm'ILSA GILBERT: THE POET OF BLEECKER STREET'
An 80th Birthday Celebration to poet/librettist ILSA GILBERT

Sunday April 28, 3 PM
St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
Suggested Donation: $15; $10 for students/seniors/unemployed
Reservations: 212.477.1594

Poet/librettist and longtime Village resident ILSA GILBERT will be feted on the occasion of her 80th birthday by Downtown Music Productions.   Gilbert has enjoyed a long association with Mimi Stern-Wolfe's Downtown Music Productions, having written the libretti and poetry for numerous operas and song cycles presented by the long-standing music organization.   A large cast of musicians, vocalists, and dancers will assemble to perform a rich program of works associated with Ms. Gilbert.   Celebration is Sunday April 28, 3 PM, at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street.

The program includes excerpts from five operas and art songs presented in past years by Downtown Music Productions, all with libretti by Ilsa Gilbert:
The Bundle Man, opera by Marshall Coid, with an appearance by countertenor Coid
Phoenix Park, opera by David Strickland, featuring soprano Karla Simmons
The First Word, opera by Katrina Cameron, with mezzo Darcy Dunn, baritone Mark Singer, and soprano Karla Simmons
One Night Together, opera by Daniel Burwasser, with Frank Basile, bass
Revelations and Secrets, opera by Chuck Sachs, featuring Mark Singer, baritone.

Elliott Schwartz releases new CD on Metier label "Tapestry" with the Kreutzer Quartet, April 16th

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:00am

Composer Elliott Schwartz (b. 1936, NYC) studied composition at Columbia University. His music on this CD is performed by the Kreutzer Quartet who is dedicated to performing and recording new works, both collectively and as soloists, Longbow, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Aaron Shorr and Nicole Johnson. The new CD includes String Quartet No. 2: For Louise and Aaron ; Memorial in 2 Parts - I. and II. for violin and piano; Tapestry; for violin, cello, and piano; and Water Music for strings and recorded sounds.

Collage New Music in Boston to perform music of George Edwards, Yehudi Wyner, Kaijia Saariaho, and more, Sunday, April 21st

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 8:00pm

Collage New MusicCollage New Music8pm at Edward Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
Pre-concert talk at 7pm

Rodney Lister – Friendly Fire**
Yehudi Wyner – Passage I
Kaijia Saariaho – Nocturne
George Edwards – The Isle is Full of Noises*

      **World premiere
      *Boston premiere

      Charles Blandy, tenor
      Catherine French, violin

Admission $15 / students free

Now celebrating its 42nd season, Collage New Music was founded by percussionist Frank Epstein, who served as Music Director until 1991, when he passed the musical leadership to frequent guest conductor David Hoose. Today, Mr. Epstein continues to perform with the ensemble and serves as the president of the board of trustees. Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “among the finest artists of contemporary (or any other) music,” the ensemble comprises some of the most experienced and exciting instrumentalists skilled in the intricacies, virtuosity and emotional depth of new music, including musicians from the Boston


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