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Sarah Meneely-Kyder presents new songs in Mandarin Chinese, with Chai-Lun Yueh, Nov. 14


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00pm

On November 14, 2014 (Friday) • 4:00 pm, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC, Baritone Chai-Lun Yueh, 2013 recipient of a seed money grant from New York Women Composers, will be presenting a concert that includes three works by Sarah Meneely-Kyder with texts performed in Mandarin Chinese.

John Eaton to speak at University of Chicago Humanities Day, Oct. 18th


Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Illuminati, 2007-2008On October 18th, composer John Eaton will be giving an hour-long presentation on his recent song cycle, The End of It, during the University of Chicago’s Humanities Day, and will be playing excerpts from recordings of his earlier song cycles.

The full premiere of "The End of It" will be Jan. 24, 2015 by the Contempo Ensemble, which consists of two amazing groups: Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, to which the composer has added the harpist, Alison Attar, and soprano Sharon Harms.  The composition was commissioned in celebration of the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players 50th anniversary.

North/South Chamber Orchestra Celebrates 35th Season Sunday, October 12 at 3pm


Monday, October 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Max Lifchitz, conductor, and The North/South Chamber Orchestra presents Autumn Harvest, a free concert celebrating the 35th consecutive season of performances featuring music by Elizabeth Bell and Raoul Pleskow. North/South's free admission series focuses on emerging and established composers whose works always stimulate, challenge and excite.  Join us for an afternoon of music Sunday, October 12 at 3pm at Christ & Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, the oldest church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. 


Thomas Read's Concert Champetre receives American premiere


Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Thomas L. Read's Concert Champetre for guitar and cello will receive its American premiere as part of the Wakefield World Music Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Wakefield Opera House, Sanbornville, New Hampshire, in a recital by Aaron Larget-Caplan, the artist for whom the work was composed. He will be joined in the duo by cellist Raphael Popper-Keizer. Larget-Caplan and Anton Andreev gave the European premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 22, 2014.

Brian Schober's monodrama "White Witch" with Christina Ascher, Oct 23,24,25 at Symphony Space


Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 8:00pm

World Premiere of Contemporary Opera White Witch Slated for
October 23-25, 2014, at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

A One-Act Monodrama for Contralto & Percussion with Music by Brian Schober and Libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin

White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City.  The work, with music by Brian Schober and libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, is a one-act monodrama for voice and percussion, directed and choreographed by Lynn Neuman. Renowned contralto Christina Ascher plays the title role, accompanied by percussionist Jared Soldiviero.  White Witch will be performed on Thursday, October 23; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan. There will be a Q&A after the performance with the artists and members of the creative team.

The score, a symbiosis of Sorkin’s libretto with Schober’s music, is suggestively evocative and exotic, at different times delicately ethereal, dramatically angular, and deeply psychological. The design team includes Gail Scott White (video and projection design) and Malinda Crump (costume designer).

Tickets can be purchased via the Peter Norton Symphony Space website or at its box office.  Seats are $25 for the general public; $15 for Symphony Space members, students and seniors.

Set in Jamaica in1831, the opera — a tale of voodoo, murder and revenge — is based on the 19th century legend of Annie Palmer, a white English plantation owner notoriously known as The White Witch of Rose Hall. 

Christopher Auerbach-Brown works broadcast on WCLV Cleveland

INNOVATIONS with Mark Satola - a radio program on WCLV 104.9 featuring works by Cleveland area composers, is presented in cooperation with the Cleveland Composers’ Guild.  Last Sunday evening (9 to 10pm slot), the following works were performed:

Jeffrey Mumford: revisiting variazioni elegiac… once more
Martha Baldwin, cello (CCG 04-27-14) 10:05

Jeffrey Mumford: three short duos for violin and harp
Emma Shook, violin; Shelly Du, harp (CCG 04-27-14) 4:50

Chris Auerbach-Brown: Piano Quartet (2012)
No Exit Ensemble: Cara Tweed, violin; Tom Bowling, viola; Nick Diodore, cello; Nicholas Underhill, piano (private CD) 18:00

Daniel McCarthy: Chamber Symphony No. 2 for Bassoon & Winds
Barrick Stees, bassoon; Michigan State University Wind Ensemble/John Whitwell(private CD) 16:16

Piano Etudes of H. Leslie Adams, new release on Albany Records, with Thomas Otten

   The World Premiere (First Complete Performance) of the Twenty-Six Etudes for Solo Piano, by H. Leslie Adams, in two concerts, and a new CD release:

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
   Part One, Numbers 1-12
   Maria Corley, soloist

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
   Part Two, Numbers 13-26
   Thomas Otten, soloist

Chapel Hill Auditorium
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

The composer will be present at this event.

September 1, 2014 is the release date for the Albany Records disc of the Etudes Part II, performed by Thomas Otten. Part I of the Etudes was previously recorded on Albany by Maria Corley. Both disks are available at Albany Records, Amazon, and other shops.

A special new edition of Nine Etudes from these collections has been recently published by the American Composers Alliance.

Joel Suben world premiere piano trio with New York Philharmonic Ensembles, Nov. 23


Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

NY Philharmonic Ensembles SeriesPhilharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall - "Up close and personal" series this season will feature the world premiere of Joel Eric Suben's Piano Trio “Ballo di Corte” on Sunday, Nov. 23rd at 3pm. Ballo di Corte is the 2nd movment of Suben's A Memory of Youth. Other works on the program include Beethoven, Schubert, and Schnittke.


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