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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

Brian Fennelly-Maverick Prelude & Tango for guitar, UK premiere at Schott Music March 28th

Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 19:00

Brian Fennelly's Maverick Tango (Prelude and Tango for Guitar), with Stanley Alexandrowicz, guitar, in recital "The Virtuoso Guitar," at The Schott Music Shop in London, 7pm.

Friday 28th March 2014, 7.00pm

The Virtuoso Guitar - Stanley Alexandrovicz (10 and 6 String Guitars)

Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrovicz, an ALBANY RECORDS recording artist, has released Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco with the Curtis Opera (ALBANY TR1098-99). Also forthcoming is a new CD of 20th and 21st Century American guitar works (Ernst Bacon, Brian Fennelly, Kendall Kennison, Eric Sessler, Edward Green, and Carlton Wilkinson). Mr. Alexandrovicz has received a special recording grant from the Ernst Bacon Society to record the premiere performances of the these works for guitar.

Mr. Alexandrovicz also performs compositions of the 19th century’s greatest composer-guitarists Napoleon Coste, J. K.

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened and The Voice, with Atlantic Ensemble, Thalia Theatre, March 10th

Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 20:00

The Atlantic EnsembleThe Atlantic EnsembleChamber Music of Lawrence Dillon Performed by Atlantic Ensemble on March 10 at New York City’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano and The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by the Atlantic Ensemble as part of their March 10 at 8:00 PM Atlantic Ensemble Celebrates American Composers concert in The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan.

What Happened was commissioned and premiered by the Atlantic Ensemble at the Maison Danoise in Paris, France in May 2005. It consists of three movements – Gathering, Congregation and Scattering, and has been recorded by members of the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman for the Bridge label. More about the piece here.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos.

Also on the program are Intimate Recollections by Charles Ruggiero, commissioned by the Atlantic Ensemble and the Piano Quartet by Aaron Copland. More about the March 10 program at 212-864-5400 or online here.  

Atlantic Ensemble was formed in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2003 and is comprised of Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola, Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello and Jennifer McGuire, piano. Visit them here

Ray Luedeke's The Art of Love / Into the Labyrinth presented by Voice Afire Pocket Opera/Cabaret on March 22nd

Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 20:00
Ray Luedeke and Voice Afire present an evening of wines and opera - cabaret on Saturday, March 22 at Tenri Institute in Greenwich Village.

The evening will begin with a wine reception showcasing Italian wines from Roca della Masie, Stella & Mosca, St Michael Eppan, and Zenato and Prosecco from Enrico, Toffoli, and Zardetto, followed by a thrilling concert of The Art of Love (Into the Labyrinth), Ray Luedeke’s original, virtuosic score for two pianos and a text adapted from an ancient manual banned for two thousand years, Ovid’s The Art of Love.

Darwin's Dream II, with music by Elliott Schwartz and Video by Dorothy Schwartz, in discussion at SGI conference

Date: 
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 00:00

video still 1Darwins Dream II video still 1Deborah Cornell of Boston University will be presenting excerpts from Elliott Schwartz's Darwin's Dream II for video and chamber ensemble, at the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference in San Francisco on March 29. The panel "Synapse" will be part of the conference-- Bridges -- and will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies in graphics and printmaking.

The musical work, first performed in 2010, is designed for performance as a multi-media “event,” employing visual projections of art work by Dorothy Schwartz and recorded sounds

H. Leslie Adams - Hymn to Freedom cantata, performed at Indiana University, Feb. 23rd

Date: 
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 16:00

Samuel Coleridge-TaylorSamuel Coleridge-TaylorLast month, the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, along with the Jacobs School of Music and the Archives of African American Music and Culture, presented a number of events to celebrate the works of black composers. This included a library exhibit and the latest in the “Extensions of the Tradition” concert series on Sunday, February 23rd in Auer Hall on the campus of Indiana University.

Featured works included “Three Fanfares for Four Trumpets” by American Neo-classical composer Ulysses Kay and “Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio” by early 20th-century English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

More recent works were performed, including H. Leslie Adams‘ cantata “Hymn to Freedom,” conducted by JSOM music student Ronald Nash, and Valerie Capers’ “Songs of the Seasons,” for soprano, cello, and piano.

Director Dr. Charles E. Sykes said that this year’s concert focused exclusively on chamber works written by black composers. The concert was performed exclusively by students from the well-known Jacobs School of Music.

Ensemble mise-en premieres new work by Brian Fennelly, March 28, and Sacred Songs at CUA on Jan. 25th

Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 20:00

Ensemble Mise-En with Washington Square Contemporary Music Society presents the world premeire of Tableaux for piano and 10 instruments, by Brian Fennelly, on Friday, March 28th at Tenri. Dorothy Chan will be the piano soloist, and Mark Loria will conduct the ensemble.

Tenri Cultural Center
43A West 13th St, New York, NY 10011
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PROGRAM
Reiko Fueting:   new work for chamber orchestra (world premiere)
Brian Fennelly:   Tableaux (world premiere)
Isang Yun: Oktet (1978, NY premiere)
Clara Latham:   new work for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (world premiere)
Enno Poppe: Herz (2002, US premiere)

 On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Fennelly's Sacred Songs  for baritone and piano will be performed as part of the Catholic University New Voices Festival of vocal music in Washington, DC.

Lawrence Dillon's GPS Lady (trio version) featured in concert at University of North Carolina, Feb. 25th

Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 19:30

The North Carolina Premiere of GPS Lady by Lawrence Dillon will take place on February 25 at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.

GPS Lady for clarinet, viola, and piano will be a featured work in a music@watson concert by the Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall.

The piece came about through an innovative composer and performer-developed commissioning idea. Read about it at Lawrence Dillon’s An Infinite Number of Curves blog at http://www.sequenza21.com/dillon/?p=1347.

Also on the program are trios for clarinet, viola and piano by Mozart, Schumann and Kurtág, a North Carolina Premiere by UNCSA composer Kenneth Frazelle and a US premiere of a work by Daniel Weymouth for clarinet solo. The Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio made a successful debut at the Treetops Chamber Music Society in 2013.  Performers will be Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, Sheila Browne, viola and Dmitri Shteinberg, piano.
 
Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

Music of Erik Lundborg, Ursula Mamlok, Alba Potes, and more, at Greenwich House, Sunday Feb. 23rd

Date: 
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 15:30
Third Annual Concert
In conjunction with Composers Now Festival
Music for violin and piano from the Americas
20th and 21st Centuries
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3PM
Greenwich House Music
46 Barrow Street New York, NY
Yegor Shevtsov, piano

H. Leslie Adams - Five Millay Songs selected for art song concert at UC Irvine, Feb. 21st

Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 20:00

ABC's of Song: Songs of Adams, Barber and Copland.  Art Song and Artistry: A program of three song cycles: "Five composer of Nightsongs, Millay Songs, and many othersH. Leslie Adamscomposer of Nightsongs, Millay Songs, and many othersMillay Songs" by Leslie Adams; "Hermit Songs" by Samuel Barber; "Old American Songs: by Aaron Copland.  Darryl Taylor, director. Presented by the University of California Irvine Vocal Arts.  Winifred Smith Hall, UC Irvine, CA.

Outstanding CTSA students perform important song cycles by noted American composers, including Millay Songs (on poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay) by H. Leslie Adams, Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, and Old American Songs by Aaron Copland. Winifred Smith Hall   8:00 p.m.

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