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Tony Arnold sings the premiere performance of David Liptak's DOVE SONGS, Sept. 7th

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Soprano Tony Arnold joins pianist Alison d'Amato and flutist Bonita Boyd in a song recital in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music on Sunday, September 7th, at 3 pm. Curated by David Liptak, the program presents Twilight Butterfly (2013) by Augusta Read Thomas, Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan (1977) by Warren Benson, Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro (1980) by Joseph Schwantner, and the premiere performance of Dove Songs (2014) by David Liptak, using poetry by Rita Dove.

The Chicago Tribune writes, “anything sung by soprano Tony Arnold is worth hearing.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” she is recognized internationally as a leading proponent of new music in concert and recording, praised for her sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores.


Tenor Variations for Tenoroon and Piano by Elliott Schwartz, premiere by Henry Skolnick, August 7th

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 1:00pm

bassoonistHenry SkolnickbassoonistHenry Skolnick will premiere Tenor Variations for Tenoroon and Piano by Elliott Schwartz at the IDRS conference at NYU Steinhardt on August 7 at 1:00 PM.

Concert will take place at the Black Box Theater on Washington Square East. Henry Skolnick and Paul Vasile are the performers, and the entire program is for either contra or the tenoroon.

Henry Skolnick was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, in Miami, for eighteen years and taught bassoon and wind chamber music at Florida International University for fifteen years. He has been on the summer faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2004. In addition to his years in the Florida Philharmonic, he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony’s musicNOW series,

Lawrence Dillon - premiere of new concerto for cello and bass, 3-orchestra commission, first performance Oct. 12

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

"Get us to the hall on time"Low and Lower"Get us to the hall on time"

On October 12 and 14, 2014 - Low and Lower (Brooks Whitehouse, cello; Paul Sharpe, bass) perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, the world premiere performances of Lawrence Dillon's Poke (orchestral version) and a new work written for them, Katabasis (concerto for cello, double bass and orchestra).  Additional performances are planned for the Boise and Portland Symphonies.

Joel Gressel's The Public Option, and the other goings-on, at Gallery MC, Thurs. July 24th

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:30pm

Circuit Bridges Concert No. 6: Reinforcing Bridges

Thu Jul 24 at Gallery MC
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Join us for Circuit Bridges Concert No. 6: Reinforcing Bridges featuring electroacoustic music, dance, and video.


Richard Cameron-Wolfe's Lapis Lazuli and Sacre-Lege performed in Kiev, May 25th

Two works by Richard Cameron-Wolfe were performed on May 25, 2014 during the XXIV International Festival “Musical Premieres of the Season”, held at the Music Hall of the National Union of Composers in Kiev, Ukraine. His Lapis Lazuli (2000; for flute and piano was performed by Sergey Vilka and Vitaly Kyanitsya and his Sacre-lege (2013; for quintet, crafted entirely from musical materials in Stravinsky’s “Sacre”) was performed by Ensemble Sed Contra.

Chamber music of Louis Karchin featured in concert at California Summer Music Festival in Sonoma Valley, July 17th

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

On Thursday, July 17, the California Summer Music Festival (July 5-28), in Sonoma Valley will feature Louis Karchin (brief composer residency), with students and faculty of the festival presenting five recent Karchin works: Ricercare, Four Sketches (both for solo violin), Two Lyrics for solo cello, Lyrics II for piano, and  Second String Quartet.  The concert is at 8 PM in the Green Music Center of Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, CA and admission is free. 

JunYi Chow's A Night Without Voices sextet received honorable mention in Society for New Music Brian Israel Prize competition 2014

JunYi ChowJunYi ChowThe Society for New Music 2014 Brian Israel Prize Winners Announced: Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Ross Scott Griffey, for his All suddenly the wind comes soft, for piano, and JunYi Chow (photo) for A Night without Voices, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

The winner of the Society's $750 Israel prize is John Liberatore for his work She rose, and let me in, a set of variations for piano. The New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize was awarded to Michael Boyman for Anger Management – Therapy for Piano Duo, 2013. The composer and violist is also the recipient of the 2014 BMI Foundation William Schuman Award.

Lawrence Dillon, Bruce Adolphe, Cassatt Quartet, selected for Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, July 7-12

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am

courtesy Bangor NewsSeal Bay, Mainecourtesy Bangor NewsThe 2014 Program and Participants

Three American composers have been invited to the Seal Bay Festival for July 2014:

Daniel S. Godfrey
Bruce Adolphe
Lawrence Dillon

Cassatt String Quartet (New York, NY)

Composers and performers will be in residence at the festival’s home base on Vinalhaven Island and nearby coastal areas of Maine. The festival contains concerts, workshops, public radio interviews, art gallery performances, and much more. The festival’s goal is to make American chamber music a living experience for concert audiences, artists and school children in a geographical and cultural setting (the year-round population of coastal Maine).

Louis Karchin - Lyrics II for solo piano, performed at NYU by Nino Zhvania, June 22

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 3:00pm

New piano work by Louis Karchin, "LYRICS II" will be performed at the NYU Black Box Theatre on Sunday June 22 at 3 PM along with music by Elizabeth Hoffman and Stockhausen, performed by pianist Nino Zhvania (Jvaina).  The concert is free, and the entrance is at 82 Washington Square East.

David Froom's Amichai Songs, with William Sharp, baritone, Orchestra of the League of Composers, June 16th

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

June 16, Louis Karchin will conduct the splendid Orchestra of the League of Composers in a program of Suzanne Farrin (world premiere) David Froom, David Lang, Philip Glass, and Webern's Symphony, Op. 21 (commissioned by the League in 1927).


SEASON FINALE 2014 — JUNE 16th! 

The Orchestra of the League of Composers
Monday, June 16, 2014
8:00 PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Tickets: $20 (General Admission) / $10 Student & Senior (65+)

Conductor: Louis Karchin
SoloistsKirsten Sollek, alto; Ray Chenez, countertenor;
William Sharp, baritone; Peter Van Derick, speaker
Host: John Schaefer (WNYC)

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David Froom        Amichai Songs (2010)
Anton Webern      Op. 21 “Symphony” (1928) League commission, 1927
David Lang           Pierced (2007)


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