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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.

Beth Wiemann's 'Before the Snow' on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Sept. 19-29

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:30pm

Beth WiemannBeth Wiemann VSO’s “Made in Vermont Music Festival” tours the state, September 19-29, with concerts in Johnson, Bellow's Falls, St. Albans, and other towns. The program includes a concerto by Dittersdorf for an undersung pair of solo instruments--viola and double bass—and Holst’s popular St. Paul’s Suite. Beth Wiemann, a Burlington native, will join the VSO to introduce the world premiere work she has written for the VSO, “Before the Snow.”

Richard Brooks cantata L'apres-midi d'un Schoenberg, in two performances - University of North Texas, and New York City, Sept. 17, 22

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:30pm

UNT Music Library and College of Music present: Pierrot Throughout the World:
A Concert by The UNT Pierrot Chamber Players
Dr. Arturo Ortega, conductor

Wednesday, September 17​ at 8:00 PM
Voertman Hall, UNT College of Music
415 Avenue C
Denton, TX 76203

Monday, September 22 at 7:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 E. 52nd St.
New York, NY  10022

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.


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