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Elizabeth Austin - AMERICAN TRIPTYCH - and other works from SCI and Connecticut Composers, June 28th at Steinway Hall.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Elizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. AustinNew Music and Premieres at Steinway Hall , June 28th, 2014, 3-5 pm  --an exciting program of new music at Steinway Hall - Saturday, June 28th from 3-5 pm, iincluding music by several SCI members, including Allen Brings, David Heinick, Elizabeth R. Austin, and several members of Connecticut Composers, Inc.

The program will include premieres, and admission is free. Afterwards, please joing us for refreshments, and meet the composers and performers!
Works scheduled:

SONATA - David Henick,

THREE PIECES -Robert Hansler,
THREE STUDIES, for Piano, left-hand - Allen Brings,

Brian Fennelly's Sacred Songs, performed by One Quiet Plunge, Hudson Valley Composers, June 29th

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 3:00pm

Baritone Kelvin ChanBaritone Kelvin ChanBaritone Kelvin Chan will perform Sacred Songs by Brian Fennelly in Poughkeepsie, NY, Sunday, June 29th at the Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center.  It is the inaugural concert for One Quiet Plunge.

Sunday June 29, 2014

Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center
9 Vassar Street
Poughkeepsie, NY



Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Kelvin Chan, baritone
James Fitzwilliam, piano

One Quiet Plunge, a group devoted to the promotion and performance of new music by Hudson Valley composers, announces its inaugural concert on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3 PM at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center (9 Vassar Street) in downtown Poughkeepsie. The program of 90 minutes will include a mixture of pieces from established and emerging Hudson Valley composers, including Nina C. Young, Lawrence Kramer, Richard Wilson, Joshua Groffman, Jonathan Chenette, Brian Fennelly, and Craig Fryer,

Lewis Nielson - Drake Andersen - Turkar Gasimzada - new works - performed by Ensemble Sans Maitre at Tenri Institute, May 31st

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00pm


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Ensemble Sans Maitre performs new works by Lewis Nielson, Drake Andersen, and Turkar Gasimzada, including Andersen's new viola concerto for Kallie Ciechomski.  Saturday May 31st at Tenri Institute, 8pm.


Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

A Four-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan, NY, June 19- June 22

Featuring ensemble mise-en (NY), the Momenta Quartet (NY), and Ensemble Paramirabo (Canada)

Performances and Events Will Be Hosted By the Korean Cultural Service New York (June 19), Americas Society (June 20), the Taipei Cultural Center (June 21), Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (June 21), and Tenri Cultural Institute (June 22)

Scott L. Miller awarded Fulbright Grant to Estonia

Scott L. Miller, Professor at St. Cloud State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Estonia during the 2014-2015 academic year, the United States Department of State andScott L. MillerScott L. Miller the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Miller will lecture on approaches to electroacoustic composition, with an emphasis on real-time electronics and improvisation.

Miller's new work, Every Problem is a Nail, for piano and electronics will have its premiere on June 7 at the New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF) by pianist Keith Kirchoff. The composition was commissioned by Kirchoff, supported in part by the American Composers Forum through the 2013 McKnight Composer Fellowship Program.

Also at the NYCEMF will be the NYC premiere of Miller's Contents May Differ, performed by bass clarinetist

Brian Fennelly's Distant Call for solo trumpet to be performed at ITG conference, May 23rd

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 10:00am

(photo by Bill Hellermann)Brian Fennelly ca. 1985(photo by Bill Hellermann)Distant Call for solo trumpet or flugelhorn by Brian Fennelly will be performed by Sean Butterfield, trumpet, at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA, on Friday, May 23rd at the new works recital beginning at 10am.

Joel Gressel's Genetic Drift, and Scott Miller's Contents May Differ - new works at New York city Electroacoustic Music Festival, June 2-8

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

The upcoming New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival takes place June 2-8 this year, with 31 concerts at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. With more than 200 composers from around the world, works performed will include Herbert Brün, Hubert Howe, Kenneth Gaburo, Eric Lyon, Russell Pinkston, Douglas Geers, Joel Gressel, Scott L. Miller, and many more.

Michael Dellaira's Campers at Kitty Hawk for SATB choir, two performances in New Jersey, June 14,15

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

An hour of music about flying to include Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine and Michael Dellaira's The Campers at Kitty Hawk. Soar with Kinnara Ensemble for the last concert of the 2013-14 season!

JUNE 14 @ 8pm All Saints' Church, Princeton, NJ

JUNE 15 @ 3pm, Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham, NJ

General Admission $20
Student ID $10

"Kafka Shorts" with music of Ray Luedeke, Matthew Davidson, and more, Tenri Institute, Friday, May 30th

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:30pm

 Voice Afire’s March production, The Art of Love / Into the Labyrinth, garnered great reviews:

“…an evening of artistry, one which presented the best possible qualities of musicianship and theatrical performance…” and “…What’s better than spending an evening enjoying Italian wines and live music?”

Their next show is on Friday, May 30, 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, and features musical theatre for string quartet and two actors.

Ray Luedeke’s Kafka Shorts for 2 actors and string quartet uses as its text the amusing, terrifying, perplexing Parables of Franz Kafka.

Directed by Dan Swern of CoLAB Arts and co-sponsored by the American Composers Alliance, Kafka Shorts will also feature a sampling of string quartets by Kenneth Fuchs, Matthew Davidson, and John S. Gray.

Performers include actors Eric Gravez and Paula Llapur. The Voice Afire String Quartet includes top NYC violinists Artur Kaganovsky and Julianne Klopotic, violist Ann Roggen, and cellist Lawrence Zoernig.

Voice Afire's wine tasting precedes the show will feature the wines of Portugal.


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