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Joel Gressel's Just the Beginning to be presented at Queens College concert, Fri. April 4th.

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 7:30pm

At the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, Friday, April 4th, at 7:30, with music by Joel Gressel: Just the Beginning (2013). The composer notes "The title Just the Beginning comes from a radio commercial from years past that intoned: “Being Jewish is just the beginning.”"  Additional electronic and media works by Hubert Howe, Michael Gogins, and Nina Young, among others, will be presented in this free concert.

7:30 PM: Electronic Music Concert: Hubert Howe, director (LeFrak Concert Hall)

Brooklyn College presents composer John Eaton, special guest of the International Electroacoustic Music Festival, April 3rd

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Composers Forum at Brooklyn College presents John Eaton, special guest of the International Electroacoustic Music Festival.

On Thursday, April 3rd, at 7PM there will be an hour-long concert featuring live performances of John's electronic music from the 1960’s and 70’s with performers Sharon Harms, Emily Mills Woodruff, Bonnie McAlvin and Nick Nelson, as well as a recording of his Concert Piece for Syn-Ket and Symphony Orchestra and a video of a live performance done on the Eaton-Moog Multiple-Touch-Sensitive Keyboards.

At noon on April 3rd, John will give a lecture with recordings of live electronic pieces from his first performances using the Syn-Ket and Moog Synthesizer -- works from the early 1960’s.

Walter Winslow's Concertati Veneziani for sting sextet was performed by dtq ensemble, in Oregon, March 10th

In a concert for the Cascadia Chapter of the National Association of Composers, art historian and curator Patricia Fortini Brown assembled a concert of music by Walter Winslow (1947-1998) and his brother, composer Jeff Winslow (b.1954), featuring the last composed work by the elder Winslow. 

From the composer's note:  Concertati Veneziani was composed in 1996. The instrumentation of 4 violins, viola, and cello allows for the play of two violin soloists against a string quartet group, and allows for solo treatment of the group of violins as well.

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, Cascadia Composers presented works by both Winslows in the concert "From Oregon to Venice, with Love" in The Old Church in Portland, Oregon.

Ed Jacobs' A Function of Memory (2001) performed in New Music @ ECU Festival, March 19

The 14th annual New Music @ ECU Festival took place March 19-23, 2014 at East Carolina University in Greenville. Festival director and founder, Edward Jacobs, presented more than 35 new works by both established and student composers, and featuring the Talea Ensemble, with various student and faculty ensembles and groups. Jacobs' A Function of Memory for clarinet and tape

Elizabeth Bell's L’Neiges d’Antan for violin and piano, North/South Consonance concert April 6th.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm
North/South Consonance Winter-Spring season continues...On Sunday, April 6 at 3 PM Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer and pianist Max Lifchitz team up for Spring Intermezzo – a recital featuring music by composers from Europe and the Americas. In addition to premieres by Juan Pablo Contreras, Silvia Berg, Tonia Ko, Matthew Peterson and Bernard Rands.  The program will also feature rarely heard works by Elizabeth Bell, Max Lifchitz, and Luciano Berio. Christ and St. Stephen's Church on New York City's Upper West Side.

ELIZABETH BELL - L’Neiges d’Antan
SILVIA BERG - The White Rose’s Fragance
TONIA KO - Still Life Crumbles
MAX LIFCHITZ - Transformations No. 2

Claudia Schaer, violin      Max Lifchitz, piano

H. Leslie Adams - Nightsongs - full orchestra version, New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall, April 1st, 8pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

Awadagin Pratt, Janet WolfeAwadagin Pratt, Janet Wolfe

Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday Celebration - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 PM

Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra celebrate Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday and all she has done for minority musicians since 1971.

Click here to learn more about Janet Wolfe.

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall- Seventh Avenue and 57th Street

Tickets are $30, $60 and $75. 50% off for Students/Seniors.

Visit or call 212-247-7800 to purchase tickets. You may also call 323-833-2083 for more info on discounts. 



Wagner Siegfried Idyll
H. Leslie Adams
 Nightsongs - Orchestral Setting (New York Premiere)  

(Based on Poems by Harlem Renaissance Writers Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clarissa Scott Delany, James Weldon Johnson, and Leslie Morgan Collins) 

William Foster McDaniel Mia Moja (composed for this occasion)
Bach Piano Concerto in F Minor
Haydn Symphony No. 60 "Il Distratto" 


Pianist/Conductor Awadagin Pratt

Conductor Kay George Roberts

Conductor Tali Makell; Soprano Andréa Bradford; Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra


Terrance McKnight

Scott Miller's Contents May Differ at Seamus 2014 Electroacoustic Music Conference at Wesleyan, March 28th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:00pm

SEAMUS 2014 - Wesleyan UniversitySEAMUS 2014 - Wesleyan UniversityThe Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2014 National Conference will be held March 27 – 29, 2014 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and will feature concerts, installations, workshops, and paper sessions.

Drawing on Wesleyan’s pioneering programs in Experimental and World Music, the conference will collaborate with a number of campus ensembles, including the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, Toneburst laptop and electronic arts ensemble, as well as featuring keyboard soloists Neely Bruce, Ron Ebrecht and special guest Kathleen Supové.

Scott L. Miller's CONTENTS MAY DIFFER for bass clarinet and fixed media will be performed by Beth Wiemann in Memorial Chapel at concert CH2, Friday, May 28th

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story, Albuquerque, NM, April 6th

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 5:00pm

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s 1992 micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story will be presented on the April 6, 2014 opening concert of the 43rd annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium - at 5:00PM in Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Lonesome Dove is scored for tenor saxophonist, “watcher” (dancer), and “portable darkness”. The production features saxophonist Sarah Mae Jenkins, Luz Guillen, dancerLuz GuillenLuz Guillen, and a critical third element - designed by Richard Hess.  This year’s Symposium is subtitled “Beyond Borders” and its participants include New Mexico, national, and international composers and musicians.

Premiere of Louis Karchin's Ancient Scenes (Seamus Heaney poetry), Sat. April 12, 8pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

image from Heaney (1939-2013)image from Karchin's expanded vocal-instrumental Seamus Heaney cycle, now entitled Ancient Scenes, with soprano Sharon Harms as soloist will be presented at the Tenri Institute in NYC on Sat., April 12 at 8 PM.

The Washington Square Ensemble will also perform new works by Elizabeth Hoffman and Jaime Oliver, and additional recent works of Yoon-Ji Lee and Robert Cuckson.  


Joyce Hope Suskind - Yeats Songs - Sunday, April 6th, uptown at 3pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

Adrienne Patino, soprano, and Marcia Eckert, pianist will perform excerpts from Joyce Hope Suskind’s Yeats songs, a Vox Novus / New York Women Composers Collaboration concert.

Musc performed will include works from the recording “Songs by Women” available from and amazon.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St., Half a block East of Broadway between Broadway & Amsterdam.

Reveiw "Suskind's music is filled with the delightful and unexpected harmonies one encounters in Dohnanyi and Korngold..."


Other works on the program include Rain Worthington, Elisenda Fabregas, Hilary Tann, Nailah Nombeko and Binnette Lipper  - Vox Novus' Fifteen Minutes of Fame selections.

Free Admission

This concert is made possible in part by the Seed Money Grant from the New York Women Composers and individual donors.


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