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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.

Ross Bauer's "until" --a new work for cello and piano, receives six performances in China, and two in California

In conjunction with the exhibit Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections, the cello/piano duo of for Susan Lamb Cook (cello) and Gayle BlankenburgSusan Lamb Cook (cello) and Gayle Blankenburg featured a work written for them by California composer Ross Bauer exploring clarity of form and expressive elegance, as well as works by Beethoven and Chopin. The performance, at the Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, was presented first at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and repeated in several venues in China.

The duo toured China during the last two weeks of March 2014, presenting concerts and teaching master classes at universities in Jinan, Liaocheng, Hangzhou, Xiamen, and at the esteemed Shanghai Conservatory. It was the fifth trip to China for each, and second tour there as a duo.

Program —
Beethoven: 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s Oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45
Lu Wencheng: Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake
Manuel de Falla: Suite populaire espagñole
Ross Bauer: until (2013) world premiere
Frédéric Chopin: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

Marilyn Shrude's Violin Concerto, world premiere, Central Ohio Symphony, Saturday, May 3rd

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 7:30pm

Marilyn ShrudeMarilyn ShrudeCelebrate the newest commission of the Central Ohio Symphony, as they bring back former concertmaster Ioana Galu in the the World Premiere of Guggenheim Fellow and Ohio Composer Marilyn Shrude's Violin Concerto. Other works on the program include Saint-Saëns’ great Symphony No. 3, the "Organ Symphony". This audience favorite will be performed with Ohio Wesleyan University Faculty Emeritus Robert Griffith showcasing the newly renovated and enlarged Klais organ in Gray Chapel. Tickets here.

Saturday May 3, 2014
7:30 PM, Gray Chapel

C.M von Weber      Oberon Overture

ASJM Annual Concert of Jewish Music, includes Ross Bauer's Heartstrings, Selections from John Zorn's Masada, Yiddish Art Songs, and more, Center for Jewish History - Sunday, June 1st

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 3:00pm






Music in Our Time: 2014
Jewish Music by 20th and 21st Century Composers

presented by The American Society for Jewish Music & The American Jewish Historical Society

Sunday, June 1st at 3pm
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St.
New York, NY

Works by A.W. Binder, Ross Bauer, Stanislav Fridman, Paul Schoenfield, Lazar Weiner, and John Zorn will be performed by Young Artists from Mannes College The New School for Music, with special guests Cantor Robert Abelson, Laura Leon (piano), Mark Feldman (violin), Erik Friedlander (cello), and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano).


Elliott Schwartz, Beth Wiemann, Greg Hall, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, and many others at Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, April 25-27

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Portland Conservatory of Music in Portland, Maine, is proud to present the 6th Annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival from April 25-27, 2014 at 202 Woodford Street and at Mayo Street Arts. Featured guest composer will be Dennis Báthory-Kitsz from Vermont.  Many other composers -- including Bill Matthews, Dan Sonenberg, Mark Tipton, Timothy Burns, Gia Comoli, Harold Stover, Joshua DeScherer, Beth Wiemann, Gregory Hall, Peter McLaughlin and Gay Pearson -- will have music performances at the festival. Two new works by Elliott Schwartz will be performed. On Friday (the 25th of April) Schwartz's  "Quartet for Horns," will be performed by USM's Timothy Burns and his colleagues. On Saturday the 26th, pianist Katie Cushing, aided by Mikyo Butler, will perform "Memorabilia" for piano and assistant(s).

Jan Gilbert's Poem of the Innocent premiere - Minneapolis - May 4th

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Issa HigiroIssa HigiroPoem of the Innocent by Minneapolis composer Jan Gilbert  is a new work commissioned by the Charles Sigmund Fund of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.  This work is dedicated to Issa Higiro and his peace building efforts in Rwanda following the 1994 Genocide. 

The composer commissioned texts from a women's youth group in Kigali, Rwanda who wrote about their experiences and memories of growing up during and after the genocide.  Other texts include the story of Immaculée Ilibagiza, whose books Left to Tell and Led by Faith told of her personal journey to find forgiveness when the genocide took away her family, and the poetry of Derick Burleson, an American poet who lived in Rwanda and wrote about the war. 

African drummer Fode Bangoura from Duniya Drum and Dance will join the orchestra in this performance, which premieres on May 4 at 10:30 am The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mt. Curve Avenue.

Visual Music with David Holzman, piano, at HiArt Gallery, April 19th

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

video by Matthew Greenbaumvideo by Matthew GreenbaumAMPHIBIAN : VISUAL MUSIC with David Holzman, piano.
April 19 8pm HiArt Gallery 227 W29st $15/10

A special event for those who love new music, video art and cartoons, with David Holzman, piano.

On the program: - two new works by Matthew Greenbaum:
I Saw The Procession Of The Empress On First Avenue (visual music)
and Effacement for piano and video.

- Xenakis’ Mycenae Alpha, a classic computer music piece generated by graphic notation 
-Second Thoughts, by Dennis Miller, an American master of visual music
- two classic American cartoons: a new scoring of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus (1916) By Heather Mease;
and Koko’s Earth Control (1928: Max Fleischer)
and one of Thomas Wilfred’s visionary Lumia compositions, Opus 161.

AMPHIBIAN VISUAL MUSIC CONCERT 3 Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus

Eleanor Cory new works in performances - May 10th and May 17th

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

Eleanor CoryEleanor Cory     The Poets House Literary Partners Program presents a program of music for Voice, Violin, and Cello by composers Eleanor Cory, Lawrence Kramer, John Tavener, and Rain Worthington which will include settings of poems by Anna Akhmatova, Jean Kreiling, and Frederich Nietzche, performed by Heidi Hart, Mezzo Soprano, with the Zentripetal Duo: Lynn Bechtold, violin, and Jennifer DeVore, cello.  The concert will take place on Saturday, May 10th at 5 PM at Elizabeth Kray Hall at Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY. Admission is free.

     Composers Concordance presents 'Generations,' which will feature the music of John Clark, Valerie Coleman, Dan Cooper, a  new Woodwind Quintet by Eleanor Cory, Peter Jarvis, Christopher Li, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, and Jeff Scott, among others, as well as two competition winners:

Elliott Schwartz visiting composer series and concert at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt U in Nashville, April 14-17.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

Elliott Schwartz will be the BMI Visiting Composer in Residence at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, April 14th through 17th, with a concert of his music on the 17th. The concert program: Vienna Dreams, Remembering David (Gamper), The Facebook Chronicles, and Chamber Concerto VI: Mr Jefferson (with Peter Sheppard Skaerved as violin soloist).

In the 1970s and 80s, Schwartz visited Vanderbilt University for performances of his music by the Blair Quartet, and for various electronic music series and festivals with Gil Trythall.

Schwartz will be welcomed back to Nashville with a performance by his collaborator, British violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who participates regularly in a Vanderbilt/Royal Academy of Music exchange.

The Blair School marks its 50th anniversary in 2014 with a year-long celebration in concert events and internationally-known ensembles, composers, and soloists.


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