ACA Remembers Robert Ceely (1930-2015) with Seven Etudes, plus music of Beth Wiemann, Eleanor Cory, John Becker and Lionel Nowak, Symphony Space, Nov. 4th


Nov 4 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA cordially invites you to join us for a special event at Thalia Hall on Nov. 4th.
Pianist Wen Shen will present the New York Premiere of Seven Etudes for Piano a work written for her by Robert Ceely.  Also on the program will be rare performances of music by ACA luminaries of the past John Becker and Dane Rudhyar by Keith Kirchoff.  Additional pieces selected by the pianists will include works by Eleanor Cory,  Beth Wiemann, Scott Miller and Lionel Nowak.

ACA welcomes guest artists Wen Shen from St. Louis and Keith Kirchoff from Boston, as we celebrate the music of Robert Ceely and friends.  Wen Shen is an avid New Music performer who has numerous pieces written and dedicated to her. At Jordan Hall in Boston she performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire without a conductor and worked with the late Milton Babbitt before performing A Solo Requiem for two pianos and soprano. Also at Jordan Hall, Wen premiered "Whitman 5 songs" for soprano and piano by Robert Ceely.

Pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff, a strong advocate for modern music, has premiered over 100 new works and commissioned over two dozen compositions. As part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music, he presented the Boston premiere of Charles Ives's Emerson Concerto and the world premiere of Matthew McConnell's Concerto for Toy Piano.
Also performing on this concert will be Daniel Colalillo and Christopher Oldfather!

Robert Ceely (1930-2015) was a composer and an educator. His compositions include solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as music for tape and tape with instruments. He attended the New England Conservatory where he studied with Francis Cooke and completed further studies with Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner at Mills College, with Roger Sessions, and with Edward Cone and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University.