Premiere of work by Elizabeth Bell; Lisa Hansen and Max Lifchitz perform Music from the Americas on February 10 at Lincoln Center


Feb 10 2013 - 2:30pm

North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 33rd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Sunday afternoon February 10th, when internationally with composers including Ursula Mamlok and Chen YiElizabeth Bell (center)with composers including Ursula Mamlok and Chen Yiacclaimed flutist Lisa Hansen accompanied by pianist Max Lifchitz present a recital featuring chamber music by composers from Argentina, Brazil, México and the United States.

The recital at 2:30 PM will take place at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza -- Amsterdam Ave at 65th St) in Manhattan. Admission is free (no tickets necessary).

Special guest for the occasion will be composer Elizabeth Bell who this season will be celebrating her 85th birthday. Her charming and virtuosic Kaleidoscope for flute and piano will be heard for the very first time. A founder of New York Women Composers, Inc., Elizabeth Bell has described by the press as“a fine composer who writes in a freely atonal style that nevertheless has, in its rhetoric and general outlines, a strong relationship to more conventional music”

Lisa Hansen has dazzled audiences and critics alike with the expressive beauty of her and tone and the brilliant virtuosity of her technique. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Hansen has fashioned a career that is uniquely American, encompassing diverse ends of the musical spectrum in the breadth of her repertoire and performance experience. “Irresistibly lyrical” is how the New York Times described her playing. México City newspapers talked about her “beautiful ample tone, impeccable technique and playing of radiant beauty.”  And the San Francisco Bay Guardian commented on how “flute virtuoso Lisa Hansen was technically awesome and emotionally moving.”

The American Record Guide described Max Lifchitz as”a consummate musician of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.” The NY Times praised him for his "clean, measured and sensitive performances.” Active also as composer and conductor, Mr. Lifchitz has performed throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.

The program will also feature highly lyrical and accessible works by Argentinean Alberto Ginastera; Brazilians Ernesto Nazareth and Heitor Villa-Lobos; and Mexican Manuel M. Ponce. To round-off the program Ms. Hansen will perform a work especially written for her by Max Lifchitz, the Mosaico Latinoamericano. Reviewing the first performance of this work, the critic of Zürich's Badener Tagblatt termed the premiere a "definite success” adding "... Latin American rhythms and melodies shimmered like a tender light without at all becoming rebellious..."

 Both Ms. Hansen and Mr. Lifchitz are available for interviews and other media events and may be contacted through the North/South Consonance office at <[email protected]>.

North/South Consonance’s 2012-13 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; grants from the Arthur Berger Fund and the Music Performance Trust Funds; as well as contributions by many generous individuals.

For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit

Elizabeth Bell - Interview part 1 March 2012