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ENSEMBLE MISE-EN FESTIVAL 2016 - music of Robert Carl and much more, June 22-25


Friday, June 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ensemble Mise-en Festival 2016 - this week, starting Wednesday, featuring a gaggle of more than 30 composers from all over the world. On Friday, trombone soloist Mark Broschinsky will perform an unusual work by Robert Carl - Updraft for tenor trombone and 9 other trombones pre-recorded.

Ethan Iverson plays Brahms and Hall Overton at Bargemusic, June 25th and 26th


Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 8:00pm

Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) will perform Hall Overton's Sonata No. 1 for piano in concert at Bargemusic, along with works for violin and piano by Brahms, featuring violinist Johnny Gandelsman (Brooklyn Rider, Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights). Tickets for the Friday, June 25th event at 8pm can be purchased here. There is an additional performance on Sunday, June 26th at 4pm. 

Lloyd Ultan Sonata for Cello and Piano, with cellist Jacqueline Ultan in St. Paul, June 12th


Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 5:30pm

Jacqueline Ultan, cellist


Sonata for Cello and Piano by Lloyd Ultan (1929-1998) will be featured in concert on June 12th, on what would have been the composer's 88th birthday, with Gregory Theisen, Piano, and Jacqueline Ultan, Cello.  Performers for this event at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota will also include David Livingston: Flute, Recorder, Sax; Takako Seimiya Senn, Trumpet; and Momoko Tanno, Soprano. The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) has put together a special cross-cultural experience with a rich selection of Western classical pieces and the works of Japanese composers in the Western tradition. The first half of the program will consist of European music and the second part will feature Japanese folk songs that have been arranged by Greg Theisen (Piano), including a celebration of the birthday of Lloyd Ultan.

Ultan received a bachelor's degree from New York University, a master's degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. In 1971, he founded, and, from 1971 to 1974, served as Director of the Composer's Residency Program at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Virginia.

Steven Sacco's Sonata for Bass Trombone to be performed by Blair Bollinger at Juilliard, June 10th


Friday, June 10, 2016 - 3:30pm

The 2016 International Trombone Festival at The Juilliard School is here in New York City June 8-11. This 45th annual event will unite many whom share a common passion for the trombone, celebrating the instrument in all its facets with many activities including -  world premieres, recitals, masterclasses, exhibits, chamber music, jazz concerts, and a special concert at the New York Philharmonic.

Rodland Duo gives world premiere of BALLAST by David Liptak at American Viola Society Festival, June 11th


Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 11:30am

The Rodland viola/organ duo - Carol Rodland, viola; Catherine Rodland, organ will give a recital in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College, on June 11, 2016, as part of the American Viola Society Festival 2016. Included in the performance will be their commissioned works, Ballast by David Liptak, and Concertpiece by John Weaver.

Letter from Italy, 1944 wins Boston/New England Emmy Award

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016, the Boston/New England Emmy Award ceremony at the Westin Copley in Boston honored the oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder,  winning an award for post-production excellence by Karyl Evans, Producer, and Connecticut Public Television.

The oratorio, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder and libretto by Nancy Fitzhugh Meneely, describes the life of their father, a doctor in the 10th MT Division, before, during and following WWII.  It was premiered in April 2013 as a work for orchestra and soloists.  The documentary film adaptation, Letter From Italy, A New American Oratorio, created by Karyl Evans and narrated by Meryl Streep,  premiered on June 14, 2015 on PBS and received two Emmy nominations.  In addition to the orchestral score, there are versions of the oratorio's music for Baritone and String Quartet, as well as an aria for Tenor and Piano, offered through American Composers Edition (BMI).

Composer/pianist Sarah Meneely-Kyder (b. 1945) is a graduate of Goucher College, Peabody Conservatory and Yale University. Her composition teachers have included Robert Hall Lewis, Earle Brown

The Mud Oratorio by Alice Shields, at NYEMF June 14th


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:30pm
June 14th, 2016 at 12:30pm: concert presentation of The Mud Oratorio, a 51-minute computer piece for dance theater, with music and libretto by Alice Shields, presented by the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at The Playhouse of the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Mud Oratorio was originally commissioned by Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and Frostburg State University in Maryland. I created the work around two Nature Conservancy swamps in Frostburg Maryland whose flora and fauna survived the ice age. My voice narrates, with bird and animal imitations by a local biologist, and sounds constructed by digital sampling and software synthesis.


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