In a private ceremony, the Academy of Arts and Letters will present on May 23rd, eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Yehudi Wyner (chairman), Samuel Adler, Sebastian Currier, David Rakowski, Melinda Wagner, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Among this year's award recipients include winners of the Charles Ives' Fellowships and Ives' Scholarships including composers THEO CHANDLER ∙ JONATHAN CZINER ∙ JACK FRERER ∙ ELI GREENHOE ∙ SUNBIN KIM ∙ and PETER S. SHIN. Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’s music, which has enabled the Academy to give awards in composition since 1970.
The Resinosa Ensemble will be performing The Taste of Something New, songs by Beth Wiemann, on poetry of Rosalie Calabrese, at the 10th annual Back Cove Festival 2018 in Portland, Maine.
Ray Luedeke’s Tango Dreams, for accordion and string trio will be performed on May 30 at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland in Glasgow. Accordionist Sarah Alexander will be joined by a Glaswigean string trio. Ray will not be able to hear their actual performance, but will hear a rehearsal on May 23, when he is in Scotland, as part of a month long visit to Great Britain.
Earlier this year, Tango Dreams was performed in Portugal and broadcast on Portuguese radio. Tango Dreams has previously been performed in Canada and in Finland. Last year it was performed at Symphony Space, in a concert featuring world champion accordionist Alex Sevastian. (Sadly, Alex passed away just 2 months ago).
Mühlfeldtänze (aka “Mühlfeld Dances”) for clarinet quintet, a new work by Lansing McLoskey, commissioned by the Aaron Copland House and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY, will be premiered at the Hoff-Barthelson Festival of Contemporary Music, May 20th, at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains.
The new issue of New Music Connoisseur will be out by June 1st. Some highlights:
Live reviews of ACA’s “Celebrating Vocal Music”, Thomas Ades’ The Exterminating Angel, Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, The Casssatt Quartet and more ..New CDs by David Del Tredici, soprano Ah Young Hong (sings Babbitt and Hersch), George Tsontakis, Gwendolyn Dease, marimba, plays Paul Lansky, and more …A new memoir by Bethanee Beardslee, Lewis Lockwood’s new book on the Beethoven symphonies, Harold Rosenbaum’s A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, and more …
APNM presents NEW WORKS FOR PERCUSSION with Iktus Percussion Friday May 11, 2018 at 8pm at Areté Venue and Gallery 67 West Street, #103, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Performed by Iktus Percussionists Josh Perry, Sean Statser, Dan Pate and Chris Graham with Andrea Lodge, piano; Roberta Michel, flute/piccolo and Hanna Levinson, viola. They will be premiering a new piece written for Iktus by Alice Shields - Larynx (2018) for piccolo, piano, and 3 percussionists.
Additional works on the program:
Also on the program are works by APNM composers and Call for Scores winners:
Marshall Brown and the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra will play the world premiere of Symphony No. 3 "The World Turned Upside Down" - by Robert Carl, in Burlington, CT, on May 12th. Details at Nutmegsymphony.org
On Sunday, May 6th at 3pm, the Riverdale Choral Society will present a concert in Riverdale-Bronx at Christ Church Riverdale, on West 252nd St. at Henry Hudson Parkway. Works to be performed include music of Aaron Copland, as well as two works by Joelle Wallach, as well as music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Music of Philip Carlsen - Monday afternoon, May 7, at 3:00 in the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music: Nancy Zeltsman’s advanced marimba quartet will be premiering NACH BACH, a refracted transcription of the slow movement of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor. More info here.
Announcing the East Asian premiere of Robert Carl's piano trio, "Search" by new music specialists- Ensemble Eins, at the International Music Festival April 29th in Seoul. The festival also presents music by Michael Sidney Timpson, Larry Alan Smith, and more.