If you haven't listened to music by Elliott Schwartz recently, you're in for a treat. Two gorgeous tracks, the final recordings supervised by the composer in 2016. Grateful thanks to Blair McMillen, Ryan Streber, counter)induction, Emi Ferguson, Doug Balliett, Ben Fingland, Karl Kramer-Johansen, Jacob Rhodebeck, Robert P. Burkhart, Nina Schwartz Kahn, Gisela Gamper. Artwork, woodblock "Daedalus and Icarus" (1957) by Dorothy Schwartz. Download both tracks here for 1.98 or check Spotify for streaming.
Upcoming: Piano recital by Mannes professor George Fisher, on Monday June 4th - a short program of solo piano music entitled “New and Recent Piano Music from Here and There”, featuring works by Jon Hallur Haraldsson, Missy Mazzoli, John Lessard, Robert Cuckson, and the world premiere of Impromptu no. 2 from Three Impromptus by Joel Eric Suben. The concert is free and open to the public and will be performed without intermission.
Congratulations to California Music Center, which received a New Music USA project grant towards the commissioning of David Froom's Eine Kleine Kleinmusik, for the 33rd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition. The events will take place June 2 and June 3 in San Francisco. On June 2, all the semifinalists will perform from Violinetude or Violoncelletude from Ene Kleine Kleinmusuick.
Upcoming performance Tuesday (5/29). My Fragile Farewell for piano trio by Robert Carl will be included in a concert featuring all the works in the Phoenix Concerts’ Folk Song Project -- works written for piano trio in response to a series of classic songs (Carl's is “The Parting Glass”). Other new works by Juhi Bansal, Daron Hagen, Katarina Leyman, Gilda Lyons, Jorge Martin, Frank J. Oteri, Glen Roven, & Dan Sonenberg will also be performed by entelechron: Roger Zahab, violin; David Russell, cello, & Robert Frankenberry, piano.
Cameron-Wolfe’s new CD contains nine compositions, spanning the years 1970-2016: three of his micro-operas as well as works for flute, violin, and solo piano – produced and published by Furious Artisans Recordings (Bronxville, NY).
On May 31 in Taos, NM, Cameron-Wolfe will present a lecture and de facto CD release party at SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest), 108 Civic Plaza Drive; 7:00 PM (free). The lecture, titled “Text and Poetry in Contemporary Sound Art”, will focus on his vocal music, his composition titling, and the Art of the Program Note.
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 …