Brian Kehew Explores 1965 R.A. Moog Co. Electronic Music Workshop

August 9th, 2010 marks the 45th Anniversary of a small summer conference designed to teach electronic music and expose the new Moog synthesizer to a new world of music composers and performers. The Bob Moog Foundation Archive is focusing on this relatively unknown event,  to bring a little clearer understanding of the way things were in the very early days of the Moog synthesizer. Using documents, photos and tapes from the Archive – plus recollections from a few who were there – Moog historian Brian Kehew presents a look at theElectronic Music Workshop of August 1965. Some of the composers who attended the first Moog conference include Robert Ceely, Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Franklin Morris, and Art Hunkins.

Clarice Assad and friends at Caramoor Festival August 7th


Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 3:15pm

Clarice Assad, composer/vocalist with Eileen Mack, clarinet at the ACA Festival 2010Clarice Assad, composer/vocalist with Eileen Mack, clarinet at the ACA Festival 2010Clarice Assad will be performing an all new program at the Caramoor Jazz Festival -- an homage to some of her favorite Brazilian artists such as Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Sueli Costa, among others.  The show was crafted to showcase different rhythmic nuances of Brazilian music, mixed with pop and jazz elements. Assad will be joined by percussionists Keita Ogawa & Yousif Sheronick.




WPRB to broadcast Elizabeth Austin's WILDERNESS SYMPHONY on "Classical Discoveries" Wed. Aug. 4 at 1PM


Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 1:00pm

The unique radio program on 103.3 FM, WPRB Princeton, with host Marvin Rosen, celebrates new music and living composers all year long.

On Wednesday, August 04, 2010 on Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-Garde from 11:00 am till 3:00pm.

Selections will include:  "Wilderness Symphony" by American Composer, Elizabeth Austin (1938- ), "Ballad for Cello and Piano" by American/Canadian Composer, Linda Catlin Smith (1957- ), "now again" fragments from Sappho by English Composer, Bernard Rands (England, 1934- ), "Timberline" by American composer, Lois V. Vierk (1951- ) as well as music by Nick Didkovsky, Vanessa Lann and Otto Luening/Vladimir Ussachevsky.

Allmusic reviewer favors Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy's "Undertow"

The Society for Composers, Inc., celebrates the 25-year anniversary of its compilation album series through the release of Mosaic, a CD compilation on the Navona Records label, with music by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Sally Reid, Tasos Stylianou, Stephen Yip, and others. Allmusic's review excerpt:

"It's not a contest, but the best piece on the disc appears to be Undertow, a duet for violin and piano by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy. Fairlie-Kennedy has a long career as a composer and apparently began utilizing serialism early but ran into a wall with it and spent some two decades in silence. When she resumed, it was with a looser application of her technique; this piece is still technically very solid, yet it is a dazzling, complex work that moves in a single-minded direction and has a definitive impact." See full review here.

Composers' Conference at Wellesley July 18-August 1, with Melinda Wagner and Michael Gandolfi


Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:00am

Conference Director,  Mario Davidovsky and Music Director, James Baker announce the 2010 Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Founded in 1945, the Chamber Music Center gives amateur chamber musicians and singers the opportunity to participate in ensembles coached by professional faculty musicians, live and socialize with composers from the Composers Conference, and play chamber music informally with old and new friends.  The shared experience and synergy of these diverse musicians create a unique musical community and a very special musical opportunity for all the participants.

For summer 2010 (July 18 - August 1), we welcome guest composers Melinda Wagner and Michael Gandolfi to the Composers Conference.  In addition, our professional faculty performers will present concerts of traditional and contemporary repertoire featuring the music of ten Composers Conference Fellows.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Downtown Ensemble to perform works by Carla Bley and John Cage on Wed. June 30th


Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 8:00pm

At Greenwich House, 46 Barrow St., the DownTown Ensemble will perform improvisatory works by the noted jazz composer Carla Bley. The work will be realized in the improvisational approach developed during the heyday of downtown new music going on in SoHo in the 70s into the 80s. The DownTown Ensemble is one of the last surviving performing groups associated with the musical styles that emerged around loft concerts at legendary spaces such as The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, The Alternative Museum, The Clocktower, etc. The featured performers will be Daniel Goode, Larry Polansky, and Peter Zummo.

The Talea Ensemble presents Musica Universalis, at Tenri on July 8th


Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:30pm

Talea will explore constellations, orbits, and particles of a world beyond everyday life through a program of works inspired by these element.  From classic experimentalists John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen to today's masters, Mario Garuti, Alex Mincek and Beat Furrer, this concert will transport you.

July 8th, 2010  8:30 pm

Tenri Cultural Institute

43A West 13th Street, New York
$15/10 (students)

Cory String Quartet No. 3 premiere at MOMA, July 25, 2010, 8:00, Free


Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 8:00pm

MOMA SUMMERGARDEN CONCERTS presents Juilliard Concert II:  New Music for Strings and Piano at MOMA garden, on West 54th St. between 5th-6th Ave.

Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble: Alicia Choi, violin; Heidi Schaul-Yoder, violin; Eva Gerard, viola; Mimi Yu, cello; Hsiang John Tu, piano will perform Eleanor Cory, String Quartet no. 3 (2009) World premiere; David Snow, Nice Girls Don’t (2002) World premiere; Laura Elise Schwendinger, Song for Andrew (2008) New York premiere; Errollyn Wallen, Music for Tigers (2006) Western Hemisphere premiere


 Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West Fifty-fourth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to ninety minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s Fifty-fourth Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden.

Albert Glinsky interview about Léon Theremin, on PBS show "History Detectives" Monday, June 28 at 9PM EST


Monday, June 28, 2010 - 9:00pm

Dr. Albert Glinsky, professor of music at Mercyhurst  College in Erie, PA, will be featured on an episode of the PBS show “History Detectives” scheduled to air on Monday, June 28, at 9 p.m. The episode revolves around the life and work of Russian inventor and spy Leon Theremin, the subject of a biography Glinsky published in 2000, Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage.

Glinsky holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, and a doctorate from New York University. His music, which includes vocal, chamber, solo, electronic, and symphonic works, has earned critical acclaim and been widely performed in venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trapp, and in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the Far East.


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