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.

Other Minds -- Special Tribute to Dane Rudhyar, Sept. 27 & 28

Sep 27 2010 - 8:00pm

This fall, Other Minds presents a special tribute to Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985) September 27, in San Francisco; September 29, in Portola Valley.

Details to be announced

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

Jul 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

Jun 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

Jul 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

Jul 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

Jun 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.

Sudden Music - Closing concert of the ACA Festival 2010 - Saturday 6/19 7:30pm

Jun 19 2010 - 7:30pm

"Sudden Music" a cycle of poetry by Javen Tanner, set to music by Lansing McLoskey, and Gifts (for you) for Duo Diorama and choreographer Jennifer Kayle, composed by Burton Beerman--both to be performed for the first time in New York at the ACA Festival closing concert. Other works featured will be the magnificent Les Neiges d'Antan by Elizabeth Bell, featuring Keats Dieffenbach and Yael Manor, plus Michael Slayton's Le Soir Tombe, featuring soprano, Nicole Pantos, Harold Seletsky's Intimate Flutist, with Andrew Bolotowsky and Christopher Oldfather, and the Bowdoin New Music Ensemble, coming from Maine to perform Collage Concertante by Elliott Schwartz. Program notes here.

Poetry of Octavio Paz, soprano Nicole Pantos, and the Zukofsky String Quartet, Sat. 4pm

Jun 19 2010 - 4:00pm

The poetry of OctZukofsky QuartetZukofsky Quartetavio Paz is featured in "Paisaje" by Emil Awad. Other works by composers Derek Johnson, Richard Brooks, Jan Gilbert, Kristin Kuster, and David T. Little will be performed by the Kolot Ensemble, Hadar Noiberg, Yael Manor, the Zukofsky Quartet, Justin Montigne, Anatole Wieck, and Duo Diorama. Program notes here. Buy a ticket here.

Into the Labyrinth...with Colin Fox - plus Duo Diorama

Jun 18 2010 - 7:30pm

Colin FoxColin FoxRaymond Luedeke's Into the Labyrinth, The Art of Love, New York Preview, with Colin Fox, and the piano duo of Anagnoson & Kinton. Also on the program, electroacoustic works by Joel Gressel, John Melby, and Richard McCandless, plus Eleanor Cory's Celebration for solo piano, with Christopher Oldfather. Other artists to appear will be Jude Traxler, percussion, and Duo Diorama, the incredible duo of Winston Choi, pianist, and MingXuan Hu, violinist. Symphony Space Thalia on Friday night at 7:30pm. Cocktails served in Unwined, available in theater.


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