THE ORCHESTRA OF THE LEAGUE OF COMPOSERS, May 7th at the Skirball Center - premieres of works by Louis Karchin, Brian Fennelly

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 8:00pm

clockwise from left: Matthusen, Karchin, Fennelly, Bauer, Hoffmanclockwise from left: Matthusen, Karchin, Fennelly, Bauer, Hoffman



(Presented by the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society)

Soloists: Thomas Meglioranza, baritone, Madalyn and Cicely Parnas (Duo Parnas), clarinetist Marianne Gythefeldt and  Ivan Goff (Irish Pipes)

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM  Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University – Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place.


Marion Bauer Lament on an African Theme
Brian Fennelly Symphonia Concertante NY Premiere
Elizabeth Hoffman paradigms lost World Premiere
Louis Karchin American Visions  (World Premiere of the chamber orchestra version)
Paula Matthusen the art of disappearing NY Premiere

Louis Karchin, conductor

The Orchestra of the League of Composers presents works by current and past NYU faculty and alumni to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Department of Music at Washington Square. The program will include premieres by current faculty Elizabeth Hoffman and Louis Karchin, along with music by past faculty Marion Bauer and Brian Fennelly, and recent alumna Paula Matthusen.

General admission $20, senior citizens $15, students $8, at the door.

Tune in to Richard Cameron-Wolfe's Sunday Morning web-radio show this week on

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 11:00am

Richard Cameron-Wolfe: in SiberiaRichard Cameron-Wolfe: in SiberiaComposer-Pianist, Richard Cameron-Wolfe is back home from trips abroad, and will be presenting his radio show “Sunday Morning [Un]Classics” on the web this week: Sunday, April 15, broadcasting from 9:00AM to 12:00 Mountain time (11:00AM to 2:00PM Eastern time), 16:00-19:00 in the UK. The program offers a “gourmet table” of familiar and unfamiliar music – with a special emphasis on works composed in the past 100 years. The website is, where one clicks on the "Listen Live" button. Playlist for the April 15, 2012 program includes music by [hour 1] Bill Sherrill, Brahms, Britten, and Robert Gibson (Four Haiku); [hour 2] Beethoven, Eun Young Lee, and Henri Dutilleux; [hour 3] Stravinsky, Eric Richards, Lou Harrison, and the Zhitomir Accordion Trio.

A CHILD'S GARDEN OF MUSIC for piano, by Elizabeth Austin, April 14 at the Back Cove Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 1:30pm

Elizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. AustinA Child’s Garden of Music, a collection of vignettes for solo piano, by Elizabeth R. Austin, will be performed this Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m at The Portland (Maine) Conservatory of Music. For and about children, individual pieces from this collection will be performed by Students of the Conservatory. This concert will be part of the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival.

Featured composers include Beth Wiemann from the University of Maine at Orono; Joshua DeScherer, Mark Tipton, Gia Comoli and Richard Nelson of UMA; and USM composers Paul Thomas and Josh Newton. Other highlights of the fourth annual Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music at the Portland Conservatory of Music, will be duets and arias from Daniel Sonenberg's opera, "The Summer King," based on the life of famous Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson.

Sunday, June 3rd American Society for Jewish Music concert, 3pm

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 3:00pm

Jody RockmakerJody RockmakerMark ZuckermanMark ZuckermanOn Sunday, June 3rd, at the beautiful Center for Jewish History at 15 W. 16th Street in New York City (the historical townhouse building that was once the home of the Helen Keller Institute), the American Society for Jewish Music will present its annual concert of music by contemporary American Jewish composers:  MUSIC IN OUR TIME 2012. This year's program features performing artists from the Mannes School of Music, and will include music by Mark Zuckerman, Jody Rockmaker, Ben Yarmolinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and also a piece by Hugo Weisgall, in honor of the composer's centenary year. Ticket sales by phone: 212-868-4444 OR ONLINE HERE.

John Eaton's Dirge Without Music, featuring Jennifer Roderer, mezzo-soprano, April 15th at St. Mark's

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 3:30pm

A Concert of New Music is planned for Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, at 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue), in New York City.  Perfomers will include Jennifer Roderer, mezzo-soprano, and pianists Craig Ketter, Blair McMillen, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, and Christopher Oldfather.  Works to be performed:

John Eaton - Dirge without Music
Carl Kantor - Etude Transformations based on Etudes of Henri Bertini
Eugene Marlow - Three Excerpts from "Les sentiments d'amour"
Scott Miller - Pause=Pause
David Picton - Seascape for Piano
Dana Dimitri Richardson - Seasons for Solo Piano

Suggested donation:  $20, Students Free.

LIVING COMPOSERS BENEFIT CONCERT - by the Leschetizky Association - April 21 at Tenri

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 7:30pm


April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Composers included this year: Charles Wuorinen, Alison Nowak, Amanda Harberg,
Charles Neidich, Mara Waldman, Eric Ewazen

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street
New York City

Elliott Schwartz and Friends - April concerts upcoming

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:00pm

Elliott SchwartzElliott SchwartzBeth WiemannBeth WiemannElizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. Austin


This week on April 5th, the weekly Noonday Concert at the First Parish Church in Portland, Maine, will feature two pieces by Elliott Schwartz. The very recent trumpet-percussion duet, ANAGRAMS, will be performed by Abriel Ferreira and Peter McLaughlin (both former Bowdoin students); and the composer will accompany Maria Wagner in the clarinet-piano piece READING SESSION. Both of these pieces ask the performer to speak (!) as well as play, and to carry that "speaking theme" forward Elliott will also perform Tom Johnson's classic LECTURE WITH REPETITION.  The concert is entitled "Elliott Schwartz and Friends," and will take place at the First Parish Church (425 Congress Street, Portland) at 12:15 pm.

Later this month, the Portland Conservatory will host its 4th annual Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music. There will be four concerts taking place on April 14th and 15th, including one by PCM student performers, in Memorial Hall at the conservatory (202 Woodford Street, in the Woodfords Church building). Maine composers will be represented, including Dan Sonenberg of USM (featuring selections from his new opera), Beth Wiemann from the University of Maine/Orono (featuring "Di Camera" for trumpet, cello and piano, commissioned by trumpet professor Jack Burt, who will be performing at this festival), Joshua DeScherer, Gia Comoli, Richard Nelson of UMA, and more. Connecticut composer Elizabeth Austin and Amherst College composer-pianist Eric Sawyer will also be participating.

New Music from Matthew Greenbaum, Chester Biscardi, David Rakowski, and more, April 3rd

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 8:00pm

Re'ut Ben Ze'ev: mezzo-sopranoRe'ut Ben Ze'ev: mezzo-sopranoAMPHIBIAN   NEW MUSIC AND VIDEO AT THE HIART GALLERY  227 West 29th Street New York, NY

APRIL 3 2012 8PM  THE CYGNUS ENSEMBLE  with Re'ut Ben Ze'ev, mezzo soprano

Shoko Suzuki, Sho gyo mu jo for theorbo & baritone
David Claman, gone for foreign, for tutti Cygnus
Chester Biscardi, Resisting Stillness, for two guitars
Milton Babbitt, Soli e Duettini, for two guitars

David Rakowski, Zyg Zag, for tutti Cygnus
Matthew Greenbaum,
   Venerable Canons, for flute & violin
and   “Mittags,” from Rope and Chasm, for mezzo-soprano, electronic sound and video

Composers in Exile concert - two dates in Philadelphia - April 10th, and 14th

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

Music in Exile concert curators: Marshall Taylor, Dr. Marion Kant, and Dr. Samuel HsuMusic in Exile concert curators: Marshall Taylor, Dr. Marion Kant, and Dr. Samuel Hsu TWO VENUES, TWO DATES Philadelphia Biblical University, BL 210 Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:00 PM, and Temple University, Rock Hall, Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:30 PM. Concert repertoire tbd:

ORNSTEIN Ballade (1955?)
MAMLOK Rückblick (in Retrospect): 'Kristallnacht', 9 November 1938 (2002)
SCHOENBERG Untitled fugue fragment: November 10, 1938 ("Kristallnacht Fugue")
FOSS Duo for Alto Saxophone and Piano (2001)
PLESKOW Zwei Albumblätter für Marshall (2008)
PLESKOW Maestro Hsu, His Pavane (2006)
PLESKOW Maestro Hsu, His Fantasy (2010)
PLESKOW Maestro Hsu, His Elegy (2011)
GAL Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 102b (1949)

Performers: Marshall Taylor, saxophone; Ephraim Schäfli, piano; Marion Kant, narration. Both concerts are free to the public. Concerts dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Samuel Hsu (1947-2011).

Note from the curators:  In 2000, when Dr. Marion Kant was a visiting fellow and Dr. Samuel Hsu a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the three of us presented under the aegis of the Center what became for us the first in a series of concerts of music for saxophone and piano by exiled composers (music the Nazis termed "entartete" or "degenerate").

These ongoing presentations, given in universities, churches and synagogues, at Symphony Space in NYC and Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg,

Birthday greetings for March 23rd: Joel Gressel and Dane Rudhyar

Friday, March 23, 2012

Joel Gressel: portrait by Katherine GresselJoel Gressel: portrait by Katherine GresselComputer music composer, Joel Gressel (b. Cleveland, 1943) received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. He studied composition with Martin Boykan and Milton Babbitt, and computer music with Godfrey Winham and J.K. Randall. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State CAPS program. His computer music has been recorded on the Odyssey and CRI labels.


His CD "Points in Time" is available on The composer notes "I have been drawn towards what seems to me to be idiomatic to the computer—a rhythmic language which only the computer can perform, and structured sounds that I have never imagined before." Listening excerpts here. 


Gressel's masterful electroacoustic work An Orderly Transition (1985, revised 2007) for Soprano and computer-generated sounds, with a text by Rachel Hadas, was performed at the ACA Festival 2008 by soprano Linda Larson, and explores further the composer's adherence to a rigorous system of sound synthesis and pitch organization, together with dramatic, but also intimate arioso vocal lines.


Dane Rudhyar, ca. 1916Dane Rudhyar, ca. 1916Dane Rudhyar (born Daniel Chennevière in 1895) was an author, modernist composer and humanistic astrologer. He was the pioneer of modern transpersonal astrology. His celebrated String Quartets - Advent and Crisis and Overcoming (also called Two String Quartets) were completed in 1976 and 1978 and recorded by the Kronos Quartet. New engraved editions of the quartets are available from ACA. 

In 1913, the young Rudhyar witnessed the premiere performance of Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps. In 1914 he composed the piano work, Tango d'Antan, one of ACA's most often-requested scores. Rudhyar's Surge of Fire for small orchestra with three pianos, was performed in Los Angeles at the first concert of the New Music Society, October 1925, and later on in New York. Another performance took place at the California Institute of the Arts in May 1971, James Tenney conductor. Rudhyar became an American citizen in 1926, and collaborated with some of the most important and influential female dancers of the 20th Century. He passed away in 1985 in San Francisco. For further reading on this extraordinary life, see the biography on

Rudhyar's philosophy in identifying oneself with "the small, inconspicuous seeds that hold the promise of new life" is examined in Leyla Raël's The Essential Rudhyar.

2012 Aaron Copland House composer residencies

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

Receipt deadline: June 1, 2012

Copland House announces its 2012 Aaron Copland Awards composer residencies. Typically, six to nine emerging or mid-career composers (American citizens or permanent residents) are selected to live and work, one at a time, for approximately three to eight weeks at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York’s lower Hudson River Valley, one hour north of New York City.  

Accommodations, meals, housekeeping, and local transportation are provided by Copland House.  Composers writing in any genre and small collaborative teams are welcome to apply.  Residencies will be scheduled between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013. 

Copland Awards residents also become eligible for the Sylvia Goldstein Award, Borromeo String Quartet Award, Hoff-Barthelson School/Copland House commission, and other prospective honors, performances, and opportunities.  Composers must submit a Copland Awards residency application form (downloadable), three representative works and recordings, resume, and brief description of the project(s) planned. 

Music of H. Leslie Adams in masterclass symposium, directed by Louise Toppin

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 10:00am

H. Leslie Adams: composer, pianistH. Leslie Adams: composer, pianistThe Music of H. Leslie Adams is featured during the Videmus Music Festival ("Reflecting on the Past ., ., ., Reaching Toward the Future") held at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Thomas Otten, pianist, performs Adams' E Major, F Minor, and G Sharp Minor Etudes for Piano on 3/23 at 8 pm.  Sarah Pederson, pianist, performs the F Minor Etude in Karen Walwyn's Masterclass on 3/24 at 10 am.  William Chapman Nyaho, pianist, performs Etude in C Sharp Minor during the festival.

The musical works of women, African-American and other under-represented composers will be highlighted March 21-25 at the Videmus festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Videmus @ 25: Reflecting on the Past … Reaching Toward the Future” features concerts, lectures, panel discussions and master classes by artists including composer and Tufts University professor emeritus T.J. Anderson, Grammy Award-winning musician Herbie Hancock, opera stars Leona Mitchell, George Shirley and Marquita Lister, and Judith Ann Still, daughter of composer William Grant Still.

RESOUND! by Thomas L. Read, opens the gala spring concert for the Burlington Choral Society

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 7:30pm

Thomas L. ReadThomas L. ReadThomas L. Read will conduct a performance of his orchestral concert overture, RESOUND!, which will open the gala spring concert of the Burlington Choral Society on April 21. RESOUND ! Was commissioned by First Night Burlington in celebration of its 20th anniversary and in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Vermont Youth Orchestra. It was first performed by that orchestra under Troy Peters on “first night,” December 31, 2002.

Read is having a busy season with concerts as violin soloist and with performances of his own music, beginning with a 10th Anniversary concert of September 11 that featured his moving A Watch in the Night. Internationally known guitarist, Aaron Larget-Caplan performed The Moon through the Window in September in Vermont and in December in Cambridge, MA. This piece was commissioned as part of Larget-Caplan’s New Lullaby Project. Burlington Vermont’s own choral group, Social Band, toured with three of Read’s works: No Vermonters in Heaven (the premiere) as well as Changes and Serenade. David Pihl included Piano Sonata No.1 in the American Music Concert Series at Lawrence Academy in January of this year. The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble (VCME) gave a premiere of Meridian (septet) on their February series. On Friday, March 23, 2012, VCME will present Read's Chamber Concerto as part of their Spring concert season, at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier.

NEC presents Burr Van Nostrand concert retrospective April 22 in Boston at 4:00PM

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

Burr in Montreal, 1970sBurr in Montreal, 1970s"We had never heard anyone like him before, and we haven't since." - Malcolm Peyton (2011)

Current New England Conservatory student Jason Belcher rediscovered the music  of Burr Van Nostrand (b.1945), a composer of adventurous music and visually striking scores, who was thought by many to have “disappeared.” Belcher currently leads the Burr Van Nostrand Project, which begins with a concert to re-introduce his work to a new generation of musicians.

Burr Van Nostrand’s scores combine highly graphic visual elements with conventional notation, and his music emphasizes extreme sonic contrasts, often using amplification. His technique shows near-predictions of what would emerge in the later 70's, and 80's from composers in and outside of the academic world. His work has not been heard publicly since the 1980's.

The concert will take place Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 4:00 PM in Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory; 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Performers for whom these works were written have come out to work with the students to help re-create the original ambience. The composer gives particular credit to performers Robert Stallman (flute), Paul Severtson (violin), and Herman Weiss, (pianist/ composer), whose premiere performances/recordings of Phaedra Antomines and Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival were original and groundbreaking in their time. A new recording release of these early recordings, with other archival material tbd is planned by New World Records for 2013.  The April 22 NEC concert Repertoire program:

Phaedra Antomines (1969)
Tara Mueller, Violin

Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival 
Lisa Husseini - Alto Flute
Jason Coleman - Cello
Alex Zhu - Piano

TUBA-TUBA  (1973)
Beth McDonald - Tubas

Voyage in a White Building I  (1969)
Chamber ensemble piece, with Hart Crane poetry, with Lautaro Mantilla, Narrator

Tuba Tuba: detail excerptTuba Tuba: detail excerpt

"Copyrights and Wrongs" from CMA Matters, discusses issues of copyright for recordings and music scores, Spring 2012

Our friends at Chamber Music America have published a new article in the Spring 2012 edition of CMA Matters by Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. regarding copyright issues for composers and performers.

“Putting material online in easily downloaded form is like parking your car on the street with the engine running and the keys in the ignition.” 

Each issue of CMA's quarterly professional development bulletin focuses on a single topic to help composers and performers manage the business side of a life in music.

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