Lunatics at Large present music of Kaija Saariaho this Thursday at WMP concert hall in NYC

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 7:30pm

Lunatics at Large, ACA Festival 2011: Andrea Lee, Ryan Walsh, Ben RingerLunatics at Large, ACA Festival 2011: Andrea Lee, Ryan Walsh, Ben RingerCarnegie Hall composer in residence, Kaija Saariaho, will be the focus of Lunatics at Large's concert this Thursday at 7:30pm at WMP Concert Hall. Saariaho, a fascinating Finnish composer, has closely worked with the musicians these past few days on a program featuring three of her works and pieces of other composers who had a strong influence on her: Janacek, Debussy and Luigi Dallapiccola.

Thursday, March 1st at 7:30pm

Lunatics at Large series - Concert 3

WMP Concert Hall
31 East 28th Street between Madison & Park Ave



Louis Karchin: Winner of the 2012 Andrew Imbrie AwardLouis Karchin: Winner of the 2012 Andrew Imbrie AwardSeventeen Composers Receive Awards Totaling $180,000

New York, February 28, 2012—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the seventeen recipients of this year's awards in music, which total $180,000. 

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members:  Ezra Laderman (chairman), David Del Tredici, John Harbison, Fred Lerdahl, Tania Leon, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, and Steven Stucky.   The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual Ceremonial in May.  Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

ARTS AND LETTERS Awards in Music

Four composers will each receive a $7500 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.  Each will receive an additional $7500 toward the recording of one work.  The winners are Paul Moravec, Frank Ticheli, Dan Welcher, and John Zorn.

Walter Hinrichsen Award

Reena Esmail will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer.  This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984.

Andrew Imbrie Award

Louis Karchin will receive the Andrew Imbrie Award in Music.  This award, being inaugurated this year, is given to a composer of demonstrated artistic merit, and is made possible through a gift from Andrew and Barbara Imbrie.

Goddard Lieberson Fellowships

Two Goddard Lieberson fellowships, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.  This year they will go to Edmund Campion and Huck Hodge.

Charles Ives Fellowships

Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives' music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in composition since 1970.  Two Charles Ives Fellowships, will be awarded to Haralabos Stafylakis and Xi Wang.

ACA composers Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Christopher Shultis in concert symposium honoring New Mexico's Statehood centennial

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012 New Mexico Symposium: poster artwork by Martin Facey2012 New Mexico Symposium: poster artwork by Martin FaceyHonoring the Centennial of New Mexico’s Statehood, the 2012 John Donald Robb Composers Symposium (March 22-31) - in conjunction with UNM-Albuquerque - will focus on American composers associated with the State. Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s 1981 work Reconciliation (for wind and string quintets), commissioned by and premiered at the New Mexico Music Festival, will be performed on the 2:00PM concert, Tuesday March 27, in UNM’s Keller Hall. Artistic Director of the Symposium (since 2001) is ACA composer Christopher Shultis, whose work CIRCLINGS will be performed in a version for string quartet, by the Del Sol Quartet.

The works of more than 40 contemporary composers with ties to New Mexico will be featured from Thursday March 22 through Saturday March 31st at the 41st annual

"blur" - by LansingMcLoskey; for clarinet, basset horn, video

Excerpt from blur - by Lansing McLoskey; performance 2011 by Michael Shane, clarinet; Lisa Preimesberger, Basset horn; video by Rita Blitt


Sunday morning [Un]Classics with Richard Cameron-Wolfe on radio Feb. 26th

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:00am

Richard Cameron-Wolfe invites you to listen to his three-hour radio show "Sunday Morning [Un]Classics" this Sunday (February 26) on the Web, broadcasting from 8:00AM to 11:00 Pacific time (11:00AM to 2:00PM Eastern time), 16:00-19:00 in the UK.

The program, hosted by Cameron-Wolfe approximately once a month, focuses on "music by unfamiliar composers, unfamiliar music by well-known composers, and quite a bit of music written in the past 100 years" - especially music by American composers. The website is , where one clicks on the "Listen Live" button.

Playlist for the February 26 program includes music by [hour 1] Diane Thome and Johannes Brahms (2nd PF Concerto w/Gilels); [hour2] Amadeu Vives, Justin Rubin, Charles Griffes, Domenico Scarlatti, and Brian Eno; [hour 3] Arnold Schoenberg, Hubert S. Howe, Jr., Leonid Bobylev, and Modest Mussorgsky.

***Future confirmed dates: April 15, May 27, June 17, July 15, August 26.

Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon in Italy on February 25 and 26, and Los Angeles on February 26th

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 6:30pm

Lawrence DillonLawrence DillonThe European Premiere performances of Lawrence Dillon's Terranean Meditation will be given in Italy by the Quartetto Sassofoni di Accademia on Saturday, February 25 - 6:30 PM at Teatro Savoia in Campobasso and on Sunday, February 26 in Sulmona.

The February 25 and 26 programs will also include music by Jean-Baptiste Singelee, Luca Salvadori, Jean Francaix, Aldemaro Romero and George Gershwin.

The composer calls Terranean Meditation "a meditation on the nature of the earth -- impervious, sensitive, perpetual, fragile," and writes about working with the ensemble, "This group is to Italian sax quartets what Prism is to American sax quartets. The same four guys have been together for 26 years; watching them rehearse is a real joy."

Also on February 26 at 3:00 PM, Dillon's Multiplicity will be performed by renowned violinist Danielle Belen and five of her students at Zipper Hall of The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California. This is part of Ms. Belen's Faculty Recital.

The APNM Troupe for Contemporary Music Feb. 25th at Tenri

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 8:00pm

The Association for the Promotion of New Music presents music of Eleanor Cory: String Quartet No. 3; Joseph Hudson: A Starry Night for Piano and Electronics; Roberto Pace: Turn of Events for Piano Quartet; David Schober: Shorelong voiceless for Flute, Oboe, and Piano; With Joanna Chao, piano; Elizabeth Derham, violin; Fiona Kelly, flute; Taka Kigawa, piano; Yoshihiko Nakano, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello; Arthur Sato, oboe; Emily Smith, violin.

Tenri Cultural Institute 43A West 13th St, New York, NY 10011 (212) 645-2800 Saturday, February25, 2012 at 8 PM $20 ($5 students) Reception following the concert.

NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE, INC. presents Chamber Music of Elizabeth Bell, Max Lifchitz, and others March 11

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 3:00pm

Max LifchitzMax LifchitzNORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE, INC. celebrating its 32nd Season, presents EAST COAST - WEST COAST, Chamber Music by Composers from New York and California. Program listing:

ELIZABETH BELL Piano Sonata No. 2
N. LINCOLN HANKS Three Movements
MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 2

With Claudia Schaer, violin Richard Goldsmith, clarinet; Bruce Wang, cello; and Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, March 11 at 3 PM
Christ & St. Stephen's Church
120 West 69th Street, NYC
(between Broadway & Columbus)
Free Admission

Tom Flaherty's "Water Ruminations" performed at Pomona College, Feb. 18th

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:00pm

The Millennium Consort Singers, Martin Neary, conductor and Pomona College Choir, Donna M. Di Grazia, conductor join to premiere Tom Flaherty’s "Water Ruminations" at Bridges Hall of Music. The program also features music by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Morley, Stanford, Tippett and others performed by the Millennium Consort Singers. For more info, click here.

The acclaimed Millennium Consort Singers under the direction of Grammy Award nominee Martin Neary, former organist and master of choristers at Westminster Abbey, returns to Pomona College to join the Pomona College Choir on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m., in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). The water-themed concert is free and open to the public.

Happy Birthday Matthew Greenbaum, Feb. 12th! upcoming performances Feb. 20, March 20th, April 3rd, and 25th

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

Stephanie Griffin, violaStephanie Griffin, violaStephanie Griffin, Viola
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7:00PM
Americas Society

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Praised by The New York Times for her "fiery, full-throttle performance" and "virtuoso flair," Canadian violist Stephanie Griffin performs contemporary works at the Americas Society on March 20th.


Tim Brady: *Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain*, for viola and piano (1994)
Matthew Greenbaum
:* Double Song* (in memoriam Milton Babbitt), for solo viola (2011)

Milton Babbitt: Composition for Viola and Piano (1950)
Darius Milhaud: *Quatre Visages*, for viola and piano (1943)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 (1975)*

FREE for AS Friends Association Members; $20.00 for non-members.

Greenbaum's robust series at the Hiart Gallery continues on Feb. 20th, and later in the spring, on April 3 and 25th.

AMPHIBIAN SERIES, at THE HIART GALLERY, 227 W29th Street, New York City.

April 3 8 PM    CYGNUS

David Rakowski:         ZYG ZAG
Stephen Jaffe:        DESIGNS II

The Society for American Music Conference, March 14-18th in Charlotte

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The 38th Annual Conference of the Society for American Music program is available online.

The Program Committee has planned a fascinating series of sessions, poster papers, seminars, and lecture-recitals.

In keeping with its southern setting, there will be sessions on “Song in the Antebellum South,” “Sacred Tunebooks,” “The Steel Guitar,” “The Banjo,” and “Southern Rock and Soul.” Other papers will consider children, social dance, political theater, and Frank Zappa--as well as a typically rich and diverse array of sessions and poster papers on many other topics. On Thursday evening, March 15th, GospelShout! will perform at Davidson College.

The Cultural Diversity Committee has programmed a special roundtable discussion for Friday, March 16th - “The Black Composer Speaks: A Cross-Generational Discussion of the Advancement of the Afro-Classical Aesthetic,” with noted composers T.J. Anderson, Adolphus Hailstork, and Anthony Kelley joining moderator Tammy Kernodle and followed by a lecture-recital of songs by Anderson and Hailstork.

Also on Friday, the Society will be inducting North Carolina native Doc Watson as its newest Honorary Member.

2012 League of Composers/ISCM Competition deadline May 1st

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Composition Competition

The League of Composers/ISCM US Section announces its annual composers' competition. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City. Up to five additional finalists may also be selected. The winning piece and all five finalists may be submitted to represent the US in the ISCM 2014 World Music Days Festival to be held in Poland, provided they fit into the Categories for Entries.

The 2012 League of Composers Competition is open to all composers with US citizenship or legal residence. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed under League/ISCM auspices.

Beth Wiemann, Matthew Greenbaum works performed - CYBERSOUNDS at the HiArt Gallery Feb. 20

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 8:00pm

Maurice Wright: Domestic TranquilityMaurice Wright: Domestic Tranquility

AMPHIBIAN is a performance series that combines new chamber music with video art. It's second season will include the Momenta Quartet, the Cygnus Ensemble, and Temple University's 'Cybersounds,' on Feb. 20th, which offers electro-acoustic and visual music under the direction of Maurice Wright. Events take place at the HiArt Gallery (227 West 29th Street, New York City).  With guest artists:  Aaron Stewart, saxophone; Beth Wiemann, clarinet; Anatole Wieck, viola. Program for Monday, Feb. 20th:

Orchestra for a New Century - premiere performance April 4th

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:00pm

I am very pleased to announce that tickets for the Wednesday, April 4th launch concert of my new group, ORCHESTRA FOR A NEW CENTURY, are now available for purchase online.  The premiere will take place at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Should you prefer to order your tickets by phone, please call 1-888-71-TICKETS.  We have succeeded in putting together an outstanding lineup of young and very talented musicians for the orchestra.  -Gary M. Schneider, Music Director
Tickets are $40/$30/$15 and the concert will feature works by Copland, Beethoven, and Daniel Schnyder.

40th anniversary of the premiere of TJ Anderson's "TREEMONISHA" - the opera by Scott Joplin

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:30pm

UTC Music Department Presents Treemonisha

The Chattanooga Choral Society in collaboration with the UTC Department of Music and UTC Theatre present TREEMONISHA, an opera by famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin, at Roland Hayes Concert Hall, in Chattanooga, TN. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the UTC Music Department in cooperation with the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song and UTC Theatre will present two evening performances of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha on Jan. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 seniors, and $14 for students. Tickets are on sale now at the UTC Box Office at 425-4269. Tickets available here. 


Treemonisha, composed by famous ragtime composer Scott Joplin, is a story of the triumph of education and enlightenment over superstition and ignorance among the African American population of the Texarkana region of Arkansas in the late 1800s. Perhaps even more interesting is the exploration of the theme of whether men would follow a woman as a political community leader during this era. Joplin sets these two themes against a musical backdrop of the romantic opera of the early 20th century.

The score is not ragtime, although it incorporates elements of ragtime among its musical ideas. There are black folk songs and dances, and even a kind of pre-blues music alongside spirituals and gospel elements in the score. This performance will feature the orchestration and arrangement by T. J. Anderson.




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