May
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

California Symphony Season Finale

Something Old, Something New

May 6, 2018 | 4:00PM
Donato Cabrera, music director

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT

  • Brahms waited 22 years after his first piano concerto to write his second, with himself as the original soloist. Haochen Zhang (pictured) returns to perform it here.
  • Unlike other symphonies, Finnish composer Sibelius' Symphony No. 3 has only three movements, compared to the usual four, and the whole work sounds more classical (think light like Mozart) rather than romantic (big and heavy like, well, Brahms...).
  • This program includes a world premiere by our newest composer-in-residence, Katherine Balch, the first female to win this competitive residency with the California Symphony. 

http://www.californiasymphony.org/seasonfinale

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Sep
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Departure Duo: skewed acuity: words of warped reality

Cambridge, September 19, 2017

skewed acuity: words of warped reality

We're thrilled to play our home base in one of our favorite spaces. Our program features pieces whose texts play on the idea of perception (that's the theme!). From the pithy musings of 18th century eccentrics (yes, a pair of them!) to Jose Angel Valente's, all words highlight differences in what reality is and can be. We find ourselves less interested in the subject matter and more fascinated by what it reveals about the author. Nina and Eddie will each play a solo piece on this program.

rogram to include:

"Phrases" by Katherine Balch

"Plain truths from Timothy Dexter" by John Liberatore

"Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs" by György Kurtág

 

8pm

The Lilypad

1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge

$15/door

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Sep
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Suntory Hall Foundation for Arts Summer Festival// Georg Haas Portrait Concert

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra premiers of Leaf fabric orchestra, alongside works by Georg Haas and Fredrich Cerha

Program:

Friedrich Cerha (1926- ): Nacht (2012-13)

Georg Friedrich Haas (1953- )
: New Work* (2016-17)Commissioned by Suntory Hall
: Traum in des Sommers Nacht (2009)

Katherine Balch (1991- ): Leaf Fabric (2017)

more info here.

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Jul
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Departure accessorizes

Boston-based soprano and double bass duo, Departure, returns to Art Share L.A. to present a program featuring soprano, double bass, and accessories! The concert features pieces that expand the range of the soprano/double bass combo using toy piano, musical saw, jingle bells, iPhone, and more. The program features composers such as Katherine Balch, Beat Furrer, Talia Amar, and Stephen Dembski.

Departure is a Boston-based soprano and double bass duo comprised of Nina Guo and Edward Kass. Committed to expanding the repertoire for the “high-low” partnership, Departure commissions and performs new works. Nina and Eddie are particularly interested in how extended technique and theatricality can expand the range of expression and engage audiences. Departure firmly believes that new music can and should be accessible to all, and by encouraging dialogue with audiences, new music will not be viewed as a niche genre.

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Jul
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Departure accessorizes

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
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Boston-based soprano and double bass duo, Departure, returns to CNM to present a program featuring soprano, double bass, and accessories! The concert features pieces that expand the range of the soprano/double bass combo using toy piano, musical saw, jingle bells, iPhone, and more. The program features composers such as Katherine Balch, Beat Furrer, Talia Amar, and Stephen Dembski.

Departure is a Boston-based soprano and double bass duo comprised of Nina Guo and Edward Kass. Committed to expanding the repertoire for the “high-low” partnership, Departure commissions and performs new works. Nina and Eddie are particularly interested in how extended technique and theatricality can expand the range of expression and engage audiences. Departure firmly believes that new music can and should be accessible to all, and by encouraging dialogue with audiences, new music will not be viewed as a niche genre.

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Apr
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

High / low / hit @ Spectrum NYC

~ permutations for soprano, double bass, and percussion ~

program:

"Palimpsestus" by Joan Arnau Pàmies (s, db, pc)
"Seventh for Two" by Jesse Diener-Bennett (s, pc)
"Ciel étoilé" by Kaija Saariaho (db, pc)
"Cants Libro II" by Agustí Charles (s, db)
"Phrases" by Katherine Balch (s, db)
"Pastor Hicks' Farewell" and "In Old Virginny" by Shawn Jaeger (s, db)
"Imagination" by François Sarhan (s, pc)

Nina Guo, soprano
Edward Kass, double bass
Mike Jones, percussion

8pm
$10/door

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Apr
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Contemporaneous @ Murray's, Tivoli, NY

April 11, 2017. 8:00 PM. Roulette. 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 

April 15, 2017: 8:00 PM. Murray's Tivoli. 73 Broadway, Tivoli, NY.

Contemporaneous presents Transcendental Geometry, a performance project that will explore new music written with non-traditional tunings from around the world.

Most of the music we hear in the United States is created in “equal-temperament,” the system of tuning used by the modern piano. But much of the music of the broader world uses entirely different pitches. Contemporaneous’s commitment to alternate tunings is particularly rare for a large ensemble. Not often do audiences have the opportunity to hear radically new, precise, and beautiful harmonies created by so many musicians.

By commissioning and performing new works using non-Western tunings, Contemporaneous seeks to expand our vision for what music can be, down to the very notes themselves.

Contemporaneous has commissioned three composers for this project, each approaching tuning from a different vantage point:

  • Kyle Gann, whose writings on American microtonality are the seminal works in the genre.
  • Shawn Jaeger, whose music intricately explores the beautiful precisions and imprecisions in rhythm and tuning in Appalachian hymnody.
  • Kristofer Svensson, whose music draws on both the tuning traditions of his native Sweden as well as his own stunning and whimsical invention.

The evening will also feature the world premiere of the revised version of Katherine Balch’s New Geometry — a transcendent work which passes from microtonal intricacy to vast splendor.

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Apr
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Contemporaneous @ Roulette, NYC

April 11, 2017. 8:00 PM. Roulette. 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 

April 15, 2017: 8:00 PM. Murray's Tivoli. 73 Broadway, Tivoli, NY.

Contemporaneous presents Transcendental Geometry, a performance project that will explore new music written with non-traditional tunings from around the world.

Most of the music we hear in the United States is created in “equal-temperament,” the system of tuning used by the modern piano. But much of the music of the broader world uses entirely different pitches. Contemporaneous’s commitment to alternate tunings is particularly rare for a large ensemble. Not often do audiences have the opportunity to hear radically new, precise, and beautiful harmonies created by so many musicians.

By commissioning and performing new works using non-Western tunings, Contemporaneous seeks to expand our vision for what music can be, down to the very notes themselves.

Contemporaneous has commissioned three composers for this project, each approaching tuning from a different vantage point:

  • Kyle Gann, whose writings on American microtonality are the seminal works in the genre.
  • Shawn Jaeger, whose music intricately explores the beautiful precisions and imprecisions in rhythm and tuning in Appalachian hymnody.
  • Kristofer Svensson, whose music draws on both the tuning traditions of his native Sweden as well as his own stunning and whimsical invention.

The evening will also feature the world premiere of the revised version of Katherine Balch’s New Geometry — a transcendent work which passes from microtonal intricacy to vast splendor.

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Apr
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

High / low / hit @ Outpost86, Cambridge MA

~ permutations for soprano, double bass, and percussion ~

program:

"Palimpsestus" by Joan Arnau Pàmies (s, db, pc)
"Seventh for Two" by Jesse Diener-Bennett (s, pc)
"Ciel étoilé" by Kaija Saariaho (db, pc)
"Cants Libro II" by Agustí Charles (s, db)
"Phrases" by Katherine Balch (s, db)
"Pastor Hicks' Farewell" and "In Old Virginny" by Shawn Jaeger (s, db)
"Imagination" by François Sarhan (s, pc)

Nina Guo, soprano
Edward Kass, double bass
Mike Jones, percussion

8pm
$10/door

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Feb
3
10:00pm10:00pm

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, provides the opportunity for emerging symphonic composers from across the nation to participate in an intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra.

The 14th annual Composer Institute will be held from January 30 to February 3, 2017, culminating in a public Future Classics concert on February 3, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä

http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/learn/lifelong-learning/composer-institute

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Jul
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

ICE @ Walden

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) plays a concert of new works as visiting ensemble of the Walden School in Dublin New Hampshire, including the premier of 'Uni|sono' for saxophone, violin, harp, and piano. 

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May
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

ZOFO duo @ NYC's The Kitchen

Grammy-nominated Steinway Artist Ensemble ZOFO performs duet works from their critically-acclaimed album, ZOFO plays Terry Riley, including pieces written by the Terry Riley for four-hands piano: “Etude from the Old Country,” “Waltz for Charismas,” “Cinco de Mayo,” and “Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight.” The duo will also present world premieres of self-commissioned works by rising star composers Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask. Organized as part of “From Minimalism into Algorithm” by Tim Griffin and Katy Dammers.

May 10, 8pm
Tickets $15

http://www.thekitchen.org/event/zofo-plays-terry-riley-more

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Apr
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Zach Sheets and Wei-Han Wu Concert Tour// Boston

Eastman-based Flutist/ composer Zach Sheets and pianist Wei-Han Wu present a recital of contemporary works for flute and piano @ the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA

https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/new-works-for-flute-and-piano-collaboration-commission-and-concert-tour-3/

Featuring newly commissioned works by: Katherine Balch, Ashkan Behzadi, Gabriel Bolaños, and David Clay Mettens coupled with music from the local area and standard repertory.

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