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A CONCERT OF NEW MUSIC
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S AINT P ETER ' S C HURCH C ITIGROUP C ENTER S TREET & L EXINGTON A VENUE N EW Y ORK C ITY A PRIL 22, 2014
NEW YORK COMPOSERS CIRCLE APRIL 22, 2014 8:00 PM
FEATURING BLEECKER STQ AND GUESTS Quintet for Piano and Strings* . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Kanter 1. Largo 2. Intermezzo - Andante 3. Finale - Allegro moderato
Machiko Ozawa, violin Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramírez, viola Jisoo Ok, cello Yvonne Troxler, piano
Continuous Strand of Twisted Threads for String Trio** . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emiko Hayashi Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramirez, viola Yvonne Troxler, piano
Crescit eundo (2012) . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Howard Katz Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramírez, viola Jisoo Ok, cello Yvonne Troxler, piano
INTERMISSION Variationen G-Dur, für Klavier, Violine, und Violoncello* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacob E. Goodman Lynn Bechtold, violin Jisoo Ok, cello Yvonne Troxler, piano
Undiminished, for string quintet* . . . . . . . Eugene Marlow Machiko Ozawa, violin Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramírez, viola Jisoo Ok, cello Troy Rinker, double bass
Gemstones* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Weber Machiko Ozawa, violin
Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramírez, viola Jisoo Ok, cello
The Rose Cycle* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard D. Russell 1. Nobody Knows this Little Rose 2. Amid the Roses 3. The Sick Rose 4. 'Tis the Last Rose of Summer
Sofia Dimitrova, soprano Machiko Ozawa, violin Lynn Bechtold, violin Edmundo Ramírez, viola Jisoo Ok, cello * World Premiere ** New York Premiere
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The NYCC thanks the staff and personnel of Saint Peter's Church for their assistance with this concert. The New York Composers Circle gratefully acknowledges support by a grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.
TEXTS The Rose Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard D. Russell A) NOBODY KNOWS THIS LITTLE ROSE by Emily Dickinson (1858) Nobody knows this little rose, it might a pilgrim be. Did I not take it from the ways and lift it up to thee. Only a bee will miss itâ€”only a butterfly hastening far from journey on its breast to lie. Only a bird will wonder--only a breeze will sigh, Ah, little rose how easy for such as thee to die. B) AMID THE ROSES by Alice Ruth Moore (excerpted) (1899) There is tropical warmth and languorous life where the roses lie, untouched as yet by the pruning knife. And the still, warm life of the roses fair that whisper, "come!" has a thorny whiff in the perfumed air. C) THE SICK ROSE by William Blake (1794) O Rose, thou art sick. The invisible worm that flies in the night, in the howling storm has found out thy bed of crimson joy. And his dark secret love does thy life destroy. D) 'TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER by Thomas Moore (1805) 'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone; all her lovely companions are faded and gone. No flow'r of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh to reflect back her blushes, or give sigh for sigh. I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem! Since the lovely are sleeping go sleep with them. Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead. When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown Oh, who would inhabit this bleak world alone?
COMPOSERS JACOB E. GOODMAN, founder of the New York Composers Circle in 2002, is Professor Emeritus of mathematics at City College (The City University of New York), the author of many books and research articles, and a founding editor of the journal Discrete & Computational Geometry. He has composed and improvised all his life, and has studied composition with, among others, Ezra Laderman and David Del Tredici. Recent compositions include a set of six intermezzi for piano, two song cycles, a set of variations for orchestra on a Beethoven theme, a quintet for flute, strings, and piano, a prelude for saxophone and piano, Oui, J'Aime Brahms for cello and piano, a set of nocturnes for violin and piano, a set of variations for flute, violin, cello, and piano, three bagatelles for piano, Andante for String Quartet, and the score for the documentary film Meet Me at the Canoe, produced for the American Museum of Natural History by his daughter Naomi Goodman. He writes,"My Variationen G-Dur für Klavier, Violine, und Violoncello (Variations in G for Piano, Violin, and Cello, in the style of Beethoven) is a revised version of an old piece of mine, which I had the pleasure of reading through with friends many years ago. I had forgotten about it until recently, and after making some revisions decided that it might be worth rehearing." EMIKO HAYASHI is a composer, arranger, and performer, currently living in New York. She was born and raised in Japan, and started classical piano studies at age three but later on moved into jazz and contemporary music. She has an undergraduate degree from Jochi University (Japan) in Far Eastern Philosophy and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Purchase Conservatory of Music (New York). Emiko has performed at various clubs in Tokyo, the Bay Area in California, and New York City. In 2005 she shifted to composing contemporary music. She states, “I use my compositions as a vehicle to explore music from a visual and a visceral perspective. My attempt is to paint sounds with my own version of color, texture and depth.” She writes, “I often think of my music in terms of color. Continuous Strand of Twisted Threads for String Trio is a piece I wrote inspired by a vision I had of colorful threads of color, floating in the air and eventually coming down and landing on the ground.” CARL KANTER majored in music at Harvard College, graduating in 1953. Thereafter, he attended Harvard Law School and practiced law for
about 40 years. After retiring, he has returned to composition and has written in a variety of genres, including string quartets, mixed instrumental combinations, several concertos, and numerous small works. This piece attempts to join some romantic gestures with contemporary harmonies, using only traditional playing techniques, thus looking both to the past and the future in a short period of fleeting time. Composer and pianist JONATHAN HOWARD KATZ is gaining increasing recognition for the unique immediacy and expressive depth of his music, which speaks to audiences and performers alike. Harnessing this intuitive grasp of communication, combined with a rigorous technical command, he is building a diverse, yet highly individual, body of work that continues to grow. Dr. Katz's music has been performed by the Cygnus Ensemble, Ensemble Pi, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, pianist Daria Rabotkina, violinists Ari Streisfeld and Caroline Chin, flutist Linda Wetherill, soprano Mary Mackenzie, and others. He has been commissioned by Concert Artists Guild and awarded the Robert Helps Prize and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Through Periapsis Music and Dance, a non-profit organization he co-founded with dancer/choreographer Leigh Schanfein, he has collaborated with numerous dance companies as composer and performer. In February 2014, he conducted the premiere of his sixth work for dance in the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space. Dr. Katz holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University. He studied composition with Jason Eckardt and Tania León, and his principal piano teachers were Ursula Oppens, Gabriel Chodos, and Edward Auer. For more information, please visit www.jonathanhowardkatz.com. Crescit eundo was a collaboration with choreographer Sarah Mettin and premiered on Periapsis Music and Dance's inaugural concert on February 17, 2013. This will be its first performance as a concert piece. EUGENE MARLOW is a composer/arranger, producer, presenter, performer, author, journalist, and educator who has written 200+ classical and jazz compositions for solo instruments, jazz and classical chamber groups, and jazz big band. Under his MEII Enterprises indie label, he has produced eight critically acclaimed CDs of original compositions and arrangements. Several of his jazz compositions and arrangements have appeared on Grammy-nominated albums produced by Latin-jazz great Bobby Sanabria. His classical CD Les Sentiments D’Amour (MEII Enterprises 2006) was lauded by 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning composer Paul Moravec: “With elegance, beauty, and consummate skill, composer
Eugene Marlow captures and projects a remarkably wide range of deeply felt sentiments.” His classical chamber compositions have been performed by: The Kandinsky String Quartet, the Corigliano String Quartet, the Circadia Woodwind Quintet, The Damoclese Trio, Alaria, The Sylvan Winds, 60x60 (electronic), and virtuoso solo pianists Nada Loutfi, Natalie Synhaivsky, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, and Shiau-uen Ding. He has studied classical composition with Paul Moravec (2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner), George Tsontakis (2005 Grawemeyer Award winner), and Maurice Peress (former Associate Conductor, New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein). Dr. Marlow is a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and a current member of the Jazz Journalists Association, the New York Composers Circle, Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum, and the National Music Publishers Association. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (NARAS). Undiminished is an exploration of diminished scales. This piece was originally written for string orchestra and has been adapted for a string quintet. A multi-year ASCAPlus winner, RICHARD D. RUSSELL’s music has been performed internationally and at prominent venues in New York. Highlights include a 9/11 memorial performance of Remembrances at Merkin Concert Hall and a performance of Design for Lightning by trombonist Haim Avitsur in Israel. As well, his music has been performed in Bulgaria and Japan. In New York, some venues have included Symphony Space Thalia, CAMI Hall, the Ethical Culture Society, and Mannes College of Music. In demand as a lecturer, Richard has presented talks on the interdisciplinary nature of creativity numerous times in venues such as Mannes College of Music and the New York Composers Circle. Recently Richard has composed the music for several children's musicals that have been produced in the tri-state area. Website: RDRussell.com. This is the premiere performance of The Rose Cycle, in four short movements. The movements suggest a story, with a rose as the central character—and metaphor. MATT WEBER, born in 1981 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, started composing in the year 2000 while a student at Simon’s Rock College of Bard with Professor Laurence Wallach. After transferring to Brown University, he became involved in the student-run Original Music Group there. He wrote many pieces for OMG’s concerts and eventually became president of that organization during the 2003-2004 academic year. Despite majoring in two fields unrelated to music, Matt took many music classes, including
courses in counterpoint, orchestration, and modern music history with composition professor Gerald Shapiro. When Matt graduated, he became the only non-music major ever to earn the Brown Music Department’s Ron Nelson Award for Excellence in Composition. Later, during the 2006-7 academic year, he studied composition with David Del Tredici at City College of New York. Then, Matt enrolled in a Master’s program in Composition at Hunter College, which he completed in the spring of 2010. His composition teachers there were Shafer Mahoney (classical) and Ryan Keberle (jazz). He writes, “Gemstones started out as an homage to the second movement of Ravel's String Quartet, with its energetic pizzicato patterns and complex supporting lines. As I worked on it, I decided to incorporate contrasting chorale sections in imitation of Chopin's piano études and varying time signatures.”
PERFORMERS BLEECKER StQ was founded in 2010 by four musicians who wanted to perform über-groovy music, no matter what the genre: Contemporary, World, Pop, Improvisational, and Classical. Their debut performance that year drew four-star critiques and offered them opportunities to perform more works of living composers. Their concerts have included performances with pianist Pablo Ziegler in New York City and California, and collaborations with composers/performers such as Octavio Brunetti, Steve Cohen, Dan Cooper, Hector del Curto, and Gene Pritsker, among others. Their repertoire includes works by classical masters like Haydn and Mozart to modern innovators such as Mauricio Kagel and Silvestre Revueltas. To date, they have performed at venues such as St. Peter’s Church in Citicorp Center, Columbia University, Symphony Space, Gallery MC, and the Robert Mondavi Center. Also committed to arts education, the group performs at public schools in New York City, bringing the joy of music to young people. The members of Bleecker StQ have diverse backgrounds, being involved in groups such as Absolute Ensemble, DJ Spooky’s ensemble, the East Village Opera Company band, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Eternal Tango Orchestra, and Zentripetal. Bleecker StQ are: Machiko Ozawa & Lynn Bechtold, violins; Edmundo Ramirez, viola; Jisoo Ok, cello. Violinist/composer LYNN BECHTOLD has appeared in recital throughout North America and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. As a member of groups including Zentripetal Duo, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble,
she has performed around the world, and been broadcast on various TV and radio programs including 30 Rock, The CBS Morning Show, and Good Day New York. For many years, she performed as a member of Grammynominated rock/opera band East Village Opera Company and with Connecticut’s Lumina String Quartet. Other performances have been with Absolute Ensemble, Catalyst Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Band, DJ Spooky, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor, 10 Hairy Legs, VisionIntoArt, and Pablo Ziegler. She has also played with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Escort, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, SMAP, and Donna Summer. An active performer, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joe’s Pub. Festival appearances include Kneisel Hall, both Spoletos, Pacific Music Festival, and the Scotia Festival. She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes-The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. Soprano SOFIA DIMITROVA has enjoyed an international career, having performed in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and her native Bulgaria. Recognized by audiences for her “theatrical flair and sparkling performance,” Ms. Dimitrova currently makes her home in New York. This season she is singing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni as well as Princess Fedora in The Circus Princess with Amore Opera and the title role in Anna Bolena. Past roles include Leonora in Il Trovatore, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. She has also sung Pasatieri's Lady Macbeth, for which she was praised for "evoking the steely strength of the murderous queen with her potent dramatic instrument." Other roles include Venus in Venus & Adonis by John Blow, the title role in Dido & Æneas; the characters of Sospecha and Calliope in a production of La Purpura ́ de la Rosa under the direction of Andrew Lawrence-King at the Amherst Early Music Festival; and the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, among others. Ms. Dimitrova was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall under the direction of Ton Koopman as part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop Series. She was also a participant in the 2010 Caramoor Bel Canto academy under the baton of Maestro Will Crutchfield. Her oratorio repertoire includes solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, Graun’s Der Tod Jesu, Saint-Saens’ ̈ Christmas Oratorio, and Brahms’s Requiem among others. She was also a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria in a concert performed in Siena, Italy. Ms. Dimitrova has performed commissioned works by Paul Moravec, David Tcimpidis, Richard Russell, Thomas Addison, Raphael Fusco, Evan Lewis, Marilyn Bliss and Kevin McCarter. She has sung with The New York Continuo Collective, ARTEK, and Musica Bella Orchestra, among others. She has performed at Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, Concerts At One, Midtown Music Series,
Stony Brook University, and on the New York Early Music series. As a performing member of the New York Composers Circle she has performed in NYU's Engleman Hall, Saint Peter’s Church (Midtown Arts Common), and in recorded readings produced by the organization, as well as at outreach concerts in New York City schools. Ms. Dimitrova holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Mannes College of Music and has studied with Lois Winter, Amy Burton, Martin Yazdzik, Kathy Olsen, Neal Goren, Diana Soviero, Jill Feldman, Glenn Morton, Kamal Kahn, and Joshua Greene. www.sofiadimitrova.com Cellist JISOO OK is a multi-faceted musician who has distinguished herself as an interpreter of classical, tango, jazz, and contemporary music. She has collaborated closely with distinguished musicians such as pianist Pablo Ziegler, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, and performed with renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, bass legend Ron Carter, gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, drummer Lenny White, tango singer Sandra Luna, and bandoneonist Victor Lavallén. Jisoo performed worldwide in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Birdland, La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest, Laguna Beach Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Miami International Piano Festival, Concerti di Mezzogiorno at Spoleto Festival "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Italy, Auckland and Wellington Town Halls in New Zealand, Copa Fest in Brazil, Houston International Festival, and SummerStage at Central Park, among many others. Jisoo Ok's recordings include two critically acclaimed albums, Eternal Tango and Eternal Piazzolla, which she co–produced with her husband, Hector Del Curto, and Rojo Tango with Erwin Schrott, released in 2011 on Sony Classical. She appears as a guest artist on Horizon: Piano and Chamber Works by Gareth Farr with pianist Henry Wong Doe on Trust Records, on Django Festival Allstars with Dorado Schmitt, and on Introducing Letizia Gambi, with Lenny White, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Gato Barbieri, Gil Goldstein, Hector Del Curto, and Patrice Rushen on Jando Music. Born in Seoul, Korea but raised in New Zealand, Jisoo began cello studies at age eleven to escape from studying violin. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Fred Sherry, and she received chamber music coaching from Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann. Violinist MACHIKO OZAWA, the former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in February 2002 as a winner of the Artists International Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, Pan American Symphony Orchestra, C.W. Post Chamber Orchestra, Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, American Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfonica
Sinaloa de Las Artes in Mexico. Her original concerto Syrenes, for violin, percussion, and orchestra, was commissioned and premiered by the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in 2004. She also performed Morton Gould’s Tap Concerto as a tap dancer soloist with this orchestra in 2007. She was a finalist in the New York International Tango Competition in 2004 as a member of M2duo (formerly M2O). She received an artistic grant sponsored by the Yamaha Foundation, and released her first album, Vertical Voyage, in Japan in 2007. Although trained classically in Juilliard School, Guildhall Music School, and Tokyo National School of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Gei Dai), she now extends her musical range to a variety of styles including jazz, tango, improvisation, world music, and dancing/acting. She was chosen as one of the main cast members in an award-winning musical, Amor Latino, at the Thalia Theatre in 2009 as a tapdancer/violinst. She created her own style of performance called tapdanceviolin. Recently she has extended her music world into Argentine Tango and has performed at major venues such as Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Winter Garden at Financial Center, Joe’s Pub, and Highline Ballroom, as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center Performing Arts, Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, and more. Violist EDMUNDO RAMIREZ performs in major concert halls and festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall, Bellas Artes in México, Konzerthaus in Vienna and Berlin, Carnegie Hall, and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a chamber musician and soloist he has collaborated with ensembles from around the world such as the Absolute Ensemble, the Ensemble Intercontemporaine, Fine Arts String Quartet, the Bremen Kammerphilarmonie, the Menninger Hofkapelle Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Dorian Baroque Orchestra, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and with orchestras in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Edmundo has worked in projects in diverse music styles with noted artists Pierre Boulez, Goran Bregovich, Hector del Curto, Kent Nagano, Mikhail Muntyan, Paquito de Rivera, Saleem Adbud-Askar, Pablo Ziegler, and Joe Zawinul, among others. Originally from Costa Rica, Edmundo started his music studies at the Municipal Music School in his home town, and later continued at the New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and the Academia Chigiana in Italy. His teachers include Yuri Bashmet, Heidi Castleman, Victoria Chiang, Walter Trampler, and Karen Tutle on the viola; Ida Haendel and Rafael Druian on the violin; Cynthia Roberts and Nancy Wilson on the Baroque violin, and Ustad Shajid Parvez-Khan on the sitar. He has recorded on Sony, Enya, and Arco. Bassist TROY RINKER’s musical journey began in the public schools of Jacksonville, Arkansas at the age of ten. At age fifteen he was playing professionally with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, their youngest full
member to be appointed to a position. Mr. Rinker’s musical education continued at Indiana University, the University of Central Arkansas, and The Juilliard School, where he was fortunate to study with the great bass luminaries Lawrence Hurst, James Hatch, and Homer Mensch. An enthusiast of modern music, Mr. Rinker has been a participant in many world premiere performances and recordings by composers such as John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Charles Wuorinen, David Brynjar Franzson, Frances White, Roscoe Mitchell, Richard Toensing, Peteris Vasks, Mark O'Connor, Brian Ferneyhough, and Peter Kotik, to name a few. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member, Mr. Rinker appears regularly on all of New York's concert stages, including Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, the 92nd Street Y, BAM, and Carnegie Hall. A member of several ensembles, Mr. Rinker performs regularly with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Stamford Symphony. In addition to Mr. Rinker’s busy performance schedule, he teaches double bass at The Third Street Music Settlement, the oldest public music program in the United States, and at the Noel Pointer Foundation. His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor. Mr. Rinker can be heard on the labels Sony Classical, Telarc, Naxos, and North/South, in addition to several studio recordings for television and film. His instrument is a fine example of the modern bass maker Chris Threlkeld-Wiegand, of Iowa. YVONNE TROXLER has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She is the director of the Glass Farm Ensemble, which she founded in 2000 (www.glassfarm.org). Troxler has premiered numerous works by established and emerging composers including Luigi Laveglia, Toshio Hosokawa, Elizabeth Hoffman, Peter Herbert, Wolfgang Heiniger, Rebecca Saunders, and Balz Trümpy. Her playing has won her critical acclaim. As the Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes, “…one could experience the fiery temperament of her interpretation… [Yvonne Troxler] plays with a soft touch, warm sonority and always delicate use of dynamic shading.” Troxler is also active as a composer whose original works have been performed in the United States and Europe. She wrote the original music for the films Off Hour by Daniel Frei and Life Without Compromise by Suzan Al-Doghachi. A particular passion of hers is the arranging of contemporary works (from Mahler to Ligeti). Troxler has received several awards including those from the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Pro Helvetia Council for the Arts, and the Society of Swiss Interpreters, as well as the Swiss Culture Prize for Music. She lives and works in New York City.
The NEW YORK COMPOSERS CIRCLE, now in its twelfth year, is a multifaceted artistic and educational organization of composers and performers, whose mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of contemporary music through concerts, salons, and other events in the New York metropolitan area. For its members, the NYCC offers a variety of opportunities for testing works in progress at monthly salons open to the public, performing completed works in concert, and fostering collaboration and development, both artistic and professional. For composers who are not members, the NYCC offers the opportunity of a public performance to winners of its annual composers’ competition. For the sophisticated concertgoing public, the NYCC offers at least four concerts a year of members’ works, curated by a jury of members headed by MacArthur Award-winning composer John Eaton. And for members of the public who have not yet been exposed to much contemporary music, the NYCC sponsors an outreach program, in which we send performers to various institutions including high schools and senior centers—at no charge to the institution—to perform musical works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Inspired by a workshop at the American Music Center, Jacob E. Goodman founded the New York Composers Circle in the spring of 2002 as an association of composers meeting regularly to play their music for one another. It soon became apparent that we had the artistry and commitment to present our music to a larger audience. In May, 2003, the NYCC produced its first public concert at Saint Peter’s Church, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici along with eleven of the NYCC's original members. This well-attended concert was favorably reviewed in the New Music Connoisseur. Under the continued leadership of Debra Kaye, John de Clef Piñeiro, Richard Brooks, and currently of Hubert Howe, the NYCC's membership has more than quintupled since its inception, and the number of its concerts has grown from one each season to its current calendar of five concert presentations during the 201314 season. The group continues to expand its programs. Informal readings of new pieces allow composers to "test fly" their works with some of New York's finest professional and advanced student musicians. Such events, along with our monthly music salons and collaborations with other groups and institutions, support the creation and presentation of new music through the various stages of its development. In the 2004-05 season, award-winning composer Ezra Laderman joined members of the NYCC in its spring concert. In addition to its own two concerts, in March 2006 the NYCC presented a joint concert with the performing ensemble ModernWorks; during the following season we collaborated with New York University in our first concert at NYU's Frederick Loewe Theatre; in March 2010 we collaborated with the Italian “No Borders” Quartet in presenting a program of works by American and Italian composers that was performed both here and in Italy; and in September 2012 we presented a concert under the auspices of the noted Bargemusic series “Here and Now.” In the summer of 2007 the NYCC held the first of its annual composers' competitions, open only to non-members. The winning work in the 2013 competition, Eric Segerstrom's Two Poems, for piano trio, and David Brooks's 'Metamorphosis' Variations, for prepared piano, the winner of the honorable
mention, will receive their premiere performances at our final concert of the season on June 7, 2014, at the Symphony Space Thalia. Five seasons ago the NYCC launched a new outreach initiativeâ€”the New York Composers Circle's Community Encores program. We send professional performers to institutions throughout New York City such as schools and senior centers, at no cost to the institution, with the aim of acquainting previously untapped audiences with concert music of the 20th and 21st centuries; each concert is emceed by a member of the NYCC, who introduces the performers and the music they play. The first concert in this series, featuring pianist/composer Nataliya Medvedovskaya with commentary by John de Clef PiĂąeiro, took place to great audience acclaim on February 24, 2009, at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale. To date, we have presented seventeen such outreach concerts, at public high schools (Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, and Hunter College H.S.) and at additional senior centers (Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at Saint Peter's Church and JASA); three more are scheduled for this year, including our first outreach concert at Lighthouse International. A recent Community Encores concert, at Stuyvesant High School, featuring soprano Sofia Dimitrova and pianist Catherine Miller, garnered a rapt audience of 350 students, whose probing questions were fielded by the performers and by composer Richard Russell, who acted as emcee. These free outreach concerts are presented under the sponsorship of NYCC contributors, and the list of schools and senior centers is expanding. See the next page for how you can become a sponsor of this important project, which is bringing new music to new audiences.
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New York Composers Circle Richard Brooks Jacob E. Goodman
Board of Directors John de Clef Piñeiro John Eaton David Katz Stephen Leibholz, Chair
Administration Hubert Howe, Executive Director Patricia Leonard, Deputy Executive Director David Katz, Treasurer David Picton, Secretary Jacob E. Goodman, Concert Director and Outreach Coordinator Max Giteck Duykers, Membership Coordinator Tamara Cashour, Publicity Coordinator Emiko Hayashi, Coordinator of Readings Richard Russell, Webmaster and Editor of In the Loop Elliott Carter (dec.)
Honorary Members John Eaton Ezra Laderman Tania León
Composer Members Roger Blanc Richard Brooks Madelyn Byrne Tamara Cashour Robert S. Cohen Jesse Diener-Bennett Max Giteck Duykers Brian Fennelly Susan Fischer Joseph Gianono Jacob E. Goodman Jennifer Griffith
Martin Halpern Emiko Hayashi Hubert Howe Memrie Innerarity Carl Kanter Jonathan Katz Debra Kaye Leo Kraft Orlando Legname Stephen Leibholz Patricia Leonard
Eugene Marlow Peri Mauer Eugene W. McBride Richard McCandless Kevin McCarter Nataliya Medvedovskaya Yekaterina Merkulyeva Scott Miller Dary John Mizelle Gayther Myers Nailah Nombeko
Joseph Pehrson David Picton John de Clef Piñeiro Frank Retzel Dana Richardson Richard Russell Inessa Segal Nina Siniakova Cesar Vuksic Matt Weber David Wolfson
Performer Members Demetra Adams, soprano Christina Ascher, contralto Haim Avitsur, trombone Mary Barto, flute Virgil Blackwell, bass clarinet Allen Blustine, clarinet Sofia Dimitrova, soprano Stanichka Dimitrova, violin Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano
Marcia Eckert, piano Oren Fader, guitar Leonard Hindell, bassoon Jill Jaffe, viola Craig Ketter, piano Michael Laderman, flute Maxine Neuman, cello Margaret O'Connell, mezzo Javier Oviedo, saxophone
Noah Palmer, piano Lisa Pike, horn Anthony Pulgram, tenor Ricardo Rivera, baritone Stephen Solook, percussion Patricia Sonego, soprano Jacqueline Thompson, soprano Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano Arlene Travis, soprano
Contact New York Composers Circle 20 Scott Drive East Westhampton, NY 11977-1015. www.NYComposersCircle.org
Our next and final concert of the season will take place at 8 PM on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th St. in Manhattan. For more information, please check the NYCC website.