ChamberMusicNY Announces Launch of its 2016-17 Season

ChamberMusicNY Announces Launch of its 2016-17 Season
Premiere Performances and an Invitation to Journey “Toward the Sea”

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2016, New York: ChamberMusicNY, a non-profit presenter of live chamber music, is pleased to announce their 2016-17 season, consisting of eclectic and extraordinary artists, New York premieres, and thrilling, experimental performances.

The fourth season begins with Opening Night at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Dorothy and Louis B. Cullman Center on Saturday October 22, 2016, with flautist Catherine Gregory and harpist Mélanie Genin performing their unique homage to one of the greatest American novels, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
“Toward the Sea” begins as soon as the audience enters, immediately immersed in an interactive pre-show. This leads seamlessly to the continuous performance, which intertwines passages from the novel, images, ambient sounds, and of course, musical works selected from the nineteenth and twentieth century. The anchor piece, Toward the Sea, meditates on the themes of the sea, voyage and the rumination of the soul.

Mélanie Genin and Catherine Gregory

Mélanie Genin and Catherine Gregory

The full program includes:

Pearls Of The Sea, for bass flute and harp (2005) Eve de Castro Robinson
Taheke for flute and harp, (2003) Gareth Farr
The Song Of The Lark, for flute and harp, (1989) Charles Rochester Young
Après un rêve, (1878) Gabriel Fauré
Toward The Sea III for alto flute and harp (1989) Toru Takemitsu

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, ChamberMusicNY and American Modern Ensemble return to Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center for “Voice Of America,” a program of select arias from the sexy opera Three Way by composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote; plus more vocal music by Robert Beaser, David Conte, Dan Welcher, Keith Fitch and Robert Paterson.
American Modern Ensemble
This concert also features the New York Premiere of In Real Life, by Robert Paterson, featuring soprano Marnie Breckenridge, who previously amazed the audience in last season’s AME concert

ChamberMusicNY closes the season on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a return to Bruno Walter Auditorium and a lively, raucous performance by the exciting flute and piano ensemble RighteousGIRLS, who engage audiences with their charged music and effects for a night of fun.

RighteousGIRLS

RighteousGIRLS

As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi “rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects” (NYC Jazz Record) while continually expanding their creative reach by bringing 21st-century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms and drawing from other genres.

About ChamberMusicNY:
Established new-music ensembles, world premiere commissions, and New York’s emerging classical performers are all part of the excitement of a ChamberMusicNY concert. From the organization’s Britten Centenary marathon in 2013 to this season’s six concert series, ChamberMusicNY presents small ensembles in New York’s premier halls… free.

ChamberMusicNY distributes free tickets to audiences that may be unfamiliar with live chamber music as well as those who cannot afford to attend often prohibitively expensive NYC-area concerts. This programming is made possible with the help of community programs including Goddard Riverside Community Center, USO-Metropolitan NY, Third Street Music School Settlement, Greenwich House, the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights/Inwood, Fountain House, JCC Manhattan and others.

More information is available at http://chambermusicny.org.

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NYSCA awards grant to Harlem Chamber Players & ChamberMusicNY

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October 21, 2015

New York, New York:

The Harlem Chamber Players and ChamberMusicNY are pleased to announce that the New York State Council on the Arts has awarded a grant for the commissioning of composer Jeffrey Scott’s A Hug For Harlem.

The work-in-progress is based on selected literary works of Harlem Renaissance writers Wallace Thurman, Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Thurston. Terrance McKnight will perform as the Orator in the composition. Also scheduled on the concert are Stravinsky’s Concerto In E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks), Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) with violin soloist Ashley Horne, and Copland’s original 13-instrument ballet version of Appalachian Spring. Ariel Rudiakov from the Danbury Symphony conducts the evening. The free concert is on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:30pm, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center 129 West 67th St., New York, NY 10036. Tickets will be available in 2016.

A native of Queens, NY, Jeff Scott started the French horn at age 14, receiving an anonymous gift scholarship to go to the Brooklyn College Preparatory Division. An even greater gift came from his first teacher, Carolyn Clark, who taught the young Mr. Scott for free during his high school years, giving him the opportunity to study music when resources were not available. He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music (studying with David Jolley), and master’s degree from SUNY at Stony Brook (studying with William Purvis). He later continued his horn studies with Scott Brubaker and the late Jerome Ashby. Mr. Scott’s performance credits are many and varied. They include The Lion King orchestra (on Broadway, New York) 1997-2005, and the 1994 revival of Showboat 1994-1997. He has been a member of the Alvin Ailey and Dance Theater of Harlem orchestras since 1995 and has performed numerous times under the direction of Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Scott is also the French hornist in the internationally acclaimed wind quintet Imani Winds.

Mr. Scott has also experienced good fortune as a studio musician. He can be heard on movie soundtracks scored by Terrence Blanchard, Tan Dun and on commercial recordings with notable artists such as Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Chris Brubeck, Chico O’Farill, Robin Eubanks, Freddy Cole and Jimmy Heath, among others. Additionally, he has toured with artists such as Barbra Streisand and the late Luther Vandross.

Mr. Scott’s arranging and composing credits are many, and include scoring the off-Broadway production of Becoming Something, The Canada Lee Story, the staged production of Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!, and many original works for solo winds as well as wind, brass and jazz ensembles. His works are published by International Opus, Trevco Music, To The Fore Music and self-published at Music by The Breadman.

Mr. Scott has been on the horn faculty of the music department at Montclair State University (New Jersey) since 2002.

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Tania León joins panel for Opening Night concert

Tania León

Tania León

New York, NY September 11, 2015

ChamberMusicNY is pleased to announce that composer Tania León has joined the post-concert panel discussion as a moderator for our opening night concert Saturday September 26. The concert is co-presented by the award-winning ensemble PUBLIQuartet, and is the annual showcase of the composition competition PUBLIQ Access. Free tickets are available via this link for Will Call at the concert.

Ms. León, (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer and conductor and recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. She has been profiled on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, and independent films.

León’s opera Scourge of Hyacinths, based on a play by Wole Soyinka with staging and design by Robert Wilson, received over 20 performances throughout Europe and Mexico. Commissioned by Hans Werner Henze and the city of Munich for the Fourth Munich Biennale, it took home the coveted BMW Prize. The aria “Oh Yemanja” (“Mother’s Prayer”) was recorded by Dawn Upshaw on her Nonesuch CD, “The World So Wide.”

Commissions include works for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet, Nestor Torres, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Koussevitzky Foundation, Fest der Kontinente (Hamburg, Germany), Cincinnati Symphony, National Endowment for the Arts, NDR Sinfonie Orchester, American Composers Orchestra, The Library of Congress, Ensemble Modern, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

Her works have been performed by such orchestras as the Gewaundhausorchester, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the China National Symphony, and the NDR Orchestra. She has collaborated with authors and directors including John Ashbury, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor, and Derek Walcott.

León has appeared as guest conductor with the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Marseille, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, the Gewaundhausorchester, Chamber Orchestra of Geneve, Switzerland, the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Mexico, Symphony Orchestra of Johannesburg, and the WaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa, as well as the Orquesta de la Comunidad y Coro de Madrid, and the New York Philharmonic, among others.

She has lectured at Harvard University and at the prestigious Mosse Lecture series at the University of Humboldt in Berlin and was the Andrew Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Scholar at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. León was also Visiting Professor at Yale University, Guest Composer/Conductor at the Hamburg Musikschule, Germany and the Beijing Central Conservatory, China.

A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the Sonidos de las Américas festivals with the American Composers Orchestra, and is the founder of Composers Now festival in New York City. She also served as Latin American Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra and New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic.

León has also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin, and SUNY Purchase College, and has served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A Professor at Brooklyn College since 1985 and at the Graduate Center of CUNY, she was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. In 2010 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Symphony Space’s Access to the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2012 she received both a Grammy nomination (for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”) and a Latin Grammy nomination (for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”) and in 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award.

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Bob Sherman to introduce SHUFFLE Oct 3

Bob Sherman

Bob Sherman

New York, NY August 31, 2015:

ChamberMusicNY and SHUFFLE Concert are pleased to announce that Robert Sherman, award-winning broadcaster and writer, will introduce ChamberMusicNY’s October 3 concert of SHUFFLE at Merkin Concert Hall.

Mr. Sherman recently celebrated his 59th anniversary with WQXR. Formerly Program Director and later Senior Consultant, he continues to produce and host The McGraw Hill Financial’s Young Artists Showcase — now in its 38th year on the station — and since their inception, has hosted the Lincoln Center presentations of the annual the Avery Fisher Career Grants. His popular and award-winning folk series Woody’s Children, which began on WQXR is 1969, is now heard on WFUV.

For more than forty years, Bob was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School. A concert narrator with such esteemed ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band and the Greenwich Symphony, he sits on the Advisory boards of many cultural organizations, also serving them variously as competition judge, pre-concert lecturer, panel moderator and fundraising emcee.

Co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music and two best-selling books with Victor Borge, he also joined with his brother, Alexander Sherman, to compile a pictorial history of their celebrated mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.

Additional information about the concert can be found at  http://chambermusicny.org/concerts/

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Terrance McKnight to host and perform with The Harlem Chamber Players

Terrance McKnight

Terrance McKnight

ChamberMusicNY and The Harlem Chamber Players are pleased to announce that Terrance McKnight, radio personality and musician, will both host as well as perform in their April 21, 2016 concert at Merkin Concert Hall. 

 The concert, co-presented by ChamberMusicNY and The Harlem Chamber Players, includes a commission from composer Jeffrey Scott titled A Hug For Harlem. The work-in-progress is based on poetry by Harlem Renaissance writers. Mr. McKnight will perform as the Orator in the composition. Also scheduled on the concert are Stravinsky’s Concerto In E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks), Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) with violin soloist Ashley Horne, and Copland’s original 13-instrument ballet version of Appalachian Spring. Ariel Rudiakov from the Danbury Symphony conducts the evening.

Terrance McKnight is the weekday evening host on WQXR. He also hosted the former Saturday evening program, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010.

McKnight’s musical experiences — from glee club soloist and accomplished pianist, to professor at Morehouse College, and finally as producer and host of several music programs for public radio — have consistently juxtaposed the European Classical tradition alongside American classic traditions, such as jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.

McKnight has hosted and produced several specials for WQXR including “I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes”; “A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.”; “A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott,” and “A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price.”

Other activities for McKnight include appearances as a panelist or speaker with Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s concert and lecture series, among other outlets.  For more biographical information on Mr. McKnight, visit http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/terrance-mcknight/about/

 

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2015-16 Season’s concerts announced

New York, July 30, 2015: ChamberMusicNY, a nonprofit presenting organization, has announced that its 2015-16 season will include the innovative PUBLIQuartet, the ensemble SHUFFLE Concert, a jazz quintet, The Harlem Chamber Players and American Modern Ensemble.

CMNY’s mission is to introduce New Yorkers to live chamber music while featuring New York’s emerging generation of professional musicians. With the help of community programs including Goddard Riverside Community Center, USO-Metropolitan NY, Third Street Music School Settlement, Greenwich House, the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights/Inwood and others, ChamberMusicNY distributes free tickets to audiences that may be unfamiliar with live chamber music.

ChamberMusicNY begins the five-concert series on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7pm as they co-present PUBLIQuartet.  CMNY co-presented PQ in April at their Weill Recital Hall / Carnegie Hall debut, and now the 2015 Chamber Music America/ASCAP award-winners bring their annual commissioning program, PUBLIQ Access, back to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music at 450 West 37th Street. Five up-and-coming composers were selected from hundreds of entries, and in addition to having their new works performed this evening, these composers will participate in a post-concert discussion moderated by Du Yun and Marcos Balter. Tickets will be available soon.

A week later, on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm, CMNY presents the ensemble SHUFFLE Concert at Merkin Concert Hall. The audience selects from over 30 mixed ensemble compositions and the SHUFFLE musicians play on command. This inventive sextet, comprised of piano, soprano, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello, will perform music from Baroque to Broadway, as selected by the audience. Tickets are available at http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/chambermusicny-presents-shuffle-concert/.

The third concert, on Saturday, November 14 at 8pm, features someone familiar to CMNY fans: Violinist Curtis Stewart, CMNY vet from its first season’s Britten Centenary as well as PUBLIQuartet, brings his jazz quintet to Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. The Curtis Stewart Ensemble explores a space between era and style, creating dialogue between Western European, BeBop, Post-Bop, Hip Hop & Contemporary Classical music.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm, ChamberMusicNY returns to Merkin Concert Hall, co-presenting The Harlem Chamber Players in a very special concert including violin soloist Ashley Horne playing Bernstein’s Serenade, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, a new commission by Jeff Scott and Copland’s original 13-instrument version of Appalachian Spring. Tickets will be available in 2016.

CMNY will conclude the their series on Thursday, May 26 at 8pm with the season’s third visit to Merkin Concert Hall to co-present American Modern Ensemble and a concert of vocal music by percussionist/composers. This program includes new music from Robert Paterson and compositions by Andy Akiho, Robert Beaser and more.

ChamberMusicNY is on the web at http://www.ChamberMusicNY.org and is a member of Chamber Music America, the Non Profit Coordinating Committee of NY, and is a registered 501(c)(3).

If you know a community or service center that might like tickets, please contact info@chambermusicny.org

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Use of library space by ChamberMusicNY does not indicate endorsement by The New York Public Library

Contact: B. David Krivit, Executive Director / 646-300-1207 / BDKrivit@ChamberMusicNY.org

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CMNY joins TD Bank’s Affinity Program

We’re proud to announce a new partner in our fundraising efforts. ChamberMusicNY has joined TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program, which provides our organization the opportunity to earn annual cash contributions. We’re thrilled with the ease of participating in this program and that there is no cost to our organization or our members. For additional information, visit your local TD Bank Store.

Join TD Bank’s Affinity Program; Use code ChamberMusicNY AG085.
Open a new checking account; YOU get $25 and ChamberMusicNY gets $50!

Already have a TD checking account? Link to our Affinity Code: ChamberMusicNY AG085 and CMNY gets $10!

Joining TD Bank’s Affinity Program for ChamberMusicNY AG085 is easy!
1. Call or stop into any TD Bank office (In NYC, Justin Weingartner, 212-579-9418) (Toll Free: 1-888-751-9000)
2. Tell a bank representative that you want to join the Affinity Program for ChamberMusicNY AG085.
3. Give them your name and account numbers.
If you do not currently bank at TD Bank, any bank associate can help you open an account and join the Affinity Program. Any TD Bank customer can join the Affinity Program benefitting ChamberMusicNY AG085, so ask your friends, relatives, and business partners with TD Bank accounts to call 888-751-9000 and join too. There is absolutely no cost to you, and TD Bank will keep all of your information strictly confidential.

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ChamberMusicNY Announces 2014-2015 Season Concerts

ChamberMusicNY, a nonprofit presenting organization, has announced that its 2014-15 season will include the professional recital debut of Ashley Jennifer Jackson, harp; a commission from composer Danielle Eva Schwob; the American Modern Ensemble conducted by David Alan Miller; and the percussion ensemble Talujon.

According to Executive Director David Krivit, CMNY’s mission is to introduce New Yorkers to live chamber music while featuring New York’s next wave of professional musicians. With the help of community programs including Goddard Riverside Community Center, USO-Metropolitan NY, Third Street Music School Settlement, Greenwich House, the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights/Inwood and others, ChamberMusicNY distributes free tickets to audiences typically underserved by chamber music organizations. Read more ›

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ChamberMusicNY Announces Premiere Season Concerts

ChamberMusicNY, a nonprofit presenting organization, has announced that its premiere season will be devoted to celebrating the centenary of noted 20th century composer Benjamin Britten. In four concerts, ChamberMusicNY (CMNY) will present Britten’s complete published string quartets, with the final concert acting as a mini-marathon event: a three-hour, two-intermission performance of all seven quartets.

According to Executive Director David Krivit, CMNY’s mission is to introduce New Yorkers to the magic of live chamber music performances while featuring up-and-coming professional musicians. With the help of community centers and service groups, ChamberMusicNY distributes free tickets to audiences typically underserved by and unfamiliar with classical music performing arts organizations.

The 2013 season spotlights the specially formed Britten Centenary Quartet—violinists Heidi Schaul-Yoder and Curtis Stewart, violist Rick Quantz, and cellist Anneke Schaul-Yoder (see biographies). In a recent private fundraising event, the Quartet performed three works from Britten’s early years: Quartettino, Three Divertimenti, and the String Quartet in D.

On Saturday, May 11, for its second concert, the Centenary Quartet will perform the String Quartet No. 1 and the legendary String Quartet No. 2. This concert, to be held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, will introduce many New York families to both their first chamber concert and the world-famous Lincoln Center—with free tickets courtesy of ChamberMusicNY. Read more ›

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