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Shulamit RanThe Da Capo Chamber Players present an all-Shulamit Ran concert at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson (NY) on September 10th, and at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC) on September 22nd. Performances include Hyperbolae for piano, A Due for violin and cello, For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet, Mirage for 5 players; and soprano Lucy Shelton joins the ensemble for Moon Songs (flute, cello, piano).
     This season, audiences around the country and abroad will have the chance to hear two of her string quartets, as the Juilliard Quartet tours with String Quartet No. 2 “Vistas”, and the Pacifica Quartet takes Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory (String Quartet No. 3) around the world. In September and October, The Juilliard Quartet will be in Anchorage (AK), Pittsfield (MA) and Oakland University in Michigan (a Detroit Chamber Music Society concert); and the Pacifica Quartet will be at the University of Chicago (IL), and in Mobile (AL).
     The Pacifica Quartet premiered Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory last May in Toronto, Canada, followed by a performance in Japan in June; they will take it to Europe next March, with performances in Spain, England, and Germany. The piece was commissioned by the Music Accord consortium, in partnership with Wigmore Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The Juilliard Quartet continues their tour with String Quartet No. 2 from January to April, 2015, in Toronto, Edmond (Oklahoma), Santa Barbara, Philadelphia, New York, Surrey (British Columbia), San Francisco, Syracuse and Buffalo.
Ellen ZwilichThis month, Ellen Zwilich is on the jury for the Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis which takes place September 5th - 21st. Her Fantasy for Solo Violin, commissioned for the Competition, will receive its premiere when 16 competitors perform it September 12th – 15th. The Competition will be streamed live.
     Also this month, an hour-long documentary airs on Swedish Radio on the 28th, and can be heard at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. eastern USA) in live stream on the website or in the app Sveriges Radio Play for 30 days following. The documentary includes an interview with the composer by producer Birgitte Tollan, and also participation by pianist Joseph Kalichstein, who has performed several of Zwilich’s works for many years. Music from her new CD, "Passionate Diversions", will be featured.
     Looking ahead: the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra opens its Carnegie Hall season next month with a performance of Prologue and Variations; and Trudy Kane premieres Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra next April with the Frost Symphony at the University of Miami.
Lee HylaMemorial tribute concerts for Lee Hyla, who died June 6th, will take place in New York and Boston this month. A former resident of New York City, Hyla had been at New England Conservatory for several years, serving as chairman of the composition department, before taking up a position at Northwestern University in 2007.

New York City: September 20, 12pm-3pm; St Marks Church-In-the-Bowery (free admission)
Boston: September 25, 8pm.; Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music (free admission)

Further details will be posted on Hyla’s Facebook page and website.

Lukas FossCurrently on New Music USA’s NewMusicBox, Matthew Guerrieri discusses the interplay between perceptions of style and the musical experience with special reference to Lukas Foss’ 1981 work, Solo for piano.


Anthony IannacconeThe Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, has honored Anthony Iannaccone with the 2014 Ulysses James Prize for Orchestral Music, and will perform Dancing on Vesuvius and Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound in concerts on September 12th and 19th in Alexandria (VA) and Washington, D.C.

Behzad Ranjbaran

Behzad Ranjbaran talked recently to the BBC World Service about the legends which inspired his “Persian Trilogy”, as background to the September 7th Proms concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, when the Qatar Philharmonic opened its concert with “The Sunrise” movement from Seemorgh.

Samuel JonesGerard Schwarz and the All-Star Orchestra are embarking on a second series of concerts for PBS, to include the world premiere of a Violin Concerto by Samuel Jones, with soloist Anne Akiko Meyers. The performance was recorded at the end of August, and will be aired on Public Television stations later in 2015. The first All-Star Orchestra series included Jones’ Concerto for Cello with cellist Julian Schwarz, who will be performing the Concerto in November with both the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, and the Amarillo Symphony (TX). Chen YiChen Yi is Guest Professor at Oberlin College and Conservatory September 22nd – 28th, where the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble performs Sparkle, on the 26th, conducted by Timothy Weiss. Meanwhile, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra performs Chinese Fables (for erhu, pipa, sanxian and percussion) on September 21st at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland.
Clint NeedhamMusic by Clint Needham can be heard at home and abroad this month, as the Albany Symphony under David Alan Miller performs The Body Electric on the opening night Gala Concert on the 6th (Needham is currently serving as Andrew W. Mellon Composer Educator); Kim Hellgren performs Viola Music at the Klusterfestivalen in Norrbotten, Sweden (19th); and Octavio Mas-Arocas will lead the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Orchestra in a performance of Suburban Grooves on September 26th. Schickele to PDQ BachLaura Leon’s recent CD “Morning Music” of piano music by Peter Schickele is celebrated at an event at New York City’s Ann Goodman Recital Hall at the Kaufman Music Center on September 9th. The recording features works by Schickele both as himself and in the guise of P.D.Q. Bach, including Hollers, Hymns and Dirges, Little Suite for Susan, Epitaphs, Small Serenade, Second Sonatina, Three Teeny Preludes, and “Goldbrick” Variations; as well as two pieces for piano, 4 hands, Morning Music and The Civilian Barber Overture, performed with Blair McMillen.
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recently added videos
Daniel Dorff: In a Deep Funk
     Dance Set for Solo Bass Clarinet,
     performed by Barbara Haney
Daniel Dorff: Sonata (Three Lakes)
     for flute and piano,
     performed by Amy Porter
Kenneth Fuchs: American Rhapsody
     (Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
Interview with Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta
     at Abbey Road Studios
Gary Schocker: Regrets and Resolutions,
     performed by Amy Porter

september birthdays
04 Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
06 William Kraft (1923)
07 Hugh Aitken (1924-2012)
09 Curtis Curtis-Smith (1941)
11 Robert Downard (1946)
15 Henry Brant (1913-2008)
17 Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981)
24 Amy Scurria (1973)
28 Huang Ruo (1976)
Looking ahead at September birthdays:
2016 Robert Downard 70
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additions to our online perusal library
Johannes Brahms (orchestrated by Adler):
     Concerto for Viola (or Clarinet) and Orchestra
     Based on the Sonata in F minor, Opus 120

Paul Turok: Richard III (opera)

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Chen Yi and Kraft Refuge Chen Yi, William Kraft:
RefugeAlbany TROY1484
Gold Medal Winner, Global Music Awards

Chen Yi Chinese Ancient Dances
Virginia Figueiredo, clarinet, Füreya Ünal, piano

William Kraft Encounters XVII
Virginia Figueiredo, clarinet, Yuri Inoo, percussion

Chen Yi China West Dan Welcher
CurrentsMark Records 51262MCD

Welcher Upriver
Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Christopher Chapman, Director

Kenneth Fuchs’Falling Man” CD entered the Naxos Best Sellers list in its first week of release!
Falling Man, Movie House, Songs of Innocence and Experience
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta
Roderick Williams, baritone
Naxos 8.559753
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