NYCC – In the Loop – Oct 28, 2007

There is an update to announce for the NOVEMBER SALON. We will not meet Nov. 11 as previously published; we’ll be meeting instead on NOVEMBER 25, 2-5 pm, at the Ellington Room, 400 W 43 St, 2nd floor.

Also, we’ll have our first meeting of 2008 on January 20th in the same location. Thanks as always to GENE MCBRIDE for his help in coordinating this.

For the December salon, our traditional Holiday Party is being plotted and planned, so stay tuned!

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Speaking of December, don’t forget OUR FIRST CONCERT of the season will be December 13 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington & 25th Street at 8pm. Those of us who were there last year all agreed it is a terrific venue for music, so be sure to check it out. (And It’s not too early for you to start encouraging your friends and colleagues to attend!)

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From CESAR VUKSIC, we hear there are still two more performances of the Americas Vocal Ensemble, both this week ahead. The concert is billed as “Crossing Cultures in the Americas”, and will feature several guests and premieres. Here is the link to the information: http://www.americasvocalensemble.org/oct07.htm

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JOSEPH PEHRSON and the Composers Concordance are getting the new season underway with a concert featuring unusual winds, song and flower pots. The concert will take place Friday November 9, 2007, 8PM at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, NYC.

Joe tells us, “Esther Lamneck will be performing two works for the national instrument of Hungary, the tárogató – an untamed serpent-like woodwind related to the clarinet. She will be performing Through a Glass by Dary John Mizelle and a special tribute to our beloved colleague Ron Mazurek, who died this last Spring. We are dedicating our November 9th concert to the memory of Ron and will feature his Shadows, a work for tárogató and electronic sound which shows his uncanny mastery of the electronic medium.

New music flutists Erin Lesser and Roberta Michel will perform 3 Duets for 2 Flutes by our honored mentor Otto Luening, who shepherded our group into existence during the final years of his 96-year life. New music violist Beth Meyers will navigate a work by young composer, Ed Rosenberg, “hot off the press” which showcases the extremes and expressive possibilities of Rosenberg’s unique post-minimal/maximal musical aesthetic. JOSEPH PEHRSON‘s Windjammer for woodwind quintet will be performed, and JOELLE WALLACH takes us on a journey of songs about love and relationships:  platonic, funny, funky and spiritual, with soprano Janice Hall. A flower pot conspiracy is in the works with our concluding piece by famed piano virtuoso and instigator Frederic Rzewski, To the Earth.  This piece abandons traditional instruments for the more ecologically correct sound-producting medium: the flower pot. Percussionist Peter Jarvis will tap and rap and chant over several of these talismanic objects, concluding the concert and leading us into what should be a joyous and earthy reception.

Tickets are $12, $10 students/seniors.  TDF accepted.  Tickets can now be purchased in advance online:  www.composersconcordance.org.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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